The Northwest Difference
Chemistry is the study of the science of matter and it’s transformations from one form to another. At Northwest, students majoring in chemistry will gain practical laboratory experience and foundational knowledge in organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry and analytical chemistry.
The biochemistry emphasis focuses on compounds in living systems including their composition, properties, and chemical reactions to understand the structure and function of biological systems. The cross-discipline curriculum in biology and chemistry will train students to be competitive in the rapidly expanding field of biotechnology.
Students interested in pharmaceuticals may want to view the medicinal chemistry emphasis.
Minor in Biochemistry
A minor in biochemistry teaches students the foundations of college algebra, biology and plant science. After taking the required courses, students can customize their minor from a list of approved electives. For a list of required courses, visit the academic catalog. This minor requires the completion of 28 credit hours.
100% of students who graduate with a degree in chemistry obtain employment or continue their education within six months after graduation. Job titles related to this major include:
- Biomedical Research
- Food Science
- Chemical Manufacturing
- Industrial Hygienist
- Formulation Chemist
- Laboratory Technician
Profession-Based Learning Experiences
Northwest’s award-winning Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship features more than $3 million invested in state-of-the-art instruments that undergraduate students may access to gain profession-based experience.
Garrett-Strong Science Building offers 26 labs where students gain profession-based experience on campus. The building is the home to the synthetic cadaver, aquarium, two museums and living animals that include a hedgehog, rats, iguanas and others kept in labs.
Faculty-led research is an opportunity for undergraduate students to produce original research resulting in publishing their work and gaining valuable professional experience. This is available for students showing interest in furthering their education.
Although internships are not required for chemistry majors emphasizing in biochemistry, they are highly encouraged.
“I always saw myself pursuing a health career, but my favorite classes in high school and college were chemistry. This program is the best of both worlds for me. I get to study chemistry, which I love, but also take classes that apply to optometry school. This program has a variety of chemistry and biology classes that I can choose from so I can take classes that are most interesting to me.
Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their academic development. Faculty members provide short-term study programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available: faculty-led and traditional study abroad.
The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.