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Program(s) Available: B.A., B.S., Minor

Do you enjoy combining substances and watching how they interact with one another? Do you see your future self in a lab coat? Look no further, future Bearcat. Northwest has the perfect lab for you! 

Why Study Chemistry at Northwest

At Northwest, chemistry students gain practical laboratory experience and foundational knowledge in organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry and analytical chemistry. Students can choose a chemistry degree that is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS) or emphasize in general chemistry, biochemistry.

Pick your path

General Chemistry - B.A. or B.S.

The general chemistry major allows students to select electives that suit their individual interests. Many students choose to double major in chemistry and another area, such as geology, agronomy or biology.

Biochemistry - B.S.

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 trains students to be competitive in the rapidly expanding biotechnology field.

Biochemistry 4-Year Plan

Chemistry - B.S. - ACS Certified

The ACS-certified major in chemistry provides students with deep exposure to the many aspects of chemistry. Students are intellectually challenged and gain an appreciation for how chemistry impacts their daily lives. This nationally recognized degree is designed to prepare students for a research career.

ACS-Certified 4-Year Plan

Minor Programs

Minor programs in chemistry are available. A minor in chemistry teaches students the foundations of college algebra, physics and chemistry. This minor requires the completion of 24 credit hours.

A minor in biochemistry teaches students the foundations of college algebra, biology and plant science. This minor requires the completion of 28 credit hours.

Career ready
Chemistry with a minor in business

“The relationships I built from my campus visit alone were more than enough to make an easy decision.” — Elijah Green

Career Opportunities

  • Analytical chemist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Industrial hygienist
  • Pharmacology and pharmaceutical design
  • Quality assurance
  • Quality control  
  • Food science
  • Formulation chemist
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Forensics
  • Geochemist
  • Biomedical research

What Can I Do With a Major in Chemistry?

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Northwest’s award-winning Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation features more than $3 million invested in state-of-the-art instruments that undergraduate students may access to gain profession-based experience.

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Garrett-Strong Science Building

Garrett-Strong Science Building offers 26 labs where students gain profession-based experience on campus. The building is the home to a synthetic cadaver, aquarium, two museums and living animals that include a hedgehog, rats, iguanas and others kept in labs.

Garrett-Strong Science Building

Faculty-led Research

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.

Faculty-led Research
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