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Why study chemistry at Benedictine?

  • The BS in Chemistry program is approved by the American Chemistry Society (ACS).
  • The BA in Chemistry program is ideal for students interested in pharmacy or other healthcare related fields, and for those seeking jobs in the private or industrial sector upon matriculation from college.  
  • All Benedictine University Chemistry faculty members have a Ph.D. in one of the five major areas of chemistry,  including organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Chemistry students use modern instruments and tools either in classroom laboratories or research laboratories.  In-house instruments include a new 300-megahertz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, several instruments  capable of performing optical spectroscopy in order to observe real-time chemical reactions via kinetic analyses,  an atomic absorption spectrometer, electrochemical work stations, gas and liquid chromatographs, an inert atmosphere dry glove-box with a solvent purification system and infrared and ultraviolet/visible  spectrophotometers. Students also utilize specialized software and hardware capable of performing state-of-the-art electronic structure calculations to simulate chemical systems.
  • All Chemistry students perform current and advanced chemical research that may be published in peer-reviewed journals.
  • The Benedictine University student chapter of the ACS has received national awards and has been recognized as an outstanding chapter multiple times.
  • Chemistry research students have presented their results at national ACS meetings and other regional and local meetings in the Chicago area.
  • Benedictine University’s proximity to Chicago gives students access to internships at numerous facilities off campus, such as Argonne National Laboratory, the DuPage County Forensic Science Center, Nalco, BP and other industrial, academic and government laboratories.
  • The Birck Hall of Science is properly equipped with research and classroom laboratory space and modern equipment.
  • Students have the opportunity to perform research during the summer months in our Natural Science Summer Student Research Program.

What careers are available with a degree in Chemistry?

Chemistry is the science of matter and its interactions. Anything that can be felt, seen, smelled, tasted and heard has something to do with chemicals. Career options with a chemistry degree are extensive. They range from working on cures for diseases and protecting our environment to making cosmetics and researching renewable energy sources. As a graduate of Benedictine, students will have not only gained technical skills but also the broad knowledge associated with a liberal arts education. A major in Chemistry at Benedictine prepares students for the technical skills and knowledge that are required to enter graduate or professional school and obtain a job in the chemical industry.

How does the program work?

Students completing a major in Chemistry will study all five areas of chemistry: organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry and biochemistry. Students will develop knowledge in spectral analysis, chemical literature, chemical research and learn advanced topics in chemistry taught by experts in their fields. Graduates will also have a strong background in calculus and physics, and have the option to complete minors in both areas. Chemistry majors must complete a research project and are encouraged to present their results at a professional meeting.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
in Chemistry

What you get:
  • American Chemical Society approved curriculum with full complement of chemistry
Preparing for Further Education:
  • Graduate School (Ph.D. or Masters degrees)
  • Research careers

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
in Chemistry

What you get:
  • Greater flexibility in coursework, allowing exploration of other fields (double major, minors, etc.)
Preparing for Further Careers:
  • Pharmacy / Health Professions
  • Industrial careers

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