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Department of Chemistry and Physics

With a focus on chemistry, physics and the physical sciences, we prepare you for a career in today’s technical workforce or for postgraduate success.

Academic Programs

Our rigorous programs bring real-world experience to the classroom, building the knowledge you need to succeed.


I am very happy to have been a graduate of PNW. I have many experiences, formed lasting friendships, and took the combined advice from of my professors and mentors and used it as a guide for my career, and will continue to do so in the future.


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Student Resources


Students have opportunities for participating in significant, faculty-mentored research beginning in the sophomore year. Most present their data at research conferences and publish alongside faculty.

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Faculty Research

Premier Collaborations

Our faculty are engaged in a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, including NSF-funded high energy physics collaborations with Fermilab and CERN.

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Outstanding Faculty


You will find yourself immersed in an innovative learning environment with faculty who are PNW’s “Star Teachers” and teaching-award winners.

News & Announcements

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CBF Forensics Launches VR Crime Scene Training Programs and THC quantification System

CBF Forensics has launched virtual reality programming for forensic crime scene training and a system to quantify the amount of THC in manufactured CBD and hemp products. CBF Forensics is the first forensic and education company to sell products based on Purdue University Northwest innovations.

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Purdue Northwest Students Earn Spring 2023 Semester Dean’s List Honors

The Purdue University Northwest spring 2023 semester Dean’s List recognizes 1,647 undergraduate students for their academic achievements.

Purdue University Northwest Names Bruce Berdanier as Dean of the College of Engineering and Sciences

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) announced that Bruce W. Berdanier will join the university as dean of the College of Engineering and Sciences, effective July 24, 2023.

Upcoming Chemistry and Physics Events

Oct 04

Fall Career Expo 2023

Students and alumni of PNW that are seeking internships and full-time employment are invited to the 2023 Fall Career Expo!

Oct 09

Fall Break

There are no classes but campus offices are open.

Oct 23

Spring 2024 Priority Registration Begins

Priority Registration for Spring 2024 opens Monday, Oct. 23. Register as soon as you can to stay on track for graduation.

Nov 22

Thanksgiving Break (Campus Open)

There will be no classes due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Campuses will remain open.