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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.

Undergraduate


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.

Resources

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Student Resources

Discover

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

Teaching

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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Purdue University Northwest students earn 2023 fall semester Dean’s List honors

The Purdue University Northwest (PNW) 2023 fall semester Dean’s List recognizes 1,691 undergraduate students for their academic achievements.

Reaching for the stars: Meet 2023 PNW graduate William Feithen

William Feithen, ’23, is set to earn a bachelor of science degree in Physics from the College of Engineering and Sciences at Purdue University Northwest (PNW) with minors in Astrophysics and Applied Mathematics.

PNW Student Awarded TEAM-UP Together Scholarship

PNW physics major Deonte Mackie was awarded the prestigious TEAM-UP Together Scholarship for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Upcoming Chemistry and Physics Events

Mar 11

Spring Break

Spring break runs Monday, March 11 through Saturday, March 16. Classes resume Monday, March 18.

Mar 20

Women in STEM

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the College of Technology and the College of Engineering & Sciences will be hosting a Women in STEM event with the goal of providing our students the opportunity to support one another in their career paths in STEM fields.

Mar 22

Scholarships Deadline

Make sure to apply for PNW’s scholarships before the deadline of March 22, 2024, for the 2024-25 academic year.

Mar 25

Fall 2024 Priority Registration Begins

Priority Registration for Fall 2024 begins March 25. Register promptly for the best selection of course days and times.