Chemistry, Concentration: Materials Science
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Materials science combines various disciplines to create new materials. As a chemistry student, you’ll learn about the structure and composition of materials, as well as the processes to synthesize and use them.
As a materials scientist, you’ll combine an in-depth knowledge of chemistry with the engineering expertise that made the Purdue system famous. The program provides a strong background in chemistry with a focus in polymers, catalysis and materials engineering. You’ll graduate well prepared for cutting-edge jobs creating 21st-century materials.
This ACS-certified chemistry degree focuses on the structure and dynamics of modern materials, ranging from enhanced steel to composites used in the space program to biodegradable plastics. The program prepares you for success in the material science workforce or graduate school.
Complete basic introductory courses and start focusing on material science-specific knowledge and techniques.
- CHM 26505 – Organic Chemistry
- CHM 26300 – Organic Chemistry Laboratory
- MA 26100 – Multivariate Calculus
Dig into advanced studies in chemistry and materials engineering. You’ll also begin an applied research project.
- CHM 37300 – Physical Chemistry
- CHM 34200 – Inorganic Chemistry
- CHM 34201 – Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
Complete your studies, including a year-long capstone research project and seminar.
- CHM 49800 – Research In Chemistry
- CHM 32100 – Analytical Chemistry I
- CHM 35000 – Coatings And Resins
PNW is the only university in Northwest Indiana to specialize in the chemistry of materials. Chemistry graduates have high success rates in local industries and professional programs.
As a student with the Material Studies concentration on your ACS-certified Chemistry degree, you’ll have an edge when pursuing career opportunities or professional programs in chemistry/chemical engineering.
Chemistry students have a number of scholarships specific to the discipline:
Beyond the Classroom
Our students participate in a number of organizations, including:
- Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society
- Chemistry & Physics Club
- Science Olympiad
Materials scientists are employed by companies who make products from metals, ceramics and rubber. They also work in the coatings and biomedical industries.
Our alumni are employed by companies such as:
- CSL Behring
- Elite Crete Systems
The Chemistry program at PNW is accredited by the internationally recognized American Chemical Society (ACS).
I am majoring in Chemistry at PNW because I believe that it's a great program. Students have a strong network with professors. I also have the opportunity to intern at Kemira Water Solutions in East Chicago, IN.
Meet the Faculty
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Michael Pelter is an associate professor of chemistry. His areas of expertise include organic, polymer and computational chemistry and chemical education. He has been at PNW since 1991.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Libbie Pelter teaches organic and inorganic chemistry catalysis. She engages undergraduates in research in catalysis, computational chemistry and development of sustainable methodologies in synthesis.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Abramowitz teaches materials courses on both the undergraduate and graduate level. He is also the advisor for the NASA Human Exploration Rover competition teams.