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Chemistry

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

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Program Intro

Chemistry is at the heart of discoveries and development of new and improved materials and products. A degree in chemistry provides you with solid foundation of knowledge and research experience for admission to professional/graduate schools, as well as careers in science and technology.

Department of Chemistry & Physics

We offer a chemistry degree approved by the American Chemical Society, an assurance of its quality. Our industrial colleagues recognize our program as excellent preparation for careers in the field. Our well-established faculty provide a wide range of research opportunities and small classes that offer individualized attention.

Curriculum Overview

The first two years include general chemistry and organic chemistry plus math and physics as the core course areas. The last two years are based on a rotation scheme for upper level courses including biochemistry and analytical, physical and inorganic chemistries. Faculty-mentored research is a requirement of the program.

Dive into college life with a core focus on general chemistry and calculus.

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Sample Courses

  • CHM 11500 – General Chemistry
  • CHM 19400 – Freshman Chemistry Orientation
  • MA 16300 – Integrated Calculus Analysis Geometry I

 

During your second year, concentrate on organic chemistry and physics and start taking elective courses.

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Sample Courses

  • CHM 26605 – Organic Chemistry
  • CHM 26400 – Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHM 29400 – Sophomore Chemistry Seminar

By year three, study biochemistry and either inorganic and physical or analytical chemistry. Complete your electives and begin research.

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Sample Courses

  • CHM 37300 – Physical Chemistry
  • CHM 34200 – Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHM 34201 – Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

Complete upper-level research projects and take Senior Seminar, in which you’ll summarize your research results.

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Sample Courses

  • CHM 49800 – Research In Chemistry
  • CHM 32100 – Analytical Chemistry I

Highlights

As a PNW chemistry major, you’ll have the skills employers seek and the background to continue your studies at a graduate or professional school. Our graduates flourish in careers throughout the country and around the world.

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Outcomes

Our program’s approval by the American Chemical Society greatly assists our graduates in securing employment or pursuing further study in graduate or professional schools.

Scholarships

You’ll find plenty of opportunities to connect with faculty and peers in extracurricular activities, such as:

Beyond the Classroom

Chemistry students participate in a number of extracurricular clubs and organizations, including:

  • Physics Club
  • American Chemical Society
  • Science Olympiad

 

Career Paths

Our graduates find success in the industrial sector as well as further studies in graduate and professional schools.

 

Employers

Our graduates are employed by:

  • Chemical companies, such as Dow Chemical Company
  • Coatings companies like Sherwin-Williams
  • Pharmaceutical companies, such as Pfizer

Accreditation

The program is approved and accredited by the American Chemical Society.

Student Stories

Brandon R. Stieve

Brandon R. Stieve

Chemistry, Muncie

“I found the staff to be very helpful and encouraging on my journey to becoming a chemist and a scientist.”

Zakyra Jordan

Chemistry, Hammond

“The professor-student ratio allows students to get more one-on-one time, while also enabling students to build a professional relationship with their professors. I enjoyed getting to travel to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico to present my research on the Synthesis of Cannabidiol Analogs.”

Seidu Mahama

Seidu Mahama

Chemistry, Indianapolis

“As the president of the Chemistry and Physics Club for two years, I gained tremendous leadership experience. This also provided me with opportunities to serve in the community, and ultimately enhanced my application and admittance into medical school.”

Meet the Faculty

Harold Pinnick

Harold W. Pinnick, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

Harold (Hal) Pinnick is a professor of chemistry who is coordinator of the chemistry programs at the Hammond and Westville campuses of Purdue Northwest.

Farai C. Gombedza, M.S., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry with research interest in cellular signaling and chemical education

Meden F. Isaac-Lam, Ph.D.

Meden F. Isaac-Lam, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Teaching Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and General Chemistry. Research in drug therapeutics for cancer and neurodegenerative disease.

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