Bachelor in Chemistry

General

Program Description

Why pursue a chemistry degree at North Central College?

Our chemistry major provides undergraduates with exceptional academic opportunities, prepares students for employment or graduate school and allows students to perform research under the guidance of the faculty. As early as your first year, you’ll have the chance to conduct original research using advanced scientific instruments right here on campus. That kind of hands-on lab experience is often reserved for graduate students at larger institutions. And, thanks to Naperville’s proximity to Chicago, you’ll have easy access to BP, Ecolabs, Baxter Healthcare, PerkinElmer and other companies that value chemistry expertise. After completing our American Chemical Society-approved major, you will be prepared to pursue graduate studies with top-tier institutions.

You can also:

  • Work with cutting-edge scientific equipment—right away.
  • Take advantage of competitive science scholarship and grant opportunities.
  • Join the Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS) student group.
  • Present your research findings at North Central’s own Rall Symposium and summer colloquium as well as local, regional, and national conferences.

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Chemistry, ACS-Certified, B.S.

Chemists study the structure and transformations of matter, detect and quantify chemical species, and create new substances. A degree in chemistry prepares a student for employment in a private or government laboratory; continuing studies in medical, pharmacy, dental, veterinary or law school; secondary school teaching; a position in business; or graduate study and research in the sciences or engineering. The ACS-certified Chemistry B.S. degree is the curriculum approved by the American Chemical Society and allows students more depth where they work to master the theoretical and applied aspects of chemistry.

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Chemistry Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Graduate and Professional Schools

Recent graduates in chemistry have been accepted at:

  • Purdue University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Oregon
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Utah

Medical and Professional Schools

Recent graduates in chemistry have been accepted at:

  • Chicago College of Pharmacy at Midwestern University.
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Pharmacy
  • Chicago Kent College of Law, IIT

Careers

Recent graduates in chemistry are employed by:

  • Particle Technology Labs
  • Blistex, Inc.
  • Fehr Solutions
  • CH2M HILL
  • Water Quality Association
  • Bisco Electronics
  • Wheaton Wastewater Treatment
  • Universal Oil Products (UOP)
  • Perkin Elmer
  • Flavors of North America
  • Micromeritics Instrumentation Corp.
  • BP Amoco
  • Volt Information Sciences
  • Los Alamos National Lab
  • Downers Grove Wastewater Treatment
  • Excelon
  • Underwriter Laboratories
  • AIT Laboratories as a forensic chemist
  • Inland Western Management
  • Illinois Crime Laboratory
  • Naperville North High School
  • Richards High School
  • Downers Grove South High School
  • Maine East High School
  • East Aurora High School

Invest in your future

Choosing the right college is a big decision. Don’t make it alone. North Central’s admission and financial aid team is here to help you design a financial aid solution that works best for you and your family.

Merit scholarships, grants, loans, campus employment - these are just some of the resources available to you. Over 95 percent of students and 100 percent of all eligible students receive aid. Let our team partner with you in finding the best value for your education.

Admission Timeline

North Central makes admission decisions on a rolling basis starting on October 1 for the next academic year. While there is no set deadline, we recommend the following priority deadlines for full consideration and to allow time for visa processing:

  • May 1 - for the semester beginning in August
  • October 1 - for the semester beginning in January.

Our academic calendar will have two semesters starting in August 2020, and you can start your program in August or January. Most new students begin in August.

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Last updated November 2019

About the School

Founded in 1861 and home to 2900 students, North Central offers a safe, affordable, hands-on, campus-based American university experience in a terrific location. Our career-focused liberal arts educat ... Read More

Founded in 1861 and home to 2900 students, North Central offers a safe, affordable, hands-on, campus-based American university experience in a terrific location. Our career-focused liberal arts education - with particular strengths in business, global studies, and STEM fields - offers critical thinking and communication skills, deep subject knowledge, and life skills learned in small, faculty-taught classes and practical experiences in Naperville/Chicago, Illinois. A Bachelor’s degree from North Central is your first step to a challenging, fulfilling career. Read less