Chemistry is the study of the science of matter and it’s transformations from one form to another. At Northwest, students majoring in chemistry will gain practical laboratory experience and foundational knowledge in organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry and analytical chemistry. Students can choose a chemistry degree that is certified by the American Chemical Society (A.C.S.) or emphasize in general chemistry, biochemistry or medicinal chemistry.
The A.C.S. certified major in chemistry prepares students with a comprehensive and deep exposure to the many aspects of chemistry. Students are intellectually challenged, and gain an appreciation of how this discipline impacts their daily lives. This nationally recognized degree is designed to prepare up and coming professional chemists for careers in research institutions, industry or the pursuit of graduate studies.
The general chemistry emphasis major allows students to select electives to suit their interests. Many students choose to double major in chemistry and another area such as geology, agronomy, or biology to gain a competitive edge.
Students interested in both biology and chemistry may want to view the biochemistry emphasis.
Students interested in pharmaceuticals may want to view the medicinal chemistry emphasis.
100% of students who graduate with a degree in chemistry obtain employment or continue their education within six months after graduation.
*Based on self-reported data in recent years.
Profession-Based Learning Experiences
Northwest’s award-winning Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship features more than $3 million invested in state-of-the-art instruments that undergraduate students may access to gain profession-based experience.
Garrett-Strong Science Building offers 26 labs where students gain profession-based experience on campus. The building is the home to the synthetic cadaver, aquarium, two museums and living animals that include a hedgehog, rats, iguanas and others kept in labs.
Faculty-led research is an opportunity for undergraduate students to produce original research resulting in publishing their work and gaining valuable professional experience. This is available for students showing interest in furthering their education.
Although internships are not required with a chemistry major, they are highly encouraged to gain real-world experiences.
Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their academic development. Faculty members provide short-term study programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available: faculty-led and traditional study abroad.
The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.
The Northwest Core (48-52 hours) Must include the following:
MATH 17120 Calculus I PHYS 25120 Fundamentals of Classical Physics I PHYS 25121 Fundamentals of Classical Physics I Laboratory BIOL 04102 General Biology BIOL 04103 General Biology Laboratory OR BIOL 04106 Principles of Biology BIOL 04107 Principles of Biology Laboratory
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Collateral Courses (16-17)
MATH 17114 General Statistics MATH 17121 Calculus II MATH 17321 Calculus III OR MATH 17311 Linear Algebra OR MATH 17361 Differential Equations PHYS 25230 Fundamentals of Classical Physics II PHYS 25231 Fundamentals of Classical Physics II Laboratory
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Required Courses (49)
CHEM 24114 General Chemistry I CHEM 24115 General Chemistry I Laboratory CHEM 24116 General Chemistry II CHEM 24117 General Chemistry II Laboratory CHEM 24135 Laboratory Safety CHEM 24322 Analytical Chemistry CHEM 24323 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory CHEM 24342 Organic Chemistry I CHEM 24343 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory CHEM 24344 Organic Chemistry II CHEM 24345 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory CHEM 24522 Instrumental Analysis CHEM 24523 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory CHEM 24532 Physical Chemistry I CHEM 24533 Physical Chemistry I Laboratory CHEM 24534 Physical Chemistry II CHEM 24535 Physical Chemistry II Laboratory CHEM 24552 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry CHEM 24555 Inorganic Synthesis Laboratory CHEM 24562 General Biochemistry CHEM 24592 Chemistry Seminar Chemistry electives from courses numbered above 400
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Free Electives (10-11)