Chemistry is the study of molecular structure, chemical reactions, and the molecular basis of solids, liquids, and gases. The broad applicability of phenomena and rigorous methodology of chemistry provide a wide range of career options for chemistry majors.
Training in chemistry blends descriptive, conceptual, and mathematical elements in both lectures and laboratory work. While developing chemical knowledge is essential, the progressive honing of analytical abilities is equally important. The chemistry department offers courses carefully designed to provide a rigorous introduction to chemistry for science or non-science students. Additional courses provide several chemistry program options and serve the needs of Northwestern’s engineering, biological sciences, and medical programs. The chemistry faculty conducts vigorous, original research that includes undergraduates, graduate students, and visiting scholars from around the world. This environment, i.e., modern instrumentation, seminars, colloquia, and informal contacts, invigorates the educational process and provides exciting opportunities for undergraduates.