Points of Distinction
- Upper level classes are small and tailored to individual student needs and interests
- Students with interest in original research can work one-on-one directly with Faculty
- All majors interested in graduate or professional schools have successfully been admitted over last 6 years
Why this Major?
Chemistry is the science that explains the material in the world around us.
Course topics include: How and why are different materials so different? How and why does matter change? How do we determine what materials are present in a sample, living or not, and how much of each material is there? How can we make new materials to fit specific purposes and needs.
Work Program Opportunities
In the Work Program, chemistry students have multiple job opportunities that relate to their studies. Student workers tutor their peers, grade papers, use lab instruments in hands-on experience, instruct fellow students in the labs, and assist professors with experiments.
Students may apply to work as:
- Chemistry tutor
- Department assistant
- Chemistry Lab assistant
Hot Job Outlooks
- Chemical Oceanographer
- Clarifying Plant Operator
- Cosmetics Developer
- FDA Inspector
- Forensic Chemist
More information on careers in chemistry may be found at the American Chemical Society’s website.
Very high acceptance rate for students interested in graduate programs.
The Chemistry Department has benefited from $1,200,000 in equipment upgrades in the past 5 years.
The Marvin and Ingrid Mahan Science Laboratory Wing is a state-of-the-art, 28,000 square foot facility with seven teaching laboratories for biology, chemistry, and biochemistry and a water analysis lab. Off the spacious lobby are science faculty offices with a large outer office area for those students who serve as faculty assistants in the Work Program. The Mahan Wing is one of the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rated buildings in central Illinois.
Alumni Hall and the Olin Science Building offer laboratories, a lecture room, an animal room, and three greenhouses. Olin hall also includes a large vivarium, two modern lecture halls, a herbarium, assigned
research rooms, and math and science teaching laboratories.
Professors are present in every lab section of each course.