Message from the Chair

Jon W. Carnahan, Professor and Chair

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and thank you for visiting our site.  You have linked to a department which offers a bachelor's degree program in chemistry with four emphases, two of which are American Chemical Society (ACS) certified; a master's degree program with options in research and teacher certification; and a doctoral program which offers exciting research opportunities in both interdisciplinary and traditional chemistry areas.

You have linked to a department that is on the move!  We have award winning professors, in both teaching and research. Our faculty incorporate new technologies and innovative approaches in the classroom, and are performing cutting edge research in areas such as medicinal chemistry, nanochemistry, and green chemistry.  Our faculty and professional staff are dedicated to the success of our students. Since 2000, the number of undergraduate majors in our department has more than doubled.  In 2004, we were recognized as one of the top 25 universities in the U.S. for the production of ACS certified graduates.

Our graduate and undergraduate students are engaged.  With a faculty of 17 and a graduate student body of 50, our Ph.D. and M.S. students maximize one-on-one time with their advisers.  In preparation for their professional careers, all recipients of our ACS certified B.S. degrees perform research side-by-side with faculty and graduate students.  External funding for our research comes from a variety of sources, including federal and state agencies, private foundations, national laboratories, industrial firms, and private donors.

Jobs are abundant.  The NIU chemistry experience and the Chicagoland area, combined with the excellent job  market for chemists, provide graduates with tremendous employment opportunities.  Our graduates go on to academic positions, and government and industrial jobs with high levels of success.

If you are looking for a department with a vibrant and growing profile, please consider NIU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  Bookmark our page.  Contact us.  Visit us.  I sincerely believe you will be glad you did!


Jon W. Carnahan
Professor and Chair