Why Study Chemistry at NIU?
Chemistry is at the heart of all
When you major in chemistry at NIU, you select from four emphases:
- Chemistry – If you want to pursue an advanced degree in chemistry or are planning to be a professional chemist.
- Biochemistry – If you want to pursue an advanced degree in biochemistry, or are planning to be a professional chemist.
- Secondary teaching – If you want to teach chemistry in junior and senior high schools.
- Chemistry for pre-professionals – If you want to use chemistry as preparation for a professional school, such as medical school.
The emphases in Chemistry and Biochemistry are certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS).
Careers with a Chemistry Degree
Your chemistry degree will open the doors for all kinds of exciting careers from forensic science (with a projected jobs outlook growing 27 percent faster than average) to environmental science (growing 11 percent faster than average).
Chemists work in a variety of areas such as:
- Manufacturing firms
- Government agencies
- Higher education
Your chemistry degree can prepare you to pursue professional education for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, veterinary and law
Our outstanding chemistry faculty
Hands-on Learning Opportunities
Our Chemistry Club, a student affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society, promotes interest in chemistry and the chemical professions. The purpose of this organization is to aid understanding of the field of