Environmental Chemistry (B.S.)/Chemistry (M.S.)

Simultaneously earn both a bachelor's degree in environmental chemistry and a master's degree in chemistry in as few as five years.

In the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Environmental Chemistry and Master of Science in Chemistry program, students learn to apply chemical solutions to environmental issues, including pollution of air and water, waste and recycling, climate change, environmental protection and remediation, energy, green chemistry, environmental analytical chemistry, environmental instrumental analysis, environmental toxicology, and more. The B.S. in Environmental Chemistry is the only program of its kind in the Chicago area and offers a strong foundation in environmental chemistry. The M.S. in Chemistry provides the advanced education, career-expanding possibilities, and higher earning potential of a graduate degree in your field.

Students learn the technical skills they’ll need to work in the areas of environmental science, environmental analytical chemistry, hydrologic science, atmospheric science, environmental toxicology, and environmental health science. Graduate-level coursework bridges theory and practice by engaging students in faculty research and pre-professional training opportunities. Our chemistry students work with faculty members on real-world issues such as monitoring pollution, bio sensing, microscopically detecting viruses, observing green chemistry and organic photochemistry, developing environmental remediation materials, applying energy storage materials, and catalyzing solar energy conversion.

Program Overview

Learn to apply chemical solutions to environmental issues and prepare for work in areas like environmental science, environmental analytical chemistry, hydrologic science, atmospheric science, environmental sustainability, environmental toxicology, and environmental health science.

Career Opportunities

An advanced degree in chemistry opens career possibilities to higher-paying jobs. You'll be well-prepared for work related to environmental instrumental analysis and control, monitoring, remediation, and toxicology in industry and in federal and state government, such as positions with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Defense, departments of public safety, and others.

  • Environmental chemist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Industrial/manufacturing chemist
  • Nanotechnology chemist
  • Emergency and disaster response technician


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This program allows students to register for up to three courses (nine credit hours) that will count toward the credit requirements of both the bachelor's and master's degree programs. The program is designed to be a five-year or five-year+ (less than six) program for currently enrolled Illinois Tech students majoring in chemistry or related fields. Upon graduation, graduates will be prepared to succeed in industry or in a chemistry doctoral program.

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To learn more about this program, please contact the program’s director and advisor, Somdev Banerjee (sbanerjee2@iit.edu).

Additional information can be found on the university’s Accelerated Master’s Program page.