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Illinois Tech’s chemistry programs accentuate critical thinking and problem-solving skills to prepare students for careers in industry, academia, and government. Research programs cut across boundaries in catalysis, pharmaceuticals, therapeutics, materials, and sustainable energy.

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The chemistry program at Illinois Tech provides a rigorous education in the fundamental areas of chemical theory and chemical experimentation. It roots you in the discipline and provides a firm foundation, along with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to pursue many career paths. Its flexible curriculum offers specializations beyond the traditional fields of chemistry.

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Five New Bachelor’s Degrees in Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at Illinois Tech has five new majors to help make students better candidates for in-demand graduate programs and jobs. These new degrees prepare students for specific career paths, help them be more competitive in pursuing in-demand graduate programs and professional jobs, and teach the skills that many other undergraduate programs do not offer. Learn more about bachelor’s degrees in environmental chemistry, forensic chemistry, bioanalytical chemistrycomputational chemistry and biochemistry, and medicinal chemistry.

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Enabling Minority Students to Explore Science

Illinois Tech Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jean-Luc Ayitou explores science by engaging his community. After joining Illinois Tech, Ayitou founded VISCUS (Vivifying Scientific Curiosity for Underrepresented Undergraduate Students) to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to pursue graduate education and explore research opportunities.

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Summer Scholar Program

The Department of Chemistry at Illinois Tech is pleased to announce the start of our Summer Scholar Program.

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Career Pathways

Learn more about the ways a chemistry degree at Illinois Tech can be combined with other university programs for unique career preparation.

A degree in chemistry can lead to a career in health care or the pharmaceutical industry. Lean more about Illinois Tech’s pre-health and pre-medicine programs, as well as dual enrollment in Chicago pharmacy schools.

Earn an undergraduate degree in chemistry and a graduate degree in food safety in as few as five years with Illinois Tech’s Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Master of Food Safety and Technology Accelerated Master’s Program.

Illinois Tech is one of the few tech-focused universities with a law school. A combination of degrees in chemistry and law can lead to careers opportunities in environmental law, patent law, intellectual property management, or as in-house counsel for the chemical industry. Learn more about Illinois Tech’s Honors Law program.




“There were many techniques and behaviors that became second nature to me as I progressed through the Illinois Tech chemistry program. I am able to follow any protocol and effectively communicate scientific results, and I put these skills to use in my position in an analytical lab. I work in the laser diffraction department, which means I get to operate instruments that shoot lasers at sample suspensions in order to garner data regarding particle size. We look at materials from the pharmaceutical, food, cosmetics, and environmental industries. Chemistry impacts so many fields, and it is exciting to see the great variety of samples.”

—Ngozi (Shirley) Nwangwa (CHEM ’13) Particle Technology Labs


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Chicago, IL 60616