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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.
Career PathwaysAs our chemistry alumnus and textbook author Theodore L. Brown (B.S. 1950) has written, chemistry is the central science. Chemistry connects the physical sciences with life sciences and applied sciences. By studying chemistry at Illinois Tech, you will gain scientific knowledge and develop skills that open doors to a wide range of careers with growing employment, including (but not limited to):
Chemists detect pollutants, study how chemicals interact in different settings, develop new ways to break down and recycle used batteries and plastics, and design new chemicals that are better for the environment. Chemists design more efficient and reliable catalysts and batteries. Our B.S. with a concentration in Environmental Chemistry can prepare you for a career in this area. You may also consider a dual degree in Chemistry (B.S.) and Sustainability Analytics and Management (M.S.), which can be earned in a total of five years.
Chemists design new flavors and ensure that food is safe. Illinois Tech is part of the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH), a one-of-a-kind applied food science research consortium comprising Illinois Tech, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the food industry. This uniquely positions us to offer a dual degree in Chemistry (B.S.) and Food Safety and Technology (M.S.), which can be earned in a total of five years.
Chemists apply analytical techniques to determine what things are made of and where they could come from. This helps solve crimes and track down counterfeiters. Our B.S. with a concentration in Forensic Chemistry can prepare you for a career in this area.
A degree in chemistry is a strong foundation for professional degrees in pharmacy and medicine. Our programs specifically supporting this career path include the B.S. with a concentration in Medicinal Chemistry, the dual degree in Chemistry (B.S.) and Biology for the Health Professions (M.S.), pre-health and pre-medicine programs, and dual enrollment in Chicago pharmacy schools.
A combination of degrees in chemistry and law can lead to career opportunities in environmental law, patent law, intellectual property management, or as in-house counsel for the chemical industry. Illinois Tech is one of the few tech-focused universities with a law school. Through our Honors Law program, you can earn a B.S. from Illinois Tech and a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in six instead of seven years.
Chemists design new materials to maintain and improve our standard of living in a sustainable way. New materials can capture carbon dioxide, extract lithium for batteries, separate radioactive isotopes, create phosphors for night vision goggles, make light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and catalyze industrial reactions more reliably and with less energy. Moreover, our M.A.S. in Materials Chemistry can prepare you for a career in this area.
Chemists design drugs as new treatments for diseases. Our B.S. with a concentration in Medicinal Chemistry can help you prepare for a career in this area.
Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry with Three Concentration Options!
Our signature chemistry major program has now been expanded with three attractive areas of concentration: environmental chemistry, forensic chemistry, and medicinal chemistry. These programs will prepare you for specialized career paths, including competitive graduate programs and in-demand jobs in these fields.learn more
Introducing the MS in Sensor Science and Technology
New as of fall 2022, the MS in Sensor Science and Technology prepares students for careers developing smart scientific and technology innovations to address health and environmental issues.Learn More
Using Chemistry to Improve Health Outcomes
Professor of Chemistry Rong Wang’s research toward innovative health solutions — involving toothbrushes with sensors, cocoons from silkworms, and more — was featured in the Spring 2021 issue of Big Picture magazine.Read the Story
Combined Degree ProgramsLearn about the ways a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Illinois Tech can be combined with accelerated graduate or professional degrees for unique career preparation.
A degree in chemistry can lead to a career in health care. Lean more about the B.S. in Medicinal Chemistry, the Chemistry (B.S.)/Biology for the Health Professions (M.S.), Illinois Tech’s pre-health and pre-medicine programs, and 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.
Chemistry undergraduates interested in career options within the field of chemical engineering may wish to pursue Illinois Tech’s accelerated Chemistry (B.S.)/Chemical Engineering (M.A.S.), offered in partnership with Armour College of Engineering.
Complementing our new bachelor's degree program in environmental chemistry, we also offer the accelerated the Chemistry (B.S.)/Sustainability Analytics and Management (M.S.) in partnership with Illinois Tech’s Stuart School of Business.
The faculty of the Department of Chemistry are dedicated to wide-ranging research in fields including biochemistry, computational chemistry, environmental chemistry, forensic chemistry, materials chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and more.
Five research teams from Illinois Institute of Technology have received seed grants from the university’s Active Computational Thinking (ACT) Center to promote computing methods throughout various...
Fittingly, as the university community comes together to celebrate all that makes Illinois Institute of Technology unique during the annual Homecoming celebration, it will also take time to recognize...
In the face of the ongoing climate crisis, Megan Harmon aims to lead the way for a chemistry-based solution.Megan Harmon (B.S. ENCH 2nd Year)
Motivated by the research experience and mentorship that he gained as a student at Illinois Institute of Technology, John Clark has found success and fulfillment in the field of laboratory informatics.John Clark (CHEM ’15)
Will Blodgett is gaining real-world experience as an undergraduate researcher and dreams of one day becoming a chemistry professor.Will Blodgett (CHEM, CHE, M.S. CHEM 4th Year)
Emily Mick learned the basics of working in a chemistry lab as an undergraduate student at Illinois Tech through a research opportunity.Emily Mick (CHEM ’10)
“The chemistry curriculum at Illinois Tech is outstanding. The lower-level courses lay a solid foundation, and the upper-level courses offer instruction that’s challenging and promotes independent thinking. Illinois Tech also does an excellent job of offering research opportunities to undergraduates; I was fortunate enough to participate in my first research project as a sophomore. At a larger university, I don't think I would have had such an amazing opportunity that early in my undergraduate career. That research experience and the advanced coursework at Illinois Tech prepared me well for my graduate studies at Stanford.”
“Illinois Tech chemistry has provided me with a great foundation for how chemistry and chemical structures play a major role in the human body in the field of pharmacology. The demanding curriculum at Illinois Tech gave me the skills and confidence to face the challenges of an accelerated Pharm D program.”
“The education I received as an Illinois Tech chemistry major directly helped me with my coursework, especially in topics such as biochemistry and pharmacology. Knowing the chemistry behind the reactions we learned may not be essential to a clinician, but it gives me a better understanding of what is happening in the body, it taught me how to think analytically, and it gives me insight into why certain medical decisions are made.”
“The smaller class sizes in the chemistry department give you plenty of opportunity to get to know your professors, ask questions, and inquire about internal and external opportunities. You get an awesome introduction to medicinal chemistry as an undergrad. A specific course that comes to mind is CHEM 456, which is computational biochemistry and drug design. Not only is this course’s curriculum unique to Illinois Tech medicinal chemistry, but you will learn to apply modern computational techniques in structural biology. The research opportunities within the chemistry department are awesome. Once you have some organic chemistry under your belt, don’t be afraid to reach out to professors and ask to be a part of their research!”