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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Three New Bachelor’s Degrees in Chemistry
Our three newest majors prepare students for specialized career paths, meaning they graduate better prepared for competitive graduate programs and in-demand jobs in their fields. Hone your expertise and gain advanced skills with our programs in environmental chemistry, forensic chemistry, and medicinal chemistry.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 — is featured in the Spring 2021 issue of Big Picture magazine.Read the Story
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.
Summer Scholars Program
The Summer Scholar Program (SSP) offers accomplished high school and community college students the opportunity to engage in hands-on chemistry research. Application deadline: May 1.LEARN MORE
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.)/Environmental Management and Sustainability (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.
When an imaging agent meant to help detect diseases gets flagged for causing harm to the body, it’s time to reassess. Together with a team of three graduate student researchers in her lab, Illinois...
During an academic year marked by hybrid learning, socially distanced classrooms, and COVID-19 testing, a number of Illinois Institute of Technology faculty members rose high above the challenges of...
What if your toothbrush could detect a gum infection, helping to prevent the need for dental surgery? Or if silk cocoons from silkworms could help restore vital tissue in the female body? These are...
“My academic experience at Illinois Tech was exceptional. Due to the small class sizes, I was able to interact with my professors to get the most out of class material. It was very motivating to know they were there for one-on-one help. Professor Chong pushed all her researchers to participate in weekly team meetings to present their progress and to participate in literature circles. This type of mentorship helped to begin developing my scientific communication skills beyond what could be learned in a typical classroom setting, teaching me to communicate efficiently and effectively to allow my knowledge and results to be useful."
"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.”