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The chemistry major at Benedictine University has a decades-long history of preparing students for success. More than 75% of chemistry majors graduating between 2013 and 2018 enrolled in graduate or professional schools or are currently employed in a chemically related field.

Individual mentorship and advising help create an experience that is designed to ensure the success of chemistry students at Benedictine. During the past 10 years, our faculty members have collectively published 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals and have received more than $250,000 in private and federal grants to support student and faculty research and the development of new teaching methods in our classrooms. Benedictine students have the unique opportunity to choose between earning a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemistry.

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Students in the chemistry program have the opportunities to:

Experience discovery-based laboratory curricula and can participate in faculty research projects as early as their freshman year.
Use modern instruments and tools both in classroom laboratories and research laboratories.
Perform current and advanced chemical research that may be published in peer-reviewed journals.
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What Our Graduates Have Done With This Degree

Chemistry Alumni

Our recent graduates have enrolled in top-tier Ph.D. programs at the The University of Chicago, Ohio State University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Northwestern University and Purdue University — just to name a few. Others have gone on to successful careers at Argonne National Laboratory, AbbVie, Nanophase Technologies Corp. and crime laboratories with the Illinois State Police and DuPage County Sheriff’s Office.

Academic Excellence

The Benedictine chemistry program has maintained approval by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for more than five decades, and majors experience best-practices curricula. Every faculty member holds a Ph.D. and is committed to a quality, one-on-one experience with our students.

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Research Opportunities

An undergraduate research project is built into the curriculum for chemistry majors. Many present their research results at regional or national professional conferences. Financial support for participation in the summer research program and travel opportunities to conferences is also available.

Internship Opportunities

Benedictine University’s proximity to Chicago gives students access to internships at numerous facilities off campus, such as Argonne National Laboratory, the DuPage County Forensic Science Center, Nalco, BP and other industrial, academic and government laboratories.

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State-of-the-Art Equipment

Students have hands-on access to modern, research-grade instruments valued at more than $500,000. Only a few undergraduate colleges and universities the size of Benedictine have ready access to a fluorescence microscope, spectrofluorometer, flow cytometers, CO2 incubators, laminar flow hoods and other specialized equipment.

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I chose Benedictine’s College of Science because of its reputation for excellence in the sciences and small classroom size. I really enjoy that my professors are truly dedicated to providing a high quality education, and I appreciate their genuine interest in my academic career and success.

Grace Wangler

B.S. ’20, CHEMISTRY, Nutrition minor