The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers a rigorous training in the chemical and biochemical sciences not only to its majors, but many students in other scientific disciplines at DePaul. Many of our students go on to obtain advanced degrees in chemistry or biochemistry. Others pursue post-graduate professional programs in medical schools, dental schools and pharmacy programs to name a few. Our students have opportunities to work on research projects with faculty members, thus enhancing their undergraduate education.
Students may pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, or Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. The Department of Chemistry also offers a Chemistry minor for students majoring in different subject areas.
For students interested in pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering, DePaul offers a joint-program in conjunction with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), where students will earn a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from DePaul and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from IIT.
A Traditional Foundation with Direct Career Application
Students learn to carry out all chemistry and biochemistry related tasks ethically, which can include:
- Carrying out experiments
- Recording and analyzing data
- Presenting and publishing scientific findings
The programs include using instrumentation to collect and record data for biochemical and chemical experiments. You'll gain skills in providing clear rationale for independent statements and conclusions by using problem solving, critical thinking, and analytical reasoning skills. Using modern library retrieval methods, you'll obtain information about related topics. You'll also practice/implement standard safety procedures and regulations for safe handling and use of chemicals and biochemicals.
Useful, Real-world Connections
Faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry conduct research projects in biochemistry, chemical biology, biophysical chemistry, medicinal chemistry and bioanalytical chemistry in addition to traditional subdisciplines of chemistry. Their projects are funded internally and also through government, foundation and industry grants, providing students with multiple opportunities to gain hands-on research experience. Being in Chicago also allows you to attend many scientific conferences hosted in the city throughout the year.