Chemistry (BS, Minor)

Why study Chemistry?

Chemistry is the study of virtually everything in nature — a study of the machinery of life — from the most basic matter to life’s most complex processes. Chemistry is everywhere in the world around you. If you want to pursue a career in the sciences, a strong knowledge of Chemistry is fundamental. Chemistry is sometimes called the “central science” because it is essential to so many other fields from biology to astronomy to engineering.

Why study Chemistry at AU?

The Aurora University Chemistry program will provide you with the foundation to succeed in a wide array of scientific pursuits. As a Chemistry student, you will have the opportunity to conduct research in state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) labs. In AU’s labs, you will gain hands-on experience with modern instrumental techniques, including powder X-ray diffraction, atomic absorption, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, gas chromatography, high-performance liquid chromatography, and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC).

AU’s Chemistry faculty have extensive professional experience and a strong commitment to teaching. They will lead your studies into advanced topics in Chemistry and help develop your knowledge in spectral analysis, chemical literature, and chemical research.

By studying Chemistry, students will receive the skills employers most desire: the ability to communicate ideas, analyze problems, and work with others to find a solution. In a job market that is constantly changing and evolving, you’ll have the knowledge and tools to succeed. Your training will prepare you to work in myriad positions, including jobs that find cures for diseases, protect the environment against chemicals, and research renewable energy sources. AU Chemistry students have gone on to careers in medicine, manufacturing, government, technology, education, pharmaceuticals, and education.

Students studying chemistry can also expand their opportunities with a double major in Biology, Health Science, or Secondary Education. Even with a second major, you’ll still be able to graduate in four years.

Chemistry begins in the stars. The stars are the source of the chemical elements, which are the building blocks of matter. Chemist Peter Atkins

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Curriculum Highlights
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Calculus
  • Inorganic chemistry
Campus Opportunities
  • Aurora University Science Organization
  • Mu Sigma Pi: Mind. Body. Spirit.
AU’s experienced faculty supported me at every step in my academic endeavors, including pursuing external research opportunities. Zach Ferris '21
Experiential learning

Experiential learning

Chemistry students will work and study in AU’s modern labs, while also having access to industry and national laboratories in the Chicagoland area — Fermilab is only nine miles from campus, while Argonne National Laboratory is merely 31 miles away. Our faculty will guide you toward enriching internships that will help you apply the knowledge you gained and experience firsthand how chemistry can be applied in the real world. You will have opportunities to take part in 8-week applied learning experiences (ALE) through AU collaborations with industry partners. You will gain industry experience by working directly with scientists in their chosen field.

Career possibilities

  • Chemical engineer
  • Chemist
  • Chemistry teacher
  • Environmental scientist
  • Food science technician
  • Forensic scientist
  • Health care technician
  • Material scientist
  • Pharmaceutical technician
  • Plastics chemist

Where our graduates intern and work

  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Entegris
  • FONA International
  • Fox Metro Water Reclamation District
  • National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)