Our unique location, just 10 miles west of downtown Chicago, gives you access to numerous laboratories, associations and medical centers to enhance your coursework.

Our faculty are easily accessible if you have questions or wish to further discuss a topic, your career path or coursework. Your professors have real-world experience in chemistry and can guide you throughout your education.

Career Opportunities

  • Laboratory Technician
  • Chemical Sales Representative 
  • FDA Inspector 
  • Biochemist
  • Lab Coordinator
  • Physician
  • Chemical Oceanographer
  • Pharmacist
  • Product Tester 
  • Crime Lab Assistant
  • Chemical Information Specialist 

Chemistry Program and Degree Overview

Chemistry spans several fields and bridges various disciplines, so chemists are poised to discover and develop new medicines, materials and consumer products more rapidly than ever before. 

Chemistry plays an important role in a wide range of professional areas including pharmaceuticals, environmental science, materials development and consumer products development. Chemists commonly work for such government agencies such as the EPA, FDA, USDA and forensics laboratories. 

Chemistry students can choose to earn a bachelor of arts degree or a bachelor of science degree. For a bachelor of arts degree, 25 of the required 33 hours are completed through mandatory classes. Students can choose electives for remaining courses.

For a bachelor of science degree, 35-36 of the required 54 hours are completed through mandatory classes. Bachelor of science chemistry students must also complete support courses in mathematics and physics, and they must select additional chemistry courses above the 3000 level.

CHE-4720: ACCA–Chemistry is one of the department’s most popular courses. It’s one of a limited number of chemistry classes taught in conjunction with the Association of Colleges in the Chicago Area. The ACCA is an association made up of 15 liberal arts universities and strives to promote collegiate education in the sciences through the collaboration of member colleges and government laboratories.

There is a vital need for elementary and secondary teachers with an interest and expertise in the sciences. The College of Education and the Department of Natural Sciences offer an excellent program for those interested in teaching science, which mandates a chemistry designation.

Students can choose to major or minor in chemistry at the secondary level. Early childhood and elementary education students have the option to select a physical science or general science specialty.

For details about required courses, please visit our online catalog.

Chemistry Major Opportunities

Concordia-Chicago is conveniently located within a large metropolitan area, so students can take advantage of many opportunities.

Internship prospects are plentiful in business, education, health care and other fields. Our students also benefit from access to research opportunities and professional conferences that help them network.

Our professors take advantage of Concordia-Chicago's location by leading their students on visits to sites such as polymer plants, nuclear power plants, cosmetic analytical laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, conservation education agencies, forensic laboratories, FermiLab, Shedd Aquarium, Argonne National Laboratory and The Museum of Science and Industry.

Chemistry students also are strongly encouraged to complete an internship. An internship is a supervised, chemistry related work experience. CUC students recently have completed internships at Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Pharmacology and the Hooke College of Applied Sciences.

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