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Chemistry Program

Chemistry careers offer employment that truly affects our daily lives. The foods we eat, the air we breathe, all of the chemicals and fuels we use, and even the clothes we wear are the concern of chemists. Chemists influence public issues, such as genetic modification of plants and animals, and the handling of chemical and radioactive wastes.

Chemists work in the pharmaceutical, paper, oil, biotechnology and consumer product industries. Chemists can concentrate on specific areas of chemistry, such as forensic science, genetic engineering, environmental chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science or chemical education. Many of these careers require a bachelor's degree while others require a master's degree or a doctorate. For more information about careers in chemistry, see one of the chemistry advisors or go to the American Chemical Society web site at: www.acs.org

Students interested in chemistry as a major should have good communication, mathematics and computer technology skills. 

The Chemistry program at College of DuPage offers courses for liberal arts and health science students, engineers, and chemistry, biology and physics majors. The program has several entry-level courses plus classes in organic chemistry and introductory biochemistry.

Program Requirements

Please consult a faculty advisor listed below before beginning your coursework.

Degree

  • Chemistry, Associate in Science


Student Planning Worksheet 

Course Descriptions

Faculty Advisors 

If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty advisor in this field. To send an email, click on the name of the advisor you wish to reach:

Lubna Haque
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 3335, (630) 942-2110

Richard Jarman
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 3333, (630) 942-2451

Mary Newberg
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 3331, (630) 942-4066

William Peacy
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 3341, (630) 942-2486

W. Gary Roby
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 3329, (630) 942-2420

Jeffrey Trautmann
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 3339, (630) 942-2488

If you are unable to contact an advisor, messages may be left with the Health and Sciences Division, HSC 1220, (630) 942-8331.

2013-2014 Outstanding Faculty Award Winner

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Lubna Haque

Lubna Haque, associate professor of Chemistry at COD, has been named the Overall Outstanding Faculty Member for 2013-2014.

Faculty Spotlight

  • Richard Jarman

    Richard JarmanChemistry

    "Chemistry is actually interesting, important and relevant – and not scary like most of them think. There's also more to education than A's and B's."

     

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  • Lubna Haque

    Lubna HaqueChemistry

    “I always encourage students to think of chemistry not as a prerequisite but as something to learn from and treasure for the rest of their lives. It’s really the simple things we do as teachers that have the most impact.” 

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  • Bill Peacy

    Bill PeacyChemistry

    “I hope the students learn chemical information and are able to apply the knowledge to chemical problem solving. I also hope the students gain critical thinking skills that can be used in day-to-day life.”

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  • Gary Roby

    Gary RobyChemistry

    "In teaching, you are at once the student and the instructor. I constantly keep up with new developments and love it when my students do the same and give me some new tidbit of information."

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  • Anjali Bhattacharyya

    Anjali BhattacharyyaChemistry

    "If you really want to understand chemistry, then I recommend this class for everyone," writes one student of Bhattacharyya.

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Student Spotlight

  • Ina Furxhi

    Ina FurxhiChemistry

    COD is one of the top colleges in the nation and has some of the most stellar professors. It provides me with classes that are easily transferable, tutoring and peer help for students in need, and professors with flexible office hours. These options are available for any student and are free of charge. COD also offers tons of clubs and extracurricular activities that have helped me on my path to pursue a career in medicine.”

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  • Nathaly Samper

    Nathaly SamperChemistry

    "Many professors at COD helped me by giving me advice for the future, setting up networking opportunities, and even giving me the opportunity for internships in areas I was interested in."

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  • Ellen Briggs

    Ellen BriggsChemistry

    “COD provides an amazing stepping stone to great opportunities in academia and career advancement."

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  • Jeff Hosmer

    Jeff HosmerChemistry

    “The professors at COD always make themselves available so that if you are going through a tough class, students can come in to get questions answered and gain a better understanding of the subject matter."

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  • Taylor Holland

    Taylor HollandChemistry

    "Professor Roby and the rest of the staff at COD have helped me start to form a reputation and gain valuable hands-on experience at a national laboratory."

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