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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 faculty members or visit the American Chemical Society.

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 member listed below before beginning your coursework.


Program Course Maps

Academic and Career Pathways provides students a roadmap to achieving their academic and career goals. Follow an academic timeline that outlines which classes you need to take and when so you can gain knowledge, graduate on time or move on to the next phase in your career.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete courses in Chemistry will:

  • Recognize, interpret, and critically evaluate scientific information.
  • Collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data
  • Apply chemical principles and concepts, as appropriate for the class level.

Source: 2018 Chemistry Annual Update submission

If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty member in this field. 

Contact Information

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06, (630) 942-3210