Why choose chemistry as a major?
Chemistry is a central science, bridging boundaries between the physical sciences, mathematical sciences and biological sciences. Scientists with chemistry degrees have:
- Designed and synthesized materials and polymers
- Developed and synthesized pharmaceuticals to treat various illnesses and diseases
- Discovered biological molecules such as DNA and studied molecular interactions in the human body
- Developed renewable energy sources and other fuels
- Developed instrumentation for scanning purposes, such as MRIs and PET scans
- Developed instrumentation for detection purposes, e.g. to detect contaminants in the atmosphere
- Designed and developed electronic devices and gadgets
How is a chemistry degree from BenU different from one earned anywhere else?
- The chemistry program at Benedictine has a long history of successful accreditation by the American Chemical Society.
- Students at Benedictine can choose from three majors:
- A traditional Chemistry major that is ACS-accredited
- A Chemistry major with teaching certification
- A Biochemistry/Molecular Biology (BMB) interdisciplinary major
- Class sizes are small (not auditorium-sized) and chemistry majors are taught by full-time faculty members with Ph.D. degrees in a variety of chemistry disciplines.
- Chemistry majors enroll in special lab courses where they get hands-on instrumentation experience starting from their freshman year.
- The department is located in the Birck Hall of Sciences, with state-of-the-art facilities, modern instrumentation and dedicated support staff.
- Students get tremendous research opportunities, both on campus as well as off-campus sites like Nalco, BP, Argonne National Laboratory or the DuPage Crime Lab.
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