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Chemistry, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The Chemistry program at Northwestern University consists of a variety of courses designed to meet the needs of students with diverse career objectives, including professional chemistry, medicine, and teaching. 
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The Chemistry program of Northwestern University Students offers basic general chemistry and organic chemistry courses required for pre-medical programs and some science or engineering major programs have the option of completing a major or minor program in chemistry.

Program highlights

Our ACS-certified chemistry major curriculum will open many doors for our undergraduate students. As chemistry is an experimental science, the primary strengths of our chemistry major program come from the strong lab component of many of the courses, the exposure to research grade chemical instrumentation from a very early point in the program, and the opportunity to participate in research projects with faculty of the Department of Chemistry who are conducting research at the forefront of many areas of chemistry and in collaboration with other areas of science. This experience ensures graduates of this program are much in demand for careers in chemistry, medicine, and other areas.

In recent years about 40% of our chemistry major graduates have continued their studies in graduate school, primarily, but not exclusively, in chemistry doctoral programs. Most of these students eventually find research positions in the chemical industry or government or academic institutions. Another 40% of graduates from this program enter medical school or dentistry school after graduation. The remaining 20% of our graduates take positions as chemists in industrial or governmental laboratories without further study or pursue other applications of their chemistry knowledge such as teaching, consulting, or patent law.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • General Chemistry
  • Chemistry of Nature and Culture
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Introductory Instrumental Analysis
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application*
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores†
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores‡ (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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