Chemistry programs

Northwestern’s chemistry department is recognized by Rugg’s Recommendations on the Colleges as a top program that attracts top students. Whether you’re thinking about research, science teaching, medicine or another career, studying chemistry at Northwestern will prepare you to bring your faith to the complex research and ethical questions facing today’s scientists.

Neuroscience and Persons (NAPS)

The career concentration in neuroscience and persons is designed to introduce students to the fascinating study of the nervous system and its relationship to our personhood. The 21st century has been referred to as the "Century of the Brain," a time during which tremendous effort and career opportunities will occur as we try to understand the nervous system and treat its numerous health-related disorders. The NAPs program prepares students for graduate school, medical school or other professional training in neuroscience or its many contributing and cognate areas such as biology, psychology and health-related fields generally. This interdisciplinary program will prepare students for careers in basic and applied research and teaching (e.g., in pharmaceutical, biotechnology and academic settings), as well as careers in traditional health-care fields (e.g., medicine, nursing, psychology, counseling and all areas of mental health). There are two options: the standard program provides a basic background for fields related to neuroscience and persons generally, whereas the neuroscience concentration provides a more intensive science background preparing the student for entrance to graduate or post-graduate professional programs in neuroscience and medically related fields.

Neuroscience and persons: standard program
Required courses:
Completion of a biology, chemistry, computer science, philosophy or psychology major (other majors with approval)
BIO 340 - Neuroscience
BIO 345 - Neuroscience and Persons Seminar (NAPs)
PSY 111 - General Psychology
PSY 315 - Learning and Cognition
PSY 360 - Psychopathology
Choose one option: 4-8 credits
Option 1:
BIO 102 - Human Anatomy and Physiology
Option 2*:
BIO 221 - Human Anatomy
BIO 222 - Human Physiology
Choose one course**: 4 credits
PHI 204 - Mind, Knowledge and Reality
PHI 240 - Minds and Machines
Capstone research experience - choose one: 0-4 credits
Approved off-campus summer undergraduate research experience
PSY 398 - Directed Study or BIO, CHE, CSC, PHI 398
PSY 406 - Psychology Research Lab (psychology majors)
PSY 499 - Honors Research or BIO, CHE, CSC, PHI 499
Total credits required beyond major: 26-34

Notes:

*Recommended option

**Both courses recommended

Neuroscience and persons: neuroscience concentration
Required courses:
Completion of a biology, chemistry, computer science, philosophy or psychology major (other majors with approval)
BIO 340 - Neuroscience
BIO 345 - Neuroscience and Persons Seminar (NAPs)
CHE 321 - Organic Chemistry
CHE 322 - Organic Chemistry
PSY 111 - General Psychology
Choose one option: 4-8 credits
Option 1:
BIO 102 - Human Anatomy and Physiology
Option 2*:
BIO 221 - Human Anatomy
BIO 222 - Human Physiology
Choose two courses: 8 credits
BIO 202WI - Genetics
BIO 307 - Histology
BIO 310WI - Cell Biology
BIO 320 - Pharmacology
BIO 326x - Biochemistry:Proteins and Metabolism
BIO 327 - Biochemistry:Molecular Genetics
Choose one sequence: 8 credits
CHE 101 - College Chemistry
CHE 102 - College Chemistry
CHE 111 - General Chemistry
CHE 112 - General Chemistry
Choose one course**: 3 credits
MAT 111 - Calculus for Management, Life and Social Sciences
MAT 116 - Statistics for the Natural and Social Sciences
Choose one course**: 4 credits
PHI 204 - Mind, Knowledge and Reality
PHI 240 - Minds and Machines
Choose one course**: 4 credits
PSY 315 - Learning and Cognition
PSY 360 - Psychopathology
Capstone research experience - choose one: 0-4 credits
Approved off-campus summer undergraduate research experience
PSY 398 - Directed Study or BIO, CHE, CSC, PHI 398
PSY 406 - Psychology Research Lab (psychology majors)
PSY 499 - Honors Research or BIO, CHE, CSC, PHI 499
Total credits required beyond major: 49-57

Notes:

*Recommended option

**Both courses recommended

Recommended courses
Special topics courses in religion and sociology
PHI 342 - Philosophy of Natural Science
PHY 213 - Electronics and Instrumentation
PSY 215 - Research Design and Introductory Statistics
PSY 216WI - Research Design and Advanced Statistics
PSY 418 - Christ and Psychology