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.


Northwestern’s pre-optometry program prepares the student for entrance into a college of optometry and an eventual career as an optometrist. Students may be accepted by a college of optometry after three years but the majority of those accepted have earned a B.A. degree. Specific courses recommended by most colleges of optometry are as follows:

Recommended courses
Biology elective: 4 credits
Courses in writing: 6 credits
Psychology electives: 8 credits
BIO 116 - General Biology: Ecology and Organismal Biology
BIO 203 - Microbiology
CHE 111 - General Chemistry
CHE 112 - General Chemistry
CHE 321 - Organic Chemistry
MAT 116QR - Statistics for the Natural and Social Sciences
PHY 111 - General Physics I
PHY 112 - General Physics II
Choose one course: 3-4 credits
MAT 111QR - Calculus for Management, Life and Social Sciences
MAT 112QR - Calculus I
Total credits recommended: 52-53