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.


Pharmacists play an important role in our nation’s health care delivery system. A career in pharmacy offers a broad range of opportunities, including community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, pharmaceutical sales, and pharmaceutical research and development. Colleges of pharmacy typically require two years of pre-pharmacy followed by a four-year professional program (2+4). The programs of different pharmacy schools may be quite different, and it is therefore essential that pre-pharmacy students familiarize themselves with the curricular requirements of the specific college of pharmacy to which they intend to transfer soon after they enroll at Northwestern College. The courses listed below represent a typical program.

Recommended courses
Humanities, behavioral and social science electives: 10 credits
BIO 115 - General Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology
BIO 116 - General Biology: Ecology and Organismal Biology
BIO 203 - Microbiology
BIO 221 - Human Anatomy
BIO 222 - Human Physiology
CHE 111 - General Chemistry
CHE 112 - General Chemistry
CHE 321 - Organic Chemistry
CHE 322 - Organic Chemistry
ECO 213 - Principles of Microeconomics
ENG 288 - Writing in the Professions
MAT 111QR - Calculus for Management, Life and Social Sciences
MAT 208 - Biostatistics
Total credits recommended: 59

Note: Many pharmacy schools, such as the University of Iowa, require applicants to take the [ College Admission Test (PCAT). In addition, some pharmacy programs require a year of physics. The University of Iowa physics requirement may be satisfied with one year of high school physics.