Chemistry professor and student work in the lab.

Impressive expertise. Infectious enthusiasm. That’s Northwestern’s chemistry professors. They'll mentor you through tough courses, guide your lab and intellectual experimentation, and include you in their own research. The personal attention you’ll receive will help you pursue the career or graduate school of your choice. Explore our programs: 


Northwestern’s chemistry labs and equipment in the $24.5 million DeWitt Family Science Center are at your disposal for classes, your own experimentation and collaborating with professors. In addition, Northwestern science majors are very successful at landing paid summer research appointments in university labs. Explore research opportunities

Science of success

From the research scientists to the chemistry teachers to the many award-winning physicians and other healthcare providers, NWC chemistry alumni prove they know the formula for success. An impressive 80% of Northwestern science majors headed to medical school are accepted the first time they apply (compared to a 45% national medical school matriculation rate). Recently, physical chemistry students scored, on average, in the 85th percentile on the standardized thermodynamics exam, and 2021 Northwestern grads who took the MCAT scored in the top 10% worldwide.

Kip Cullinan

Building blocks for success

Kip appreciates the academic rigor of Northwestern’s science curriculum and feels it will set him apart on his journey to become an orthopedic surgeon.

Kip's story

Steven Van Meeteren

Equipped to stand out

Talented professors and a Christ-centered culture helped Steven grow in knowledge and in faith—a combination that has prepared him to make a difference and pursue his calling to become a physician.

Steven's story

Colin McDowell

Ready to research

Colin’s biochemistry degree set him up for success as a graduate research fellow and future scientist.

Colin's story

Justin Lehman

Put to the test

Justin’s work as a laboratory account manager increases communication among a patient’s health care team and helps patients receive the correct treatment faster.

Justin's story

Alex Yoerger

Well prepared for lifelong learning

With the help of Northwestern's science professors, Alex is on her way to her dream career as a veterinarian.

Alex's story

Alison Schutt

Thinking critically

Alison's action-packed academic career was filled with opportunities to think critically about biology and chemistry, which has served her well as she transitions into life as a medical student.

Alison's story

Emily Wynja

Medically minded

The knowledge, confidence and experiences Emily gained at Northwestern fueled her journey to become a physician.

Emily's story