DeWitt Family Science Center

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. Northwestern’s chemistry department is recognized by Rugg’s Recommendations on the Colleges as a top program that attracts top students. 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 Northwestern students who took the MCAT in 2018 scored in the 73rd percentile (putting theirs among the top MCAT scores worldwide).

Noah Gritters

Triple major

Noah's future career as a physician will combine his fascination with the intricacies of the human body with his desire to help people.

Noah's story

Alex Yoerger

More than a number

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

Alex's story

Kaitlin Hoogeveen

Healthy smiles

An NAIA All-American and Scholar-Athlete in volleyball while at Northwestern, Kaitlin has returned to her hometown and opened its first pediatric dental clinic.

Kaitlin'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

Emma Wynja

Medically minded

Emma is a medical student at USD, where she received the prestigious South Dakota State Medical Association Foundation Freshman Scholarship.

Emma's story

Eddie Pantzlaff

Specialized surgeon

Eddie's strong Northwestern education laid the foundation for his pursuit of becoming an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

Eddie's story