Do you like to work with your hands, create things or solve puzzles? If so, chemistry may be the major for you. Chemists study the structure and transformation of matter and create entirely new substances, such as pharmaceuticals, conducting polymers and synthetic fibers.
At North Central College, you can experience a chemistry curriculum approved by the American Chemical Society as you earn your bachelor's degree in either chemistry or biochemistry. All coursework in the major is taught by full-time Ph.D. faculty members and covers all the major areas of chemistry (analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, and physical) with hands-on laboratory experience an important part of each course.
A strong commitment to education and research in the sciences has helped make North Central's chemistry department well equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation used for both teaching and research. More than $500,000 has been spent for equipment in recent years, including the 300 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer, Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS), High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC), Fourier Transform Infra-red Spectrophotometer (FTIR), Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AA), Electrophoresis, Ultracentrifuge, Polarimeter, and Fluorimeter.
In addition, we also have a glovebox for working with air sensitive compounds and molecular modeling stations to help you visualize molecules in three dimensions and compute their properties. You will have the opportunity to use these instruments and equipments in both your coursework and undergraduate research projects.