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Location: Chicago, Schaumburg
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Major, Minor

Roosevelt University offers two chemistry degrees: a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Chemistry, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemistry, in addition to a minor in chemistry. The BS Chemistry degree is certified by the American Chemical Society and provides 55 to 57 credits of rigorous training in the five major chemistry sub-disciplines, including more than 400 hours of laboratory training beyond the general chemistry level. The ACS-certified BS degree is recommended for students whose career goals include direct employment as a professional chemist, or graduate school in chemistry, engineering or other physical sciences.

The BA Chemistry degree provides training in four major chemistry sub-disciplines, as well as advanced coursework and laboratory experience in a sub-discipline of the student’s choice. At 42 to 45 credits of chemistry, the BA allows room for non-chemistry electives, and is appropriate for students who wish to combine a strong background in chemistry with substantial coursework in another discipline. The BA is a popular choice for students who intend further study or work in a chemistry-related area such as pharmacy, dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, government, business, environmental science or policy, education, or law.

What Differentiates Us

Built for both Traditional and Working Students

Built for both Traditional and Working Students

Roosevelt's chemistry program is the only American Chemical Society (ACS) approved program in metropolitan Chicago, and one of only a handful of ACS-approved programs nationally, that can be completed by working adult students. We offer face-to-face classes including lectures and laboratories at times convenient to working adults, and are committed to making the ACS-certified degree available to part-time and non-traditional students as well as to full-time, daytime students.

Small Classes, Big Qualifications

Small Classes, Big Qualifications

Chemistry majors at Roosevelt learn in small classes taught by faculty who are committed to teaching and to student success. Roosevelt faculty are highly qualified, with all full-time faculty holding PhD degrees. Most have additional postdoctoral training. Lectures, discussions and laboratories are all taught by faculty, never by graduate students.

Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities

All students are treated as individuals, including one-on-one academic advising by a chemistry faculty adviser. Chemistry majors are encouraged to conduct undergraduate research with a sponsoring faculty member, or to complete internships or research experiences off campus. Additionally, students have opportunities for on-campus employment related to their major as peer tutors and laboratory assistants.

Dive into the Job Market

Dive into the Job Market

Roosevelt chemistry graduates are well positioned for direct employment on completion of a bachelor's degree, with more than 60 percent of Roosevelt bachelor's-level chemistry graduates finding direct employment in metropolitan Chicago's thriving chemical, pharmaceutical and related industries.

Expectations & Requirements


Students should be well-prepared, with a minimum of three years of high school science and three years of high school mathematics, including college algebra and pre-calculus. Students should expect to be challenged by rigorous courses that provide a sound theoretical and experimental basis in the five major sub-disciplines of organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry and biochemistry, as well as upper level chemistry electives in their area of interest and supporting courses in physics and mathematics.

Minor Requirements

The chemistry minor provides 25-26 semester hours of training in general chemistry, organic chemistry, and one additional chemistry discipline of the student's choice. Chemistry is a useful minor for students majoring in biology, allied health, psychology, sustainability, business, criminal justice, or elementary or secondary education, and/or for students anticipating post-baccalaureate study in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry or other health professions.

Sample Courses

  • General Chemistry I and II
  • Organic Chemistry I and II
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Chemistry Seminar


Career Options
  • Attend graduate school and earn MS or PhD degree in chemistry or related disciplines
  • Attend medical, dental, pharmacy or veterinary school
  • Attend law school, specializing in environmental or patent law
  • Work in industry, for example in analytical chemistry, synthesis, formulations, quality assurance, or research and development
  • Work as a clinical laboratory scientist in a medical or hospital laboratory
  • Work as an analytical or forensic chemist for private contract laboratories or for city, state or federal government agencies
  • With education coursework, teach sciences at the primary or secondary level
  • Work in technical, chemical, pharmaceutical, or scientific/clinical instrument sales
Grad Schools Attended By Our Alumni
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Cleveland State University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Loyola University
  • Midwestern University
  • Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences
  • Rush University
  • Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Companies Our Alumni Join
Sixty percent of graduates enter local chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, including placements at: Valspar, Sherwin Williams, Rustoleum, Ball Corp, Safety-Kleen, Ecolab, Tradebe Environmental, ERM Environmental, Bisco, SDS North America, Navistar, Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Sara Lee, Honeywell, Pfizer, Baxter, Blistex, DSM Desotech, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Microtrace LLC, EPS Environmental Services, Earth Friendly Products, Fresnius Kabi, WJE Associates, Northland Labs, Sensient Technologies, SGS Pharmaceuticals, Avlon Industries, and more.
Pursue Advanced Education
Over 33 percent of our graduates (including some who take industrial positions) pursue further education, including MS or PhD degrees in chemistry, chemical engineering, and related science disciplines, or professional degrees and certifications such as PharmD, PA, direct-entry MSN, and MBA's.


​Dr Oluseye Onajole
"As an organic/medicinal chemist, I view research and lab classes as teaching tools which helps bring organic chemistry alive. I help my students to apply literature concepts in their laboratory courses and research. I enjoy working with Roosevelt students because they are passionate about science. My main goal is to nurture this passion from the moment they step into my class or lab. I want my students to experience the fascinating world of organic/medicinal chemistry. Roosevelt University’s modern and well-equipped laboratories and infrastructure also provide an excellent environment for this to happen."
"My education from Roosevelt University has been a great asset in my achievements thus far. First and foremost, the faculty at Roosevelt University are some of the best teachers I have had throughout all of my education. Their passion for teaching and science was clearly demonstrated in the interactions with students. In particular, the science labs really ignited and sustained my interest in pursuing a science career. Not only did the science labs impart techniques I have used in the graduate research, but also they taught me to pay attention to detail and to persevere through challenging experiments."
Kristin Hicks - Chemistry BS '10