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

The chemistry minor provides students with opportunities to learn the theory and practice of chemical science, which lies at the foundation of disciplines such as biological science, medicine, pharmacy, and sustainability studies. Students with advanced coursework in chemistry beyond that required for their major have a deeper understanding and a strong preparation for a variety of careers in industry, research and healthcare.

What Differentiates Us

Built for Students

Built for Students

Roosevelt’s chemistry minor is one of the few programs that can be completed by working adult students as well as full-time students. We offer face-to-face classes including lectures and laboratories on a schedule that is convenient and that integrates well with a variety of major programs.

Small Classes, Big Qualifications

Small Classes, Big Qualifications

Chemistry minors 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 advanced degrees and years of teaching and research experience. Lectures, discussion and laboratories are all taught by faculty, never by graduate students.

Dive into the Job Market

Dive into the Job Market

Roosevelt students with advanced chemistry coursework are well positioned for direct employment upon completion of their bachelor’s degree. Roosevelt graduates find direct employment in metropolitan Chicago’s thriving biochemical, pharmaceutical and food science industries.

Expectations & Requirements


The chemistry minor provides 25-26 semester hours of training in general chemistry, organic chemistry, and an advanced course in either analytical or organic chemistry, depending on the student’s preferences. Students who are in majors requiring general and organic chemistry (e.g., BA/BS Biology) may complete as little as one additional laboratory course to meet the minor requirements.

Sample Courses

  • General Chemistry I and II 
  • Organic Chemistry I and II 
  • Analytical Chemistry 
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry


Exciting Career Path Opportunities
  • Attend medical, dental, pharmacy or veterinary school 
  • Attend law school, specializing in environmental or patent law
  • Work in industry, for example in analysis, synthesis, formulations, quality assurance, or research and development
  • Work as a clinical laboratory scientist in a medical or hospital laboratory 
  • With education coursework, teach sciences at the primary or secondary level 
  • Work in technical, chemical, pharmaceutical, or scientific/clinical instrument sales
Companies Our Alumni Join

Graduates with advanced chemistry coursework 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, Tate and Lyle, Microtrace LLC, EPS Environmental Services, Earth Friendly Products, Fresnius Kabi, WJE Associates, Northland Labs, Sensient Technologies, SGS Pharmaceuticals, Avlon Industries, and more.


​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."
Oluseye Onajole
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Roosevelt University
"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