Welcome to the IU Northwest Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics and Astronomy

The Department of Chemistry / Biochemistry / Physics / Astronomy acp-logo-2018.png provides students with excellent opportunities to study the chemical, biochemical and physical sciences.  The department offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry, an interdepartmental major in Environmental Science, a Minor in Physics, and selection of Astronomy courses. The B.S. in Chemistry also offers an Honors track.

Program Highlights

The department has a small number of full time faculty engaging in a wide variety of disciplines within chemistry, biochemistry and physics.  The size of the department allows for small student/faculty ratios with frequent individualized attention to our students. 

Students are encouraged to participate in research with faculty mentors.  The department offers fully equipped modern teaching and research labs, giving students the opportunity to use state of the art instruments for their research.  Research can be conducted within several areas, including organic, biochemistry, physical, inorganic, and environmental chemistry.  There are also ample opportunities to engage in research with other academic disciplines such as biology, geosciences, physics, psychology, mathematics, and medicine. 

The Chemistry program collaborates with the IU School of Medicine – Northwest, located on campus, as well as with other research institutions within the greater metropolitan area to give a unique hands-on experience to students on a pre-medical academic track.

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree program is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of the chemistry and biochemistry program will find jobs within the chemical industry or proceed to graduate or medical school or to other pre-health professional schools.  The program designed to accommodate students seeking a career in chemistry, biochemistry or physical sciences as well as pre-professional training in the medical sciences (pre-medical, pre-dental, and allied health sciences).

For More Information

Browse the links listed to the left or download the Departmental Information Sheet for Chemistry to learn about degree and course requirements, student clubs and activities, and more.

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry/Physics/Astronomy at IU Northwest!

Contact Us

Office Hours

Monday ‑ Friday: 8:00 a.m. ‑ 5:00 p.m

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Department Chair

Nelson De Leon
(219) 980-6742

Mailing Address

Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, and Astronomy Department
IU Northwest
3400 Broadway
Marram Hall, Room 243
Gary, Indiana 46408

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