The Department of Chemistry at Indiana University currently has 36 full-time research faculty and 5 full-time teaching faculty who teach our undergraduate curriculum. Our department is committed to students gaining chemistry knowledge and learning how to problem-solving throughout our curriculum, and we offer a range of courses and opportunities that provide this framework. Curricular developments and teaching facility enhancements continue on a regular basis in our department.
Our department offers four degrees, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in both Biochemistry and Chemistry, as well as a minor in Chemistry. Both B.S. degrees are certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and prepare students well for either graduate school or industrial positions. Usually, the B.A. degrees are pursued by students wanting to pursue post-professional school.
Our office is located in the Chemistry Building (C021) and our office staff can be reached at (812) 855-2700. If you are a prospective student or need to make an advising appointment, feel free to contact one of our chemistry advisor, Carly Friedman or Carlin Schrag to set up an on-campus visit.
What Do Our Students Do with a Chemistry Degree?
One third of our graduating seniors in chemistry and biochemistry attend graduate school, often recruited by the best graduate schools in the nation.
One third of our graduating seniors enter the workforce in an industrial position.
- One third of our graduating seniors are accepted into the best post-professional schools (e.g. medical, dental, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary, physician's assistant, chiropractor, and law schools), where a small number of students pursue combined M.D./Ph.D. degrees in biochemistry and medicine.
Undergraduates who wish to teach chemistry may wish to pursue our new B.S. Chemistry/M.S. Education dual degree that can be accomplished in five years. This degree is designed for students who wish to teach at either secondary schools or community colleges while providing a strong and versatile enough background to be employed in industry.
Furthermore, several students choose to pursue and earn two degrees in four years (e.g. B.A. Chemistry/B.A. Germanic Studies; B.A. Chemistry/B.A. Drama; B.S. Chemistry/B.S. Biology; B.S. Biochemistry/B.S. Neuroscience; B.S. Biochemistry/B.S. Mathematics). Alternatively, students demonstrate their interests by earning minors in several areas.
High Impact Practices Outside the Classroom
Research. Students can pursue research with preeminent chemists on our faculty, often leading to publications after several semesters of research. We encourage our majors to take X399: Chemical Research and X499: Chemical Research Capstone for credit toward graduation. Students can apply for summer support every January for the following summer (applications in the UGO).
The Indiana University Journal of Undergraduate Research seeks student writers. The IUJUR aims to sustain an annual, student-run, faculty-mentored undergraduate research publication for Indiana University.
- Overseas Study. Although our students pursue a rigorous and challenging curriculum with smart decisions, several of our students can fit in an overseas studies opportunity (Office of Overseas Study) either in several weeks over the summer or in one semester.
- Internships. Internships are usually arranged with local industries during the summer sessions and are designed to provide opportunities for students to receive credit for career-related, full-time work.
Service Learning. By taking G201: Service Learning in Chemistry, students find fulfilling experiences working within the community to foster interest, knowledge, and appreciation in the sciences. Students prepare and execute demonstrations and in-class lessons at the primary and secondary school levels. Students learn more about their discipline while providing mentoring for younger students in the community.
Career Preparation. G207: Chemical Scholarship & Presentation and G307: Chemical Career Planning provide a framework to prepare students for the workplace. G207 involves the preparation of scientific oral presentations and poster presentations. G307 focuses on writing resumes, personal statements, and cover letters, including interviewing skills, discussion of graduate programs and careers in chemistry, personal assessment, job searching strategies, labor market trends, and principles of career planning.
Teaching. A select number of our advanced students have the opportunity to serve as Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (X371: Internship in Chemical Instruction), providing valuable experiences in peer instruction in the classroom.
Volunteering. Students have several opportunities to join student groups such as the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Sociey (SAACS; professional chemistry society), Alpha Chi Sigma (AXE; chemistry fratenity), and the Minority Association for Pre-Medical Students (MAPS; helping all students prepare for health professions).