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Why Choose Chemistry

Why Choose Chemistry?

The chemistry program at IIT provides rigorous education in the fundamental areas of chemical theory and chemical experimentation. It roots you in the discipline and provides you with a firm foundation so that you can take many paths from here. The flexible curriculum offers you the opportunity to specialize beyond the traditional areas with one of six options: biologicalpharmaceuticalpolymer, or materials chemistry; chemical physics; or chemistry education (combined bachelor's/teaching certificate). Also possible are dual-degree, major plus minor, combined bachelor's/master's, premedical, or honors law options.

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  • A history and legacy of scientific and technological achievement dating back to the 1890s
  • Rigorous, relevant programs that prepare students for their next step
  • Typically smaller, more personal departments and classes where students are known and can maximize their potential
  • A network of more than 10,000 alumni around the world
  • Access to big research, including Argonne, Fermilab, CERN, Daya Bay, and more
  • Flexibility in programs that makes it possible for students to explore their interests, combine areas of study, specialize, or otherwise tailor their education to their needs
  • Multiple pathways to the future, such as co-terminal degrees, professional master's degrees, certificate programs, and traditional master's and doctoral degrees
  • Strong, committed faculty who are well regarded in their respective fields, including fellows of the American Physics Society and other organizations and NSF CAREER award recipients
  • Graduates who get jobs—in Fortune 500 firms to major international universities, the government to startups, Wall Street to NASA
  • A dynamic urban campus in the vibrant City of Chicago