Nobel Laureate Glenn Seaborg stated, “Middle Ages man could not ignore the church, nor Renaissance man ignore the arts, nor could Eighteenth Century man ignore political thought. Likewise, modern man cannot ignore science.” Advances in chemistry have contributed to the extension of our knowledge of God’s creation — both his physical universe and we his people. A liberal arts major in chemistry contributes not only to the expansion of the student’s mind, but also provides the student with a broad spectrum of career opportunities. During the past decade nearly one-half of Northwestern’s chemistry majors have attended graduate or professional schools in chemistry, biochemistry or medicine, while the remainder have pursued careers in business, industry or education.
Chemistry has two principal goals: to determine and understand the properties of matter and its transformations (pure chemistry), and to develop processes to transform matter for useful purposes (applied chemistry). Northwestern’s chemistry curriculum seeks to provide the student with a rigorous and comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of modern chemistry.