What We Offer
The Department of Chemistry & Physics at Purdue University Northwest provides baccalaureate degrees with several concentrations available in both areas. Faculty in our department have a breadth of experience in a wide range of sub-disciplines within chemistry and physics, and most are actively engaged in research. Both chemistry and physics majors are regularly involved in research projects with faculty and collaborators at other universities, laboratories and observatories.
What We Do
Our department teaches chemistry, physics, physical science, astronomy, and earth and atmospheric science courses – about 10,000 credits per year. These courses include traditional chemistry, physics, and astronomy courses as well as forensic science, brewing science, nanotechnology, polymer chemistry, and energy efficiency improvement. Research is as varied as the coursework and includes aging studies, star clusters, neutrinos, organometallics, chemical education, physics education, optics, astrophysics, environmental pollution sources, drug design, high energy physics, quasars, purification techniques, and nanotechnology.
Unique Opportunities for Students and Alumni
Our proximity to Chicago is a big plus for Chemistry and Physics. Two unique national laboratories — Argonne and Fermilab – are about an hour away. Also, there are many companies in this area and in the northwest region and the state of Indiana that rely on physical sciences and hire many of our chemistry and physics graduates.
We also are excited by the recent funding of a telescope that is installed in Lowell. This is a big boost to our astrophysics efforts.