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Chemistry Department
Loyola Caron, Staff Assistant
Acklie Hall, Rm 326
Lincoln, NE 68504
(402) 465-2257
lmc [at] (lmc[at]nebrwesleyan[dot]edu)

Chemistry Degrees

As a chemist, you understand the ways different elements bond together. Without those bonds, life itself literally falls apart.

NWU Chemistry looks at your success in similar terms. It’s about bonding together the knowledge, experience and skills you need to succeed in the lab as a chemistry major, as well as in research, medicine, engineering or industry.

Our approach joins foundations in chemistry, physics and biology with excellent professors, early exposure to research and experience-based opportunities beyond Nebraska Wesleyan’s campus.

Get amazing results.

Interested in engineering? NWU Chemistry and NWU Physics offer an exciting “3+2” degree program in chemical engineering. Chemistry majors can spend three years at NWU and two with Washington University or UNL, then graduate with chemical engineering bachelor’s degrees from both institutions.

How about medicine? An impressive 86 percent of NWU students who take the MCAT exam succeed in entering medical school. Additionally, our students are admitted at high rates to dentistry, pharmacy, physician assistant, and nursing postgraduate programs.

Or research? Roughly half of NWU Chemistry degree graduates go immediately on to graduate research at programs including Northwestern, Iowa State, the University of Michigan and the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine.

But you don’t need to wait for grad school. NWU chemistry degree majors have access to research opportunities both on and off campus, including undergraduate summer research and internships at institutions both in town and across the country.

These students have gone on to present their research at respected national and regional conferences, and our students have earned an impressive array of top awards in recent years including the Goldwater, NSF and NIH postgraduate fellowships.

Chemistry faculty

The NWU Chemistry Department has four full-time professors with expertise including organic, inorganic, analytical and biomedical chemistry. They have earned degrees from Northwestern University, Cornell University and the University of Michigan, and they are willing and eager to share their experience and expertise to help you reach your goals.


Adam Braegelman sitting with his hands folded on a table in front of a bookcase.

Alumni Spotlight

Adam Braegelman ('18), who received his doctorate in bioengineering from the University of Notre Dame, is now a patent agent focusing on prosecution of life science and biotech patents. His advice for young students?

“Take more writing and communication courses than you think you need and participate in extracurricular research," said Adam. "Learning fundamental principles of science is important, but improving your ability to effectively communicate in writing and speech will help maximize your opportunities. Research experience will help you hone critical thinking and creativity.”

Chemistry Career Opportunities