Contact or visit us

Chemistry Department
Loyola Caron, Staff Assistant
Olin Hall of Science, Rm 301
Lincoln, NE 68504
(402) 465-2257
lmc [at]

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. Many of those students are chemistry and biochemistry degree majors.

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 Medical School.

But you don’t need to wait for grad school. NWU chemistry degree majors conduct undergraduate summer research and internships with institutions like the National Institutes of Health, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the University of Texas and Texas A&M.

NWU also participates in the IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), which connects NWU biology and chemistry degree majors with unique research opportunities.

Win prestige scholarships. Chemistry students have earned an impressive array of top awards in recent years, including Goldwater, NOAA and Brown scholarships. They’ve also presented research at respected national and regional conferences.

Chemistry faculty

NWU Chemistry professors include the author of a primary chemistry textbook used by many university-level chemistry programs, a leader in integrated training for biotechnology leadership and a researcher pursuing biomarkers for early diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.


Become a Scientist

Microbiome scientist Megan Larsen, PhD describes how her doctorate journey started at Nebraska Wesleyan. Each experience opened new doors with new possibilities. Faculty-led trips fueled her interest in oceanography and inspired a research fellowship at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

  • Felicia Phares, JET Scholar

    Three students accepted into JET program

    Read more

  • Jennifer Agee, NWU CORE Award Winner

    Lab Manager Recognized

    Read more

  • Senior Morgan Zabel's research at UNMC.

    Senior conducts research at UNMC on genetic disease

    Read more

  • Senior Quentin Timblin spent his summer interning at a pharmacy in Madrid, Spain.

    Biochemistry, modern languages major gains pharmacy experience in Madrid

    Read more

  • Carly Wahlmeier

    Grad selected for prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

    Read more

Track the Prairie Wolves.

Follow NWU to see #pwolfnation in action—on campus, at home, and everywhere life leads.