INBRE program at NWU
The INBRE program allows students to immerse in independent research, try new laboratory approaches and contribute to Nebraska's research mission. Read more.
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.
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.
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.