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Students enrolled in the NKU Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry receive high-quality instruction and have access to modern facilities and equipment that are essential to the learning process.

Our department has low student-to-faculty ratios and offers several programs of study, including a Bachelor of Science degree certified by the American Chemical Society and other tracks in biochemistry and forensics. In addition to chemistry content courses, our department majors include skills courses in written and oral communication that help prepare you for your post-graduate science career. Full-time faculty members conduct lecture and laboratory courses at every level, and faculty support our majors with in-depth mentoring and advising (including students with pre-professional interests, like pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, and pre-veterinary).

A cornerstone of our program is a commitment to undergraduate research, where students work on solving real-world problems with cutting-edge science. Our many research groups seek to address challenges in medicine and the environment, to name a few. Our home in the Dorothy Westerman Herrmann Natural Science Center has laboratories where students receive extensive training in a wide variety of major chemical techniques and instrumentation that can be applied in pre-professional activities, education, industry, and research.

Graduates from our program have found success in graduate and professional programs across the nation, and many are employed in industrial and educational position throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. Chemistry and biochemistry majors can choose from a wide variety of career options that run the range from traditional bench chemistry to governmental regulatory positions.

We encourage you to explore our website and learn more about our people and programs. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

KC Russell
Professor and Department Chair

Catalysts in Chemistry

Undergraduate researchers forge new pathways and have the experience of a lifetime.

About the Program

Majors in our department may obtain a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. Students planning to be professional chemists should seek the General Chemistry track in our Bachelor of Science degree that meets requirements for American Chemical Society certification.

We also offer Bachelor of Science tracks for students interested in biochemistry or forensics and a Bachelor of Arts that many choose for post-secondary education (in conjunction with a major in the Department of Teacher Education). Pre-professional programs are designed for students seeking admission to medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary or any other professional schools.

Students majoring in chemistry are strongly encouraged to participate in independent research (CHE 492). They are also encouraged to take at least one year of a foreign language, one course in computer science (CSC 260 or above) and math beyond Calculus II.

Learn more about our degrees and tracks offered by the department in the NKU catalog.


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Contact information

NKU Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Dorothy Westerman Herrmann
Natural Science Center 204F
1 Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099-1905

Phone: 859-572-5409
Fax: 859-572-5162

Department Chair:
K.C. Russell