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Chemistry and biochemistry majors present their research at regional and national conferences.

100% for more than 25 years. That’s the placement rate for Augustana chemistry majors (about two-thirds) who continue to graduate school at major universities. That’s good chemistry.

Or you could take your passion for chemistry directly into a career, working in the chemical industry or technical sales, or teaching at the secondary level. If teaching is in your future, you’ll complete Augustana’s secondary education program along with your chemistry sequence, for the chemistry teaching major. (See also Augustana’s biochemistry major and  pre-pharmacy program.)

As a chemistry major you’ll be heavily involved in research — in and out of class, on and off campus, with professors and others, during the school year and in the summer. What you find out in the process will change your future.

On campus, you’ll spend a lot of time in the recently expanded Hanson Hall of Science: four floors with two large lecture halls, 37 teaching and research labs, seminar rooms, four study lounges, classrooms with 30-150 seats, a greenhouse and The Commons — a three-story polygonal atrium where you’ll hang out with faculty and friends. 

What you'll learn

Disciplinary knowledge

Disciplinary knowledge

Gain a deep understanding of your subject and how it connects to other subjects.

Quantitative literacy

Quantitative literacy

Interpret, represent and summarize information. Use math and statistics to solve problems.

Critical thinking and information literacy

Critical thinking and information literacy

Judge and construct arguments, raise questions and define problems. Make a conclusion based on evidence.

Intellectual curiosity

Intellectual curiosity

Set yourself up for lifelong intellectual growth. Take responsibility for your own learning.

Creative thinking

Creative thinking

Combine ideas to create something new. Use imaginative ways of solving problems.


• Augustana’s program is nationally accredited by the American Chemical Society.

• Our success in graduating students who go on to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry has been recognized by the Dow Chemical Company Foundation, awarding Augustana and 41 other colleges an annual four-year scholarship, which we offer to one or two outstanding first-year students.

• Chemistry has long-established connections for chemistry internships. Examples include working part-time and/or summers at a local city water treatment plant, an environmental analytical lab or a paint research lab. Each year, Augustana chemistry majors are among the select students taking part in the prestigious Summer Internship Research Program at the Texas Medical Center in Houston.

• The student chapter of the American Chemical Society offers tutoring and hosts events highly popular with the community, especially the annual Chemistry Week open house and Night of Explosions.

• Chemistry students have access to grants for off-campus research experiences. One of these is Augie Choice: $2,000 to support each Augustana student’s internship, research project or study abroad.

• Many chemistry and biochemistry majors attend and present their research at regional and national conferences, such as the Argonne Undergraduate Research Symposium at Argonne National Laboratories near Chicago, the Midstates Consortium for Math and Science Undergraduate Research Symposium, and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Recent graduates

Alyssa Bowen '20 is a research and development technician at Engineered Polymer Solutions, Chicago.

Lauren Endress '20 is a graduate research assistant in chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Austynn Eubank '19 is a research engagement specialist at Gartner in Fort Myers, Fla.

Kim Pham '19 is a Doctoral Diversity Program Research Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dat Tran '18 is pursuing a Ph.D. in quantitative and computational biomedical science at the Baylor College of Medicine.

Hayden Holland '18 is pursuing a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at Marquette University.

Joshua Zgrabik '17 is a doctoral candidate at the University of Iowa focusing on inorganic chemistry.

Tyler Rolfe '15 is a chemist at Apex Material Technologies, Chicago.

Lauren Endress
More Than I Imagined Lauren Endress
“I never expected to be continuing my education to pursue a Ph.D.”
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Hayden Holland
More Than I Imagined Hayden Holland
“The chemistry faculty have helped me in so many ways to grow as a student and as a person.”
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Dat Tran
More Than I Imagined Dat Tran
“I learned that I actually like science and mathematics, which were things that I despised when I was in high school.”
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Max Petersen '10 working in the lab at Washington University

How transformation happens in four years at Augustana

It comes down to opportunities and mentors. Just ask Max Petersen ’10.

Members of the Augustana Physics and Engineering Society

Augustana recognized for STEM program by INSIGHT Into Diversity 

An Augustana College mentoring program that partners junior and senior STEM majors with younger classmates from underrepresented groups has won a national award.


Students shine in summer internships across the country

As summer interns, more than 150 Augustana students discovered what they want to do in life, what they don't want to do, and how to use what they've learned in class to be collaborative problem-solvers.