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Chemistry and Biochemistry

Are you interested in learning how to solve problems, work with others, and develop hands-on lab skills? If so, the Clowes Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Butler might be a great fit for you.

Chemists and biochemists work with others from a myriad of fields to solve some of society’s most pressing problems. At Butler, you will develop the knowledge to contribute to a number of scientific fields, build communication skills necessary to work with others, and hone problem solving skills that enable you to pursue any number of career options. Our graduates:

  • Work as chemists in local and national companies
  • Attend some of the top graduate programs in the chemical and biochemical sciences
  • Study at some of the top medical, dental, and optometry schools in the country
  • Pursue areas outside of science such as law, sales and education

Current Happenings

There is always something fun and exciting happening in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. For the latest information, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Study Abroad

You can explore the world while exploring your chemistry major or minor.

Featured Courses and Research

We have an active and engaged faculty who are innovative in the classroom and laboratory. View our featured courses and featured faculty research.

Alumni Corner

See what life is like for our graduates!


Chemistry students

Why Be a Chemistry/Biochemistry Major

As a biochemistry or chemistry major, you will gain a strong foundation in the fundamentals of chemical structure and reactivity as you transition from a student of science to a practitioner of science. In the process, you will learn how to develop experiments to study hypotheses, how to analyze materials to gain structural information, and how to solve complex problems. You will gain valuable oral and written communication skills. In short, not only will you have the technical knowledge to prepare you for a career in chemistry but the knowledge and skills to enable you to succeed no matter what path you choose.  Our students have gone on to successful careers as chemists, doctors, dentists, lawyers, stockbrokers, and real estate agents. 

Three Chemistry Options

Our three options for a major provide increasingly deeper and broader chemistry curricula. In addition, both chemistry and biochemistry can be completed in three years. Which matches your goals?

  • Chemistry: Partners well with other majors, allowing you to blend your multiple interests with your love of science 
  • Biochemistry: Emphasizes experiential learning and problem solving in a comprehensive curriculum focusing on biochemistry and chemistry. 
  • “ACS-Certified” Chemistry: Our most in-depth curriculum and lab experience, for those pursuing graduate studies and high-level research careers
Chemistry internships


Concerned that environmental toxins were damaging its collections, the Indianapolis Museum of Art recruited our majors as chemical analysis “detectives” and interns. Students seek out internships on their own initiative, tapping the rich corporate culture of Indianapolis and the Chemistry department’s close relationships with such global concerns as Eli Lilly and Co. and Corteva Agriscience.

The Strengths of Our Faculty 

Active researchers, industrial consultants, and authors in the field of chemistry, our knowledgeable faculty are great role models and supportive mentors to students. Inside classrooms or labs and beyond, they share their scholarly interests, professional connections, and enthusiasm for chemistry.

Chemistry graduates

Graduate Careers

Our graduates are employed in such professions as chemistry, engineering, teaching, IT, and real estate. Others are pursuing advanced degrees in chemistry, medicine, dentistry, engineering, and other disciplines.