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Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors and Minors

Chemistry student

The mission of the Department of Chemistry at Butler University is to provide modern, rigorous, and comprehensive learning experiences for students in the field of chemistry.

The Chemistry Major

The Clowes Department of Chemistry at Butler University is proud to offer a degree certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Certification ensures a solid foundation in science through critical thought and broad exposure to the various facets of chemistry. This is an excellent option for career-minded students wishing to be competitive in the pursuit of graduate or professional study or employment directly in the chemical industry after graduation. In addition, students have the option of completing their chemistry degree in three years

The department also offers a broad-based Honors Curriculum. This option may be an excellent choice for students interested in pre-health, pre-law, or education. 

Lastly, students who wish to double major with some other discipline can earn a Chemistry Major by completing a minimum of 32 hours of chemistry. This option is only appropriate for those students who are using chemistry to support a major in another area and will not be pursuing employment or graduate study in the chemical field.

The Chemistry Minor

The department offers a minor in chemistry, which is composed of General Chemistry (CH105-6 or CH107), Organic Chemistry (CH351-2), and at least one additional course chosen from the following advanced chemistry courses:

  • Analytical—CH321
  • Inorganic—CH332
  • Biochemistry—CH361
  • Global Issues in Chemistry—CH418
  • Physical—CH471, CH472

The Biochemistry Major

The Clowes Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Butler offers an undergraduate degree program that emphasizes experiential learning and problem solving in a comprehensive curriculum focusing on biochemistry and chemistry. Our program focuses on the transformation of students into scholars by inviting them to work side-by-side with faculty in a collaborative research environment. Our students gain a personal learning experience through an education tailored to their interests. 

Departmental Honors Courses

The Department of Chemistry offers Chemistry Seminar (CH492) and Undergraduate Research (CH493) which fulfill the requirements for University honors.

Chemistry Internships

Our department has numerous connections with area businesses and offers several internship programs for students who wish to explore outside of the classroom. In addition, many national and international programs are offered through the University. The Chemistry department will give a maximum of 9 hours of elective credit for internships.

Writing Intensive Courses

Our department offers a number of courses that fulfill the University requirement for intensive writing. Intensive Writing courses are to be taken during the junior or senior year. The chemistry courses that fulfill this requirement are:

  • Analytical—CH424
  • Physical—CH473 or CH474
  • Biochemistry—CH463 or CH464

Permission Number Policy

Please complete this form to submit a Chemistry permission number request.