Chemistry Program

Chemistry careers offer employment that truly affects our daily lives. The foods we eat, the air we breathe, all of the chemicals and fuels we use, and even the clothes we wear are the concern of chemists. Chemists influence public issues, such as genetic modification of plants and animals, and the handling of chemical and radioactive wastes.

Chemists work in the pharmaceutical, paper, oil, biotechnology and consumer product industries. Chemists can concentrate on specific areas of chemistry, such as forensic science, genetic engineering, environmental chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science or chemical education. Many of these careers require a bachelor's degree while others require a master's degree or a doctorate. For more information about careers in chemistry, see one of the chemistry faculty members or go to the American Chemical Society web site at:

Students interested in chemistry as a major should have good communication, mathematics and computer technology skills. 

The Chemistry program at College of DuPage offers courses for liberal arts and health science students, engineers, and chemistry, biology and physics majors. The program has several entry-level courses plus classes in organic chemistry and introductory biochemistry.

Program Requirements

Please consult a faculty member listed below before beginning your coursework.


Student Planning Worksheet 

Course Descriptions


If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty member in this field. To send an email, click on the name of the faculty member you wish to reach:

Cory DiCarlo
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 3327, (630) 942-2761

Lubna Haque
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 3335, (630) 942-2110

Kathleen Hess
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 3337, (630) 942-2420

Richard Jarman
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 3333, (630) 942-2451

Mary Newberg
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 3331, (630) 942-4066

William Peacy
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 3341, (630) 942-2486

Jeffrey Trautmann
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 3339, (630) 942-2488

Contact Information

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06, (630) 942-3210

2013-2014 Outstanding Faculty Award Winner


Lubna Haque

Lubna Haque, associate professor of Chemistry at COD, has been named the Overall Outstanding Faculty Member for 2013-2014.

Faculty Spotlight

  • Spotlight: Richard Jarman

    Richard JarmanChemistry

    "Chemistry is actually interesting, important and relevant – and not scary like most of them think. There's also more to education than A's and B's."


    Read Spotlight
  • Spotlight: Lubna Haque

    Lubna HaqueChemistry

    “I always encourage students to think of chemistry not as a prerequisite but as something to learn from and treasure for the rest of their lives. It’s really the simple things we do as teachers that have the most impact.” 

    Read Spotlight
  • Spotlight: Bill Peacy

    Bill PeacyChemistry

    “I hope the students learn chemical information and are able to apply the knowledge to chemical problem solving. I also hope the students gain critical thinking skills that can be used in day-to-day life.”

    Read Spotlight
  • Spotlight: Anjali Bhattacharyya

    Anjali BhattacharyyaChemistry

    "If you really want to understand chemistry, then I recommend this class for everyone," writes one student of Bhattacharyya.

    Read Spotlight
Main Spotlight Page

Student Spotlight

  • Spotlight: Marco Hartnett

    Marco HartnettChemistry

    To be given the freedom and opportunity to have my own space and equipment was very new and different. By the end of the internship, I felt like an actual working scientist. I always tell people that they should go to College of DuPage for their first two years. I would argue that you get a better education at COD because the class sizes are smaller and you get that individualized attention. A close-knit classroom is better for learning.

    Read Spotlight
  • Spotlight: Kai Libby

    Kai LibbyChemistry

    College of DuPage has so much to offer if you take advantage of the opportunities. The professors I’ve had are all impressively dedicated to teaching and helping you get to where you want to go. I have yet to leave a class disappointed or frustrated.”

    Read Spotlight
  • Spotlight: Ina Furxhi

    Ina FurxhiChemistry

    "COD is one of the top colleges in the nation. It provides me with classes that are easily transferable, tutoring and peer help for students in need, and professors with flexible office hours.”

    Read Spotlight
  • Spotlight: Ellen Briggs

    Ellen BriggsChemistry

    “COD provides an amazing stepping stone to great opportunities in academia and career advancement."

    Read Spotlight
Main Spotlight Page

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

  2019 College of DuPage