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 advisors 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 advisor listed below before beginning your coursework.


  • Chemistry, Associate in Science

Student Planning Worksheet 

Course Descriptions

Faculty Advisors 

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

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

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

W. Gary Roby
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 3329, (630) 942-2420

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

If you are unable to contact an advisor, messages may be left with the Health and Sciences Division, HSC 1220, (630) 942-8331.

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  • Anjali Bhattacharyya

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    "I think she is a wonderful teacher. I am taking all honors classes except this class and she is by far the best. If you really want to understand chemistry, then I recommend this class for everyone," writes one student of Bhattacharyya. "She is very thorough with her teachings and explains things very well," writes another.

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  • Richard Jarman

    Richard JarmanChemistry

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

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