Students walking into the Johnson Center

The Chemistry Department is now located in the new Nancy and G. Timothy Johnson Center for Science and Community Life, a 101,000-square-foot facility equipped with 30 state-of-the-art labs and technology-enhanced classrooms. The Johnson Center has plenty of space for a suite of new laboratory and research equipment, including a nuclear magnetic resonance machine.

More about the Johnson Center

Dr. Jonathan Rienstra-Kiracofe works with a chemistry student
Small Classes, Individual Attention

One of the greatest benefits of studying chemistry at North Park is the personalized attention and support you will receive from your professors. Classes are small, which means direct interaction with professors and classmates. We take great pride in the success of our students, and work hard to create a student-centered, supportive, and fun atmosphere in the chemistry department.

Chemistry Prep Lab

Chemistry happens in the lab, a place where first-person experience becomes lifelong knowledge. As a chemistry major, you will have a number of opportunities to conduct original chemistry research with our incredible faculty, through industry internships across Chicago and summer research opportunities like the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. More

Dr. Isabel Larraza with a student and the NMR instrument

The North Park chemistry department is proud to offer state-of-the-art lab instrumentation and technology for hands-on chemical analysis of compounds made during laboratory and research experiments. In our labs, you will use miniature gas chromatographs and “smart lab” digital probes. Our sophisticated instrumentation lab has one of the world’s first miniature NMR spectrometers, and one of the few TXRF instruments available in the Chicago area. Labs also fully integrate Vernier's LabQuest2 and LabQuest Viewer to provide an interactive experience for teaching and learning.  More

Students experimenting during class
Why Study Chemistry?

Chemists study matter in its most basic forms—atoms and molecules. By understanding these building blocks, we search for new ways to organize matter into life-saving medicine, space-age materials, and exciting consumer products. Chemistry majors can pursue rewarding careers in research, industry, medicine, education, and much more.

Professor Jon Rienstra-Kiracofe teaches in Chemistry lecture

Why North Park?

As a North Park chemistry major, you will learn to ask questions about ethics and responsible science. Through small classes and hands-on research, with state-of-the-art instrumentation and technology, you will develop a deep appreciation for the role chemistry plays in the world and prepare for a successful career.

Careers In Chemistry
  • Agricultural Chemistry
  • Chemical Education
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Consumer Product Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Food and Taste Chemist
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Materials Scientist
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy

Performing a test on the NRM Machine  
Where Alumni Work
  • Behr Paint, Inc.
  • Diebel Laboratories
  • Electromotive Diesel
  • Emergency Room Physician in Michigan
  • High School Science Teacher in Minnesota
  • San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
Graduate Schools

Many chemistry majors continue on to graduate school in a variety of disciplines. Recent graduates from North Park have gone on to the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Ohio State University Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program, and the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Jonathan Rienstra-Kiracofe is excited to be a chemist, and he wants everyone in his classes to have just as much fun as he does.

Learn more about Dr. Rienstra-Kiracofe and the chemistry faculty.

Jonathan Rienstra-Kiracofe, Chemistry professor 
Chemistry Club

All North Park students with an interest in chemistry are invited to join the Chemistry Club, a social way to explore real-world chemistry and socialize with classmates. The Chemistry Club regularly organizes outings and social events that bring us together in the name of increasing knowledge and having fun.

Interesting Classes

Learn the basics and dig deeply into chemistry topics that meet your particular interests:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry

Explore the courses and requirements for the chemistry major.