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Welcome from the Head of Department


Founded in 1964, the Department of Chemistry of the University of Illinois at Chicago is an internationally recognized center of excellence both in research and teaching. Currently, 21 tenured or tenure-track faculty members teach, supervise, and mentor over three hundred undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry students and over one hundred graduate students. The goal of both our undergraduate and graduate programs is to provide students with the highest level of professional instruction in the study and practice of chemistry. Our faculty is committed to offering a welcoming learning and research environment and providing an intellectually challenging experience in chemistry.


Our department offers undergraduate Bachelor of Science Degrees in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and the Teaching of Chemistry, as well as a Bachelor of Arts option in Chemistry. All of the BS degrees are certified by the American Chemical Society. One of the strengths of our undergraduate program is the wide range of research opportunities that we offer our students.


Our highly active graduate program, which is one of the largest in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, encompasses a broad range of research areas, including the traditional sub-disciplines (Analytical, Bio, Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry) as well as several new interdisciplinary areas, including chemical biology, nanotechnology and neurochemistry. We encourage applications from both the United States and abroad for our MS and PhD programs.


Chicago is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city and an exciting place to live and study, renowned for its architecture and many cultural and artistic resources. The neighborhood surrounding the University is one of the fastest growing in Chicago and offers easy access to the lakefront, museums, theaters and restaurants for which Chicago is famous. If you are in the Chicago area, please don’t hesitate to contact us, and we will arrange for a site visit.


Luke Hanley

Professor and Head

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