Chemistry studies the fundamental nature of matter and the changes in energy and properties that accompany compositional changes in matter. At Valpo, chemistry students develop their intellectual capability, judgment, and awareness of the fundamental technology of matter that affects our environment and our society.

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Recent news!!

  • Congratulations to Dr. Julie Peller on her NSF grant award! The award entitled “Radical-induced Weathering of Micro- and Nanoplastics in Water: Impacts on Suspensions, Agglomerations, and Contaminant Adsorptions” is a tremendous accomplishment and gives undergraduate research students an opportunity to advance understanding of these problematic pollutants.
  • Addison Gilbert “Gil” Cook, age 89, Professor emeritus of Chemistry, passed away on July 8, 2022. His obituary may be viewed here.  Professor Cook was a wonderful professor and mentor and had a profound impact on so many students during his nearly 60 years at Valparaiso University.  He will be dearly missed.   
  • We have a new instrument! The Nicolet iS50 FT-IR has already gotten quite a bit of use this summer and the organic and pchem students will get their turn soon. This purchase was made possible by a generous donatation from two alums and the A&S Dean’s office.
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Center for the Sciences

Chemistry and Biochemistry recently moved to the Center for the Sciences. This new facility houses advanced educational and research laboratories and provides study space for students to interact with faculty. Students receive an excellent education that allows them to pursue a variety of careers and gain admission to top graduate schools.


Premedical Arts

Students in Valpo’s premedical arts program are accepted to medical school at nearly twice the national average. Students can major in any field of study allowing them to prepare for medical school and an alternative career at the same time. Our cadaver lab also provides a unique opportunity.