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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides a unique, high-quality experience for those with a passion for solving real-world problems with cutting-edge science. With low student-to-faculty ratios, commitment to undergraduate research, and prioritized faculty guidance, you will find success with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. In addition to your program-related courses and hands-on training, our department will help you build intellectual and practical skills that can be applied to your pre-professional activities, research, and any career in the science industry.
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Our programs are ideally suited to those who aspire to:

  • Solve real-world problems with cutting-edge research funded by agencies such as the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the American Chemical Society.
  • Embark on careers from traditional chemistry to governmental regulatory positions to forensics
  • Address challenges in medicine and the environment
  • Learn in modern facilities with real equipment essential to the learning process
  • Pursue medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary or any other pre-professional program


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Undergrad Research & Internships

Your education may start in a classroom, but that’s just the beginning. Get paid to learn on campus or off campus, learning on the job or in our research labs.

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Centers & Facilities

Providing real-world experiences isn’t just an option, it’s a priority. Our state-of-the-art centers and facilities provide countless learning opportunities, connections, and insight into your area of study.

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You may qualify for one of our many merit- and needs-based scholarships.

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Kalyn Koons

Kalyn Koons

Graduating Year: Spring 2024

Education: Chemistry major, Mathematics minor

Career: Interested in drug development

“I am studying chemistry because I am interested in future drug development. I want to pursue a PhD in organic synthesis, working towards the synthesis of complex compounds that may one day allow someone a better quality of life. I chose NKU because the class sizes are small enough to have consistent 1:1 communication with your professors. However, the university is large enough to provide resources for undergraduate research and a variety of free tutoring services.”

What they do: Currently a Supplement Instruction leader for General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.

Career path: Participated in the Freshman Research Scholars program and started doing research her first year at NKU.