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Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Commitment to excellence

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Forensic Chemistry. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to the mission of providing both an excellent curriculum and a variety of exciting undergraduate research opportunities.


It is our mission to offer excellent instruction in all areas of chemistry to help Loyola undergraduate chemistry majors, other pre-professionals, and non-science majors learn college-level chemistry by offering a comprehensive curriculum. Find out more about our programs »



We pride ourselves on our commitment to our students and their success. We offer a number of undergraduate research opportunities » 

To help support our students in their research, please donate today to the Kurt R. Birdwhistell, Ph.D., Endowment for Undergraduate Research in Chemistry

Faculty Success

Two Professors of Chemistry Win Grants

Grants were awarded to two professors of the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department by the University Committee of Internal Grants on October 22, 2015. Dr. CJ Stephenson received a research grant for his proposal titled "Formation and Testing of Novel Fluorescent Compounds for Sensing." Dr. Qian Qin was awarded a Marquette Faculty Fellowship for summer 2016.

Congratulations to both professors. 

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Student Success

Chemistry Students to Present Research at 2015 Regional ACS Meeting

Seven chemistry students are traveling to Memphis, TN on November 4 to present their research at the Regional ACS Meeting. These students represent two research teams in Loyola's Chemistry & Biochemistry Department: one is headed by Dr. CJ Stephenson and studies synthetic organic chemistry, and the other is headed by the department's chair Dr. Lynn V. Koplitz and studies computational physical chemistry . The students under Dr. Stephenson who will be traveling to Memphis are Dayla Rich (`17), Nate Kamm (`18), Nathalie Argueta (`18); the students under Dr.

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Birdwhistell Endowment

Kurt R. Birdwhistell, Ph.D. Endowment for Undergraduate Research in Chemistry

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