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Welcome to the Chemistry Department at Millikin University.

Chemistry at Millikin University offers over 100 years of success for its graduates. Chemistry prepares students for diverse fields, including medicine, biotechnology, the food industry, chemical engineering, research, education, business and more.

Chemistry students receive many opportunities for learning in and out of the classroom. Every chemistry student uses state-of-the-art equipment from the first course on. Each of our majors completes at least one semester of research in collaboration with a faculty member. Most of our majors complete industrial internships before they graduate, and many work as assistants in our lab courses. Chemistry students are active members of our award-winning ACS student chapter. Our majors also get exposure to interdisciplinary fields, such as green chemistry and nanoscience.

We encourage incoming freshman and transfer students to review the information about the chemistry degree and explore our website for details about student life and our department.

Chemistry Department News

Position: Analytical Chemist

Millikin University invites applications for a full-time,tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Analytical Chemistry beginningAugust 2014. A Ph.D. in analytical chemistry or closely related area isrequired. Teaching responsibilities will include analytical chemistry,instrumental analysis, and general chemistry, and may include other courses inthe major or the university studies program. The individual will be expected todevelop a promising experimental research program that is suitable forundergraduate students and to engage in university service. The chemistrydepartment is ACS-approved (www.millikin.edu/chemistry). 

Millikin Universityis a private, comprehensive institution serving approximately 2,300undergraduate, graduate, full-time and part-time students who study in fourcolleges/schools: Arts and Sciences, Business, Fine Arts and ProfessionalStudies. Situated on an attractive seventy-acre campus in Decatur, Illinois (populationof 85,000), Millikin is located 180 miles southwest of Chicago, 150 miles westof Indianapolis, and 120 miles northeast of St. Louis. A Millikin education ischaracterized by performance learning - a unique approach to learning thatbuilds the confidence to succeed after graduation. Students apply classroomlearning to internships and consulting projects, both in Decatur and around thecountry. A vibrant campus community engages students in more than 90 studentorganizations and a close-knit Greek community. Millikin Big Blue athleticsinclude 19 NCAA Division III teams as well as junior varsity teams andintramurals. In 2008, 98% of Millikin graduates gained employment or entry intograduate/professional school within six months of graduation (www.millikin.edu). 

Candidates should email a letter of interest, curriculum vitae,statement of teaching philosophy, outline of research program, copies ofundergraduate and graduate transcripts, and contact information of threereferences to Dr. George Bennett, Chemistry Department Chair, in care of LisaCasey (lcasey@millikin.edu). Review of applications will begin Oct. 22 andcontinue until the position is filled. Offer of employment is contingent uponsuccessful completion of background check.Millikin University is an equal opportunity employer.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Congratulations to our May Graduates

Congratulations to Brandon Barringer, Heather Darby, Janet Ellis, Sean Keil, Lauren Kitterman, Mille McClendon, Samantha Parks, Cody Smith, and Kelsy Whitney, our newest chemistry graduates. Cody completed an ACS-certified degree.

International Educational Opportunities

The Chemistry Department encourages students to study abroad and periodically offers opportunities to do so. To see the opportunities coming up in the near future, click here.


Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL