Millikin University - Decatur, IL

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 beginning August 2015. A Ph.D. in analytical chemistry or closely related area is required. Teaching responsibilities will include analytical chemistry, instrumental analysis, and general chemistry, and may include other courses in the major or the university studies program. The individual will be expected todevelop a promising experimental research program that is suitable for undergraduate students and to engage in university service. The chemistry department is ACS-approved ( 

Millikin University is a private, comprehensive institution serving approximately 2,300 undergraduate, graduate, full-time and part-time students who study in four colleges/schools: Arts and Sciences, Business, Fine Arts and Professional Studies. Situated on an attractive seventy-acre campus in Decatur, Illinois (population of 85,000), Millikin is located 180 miles southwest of Chicago, 150 miles west of Indianapolis, and 120 miles northeast of St. Louis. A Millikin education is characterized by performance learning - a unique approach to learning that builds the confidence to succeed after graduation. Students apply classroom learning to internships and consulting projects, both in Decatur and around the country. A vibrant campus community engages students in more than 90 student organizations and a close-knit Greek community. Millikin Big Blue athletics include 19 NCAA Division III teams as well as junior varsity teams and intramurals. In 2013, 99% of Millikin graduates gained employment or entry into graduate/professional school within six months of graduation ( 

Candidates should email a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, outline of research program, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and contact information of three references to Dr. George Bennett, Chemistry Department Chair, in care of Lisa Casey ( Review of applications will begin Sept. 15 and continue until the position is filled. Offer of employment is contingent upon successful 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 Hailey Albert, Jessica Davison, Chelsea Hadsall, Olivia Hays, Brian Kane, Mariah Mark, Chloe' Mimms, and Brendan Phillips, our newest chemistry graduates.

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