What We Do

About Us


Creighton University
Department of Chemistry
Phone: 402.280.2813
Fax: 402.280.5737

Two students in a chemistry lab

Commitment to Teaching

The Chemistry Department at Creighton University is committed to providing the best possible laboratory-based chemistry education for our majors and for the College as a whole. We are (and have been consistently over the past 15 years) one of the largest producers of American Chemical Society (ACS) certified chemistry graduates in the nation. Over the last 10 years we have graduated an average of 35 chemistry majors per year. A published study on academic excellence (sponsored by Dreyfus Foundation, the Welch Foundation, and the Keck Foundation among others) ranked the Creighton University Chemistry Department 17th out of 1,115 predominantly Undergraduate Institutions in its production of chemistry baccalaureate degrees. This places us in the top 2% nationwide.

  • 500 Student in General Chemistry per Semester
  • 300 Students in Organic Chemistry per Semester
  • 150 Student in Nursing Chemistry per Semester

Commitment to Scholarship

Our emphasis on scholarly endeavors by both our faculty and our students is one aspect of our program that is essential, as chemistry is an ever-changing and evolving science. We require our certified majors to participate in an independent research project. We believe that traditional scholarly inquiry strengthens a student’s ability to problem-solve, emphasizes the need to be creative in science, and provides unique opportunities to investigate fields of chemistry that are not treated directly in the courses that we offer. Additionally, a good research program will involve the students in investigations of the chemical literature, give them opportunities for scientific writing and oral presentations, and directly challenge them to think about the ethical aspects of science and of professional behavior, in general.

When students participate in research, they are participating in the discovery of new knowledge. This can increase their confidence in their own abilities and often provides the absolute proof that science is an evolving enterprise and that they can contribute to that process. The importance of one-on-one interactions between the student and his/her faculty mentor cannot be underestimated. Professional relationships that can last for a lifetime are often formed in these environments. This leads to Creighton University alumni that have very positive endearing memories of their undergraduate years and a continuing connection to the University in the form of their mentor. Obviously, undergraduate participation in faculty scholarship yields great rewards for all involved, the students, the faculty, and the University.

One traditional measure of scholarly productivity involves analyzing the number of publications and presentations that result from the scholarly endeavors and quantifying the external support (funding and equipment for such activities). By those measures our faculty have fared very well.

  • 150 Publications in national and/or international journals
  • 25 with Creighton University undergraduate student co-authors
  • 250 presentations at regional, national, or international meetings, 84 of which had undergraduate co-authors and most of those papers were read by the undergraduate students themselves
  • Averaging $1,000,000 as principle investigators for external funding in support of research and average another $1,000,000 as co-principle investigators.
    • NSF
    • NIH
    • Department of Agriculture
    • Research Corporation
    • ACS-PRF
    • NASA
  • Clare Boothe Luce funds
  • Health Future Foundation, or the “Success in Science”

Where Do Our Majors Go?

Undergraduates matriculating from our department continue with their formal education. The Chemistry Department at Creighton prepares its students for many possible futures. The formal training in laboratory-based courses is an integral portion of this preparation. We believe that our laboratory courses instill in the students an ability to problem solve in unique and creative ways, utilizing both team-based and independent learning environments.

  • 33% Proceed to medical or dental school
  • 34% Enroll in Ph.D. programs in chemistry or chemistry-related (e.g., biochemistry, chemical engineering, environmental science) disciplines
  • 33% Participate in organized volunteer programs (JVC or Peace Corps) or obtain employment in chemistry-related fields, or enroll in MBA or JD programs