NSU chemistry majors benefit from small class sizes and personal attention from NSU's highly qualified faculty.

NSU chemistry majors are encouraged to explore their individual interests and work closely with professors on research projects. Students may be able to present the results of their research at national or regional meetings - even to publish their works in scientific journals.


As part of NSU's preprofessional programs, the study of chemistry provides excellent preparation for medical, dental, veterinary, or chiropractic school admission. It also prepares students to attend graduate school or work in the chemical industry.


In our program, you'll learn to operate a wide range of modern instruments, including:


  • Ultraviolet visible and infrared (UV and IR) spectrophotometers
  • Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS)
  • High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), and
  • A nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrophotometer


NSU chemistry students pursuing the chemistry major have the option of taking courses in analytical, biochemistry, organic, chemical education, environmental, and physical chemistry or material science.



Chemist: Potential careers include analytical, inorganic, medicinal, organic, physical or theoretical chemist; biochemist, teacher, professor, materials scientist.


More career opportunities may be found in other fields of forensic science, education, or administration.


Chemists often work for private, for-profit businesses such as pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms and the chemical manufacturing industry; others are consultants or independent business owners. The education sector employs chemists, and many work in government.


Many chemistry majors go on to earn advanced degrees and enter the health care industry: medicine, dentistry, optometry, osteopathy, podiatry or veterinary. 


Northern's placement rate the past five years was 82 percent for medical school and 83 percent for dental school - see what our graduates have to say about the advantages of earning their undergraduate degree at Northern!


For more information on careers in your major or help choosing a major, contact Career Services.



Northern offers extraordinary hands-on opportunities for student research or internships in chemistry. Here, students work closely in the lab with professors and equipment in a way not often available in other classrooms and labs.


Northern students also have the chance to perform original chemistry research on their own, under faculty mentorship. Many students find that a summer student research project or internship helps define their career goals.

NSU College of Arts and Sciences Internships



Arts and Sciences Scholarships

NSU Scholarships



Chemistry (BS) Course Requirements and Student Learning Outcomes

Chemistry Minor Course Requirements


Plan of Study

Chemistry (BS) Plan of Study