Share your love of chemistry with future generations as an NSU Chemistry Education B.S.Ed. graduate. In NSU’s program, you’ll specialize in secondary (high school) teaching.

    About The Program

    As a student of Northern's chemistry education bachelor's degree 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, among others.

    You’ll benefit from personal attention from highly qualified professors and be encouraged to explore individual interests and work closely with professors on research projects. You may have the chance to present your research at national or regional meetings, or publish your work in scientific journals.


    Most chemistry education graduates work as secondary school teachers. Others work as instructors in non-educational settings; as corporate trainers, or in accounting or sales and marketing-related jobs.

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


    Undergraduate research or internships provide opportunities for you to work closely with professors - in their labs and with their equipment - in a way not available in an ordinary classroom or lab setting. You’ll have the chance to do original chemistry research on your own, under faculty mentorship. Many NSU students find that a summer undergraduate research project or internship helps crystallize their career goals.

    Contact Information

    For more information about this degree, contact Jessica Ness, or call 605-626-2272 or 605-626-7900. Or, contact NSU Admissions at 605-626-2544 or

    Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz

    B.Sc.  Mills College


    Dr. Susan Citrak joined the faculty at Northern in 2020. She grew up in the northern California Bay area and spent 26 years in San Francisco before moving to Aberdeen. She earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Mills College in Oakland, Calif., and then went on to the University of California, Santa Cruz, for doctoral work. At Mills College, she conducted undergraduate research in physical organic chemistry studying unimolecular solvolysis reactions involving carbocationic intermediates in ionic liquid solvent systems. During her tenure at UCSC, she moved into inorganic materials chemistry and studied the exchange capabilities, structure, stability and anion properties of metal-organic coordination polymers, as well as ionothermal synthesis of metal-substituted aluminophosphate molecular…

    Postdoc. South Dakota State University
    Ph.D University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    MSc. University of London
    DIC. University of London
    MSc. Beijing Agricultural University
    BSc. Shanxi Agricultural University
    Dr. Guangwei Ding joined Northern's chemistry department in 2005. He has served on the editorial boards for the Scientific World Journal and the Journal of Experimental Chemistry, and as a reviewer for Geoderma, Chemosphere, and Organic Geochemistry.
    Courses Taught
    Chemistry Survey
    General Chemistry I
    General Chemistry II
    Analytical Chemistry
    Physical Chemistry I
    Physical Chemistry II
    Inorganic Chemistry…

    Dr. George Nora began at Northern State University in 2010 and has been promoted to associate professor of chemistry.

    Courses Taught
    Organic Chemistry