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.
“Northern is one of the only in-state institutions that has a forensics science program. By attending Northern, I not only get to stay in Aberdeen, but I also get to study exactly what I want to be doing. With the opening of the new science center, there has been a lot of change in the science department since last year. Most notably, there is way more space. We now have plenty of storage, and the classrooms are big enough for the professors to be able to walk around the room and interact with their students. Another highlight has been the lab rooms. Having a space to put what we learn into practice with the resources necessary is extremely helpful. The study rooms and common spaces are also a wonderful addition. Sometimes you want a change of scenery from studying in the library all of the time, so having those additional spaces to work on homework is a welcome addition. On top of classes, I also spend eight hours a week working for the chemistry department, so I spend a large portion of my time here. Sometimes it feels like I’m not even on the same campus that I was last year.” – Scott Diede #beNORTHERN #unleashYOURpotential #NorthernStateU
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…