The Chemistry Department offers programs leading to either the bachelor of arts degree or the bachelor of science degree in biochemistry, chemistry, forensic biochemistry and secondary education chemistry. The department also supports courses for students in other areas needing chemistry cognates and electives. The program is designed for students planning professional careers in chemistry and related fields, and in the teaching of chemistry. There are several program options available at the advanced undergraduate level depending upon the career interests of the student.
Northern’s Chemistry Department is accredited by the American Chemical Society. ACS approval and periodic reviews of the department’s capability to offer complete programs to prepare students for professional work in the chemistry field attests to the continuing academic soundness of the undergraduate program and to its ability to serve the student population’s diverse needs and interests.
The Chemistry Department also provides advisement for students interested in pre-pharmacy. See the “Pre-professional Programs
” section of this bulletin.
Students enrolled in a chemistry laboratory must pay the cost of replacement for glassware or equipment broken in excess of one dollar. Records of student breakage are maintained in the chemistry stockroom, and students are notified of any amount due after the last laboratory meeting. The breakage fee is not applicable to CH 490 or CH 491.
Only those chemistry courses passed with a grade of “C-” or better apply to the biochemistry, forensic biochemistry and chemistry ACS certified majors and the non-teaching chemistry minor.
Students majoring in secondary education chemistry or minoring in chemistry education must maintain a grade point average of 2.70 or greater with no grade below a “C” in the professional education sequence, the major and/or minor and required cognates combined.