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Northern’s four chemistry majors explore how chemistry touches every aspect of life. These programs develop both the knowledge and research foundations you’ll need to head into the job market, graduate school or a professional program. If you have an interest in science, we can help you develop the skills needed to be successful in your career.

Experience learning

 At Northern, we believe students learn best when they are fully engaged in the subject matter and the best way to engage if you are one of our students is to work in a laboratory.  Faculty are always eager to work with students on projects.  There are a variety of opportunities ranging from topics like improving the synthesis of carbon Buckyballs, modeling protein-drug interactions, the detection of trace detonation materials, to the remediation of environmental pollutants. Off campus, NMU students have interned at crime labs throughout the Upper Midwest and at other universities in the summer.

Career excellence

Chemistry touches virtually every aspect of modern life leading to career opportunities in industry, academics, and government. Chemists develop new drugs and vaccines, analyze forensic evidence, monitor environmental pollutants, reformulate consumer products, and design novel materials for electronics.  At NMU, your training in chemistry will prepare you for a wide range of jobs, such as crime lab analyst, environmental chemist, or educator. The chemistry degree also provides excellent preparation for pharmacy, medical and dental professions.  

With emphasis on experimental research, advanced instrumental analysis, business and entrepreneurship, and the latest cannabis industry news, there is no undergraduate degree program quite like this in the world!The Department of Chemistry is located in the Seaborg Science Complex, NMU’s state-of the-art science building.  NMU students work in modern laboratories equipped with a wide-range of scientific instrumentation supporting high quality instruction and research.  NMU will provide you with the experience and resources needed to attain your career goals.NMU chemistry students have the opportunity to work with professors on ground-breaking research. Students present at regional and national conferences and contribute to peer-reviewed research papers, opening more doors to graduate studies or job placement.

Degrees Offered

What you'll do at NMU

As an NMU chemistry student, you’ll have access to some amazing science facilities and equipment. Most of the courses in your major will be taken in NMU’s Seaborg Science Complex, one of the finest university science facilities in the Midwest. You’ll also have the opportunity to do high-caliber student-faculty collaborative research. Northern students often present their research results at regional and national conferences. These experiences often lead to exciting opportunities off-campus such as summer internships. During every step of the way, you'll have the support of talented, caring and dedicated professors.

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If you have college credit and want to find out what will transfer to NMU, please visit www.nmu.edu/transfercredit