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Studying chemistry is a way to meet the opportunities and challenges of our modern technological age. Chemists use everything from test tubes to state-of-the-art instruments to answer nature’s basic questions about the composition of matter, and to discover ways to improve upon nature such as developing consumer products, discovery of new drugs, monitoring and protecting the environment, and the like.

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Admission to the Program 

Freshmen:  19 composite ACT or 890 combined SAT or top 50% class rank.

Transfer:  Cumulative 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from all colleges and/or universities attended and be in good academic standing.

Degree Requirements 

Bachelor Degree Requirements

A minimum of 120 semester hours must be earned by every undergraduate student to be eligible to graduate from Northeastern.

Additional Requirements

1.  General Education Program:  All undergraduate students must complete the General Education Program requirements consisting of 39 semester hours in the following distribution areas:
Social/Behaviour Sciences (12 hours)
Natural Sciences (9 hours)
Mathematics (3 hours; grade of "C" or higher at college level)
Humanities (9 hours)
Fine Arts (6 hours)
2.  University Requirements:  English Composition I (grade of "C" or higher) and one Improving Human Relations course (consult the schedule of classes or catalog for listing of courses).
3.  Residency:  The last 30 consecutive credit hours must be taken at Northeastern, unless permission is received from the Office of Enrollment Services.

4.  Upper Division:  Students must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours at the 300 level and 18 semester hours at the 200 or 300 level.
5.  Academic Major and Minor:  Undergradute students must complete a major.  Some majors require a minor or set of cognate courses.  Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all courses counted toward the major, the minor, cognate and profressional sequences.  No "P" grades will count toward a major, moinior or approved area of study.  All grade point average requirements must be met for successful completeion of a program of study.
6.  Grade Point Average:  To be eligible to graduate, a student must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA (overall "C" average).  Some academic programs and departments have other specific grade requirements.  Check with your academic advisor.

Requirements are subject to change so please refer to the current catalog for up-to-date information.


A basic core of 35 chemistry credit hours consists of:

•  General Chemistry I and II

•  Quantitative Analysis

•  Organic Chemistry I and II

•  One of the Instrumental Analysis courses, Spectroscopy or Quantitative Methods

•  Physical Chemistry I and II

•  Chemistry Capstone Seminar

Elective Courses:

Two electives totaling 6-8 credits complete the bachelor’s degree. They may include:

•  Inorganic Chemistry
•  Industrial Chemistry
•  The other Instrumental Analysis course, Quantitative
    Methods or Spectroscopy
•  Advanced Organic Chemistry: Polyfunctional Compounds
•  Advanced Organic Chemistry: Bio-Organic Compounds
•  Chemical Aspects of Environmental Chemistry
•  Industrial Aspects of Environmental Chemistry
Any other 300-level chemistry course approved by

the department.

An additional 16 credits of supporting course work in mathematics and physics is also required.


Chemistry students have the opportunity to work with

faculty members on research projects of mutual interest.

The research experience is a valuable springboard to professionally related chemical careers. Advanced undergraduate students may also consider doing an internship at a local chemical industrial site or research laboratory.

Careers & Employment 

In 1985, Northeastern Illinois University was added to the American Chemical Society’s Approved List of baccalaureate chemistry programs in colleges and universities. This means the curriculum meets nationally recognized standards for the professional training of chemists. Students completing this track will take 10-12 additional hours and will earn an American Chemical Society certificate.

A bachelor’s degree in chemistry is excellent preparation for a wide variety of careers in industry and national laboratories, health and medical sciences, and the rapidly growing fields of environmental science and biotechnology. It will provide an excellent background toward advanced degrees and to those seeking teaching positions as well.

We prepare our students for a broad range of careers. Our graduates go on to Ph.D. granting institutions in chemistry, law schools, medical schools, dental schools, pharmacy schools, careers in forensics, jobs in research and development, and analytical services. More industrial chemists are employed in the Chicagoland area than almost anywhere else in the country.

Program Contact Information 

Financial Aid

For Financial Aid Information, call (773_ 442-5160 or visit the web at  Clock on Financial Aid & Scholarships. 
Northeastern's Federal School code is 001693.
For Foundation Scholarship information, contact Michelle Morrow at or visit the web at   Go to the Prospective Student tab and click on Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Admissions Counseling

Meet an Admission Counselor in the Admissions Counseling Office.  Prospective students are seen on a walk-in basis.  Admissions Counselors are availble:
Monday thru Thursday
9:00am to 6:30pm
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Admissions office:  (773) 442+4050
For further information, please call (773) 442-6111.


Subject to change. See current catalog for up-to-date information. For further information call (773) 442-5670

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