Chemistry Degree Programs

Undergraduate Chemistry

The chemistry program offers courses leading to the degrees of Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science. The undergraduate curriculum prepares students for careers in industry, environmental chemistry positions, and teaching as well as for graduate study. Undergraduate courses also provide appropriate backgrounds for students planning careers in medicine, dentistry, nursing and related professional health fields. Students interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree in chemistry are urged to contact one of the undergraduate advisors as early into their academic career as possible.

In 1985, Northeastern Illinois University was added to the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Approved List of baccalaureate chemistry programs in colleges and universities. Being included on the Approved List means that the chemistry curriculum meets standards established by the ACS Committee on Professional Training. Students completing the ACS track will earn a certificate stating that they have met ACS standards for professional training.

Transfer students majoring in chemistry need to contact a program advisor immediately so that transfer credits may be evaluated and an appropriate program of study planned. Chemistry courses are designed to be taken in sequence. Students will not be permitted to register for courses if they do not have credit for the required prerequisites.

Undergraduate students are encourage to participate in research programs with faculty members and may take CHEM-305, Independent Study in Chemistry, 3 cr, and CHEM-399, Research in Chemistry, 3-cr, for that purpose.  Internships with local chemical industries and laboratories are also encouraged through CHEM-365, Internship in Chemistry I, 6 cr, and CHEM-366, Internship in Chemistry II, 6 cr. Please consult your undergraduate advisor concerning these courses.

Students should also aware of the University requirements for the Bachelor’s degree

Academic Advising

Students interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree in chemistry are urged to contact one of the undergraduate advisors as early into their academic career as possible.

The current undergraduate chemistry advisors are Dr. Ken Nicholson(, Dr. Stefan Tsonchev (, and Dr. Samantha Brown-Xu (

Master of Science in Chemistry

This program provides graduate education for students planning careers in industry, business, teaching or additional graduate work or professional studies.  Two options in the program are available, the Separation Science Emphasis, or the traditional General Program Emphasis

The Separation Science Emphasis, the first of its kind in the Chicagoland area, is designed to train chemists for the largest subset of industrial analytical chemistry known as Separation Science.  Highlighted in this emphasis are the studies of and research in gas and liquid chromatography and related technologies. Those planning careers in the pharmaceutical industry and in the environmental sciences will be well prepared by completing this emphasis in their master's degree program.

The General Program Emphasis is a more broad program of study well suited to teachers, and students intending to enter professional schools or to continue further graduate work in chemistry.  Recently added Chemical Education Emphasis Program is designed to serve middle and high school chemistry teachers to advance their careers.

Requirements for Admission to the Program:

Students must first fulfill the requirements for admission to the Graduate College.

Full admission to the program requires at least a 3.0 (B) average in the following prerequisite undergraduate courses: (a) two (2) semesters of general chemistry, two semesters of organic chemistry, two semesters of physical chemistry, and one semester of analytical chemistry (all of these must include laboratory); (b) two (2) semesters (normally eight credit hours) of physics including laboratory 
(c) two (2) semesters (normally eight credit hours) of calculus.

Conditional admission to the program may be granted when a students has a marginal undergraduate record or a deficiency in prerequisite undergraduate courses.  All conditions must be fulfilled for candidacy.

If the admission file/evaluation is not completed by the time of registration, the student may choose to register as a graduate student-at-large provided the appropriated application accordance with their established deadlines. 

Academic Advising

For more information please contact the Graduate chemistry advisor.The current chemistry graduate advisor is Dr. Jing Su (