The undergraduate degree program in Chemistry at Northeastern fulfills the needs of students with diverse academic goals and prepares them for careers in industry and academia. The program is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and meets the standards established by the ACS committee on Professional Training.

The curriculum provides the requisite background for students planning to attend graduate or professional schools in chemistry, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and other professional health fields. In addition to the chemistry courses in traditional disciplines, the department also offers specialized courses in environmental chemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology and bio-organic chemistry. Students in the Chemistry program have the opportunity to conduct research with the faculty of the department of chemistry or participate in internship programs at various institutions and industry.

The placement of Northeastern Chemistry majors into the workplace shortly after graduation as well as their acceptance into top rated graduate and professional programs in the country validates the strength of our program. The Chemistry Department is proud of the success of all its graduates and strives to excel by designing new course work and programs to help Northeastern students achieve their educational and career goals.

Program Benefits

Northeastern is a teaching university. The primary focus of Chemistry Department faculty is the cultivation of a strong foundation in the major disciplines of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic and physical).

The diverse backgrounds and research interests of the faculty in conjunction with the low student to instructor ratio translates into accessibility by Chemistry majors to first person narrative by faculty members of career options available to them as well as guidance in realizing their career goals.

Affordable tuition, and commuter and residential options provide additional benefits to those seeking undergraduate study at Northeastern.

Career Options

The American Chemical Society (ACS) acknowledges that Chemistry graduates have employment opportunities in five main areas, which include industry, academia, government, non-profit, and entrepreneurship. In particular, chemistry graduates find jobs in:

  • Research and Development
  • Quality Control and Regulatory Support
  • Sales and Marketing Support
  • Manufacturing
  • Environmental and Health
  • Law and Policy
  • Military and Law Enforcement
  • Higher Education
  • Primary and Secondary Education

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the bachelor's degree in Chemistry and the courses offered toward the degree.

Chemistry, B.S.

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Chemistry at (773) 442-5670.

Chemistry Department Homepage

For information about earning a license to teach Chemistry at the high school level, contact Vanessa King,, or Katy Smith,, in the Goodwin College of Education.

About Northeastern

Northeastern Illinois University is home to students from all corners of the world and is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. Our small class sizes, flexible schedules and dedicated faculty can help you succeed in your studies.

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