Contact Information

Address:  3301 New Science Facility
Phone:  906-227-2911
Fax:  906-227-1066
Department Email:

Chemistry at NMU


The Chemistry Department offers programs leading to either the bachelor of arts degree or the bachelor of science degree in biochemistry, chemistry, forensic biochemistry, medicinal plant chemistry 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.


Student Organizations


  • American Chemical Society Student Affiliates/Chemistry Club
  • Forensic Biochemistry Club
  • Student Michigan Education Association


Department/Program Policies


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, medicinal plant chemistry, chemistry ACS certified majors and the non-teaching chemistry minor.

Seconday Education Chemistry
Students with a major or minor in secondary chemistry education must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or greater overall, in the major, and/or minor(s) with no grade below a "B-" in the professional education sequence and no grade below a "C" in the major and/or minor(s).


Interdisciplinary Program


See Interdisciplinary and Individually Created Programs for more information on the following program.

Integrative Science Minor



Bulletin Year: 2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Bulletin