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 coursework 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 translate into accessibility by Chemistry majors to the 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


Learning Requirements

Required Courses
CHEM-211 General Chemistry I 1 5
CHEM-212 General Chemistry II 1 4
CHEM-213 Writing Intensive Program: Quantitative Analysis 5
CHEM-231 Organic Chemistry I 2 4
CHEM-232 Organic Chemistry II 2 4
CHEM-311 Physical Chemistry I 3 4
CHEM-312 Physical Chemistry II 3 4
CHEM-330 Instrumental Analysis: Spectroscopy
or CHEM-331 Instrumental Analysis: Quantitative Methods
4
CHEM-391 Chemistry Capstone Seminar 3
Select two elective from the following: 6-8
CHEM-316 Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM-319 Chemical Aspects Of Environmental Chemistry
CHEM-320 Industrial Aspects Of Environmental Chemistry
CHEM-321 Environmental Chemistry In The City
CHEM-330 Instrumental Analysis: Spectroscopy 4
CHEM-331 Instrumental Analysis: Quantitative Methods 4
CHEM-332 Identification Of Organic Compounds
CHEM-347 Advanced Organic Chemistry: Polyfunctional Compounds
CHEM-348 Advanced Organic Chemistry: Bio-Organic Compounds
CHEM-349 Organic Synthesis
CHEM-350 Principles Of Toxicology
CHEM-353 Principles of Pharmacology
CHEM-355 Principles Of Medicinal Chemistry
CHEM-357 Chemical Kinetics
Any other 300-level chemistry course approved by the department.
Total Hours 43-45

1. CHEM-211C and CHEM-212C are strongly recommended to be taken concurrently with CHEM-211 and CHEM-212, respectively.
2. CHEM-231C and CHEM-232C are strongly recommended to be taken concurrently with CHEM-231 and CHEM-232, respectively.
3. CHEM-311C and CHEM-312C are strongly recommended to be taken concurrently with CHEM-311 and CHEM-312 respectively.
4. Major elective credit is given only if the course is not used to count towards the required courses in the major.

Required Courses in a Related Field
MATH-187 Calculus I 4
MATH-202 Calculus II 4
PHYS-203 Physics I Laboratory 1
PHYS-204 Physics II Laboratory 1
PHYS-206 University Physics I 1 3
PHYS-207 University Physics II 1 3
Total Hours 16

1. PHYS-206 and PHYS-207 are strongly recommended for all chemistry majors and required for those in the A.C.S. approved program


Students with foreign credentials
are evaluated by the Office of Admissions as having 90 credit hours must take as a minimum the following six courses:

CHEM-213 Writing Intensive Program: Quantitative Analysis 5
CHEM-232 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM-311 Physical Chemistry I 4
CHEM-312 Physical Chemistry II 4
CHEM-330 Instrumental Analysis: Spectroscopy
or CHEM-331 Instrumental Analysis: Quantitative Methods
4
CHEM-391 Chemistry Capstone Seminar 3
Additional courses may be required in chemistry,
physics or mathematics. Students should see their advisor.
Total Hours 24


American Chemical Society approved program in Chemistry:


Graduating majors may receive a certificate stating that they have completed a program which meets the A.C.S. standards for Professional Training if they fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Take PHYS-206 as a prerequisite for CHEM-311.
  2. Take PHYS-207 as a prerequisite for CHEM-312.
  3. Take CHEM-311 and CHEM-312 during the junior year.

CHEM-316, CHEM-330, CHEM-331, CHEM-347, and CHEM-348 are required. CHEM-318 and CHEM-326 do not count as electives. Two additional 300-level electives must then be selected.

Completion of this program requires a minimum of 50 cr. in chemistry with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and no chemistry grades below C in any required course.

Program taught in:
English

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