The world around us – from everyday objects with which we interact to the elements of the cosmos – is composed of molecules and atoms on an infinitesimally small level. Chemistry is the study of these building blocks of our universe, and a degree in chemistry from UND can prepare you for an exciting future of scientific discovery.
The chemistry program at UND offers three different options for its students. The B.S. in chemistry is American Chemical Society (ACS) certified, and is excellent preparation for graduate or professional work in chemistry. You may also earn the B.S. with a major in chemistry, and may select from either a physical chemistry or a biochemistry emphasis. Throughout these tracks you will study a number of different facets of chemistry such as:
- General inorganic chemistry
- Organic chemistry
- Analytical chemistry
- High performance computing
- Spectroscopic methods
UND’s chemistry department is home to faculty members who regularly publish peer-reviewed research. You’ll learn alongside experienced instructors and be encouraged to engage in your own research for academic credit.
Essential is also exposure to advanced instrumentation, the element required for effective research experience. Students have the opportunity to use in person state-of-the-art instrumentation at UND (NMR, MS, FTIR, etc.), particularly in the areas of biological/environmental chemistry and catalysis. Several dozen workstations / servers throughout the department also ensure access to necessary resources for chemical research.
No UND experience is complete without becoming involved in a student organization, internship or other extracurricular activity. Chemistry has two distinct, active groups on campus. The Undergraduate Chemistry Club is an organization for undergraduate students, and for upper level students, there's the Chemistry Graduate Student Association.
In addition, Chemistry collaborates with many UND programs, including Honors and Education, and also provides exposure to a variety of outreach activities.
From pioneering new discoveries in a variety of fields to working in a hospital laboratory, there is no shortage of careers for graduates of UND’s Chemistry Department. By utilizing your skills and taking your research interests to the next level, you could find the career that’s perfect for you in any of the following areas:
- Professional Chemist
- Oil and petroleum
- Environmental protection
- Public Health
- Formulation chemistry
- Medicinal chemistry
- Secondary Teacher
A degree in chemistry also provides a great foundation for further coursework in fields such as medicine and law.
This major is approved by the North Dakota Standards and Practices Board. By completing major and teacher education coursework and requirements in the Department of Teaching and Learning, you will be able to become a secondary school teacher.
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