• Chemistry

Innovative solutions.

We are looking for solutions to complex global problems and chemistry provides the key. As a chemistry major, you’ll go beyond learning the properties of elements, molecules, and other fundamental principles, you’ll also study advanced chemical technologies to improve our energy efficiency and reduce our environmental impact.

The hands-on coursework in this major—including organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, chemical thermodynamics, quantum mechanics and other fields of study—prepares you for graduate school and for many different career paths related to addressing environmental and energy crises. Career options include working in industry, government agencies, medicine, law, and policy.


“I learned what it took to design an experiment from start to finish, with real-world context and positive societal impacts as an over-arching goal.” Leah Jaynes ‘16, Chemistry Teacher

Program Highlights

  • Broad Scientific Background

    Go beyond the study of chemistry by building a solid foundation in math and physics, giving you a well-rounded education in various STEM fields and preparing you for a career or postgraduate programs.

  • Work In and Out of the Lab

    In addition to getting into the lab, you’ll be encouraged to take part in student-faculty collaborative research and to pursue an off-campus internship experience.

  • Contribute To the Field

    Many of our students are working on original research and publishing in high level peer-reviewed journals.

Why Northland?

Experiential Learning

An education at Northland involves more than just sitting in lecture halls. We combine classroom learning with immersive field studies and opportunities within the community to create a one-of-a-kind learning experience. Our career-focused curriculum will provide you with the tools and confidence to succeed in anything you do.

Access to Financial Aid

Think all private colleges are expensive? Think again. With 99% of all Northland College students receiving some form of financial aid, you can receive a private school education at a public school price.

Proven Outcomes

A degree from Northland is your pathway to opportunity. Our 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio allows our professors to personally invest in your success, and the results of this approach speak for themselves. 93.5% of our recent graduates are employed or in graduate school.

Full-Spectrum Sustainability

At Northland, we live our sustainability mission every day. Going green is a part of everything we do as an institution and everything you’ll do as a student—from how you’ll live, to what you’ll learn, and ways you can contribute.

Live & Learn in a Natural World

Our location in Ashland, WI, a small, safe community of just over 8,000 tucked along the south shore of Lake Superior near the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and over a million acres of national forest, creates truly unique educational and recreational experiences.

Work with the Best & Brightest

Our faculty are passionate about learning—and not just student learning. They are dedicated learners and scholars, and that shines through in the classroom and in the field. And they’re more than just teachers. They are mentors who often establish life-long relationships with students.

Ready to take the next step?

Get in touch to learn more and start planning your journey at Northland College.

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