The Chemistry program provides students with a solid foundation in chemistry theory and methods that they can use in careers immediately after graduating or in medical school, veterinary school, and other graduate and professional programs. In addition the Chemistry program offers a unique opportunity to use chemistry as a tool for studying the environment. Courses and projects include such topics as acid rain, groundwater contamination, airborne pollution and toxic waste cleanup.
Northland's 21st century facility, the Larson-Juhl Center for Science and the Environment, is home to state-of-the-art laboratories. Starting with their first chemistry classes, students become familiar with sophisticated analytical technology such as atomic absorption spectrophotometry, Fourier transform nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, high performance liquid chromatography and gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy. Using advanced instrumentation early in their education prepares chemistry majors to apply these instruments in increasingly more sophisticated analysis as they progress in their studies. As a result students are prepared to use these techniques to conduct senior research projects.
Northland's hands-on approach and small class size provide an intense, challenging, and exciting educational environment. The combination of dedicated faculty, modern facilities and an environmental emphasis gives Northland students a distinctive education in chemistry.