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A degree in chemistry opens many career pathways, from high school chemistry teachers who introduce the central science to their students, to chemists who transform everyday materials into amazing things.

Enrollment Services

Chemistry Education

Bachelor of Science in Education, Chemistry Major (BSED) prepares students for:

  • High school teaching career
  • Teacher certification exams

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry (BA)

  • Option 1 - Professional Chemistry prepares students for:
    • Careers in chemistry/chemistry industry
    • Graduate studies in chemistry
  • Option 2 - General Chemistry provides significant chemistry background for students preparing for careers in:
    • Medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy
    • Chemical sales
    • Forensics, environmental law, etc.

Chemistry minor (teaching or non-teaching)

What you'll study
Chemistry majors at MSU study organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, analytical and physical chemistry. They also study physics, biology, calculus, statistics, and research methods. All majors complete required general education courses. Chemistry education majors take required professional education courses.

Chemistry majors are encouraged to participate in ongoing faculty research projects and are required to complete their own Senior Seminar research projects. Examples of MSU faculty research projects include:

  • Detection of substances at illicit drug manufacturing sites
  • Detection and environmental impact of cadmium at industrial sites
  • Organic synthesis and testing of fungicides
  • Studying how a certain type of bond in proteins can control how proteins work

More information on faculty research interests and accomplishments can be found at:

Requirements for future teachers
Admission to the teacher education program is selective. For a complete listing of requirements.

Chemistry careers
Some chemists work on cures for cancer while others monitor the ozone protecting us from the sun. Still others discover new materials to make our homes warmer in the winter, or new textiles to be used in the latest fashions. A detailed and informative list of chemistry careers can be found at the American Chemical Society website.

Our faculty
Chemistry faculty members are highly qualified instructors and published researchers. They are eager to help you focus your undergraduate studies and research activities to meet your future education and career goals.

Our facilities
MSU chemistry students and faculty have access to a variety of instruments for use in classroom and research projects, including:

  • Isocratic and gradient High Performance Liquid Chromotagraphy systems
  • Atomic absorption spectrophotometer
  • Gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS)
  • Electrophoresis system
  • Fourier Transform Infrared spectrophotometer
  • X-ray diffraction (XRD)
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrophotometer (ICPAES)
  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance instrument (remote access)
Courses Required

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, please go to course catalog.

All courses subject to change. Other coursework required.

Contact Information
Dr. Robert Crackel
Coordinator, Chemistry Program
Professor of Chemistry
Division of Science
Phone: 701-858-3852 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3852