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B.S. Chemistry

We See Your Future in Chemistry
You love science and have ambitions to become a scientist, a medical doctor, or another health professional. Then chemistry is for you!
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Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (BS.CHM)

The chemistry department at Norfolk State University is full of experienced and fascinating faculty, like Professor Carl Bonner, Ph.D. He is an independent researcher interested in all types of chemistry — from organic to electrochemistry to optical spectroscopy. His passion for scientific exploration inspires chemistry students like you.

What are your passions?

In Norfolk State University’s Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program, you’ll explore subjects that motivate and excite you. Since 1958, our chemistry degree program has equipped students like you with the analytical skills and interdisciplinary training to pursue their career of choice.

In peer-led learning teams, you’ll work in small groups to problem solve and discuss lecture topics. During learning team meetings, you will get to know your fellow chemistry-degree students, forming inclusive and supportive study groups.

Which Bachelor of Science in Chemistry track will you choose?

You’re rich in choices at Norfolk State University when you major in chemistry. In addition to our general track, you can also pursue a chemistry degree with an emphasis in pre-medicine, preparing you for dental, veterinary and medical careers.

If you’re interested in teaching chemistry, our teacher certification program prepares you to work in K-12 education.

Our five-year, dual-degree program is another incredible educational option, resulting in a B.S. in chemistry and an M.S. in materials science. This valuable credential prepares you for industry leadership roles.

B.S. Chemistry Degree at a Glance

  • Average Class Size: 10-20
  • Student to Professor Ratio: 8:1
  • Length of Program: 4-5 Years
  • Format Offered: On Campus
  • Total Credit Hours: 121

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Why Study Chemistry at NSU? 

At Norfolk State University, we transform your life through exemplary teaching, research and service. When you major in chemistry, you’ll join our learning community in your first year. You’ll take part in Chemistry Club activities, engaging group conversations and career events with other Spartans studying chemistry.

Our chemistry degree prepares you for your career of choice. As a Spartan, you can perform research during the academic year, as part of a research team, and apply for research scholarships. You will also receive guidance to apply for paid summer internships at Norfolk State or at universities and research laboratories all over the country, such as Duke University, the University of Washington and Purdue University.

Learn alongside your chemistry mentors

You’re not a number at Norfolk State University. With small class sizes and an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, we see you. And we set you up for success in your studies and your future career in chemistry.

Our chemistry department offers weekly seminars to discuss career options. In your junior and senior year as a major in chemistry, you’ll receive individualized mentoring from our faculty members who will assist you explore and apply to internships and post-graduation positions.

Research and study subjects that inspire you

Our chemistry degree faculty is composed of full-time, dedicated professors from all the main chemistry sub-disciplines. These gifted scientists share their love of learning and invite you to take part in their innovative research. 

When you major in chemistry, you’ll develop a strong core foundation. You’ll also learn analytical and laboratory skills and hone your oral and written communication abilities. Studying chemistry provides opportunities for lab work and research, whether you’re working independently or as part of a team.

Access first-class facilities and inclusive housing

We know research is critical in chemistry. That’s why at NSU, you’ll work in labs that are modern, and will use state-of-the-art chemistry instrumentation. During your laboratory work, you will develop the skills necessary to prepare you for chemistry, bioengineering, medicinal and many other science-related research.

In addition to your Bachelor of Science in Chemistry classroom spaces, we’re committed to providing a safe, inclusive and well-maintained residential community . We offer student-centered programs that engage and empower you.

What Courses Will I Take in the Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry? 

Our B.S. in chemistry program requires 121 or 123 credit hours, depending on the track, with a perfect blend of core and general education coursework. Your Bachelor of Science in Chemistry subjects will include foundational and advanced courses, including general, organic, physical, bio and inorganic chemistry.

Cor and general education classes round out your scientific training and prepare you for future careers and further study. These courses include English, public speaking, math and computer programming, among others.

Where Will My Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry Take Me? 

The question is, where won’t it take you? Chemistry is an excellent foundation for a variety of careers, including clinical medicine and medical research, pharmacy and drug design, toxicology and forensics, and entrepreneurship.

You may also wish to pursue additional education and training to specialize in certain fields. In fact, more than 50%  of our chemistry graduates seek higher education paths.

Norfolk State University chemistry graduates are accepted at prestigious programs and professional schools across the nation. Many have received scholarships and fellowships.
Our students’ achievements are as diverse as their dreams. Here are a few examples of where recent NSU graduates went on to pursue advanced degrees:

  • Emory University: M.S. in Cancer Biology program
  • Boston University: Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering program
  • Rice University: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering program
  • University of New Hampshire: Franklin Pierce School of Law
  • American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins University: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering program

There are endless opportunities. Where will your dreams take you?

Career outlook for chemistry majors

A chemistry degree from Norfolk State University prepares you for a wide variety of careers and postgraduate work. Our graduates have found success in medicine, engineering, dentistry, law, biology, veterinary science and more.

The expected growth rate for chemists is 6% through 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This rate is about the same as for other occupations. 

According to, there are many careers to consider with a chemistry degree. Here are a few, with their average starting salaries:

  • Analytical chemist — $59,309
  • Organic chemist — $66,949
  • Geochemist — $82,168
  • Chemical engineer — $92,978

How Do I Get Started in the NSU Chemistry Degree? 

In 30 minutes or less, you can apply to Norfolk State University. Our online application process is intuitive and involves just three steps:

  • Create an NSU portal account
  • Complete our online application
  • Submit your application materials  

High-achieving high school students may apply in the fall of their senior year for scholarships through the Dozoretz National Institute for Mathematics and Applied Sciences (DNIMAS) honors program. 

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Accreditation for the B.S. in Chemistry at NSU

Our B.S. in chemistry degree is fully accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the largest professional association in the world. We are also affiliated with the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE).