Why major in Environmental Chemistry?

Addressing the environmental challenges currently facing our world is an extremely complex issue.  Successfully doing so will require an educated population to understand how our individual actions impact the environment, but it will also require more advanced chemical technologies to improve our energy efficiency and reduce our environmental impact.

The Environmental Chemistry major offers a broad scientific background that thoroughly prepares students for many different career paths related to addressing environmental and energy crises.  Some of these options include working in industry, government agencies, medicine, law, policy and many more.  The hands-on coursework of the Environmental Chemistry major prepares students well for such diverse futures and applied careers.  The core coursework of the major provides a solid foundation in math, physics and chemistry, and students can round out their degree with additional courses in biology, geology, English, art, or any other classes of interest.

In addition to coursework, students are encouraged to take part in student-faculty collaborative research or to pursue an off campus experience such as an internship or research experience for undergraduate (REU) opportunities.  These hands-on experiences provide students with a chance to more thoroughly evaluate what type of work to pursue following their undergraduate work at Northland College.

Should you have additional questions about the major, please feel free to contact any of the faculty.