Department Chair: Dr. Andre DeLorme,, (701) 845-7573
Faculty Contact: Dr. Teather Sundstrom,, (701) 845-7458
Department Office: 203 Rhoades Science Center, (701) 845-7452
Schedule a Visit:, (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101


The degree in Chemistry is designed for those who wish to work as laboratory scientists or for those who are interested in pursuing research or graduate studies. The program is thorough and rigorous, and the explorations of a wide variety of career possibilities in research areas are possible. There are two well equipped research labs and students are encouraged to be involved in research.

Career opportunities may include: Agricultural Scientist, Anesthesiologist, Biochemist, Chemist, Cooperative Extension Agent, Crime Lab Analyst, Environmental Health Specialist, Food Scientist/Technologist, Forensic Chemist, Hydrogeologist, Industrial Hygienist, Medical Technologist, Occupational Safety Specialist, Oceanographer, Optometrist, Patent Agent, Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, Pharmacist, Physician, Quality Control Manager, Radiologist, Science Laboratory Technician, Specification Writer, Soil Scientist, Technical Writer, Toxicologist, Veterinarian, Water Purification Chemist, Water Scientist, and Water/Wastewater Plant Manager.

Pre-Professional Club

You are invited to join the VCSU Pre-Professional  Club upon arrival as VCSU. This club is for students interested in continuing their education in the medical field (including nursing), law, accounting, and graduate school. This club provides support for students going through the application process and provide opportunities to practice aptitude tests such as the GRE, mCAT, LSAT, and DAT. Volunteer work, job shadowing, and educational and leadership opportunities are also part of the club’s activities. The goal is for students to support each other, learn from other students’ experiences, thus making your applications stronger, and increase your chance for successful admission into your program of choice.

Practical Experience

Opportunities that are not part of any regular program exist on and off campus to provide sound practical experience, such as student assistants, participation in the campus-tutoring programs, and field studies. Internships at numerous facilities are available to students to develop and apply their skills. Students can do (and have done) internships at Dakota Gasification Company in Beulah, N.D.; American Crystal Sugar in Hillsboro, N.D.; and Cargill Malt Plant in Spiritwood, N.D. They also have completed summer REUs (Research Experience for Undergrads) at NDSU and UND.

On campus, the Rhoades Science Center includes a greenhouse for work in biology and botany, a planetarium and laboratories for biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, computer science, and photography studies. Students have access to:

  • Infrared spectroscopy, Molecular spectroscopy
  • Potentiometry, Refractometry and Polarimetry
  • Organic structure software
  • Excel data analysis
  • Fully equipped Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Laboratory and Biomedical Research Laboratory

“The VCSU chemistry program not only provides students with real world experience and technology but also the advantage of knowing their professors and making real connections with them. This is why I chose VCSU and would choose them a thousand times over.”  —Bryce Brady ’14, Grafton, N.D.; chem lab field tech, Dakota Gasification Company, Beulah, N.D.


General Education Requirements

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Calculus I 1
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
Introductory College Physics I 2
Introductory College Physics II 2
University Physics I 2
University Physics II 2
Introduction to Psychology Lab (Corequisite: PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology) 3
Technology, Engineering, and Design
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

Major Requirement

Required Courses
CHEM 121General Chemistry I5
CHEM 122General Chemistry II5
CHEM 330Quantitative Analysis I4
CHEM 341Organic Chemistry I5
CHEM 342Organic Chemistry II5
CHEM 411Physical Chemistry I4
CHEM 425Inorganic Chemistry4
Directed Electives
Select eight hours from the following:8
Quantitative Analysis II
Elements of Biochemistry
Laboratory Preparation and Management
Physical Chemistry II
Independent Study
Independent Study
Independent Study
Undergraduate Research
BA Language/Cultural Studies or BS Related Field
Total Credits40

Total General Education 40-42 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 40 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.

Plan of Study

Fall start - even years

First Year
Art and Music (Gen Ed)3CHEM 1225
CHEM 1215COMM 110 (Gen Ed)3
CIS 170 (Gen Ed)3ENGL 120 (Gen Ed)3
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2
UNIV 1501Social Science (Gen Ed)3
 15 16
Second Year
Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2CHEM 3314
CHEM 3304PHYS 162 (Gen Ed)4
Literacies (Gen Ed)3MATH 165 (Gen Ed)4
PHYS 161 (Gen Ed)4Minor course3
 13 15
Third Year
CHEM 3415CHEM 3425
CHEM 4114CHEM 4254
Minor course3Minor course3
Minor course3Social Science (Gen Ed)3
 15 15
Fourth Year
CHEM 3604Elective4
CHEM 4912Elective3
Minor course3Minor course3
Minor course3Minor course3
 15 16
Total Credits 120

Fall start - odd years

First Year
Art and Music (Gen Ed)3CHEM 1225
CHEM 1215COMM 110 (Gen Ed)3
CIS 170 (Gen Ed)3ENGL 120 (Gen Ed)3
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2
UNIV 1501Social Science (Gen Ed)3
 15 16
Second Year
Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2CHEM 3425
CHEM 3415PHYS 162 (Gen Ed)4
Literacies (Gen Ed)3Minor Course3
PHYS 161 (Gen Ed)4Social Science (Gen Ed)3
 14 15
Third Year
CHEM 3304CHEM 3314
CHEM 3604MATH 1654
Minor Course3Minor Course3
Minor Course3Minor Course3
 14 14
Fourth Year
CHEM 4114CHEM 4254
CHEM 4912Elective3
Elective3Elective 3
Minor Course4Elective3
Minor Course3Minor Course3
 16 16
Total Credits 120

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of the major concepts in chemistry.
  2. Exhibit critical thinking skills by applying the scientific method to solve problems.
  3. Exhibit the ability to read and communicate in a scientific style.
  4. Understand the importance of chemistry to themselves and society.