Department of Science and Mathematics


The door is open to teaching, health care, and green jobs with a biology or biology-related degree from Northern.  Our program combines undergraduate research and practical experiences, both of which help build essential relationships with faculty and industry partners.  You'll learn in four teaching and four research laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment and technology, with the advantage of small class sizes.
NSU's biology program offers courses in a variety of areas, including cell and molecular biology; genetics; anatomy and physiology and other medically oriented courses; animal and plant biology; and ecology. 
A bachelor's degree in a biology discipline from Northern can lead to careers in many areas, including health care, conservation, education, and research. Potential careers include:
  • Medical doctor
  • Physician assistant
  • Nurse
  • Optometrist
  • Physical therapist
  • Chiropractor
  • Veterinarian
Research projects are a core component of several of the courses you'll take, and many of our faculty have ongoing research projects in which you may have a chance to participate.  
Our associate's degree in biotechnology will equip you for research in a growing industry. You'll take specialized courses covering cell culture, bioinformatics, and proteomics. A 2-credit internship also is part of the AS degree. A biotechnology certificate also is available, with certification possible in as little as one year.
Field experiences
A bonus is field experiences and internships, designed to provide hands-on experience to help you determine a career path and gain skills you need to succeed.
NSU Biology and Related Degrees

Chemistry & Physics

Courses in chemistry and physics prepare you for graduate studies or employment in education, industry or medicine. Chemistry forms the cornerstone of Northern's preprofessional programs in the health fields, including pre-med, pre-nursing, pre-veterinary science and pre-health sciences.

Excellent facilities
At Northern, you'll learn to operate a wide range of modern instruments in a state-of-the-art facility.
Small classes, personal attention
Your experience studying chemistry and physics at Northern will be distinguished by small class sizes and personal attention from professors. At Northern, you'll enjoy many opportunities to explore your individual interests in these central fields of science.
NSU Chemistry Degrees


Northern State University is one of the leading producers of mathematics teachers in South Dakota. Math students hone their abilities to question and analyze and learn valuable critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Mathematics is an essential tool for many majors and plays an important role in the system-wide core, institutional graduation and degree requirements for all students.
Many career paths
A math degree from NSU prepares students not only to be math teachers, but also for careers in the engineering, manufacturing, business, economics, technology or computer science industries, or to pursue graduate studies.
Competition opportunities
The Department of Mathematics gives NSU's math majors opportunities to compete in regional, national, and international competitions, and helps arrange an annual math competition for high school students in northern South Dakota.

The traditional class setting is complemented by the appropriate use of scientific and graphing calculators and computer technology. Students explore concepts through concrete examples and applications. Applications of mathematics provide students with some insight into the relationship between mathematics and other disciplines.

A degree in mathematics is useful in a wide variety of professional fields such as business, economics, computer science, education, and technology, as well as for graduate studies in mathematics or closely related fields. Students are encouraged to consult with the department regarding career potentials.  


NSU Math Degrees

Mathematics BS

Mathematics Education BSEd


Math Resources

American Mathematical Society - On the American Mathematical Society (AMS) site, you'll find the latest math news, learn about graduate school, and find internships, fellowships and jobs, as well as gain access to competition opportunities, math journals, forums and networking resources.


What Can You Do with a Mathematics Degree? - Learn about career opportunities and outlooks in accountancy and finance, banking, statistics, the actuarial field, academia and research and more.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, Math Occupations - Employment of math occupations is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations - resulting in about 50,200 new jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).


Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate research is a critical component of Northern’s DNA. As a student in the College of Arts and Sciences, you'll work closely with faculty on research.