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BHSU Chemistry Program

Form Your Bond with Chemistry

Make a permanent bond as you delve into the expanding world of chemistry at Black Hills State University. The foundation of knowledge built through BHSU's chemistry curriculum is valuable to all disciplines, giving students the ability to adjust to ever-changing job possibilities.

  • STUDENTS RECEIVE HANDS-ON TRAINING using cutting-edge instrumentation in state-of-the-art laboratories.
  • CLASSES FEATURE A STUDENT-CENTERED LEARNING ENVIRONMENT with course instruction exclusively taught by faculty (not graduate assistants), and highlighted by a small student-to-faculty ratio.
  • NUMEROUS OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE in undergraduate research and collaborate with faculty and other students on diverse research projects overlapping into biology and physics.
  • THE BIOCHEMISTRY EMPHASIS is a great way to prepare for medical professions.

Hold the keys to understanding the world at its most principal scale with a degree in Chemistry from Black Hills State University. Chemistry is often called the 'Central Science' because chemists study matter at the molecular level. At BHSU, we have small class sizes allowing strong student-faculty interaction and highly focused instruction. All of our Chemistry courses are directly taught by faculty, not by graduate students as you would see in many other universities.

Students who graduate from our Chemistry program have a comprehensive understanding of General, Organic, Analytical, Inorganic, and Instrumental Chemistry and Biochemistry.

At BHSU, you have full access to all chemistry equipment. Our faculty are always eager to work on experiments and original research; as part of the Chemistry program, you will have hands-on experience in the world of Chemistry. 

Even in the largest freshman-level Chemistry classes, laboratories have fewer than 25 students; in your very first Chemistry course, you will experience the benefits of close faculty-student interaction. In our advanced Chemistry courses, the student-to-faculty ratio is even more personal.

Whether you choose a career in Chemistry or move on to a professional degree, success is at your fingertips when you start with a degree in Chemistry.  Let BHSU lead the way to your future! 

Why earn a chemistry degree from BHSU?


  • Experiential Learning:BHSU provides opportunities to work directly with excellent chemistry faculty on research projects.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities:The Life Sciences Laboratory is a new 24,896 sq. ft. building specifically designed for the natural sciences programs. BHSU also has a growth chamber, herbarium, scanning electron microscopy lab and many other labs/centers.
  • Involvement:Outside of the classroom, BHSU offers opportunities for involvement with biology-related organizations including Scientia and the Health Sciences Student Organization.
  • Premier Location:BHSU is located 20 miles from the Sanford Underground Research Facility. This close proximity to Sanford Lab combined with a high level of interest among faculty and staff creates opportunities for collaborative projects in the sciences.

Course Requirements:

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Employment opportunities exist in a variety of sectors:
» Pharmaceutical Research Scientist
» Environmental Chemist
» Analytical Chemist
» Formulation Chemist
» Organic Spectroscopist
» Quality Control Analyst
» Teacher - Elementary/Secondary Ed
» Instrument Technician
» Laboratory Technician
» Research Assistant
» Forensic Analyst
» Public Relations

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Michael Hurst

Class of 2017

» Accepted into 5 Ph.D. Programs
» University Honors Scholar
» Writing Assistance Center Mentor
» Campus Radio Show Producer
» Chemistry Researcher
» Presented at National Conferences
» Presidential Student Ambassador

Contact Info

Dan Asunskis
Phone: 605-642-6516

Black Hills State University
1200 University St.
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799