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Course Permits

Students routinely need permits to enroll in chemistry & biochemistry department courses for a variety of reasons. Please consult your academic advisor, who can request a course permit through the website linked below. If you do not have an academic advisor at NKU, please contact the department directly at If your permit pertains to work you have completed at other institutions, make sure that you provide the department with as much information as possible about the course (transcript, course description/syllabus) to help the department with their review.

New Majors

Those students interested in declaring a major housed in the chemistry & biochemistry department are encouraged to contact the department at to schedule an appointment with a department advisor. Please note that there are entry requirements for majors in our department (No academic deficiencies based on current NKU definitions and an ACT Math >=22 or equivalent), and those students not initially meeting these requirements must first satisfy them by completing appropriate chemistry and/or math courses.

Existing Majors

All students with a major housed in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to meet with an advisor every term prior to registration to review graduation requirements and their upcoming schedule, as well as progress for career planning. Advising information is available on the department major Canvas site (contact the department if you do not have access). All new students to the department are advised by the department freshman advisor/retention specialist (Julia Bedell) for 2-3 terms before being assigned to a faculty advisor who specializes in your program of interest. Please contact the department at if you have any questions about advising.

Careers in Chemistry

Chemistry and biochemistry graduates have many diverse career opportunities. The American Chemical Society profiles many different chemistry career opportunities and offers suggestions on next steps for those still in college and those who have recently graduated. Majors should also discuss careers with their academic advisors and work with representatives in the NKU Career Services.