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Mission & Vision
Unlike larger universities, we offer a small, active, hands-on learning experience for our students where they work directly with the faculty members in the department. Depending upon your interests, several program options are available to students who are contemplating a career in the environmental sciences.
Earn your ACS certified degree!
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has approved LSSU's Chemistry Program. You can now earn an ACS certified degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Forensic Chemistry, or Environmental Science (Chemistry Concentration). Contact the School Chair, Dr. Wright, for more details.
- Chemistry Department acquires new Spectrophotometer
- Chemistry & Environmental Science Students Present Research at Symposia
- State House education appropriator eyes LSSU tech research facilities
- New tool beefs up environmental research lab
- LSSU faculty and students fill special issue of Great Lakes Research journal
Department of Chemistry
The chemistry department at Lake Superior State University provides a great environment in which to work and learn with others. Our faculty are ready to work with you to achieve your academic and professional goals. Our state-of-the-art chemical instrumentation is here for you to use, preparing the hands-on experiences needed to help you be a valuable and valued member of our profession after graduation.
Department of Environmental Sciences
Lake Superior State University's environmental science and environmental health programs provide excellent interdisciplinary preparation for careers or graduate studies in a wide variety of related fields. Our geographic location is ideal, and our faculty have real world experience in research, consulting, regulatory agencies, and resource management. Our Environmental Analysis Lab (EAL) provides hands on experience and paid internships to students interested in water quality, pollution control, and environmental chemistry. Our chemical instrumentation enables us to make trace level measurements of heavy metals and organic pollutants, while our GIS lab features professional grade GPS equipment, and Arc GIS 10.1, the standard software used by government agencies in the US and Canada.
Department of Geology
Lake Superior State University provides an excellent opportunity to study geology. Located on the edge of the Canadian Shield and Michigan Basin, we offer a highly innovative, project-centered curriculum that was developed with the financial support of the National Science Foundation. Our classes and field courses emphasize learning through active participation and hands-on experience. The small size of our department fosters a close, personal relationship among students and between students and faculty. Our very active Geology Club organizes regular social activities and local field trips. Students also have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on research in geomagnetics and micropaleontology.
Environmental Analysis Lab
The department of chemistry operates a full compliment of analytical chemical instrumentation. Our undergraduate students use these instruments in both in their laboratory experiences and to support their senior research projects. Learn more... For information on student internships or general inquiries, contact lab manager Ben Southwell.
Benjamin H. Long Planetarium
Our planetarium has public shows several times a year, and is open to school and community groups by appointment. We not only have the capabilities for traditional star shows, but recent upgrades have added capabilities for digital full dome film projection as well.
C. Ernest Kemp Mineral Resources Museum
The Kemp Museum is located adjacent to the northeast entrence to Crawford Hall, and is open to visitors during regular business hours (stop by the office in CRW 236). School and community groups who would like a guided tour should contact Dr. Paul Kelso to schedule a visit!
Academic Programs (Degrees/Certificates and Majors)
- Biochemistry (Pre-Professional)
- Forensic Chemistry
- Environmental Science
- Physical Sciences Concentration
- Chemistry Concentration
- Policy & Management Concentration
- Environmental Health
- Environmental Geology Concentration
- Chemistry - Secondary Teaching
- Physical Science - Secondary Teaching
- Chemistry, Secondary Teaching
- Environmental Science
- Geographic Information Science
Associate of Applied Science