Northern State University, Science and Mathematics Department

Values: Northern State University is committed to building a culture of inclusion, belonging and collegiality that respects diversity in knowledge, culture and worldview. We strongly encourage women and individuals bringing diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural perspectives to apply.


Setting: Northern State University is a premier regional institution characterized by outstanding instruction, extraordinary community relations, and excellent co-curricular opportunities.

NSU is consistently ranked as one of the best public undergraduate institutions in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report.

NSU is organized into the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Fine Arts, and College of Professional Studies including the Millicent Atkins School of Education and the School of Business.

NSU is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, as well as multiple disciplinary accrediting bodies.

NSU is located in Aberdeen, South Dakota, a vibrant community in northeastern SD. The city has a population of approximately 30,000 and is a cultural, retail, banking, agribusiness, and healthcare hub for the region. The University enjoys a positive and strong relationship with the city and region.

With more than $100 million invested over the last decade, Northern State University is experiencing transformative positive momentum. Recent new buildings, renovations and projects under construction include significant updates to the Johnson Fine Arts Center and Barnett Athletics Center, three new residence halls, the new Jewett Regional Science Education Center, and a new regional Sports Complex with athletic and recreational fields.


The Jewett Regional Science Education Center houses the science faculty and laboratory facilities. Completed in 2019, this advanced facility combines classrooms, labs, and over 3200 sq ft of dedicated research space. Highlights include a climate-controlled cadaver lab, microscopy suite, cell culture suite, greenhouse, and a dedicated instrumental analysis lab.

The department is equipped with standard equipment for experimentation in genetics, cell and molecular biology, chemistry, biochemistry, bioinformatics, physics, GIS and physical geography.  Notable acquisitions in biology include a confocal fluorescence microscope, a scanning electron microscope, an NMR spectrometer, a qPCR thermal cycler, and a multi-mode microplate reader. Chemistry is well-equipped with modern instrumentation for spectroscopy (ICP, MP-AES, NMR, UV-VIS, FTIR), diffraction (powder XRD), and chromatography (GC & HPLC), while physics has a hyperspectral imaging system.