Chemistry majors receive expert theoretical and practical instruction in an intimate classroom setting. Depending on the program completed, students will qualify for graduate study in the following areas: chemistry, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, chemical engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine, and pharmacy. Any of the programs prepare students for careers in teaching at the high school level or working in the chemical industry.
Chemistry Major (B.A. or B.S.)
The B.A. allows for more time to study the liberal arts and sciences, while the B.S. specializes your chemistry degree with more labs, computer science, and physics work.
Biochemistry Concentration (B.A.)
Studying biology and genetics helps you specialize in the chemical study of living organisms. Biochemists go on to exciting careers in botany, medicine, and life sciences, among other things
Business Concentration (B.A.)
Those looking for a thriving, profitable career in chemicals or pharmaceuticals can’t go wrong with this concentration. You’ll take a number of chemistry and business courses alike, in addition to lab time.
The minor requires less than half the major requirements, but still includes plenty of lab time for you to practice your knowledge.
What you'll learn
Setting the Stage for Lifelong
I learned how to push myself hard. I had a genuine sense that my professors really believed in me, and that helped me to believe in myself.Jill Wright Donaldson ’92, chemistry major, now a neurosurgeon
Professor Boatman on Labs at Hollins
Our women do not go through teaching assistants to gain access to our labs. They just go in and use them.
–Professor of Chemistry Sandra Boatman
Preparing for Pharmacy School
With a major in biology and minor in chemistry, Beth Winslow felt eminently qualified for the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy. Her internship with a compounding pharmacy in Richmond “solidified that pharmacy was what I wanted to do.”