B.A., B.S., Minor

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Students in Dana Lobby of Hollins University enjoying one the Nation’s Top 30 Schools for Value.

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 chemistry degree programs prepare students for careers in teaching at the high school level or working in the chemical industry.

Fall Term 2017 saw four existing laboratories refreshed, two faculty office suites constructed, and the lobby area transformed as part of the Dana Science Building’s $6.5 million renovation. Five new labs and support spaces were operational by Spring Term 2018.


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. or B.S.)

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.

Chemistry Minor

The minor requires less than half the major requirements, but still includes plenty of lab time for you to practice your knowledge.

Chemistry Research

Every chemistry major spends at least one semester and a January Short Term carrying out research with one of the faculty members. Students can also apply for research funds available at Hollins to partially offset their research expenses.

Chemistry majors also present their research at our annual spring Science Seminar.

Most students also present their work at one of the special meetings of the Virginia Blue Ridge section of the American Chemical Society. Some have event gone on to present at its regional and national meetings.

"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."

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.”