2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 14, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, BS

The chemistry major at Longwood provides fundamental training in general, analytical, organic, physical, and inorganic chemistry so that graduates may pursue graduate study or careers in research, industry, teaching, or a health-related profession. All students majoring in chemistry are required to complete courses in chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Those students wishing to prepare for dental, medical, or pharmacy school complete additional courses to satisfy pre-professional requirements. Students are encouraged to enroll in research courses in chemistry in order to increase their competency in working in the laboratory. The program in chemistry is rigorous, but it is flexible enough for students to take a second major.

Students majoring in other areas may elect to minor in chemistry. The chemistry minor requires 23-24 semester hours: general chemistry (8 hours), organic chemistry (8 hours), quantitative analysis (4 hours), and a chemistry elective (3-4 hours). No grade below C- in chemistry courses is accepted for the graduation requirements for the major or minor in chemistry.

Students may take a maximum of four credits total in Internship (CHEM 392 , CHEM 492 ) and Research (Chemistry) courses for quality points (A, B, C, and D grades). Beyond four credits, such courses must be taken on a Pass/Fail basis.

A student may seek a secondary teaching endorsement in chemistry. This program consists of courses required for a chemistry major and additional courses in BIOL, EASC, EDUC, SCED, and SPED. Interested students should meet with the Secondary Science Education Program Coordinator for advising on preparation for secondary science teaching.

Civitae Core Requirement (39-40 credits)

Civitae Core   

Chemistry majors may count Civitae Core courses satisfying major requirements as also satisfying their respective Civitae Core requirements, up to two Pillar courses and one Perspectives course.  (Students pursuing Virginia teaching licensure are not restricted as to the number of courses.)  The following major requirements can be used to satisfy Civitae Core Requirements:

  • MATH 171  satifies the Quantitative Reasoning Pillar requirement
  • CHEM 111  satisfies the Scientific Reasoning Pillar requirement
  • EDUC 245  satisfies the Human Behavior and Social Institutions Pillar requirement for Teacher Preparation Concentration in Chemistry


Additional Degree Requirements (4 credits)

Chemistry Majors Must Choose One of the Following Concentrations:

General Electives (16-17 credits)

(General Chemistry Concentration ONLY)

Students wishing to prepare for a health-related professional school:

Students wishing to prepare for a health-related professional school (medical, pharmacy, dental, etc.) are strongly encouraged to choose the following courses:

Total Credits Required

  • BS in Chemistry (General Chemistry concentration) 120
  • BS in Chemistry (Teacher Preparation concentration) 125-126