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. Students majoring in chemistry must choose a concentration (General Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Teacher Preparation) reflective of their interests. 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 should consult with their advisor about 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 credits: general chemistry (8 credits), organic chemistry (8 credits), quantitative analysis (4 credits), and a chemistry elective (3-4 credits). No grade below C- in chemistry courses is accepted for the graduation requirements for the major or minor in chemistry.
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.