Our program centers on the basic principles and phenomena of molecules. Here, you'll get plenty of one-on-one time with your professors in Longwood's small classes and professional labs. Our graduates go on to tackle and solve problems in industrial and governmental laboratories, non-profit organizations, the healthcare sector and academia.

Career Path

Can't wait to see what all those hours in the lab got you? Pick any of these career paths to start. You won't be disappointed.

  • Laboratory Technician
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Quality Assurance Scientist
  • Sales and Marketing Representative
  • Middle School Science Teacher
  • High School Chemistry Teacher

What You'll Study


Explore the scientific habit of problem -solving through experimentation, accurate observation, independent thought and cooperative learning in one of our two concentrations: 

Minor in Chemistry


You'll take at least one chemistry course each semester covering general, analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. A solid foundation in chemistry is not complete without courses in physics and mathematics. You'll work closely with your adviser to choose advanced elective courses that really interest you!

Chemistry, Teacher Preparation

Get the problem solving and instructional skills to teach chemistry in Virginia's public schools by obtaining a secondary teaching endorsement (6-12). In addition to a solid foundation in chemistry, you will also learn specific teaching techniques to make you a great teacher.

Sample 4-Year Plan

Chemistry, Teacher Preparation Concentration (pdf)


Biochemistry is the study of the chemical processes related to living organisms.

You’ll begin by taking foundational courses in chemistry and biology, along with some mathematics and physics.

Learn more about the Biochemistry concentration



You'll need six classes to get a minor in chemistry - two in general chemistry, two in organic chemistry and two advanced level courses.


Longwood offers a very flexible chemistry major that includes courses in all of the most important areas of chemistry.