Chemistry is often called the central science because an understanding of chemistry is essential to understanding other sciences, such as biology, physiology, pharmacology, ecology, and medicine.

Chemistry lab equipment

About the Chemistry Minor

The study of chemistry teaches students how to approach and think through problems, developing a disciplined mind and an ordered intellect. Chemistry explains how researchers design new medications, how and why those medications work, and seeks to answer what causes medication side effects or drug interactions and how and why various biological and physiological processes occur.

Students studying chemistry at Southern Virginia have the added advantage of small class sizes and personal attention of their professors to equip themselves with the knowledge base, skills, habits of mind, and values to function effectively and productively in the world. In a rich variety of chemistry classes that include general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and medicinal chemistry, students understand how systems function and malfunction and the fundamental underlying principles of how chemicals interact with each other. Students who pursue the Health Pre-Professional Track often minor in chemistry.

Learning Outcomes

What you’ll learn in the Chemistry minor:

  1. Understanding of chemistry’s relation to other sciences

  2. Understanding of chemistry and its functions

  3. Develop critical thinking and writing skills

Career Opportunities

A background in chemistry gives students the necessary pre-requisite knowledge base for careers in healthcare, research, and pharmacology. Students interested in specific professional tracks such as pre-health and pre-medical should view the concentration page links at the bottom of this page.

  • Chemist
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinarian
  • Physical Therapist
  • Pharmacist

Get Started in the Chemistry Minor

Follow these simple steps below to get a head start in the
Chemistry Minor today.


Begin by taking General Chemistry I (CHE 201) in your sophomore or junior year

Contact Your Advisor

Get in touch with New Tab, Open Bio for: Professor Barbara Van Kuiken to discuss your interests and goals.


Turn in a completed PDFDeclare Minor Form to the Registrar’s Office

Questions? Contact the Registrar at emailregistrar@svu.edu.

Chemistry Faculty

Barbara Van Kuiken

Professor of Chemistry