Chemistry | Minor

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.

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

  • FUnderstanding of chemistry’s relation to other sciences
  • Understanding of chemistry and its functions
  • Develop critical thinking and writing skills

Getting Started in the Chemistry Minor

  1. Enroll

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

  2. Contact Your Advisor

    Get in touch with Professor Barbara Van Kuiken to discuss your interests and goals

  3. Declare

    Turn in a completed Declare Minor form to the Registrar’s Office


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