As a chemistry major, you’ll study matter. You’ll learn what matter is made of, how it operates, and how to manipulate it to improve our world. Chemistry students spend time in the classroom and in the laboratory experimenting according to the scientific method, practicing titrations, exploring different chemicals, reporting findings (writing and speaking professionally), and ultimately, learning how to draw meaningful conclusions from empirical, scientific data. Chemistry instructors will also challenge your creativity, pushing you to make keen observations about the world, to imagine new ways to alter its chemistry, and to develop controlled experiments to test your hypotheses.
Successful chemistry students have solid mathematical skills, from algebra to calculus, and a passion for studying the natural world. In modern-day chemistry work, computing skills are also increasingly helpful for using industry software, designing digital models, creating reports, and other digital practices. Chemistry degrees apply to a wide range of fields, including pharmaceuticals as one of the most demanding industries, as well as biotechnology, engineering, electronics/computing, alternative energy, and research. Many chemistry students find work in government agencies, such as the EPA and the DEA. Local municipal departments also need chemists to evaluate drinking water, identify unknown substances, and much more.
Virginia Commonwealth University offers 3 Chemistry, General degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 148 Chemistry, General students graduated with students earning 131 Bachelor's degrees, 15 Doctoral degrees, and 2 Master's degrees.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University offers 3 Chemistry, General degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 75 Chemistry, General students graduated with students earning 45 Bachelor's degrees, 21 Doctoral degrees, and 9 Master's degrees.
University of Virginia-Main Campus offers 3 Chemistry, General degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small suburb. In 2019, 99 Chemistry, General students graduated with students earning 75 Bachelor's degrees, 14 Doctoral degrees, and 10 Master's degrees.
Old Dominion University offers 3 Chemistry, General degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 19 Chemistry, General students graduated with students earning 10 Bachelor's degrees, 5 Master's degrees, and 4 Doctoral degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA||23 : 1||29,757|
|Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, VA||18 : 1||36,383|
|University of Virginia-Main Campus Charlottesville, VA||16 : 1||25,012|
|William & Mary Williamsburg, VA||12 : 1||8,773|
|Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA||27 : 1||23,675|
|George Mason University Fairfax, VA||27 : 1||37,863|
|Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA||17 : 1||4,919|
|Hampton University Hampton, VA||16 : 1||4,293|
|Shenandoah University Winchester, VA||14 : 1||3,791|
|Radford University Radford, VA||22 : 1||11,870|
|Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA||9 : 1||2,264|
|University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA||18 : 1||4,488|
|Emory & Henry College Emory, VA||13 : 1||1,292|
|University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA||9 : 1||3,914|
|Randolph-Macon College Ashland, VA||14 : 1||1,543|
|Roanoke College Salem, VA||12 : 1||2,003|
|James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA||20 : 1||21,820|
|Hampden-Sydney College Hampden-Sydney, VA||10 : 1||993|
|Longwood University Farmville, VA||17 : 1||4,468|
|Norfolk State University Norfolk, VA||23 : 1||5,601|