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University of Richmond

Program description


Chemistry is the study of matter and the transformations that occur in material things. It is one of the basic sciences, and it is fundamental to the study of all other basic sciences. The Department of Chemistry enthusiastically supports the University’s commitment to quality teaching, diversity, and research.

People who study chemistry are interested in explaining how our universe works. They want to harness knowledge in a way that provides for the creation of new materials that will improve our lives and our environment. In short, chemists are people who like to solve problems.

The chemistry major at the University of Richmond provides a strong basic background in the major sub-disciplines of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic, physical and biochemistry).

As a result, Richmond chemistry graduates are well equipped to:

  • Go on to the best chemistry graduate programs in the country
  • Enter the work force as chemists in industry and government
  • Pursue studies in the health professions, allied health professions and law
  • Proceed into careers as secondary school teachers
  • Develop careers in sales and marketing for technical industry
  • And countless other options

Admission requirements

Candidates for admission must have a high school diploma (or recognized equivalent), and must have completed a minimum of 16 units of secondary school coursework. Minimum requirements include four units in English, three in college preparatory mathematics (including Algebra I, II, and Geometry), and at least two each in history, laboratory science, and a second language (two units of the same language, including American Sign Language).

International Admission Requirements

English Proficiency Policy

You can demonstrate English proficiency by:

  • Having been enrolled in an academically rigorous, English-medium secondary school for four years.
  • Obtaining a score of 660 or higher on the SAT evidence-based reading and writing section.
  • Obtaining a score of 28 or higher on the ACT English section.
  • Obtaining a score of 7.5 or higher on the IELTS.
  • Obtaining a grade of A or B in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or A-Level English course(s).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Chemistry Major & Minor courses

  • Chemistry: Structure, Thermodynamics, and Kinetics or Science, Math and Research Training II
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Measurement Statistics
  • Quantitative Methods of Chemical Analysis
  • Physical Chemistry I and Lab
  • Physical Chemistry II and Lab
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Junior Seminar
  • Senior Seminar
  • Calculus II
  • Algebra-Based General Physics 1 with Lab or Calculus-Based General Physics 1 with Lab Calculus-Based General Physics 2 with Lab

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for this program is $56,860 per year.


Skills You Will Gain as a Chemistry Major

  • Attending to details
  • Developing objectivity
  • Identifying relationships between problems/solutions
  • Applying knowledge creatively
  • Reasoning by analogy
  • Designing charts/graphs
  • Applying logic to problems
  • Reporting results and conclusions orally and in writing
  • Solving qualitative and quantitative problems
  • Tabulating data
  • Determining and expressing precision and accuracy

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University of Richmond

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University of Richmond

410 Westhampton Way
23173 Richmond Virginia
United States of America

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