Chemistry undergraduate program at MidAmerica Nazarene University.
MidAmerica Nazarene University
Chemistry is "the central science"–bridging the physical sciences and life sciences. It is the study of the properties, behavior, and changes of matter.

The Facts

As a chemistry student at MNU, you’ll investigate molecular shape and structure, liquid and solid behavior, thermodynamics, acid/base chemistry, electrochemistry and chemical kinetics, organic compounds, quantitative analysis, forensic chemistry, physical chemistry, instrumental analysis, polymer chemistry and biochemistry. This curriculum gives you excellent preparation for graduate study or medical school.

Our high-tech chemistry labs are equipped with leading-edge equipment, including a gas chromatograph, high performance liquid chromatograph and nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared, ultraviolet and

atomic absorption spectrometers—instruments found in research university, government, and industrial labs.

Small lab sizes ensure that you have plenty of opportunity to conduct hands-on experiments and gain experience with lab technology and techniques—beginning your freshman year!

Your junior or senior year, you will participate in our challenging research program, expanding you knowledge of scientific practice and making you a competitive candidate for graduate school or medical school.

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"It was a pull-out-your-hair, stay-up-all-night, study-til-you-puke difficult class. But looking back, it was the most beneficial class I’ve ever taken. I didn’t just learn facts; I also learned to be intuitive about how molecules work. That made it easy to ace Medicinal Chemistry in pharmacy school."

Christina Wilkins on Organic Chemistry

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“I love that we can provide an academically rigorous program—our curriculum has been designed to meet American Chemical Society guidelines—with small class sizes, research opportunities, and a focus on student learning.”

Jordan Mantha, PhD
Associate professor.

Expert professors have a passion for chemistry. The chemistry faculty care deeply about the learning and personal development of each and every chemistry major. You will not be a number, you will be mentored. You’ll find the small classes, close relationships with PhD faculty, essential friendships with fellow students and a faith perspective that is a perfect fit.

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Chemistry undergraduate program at MidAmerica Nazarene University.
Chemistry undergraduate program at MidAmerica Nazarene University.
Chemistry undergraduate program at MidAmerica Nazarene University.

Lab Instruments

At MNU you can expect to use both "wet laboratory" techniques and modern instruments for chemical analysis. Some of the instruments you will use are:

  • Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (AA)
  • Gas Chromatograph - Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS)
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC)
  • Infrared Spectrometer (IR)
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer (NMR)
  • Ultraviolet - Visible Spectrometer (UV/Vis)

Scholarships & Awards

A number of scholarships and awards are available to chemistry students:

  • Charles K. Morrow Memorial Scholarship
  • Earl Thomas Memorial Scholarship
  • Evelyn Yoesel Memorial Scholarship
  • Elsie M. O’Connell Memorial Scholarship
  • Denny Apple Memorial Scholarship
  • Sterling House Scholarship
  • Science Pioneer Award/Scholarship
  • Freshman Chemistry Award
  • Organic Chemistry Award
  • Outstanding Senior Chemistry Major


Touching every aspect of chemistry, you could become a(n):

Agricultural Inspector
Chemical Technician
Chemical Salesperson

Environmental Scientist
Materials Scientist
Research Scientist
Hazardous Waste Manager

Food and Drug Inspector
Science Writer
Patent Lawyer

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