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CHEMISTRY is the "central science"–bridging the physical sciences and life sciences. It is the study of the properties, behavior, and changes of matter.
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As a chemistry student at MNU, you’ll investigate how molecules form and react, and apply that knowledge to areas such as biochemistry, forensics, inorganic chemistry, and analytical chemistry. This curriculum gives you excellent preparation for graduate study or medical school.

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!

Our chemistry labs are equipped with many standard instruments used in research and industry, including:

  • gas chromatograph
  • high performance liquid chromatograph
  • nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers
  • infrared spectrometers
  • ultraviolet spectrometers
  • atomic absorption spectrometers
  • laser lab built for Raman spectroscopy

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


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

  • 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

Chemistry majors will be provided a new iPad to increase their learning experience.

Advance Degree Opportunity

The MNU & K-State Cooperative Program gives MNU students the opportunity to earn up to 9 credit hours toward their bachelor’s degree by taking advanced science courses at K-State Olathe.  These courses also count as graduate credit toward an M.S. in Veterinary Biomedical Science or a Professional Science Master’s degree in Applied Biosciences.  This allows MNU students the opportunity to access courses not offered at MNU with the potential for an accelerated pathway to a master’s degree.

Potential Careers
  • Chemical Technician
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmaceutical Scientist
  • Hazardous Waste Manager
  • Physician
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Materials Scientist
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Research Scientist - In fields like pharmaceuticals, electronics, oil & gas, cosmetics, agriculture, food science, animal science, and manufacturing
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Career Earnings

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Chemical Technician
Research Scientist
Forensic Scientist
Hazardous Waste Manager

Related Majors

Digital Communication Minor
Communication Minor
Liberal Arts / General Business
Speech/ Theatre Education
Physical Education
Music Education
Middle-Level Mathematics Education
Mathematics Education
History/ Government and Social Studies Education

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