CHEMISTRY is the "central science"–bridging the physical sciences and life sciences. It is the study of the properties, behavior, and changes of matter.

About the Program

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 you 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

your future

MNU students have participated in undergraduate research in areas such as peptoid synthesis, microfluidic devices, protein binding, nanotechnology, laser spectroscopy. Research opportunities like that lead to great things.


Touching every aspect of chemistry, you could become a:

  • 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

Curious about additional Chemistry career paths? The American Chemistry Society can help you uncover many more career possibilities.

Graduate Work

Some of our recent chemistry grads have continued their education at:

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Minnesota
  • Miami University (Ohio)

Related Majors

Other majors you may also be interested in learning more about:

our people are the difference

Our expert professors have a passion for math and science, and care deeply about the learning and personal development of each and every engineering major. You will be mentored here.

You Can Succeed Here

Pioneer alumni are working in industries and cities around the world. During their time at MNU, they developed the skills and knowledge to succeed. Transformed by Christ to serve others – that’s real success.