Prepare to Meet Global Needs with a Degree in Chemistry
Chemistry is the study of the properties and reactivity of all matter. An understanding of chemistry is fundamental to a variety of fields including, but not limited to, biology, astronomy, earth science, physics, environmental science, medicine, and pharmacology.
The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program provides students with a rigorous curriculum and a strong foundation in the five major subfields of chemistry—analytical, organic, inorganic, physical, and biochemistry—as well as in related fields such as biology, physics, and mathematics, providing breadth to their study of chemistry.
The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry program provides a strong foundation in general chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and physical chemistry. Additional course requirements provide a foundation in related fields—biology, physics, and mathematics—and opportunity to study other areas within chemistry in greater depth. This major is intended to be paired with a minor such as business management, computer information systems, computer science, mathematics, physics, or political science.
The Department of Biology and Chemistry provides an environment where undergraduate chemistry majors can develop a Christian worldview and learn to integrate their faith into their lives and their discipline. Chemistry majors have the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research alongside faculty, allowing them to stand out among their peers when applying for graduate programs or professional research positions. Chemistry majors gain a deep understanding of chemical principles and mature into scientists prepared for graduate or professional studies and for success in leadership roles in their future careers.
Aaron Ramsay ’19 is a chemistry major and honors humanities minor at Azusa Pacific University. Hear how Aaron’s understanding of the importance of science grew through classroom discussions.
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Excellent Graduate School and Career Preparation
Chemistry is a component of the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines, one of the fastest-growing areas of the economy. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 8 percent increase in STEM employment from 2019-29, reflecting the consistent need for training in the sciences.
The BS in chemistry program provides excellent preparation for entry-level positions as a researcher or laboratory technician, in governmental or industrial technical support, in management, or in teaching at the secondary level. It is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in fields such as, but not limited to, chemistry, biochemistry, environmental studies, forensic science, pharmacology, and biotechnology. Students who attend graduate school and obtain a master’s or doctoral degree may find employment at a university or in the private or government sectors.
The BA in chemistry program provides excellent preparation for entry-level positions as a researcher or laboratory technician, in governmental or industrial technical support, in management, or in teaching at the secondary level.
Note: Entry requirements differ among graduate schools and jobs. Students are responsible for researching the requirements of graduate programs and professions in which they are interested.
Chemistry majors have access to state-of-the-art equipment in the Segerstrom Science Center, including a nuclear magnetic-resonance spectrometer and gas chromatography-mass spectrometer. With these resources and many others, students develop expert problem-solving skills and the ability to work at the interface of chemistry, biology, and physics. Therefore, chemistry students are strongly encouraged to collaborate with science faculty on a research project.
Download the Chemistry Career Brochure to learn more about APU’s pathway from education to vocation, including graduate school and career opportunities.
Is This Major Right for You?
You’re a chemistry major if you:
- Are thorough, process-oriented, and detail-oriented.
- Wonder why the universe works the way it does.
- Enjoy science and math.
- Like to figure out how things work.
- Wish to explore a Christian’s role in the scientific community.
- Enjoy the hands-on experience of a laboratory.
Chemistry is often called the “central science” because it is necessary for studying biology, astronomy, earth science, and physics. Chemistry is also fundamental to interdisciplinary fields such as biochemistry, ecology, medicine, pharmacology, and environmental toxicology.
Note: This information is current for the 2022-23 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.