Prepare to Meet Global Needs with a Degree in Chemistry
Over the next several decades, our world will face significant challenges. Climate change, acid rain, ozone depletion, and other chemical changes in our environment will require professionals who understand the forces at play and wish to make a difference. APU’s chemistry majors uniquely prepare graduates to discover solutions for these types of problems.
The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry gives students 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 offers a more flexible, interdisciplinary path. This program equips students in general, organic, analytical, and physical chemistry, and in the related fields of biology, physics, and mathematics, but is also intended to be paired with a minor such as business management, computer information systems, computer science, mathematics, physics, or political science.
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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 a 13 percent increase in STEM employment from 2012-22, reflecting the consistent need for training in the sciences.
Both of APU’s chemistry majors equip students for entry-level positions as research or laboratory technicians, in governmental or industrial technical support, in management, or in teaching at the secondary level. To that end, all chemistry students are strongly encouraged to collaborate with science faculty in research projects or participate in off-campus internships in industry. This experience allows students to put classroom learning into practice, and ensures that they leave APU with proof of their skills and experience on their résumés.
The B.S. degree is particularly suited for those who wish to pursue graduate studies in chemistry, biochemistry, or environmental studies, and for those planning to attend professional school in forensic science, pharmacology, medical technology, or dentistry.
Note: Entry requirements differ among graduate schools and jobs. Students are responsible to research 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 lab. With this resource and many others, students develop expert problem-solving skills and the ability to work at the interface of chemistry, biology, and physics.
Pathway from Education to Vocation
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.
Did You Know?
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 2020-21 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.