Prepare to Meet Global Needs with a Degree in Chemistry
APU’s Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry equip students to explore chemical foundations of our world. Both degrees provide a solid foundation in general, organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry; physics, and calculus. These then provide a framework for in-depth study of advanced chemistry concepts and related fields such as thermodynamics, kinetics, quantum mechanics, biochemistry, synthesis, and more.
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 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 and gas chromatography-mass spectrometer. 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.
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 2020-21 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.