Offered as a major (B.A. or B.S.) and a minor

Chemistry is the core science—the study of the properties, composition, and changes that occur in matter.

When you study chemistry, you analyze issues that influence every aspect of life on Earth.

The Curriculum

Which degree is right for you?

We offer two degrees, each backed by a strong curriculum that will give you the knowledge base you need to successfully pursue the discipline.

  • Bachelor of Science – If you are targeting a career in industry or planning to attend a graduate program.
  • Bachelor of Arts – If you are seeking work in medicine, dentistry, or secondary school teaching.

Extensive laboratory work

Throughout your courses, you will regularly work with the modern instruments in our campus laboratories. This equipment includes Fourier transform infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, gas chromatographs with several types of detectors (mass spectrometer, electron capture, flame ionization), and a rapid-scan UV-Vis spectrometer.

Design your own experiments

You will be taught how to design and carry out your own experiments and be encouraged to work on independent research projects, as well as do supported research with faculty members during the summer.

Internships strengthen your experience

We encourage you to pursue internships and undergraduate research programs during the course of your studies. Recently, students have interned at the Ventura County Crime Lab, Amgen, and the Rockwell Science Center. They have also attended research programs at Colorado State and SUNY Stoneybrook.


Offered as a major (B.A. or B.S.) and a minor.

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Your Future

Our chemistry program has a 100% placement record into graduate schools, many of them being among the nation’s most-respected medical, dental, and graduate programs.

Those not attending graduate school or becoming teachers begin their careers with jobs in such fields as environmental controls management, geochemistry, consumer products research, drug discovery, toxicology, and forensic chemistry.

Our alumni study at:

  • University of Birmingham (England)
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
  • Boston University
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Oregon
  • Colorado State University
  • University of Southern California

They work for:

  • BioSource International
  • Fruit Growers Laboratory
  • NuSil Technology
  • Valley Veterinary Clinic