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

The core science.

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

With a strong emphasis on laboratory experience, you will be taught how to design and carry out your own experiments and encouraged to work on independent research projects.

The Curriculum

The chemistry curriculum provides the base knowledge you'll need to pursue your choice of several career paths. Building on top of that base knowledge will be experience—lots of it. You'll be working alongside your professors in labs stocked with the modern instruments you'll need to make the most of your studies.

In addition to doing active research on campus, many students have also been accepted to summer research programs at Ph.D.-granting institutions.

The Professors

Your Future

Our chemistry students are encouraged to pursue internships and REU programs during the course of their studies. Recent Cal Lutheran students have interned at Ventura County Crime Lab, Amgen and Rockwell Science Center, and have attended REU programs at Colorado State and SUNY Stoneybrook.

These undergraduate research opportunities translate into success for Cal Lutheran’s chemistry graduates, who have been accepted into many of the nation’s most respected medical, dental, and graduate programs including University of California at San Diego, Irvine, and Santa Barbara, Yale University, Indiana University, and University of Ohio.

Graduate Schools

  • 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


  • BioSource International
  • Fruit Growers Laboratory
  • NuSil Technology
  • Valley Veterinary Clinic
of our students are either enrolled in graduate programs or are employed within nine months of graduation.

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