“All of my successes (materially and professionally) have been made possible by my training at the University of the Pacific Chemistry Department and Graduate School...”
—Dr. P. Phiasivongsa, Senior Manager, Chemical Development, Proteolix, Inc. (graduated 2002)
The Department of Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry is part of the College of the Pacific - the oldest academic unit of the University of the Pacific. Currently, our department is composed of 11 faculty members, four adjunct/visiting faculty, 19 graduate students, and one administrative assistant. The department offers courses covering the areas of general, organic, analytical, physical, inorganic, instrumental, theoretical chemistry, and biochemistry. The courses offered by the department allow students to pursue a range of academic degrees such as Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Chemistry Minor. The department also offers graduate Master of Science (M. S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) degrees in conjunction with the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Our faculty members are research-active scholars who take the task of teaching very seriously at the same time. Many courses offered by the department include laboratory components taught by graduate students (M. S. or Ph. D. candidates).
Unlike large universities, Pacific offers a student-centered learning experience. This holds true for the Department of Chemistry as well. Students majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry will receive not only opportunities to develop a deep understanding of the subject, but they will be mentored by the faculty much more closely than at other universities.
We encourage students to discover the program that fits them best. The degree program is designed with sufficient flexibility to allow a change in focus should this become desirable during the course of study. In addition, we encourage our majors to take advantage of the chance to work one-on-one with our faculty in research projects.
Students earning a Chemistry or Biochemistry degrees at Pacific can expect to receive training in all practical laboratory skills, analytical techniques, computational methods, and in most of the current instrumental methods such as magnetic resonance and mass spectrometry. These skills give our students confidence and a competitive edge as they enter the workplace or pursue graduate degrees.
Making Lasting Friendships
Our students can also participate in the activities that the Chemistry Fraternity (AXE) organizes. They include community outreach, fundraisers and chemistry demonstrations.