An understanding and appreciation of underlying chemistry is becoming increasingly important for our lives and the future of our small planet. The emphasis in all chemistry classes is to provide a thorough understanding of basic chemical concepts and to develop the competence in how to apply these concepts in a logical fashion to solve real world problems. Students can choose among a variety of degree programs designed to meet a range of career goals.
The Chemistry Department has a long history of success in placing students into excellent medical, dental, pharmacy and graduate school programs. Students are also well prepared for rewarding careers in industry, government service and private business. The Bachelor of Science Degrees in Chemistry are certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The BS Biochemistry program follows national guidelines.
The Bachelor of Arts degree is designed to give students a broad understanding of chemistry for careers in medicine, dentistry and teaching.
The more rigorous Bachelor of Science degree prepares students for a variety of options including advanced degree studies in chemistry and biochemistry, professional schools of medicine and dentistry, and careers in the chemical industry.
Virtually all Bachelor of Science and many Bachelor of Arts candidates choose undergraduate research as one of their chemistry electives. In this course the student has the opportunity to use the modern instrumentation available in the department and to work closely with faculty and graduate students on an original research project. The graduate students are typically conducting independent research projects as part of a masters or doctoral program.
The emphasis in Medicinal Chemistry is offered by the College of the Pacific with the support of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The major is only open to students in the 3 + 3 Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program or those in the 2 + 3 who extend a year (see pre-pharmacy requirements). The COP courses are to be completed prior to entry into the PharmD program. The TJLSPHS courses may only be completed as part of the PharmD degree plan.