• students in sciene lab sitting at burner

As a chemistry major at Fresno Pacific University, you’ll gain an understanding of the unifying themes, as well as the diversity, of natural and synthetic materials and their importance within the environment and technology Choose between two degree programs to focus your studies on your interests. The Bachelor of Science degree will allow you to immerse yourself into the foundational coursework in the major and in supporting fields while culminating in a research capstone.


  • Small class sizes allow for personalized instruction
  • Research-based courses allow for hands on experience and emphasize learning outside of the textbook
  • Faculty with experience ranging from chemical engineering to physical chemistry

Career opportunities

You will be prepared for positions in industry and government or for advanced study in a variety of scientific disciplines. Common careers for chemists include teacher, researcher, forensic and environmental scientist. Our graduates are also well-prepared for graduate study, including teacher credential programs and master’s research

Transferring to Fresno Pacific

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Information
Chemistry (AS-T) to Chemistry, B.S.

BS courses fulfilled through ADT:

  • All lower-division General Education requirements fulfilled
  • BS co-requisites and major courses fulfilled through ADT:
    • BIOL 111     General Biology: Cells and Physiology (4)
    • BIOL 121     General Biology: Diversity and Ecology (4)
    • CHEM 103    General Chemistry I (4)
    • CHEM 104    General Chemistry II (4)
    • MATH 210    Calculus I (4)
    • PHYS 130     University Physics I (4)
    • PHYS 131     University Physics II (4)
  • This program is offered as daytime traditional

ADT Guarantee is the completion of BA/BS degree in 68 units

Course listing

In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University, students must complete at least 120 units. Along with completing all required courses in their selected area of study, general education requirements must be met by all graduates. See the general education summary in the undergraduate academic catalog for more information.

Select programs may not provide enough units for a student to graduate and therefore an emphasis and/or elective courses must be completed alongside the major. Please see below for emphases related to this area of study.

General Education Prerequisites

BIOL 111General Biology: Cells and Physiology4
CHEM 103General Chemistry I4
MATH 210Calculus I4

Required Courses (57 Units)

Chemistry Core

CHEM 104General Chemistry II4
CHEM 310Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 311Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 312LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM 313LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory II1
CHEM 321Inorganic Chemistry4
CHEM 321LInorganic Chemistry Lab0
CHEM 350Analytical Chemistry5
CHEM 350LAnalytical Chemistry Lab0
BIOL 421Biochemistry4
BIOL 421LBiochemistry Lab0
CHEM 460Physical Chemistry4
CHEM 460LPhysical Chemistry Lab0
CHEM 496Chemistry Research Must be taken for a minimum of 31 - 4
CHEM 498Chemistry Senior Thesis1

Select 4 additional units with one of the following courses

BIOL 340L and
BIOL 340
Microbiology Lab and
CHEM 450L and
CHEM 450
Instrumental Analysis Lab and
Instrumental Analysis
BIOL 441L and
BIOL 441
Cell and Molecular Biology Lab and
Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 450L and
BIOL 450
Genetics Lab and

Supporting Courses

MATH 220Calculus II4
MATH 230Calculus III4
MATH 206L and
MATH 205
or MATH 335
or MATH 345
or MATH 360
or MATH 365
Introductory Statistics Lab and
Introductory Statistics
or Linear Algebra
or Numerical Analysis
or Probability and Statistical Methods
or Differential Equations
or 3
or 3
or 3
or 3
PHYS 130University Physics I4
PHYS 131University Physics II4

Program director

Photo of Ken Cheung

Ken Cheung, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Chemistry


Photo of Jonathan Dick

Jonathan Dick, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physical Sciences

Photo of Alan Thompson, Ph.D.

Alan Thompson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Biology, Program Director, Pharmaceutical Science, Pre-Health Sciences & Biology B.A.