Chemistry, B.S.

Bachelor of Science
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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.

Highlights

  • 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

FPU is a partner school with Transferology, a web-based tool that allows you to match the courses you’ve already taken with FPU programs. Visit Transferology.com to create an account and get started.

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

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

Required Courses (57 Units)

Chemistry Core

CodeTitleUnits
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 - 0
CHEM 350Analytical Chemistry5
CHEM 350LAnalytical Chemistry Lab0 - 0
CHEM 450Instrumental Analysis4
CHEM 450LInstrumental Analysis Lab0 - 0
CHEM 460Physical Chemistry4
CHEM 460LPhysical Chemistry Lab0 - 0
CHEM 496Chemistry Research1 - 4

Must be taken for a minimum of 3 units

CodeTitleUnits
CHEM 498Chemistry Senior Thesis1

Select 4 additional units with one of the following courses

CodeTitleUnits
BIOL 340 & BIOL 340LMicrobiology & Microbiology Lab4 and 0 - 0
BIOL 421 & BIOL 421LBiochemistry & Biochemistry Lab4 and 0 - 0
BIOL 441 & BIOL 441LCell and Molecular Biology & Cell and Molecular Biology Lab4 and 0 - 0
BIOL 450 & BIOL 450LGenetics & Genetics Lab4 and 0 - 0

Supporting Courses

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

Program director

Ken Cheung
Ken Cheung, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Chemistry

Faculty

Jonathan Dick
Jonathan Dick, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physical Sciences

Alan Thompson, Ph.D.
Alan Thompson, Ph.D.

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