• 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

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
CHEM 450Instrumental Analysis4
CHEM 450LInstrumental Analysis Lab0
CHEM 460Physical Chemistry4
CHEM 460LPhysical Chemistry Lab0
CHEM 496Chemistry Research Credits*1-4
CHEM 498Chemistry Senior Thesis1

Select 4 additional units of upper-division chemistry.

*Must be taken for a minimum of 3 units

Supporting Courses
MATH 220Calculus II4
MATH 230Calculus III4
MATH 335
MATH 345
MATH 365
Linear Algebra or
Numerical Analysis or
Differential Equations
PHYS 130University Physics I4
PHYS 131University Physics II4

Program director

Ken Cheung
Ken Cheung, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Chemistry


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.