Chemists are concerned about the effect their work and technology have on society and on individuals. They are at the forefront of efforts to make sure that technology serves humankind rather than vice versa.
At SPU, the curriculum is designed to help you enter a career in chemistry, biochemistry, or science education, as well as pursue further study in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, engineering, and the other sciences.
To qualify for admission to the major, you must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average in SPU chemistry courses.
Continuing students and advance transfers should consult the SPU Undergraduate Catalog.
BS in Chemistry
72 credits in chemistry, including 52 upper-division; an additional 13 credits in math and 15 in physics
This course of study is recommended for a professional degree in chemistry or for those interested in doing graduate and other advanced work in chemistry, certain aspects of molecular biology, toxicology, and forensic science. It is guided by recommendations of the American Chemical Society and should prepare you for graduate work in chemistry or for employment as a chemist. In order to complete this degree in four years, generally you should begin with CHM 1211 and MAT 1234 in the first quarter of your freshman year.
View the requirements for a BS in Chemistry.
For students planning graduate studies in chemistry, additional mathematics (e.g., MAT 1236, MAT 2360, MAT 3360, and MAT 3237) may be recommended by your advisor.
You are urged to seek advising by a member of the chemistry/biochemistry faculty as early in your program as possible.
BA in Chemistry
55 credits in chemistry, including 37 upper-division; an additional 10 credits in mathematics and 15 credits in physics
This option is suited for students preparing for medical or dental school, careers in medical technology, pharmacy, or related fields, or to teach chemistry at the secondary level. If you are interested in a career in medicine, dentistry, or other health-related field, you should refer to Pre-Professional Health Programs.
View the requirements for a BA in Chemistry.
BS in Biochemistry
79 credits in chemistry and biology, including 49 upper-division in biology and chemistry; an additional 13 credits in mathematics and 15 credits in physics
The molecular aspects of the life sciences call for an interdisciplinary course of study in chemistry and biology, plus background support in physics and mathematics. This degree prepares you for graduate study in biochemistry and molecular biology. Biochemistry students interested in health sciences should refer to Pre-Professional Health Sciences. In order to complete this degree in four years, generally you should begin with CHM 1211 and MAT 1234 in the first quarter of your freshman year.
View the requirements for a BS in Biochemistry.
View the requirements for a Chemistry minor.
Students preparing for the teaching profession at the elementary level should take at least CHM 1100 or CHM 1211. (For general science major requirements in elementary teaching, see the School of Education.) For junior high level, a supporting endorsement provides an appropriate basis. A supporting endorsement can be obtained by completing a minor including CHM 1212, 2540, 3371, 3372 and 3225. CHM 3401 and CHM 4361 are also recommended. See the School of Education for a definite description of the supporting endorsement. Students preparing for a secondary certificate should complete the requirements for a BA in chemistry.
The BS in biochemistry, or the BS or BA in chemistry including biochemistry courses, provide preparation for a professional education in medicine, dentistry, and similar health-related careers. See the Pre-Professional Health Sciences program.
See a complete list of Chemistry courses and course descriptions.