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Chemistry forms a foundation for the study of a wide variety of scientific disciplines. It is concerned primarily with matter, energy and their interactions. Chemists are both artists and problem-solvers who do everything from create new substances to analyze criminal evidence. They are at the forefront of efforts to make sure that technology serves people, rather than the reverse. And at Seattle Pacific University, chemists and chemistry are informed and influenced by a Christian worldview.

SPU offers three chemistry degrees for you to choose from: a bachelor of arts in chemistry, designed for those interested in education or the health professions; a bachelor of science in chemistry, for student who wish to continue their study in graduate school or move into environmental forensic science; and the bachelor of science in biochemistry, which provides a strong foundation for fields in any of the molecular related bio sciences. Coursework is balanced between theoretical material and a variety of laboratory experiences, including traditional "wet chemistry," instrumental techniques and computational methods.

Seattle Pacific's location will benefit you in many ways. You'll have plenty of opportunities for internships in a variety of biomedical, biotechnological, environmental, analytical and forensic laboratories. You'll also hear from world-class researchers who regularly visit campus to give lectures on their work.

Graduates with degrees in chemistry and biochemistry have many options. SPU alumni are working at places such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Washington State Patrol Forensic Lab, Los Alamos National Laboratories, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Bristol-Meyer/Squibb, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Rapigene, May Clinic and a wide variety of public and private schools. Many alumni have also entered medical school or other graduate programs at such places as the University of Washington, Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University.



Eaton Hall opened in fall 2003, with facilities dedicated to undergraduate research as well as teaching. For a virtual tour of our building facilities, please follow this link.