B.A. in Chemistry

APU’s chemistry major prepares students for careers and graduate study in chemistry, biochemistry, and environmental studies.

52-54 units

Chemistry is the study of the properties and reactivity of all matter. An understanding of chemistry is fundamental to a variety of fields including but not limited to biology, astronomy, earth science, physics, environmental science, medicine, and pharmacology.
The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry program provides a strong foundation in general chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and physical chemistry.  Additional course requirements provide a foundation in related fields (biology, physics, and mathematics) and opportunity to study other areas within chemistry in greater depth. This major is intended to be paired with a minor such as business management, computer information systems, computer science, mathematics, physics, or political science.
The B.A. in Chemistry program provides excellent preparation for entry-level positions as a researcher or laboratory technician, in governmental or industrial technical support, in management, or in teaching at the secondary level. Students in this major are strongly encouraged to collaborate with science faculty in a research project or participate in an off-campus internship in industry.
Note: Entry requirements differ among graduate schools and jobs. Students are responsible to research the requirements of graduate programs and professions in which they are interested.


All of the following requirements must be met to continue as an allied health, biology, biochemistry, or chemistry major. Failure to maintain these requirements will result in a student being dropped from the major. Reentry to the major is by petition only.

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all biochemistry, biology, chemistry, math, and physics courses required for the major.
  • Complete each BIOC, BIOL, or CHEM course with a C- or higher for the course to meet a degree requirement in the Department of Biology and Chemistry.
  • Any single course within the major can be taken only two times at APU; students must change to a major outside the department after two unsuccessful (below C-) attempts in a single required course.
  • Only two courses total within the major can be repeated; students must change to a major outside the department after unsuccessful (below C-) attempts in any three required courses.
BIOL 151General Biology I 14
BIOL 496Writing 3: Ethics and the Sciences 23
CHEM 151General Chemistry I 1, 34
CHEM 152General Chemistry II 34
CHEM 251
CHEM 261
Organic Chemistry: Theory I
and Organic Chemistry - Lab
CHEM 252
CHEM 262
Organic Chemistry: Theory II
and Organic Chemistry - Lab
CHEM 300
CHEM 310
Quantitative Chemical Analysis - Theory
and Quantitative Chemical Analysis - Laboratory
CHEM 401Physical Chemistry I3
MATH 165Calculus I 33
MATH 166Calculus II 33
Select one of the following:8-10
Physics for Life Sciences I
and Physics for Life Sciences II 4
Physics for Science and Engineering I
and Physics for Science and Engineering II 5
Select at least 8 units from the following:8
General Biology II
Biomolecular Chemistry
Instrumental Analysis: Theory
and Instrumental Analysis - Lab 6
Directed Research Internship 7
Chemical Science Internship 7
Physical Chemistry I Lab
Physical Chemistry II
Physical Chemistry II Lab
Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Topics in Chemistry
Sequences and Series
Total Units52-54

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge base in the field of chemistry.
  2. Effectively communicate scientific ideas and research orally.
  3. Effectively communicate scientific ideas and research in writing.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in problem solving and applying the scientific method to scientific questions.
  5. Demonstrate laboratory skills and techniques.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of relevant laboratory instrumentation.
  7. Express a Christian worldview that integrates faith with their chemistry vocation.