BS in Chemistry

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

69-71 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 Science in Chemistry program provides a rigorous curriculum and strong foundation in the five major subfields of chemistry—analytical, organic, inorganic, physical, and biochemistry—as well as in related fields such as biology, physics, and mathematics, providing breadth to their study of chemistry. 
This 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. It is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in fields such as but not limited to chemistry, biochemistry, environmental studies, forensic science, pharmacology, and biotechnology. Students who attend graduate school and obtain a master’s or doctoral degree may find employment at a university or in the private or government sectors.
BS in Chemistry students 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 for researching 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, biological sciences, biochemistry, or chemistry major. A student’s failure to maintain these requirements will result in him or her being dropped from the major. Reentry to the major is by petition only.

  • Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all biology, chemistry, biochemistry, math, and physics courses required for the major.
  • Must complete each course required for the major 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.
BIOC 270Biomolecular Chemistry4
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 320
CHEM 330
Instrumental Analysis: Theory
and Instrumental Analysis - Lab 4
CHEM 401
CHEM 411
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 402
CHEM 412
Physical Chemistry II
and Physical Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 461Inorganic Chemistry3
Select at least 6 units from the following:6
Biomolecular Metabolism
Physical Biochemistry
Teaching and Learning in STEM 5
STEM Education Research Seminar 5
STEM Teaching Practicum 5
Directed Research Internship 5
Chemical Science Internship 5
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Advanced Topics in Chemistry
Ordinary Differential Equations
MATH 165Calculus I 33
MATH 166Calculus II 33
MATH 268Multivariable Calculus3
Select one of the following:8-10
Physics for Life Sciences I
and Physics for Life Sciences II 3, 6
Physics for Science and Engineering I
and Physics for Science and Engineering II 3, 6
Total Units69-71

Meets the General Education Natural Sciences requirement.


Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement.


This course may be waived with an appropriate Advanced Placement test score.


CHEM 320 meets the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement.


Up to 3 units combined of CHEM 311, CHEM 312, CHEM 313CHEM 394, and CHEM 395 can be counted toward major elective units.


PHYC 151 and PHYC 161 meet the General Education Natural Sciences requirement.

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.