We offer classes in the core-curriculum of majors in chemistry, biochemistry, pre-pharmacy, pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, biology, physics, physical therapy, and engineering. In addition, we encourage our majors to take advantage of the chance to work one-on-one with our faculty on research projects.

If you are working toward chemistry or biochemistry degrees at Pacific, you can expect to receive training in all practical laboratory skills. These skills give you confidence as well as a competitive edge as you enter the workplace or pursue graduate degrees. Senior students (BS) compete very well nationally for admission to the best professional schools and are very competitive in the employment market after graduation. Our graduate students (MS/PhD) have secured leading positions in industry and academia nationally and internationally.

In addition to classroom learning, you have many opportunities to gain hands-on experience in our laboratories. Our faculty care deeply about the students at Pacific and are available inside and outside the classroom. We hope you will explore our web pages to learn more about the chemistry department. In order to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, you must complete a minimum of 120 units with a Pacific cumulative and major/program grade point average of 2.0.

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In order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in chemistry, students must complete a minimum of 120 units with a Pacific cumulative and major/program grade point average of 2.0.

I. General Education Requirements  For details, please see the General Catalog (General Education). Minimum 42 units and 12 courses, including:

  • PACS 001  Pacific Seminar I: What is a Good Society?
  • PACS 002  Pacific II Topical Seminar
  • PACS 003  Pacific Seminar III: The Ethics of Family, Work, and Citizenship

Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 16 or more transfer units complete 2 additional General Education elective courses from below in place of taking PACS 001 and 002.

One course from each subdivision below:

  • The Individual and Society
    • IA. Individual and Interpersonal Behavior
    • IB. U.S. Studies
    • IC. Global Studies
  • Human Heritage
    • IIA. Literature, Letters and Language
    • IIB. Fundamental Human Concerns
    • IIC. Practice and Perspective in the Visual and Performing Arts
  • Natural World and Formal Systems of Thought
    • IIIA. Life and Physical Laboratory Sciences
    • IIIB. Formal Systems of Thought
    • IIIC. Science, Technology, and Societyor  a second Life and Physical Laboratory Science
  • IA. Individual and Interpersonal Behavior
  • IB. U.S. Studies
  • IC. Global Studies
  • IIA. Literature, Letters and Language
  • IIB. Fundamental Human Concerns
  • IIC. Practice and Perspective in the Visual and Performing Arts
  • IIIA. Life and Physical Laboratory Sciences
  • IIIB. Formal Systems of Thought
  • IIIC. Science, Technology, and Society or  a second Life and Physical Laboratory Science

Note: 1) A complete list of the courses that satisfy the subdivisions above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog and the online course search. 2) No more than two courses from a discipline may be applied to meet the requirements of the general education program.  

II. College of the Pacific BA Requirement For details, please see the General Catalog (General Education).a.  One year of college instruction or equivalent training in a language other than English.Note: 1) Transfer students with sophomore standing are exempt from this requirement.

III.  Fundamental Skills For details, please see the General Catalog (General Education).Demonstrate competence in:

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Math

IV.  Breadth Requirement For details, please see the General Catalog (General Education).Complete 64 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department that offers the course(s) in that discipline (Including general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.) 

V. Major Requirements For details, please see the University Catalog (Chemistry).

In order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in chemistry, students must complete a minimum of 120 units with a Pacific cumulative and major/program grade point average of 2.0. Note: At least 4 of your major required courses must  be taken at Pacific.