Unlock the mysteries of the universe!  Outstanding teacher/student ratios give you lots of interaction with highly-qualified professors who always make time for their students and provide work opportunities within the department.  Develop critical and creative thinking skills that will enhance success in graduate school as well as in your own medical or dental office, research laboratory, or classroom.  Become a part of the critical science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields as their global significance continues to expand.

 


Most of Southwestern Adventist University’s chemistry graduates have chosen to pursue careers in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry or clinical laboratory science. There are many other career options for chemistry majors. These include graduate school, entry level positions in academia, industry, analytical labs, pharmaceutical labs, the government and the chemical industry. National interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines have highlighted the need for graduates trained in these areas, at all academic levels and as a matter of highest national significance.

Job Outlook
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that: “Employment of chemists and materials scientists is expected to increase by four percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Chemists and materials scientists with an advanced degree, particularly those with a Ph.D., are expected to experience better opportunities.”

Earnings
Earning potential is also affected by geographic location and by whether one pursues a career in industry, academia or in a government related organization. In the period from 2012 to 2015 salaries for inexperienced B.A./B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. graduates ranged from $77K–$78.5K, $79K–89.5K and $100K–$108K respectively. (Chemical and Engineering News, November 9, 2015)


Curriculum Guide. To view general education requirements for this major, please visit the catalog.

 

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Careers

Most of Southwestern’s Mathematics and Physical Science graduates go on to graduate school or employment directly related to their chosen field, which can be unusual.  Students are prepared to pursue careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, clinical lab science, industry, or academia.

Professions

  • Mathematician
  • Cryptographer
  • Economist
  • Actuary
  • Statistician
  • Educator
  • Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Researcher

$44,715
Average starting salary of a math degree graduate.

Required Courses  
Item #Title Credits 
BIOL 111General Biology 14
BIOL 112General Biology 24
BIOL 340Cell and Molecular Biology 14
 Biochemistry Electives 4
CHEM 111General Chemistry 14
CHEM 112General Chemistry 24
CHEM 201Research Methods in the Physical Sciences1
CHEM 221Modern Analytical Chemistry4
CHEM 231Organic Chemistry 14
CHEM 232Organic Chemistry 24
CHEM 341Physical Chemistry 14
CHEM 342Physical Chemistry 24
CHEM 431Biochemistry 14
CHEM 462Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 475Research Methods in Chemistry4
 BS CHEM Electives Upper Division 4
 Sub-Total Credits44
Required Cognates  
Item #TitleCredits
MATH 181Calculus 14
MATH 182Calculus 24
MATH 283Calculus 34
PHYS 121General Physics 14
PHYS 122General Physics 24
 Sub-Total Credits20

 

Recomended Cognates  
Item #TitleCredits
PHYS 221General Physics with Calculus 11
PHYS 222General Physics with Calculus 21
RELT 419Philosophy of Science3
 Sub-Total Credits5

 

Faculty Profiles

Jonathan Duarte, PhD

Mathematics & Physical Science
Associate Professor
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Ryan Loga, PhD

Mathematics & Physical Science
Assistant Professor
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Nicholas Madhiri, PhD

Chemistry
Professor and Department Chair
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Gerald Springer, PhD

Chemistry
Professor
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