Chemistry (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry is one of four exciting chemistry programs offered by Southwestern Adventist University’s Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences. The other programs are the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Bachelor of Science in Physical Science-Secondary Teacher Certification with concentration in Chemistry. The aim of the chemistry program is to develop in students the ability to think critically and creatively. The chemistry curriculum is designed to provide the student with a strong background in the areas of organic chemistry, biochemistry, analytical chemistry and physical chemistry. The major will serve as a solid foundation upon which the candidate can build a professional career or a more specialized graduate program.

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 2005 to 2012 salaries for inexperienced B.A./B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. graduates ranged from $37K–$40K, $40K–60K and $66K–$85K respectively. 

To view general education requirements for this major, please visit http://catalog.swau.edu/undergraduate/2016-2017.

CHEM 111      General Chemistry I........................................................................................................................ 4

CHEM 112      General Chemistry II....................................................................................................................... 4

CHEM 201      Research Methods in the Physical Sciences..................................................................................... 1

CHEM 221      Modern Analytical Chemistry........................................................................................................... 4

CHEM 231      Organic Chemistry I........................................................................................................................ 4

CHEM 232      Organic Chemistry II....................................................................................................................... 4

CHEM 341      Physical Chemistry I....................................................................................................................... 4

CHEM 431      Biochemistry I................................................................................................................................ 3

CHEM 432      Biochemistry I Lab.......................................................................................................................... 1

CHEM 462      Inorganic Chemistry........................................................................................................................ 3

CHEM 475      Research Methods in Chemistry.................................................................................................... 4

CHEM             Electives upper division................................................................................................................... 4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         TOTAL: 40                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

REQUIRED COGNATES

MATH 181      Calculus I...................................................................................................................................... 3

PHYS 121        General Physics I............................................................................................................................ 4

PHYS 122        General Physics II........................................................................................................................... 4

NOTE: A minor must be chosen.

 

First Year

First Semester

CHEM 111—General Chemistry I ........................................ 4

MATH 110—College Algebra .............................................. 3

UNIV 110—Principles of Active Learning ........................... 1

CSIS 110—Principles of Computer Programming ............. 3

KINA—Activity Course ......................................................... 1

ENGL 121—Freshman Composition .................................... 3

TOTAL:​ 15

Second Semester

CHEM 111—General Chemistry II ................................... 4

MATH 121—PreCalculus .................................................. 3

RLGN—Religion Elective ................................................... 3

KINT 111—Health and Wellness .................................... 3

COMM 111—Speech ......................................................... 3

TOTAL:​ 16

Second Year

CHEM 231—Organic Chemistry I ........................................ 4

PHYS 121—General Physics I .............................................. 4

ENGL 220—Research Writing ............................................. 3

CHEM 221—Modern Analytical Chemistry ...................... 4

TOTAL:​ 15

CHEM 232—Organic Chemistry II ................................... 4

PHYS 122—General Physics II .......................................... 4

CHEM 201—Research Methods in the Physical Sciences . 1

Social/Behavioral Science Elective ..................................... 3

MATH 181—Calculus I ..................................................... 4

TOTAL:​ 16

Third Year

CHEM 431—Biochemistry I ................................................. 3

CHEM 432—Biochemistry I Lab ........................................... 1

RLGN—Religion Elective ...................................................... 3

Minor Elective ..................................................................... 4

Social/Behavioral Science Elective ..................................... 3

Minor Elective ..................................................................... 3

TOTAL:​ 17

Minor Elective .................................................................... 3

Minor Upper Division Elective ............................................. 3

CHEM—Upper Division Elective .......................................... 4

ENGL—English Literature Course ........................................ 3

Social/Behavioral Science Elective ........................................ 3

TOTAL:​ 16

Fourth Year

Minor Upper Division Elective ............................................... 3

Social/Behavioral Science Elective ...................................... 3

RLGN—Religion Course ....................................................... 3

Intermediate Foreign Language Elective ............................ 3

Elective ............................................................................... 3

TOTAL:​ 15

Minor Upper Division Elective ............................................ 3

CHEM 475—Research Methods in Chemistry .................. 4

CHEM 462—Inorganic Chemistry ....................................... 4

Intermediate Foreign Language Elective ............................ 3

RLGN—Upper Division Religion ........................................... 3

TOTAL:​ 17