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.”

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, Nov 9, 2015.)

Educational Qualifications

Bachelor degree candidates are generally qualified for entry level positions in most career fields. Getting a graduate or professional degree will significantly increase the earning potential of the holder of a first degree.

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


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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.


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

Average starting salary of a math degree graduate.

Required Courses  
Item #Title Credits 
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 431Biochemistry 14
CHEM 462Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 475Research Methods in Chemistry4
 BS CHEM Electives Upper Division 4
 Sub-Total Credits40
Required Cognates  
Item #TitleCredits
MATH 181Calculus 14
PHYS 121General Physics 14
PHYS 122General Physics 24
 Sub-Total Credits12


Recomended Cognates  
Item #TitleCredits
MATH 182Calculus 24
MATH 283Calculus 34
CSIS 110Principles of Programing 13
PHYS 221General Physics with Calculus 11
PHYS 222General Physics with Calculus 21
 Intermediate Foreign Language6
 Sub-Total Credits13


Faculty Profiles

Jonathan Duarte, PhD

Mathematics & Physical Science
Associate Professor

Ryan Loga, PhD

Mathematics & Physical Science
Assistant Professor

Nicholas Madhiri, PhD

Professor and Department Chair

Gerald Springer, PhD