Chemistry (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science 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 Arts in Chemistry, the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry 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.

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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)

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. To view general education requirements for this major, please visit catalog.swau.edu/Undergraduate/2017-2018.

 

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 342 Physical Chemistry II................................................................................................................................................................ 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: 44

REQUIRED COGNATES

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

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

MATH 282 Calculus II................................................................................................................................................................................... 4

MATH 283 Calculus III ................................................................................................................................................................................. 4

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

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

 

First Year

First Semester

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

UNIV 111—Wellness for Life............................................... 2

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

Religion course ................................................................... 3

History/Social Science Elective ........................................ 3

TOTAL:​ 14

Second Semester

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

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

COMM 110—Speech ........................................................... 3

Fine Arts Elective ............................................................. 3

Religion course ................................................................. 3

TOTAL:​ 16

Second Year

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

CHEM 202—Modern Analytical Chemistry ......................... 4

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

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

KINA Activity Elective...................................................... 1

TOTAL:​ 16

CHEM 231—Organic Chemistry II ....................................... 4

CHEM 201—Research Methods in the Physical Sciences . 1

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

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

History/Social Science Elective ........................................ 3

TOTAL:​ 16

Third Year

CHEM 431—Biochemistry I ................................................. 4

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

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

MATH 282—Calculus II ........................................................ 4

Religion Elective .................................................................. 3

TOTAL:​ 16

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

History/Social Science Elective ........................................ 3

CHEM 342—Physical Chemistry II ....................................... 4

MATH 383—Calculus III ....................................................... 4

KINA Activity Elective...................................................... 1

TOTAL:​ 15

Fourth Year

Literature Course ........................................................... 3

Upper Division Religion Course ........................................... 3

Life Science Elective ............................................................. 3

Electives ............................................................................... 6

TOTAL:​ 15

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

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

Religion Elective .................................................................. 3

Electives ...............................................................................6

TOTAL:​ 14