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, 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 the catalog. View Curriculum Guide


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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 #TitleCredits
CHEM 111General Chemistry 14
CHEM 112General Chemistry 24
 CHEM Minor Electives10
 Sub-Total Credits18


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