Chemistry, B.S.


The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is to train and mentor students to become skilled scientists who will glorify God and be good stewards of His creation as they serve others in research, health care, academia, and industry.

Degree Program

A Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate requirements and the departmental specific requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the foundational principles of chemistry (ULO 1).
  2. Demonstrate an ability to solve quantitative and conceptual technical problems related to chemistry (ULO 1).
  3. Demonstrate safe laboratory technique, proper use of appropriate equipment, and suitable results and data analysis (ULO 1).
  4. Obtain and use appropriate chemical literature and resource materials (ULO 1).
  5. Summarize the key issues in science and faith and recognize the harmony possible while studying God's creation (ULO 1, 2, and 3).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

GPA Requirements

To continue in the program a student is required to have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in their first year of chemistry, physics and/or math courses taken at Biola. Depending on the major, these courses may include: CHEM 105, CHEM 106, CHEM 301, CHEM 302, CHEM 311, and CHEM 312.

Integration Seminar Requirement

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree program are required to take BBST 465 as Christianity and the Natural Sciences, or another approved Integration Seminar topic (see advisor).

Curriculum Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses
Chemistry majors automatically meet the Core Curriculum requirement of 8 credits of science and mathematics. The foreign language requirement is met by two years in high school or 4 credits of college foreign language.
Program Courses
CHEM 105General Chemistry I4
CHEM 106General Chemistry II4
CHEM 301Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 302Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 311Laboratory in Organic Chemistry I1
CHEM 312Laboratory in Organic Chemistry II1
CHEM 350Analytical Chemistry5
CHEM 360Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 402Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 405Physical Chemistry II4
CHEM 430Advanced Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 431Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab2
MATH 105Calculus I4
MATH 106Calculus II4
PHSC 124Data Analysis and Presentation1
PHSC 132General Physics I: Mechanics and Heat3
PHSC 134General Physics I Laboratory1
PHSC 233General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism3
PHSC 237General Physics II Laboratory1
PHSC 234General Physics III: Waves, Optics and Modern Physics4
PHSC 460Capstone Seminar1
Select at least 3 credits of upper-division credits in Chemistry or Physics. Recommended courses include the following:3
Environmental Chemistry
Fundamentals of Material Science
Biochemistry I
Computer Techniques in Science and Engineering
Circuits and Instrumentation I
Total Credits61