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, mechanistic, and 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 Courses
Chemistry majors automatically meet the Core Curriculum requirement of 6 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 411General Biochemistry I3
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 8 credits from the following:8
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab
Calculus III
Select 3 credits from the following recommended courses:3
Environmental Chemistry
Fundamentals of Material Science
Introduction to Food Chemistry
General Biochemistry II
Laboratory in General Biochemistry
Directed Research or Internship
Linear Algebra
Ordinary Differential Equations
Computer Techniques in Science and Engineering
Circuits and Instrumentation I
Total Credits67

NOTE: The course sequence table is designed by the major department and is one way that the classes will work out properly in sequence for your major. However, there are alternative or flexible ways to rotate some of the classes within the same year/level and sometimes between year levels. Please contact your major department advisor to discuss flexible alternatives in scheduling the sequence of your classes.

Taking coursework during the summer session may also be an option to accelerate your degree path.

See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.

Chemistry, B.S.

First Year
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
CHEM 1054CHEM 1064
MATH 1054MATH 1064
PHSC 1241Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
ENGL 100 or 1123KNES 1071
GNST 1021 
 16 15
Total Credits 31
Second Year
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 209 or 2103
CHEM 3013BBST 2513
CHEM 3111CHEM 3023
PHSC 1323CHEM 3121
PHSC 1341PHSC 2333
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253PHSC 2371
Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
 17 17
Total Credits 34
Third Year
BBST 3653BBST 3543
CHEM 4023CHEM 4054
CHEM 4113Chemistry or Physics Elective (upper-division)3
PHSC 2344Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3
ENGL 3133KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1
Writing Competency RequirementGraduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 16 14
Total Credits 30
Fourth Year
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 465 (Christianity & Nat Sci - required)3
CHEM 3505BBST 306, 316, or 3263
CHEM 4303CHEM 3603
Chemistry or Physics Elective (upper-division)3CHEM 4312
 PHSC 4601
 Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
 14 15
Total Credits 29