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As a chemistry major at Fresno Pacific University, you’ll gain an understanding of the unifying themes, as well as the diversity, of natural and synthetic materials and their importance within the environment and technology Choose between two degree programs to focus your studies on your interests. The Bachelor of Arts degree will allow for greater flexibility in your undergraduate coursework whether you’re studying analytical chemistry or general physics. This flexibility may be used to incorporate a minor, a second major, a study abroad program or additional elective coursework.


  • Small class sizes allow for personalized instruction
  • Research-based courses allow for hands on experience and emphasize learning outside of the textbook
  • Faculty with experience ranging from chemical engineering to physical chemistry

Career opportunities

You will be prepared for positions in industry and government or for advanced study in a variety of scientific disciplines. Common careers for chemists include teacher, researcher, forensic and environmental scientist. Our graduates are also well-prepared for graduate study, including teacher credential programs and master’s research

Transferring to Fresno Pacific

FPU is a partner school with Transferology, a web-based tool that allows you to match the courses you’ve already taken with FPU programs. Visit Transferology.com to create an account and get started.

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Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Information

Chemistry (AS-T) to Chemistry, B.A.

BS courses fulfilled through ADT:

  • All lower-division General Education requirements fulfilled
  • BS co-requisites and major courses fulfilled through ADT:
    • BIOL 111     General Biology: Cells and Physiology (4) [replaces BIOL-100]
    • CHEM 103    General Chemistry I (4)
    • CHEM 104    General Chemistry II (4)
    • MATH 210    Calculus I (4)
    • PHYS 130     University Physics I (4)
    • PHYS 131     University Physics II (4)
  • This program is offered as daytime traditional

ADT Guarantee is the completion of BA/BS degree in 68 units

Course listing

In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University, students must complete at least 120 units. Along with completing all required courses in their selected area of study, general education requirements must be met by all graduates. See the general education summary in the undergraduate academic catalog for more information.

Select programs may not provide enough units for a student to graduate and therefore an emphasis and/or elective courses must be completed alongside the major. Please see below for emphases related to this area of study.

General Education Prerequisites

BIOL 100Principles of Biology4
CHEM 103General Chemistry I4
MATH 210Calculus I4

Required Courses (45 Units)

CHEM 104General Chemistry II4
CHEM 310Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 311Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 312LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM 313LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory II1
CHEM 321Inorganic Chemistry4
CHEM 321LInorganic Chemistry Lab0
CHEM 350Analytical Chemistry5
CHEM 350LAnalytical Chemistry Lab0
CHEM 496Chemistry Research
Must be taken for a minimum of 2 units
1 - 4
MATH 220Calculus II4
PHYS 120
PHYS 130
General Physics I
or University Physics I
or 4
PHYS 121
PHYS 131
General Physics II
or University Physics II
or 4
CHEM 498Chemistry Senior Thesis1

Select 8 additional units of upper-division chemistry.

Program director

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Ken Cheung, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Chemistry


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Jonathan Dick, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physical Sciences

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Alan Thompson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Biology, Program Director, Pharmaceutical Science, Pre-Health Sciences & Biology B.A.