Chemistry, B.S.

A chemist can measure the amount of insecticide in drinking water, compare the protein content of meats, develop a new antibiotic, analyze a moon rock or design a synthetic fiber.

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Program Intro

The work of a chemist ranges widely, and at its heart, it helps us understand the world around us. Why do leaves turn colors in the fall? Why is a diamond hard? How does soap clean? All of these questions can be answered with chemistry.

63 Units

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23 Required Major Courses
100 % Christian Faculty and Staff

Why Study Chemistry at CBU?

Research and learn in laboratories

At CBU, chemistry courses are taught by full-time faculty members in state-of-the-art labs, giving students both hands-on experience and individual attention. While you may see more labs and equipment at other universities, the question to ask is “Will I get to use these labs?” At CBU the answer is yes — everything we have is accessible to our undergraduate chemistry majors.

Prepare for a career in the field

Graduates of CBU’s chemistry program have gone on to work in industries that produce medicine, plastics and thousands of other everyday materials; while others now conduct research for academic, government and industrial organizations to try to better understand and potentially solve significant problems, such as alternative fuels and climate change. A chemistry major is also excellent preparation for medical school, pharmacy school and other professional schools.

What You'll Learn

Program Details

CHE 321: Quantitative Chemical Analysis with Lab

A survey of separation and quantitation principles and methods.

CHE 351: Organic Chemistry I with Lab

An integrated mechanistic study of the nomenclature, chemical, and stereochemical properties of aliphatic hydrocarbons. 

CHE 470: Instrumental Analysis

This course is a study of instrumental methods of analysis including spectroscopic, chromatographic, and electrochemical techniques.

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Jenifer Nalbandian, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Office Phone: 951-343-4306
Office Location: James 478

Satoru Suzuki, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

Office Phone: 951-552-8726
Office Location: James Building, 466

Brigitte Buchanan

I love science and math and that is what chemistry is! I plan to go to medical school and CBU is giving me rigorous courses to prepare me. I have grown so much by receiving love in support by all my teachers, and just by exploring the amazing creations of God.

Brigitte Buchanan '19

Cody Calhoun

I love science and helping people, and this major will best prepare me for medical school. I like the kind community in it, and that each professor has their own personality and cares about my education. I've grown spiritually seeing God's creation put into full effect.

Cody Calhoun '20

Career Possibilities

Graduates of CBU's chemistry bachelor's program will be well prepared for various careers and/or graduate school. Some careers listed below may require further education.

  • Biotechnologist

  • Product Developer
  • Qualitative Analyst
  • Quantitative Analyst
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemistry Teacher
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Doctor

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