Pursue Chemistry and Christianity

Biola’s chemistry program will equip you with the tools you need to be a thoughtful chemist and Christian, whether you enter into graduate studies, academia or research.

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Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    127 credits
    • Major/Concentration: 61
    • Bible/Theology: 30
    • General Education: 36
  • Standard Completion Time

    4 years
  • Accreditation


Admissions Requirements

You will be required to take a Chemistry and/or Physics Placement exam.

The Science Department suggests an SAT Math score of at least 500 (or ACT equivalent) to pursue this major. Deficiencies can be fulfilled with permission from the Department of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering.

Biola’s degree in chemistry offers comprehensive preparation in all the core areas of the chemical and molecular sciences. Our program provides rigorous coursework, hands-on-training with the latest chemical instrumentations, as well as a rich independent research experience from a Christian worldview. As a Biola chemistry graduate, you will be fully prepared to pursue professional careers in the field of chemical and molecular sciences, or to continue towards advanced degrees in chemistry or a related field in the molecular sciences.

Why Choose Chemistry at Biola?

In addition to its strong curriculum, expert faculty members and biblical integration, Biola’s chemistry program offers several key advantages:

  • Small class sizes will enable you to benefit from professors who have the time to individualize programs and meet specific needs.
  • Biola location in Southern California — one of the world’s largest and most diverse metropolitan areas — is ideal for finding student employment and internships in local industry.
  • Biola offers numerous summer mission projects that allow students to use their technical skills.
  • Well-equipped laboratories offer hands-on experience and opportunities to put your learning into action.

What Will I Study?

As a chemistry major, you will become part of a community of insightful learners who love to analyze data, evaluate research, think creatively, perform detailed analysis in a wide-range of chemistries, and who apply problem-solving skills in calculus and physics coursework. Throughout the chemistry program, you will explore inorganic, organic, physical and analytical chemistry from a Christian worldview. Learning topics and highlights include:

  • Principles and theories of the structure and properties of matter
  • Chemical kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics and electrochemistry
  • Structure, properties and reactivity of carbon-containing
  • Introduction to computer-based drawing and searching tools
  • Chemical methods of analysis including titrimetry and gravimetry
  • Atomic theory and chemical bonding
  • Molecular energetics and quantum mechanics
  • Principles in calculus including inverse trigonometric functions and polar coordinates
  • Learn how to develop intuition for problem-solving techniques
  • Maxwell's equations, magnetic fields and conductors

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Career Paths

A degree in chemistry provides exceptional preparation for graduate work and for wide-range of exciting careers in fields such as medicine, pharmaceutical, government, chemical, the environment and education. You can expect to influence and transform the world for Jesus Christ through your life and calling in professions such as:

  • Pharmacist
  • Educator
  • Radiologist
  • Dentist
  • Surgeon
  • Laboratory technologist
  • Government science writer
  • Forensic science technician
  • Industrial or chemical engineer
  • Biochemical or environmental chemist

For more information on careers in the health care field, please visit our Heath Science Careers website.

Elizabeth Shimer
Chemistry, B.A. '16

Studying Chemistry has allowed me to appreciate God's intricate design of the universe on a macroscopic scale, as well as on an atomic level.”

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