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Natural Science Division

Chemistry

The Chemistry department offers both a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Minor in Chemistry.  Be sure to also look at the prescribed First-Year Program for all Chemistry majors

Program Learning Outcomes

A student who completes a chemistry degree should be able to:

  • successfully solve and demonstrate to others multistep problems in Organic, Analytical, and a third sub-discipline of the field. In at least one case, critical evaluation of the quality or usefulness of the data presented must be evaluated and explained.

  • present in scientific format reports of independently obtained laboratory results and analysis. The effectiveness of presentation and the linguistic quality of the report will be evaluated. A seminar must be presented on a current or historical topic in chemistry in which all of the chemistry department community is invited to attend. The effectiveness and quality of presentation will be evaluated.

  • demonstrate technical competence in the laboratory with respect to operating the chemical instrumentation and properly handling apparatuses specific to certain sub-disciplines.

  • either as part of a course or as a co-curricular activity, participate in one or more of the science outreach programs offered by the chemistry department or through the Pepperdine Chapter of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society.

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

Course IDCourse NameUnits
Lower-Division Courses: 20 units
CHEM 120 General Chemistry I (GE) 3
CHEM 120L General Chemistry I Laboratory (GE) 1
CHEM 121 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 121L General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
MATH 150 Calculus I (GE) 4
PHYS 202 Basic Physics I (GE) 4
PHYS 203 Basic Physics II 4
Upper-Division Courses: 17 units
CHEM 310 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 310L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 311L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 1
CHEM 340 Quantitative Chemistry (WI) 3
CHEM 340L Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory (WI) 1
CHEM 380 Introduction to Physical Chemistry: Theory and Application (RM, PS) 4
CHEM 400 Chemistry Literature and Seminar (RM, PS) 1
Sequence I, Standard Sequence: 17–20 Units
Choose one of the following:
CHEM 341 Instrumental Analysis 3
CHEM 341L Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (RM, PS) 1
CHEM 390 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 390L Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (RM, PS) 1
Choose three additional upper-division courses from chemistry, biology, computer science, math, nutritional science, sports medicine, or other area with approval of advisor 9-12
Sequence II, Biochemistry Sequence: 15–16 Units
BIOL 211 Biology of Cells 4
CHEM 330 Cellular Biochemistry 4
CHEM 331 Advanced Cellular Biochemistry 4
Choose one additional upper-division course from chemistry, biology, computer science, math, nutritional science, sports medicine, or other area with approval of advisor. 3–4

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Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Course IDCourse NameUnits
Lower-Division Courses: 30 units
CHEM 120 General Chemistry I (GE) 3
CHEM 120L General Chemistry I Laboratory (GE) 1
CHEM 121 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 121L General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
MATH 150 Calculus I (GE) 4
MATH 151 Calculus II 4
MATH 250 Calculus III 4
PHYS 210 Physics I (GE) 5
PHYS 211 Physics II 5
Upper-Division Courses: 25 units
CHEM 310 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 310L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 311L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 1
CHEM 340 Quantitative Chemistry (WI) 3
CHEM 340L Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory (WI) 1
CHEM 341 Instrumental Analysis 3
CHEM 341L Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (RM, PS) 1
CHEM 370 Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 370L Physical Chemistry I Laboratory (RM, PS) 1
CHEM 371 Physical Chemistry II 3
CHEM 371L Physical Chemistry II Laboratory 1
CHEM 400 Chemistry Literature and Seminar (RM, PS) 2
Sequence I, Standard Sequence: 10 units
CHEM 390 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 390L Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (RM, PS) 1
Choose six upper-division chemistry units from the following with approval of advisor: -
CHEM 410 Advanced Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 430 Bioorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 440 Advanced Analytical Chemistry 3
CHEM 420 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 590 Research in Chemistry*
* May be taken for a maximum of four units.
1–4
Sequence II, Biochemistry Sequence: 8 units
CHEM 330 Cellular Biochemistry 4
CHEM 331 Advanced Cellular Biochemistry 4
Choose one of the following courses with approval of advisor:  
CHEM 390 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 390L Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (RM, PS) 1
CHEM 410 Advanced Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 420 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 430 Bioorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 440 Advanced Analytical Chemistry 3
CHEM 590* Research in Chemistry
* May be taken for a maximum of four units.
1–4

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First-Year Program

The chemistry major should enroll in the typical first-year program and include CHEM 120, CHEM 121, and MATH 150 in the first year.

International Programs

Chemistry students wishing to participate in the international programs are advised to do so during the summer term.

Minor in Chemistry

CourseIDCourse DescriptionUnits
A total of 23 to 24 units in chemistry are required for the minor.
CHEM 120 General Chemistry I (GE) 3
CHEM 120L General Chemistry I Laboratory (GE) 1
CHEM 121 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 121L General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
CHEM 340 Quantitative Chemistry 3
and CHEM 340L Quantitative Analysis Laboratory 1
Choose 4 units from the following:
CHEM 301 Elementary Organic Chemistry 4
or
CHEM 310 Organic Chemistry I 3
and CHEM 310L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
Choose 4 units from the following:
CHEM 370 Physical Chemistry I 3
and CHEM 370L Physical Chemistry I Laboratory 1
or
CHEM 380 Introduction to Physical Chemistry: Theory and Applications 4
or
CHEM 390 Inorganic Chemistry 3
and CHEM 390L Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 1
One additional upper-division chemistry course with approval of the chemistry advisor 3–4

The above program requirements are excerpted from the Seaver catalog. This Web page is not an official binding document. To view the actual catalog visit: http://seaver.pepperdine.edu/academics/catalog/


You may email your questions to the Seaver Natural Science Division .

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