Chemistry | Natural Science Division | Seaver College | Pepperdine University


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Our chemistry program is committed to providing a modern, rigorous, and dynamic chemistry education that stimulates and encourages scholarship of discovery. Graduates in chemistry have many options including graduate school, medical and other health-related schools, jobs in industry, and science education.

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

Although this degree provides options for the same degree tracks (standard and biochemistry) as that seen for the B.S. degree in chemistry, students are provided more flexibility in their pursuit of a liberal arts education. Students seeking either a double major or admission to a health-related program are accommodated with this major.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Students seeking this degree receive more in depth exposure to advanced mathematics, chemistry, and physics. This option benefits students interested in health professional careers or graduate degrees in chemistry. Many of our students in this program actively participate in undergraduate research that eventually leads to graduate school.

Minor in Chemistry

Many of our biology and sports medicine majors take six courses in chemistry. Our minor accommodates these students by requiring only two additional courses.

Beyond Classes

Natural Science Division Seminar Series

Our Division hosts a seminar series for our undergraduate majors and minors, as well as the greater Pepperdine community.

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Marine Biology at Pepperdine University

Seaver offers a range of courses in marine biology. Because of our Malibu location, we are within five minutes of a variety of marine habitats in the Pacific Ocean, including rocky intertidal and lagoon sites. Laboratory facilities include marine aquaria, and equipment for physiological, ecological, and molecular research on marine organisms.

Learn more about marine biology at Pepperdine

Recommended International Study

The experiences of a summer of study and travel overseas provide an essential dimension of a liberal arts education that can be obtained in no other way. For students in the Natural Science Division, we often recommend summer study abroad experiences for scheduling reasons.

Our international programs are designed to provide any student, regardless of major, the opportunity to study, live, and travel overseas without interrupting other studies or postponing a career. This offers students a unique opportunity to gain both an academic and a personal understanding of other cultures, institutions, and languages. Learn more and check out the Summer Special Interest Programs, such as the 2014 Fiji Medical and Service Mission trip.

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Math Tutoring

The math department offers free tutoring for MATH 103, 104, 140, 141, 150, 151, and 250. Tutoring sessions are held Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings in RAC 138 from 7:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.

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Secondary Teaching Credential

Students who plan to teach science in secondary schools should complete the requirements for the bachelor of arts degree and a California Teaching Credential.

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Seaver's Dr. Karen Martin is the executive director of Grunion.Org. Learn more about her work and research, explore the website, and join the group of scientists, community members, environmental organizations, surfers, and beach workers dedicated to a better understanding of the habits and habitats of beach-spawning grunion, Leuresthes tenuis.

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