Develop a sound foundation to prepare for a career or further study.
As a career field, chemistry focuses on studying the nature and structure of matter and transformations that take place during chemical reactions. In the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemistry program at PennWest California, you will explore fundamental concepts of atomic and molecular structure, function and reactivity that create materials that make up everyday life.
Since 2012, PennWest California's B.S. in Chemistry degree has been accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS) based upon its rigor, thorough curriculum coverage and unique laboratory experiences. The chemistry degree’s capstone experience, a year of laboratory research with a faculty advisor, culminates in the opportunity to present research findings at national scientific meetings.
Gain a career advantage with PennWest California's top undergraduate program in chemistry.
In the world economy, there will always be a great demand for men and women trained in chemistry subfields - biochemistry, analytical, environmental, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. PennWest California's undergraduate chemistry program provides you with a strong foundation to prepare for employment in the private and public industrial sectors, as well as for advanced professional or graduate study. Because chemistry is a foundational natural science, this degree creates opportunities in a wide range of fields that touch into other scientific disciplines and career paths, such as:
- Forensic Chemistry
- Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Bio- and Nanotechnology
- Chemical Manufacturing
- Environmental Analysis
- Health and Safety
- Secondary Education
- Plant Medicinal Chemistry
- Technical Sales and Marketing
- Chemical Engineering
Required courses provide a strong foundation in chemistry, physics and mathematics with a focus on using developed skills and knowledge in a full-year capstone research project. Together with your faculty adviser, you'll develop and execute a four-year chemistry degree program that may include a particular emphasis in biology, forensics, environmental science, nanotechnology, computer science, electronics and/or secondary education based upon your future career interests.