2012-13 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Nov 27, 2022  
2012-13 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Chemistry

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  • To prepare students for entrance into graduate school and eventually for professional work in chemistry or related fields;
  • To prepare students, who don’t wish to attend graduate school, to enter the field of industrial chemistry immediately after graduation;
  • To prepare students to teach chemistry or physical science at the secondary education level;
  • To provide students with the opportunity to participate as partners with their professors in nationally reported research projects;
  • To provide students with a general knowledge of chemistry and its relation to society.

Tradition of Excellence

The strength and reputation of the Chemistry program has been well established over the past five decades. Quality classroom instruction coupled with personal contact with caring faculty lays the foundation for students’ success. Small classes and deliberate faculty mentoring provide students the knowledge and confidence to pursue their career goals. At PLNU, the faculty understand that chemistry is a laboratory science, and almost all courses in the major have a significant laboratory component. Students become very familiar with the instrumental tools of modern chemical investigation.

Undergraduate research has, and continues to be, the hallmark of the Chemistry department. Hundreds of students have had the opportunity to work side by side with university faculty in the summer research programs. Results of these studies are published in peer-reviewed professional journals with students included as co-authors. Over 120 such articles have been published since 1965 as part of the Chemistry department undergraduate research program. Most importantly, students learn to think like scientists as they tackle their own research project. Undergraduate research requires funding and the Chemistry faculty has been very successful in competing for public and private grants (the total exceeds $2 million). As remarkable evidence of loyalty and support, Department alumni also contribute nearly $30,000 annually to partially fund the kind of research from which they themselves benefited. Students, faculty, and alumni connect in significant ways to  make chemistry education at PLNU a respected and vital experience.

Career Opportunities

The professional success of graduates in the Department of Chemistry attests to the quality of the program. More than 85 percent of students who apply to medical schools are accepted (almost twice the national average). Higher percentages are accepted into Ph.D. programs in Chemistry and related fields. PLNU alumni can be found on the faculty of numerous medical schools and universities. They are also making important contributions in the practice of medicine, in school classrooms and industrial labs. The same quality undergraduate education is available to all students, and the department is proud of each of our graduates.


Sara Yu Choung, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley

David W. Lingner, Ph.D.
Purdue University

Katherine N. Maloney, Ph.D.
Cornell University

Kenneth A. Martin, Ph.D., Chair
University of Kansas/Wichita State University

Mark C. Perry, Ph.D.
New Mexico State University

Matthieu Rouffet, Ph.D.
School of Pharmacy, Reims, France



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    If a second major area of study is desired, all requirements for both majors must be met with a minimum of 24 units distinguishing the two areas of study. While working on a single baccalaureate degree, the maximum number of pursuits is two majors and two minors.

    Students should review the majors and minors list in the catalog.


      ChemistryPhysical Science

      Courses numbered 100 to 184 and 300 may be used to meet general education requirements in physical education. Courses numbered 102 through 168 are designed for the general student body, with the objective of developing a level of skill and understanding of the activity sufficient to enable the student to participate with enjoyment and efficiency in this activity for a lifetime.

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