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Chemistry, B.A./B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
California, MD, United States
Chemistry is the core science—the study of the properties, composition, and changes that occur in matter. When you study the Chemistry program at California Lutheran University, you analyze issues that influence every aspect of life on Earth.
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Extensive laboratory work

Throughout your courses, you will regularly work with the modern instruments in our campus laboratories. This equipment includes infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance, and atomic absorption spectrophotometers. Separations equipment includes capillary electrophoresis, gas chromatography, high pressure liquid chromatography, and fast protein liquid chromatography equipment. Detectors range from mass spectrometers, electron capture, and flame ionization to rapid-scan UV-Vis spectrometers. You will also learn skills in computation and presentation of data.

Experiential learning and discovery

While the theoretical training you’ll receive in lectures is important, you will also be encouraged to explore, discover, and ask questions in your laboratory training. Through integrated research questions and hands-on exploration in courses, you will be involved in discovering and contributing new knowledge to the scientific community. 

Become a scientific researcher

Independent studies or full-time summer research is excellent preparation for real-world scientific or health-related work post-graduation. Explore the frontiers of chemistry with one of our research active faculty, stretch yourself with an internship in the Ventura County Crime Lab, Amgen, or a research experience off-campus.

You will gain exceptional experience, explore the thrill of discovery, and engage with the larger community of scientists at research conferences and the Cal Lutheran Festival of Scholars.

Our research labs are entirely staffed with student researchers to generate data that is published in international journals and presented at national conferences. Talk to us about whether there is an open project in our labs!

Your Future

The Chemistry program at California Lutheran University has a 100% placement record into graduate schools, many of them among the most respected in the nation.

Students not going on to graduate programs in chemistry often opt for health-related programs such as medical or pharmacy school, or physician’s assistant programs, while others seek out teaching credentials. Chemistry majors who enter the workplace after graduation begin their careers in fields such as environmental controls management, consumer product research, drug discovery, toxicology, and forensic chemistry.

Career paths:

  • AP Chemistry Teacher
  • Chemical Technician
  • Chemist
  • Criminalist
  • Production Associate
  • Quality Control Chemist
  • Supervisor, Veterinary Clinic

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Chemistry and the Environment
  • Chemistry and the Environment Lab
  • Chemistry
  • Supplemental Inst
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Complete Your Application & Essay
  • Request Recommendation
  • Submit Application Fee
  • Transcripts
  • English Proficiency
  • Optional Interview

Tuition Fee

  • International

    45500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 45500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    45500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 45500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for California

  • 1570 - 2660 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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