Undergraduate Program

Dr. Barbara Burke in the classroom

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department is administratively situated within the College of Science. There are approximately 415 undergraduate majors, in addition to which there are approximately 20 graduate students and 13 tenure-track faculty members. The Department typically graduates between 10 and 20 majors each year.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry offered by the Department has three possible Options in order to permit students to tailor their curriculum choices to best fit their career goals. The three options are: Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry and Biochemistry.  The degree program with the Chemistry option leads to a degree certified by the American Chemical Society.

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department faculty and staff strive to provide students with a stimulating and challenging educational experience. In the tradition of Cal Poly Pomona's "learn-by-doing" motto, chemistry and biochemistry students will be engaged through extensive laboratory study, yet retain the flexibility to tailor the curriculum to their career goals. For students who are willing to work hard, the curriculum will prepare you to position yourself well in today's job market or for further professional study. Take advantage of the opportunity to study the "central science" with our department.


Chemistry will be impacted starting Fall Quarter 2014.

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