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Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences, Chemistry Concentration

Chemistry: Forging Lifelong Bonds

Studying chemistry can give you the keys to understanding the universe—and God’s intricate creation—on the microscopic level. Branches like general, organic, and biological chemistry weave together and create a discipline that allows you to deepen your faith as you expand your scientific knowledge.

The chemistry concentration from Pensacola Christian College is more than a STEM degree that focuses solely on chemistry courses. It’s rigorous training that will prepare you to be a scientist who honors God with your natural curiosity and desire to improve the world around you. Your education will seamlessly combine writing practice and extensive lab work. Enthusiastic, experienced faculty will guide you on your journey to knowledge and quest for truth.

When you graduate, you’ll have the organizational, critical thinking, and writing skills necessary for success in the chemistry field. Your practical classes will lay the foundation for you to operate modern scientific equipment, maintain proper research and records, and make your mark on the scientific world.

Faith-Based Chemistry

At PCC, you’ll study chemistry through a biblical lens and unveil the world’s mysteries. Fulfill God’s command to be stewards of creation as you apply the scientific method with wisdom and skill. You’ll deepen your faith and prepare to take your place in the scientific field.

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Chemistry Concentration Learning Outcomes

As a chemistry graduate, you will be able to

  • demonstrate your understanding of key concepts necessary to solve problems in science and mathematics or explain life processes.
  • apply standard scientific conventions to present logical conclusions based on novel research data and the research of others.
  • use the biblical worldview to critique scientific claims and conclusions.
  • apply biblical principles to support decisions regarding ethical issues.
  • demonstrate skills in properly collecting and analyzing data obtained by using standard chemistry laboratory techniques and instrumentation.

Program Highlight

Advanced Organic Chemistry

Add to your knowledge and stretch your critical thinking skills in a class (CH 422) that will equip you to think like a scientist. Combining training in practical problem solving and crucial areas like spectroscopic identification, synthesis, polymerization, and photochemistry, this class will further prepare you to pursue your calling in the chemistry field. Building on this training, you’ll get hands-on experience in the research side of organic chemistry (CH 423) as you explore new materials and modern techniques.

Your Chemistry Future

What can you do with a chemistry concentration?

PCC’s chemistry concentration will equip you to become a knowledgeable scientist, ready to take your next steps. You could apply to graduate school and earn an advanced degree or step right into the chemistry field as a chemist, teacher, laboratory technician—your opportunities are endless.

Here are a few of the countless career opportunities available to you.

  • Chemist
  • Clinical Technician
  • Educator
  • Food and Drug Analyst
  • Laboratory Technician

Here are a few of the grad schools our chemistry concentration alumni have attended.

  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Emory University
  • Purdue University
  • University of Bridgeport

Here are a few of the many places that our chemistry concentration alumni have worked.

  • Cardinal Health
  • Center for Disease Control
  • Chemical Solutions, LTD
  • N.H.P. Laboratories
  • Nu Skin Enterprises
  • Sigma Technologies, International, LLC
  • Solid Carbon Products

Faculty Highlight

Dr. Carlos Alvarez

Dr. Carlos Alvarez

B.S., M.S., National Agricultural University
Ph.D., University of Georgia
Ed.D., University of West Florida

“Coming to PCC was a new experience for me. I have taught in secular colleges and had worked for a large international research institution. I was apprehensive initially, but I soon realized that God had led my family and me to PCC. I was touched by the support from the administration, the amazing faculty and staff team in the science area, and the quality of our college students. After all these years, I thank God that our program is fully supported by the administration. Our professional team is made up of people competent in their fields and an inspiration for my Christian life. The college has never wavered in its commitment to excellence, and that is why we have state‑of‑the‑art equipment and facilities in Chemistry. Finally, we have the best students, and it is a blessing to work with them.”

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Alumni Spotlight

Robbie Catuto
Robbie Catuto ’20, M.S. ’22

Ph.D. Student and Teaching Assistant at Notre Dame University

“[I was led to study chemistry at PCC because] I wanted to gain a better understanding of how the natural world worked in an environment that promotes intellectual and personal growth. I thoroughly enjoyed the content of my classes, as well as the excellent teachers and time spent with fellow students.

I would encourage students to consider chemistry at PCC if they have a passion for studying nature at its most basic level, enjoy problem‑solving, and don’t mind being challenged. PCC provides that in a spiritually minded environment. I loved the academic rigor combined with an atmosphere that promoted my growth personally, spiritually, and socially. My classwork, projects, and responsibilities as a [science lab] instructor prepared me well for the workload of being a Ph.D. student.”

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About the Chemistry Concentration

The purpose of the chemistry concentration is to teach our students to apply the scientific method with modern experimentation in the field of chemistry so that they can fulfill God’s command to be wise stewards of His creation. This purpose will be accomplished by providing the students with a strong background in the physical sciences and with a broad liberal arts education from a Christian perspective.

Recommended high school preparation for a chemistry concentration is 2 units of algebra and 1 unit each of plane geometry, advanced mathematics (trigonometry and analytical geometry or precalculus), chemistry, and physics. Opportunities are available to make up certain deficiencies, but time required to complete the chemistry concentration may increase.

Students can apply for scholarships to receive financial aid.

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Chemistry Career Support

With Career Services and Career Link, students can start making connections with employers while on campus during Career Fair events. These services provide tools and resources designed to empower you for your career in chemistry.

Need help? Career Services staff are ready to assist you in researching employment opportunities, exploring job qualifications, and providing mock interviews and résumé support.