The Pacific Union College Department of Chemistry serves students who have an interest in chemical sciences and those planning careers in various medical areas. Our current chemistry majors are planning to use their chemistry degree to enter graduate, medical, dental, pharmacy, optometry and MD/PhD programs. A large number of our majors are accepted to Loma Linda University medical and dental programs each year.

We foster good relationships with students and advisees. We are all actively involved in academic advising and special interest advising. In addition to advising chemistry majors, we advise pre-med, pre-dent, pre-pharmacy and pre-optometry majors. We hold at least one to two departmental dinners and pre-vespers each quarter, where students enjoy homemade meals and fellowship with their peers.

Fast Facts

  • The department provides courses suitable for pre-professional curricula including pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-dental hygiene, pre-nursing, allied health, and teacher education.
  • A significant percent of our majors get accepted to graduate, medical, dental, pharmacy or optometry programs upon graduation.
  • Our department utilizes a variety of spectroscopic instruments in our laboratory curriculum including
    • Atomic absorption flame emission spectrometer
    • UV/VIS (ultraviolet/visible) spectrophotometer
    • IR (Infrared) spectrometer
    • NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance)
    • GC/MS (gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer)
  • Our students consistently perform at the national level or higher on MFT (Major Field Test) and ACS (American Chemical Society) standardized exams.


Pacific Union College
355 Chan Shun Hall
One Angwin Avenue
Angwin, CA 94508

Phone: (707) 965-7597
Fax: (707) 965-6772
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