where academic investigation +
christian faith +
service to others unite

The La Sierra University Advantage

  • Students are given the opportunity to do undergraduate research with professors.
  • A specially constructed Smart Lab allows students to graph and analyze chemical data, as well as do 3D molecular modeling to enhance understanding. They can even use 3D glasses!
  • Classes include hands-on, interactive, and small group learning.
  • Professors provide shortcuts to help students better remember foundational and advanced information, giving them a head start in professional schools.

Employment Outlook

Chemists work in research and in industry as chemical engineers, occupational safety, health managers, agricultural scientists, and chemical technicians. They also work in fields such as quality control, research and development, environmental testing, crime laboratories, food chemistry, manufacturing industries, and pharmaceuticals.

Chemists may teach or work in health-related fields including medicine, dentistry, health science, and medical technology. The majority of industry-related jobs in chemistry are filled by applicants holding a B.S. in Chemistry. Education related jobs in chemistry may be filled by chemists holding either a B.A. or B.S. degree and teaching credentials.

We offer the following:

Why Study Chemistry?

Chemistry is using the knowledge of matter, and how it interacts with other matter, to solve problems that arise in our everyday lives. Students in the La Sierra Chemistry and Biochemistry programs are encouraged to develop a sense of intellectual curiosity about chemical theory and to learn its practical applications. The program also provides excellent preparation to enter medical or dental school or prepare for a graduate program in the health sciences, as well as other careers in the chemical industry.

Chemistry & Biochemistry Undergraduate Programs

Chemistry Bachelor of Science

This degree is for those interested in materials science, the chemical industry, environmental chemistry, a Ph.D. in chemistry, or a Doctor of Pharmacy program. It provides a strong foundation plus excellent training in analytical and instrumental analysis.

Biochemistry Bachelor of Science

How life works at the molecular level? This program is ideal for students who want to help provide solutions to the world’s problems. Our biochemistry degree equips you to enter medical school, dental school, pharmacy school, a PhD program in biochemistry, or related courses of study.

Fast Facts Chemistry Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units60

Fast Facts biochemistry Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units70

Physical Science Bachelor of Science

The United States has a serious need for hundreds of thousands of new teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM education). This degree is useful for those who enjoy inspiring young scientists as teachers. With this degree and teaching credentials, graduates are able to live and work almost anywhere in the country and have a fulfilling career.

Fast Facts Physical Science Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units77

In the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, we believe students should be able to learn without technological limits. The future of health care, environmental sustainability and quality of everyday life all depend on what happens at the molecular level. Chemists and biochemists are a large part of the solutions to problems.

Marvin Payne, Chair

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.

Werner Von Braun

Meet our Faculty

Marvin A . Payne
Jennifer Helbley
Krista Motschiedler
Marco Allard
Michael Gutierrez

Paying for College

The Student Financial Services office is here to help with financial aid processes. The staff also keeps up to date on scholarships that could benefit La Sierra students.

Choosing Classes

First-year students meet with their academic coach/advisor each week for their first two quarters. Then they are assigned an advisor from their major department who will help them choose the classes they need to complete their program.

Beyond Class

A lot of learning takes place outside of the classroom. The Division of Student Life is headquarters for student government, activities, organizations, spiritual life, and much more to enhance your college experience.

Career Center

We want you to find a good job after you finish your degree at La Sierra. A new Career Center, located in the Zapara School of Business, is expected to open before the end of fall quarter.

University Studies

All undergraduate students at La Sierra University participate in a comprehensive general education curriculum called University Studies, which is rooted in the concept of liberal education as a formative and transformative process. University Studies offers an integrated curriculum that:

  • stimulates the meaning-centered development of its students.
  • familiarizes students with the various academic disciplines.
  • exposes students to intercultural, international and inter-ethnic concerns.
  • encourages students to recognize the importance of developing a personal value system to distinguish between right and wrong.