Chemistry is the study of how the physical world we see...

and experience reflects the properties of the unseen world of atoms and molecules. Such study plays a central role in the sciences as a key to understanding natural processes at the molecular level. Chemistry majors at Pacific experience the excitement of relating molecular properties to the order they observe in nature, with a challenging academic experience, personal attention from faculty and an emphasis on applying knowledge in lab settings.


Program Highlights

  • Learning experiences start with research projects in the first-year chemistry lab and culminate in a senior capstone that can include a research thesis, internship or independent study
  • Paid summer research opportunities funded through the University and external research grants
  • Modern instrumentation for nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, atomic force microscopy and atomic emission spectroscopy
  • Integration of computer technology (Pacific was the first college to obtain an unlimited site license for CAChe molecular modeling software)
  • Professors who are proven educators, involved in a variety of research and widely published in scientific circles
  • Brand new Nuclear Magnetic Resonace
  • Research, Scholarship and Internships

    Students have a variety of opportunities to broaden their experience and explore different fields in chemistry through internships and outside research programs.

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    A full range of courses is available, including advanced studies in organic, bioinorganic, solid state, environmental and surface chemistry, instrumentation, biochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics and quantum mechanics. In addition, course work includes the development and understanding of good scientific communication. Course work over four years provides the basis for entry into a variety of professional programs, such as medicine and other health professions, as well as graduate study in related fields or immediate employment in industry.

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    Analytical Chemistry: Spacecraft Batteries Dr. Whiteley is actively involved in the design and development of spacecraft batteries, especially nickel-hydrogen cells. This has included technical consulting for the Hubble Space Telescope and Space Station Freedom programs. He is a contributing author to NASA's handbook for Nickel-Cadmium battery cell analysis.

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    Check out Dr. Whiteley's most recent publication!

    "Equilibrium in Analytical Chemistry Using Maple"®

    An emphasis on Ionic Equilibrium - Part I

    An emphasis on Ionic Equilibrium - Part II