Department Chair: Jeffrey A. Cohlberg
Department Office: Molecular and Life Sciences (MLSC) 304
Telephone/FAX: (562) 985-4941/(562) 985-8557
Roger A. Acey, Dennis M. Anjo, Stuart R. Berryhill, Christopher R. Brazier, Xianhui Bu, Paul T. Buonora, Jeffrey A. Cohlberg, Shahab Deriakhshan, Lijuan Li, Robert L. Loeschen (Emeritus), Marco A. Lopez, Tom J. Maricich (Emeritus), Eric Marinez, Douglas D. McAbee, Brian L. McClain, Margaret L. Merryfield, Stephen P. Mezyk, Kensaku Nakayama, Vasanthy Narayanaswami, Michael Schramm, Gary Shankweiler, Young Shon, Katarzyna Slowinska, Krzysztof Slowinski, Eric Sorin, Paul M. M. Weers, Priscilla Zia
Administrative Support Coordinator: George Saxon
Undergraduate: MRoger A. Acey
Credential: Laura Henriques, James Kisiel
Graduate: Biochemistry: Douglas D. McAbee, Chemistry: Lijuan Li
Graduate Studies Committee: Dennis M. Anjo, Jeffrey A. Cohlberg, Lijuan Li, Douglas D. McAbee, Brian L. McClain, Young Shon
Honors in the Major: Roger A. Acey
Students desiring information should contact the department office for referral to one of the faculty advisors.
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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers three bachelor's degrees, the B.S. in Chemistry, the B.S. in Biochemistry, and the B.A. in Chemistry, and two master's degrees, the M.S. in Chemistry and the M.S. in Biochemistry. These programs combined serve over 500 majors. In addition, the Department offers a Minor in Chemistry. The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Advisory Council, including persons prominent in the community, fosters communication between academic and industrial chemistry. It advises the Department concerning the instructional program and informs the Department of opportunities for interaction with the community.
The program in chemistry at the bachelor’s degree level is planned to develop background in a specific science, to serve as preparation for graduate work in chemistry or biochemistry, and to provide a foundation for those students seeking careers in the chemical sciences, teaching, law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and other health-related professions, and in industrial and governmental scientific occupations. The B.S. degree in Chemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society (American Chemical Society, Committee on Professional Training, 1155 Sixteenth St., NW, Washington, DC 20036, phone: 202-872-4589).
Transfer Students: A student who transfers to the University must take at least 16 units of upper division chemistry courses here. To receive credit towards the major for courses taken elsewhere in place of CHEM 320A,B and/or 371A,B and/or 377A,B, consent of the Department Chair is required. Satisfactory performance on appropriate proficiency examinations may also be required.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers graduate study leading to research-based master of science degrees in chemistry and biochemistry. The candidate is urged to observe the general requirements stated in this Catalog as well as the specific departmental requirements stated here and, more fully, in the Graduate Studies Brochure of the Department which is available upon request.
Applicants for the master of science degree programs should apply online both to the university and to the departments. Links to the online application forms can be found on the department's web site (http://chemistry.csulb.edu – click on "Graduate Programs").
A limited number of teaching associate and graduate and research assistantships are available. Usually, these involve half-time work in the instructional program at the freshman and sophomore level or work in the laboratory. An applicant may apply for a teaching associate or graduate assistant position in the course of completing the online departmental application.
Students desiring entrance into one of the various health-related professional schools including chiropractic, dentistry, medicine, optometry, osteopathy, pharmacy, podiatry, and veterinary, or to graduate program in physical therapy, should consult with the Health Professions Advising Office in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Jensen Student Access to Sciences and Mathematics Center (FO5-109) for more information. Most of the these schools do not require students to major in any particular discipline and many do not even require a bachelor’s degree; rather, they want students who have done well in their major and who also took the prerequisite courses required by that particular school.
All entering students who declare a major in a degree program offered by this Department must participate in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ Science Safari to Success (for first-time freshmen) or EONS (Enrollment and Orientation in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics for transfer students) Program.
These programs are held in June-July for those starting in the fall semester and in January for those starting in the spring semester. Department advisors will be available to provide an overview of the students’ chosen baccalaureate degree program, to assist with academic advisement, to provide information on the many career opportunities available, and to aid students in enrolling in classes. Contact the Jensen Student Access to Sciences and Mathematics Center (Faculty Office 5-109) or Department Office for additional information.