Department Chair: Jeffrey A. Cohlberg
Department Office: Hall of Science (HSCI) 370
Telephone/FAX: (562) 985‑4941/(562) 985-8557
Roger A. Acey, Dennis M. Anjo (Emeritus), Stuart R. Berryhill, Christopher R. Brazier, Xianhui Bu, Paul T. Buonora, Jeffrey A. Cohlberg, Shahab Derakhshan, Lijuan Li, Marco A. Lopez, Eric Marinez, Douglas D. McAbee, Brian L. McClain, Margaret L. Merryfield, Stephen P. Mezyk, Kensaku Nakayama, Vasanthy Narayanaswami, Patrick Pierce, Michael Schramm, Gary Shankweiler, Young Shon, Katarzyna Slowinska, Krzysztof Slowinski, Eric Sorin, Paul M. M. Weers
Administrative Support Coordinator: Irma Sanchez
Graduate Studies Committee: Jeffrey A. Cohlberg, Lijuan Li, Douglas D. McAbee, Brian L. McClain, Young Shon, Krzysztof Slowinski
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 programs in chemistry and biochemistry at the bachelor's degree level are 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.
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.
All entering students who declare a major in a degree program offered by this Department need to 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 (HSCI-164) or Department Office for additional information.
Students who wish to take course work in a community or other college to meet curricular requirements while enrolled as undergraduates in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics must petition the appropriate department for approval prior to enrolling in specific courses. This policy applies to concurrent enrollment or summer enrollment. University policy must also be complied with; see "Concurrent Enrollment" and "Transfer of Undergraduate Credit" in this Catalog. Courses not receiving prior approval will not be accepted for credit by the Department.