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Chemistry and Biochemistry

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Department Chair: Douglas D. McAbee

Department Office: Peterson Hall (PH) 3-213
Telephone/FAX: (562) 985-4941/(562) 985-8557
Website: http://chemistry.csulb.edu

Roger A. Acey, Dennis M. Anjo, Stuart R. Berryhill, Christopher R. Brazier, Xianhui Bu, Paul T. Buonora, Jeffrey A. Cohlberg, Dorothy M. Goldish (Emerita), 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, Michael P. Myers, Kensaku Nakayama, Henry N. Po (Emeritus), Michael Schramm, Young Shon, Katarzyna Slowinska, Krzysztof Slowinski, Paul M. M. Weers

Administrative Support Coordinator: George Saxon

Undergraduate: Dorothy M. Goldish, Michael P. Myers
Credential: Laura Henriques, James Kisiel
Graduate: Chemistry: Lijuan Li; Biochemistry: Jeffrey A. Cohlberg
Graduate Studies Committee: Jeffrey A. Cohlberg, Lijuan Li, Douglas D. McAbee, Stephen P. Mezyk, Eric Marinez, Krzysztof Slowinska
Honors in the Major: Michael P. Myers

Students desiring information should contact the department office for referral to one of the faculty advisors.

Career Possibilities

Chemist, Assayer • Water Purification Chemist • Chemical Lab Technician • Biochemist • Quality Control Coordinator • Pharmaceutical or Technical Sales Representative • Public Health Educator • Industrial Hygienist • Health Administrator • Teacher • Food /Drug Inspector • Materials Scientist • Medical Librarian • Environmental Scientist • Criminologist • Pharmacologist • Dentist • Physician • Geochemist • Chemical Oceanographer (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see www.careers.csulb.edu.)


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 400 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.

Degree Programs

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.

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. Application forms for these positions are available from the Graduate Advisors, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Students Desiring Entrance into a Health Professions Program

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.

Facilitated Enrollment into Classes

All entering students who declare a major in a degree program offered by this Department should 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.