Academic Advisement

Each undergraduate major has an assigned faculty advisor. Chemistry and Biochemistry majors must consult with their advisor for program planning and approval each semester before being allowed to register for classes. Elective courses taken to fulfill requirements in the major should have prior approval of the student’s advisor. Please contact the department office for graduate program advisement.


A degree in chemistry will enable graduates to work as professional chemists: synthesizing compounds, analyzing qualitatively and quantitatively the content of various materials, and measuring the properties of chemical substances. A degree in biochemistry will enable graduates to work in fields that require a molecular-level understanding of biological phenomena, such as structural biology, protein design, spectroscopy, genetic engineering, etc. Degrees in chemistry or biochemistry will help graduates pursue a career in the areas of environmental protection, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and in many areas related to chemical and pharmaceutical sciences. In addition, degrees in chemistry or biochemistry will enable graduates to enter professional programs (such as medical, dental or pharmacy school), or teach at the secondary or post-secondary level.


The Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry are accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS).


Chair: Eric Kelson
Eucalyptus Hall (EH) 2102
(818) 677-3381