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  Jan 21, 2018
2017-2018 University Catalog

Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Lisa Alex, Chair

Samir Anz
Gregory A. Barding, Jr.
Philip Beauchamp
Joe Casalnuovo
Timothy Corcoran
Francis Flores
Alex John
Michael Keith
Floyd Klavetter
Xiao-Chuan Liu
Yan Liu
Kathryn McCulloch
Rakesh Mogul
Michael Page
Bohdan Schatschneider
Laurie S. Starkey
Chantal Stieber
Peng Sun
Edward D. Walton

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department offers a flexible program of studies designed to prepare students for careers in private industry and government or for highly diverse graduate study. Students may direct their efforts into all the major areas of chemistry and into certain interdisciplinary areas. This is accomplished by choosing one of three rigorous subplans of study leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.

The Chemistry subplan emphasizes the chemistry-physics interface. The curriculum of this subplan leads to the more traditional careers and graduate training in chemistry.

The Biochemistry subplan stresses the growing body of knowledge at the chemistry-life sciences interface. Beyond the core curriculum students may pursue programs in the chemistry of plants, animals or human beings (biochemistry, clinical chemistry, marine biochemistry, pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, etc.).  Upon consultation with a departmental advisor, the student may select courses from a list of restricted electives thereby achieving a program meeting that individual's career goals.

The Industrial Chemistry subplan is designed for those students who plan a career in the chemical industries and businesses. Subplan courses have been chosen to provide some background in material sciences as well as industrial chemistry. Restricted elective packages create a flexible program which will meet a variety of career goals.

The Chemistry program is approved by the American Chemical Society, and the baccalaureate degree earned by following the Chemistry Subplan is certified by the A.C.S. as having met its standards for professionalism at the undergraduate level. Students following the Industrial Chemistry Subplan may also earn A.C.S. certification for their degree, provided that a suitable pattern of electives is chosen. Students should consult with departmental advisors to determine which courses are required in their subplan for certification of their degree.

Chemistry majors following either the Chemistry or Biochemistry Subplan can earn up to 16 units of credit for approved work experience under the heading of Cooperative Education. This work experience is an integral part of the Industrial Chemistry Subplan. For information contact the Center for Community Engagement 909-869-3434 or visit

The department also offers a minor in chemistry to students from other majors. This should be of special interest to non-chemistry majors whose curriculum already involves substantial chemistry requirements, such as chemical engineering, microbiology and pre-professional majors.

For those planning a career as a secondary school teacher (either middle school or high school), a Single Subject Credential in science is required. Before entering into a single subject credential program, students must demonstrate subject matter competency by either passing the appropriate state-approved examination (CSET) or completing a state approved subject matter preparation program in Chemistry. Prospective teachers are encouraged to contact the Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (CEMaST) early in their academic programs at or 909-869-4063.

The department is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments such as FT-NMR, GCs, LCs, GC-MS, LC-MS, FT-IR, Micro DSC, ITC, stopped flow spectrophotometer, atomic absorption spectrometer, and general electrochemical work stations.

Students interested in becoming members of the American Chemical Society may join the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society. Additional information can be obtained from the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.





      The notations F, W, Sp, Su, and even or odd indicate which quarter(s) of even or odd numbered calendar years the course is normally offered. Courses not designated "even" or "odd" are offered each year. Some courses may be taken with the consent of the instructor. 

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