About the Department

Chemistry is often called the central science for its role in connecting the physical sciences. Chemistry and biochemistry provide the molecular mechanisms behind the function of all living things, the structure of materials that make up the earth, and the framework with which the rules of matter and energy can be studied. Chemistry is critical to every aspect of our daily lives, and biochemistry has become a vital tool of medicine and public health.

The department offers small classes, individualized attention and hands-on learning using state-of-the-art instrumentation. Faculty strive to maintain excellence in classroom teaching and in their research. All graduate students and a significant number of undergraduates conduct research with faculty, often culminating in coauthored research publications.

Academic Advisement

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry requires majors to consult with faculty advisors prior to enrollment each semester. Please contact the department office with questions about the undergraduate or graduate programs or for approval of elective courses to take in fulfillment of the degree.


Degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry open doors to careers in medicine, industry and academia. Graduates can directly seek careers in manufacturing, pharmacology, environmental protection, biotechnology, nanotechnology and many other areas related to chemical and biochemical sciences. In addition, degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry can act as springboards into professional programs, including doctoral, medical, dental and pharmacy schools. Master’s degree graduates are also qualified to teach at the secondary and community college levels.


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

Clubs and Societies

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry sponsors the CSUN Chemistry and Biochemistry Club, which organizes numerous professional and community activities throughout the academic year.


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