2018-2019 Catalog


Chemistry Program Learning Outcomes

College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Bachelor of Arts

Biochemistry Option

General Chemistry Option

Bachelor of Science

Degree Roadmap





Kenneth R. Rodriguez, Department Chair
H. Leonardo Martinez, Noel Sturm,  Lihung Pu, Tieli Wang, Patrick Still, Arumugam Thangavel, Kari Pederson, Barbara Belmont, and Lida Latizadeah


Laboratory Technicians: Anthony Diaz (Led Lab Technician), Justin Hathaway, and Amber M. Rivas 

Department Office: NSM B-202, (310) 243-3376

Emeriti Faculty

Ulrich de la Camp, L. Danette Dobyns, Eugene N. Garcia, James Lyle, Sofia Pappatheodorou, Oliver Seely, William Wilk, George Wiger

Department Mission Statement

The California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Chemistry and Biochemistry department provides world class academic excellence across the chemical society by engaging a diverse student body and faculty that will strive for the finest quality of service in a dynamic learning environment to provide cutting edge research and from the University community prepare the next generation of critical thinkers, scientists, and industry leaders. 

Program Description

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers majors leading to a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts Degree. The B.A. Degree also has a Biochemistry Option. The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is designed primarily for students who plan to enter graduate programs in chemistry or other closely related sciences. The department is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS), 1155 - Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington, DC, 20036. Students graduating with this degree will be certified to the Society and will receive a certificate from the ACS. The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry fulfills the need of those students who are pursuing pre-medical or pre-dental programs as well as those who plan to enter fields such as business, environmental or patent law, where a background in chemistry can be of great utility.


The department is housed in well-equipped offices and laboratories on the third floor of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Building. The faculty consists of full-time members who represent all the major areas of chemistry. Students generally benefit from the smaller class sizes and the individualized attention, which is seldom available at large universities. Students are introduced to modern instrumental techniques and are given many opportunities for "hands-on" experience.

Academic Advising

Students who are majoring in chemistry should be advised once each semester, prior to registration. Permanent records of advisement are kept in the department office.


High school students should include two years of algebra, one year of geometry and a one-year course in chemistry in their high school preparation. A course in high school physics also is recommended. Students who enter without this preparation must expect to delay their graduation beyond the minimum time-period of four years.
Community college transfers should have completed one year of general chemistry, one year of calculus and one year of physics.

Career Possibilities

A Major in Chemistry either as a B.A. or B.S. will prepare students for graduate work in chemistry or biochemistry; teaching chemistry in secondary schools; employment with industry or government; entry into professional schools such as medicine or dentistry; or entry into law school with a view toward specialization in patent or environmental law.

Students may prepare for a career in teaching science at the secondary level (junior high or high school) by completing an approved "Subject Matter Preparation Program." Completion of such a program is the first step in meeting the state requirements for a teaching credential. As the program requirements for the "Subject Matter Preparation Program" in science have changed recently, interested students should consult the departmentally designated advisor for current information.

Pre-Medical Professions Training in Biochemistry

Students who wish to apply to professional schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or other medical areas following graduation should consider completing the requirement for a B.S. degree in Biochemistry.  In addition, students should complete the elective course that was not selected to fulfill the degree requirements.

The following courses are not usually required for admission to medical school, but it is recommenced that students consider them when planning their academic program.  Many formers students have found them to be a valuable introduction to courses that must be taken in many professional programs.

BIO 422. Histology (3)

BIO 424 Histology Laboratory (1)

BIO 453 Endocrinology (3)

BIO 483 Human Physiology (3)

Student Organizations

Membership in the Science Society of CSU Dominguez Hills is open to all students. The Society encompasses all of the scientific disciplines and is also a Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society. It was founded to serve the interests and concerns of science students and sponsors scientific, educational, professional and social activities. The American Chemical Society has commended the Science Society for the high quality of its activities and programs. Contact the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for further information.

Graduation With Honors

An undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with Honors in Chemistry provided he or she meets the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;
  2. A minimum grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;
  3. Recommendation by the faculty in the department or program in which the honors are to be awarded.