Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

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Mission Statement

CSUDH Department of Chemistry provides world-class academic excellence – across the chemical society – by engaging a diverse student body and faculty in a dynamic learning environment. Our department provides cutting-edge research and is shaping the next generation of critical thinkers, scientists, and industry leaders.


Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
NSM B-202
California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson, CA 90747
Department's e-mail:
Telephone: (310) 243-3376

New Announcements

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California State University, Dominguez Hills receives its 2nd Grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation to address the lack of diversity and opportunity gap related to the life science/biotechnology industry.

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Webpage – created to help you during these times of COVID-19.   We hope that you and your family are well during these and know that we are here to help you continue with your respective educational goals at CSUDH!  As we have changed to all online mode of teaching, learning and your success remain our top priority.  Below you will find information you might find helpful for contact our Faculty or Staff.   We have included contacting information via email or setting up a Zoom meeting using Calendly with a Major Adviser and Removal of Major Advising Holds especially prior to registration for the Fall 2020 that will begin April 20th, 2020. 

-Dr. Kenneth Rodriguez, Chair


The majority of Chemistry and Biochemistry courses do not require permission numbers to register. Students with the required requisites should be able to add classes without permission numbers once their registration date is up.

Exceptions: the following courses will require instructor consent, and a permission number to add:   CHE 312, CHE 313, CHE 316, and CHE 317. For these courses, you will need to email the instructor on record, and provide the following information: Copy of Unofficial Transcript (proof of pre-reqs passed), and let them know what section you are requesting to add.


  • Pre-requisites: Check to make sure you have completed (passed with a grade of C or better), or are currently taking the required pre-requisite now to be able to register for the next lecture and/or lab. If you do not have the required pre-req, you will not be able to add the course. If you do have the required pre-requisite met but are still unable to add the course, you may contact the instructor to let them know. It is recommended you send an email to the instructor of record, and include proof (transcripts, screenshots, etc.) and they can offer a permission number to add once your pre-reqs have been verified.
  • Waitlists: If the course you want to add is FULL, you will have the option to be put onto a waitlist for the course. Do it. Adding to a waitlist lets the department know how many more students are interested in taking the course, and with enough waitlisted students, the Department can request to add another section.
  • Enrollment Issues/Can’t Enroll: PeopleSoft is the program you will be using to register and it will be checking all pre-requisites. If you are not able to enroll you must contact your Major Advisor, Admission and Records, or Financial Aid as the Chemistry Department Faculty and staff will NOT be issuing any Permission Codes EXCEPT for the courses, CHE 312, CHE 313, CHE 316, and CHE 317, mentioned above which will require Instructor Consent and means getting an actual permission code from the assigned instructor to enroll.



As always, you will need to meet with a Major Faculty Advisor before you are able to register for classes. Major Advising is necessary to help make sure you stay on track for graduation, as well as to answer any questions you may have. Once you meet with your Major Advisor, they will remove your Advising Hold allowing you to register for classes once your registration date hits.

*NOTE: Major Advising is different than other advising the University provides. Although some may be required, and all may be helpful, your hold will only be removed once meeting with a Major Faculty Advisor.

Chemistry & Biochemistry Major Faculty Advisors:



Please see the spreadsheet below for a listing of ALL Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Office Hours. All office hours will be held online, or via email, as listed. 

CHE 110 Placement Exam Logo
Spring 2021 Online Advising Hours



If you need assistance selecting classes for next term you have many options to help you.


  • Technology-Assisted Advising: Use the SMART PLANNER. Login to your Student Center. The SMART PLANNER is located just above your academic requirements.  The planner will populate with your graduate requirement, but you can make adjustments and select which course you would prefer to take to fulfill the requirements.




*NOTE: Major Advising is different than other advising the University provides. Although some may be required, and all may be helpful, your hold will only be removed once meeting with a Major Faculty Advisor.




Per State and CSU orders, ALL faculty and staff will be working remotely until further notice.

The department office staff is available via email, Monday - Friday 8AM to 5PM.

Christina Rustin - Administrative Support Assistant   ( )

Christina Trujillo – Administrative Support Coordinator   ( )

Generally, response time is a 24 hour turn around, and often less. However, because we are working remotely, getting the information your request may take a bit more time to obtain, or track down. We ask for patience and understanding during these times away, and please know we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.


If you need to meet with the Department Chair of the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department, Dr. Kenneth Rodriguez, you may use the link below to schedule a Zoom meeting.  You will need to select the “CHEM and BIOCHEM Department Chair Office Meeting” – then choose a time to schedule an appointment:







Applications are now being accepted for the Chemistry Angel Scholarship.

Applications are accessible online at myCSUDH and the link to apply for scholarships is on the left-hand side under the button labeled “Scholarships”. Deadline to apply is June 1, 2020.

Underrepresented and undocumented students are encouraged to apply. 

We encourage ALL STUDENT MAJORS to apply for this fantastic opportunity!

Please see the attached PDF Flyer here for more information.



The Chemistry 110 Placement Exam is on Friday, April 9, 2021 from 10 AM to 11:10 AM.

Click to register for the placement exam.   Registration Deadline: by 5 PM on Monday, April 5, 2021.

*Students currently enrolled in CHE 108 this Spring 2021 semester are not eligible to take the Placement Exam and their scores will not be considered. 

The following are requirements to take the CHE 110 Placement Exam. 

  • Students will be required to use the Respondus Lockdown Browser (LDB) and Monitoring feature which will require a web camera and student ID (or a form of ID) in order to take the exam.  Once you have launched the LDB, then through its own browser you will need to login to Blackboard.  Your device will no longer have access to anything except your web camera and Respondus to take the exam once you begin. 

  • For CSUDH students who do not have The Respondus software installed on their device, you can download it directly at:  
  • Please note the test will be administered by the CSUDH Toro Learning and Testing Center so they will provide you with additional information once you have signed up. 

Important: The Respondus LDB and Monitoring feature will work on PC, MAC, and iPads but NOT on Google Chromebooks.  If you are using a Google Chromebook and plan to take the Chemistry Placement Exam, then you have the option of requesting a loaner laptop from CSUDH to take the exam. (Please see link below to request a loaner laptop for taking the Placement exam.)

Technology Resource/Laptop Loaner Program during COVID-19

  • Hundreds of laptops have been made available for check-out by students, faculty, and staff through the Technology Checkout Program. Additional equipment will continue to be added over the coming weeks to address critical university instructional and operational needs.
  • A designated drive-up collection has been created for technology distribution to maintain social distancing. Instructions for collection will be emailed to those who made a tech loan reservation.
  • To set up various secure connectivity and access, as well as find links for software application access, visit:
  • Here is the direct link to check and request a loaner laptop and/or webcam for taking Placement Exam:
  • The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is not responsible for ensuring that you obtain a laptop and/or webcam for the exam.  And, there will be no make up exams, even if you’re unable to obtain your supplies in time for the exam.
  • Please send an email to as soon as you have requested a loaner laptop and/or webcam so that Ms. Rustin can do her best to assist you with obtaining the laptop and webcam before the exam.

It is important that before you register on the link for the Chemistry Placement Exam on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 10 am to please make sure you will have all that is required to take the exam. 

*Students that sign up MUST have all technology issues resolved prior to taking this placement exam. Students must contact I.T. Blackboard support by emailing to troubleshoot and confirm that their computer or laptop is up-to-date in the support needed to take the exam. Anyone who has never used the Respondus Lockdown Browser and the Monitoring feature should do a practice test to ensure that they know how to use the software without crashing.