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.

More information to come.

April 8th 2020

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 2020 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 scheduled for April 10th has been CANCELLED.

The next planned Exam date is Friday, July 10th.

Please continue to check this site, as a link to register for the next exam will be posted soon.