Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

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Welcome to the website of the CSUDH Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Use the Menu on the top left and feel free to browse.

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.

Contact

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
SCI 324 
California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson, CA 90747
Department's e-mail: chemistry@csudh.edu
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 Website – created to help you navigate your chemistry courses or major here at CSUDH.   Below you will find registration information as well as methods to contact Major Advisers for removal of Major Advising Holds especially prior to registration for the Spring 2022 that will begin October 18, 2021. 

-Dr. Kenneth Rodriguez, Chair

New Students CHE 110 PLACEMENT EXAM:

The Chemistry 110 Placement Exam will be held on Friday, July 8, 2022, 2 pm; Location: TBD

Open to new students only. All new students who are Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Kinesiology, or Clinical Science majors who wish to register for CHE 110 or BIO 120, must successfully complete CHE 108 at CSUDH, or successfully pass the Chemistry 110 Placement Exam. For best placement outcome, we recommend that you be college-math ready (passed MAT 102 or 103, or placed into pre-calculus or higher) and that you have taken high school chemistry before you take the placement exam. 

The deadline to register is Sunday, July 3, 2022 before 11:59pm

Important to note:

  • This test may only be taken ONCE PER SEMESTER.
  • The test is 1 hour long.
  • There is no charge for this exam.
  • Space is limited, therefore reservations are REQUIRED.
  • There are no make-up exams for a missed session.
  • Current CHE 108 students are NOT eligible to take the exam.

Fall 2022 – REGISTRATION INFORMATION

98% of Chemistry Lectures and Labs will be face-to-face classes. 

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. 

 IMPORTANT:

  • 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 at CSUDH 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-requisites 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,  the Registrar’s Office, or Financial Aid.   Unless you are or were a transfer student and are not a current Chemistry or Biochemistry major who has not had your respective courses officially articulated from community college or institution, and approved by Admission and Records, then please email either the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (chemistry@csudh.edu) or the current Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Dr. Rodriguez (krodriguez@csudh.edu).    Chemistry and Biochemistry transfer majors can discuss this with their respective advisor to get this resolved during your meeting for advising and hold removal.  Department staff will NOT be issuing any Permission Codes unless asked by the Chair due to the nature of each case heard.

MAJOR ADVISING & HOLD REMOVALS:  

As always, all Chemistry and Biochemistry majors will need to meet with a Major Faculty Advisor before they will be 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 you meet with a Major Faculty Advisor. You may choose any of the following major advisors. You may change advisors any time, or keep the same advisor you've met with before.

Chemistry & Biochemistry Major Faculty Advisors:

 

OFFICE HOURS: 

All faculty hold regular office hours during the regular instructional sessions: Fall, Spring. Have a look at your course syllabus for your instructor's office hours.  If you need to reach out to a faculty member but you don't know their office hours, feel free to contact them via their email or their advising links listed above. 

GENERAL ACADEMIC ADVISING: 

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.

      Interested in a Health Career?  Let the Pre-Health Society help you on your journey. 

  1. Email one of the Pre-Health Advisors listed above to make an appointment. 
  2. Join the Pre-Health Society student club.  Go to https://torolink.csudh.edu/organization/pre-healthsociety
  3. Email csudhphspresident@gmail.com for more information. 

*Underrepresented and undocumented students are encouraged to join and pursue a health career! 

 *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

DEPARTMENT OFFICE:

All staff has returned to campus; all chemistry lab courses are face-to-face at full capacity; most lectures are in person.

The department office staff is available via email, Monday - Friday 8AM to 5PM, or can be found most weekdays in SCI 324.

Destiny Arciga – Administrative Support Coordinator   (darciga1@csudh.edu)

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: https://calendly.com/drrodriguezcsudh1
 

IMPORTANT LINKS:

 

SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE NOW: 

 

ALL CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY STUDENTS:

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, 2022.
 

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.

 

Technology Resource/Laptop Loaner Program

  • 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.
  • To set up various secure connectivity and access, as well as find links for software application access, visit: www.csudh.edu/alert/technology-resources.