Chemistry and Biochemistry

Vision Statement for the Department

The "right size" department: The official vision statement of the department is "to inspire and educate students, today and for the future, in the concepts and skills of chemistry and biochemistry; to prepare them to think about, to work with, and to enjoy the concepts of chemistry and biochemistry."  

To accomplish these goals requires faculty, staff, equipment, buildings, and the commitments of everyone involved. If a chemistry department is small, it's hard to afford the equipment, staff, and expertise that it takes to teach a modern, technical subject like chemistry. When departments get large, there is lots of equipment and expertise, but often the commitment to students and the personal attention that education requires is lost.

You will find the CSU, Chico Chemistry Department to be just the "right size". We are big enough to have faculty expertise (and staff support) in all of the major branches of chemistry: organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, and biochemistry. We are well equipped for all of the typical analyses that chemists are called upon to perform. And yet we are small enough to allow for the individual attention and hands-on experiences that are required to learn the concepts and practices of chemistry and biochemistry. Small classes, especially in the upper-division, and individual research projects are the norm for the department. Our faculty are chosen for their expertise and their commitment to students. And our students go on to compete and succeed in the finest graduate programs, professional schools, and the full array of industrial settings.



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Welcome to our new Chemical Education faculty member

Lisa Kendhammer, PhD, is the newest member of the faculty. She'll be joining us in Fall 2016.


Welcome to our new Organic Chemistry faculty member

Daniel Everson, PhD, will be joining us in Fall 2016.


New Interactive Learning Environment Aims to Improve Student Success

Check out the article in The Orion about Dr. Erik Wasinger and the new CHEM 111 interactive learning environment HERE!

Our CSRI students made the news!

Watch the video here!


CHEM courses info - Fall 2016

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Summer 2016- adding CHEM 107

Find out how to maximize your chances for getting into CHEM 107 this summer


Apply Now for a Chemistry Stockroom Student Assistant Job for Fall 2016

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to work in the Chemistry Stockroom!

To apply, check out the job posting via JobCat (Job ID 26556)

The Chemistry Stockroom Student Assistant role is to assist the Lead Stockroom Technician by performing duties that may include:
• Preparing chemical solutions
• Preparing and trouble-shooting equipment for laboratory use
• Cleaning glassware, equipment, and the stockroom
• Cleaning and setting-up lab rooms
• Assisting with checkout of lab equipment to students and faculty
• Using mathematical and scientific equations when appropriate for laboratory settings