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Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Temporary Virtual Services

The physical offices and classrooms of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are temporarily closed until further notice. Office staff and faculty will be working remotely and available via phone or email. 

  • If you are a current student and have questions regarding a class, please email your professor directly.
  • If you are a current or future student and need academic advising, schedule a 30-minute Zoom or phone appointment with Chris Nichols, department chair, via Calendly(opens in new window) or email him at if you are unsure you need an appointment to address your question. 
  • If you are a current student employee and have questions, contact your supervisor or the office staff. 
Faculty and staff contact information is available

on the department Faculty and Staff web page(opens in new window)

For general questions for the department or to request information, please email with your name and student ID number (if applicable) or call 530-898-5259 and leave a voicemail with your name and phone number.

Our Vision

We aim to educate and inspire all our students in modern chemistry and biochemistry concepts and practices, so they are prepared with the knowledge and skills to contribute to the futures of the fields and appreciate everything these dynamic sciences have to offer.

Our Mission

In the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California State University, Chico, we are committed to providing every student who enrolls in our courses with the distinctive education that only comes with a well-rounded department.

Our department has the perfect mixture of diverse faculty expertise (with specialists in each chemical discipline), dependable staff support, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, and the steadfast dedication to every student’s success. With instruction in all major branches of chemistry—organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, chemical education, materials, and biochemistry—our students will get hands-on learning and experimentation experience in all the typical analyses that chemists perform and training on equipment used in modern, professional labs. Additionally, opportunities for individual research projects are available for our upper-division students, granting them real-world research experience on a specialized subject that fits their interests.

When our students graduate, they take with them a multifaceted chemistry education that’s prepared them to compete and succeed in the finest graduate programs, professional schools, and the full array of industrial settings.

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