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Undergraduate Programs

The Chemistry and Biochemistry department offers two majors leading to degrees of Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or Biochemistry. A student who chooses the chemistry major will be prepared for graduate study in chemistry or biochemistry, for professional employment or professional education in fields related to science, or for teacher certification.

Biochemistry majors will emerge with a strong background in the basic sciences and mathematics as well as biochemistry qualifying them for graduate study in biochemistry or professional employment.

With appropriate elective course selections, students in either major can satisfy the requirements for pre-health professional programs, pre-medical, pre-dental or pre-chiropractic. Our undergraduate programs also meet the criteria established by the American Chemical Society (ACS) allowing students that complete the proper sequence of courses to receive the American Chemical Society (ACS) Certification.

Sponsoring a challenging honors program for academically outstanding chemistry majors (GPA > 3.70), an undergraduate research program, and offering cooperative education work experiences the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is cimmitted to helping our students not only succeed, but excel! Those interested should see the department chairperson for information.

Important Information for the General Chem I Prerequisite

Majors

Combined Programs

Other Programs

Minors

Advisors

Before meeting with your assigned advisor, if you have general inquiries, there is also advising available specifically for CSAM students. Visit the Academic Advising for CSAM Students page to learn more!

Major/Program Last Name Advisor
Biochemistry A – H Dr. Dyer
Biochemistry I – P Dr. Goodey
Biochemistry Q – U Dr. Rotella
Biochemistry V – Z Dr. Siekierka
Chemistry A – C Dr. DeSilva
Chemistry D – F Dr. Eshuis
Chemistry G – I Dr. Gao
Chemistry J – L Dr. Gindt
Chemistry M – O Dr. Hou
Chemistry P – R Dr. Humphrey
Chemistry S – T Dr. Isidor
Chemistry U – V Dr. Kasner
Chemistry W – X Dr. Talaga
Chemistry Y – Z Dr. Whitener
BS w/ teacher cert. A – Z Dr. Whitener

Scholarships

The Hans-Ulrich Gubler Award
Amount: $1200
Eligibility Biochemistry major and demonstration of academic excellence.
Purpose: This award was established in memory of Hans-Ulrich Gubler (1922 – 2010). Hans Ulrich Gubler was a Swiss microbiologist whose professional career spanned four decades. During that time he worked in a variety of biological research areas, most notably on the immunosuppressant properties of cyclosporine. His younger son immigrated to New Jersey in 1980 and his daughter-in-law is an MSU Department of Biology alumna.
Deadline: February 15, notification by April 15
Application: The Hans-Ulrich Gubler Award (PDF)
The Gawley/Becker Science Education Award
Amount: Varies
Criteria: Final semester student must complete comprehensive science requirements to be determined by Chemistry and Biochemistry department chair and faculty.
Contact: Department Chairperson, Dr. Johannes Schelvis
Ralph R. Miano Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Criteria: Full time undergraduate majoring in chemistry, enrolled in a program which will qualify the student for NJ teacher certification, who will achieve senior standing in the Fall semester in which the scholarship is awarded.
Contact: Department Chairperson, Dr. Johannes Schelvis
Nancy Sandelin Paisley Award
Amount: $100
Criteria: Undergraduate in the Foods and Nutrition Program who has completed both Fundamentals of Biochemistry and has high overall academic achievement, good character and potential to contribute to profession. or Human Ecology
Contact: Department Chairperson, Dr. Johannes Schelvis
George Placek Award
Amount: Varies
Criteria: Most outstanding sophomore scholar in Chemistry classes.
Contact: Department Chairperson, Dr. Johannes Schelvis
Margaret and Herman Sokol Freshman Chemistry Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Criteria: Incoming freshmen chemistry majors recommended by their high school principals and/or high school chemistry teachers.
Contact: Department Chairperson, Dr. Johannes Schelvis
Racemics Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Criteria: Awarded to Junior chemistry or biochemistry major
Contact: Department Chairperson, Dr. Johannes Schelvis
Rufus Reed/Dorothy Schroeder Lehmkuhl Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Criteria: Awarded to a full-time undergraduate female chemistry or biochemistry majors with a minimum GPA of 3.25.
Contact: Department Chairperson, Dr. Johannes Schelvis