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Undergraduate Students

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 committed to helping our students not only succeed, but excel! Those interested should see the department chairperson for information.

New business concentration program beginning Fall 2020

The department is creating a B.S. in Chemistry degree with a concentration in Business. The program includes the core Chemistry courses with an additional selection of Business courses. Within the Business concentration, three tracks are offered: entrepreneurship, professional selling, and management.

This new concentration is designed for students with an interest in the business aspects of the (bio)chemical and pharmaceutical industry, such as technical and chemical sales, management, logistics, and marketing. Students will receive a strong foundation in chemistry and learn the fundamentals of business. They will be well prepared for entry-level positions in the chemical industry and related fields.

Students can apply for this program after their freshman year if they have a GPA of 2.7 or higher. Interested students should contact the chairperson or Dr. Hendrik Eshuis for more information.

Important Information for the General Chemistry I Prerequisite

Students will be placed into Chemistry and Math courses based on their academic history. Placement criteria for CHEM120 and CHEM106 for all students (including transfers):

Have you successfully completed 1 year of chemistry and precalculus math in high school?
Yes – CHEM120
No – CHEM106 and precalculus math during the first semester at MSU
You can challenge the placement decision and take a Chemistry Readiness Test (CRT)
Pass CRT – CHEM120
Fail CRT – CHEM106OR CHEM120 after completing precalculus math at MSU with a grade of C- or better

Please fill out this questionnaire using your MSU email to access the form

An advisor in the CSAM Student Success Center will verify your information and contact you with placement information within 3 business days. You will also receive instructions on how to take the CRT if you wish to challenge the placement decision.

Programs

Teaching Programs

Other Programs

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 Montclair State University 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
George Placek Award
Amount: Varies
Criteria: Most outstanding sophomore scholar in Chemistry classes.
Contact: Department Chairperson
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
Racemics Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Criteria: Awarded to Junior chemistry or biochemistry major
Contact: Department Chairperson
Rufus Reed/Dorothy Schroeder Lehmkuhl Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Criteria: Awarded to a full-time undergraduate chemistry or biochemistry major with a minimum GPA of 3.25.
Contact: Department Chairperson