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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.

Important Information for the General Chem I Prerequisite

Chemistry Prerequisite

Pass the Chemistry Readiness Test OR complete Principles of Chemistry (CHEM-106) with a grade of C- or better.

Mathematics Prerequisite

Pass the Mathematics Readiness Test OR complete MATH100 (Intermediate Algebra) with a grade of C- or better. MATH100 may also be taken concurrently with CHEM120.

Continuing Students, Visiting Students and Transfer Students must provide documentation to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of completion of this prerequisite before being allowed to register in CHEM-120.

To schedule the Chemistry Readiness Test, a student can contact the people below or visit the testing center in Webster Hall.


Teaching Programs

Other Programs


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


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