Mission, Department Goals, and Program-Level Learning Objectives

Mission Statement

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the California State University, Long Beach is dedicated to maintaining a reputation as an outstanding department on the basis of the rigorous curriculum, the quality of research conducted with bachelors and master-level students, and the caliber of its graduates. The department values teaching and research as equal and essential components of the education of our students and seeks to integrate research with teaching at every possible opportunity in the curriculum.

Department Goals

Our teaching and research programs sustain a rigorous and innovative curriculum that focuses on developing capabilities of students (both majors and non-majors) in chemistry and biochemistry, developing problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills, and fostering a culture devoted to scholarship, professional integrity, continued learning, and a responsible work ethic. This is accomplished by:

  • Preparing students for industrial careers, graduate study and professional schools.
  • Encouraging students to participate in high-quality research creating a community of faculty and students excited by science.
  • Participating in intramural and extramural collaborations in teaching and research that provides students interdisciplinary educational and training opportunities.
  • Promoting science by participating in professional and community organization.
  • Providing career path counseling to our students in their academic programs.
  • Maintaining strong ties with the graduate programs and public and private employers of BS, BA and MS graduates to facilitate placement of our graduates.
  • Actively maintaining contact with our alumni.

Program-Level Learning Objectives

The Department offers BS degrees in chemistry and biochemistry, a BA degree in chemistry, and MS degrees in chemistry and biochemistry. Our graduates are expected to become articulate and creative individuals ready for careers or graduate studies in chemistry and biochemistry. To achieve this goal, all students involved in our programs should:

  • Develop an understanding of the physical and chemical behavior of matter, including the chemical basis of biological phenomena.
  • Acquire mastery of the basic concepts of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Develop a knowledge of how to setup, and how to operate, various scientific apparatus used in the study of chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Learn how to obtain and interpret data from various scientific instruments.
  • Develop an ability to think logically and clearly, to articulate their thoughts, and to critically evaluate experimental data and the scientific literature.

Students in our Master's of Chemistry and Master's of Biochemistry programs can additionally expect to:

  • Receive professional training to enhance employability and success in a doctoral program.
  • Carry out independent laboratory investigations of research problems.
  • Contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the chemical sciences.
  • Learn to search and use the chemical literature to acquire up-to-date information about current problems in the chemical sciences and to critically analyze current work.