Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Vision

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the California State University, Long Beach is dedicated to maintaining a reputation as an outstanding chemistry 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.

To maintain this reputation the Department is committed to:

  • Robust teaching and research programs created by a scholarly community of faculty, students, and technical staff.
  • Leadership, advisement, and collaborations providing professional opportunities for all faculty, staff, and students.
  • A physical infrastructure and the financial support needed to ensure teaching and research of the highest quality.
  • Engagement of our students and graduates through advisement and strong alumni relations.

Teaching and Research Programs

The Department values teaching and research as equal and essential components to the education of our students and seeks to integrate research with teaching at every possible opportunity in the curriculum. 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 fosters a culture devoted to scholarship, professional integrity, continued learning, and a responsible work ethic. This is accomplished by:

  • Commitment to effective teaching and student learning.
  • Preparing students for industrial careers, graduate study and professional schools.
  • Providing a graduate program that attracts high-caliber students and offers up to date curricula commensurate with advanced training in chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Providing all faculty the time and resources to perform high-quality research.
  • Dedication to scholarship that results in high-quality publications and presentations.
  • Encouraging students to participate in high-quality research creating a community of faculty and students excited by science.

Leadership, Collaboration, and Professional Guidance

The Department carries out its mission through shared leadership, effective management, productive collaborations, and thoughtful advisement. This entails:
  • Participating in intramural and extramural collaborations in teaching and research that provides students interdisciplinary educational and training opportunities.
  • Using the range of talents and abilities of our faculty and staff in an atmosphere of mutual respect and recognition.
  • Providing shared departmental, college, and university governance using the talents and skills of faculty, staff, and students.
  • Supporting and advising all faculty, regardless of rank, for success and professional development.
  • Promoting science by participating in professional and community organization.
  • Valuing and promoting the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students and committing ourselves to equity and openness in all our activities.

Infrastructure and Financial Support

We recognize that the success of the department.s mission requires strong infrastructure and financial support. This is accomplished by:

  • Having access to a physical infrastructure, modern instrumentation, and technical and administrative staff needed to support teaching and research of the highest quality.
  • Working to ensure that the department is well funded in support of its mission through both external grants and contracts and support from the institution and private donors including alumni.

Career Advising and Alumni Relations

The success of its graduates measures the Department's success. To this end, we:

  • Provide career path counseling to our students in their academic programs.
  • Maintain strong ties with the graduate programs and public and private employers of BS, BA and MS graduates to facilitate placement of our graduates.
  • Actively maintain contact with our graduates to develop connections with our alumni.