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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Hayward Hills Campus MapThe Department Office is located on the 4th Floor of the North Science building, Room 431.
We are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Dept. Phone: (510) 885-3452



Michael Groziak, Ph.D. Northwestern University

Anne T. Kotchevar, Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Danika LeDuc, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Maureen Scharberg, Ph.D. University of California, Davis

Monika Sommerhalter, Ph.D. Technische Universität Berlin (Germany)

Associate Professors

Patrick Fleming (Chair), Ph.D. The Ohio State University

Marlin Halim, Ph.D. Columbia University

Patrick Huang, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Ann A. McPartland, Ph.D. Purdue University

Assistant Professors

Mark Borja, Ph.D. University of California, San Francisco

Ruth Tinnacher, Ph.D. Colorado School of Mines

Stephanie Zaleski, Ph.D. Northwestern University


Department Statement

Chemistry is known as the central science because just about everything that we can touch and feel is made of chemicals. The many applications of chemistry to our lives have created a broad range of opportunities for employment. With a B.A., B.S., or M.S. degree in Chemistry, a student may find a research or technical position in the petroleum, chemical or food processing industries. B.A. and B.S. graduates with degrees in chemistry or biochemistry are also employed by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. In addition, graduates of chemistry or biochemistry work in sales and plant development, quality control, customer relations, and many other aspects of modern business. Combining the bachelor’s degree in chemistry or biochemistry with a higher degree can lead to many unique and rewarding careers. The B.S. degree in biochemistry is particularly useful for those planning advance training in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or optometry. The B.A. in Chemistry and B.A. Biochemistry degrees with the Chemistry Education Concentration prepare students for entry into a single subject teaching credential program in chemistry. The B.S. and M.S. programs provide excellent preparation for the Ph.D. degree for the student who wants to make research and/or university teaching in chemistry or biochemistry a primary occupation. Chemical research is at the heart of progress that is made in the development of pharmaceuticals, agriculture, nutrition, the environment, and our understanding of nature.

In general, the outlook is bright for anyone who wishes to study chemistry or biochemistry.

About the Department

Use our university website link to learn more about what the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department has to offer.

  • Advising
  • Prospective Students
  • American Chemical Society
  • And more…


    Bachelor of Arts

    Bachelor of Science


    Master of Science


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