Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is dedicated to providing high-quality education in an environment that encourages hands-on student research training. We offer degree programs leading to a Bachelor of Science, a minor in Bioinformatics, and a Master of Science in Chemistry.

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Location: Biological Sciences 336
Phone: 323.343.2300
Fax: 323.343.6490
Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm

Department Chair:
Krishna Foster


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Cal State LA continues to be a top choice for freshmen and transfer students interested in molecular science on the basis of its faculty's dedication to providing superior teaching and innovative instruction in small class settings. Students receive research mentorship from faculty in directed research studies using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, participate in domestic and international research, engage in pre-professional student organizations, and interact with chemical science professionals.

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Department News

  • Summer PREC

    2023 Summer Computational Molecular Research Program

    Cal State LA- MolSSI Partnership for Research and Education in Chemistry is offering an 8-week summer program for undergraduate and community college students in the Los Angeles region to perform research in the field of computational molecular science. Learn more:

    Summer Research Program
  • Darryl Boyd

    27th Annual Lloyd N. Ferguson Luncheon

    Every year, Dr. Lloyd N. Ferguson's life, impact, and legacy is celebrated at Cal State LA. This year, we are joined by Dr. Darryl Boyd as the distinguished keynote speaker. Learn more about Dr. Ferguson's legacy:

    27th Lloyd N. Ferguson Luncheon
  • Scott and Andrade

    Meet our Newest Faculty

    We welcome Dr. Caitlin Scott (left) and Dr. Brenda Andrade (right) as our newest faculty members! Dr. Scott teaches Biochemistry and conducts research on computational and biological chemistry. Dr. Andrade teaches Organic Chemistry and conducts research on supramolecular chemistry. 

  • Dr. Liu

    DOE Announces $1.5 Million to Train the Next Generation Hydrogen Workforce

    Congratulations to Dr. Liu, whose proposal was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy as one of the five projects recommended for funding. Potential students and post-docs, learn more about the program by contacting Dr. Liu.

    U.S. Department of Energy Announcement
  • Cal State LA Professors

    Cal State LA Receives National Science Foundation Grant

    Cal State LA departments have been awarded the National Science Foundation Grant to increase diversity in STEM fields.

    National Science Foundation Grant
  • scholarship

    Scholarship Ceremony 2022

    In Fall 2022, the department celebrated students who received scholarships from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. 

    Learn more about department scholarships
  • Cal State LA faculty

    Outstanding Faculty

    Cal State LA honors outstanding faculty at University Convocation 2021, featuring Dr. Krishna Foster who is awarded Outstanding Professor.

    Outstanding Faculty at 2021 Convocation