The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides a strong education that prepares its students to function and thrive in our society. The department attempts to increase the problem-solving and critical-thinking skills of all students.

The department offers both B.A. and B.S. degrees. Non-science students learn about the scientific and chemical aspects of everyday life that allow them to understand issues related to the environment, energy production, disease prevention, and nutrition. Students of the sciences learn the fundamentals of chemistry that control the interactions of elements and molecules. Building on an understanding of mathematics, physics, and biology, biochemistry majors receive a background in the major disciplines of chemistry, including inorganic, analytical, organic, and physical, and take in-depth coursework in biochemistry. In addition, students learn the protocols and techniques for working safely with chemicals and biochemicals. The department recognizes the importance of the pursuit of new knowledge in developing skilled scientists and productive members of society and encourages its students to participate in research projects and collaborative educational opportunities.


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Analytical Chemist • Biotechnologist • Biochemist • Biophysicist • Dietitian • Food and Drug Inspector • Geochemist • Health Professional • Materials Scientist • Perfumer • Petrologist • Pharmacist • Pharmaceutical Chemist • Pollution Control • Quality Control Technician • Teacher • Water Purification Chemist


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Courses You Might Take

CHEM 311 - Computers in Chemistry

An analysis of chemical problems using spreadsheets, mathematical software packages, computer programming, and computational chemistry methods.

CHEM 331 - Organic Chemistry I

Learn fundamental principles of organic chemistry, including nomenclature, properties and reactions of organic compounds emphasizing reaction mechanisms.

CHEM 441 - Biochemistry I

A detailed description of the structure-function relationships of biological molecules (amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleotides), with emphasis on representative proteins, membrane composition and transport, enzymes and signaling.

CHEM 445 - Protein Structure

Learn fundamentals of protein structure and its relationship to function including structural motifs and domain classification, with an emphasis on methods for determination and analysis of three dimensional protein structures.

CHEM 446 - Nucleic Acid Chemistry

A course on nucleic acid structure, modification and processing, with emphasis on methods for chemical characterization of DNA and RNA, genome structure and organization, regulation of the transcriptome, recombinant DNA techniques and use of DNA databases.

CHEM 447 - Major Organ Biochemistry

A detailed study of the unique biochemistry and metabolism of selected major organs and their interrelationships under various physiological conditions.

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Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • California State University, East Bay
  • 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
  • North Science 431
  • Hayward, CA 94542