The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at CSUSB is comprised of twelve permanent full-time faculty, four permanent full-time staff, one temporary staff, and approximately 18 part-time temporary lecturers. Chemistry majors may choose from four degree programs: B.S. in Chemistry (ACS-certified option), B.A. in Chemistry, B.S. in Chemistry (Biochemistry option), and B.A. in Chemistry (Biochemistry option). In the 2015/2016 academic year, there were 313 chemistry majors and 53 graduated, 32 of whom were biochemistry majors and 10 were ACS-certified. The department also co-hosts a Professional M.S. in Earth and Environmental Sciences (MSEES) program with the Department of Geological Sciences.
The Department prides itself on the quality of the instruction it provides and the personal attention given to its students. Most class are deliberately kept to a moderate size, so students can better interact with the instructor. General chemistry lecture classes are usually capped at 96, while upper division classes are anywhere between 10-72 students. Laboratory classes are typically 24 for general chemistry, and 16-20 or less for most upper division classes. The upper division labs are mostly taught by permanent faculty, and the lower division laboratories are mostly taught by the part-time lecturers and a few teaching associates from the MSEES program. Good advice is considered a key aspect to academic progress at CSUSB, and chemistry faculty advisors are available for consultation. Each student majoring in chemistry or biochemistry will be required to see an advisor at least once each year to ensure they are on track for graduation.
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