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About the Program

A degree in chemistry prepares students to be competitive in our increasingly technological society. We instruct students in organic, inorganic and biochemistry, and ready students for careers in basic research, pharmaceuticals, environmental protection, instrumentation, new product and process development, and education. 

Careers for chemists in academics include university teaching and science teaching in the secondary school, an area that will expand greatly in the future. In addition, there is a need for technically trained people in non-traditional areas such as marketing and sales, scientific information, patent law, health and safety, and handling of hazardous materials. 

An advanced chemistry degree can also provide a strong foundation for studies at medical, dental, veterinary, and pharmacy schools. 


What you can do with a degree in chemistry

  • University and College Professor
  • High School Teacher
  • Researcher
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Patent Lawyer

Degree & Program Types

Check out this list for a quick view of our chemistry programs. For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.

Associate in Science Degree

  • Chemistry



Rose Nguyen

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Chemistry Department Chair


Office Room 4413

Division Office Contacts

Office: Building 4100, Room 4118
Ram Subramaniam, Division Dean
Phone: 650.949.7472
Ru Yu Chen
Division Administrative Assistant
Phone: 650.949.7259
Fax: 650.239.3626
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