Department of Chemistry

Updated - Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Fall 2020 Chemistry (CHEM) lecture courses:

There will be no in-person CHEM lecture courses this fall 2020 semester.

All CHEM lecture courses will be virtual (meeting online in a combination of synchronous - same days/times as scheduled and asynchronous - recorded or posted materials available through the Canvas learning management system)

CHEM lower-division laboratory courses 

All lower-division CHEM laboratory courses (CHEM 1AL, 1BL, 3A, 3BL, 10, NSci 1A) will be virtual. 

Students will not come to campus for these lower-division laboratory courses. These lab courses will meet virtually in a combination of synchronous and asynchronous labs.

CHEM upper-division laboratory courses

CHEM 156 is the only upper-division CHEM laboratory course that will meet in-person (physically disanced, partially in-person and partially virtual).

CHEM 102, CHEM 105, CHEM 129A, CHEM 129B will NOT meet in-person and will meet virtually in a combination of synchronous and asynchronous times.

CHEM 106S - still pending discussion on virtual or in-person labs. 




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Welcome to the Department of Chemistry at California State University, Fresno. We believe that our department represents the very best that the university has to provide. We offer four rigorous, high quality degree programs (B.A. Chemistry, B.S. Chemistry, B.S. Biochemistry and M.S. Chemistry) that prepare students for careers in research, industry and education, as well as preparing students for admission to Ph.D., medical, pharmacy, dentistry and osteopathic medicine programs. 

Our programs provide opportunities to gain hands-on experience with modern instrumentation, to conduct research under the guidance of faculty mentors, to take laboratory classes in private-sector facilities, participate in the Chemistry Honors program, and contribute beyond the classroom to promote science in local schools and our community.

Our faculty are respected scholars in their fields, as well as dedicated teachers and mentors. We are all committed to helping each of our students to be successful and to achieve their goals. We also have a vibrant, supportive and diverse student community, anchored by the national award-winning American Chemistry Society affiliated Chem Club.

If you have questions or comments about our department, please feel free to e-mail, call, or stop by the department office.


Joy J. Goto, Ph.D., Professor and Chair               
Office: Science I, Room 380
Phone: 559-278-2103