Photo of David Frank A Message from the Chair:

Welcome to the Chemistry Department at California State University, Fresno and thank you for visiting this website! Our department is committed to providing an educational environment that allows the student to acquire essential knowledge and skills for future careers in research, education, industry, and health-related professions.

We offer two undergraduate degrees in Chemistry (B.S. and B.A.) as well as a graduate (M.S.) degree in Chemistry. While our B.S. degree (certified by the American Chemical Society) provides a more detailed experience in the traditional areas of chemistry (analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical), the B.A. degree has been designed with the educational needs of pre-professional students (premedical, predental, prepharmacy) in mind.

Since 1948, when our department was formally founded, the Chemistry faculty have strived for, and achieved, teaching excellence in their classrooms. In addition, research activity in our department, especially at the undergraduate level, has gained more prominence in recent years. In recognition of their commitment to excellence and dedication to students, our faculty members have been honored with five Provost s Awards in areas of teaching, research, and mentorship since 1994 when such awards were established.

The relatively small size of our department provides excellent opportunities for close interactions among faculty and students. This, in turn, results in enriched educational experiences for students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Such experiences will then form the foundation for their successful future careers. In fact, many of our recent graduates have gained admission into top-ranked Ph.D. programs in chemistry, as well medical, dental, and pharmacy schools, and have become successful professionals who continue to serve their communities. Our department is spread over the 2nd and 3rd floors (western wings) of the Science-1 Building (just east of the Satellite Student Union) on the Fresno State campus.

Our department office is located in Science 1-room 380. I hope that this website contains the information you are looking for. However, if you do have any further questions about our undergraduate and graduate programs, please do not hesitate to contact or visit me (Office: Science 1-room 380; 559-278-2103;

Dr. Saeed Attar, Chair