Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Welcome to Summer 2021


Updated - Monday, June 14, 2021

Questions: Call the department office at (559) 278-2103 or email Rosalina Messer ( or Crystal Leal (


STUDENTS: Course instruction begins on Monday, August 23rd. Check your Fresno State email and Canvas course site ( for information.


Fall 2021 Chemistry (CHEM) lecture courses

All CHEM lecture courses, with one or two exceptions are in-person in the fall 2021 semester.


CHEM lower-division laboratory courses:

All lower-division CHEM laboratory courses (CHEM 1AL, 1BL, 3A, 3BL, 10, NSci 1A) are in-person in Fall 2021.

CHEM 1A/1AL: Any questions please contact Dr. Goto

Coordinator for CHEM 1AL: Candice Cortney, M.S.:

Coordinator for CHEM 1AL: Pahoua Xiong, M.S.:


CHEM 1B/1BL: Any questions please contact Dr. Goto

Coordinator for CHEM 1BL: Katie Heredia, M.S.:

CHEM upper-division laboratory courses are in-person in Fall 2021.



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Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry 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 me or call the department office.


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