Chicago State University

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Studies


CSU Chemistry and Physics Majors in the News

Chemistry major Candace Young was featured in an article on Project SYNCERE which seeks to encourage underrepresented Chicago youth into engineering.

Ashley Walker, chemistry major with a focus on astro-chemistry, was profiled in Chicago’s Black Women in STEAM Series at Adler Planetarium.


Learning Assistants

LAs Candace Young and Dwayne SandersThe CSU Learning Assistant (LA) program is currently in biology, chemistry, engineering , computer science  mathematics, and physics.  LAs are undergraduates who facilitate learning in STEM classes.

Applications for Fall 2019 LAs will begin in April.

(LAs Candace Young and Dwayne Sanders work through an inquiry lesson on circuits.)

Apply here!

Research Experiences for Undergraduates Summer Programs

Below are Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Studies students who participated in summer research programs Summer 2018.  Ask them about their exciting research experiences!

Student Institution Research Area
Anthony Coleman Cornell University Engineering
Felicia Davenport
Georgia Tech University
Jasher Garbutt
Chicago State University
Atomic Force Microscopy
LaTaysha James
Chicago State University
Macromolecular Research
Angela Johnson

Kaust Universtiy, Thuwai,

Saudi Arabia

Environmental Analytical Chemistry
Chris Malleres
Argonne National Laboratory
Computational Chemistry
Muriel Mcclendon
Chicago State University
Atomic Force Microscopy
Dominique Newell
CERN (Geneva, Switzerland)
High Energy Nuclear Physics
Ryan Stempek
Chicago State University
Mackenzie Stewart
CERN (Geneva Switzerland)
High Energy Nuclear Physics
Ashley Walker
Johns Hopkins University
Candace Young
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering at CSU

The Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Studies offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Physics, as well as courses in physical science and a foundational program for further study in engineering. Our students have a chemistry (NOBCChE) and physics (Society of Physics Students) clubs. We've implemented innovations in teaching and assessment, and we maintain active research programs. Check out some of our photos, and meet our faculty and staff.

 Physics students Travante Thompson and Donielle Miller  Christopher Mallares
Physics students Travante Thompson and Donielle Miller went to CERN in Switzerland summer 2017 to work with Dr. Garcia and Dr. Harton on high-energy particle physics. Christopher Mallares presents his research on computational chemistry.  He works with Dr. Mardis to understand the structures of molecules that can be used in solar cells.

 Mentoring and Careers

Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Studies students seeking mentoring on choosing courses, joining a research group, and careers should contact the departmental office (x2180) to be connected to a faculty member who can assist.  The department is also very active in pre-service and in-service teacher education.  For more information on careers see click on "Students and Alumni."

Scholarship and stipend programs

Scholarships are available for chemistry and physics undergraduates who are new to CSU.  Click here for more information on the Chi Sci Scholarship program.

Scholarship programs are available for motivated students seeking to further their careers in science.  For instance, MBRS provides support for undergraduates who plan to pursue graduate degrees. Click here for Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS)

Applying to be a Learning Assistant is an excellent way to deepen your content knowledge and communication skills while exploring teaching.  Click here for more Learning Assistants Program.

Contact Information:

Dr. Austin Harton, Department Chair 
309 Williams Science Building 
Chicago State University 
9501 South King Dr. 
Chicago, IL 60628-1598 
Voice: 773-995-2847 
Fax: 773-995-3809

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