Prospective Students in Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Studies

Welcome to the department of Chemistry and Physics and Engineering studies! Are you considering a career in the health fields or perhaps hope to conduct research in fuel cells, solar energy, or science education, teach high school science, or simply love physics or chemistry? Our undergraduate program is an excellent preparation for medical school, pharmacy school, graduate school, and provides you the opportunity to explore your interests in the physical sciences.  We also have graduate certificate programs for students with chemistry, physics, or engineering degrees who want to pursue certification for secondary science teaching.  Prospective science education students should explore CSU Teach Science about the science education program at CSU.

click for the Top Ten Reasons to Major in Chemistry at CSU

Our students share their stories about their success at CSU:

"At CSU, the individual attention allotted to students by faculty not only was one of the primary reasons I was able to graduate, but also reassured me that this is the university where I belong... I loved the personal relationships I was able to establish with the faculty. They knew my face and name and were completely approachable whenever I had a problem." Brittany Johnson- BS Chemistry Spring 12

(seen presenting at the national ACS meeting)

Brittany Johnson
   Angela Newton "The tools I learned to use at CSU, such as the 5 E lesson plan, CoRe’s, (content representation tables to reveal student misconceptions) as well as the constant feedback I received from Prof. Koziarski and Dr Jacobs during pre-service courses and Student Teaching , enabled me to become a confident teacher." Angela Newton- Chemistry Certification Spring 09 (seen in her classroom)
"We have a relatively small department, which is great for two reasons. First- and most important- the faculty and staff get to know the students very well. Second, the students have access to great collaborative research projects... So, as you move from the classroom to the research setting, the professors know your strengths and weaknesses and take this time to fill in the gaps. We’re lucky enough to have professors that take pride in connecting with students and it really shows in their passion for teaching and the ways in which they interact with students. I don’t think I would have excelled, were it not for the support of my professors along the way." Melissa Rangel- BS Physics Spring 12 (seen doing community physics outreach) Melissa Rangel
"At CSU, the individual attention allotted to students by faculty not only was one of the primary reasons I was able to graduate, but also reassured me that this is the university where I belong... I loved the personal relationships I was able to establish with the faculty. They knew my face and name and were completely approachable whenever I had a problem." Brittany Johnson- BS Chemistry Spring 12

(seen presenting at the national ACS meeting)

Brittany Johnson   Angela Newton"The tools I learned to use at CSU, such as the 5 E lesson plan, CoRe’s, (content representation tables to reveal student misconceptions) as well as the constant feedback I received from Prof. Koziarski and Dr Jacobs during pre-service courses and Student Teaching , enabled me to become a confident teacher." Angela Newton- Chemistry Certification Spring 09 (seen in her classroom)"We have a relatively small department, which is great for two reasons. First- and most important- the faculty and staff get to know the students very well. Second, the students have access to great collaborative research projects... So, as you move from the classroom to the research setting, the professors know your strengths and weaknesses and take this time to fill in the gaps. We’re lucky enough to have professors that take pride in connecting with students and it really shows in their passion for teaching and the ways in which they interact with students. I don’t think I would have excelled, were it not for the support of my professors along the way." Melissa Rangel- BS Physics Spring 12 (seen doing community physics outreach) Melissa Rangel

Department Mission

The mission of the department of chemistry, physics, and engineering studies is to provide classroom education and laboratory training in the fields of chemistry and physics so that our graduates may be competitive in a broad range of professional careers, including the health sciences, education, business engineering, as well as industrial, academic, and governmental research.  By providing high quality coursework, diverse program options, and research and outreach opportunities  for both science and engineering majors and the more general CSU student population we aid students in developing content knowledge, an understanding of the nature of science, and expert-like attitudes about science and engineering.  Though the activities and coursework our department offers students will be exposed to the process of doing science develop a broad knowledge of the fields of chemistry and physics and the applications of these sciences to everyday life. 

Following is some information that you might find valuable in applying to CSU.

Prospective Students in High School

Please take some time to explore our web site and see what courses our current undergraduates are taking, what research opportunities they have and the student clubs that they run and belong to.

You should plan to visit campus and speak to an advisor during Summer Registration. 

All incoming students are required to take placement exams in mathematics, reading, and composition.  These placement exams must be completed before registration for any science course.  The department offers a study guide that significantly improves scores on the math placement exam so consider stopping by BEFORE you take the exam to pick up the study guide.

Prospective Transfer Students

Transfer students without an A.A. degree are only allowed to transfer a maximum of 66 credit hours.  Transfer students are required to take all placement exams (even if you have completed calculus and the two semesters of writing).  Please feel free to call and talk to an advisor about what will and will not transfer. Click here to sign up for an appointment through the chemistry advising website.  If you want to meet with a physics advisor, contact the department office (773-995-2180) to be connected to the advisor on duty.

Transfer students with an A.A., A.S., or A.A.S. degree are not required to complete any additional general education requirements before graduation.

Some Useful Links

Placement Exam Schedule

Admissions

Course Descriptions

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Chemistry Advising

Physics Advising (contact the department office 773-995-2180)