Prospective Students in Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Studies

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.

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships are available for chemistry and physics undergraduates who are new to CSU.  Click here for more information on the S-STEM 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)

The department is also very active in pre-service and in-service teacher education. The portal, CSU Teach Science, provides information on science education initiatives.Click here for "CSU Teach Science"

Student Success Stories

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

Our students share their stories about their success at CSU:

“I’m highly appreciative of my experience studying physics as an undergrad at Chicago State University (CSU). The department offers different curriculum pathways for preparation for the next stage in your life … faculty members were eager to go above-and-beyond in providing opportunities to students which allowed their education to be comparable to and competitive with any other institution. The faculty exposed students to research practices and other valuable experiences early in their academic career to better prepare them. … I feel very fortunate to have attended CSU, … a Predominantly Black Institution (PBI), … I did not feel out of place studying in STEAM.”  (from an interview as part of Adler Planetarium’s Chicago’s Black Women in STEAM Blog Series

Felicia Davenport- BS Physics class of 2019

"Chicago State University is a symbol of reinvention and endless possibilities for many demographic groups. This university helped me to understand that there is more to chemistry than experiments and test tubes. CSU lets you explore the various subgroups and techniques that accompany the chemistry field. The class work and research gave me a incite on the various work environments that I would possibly encounter. In addition, CSU is responsible for the innovation that is needed for individuals to be successful. Although CSU is not a conventional school, they make up for it through small class size, comprehensive learning, and study sessions. Chicago states affordability makes it education a reality for all economic groups. While attending CSU I developed many close-knit relationships with not only peers but with CSU professors as well."

Keisha Armstrong- BS Chemistry class of 2017 

"I hope that my success encourages others to see that the wealth of knowledge and opportunities that can be founded at CSU are invaluable. My experience at Chicago State University was an adventure because I was not sure if I was capable of graduating.  I did not know what success was and importantly what that meant for me. Due to my persistent and willpower, I am proud to be the first graduate out of my family to receive a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. As a result, I can be more independent and to care for myself and my family.  My professors helped me to find and define my passion by encouraging me, pushing and teaching me the skills and knowledge that I need after my time at CSU. The most important aspect is not about where you start and what should know, but about where you end and what you take from your experiences. My professors would not mind me coming to their office or ask for help no matter how many times I was confused. My experience at through the good and the bad was a period of growth, a test of my will to succeed and helped me to unlock hidden abilities I did not know I was capable of. I received more than a degree, but relationships that will carry me through a lifetime and experiences from my journey at Chicago state that will support me in my future endeavors. The day I graduated from CSU was the proudest moment in my life because it was a testament to the new person that I had become. The most potent message that left with me that day as I am not only a reflection of my adversity, but I am a new and better person because I was able to overcome the adversity I faced, and CSU helped me to realize this fact about myself." 

Shantaye Warner-Houston - BS Chemistry class of 2018

"CSU prepared me for graduate school [PhD program at Purdue University] by giving me opportunities to perform tasks that are required of graduate students such as research and teaching. These experiences allowed me easily adjust to graduate school and succeed." 

Anthony Pitts-McCoy- BS Chemistry class of 2015

Chicago State University provided a supportive environment for me to start my academic career. The faculty and staff supported me both professionally and personally … The faculty and staff at CSU truly understand how to support students from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds … I continue to reference the stellar examples that were set for me at CSU. As a sixteen year old high school graduate, CSU was the only place that my parents would allow me to attend … Further, when I recently asked my father why he let me attend he responded, ‘I knew they would take care of you.’ … My father's instincts were right. The faculty and staff at CSU look out for their students and they meet them where they are. The faculty at CSU set high expectations for me and provided the support that was needed for me to be successful despite the many disadvantages I faced. I can honestly say that I would not have attended college-- and I certainly would not have earned a PhD, if attending CSU were not an option for me.”

Geraldine Cochran- BS Physics and Mathematics class of 2004 and MAT Secondary Physics Education class of 2009 at CSU.  PhD in physics curriculum and instruction from Florida International University