Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at San Diego State University!

Hours of Operation: 8:30am-12pm; 1-4:30pm Pacific Time Monday-Friday in GMCS-209.

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SDSU offers the ACS-accredited bachelor's degree.


  • Congratulations to rising senior Alyssa Gomez for her receipt of a prestigious Pfizer fellowship to carry out undergraduate research in chemistry!
  • Please join us in congratulating Assoc. Prof. Regis Komperda and Professors Manal Swairjo and Yong Yan on their recent promotions!
  • The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is delighted to present our newest faculty member, NIH K99 recipient Dr. Juan Hu, who will start working with us in Fall 2024! Welcome!
  • Prof. Byron Purse is the recipient of a recent Faculty Innovation Fellowship! Congratulations, Byron!

Upcoming Events

Aug 30Dept. Seminar – Prof. Shane Gonen, University of California, Irvine, GMCS-301, 2:00 PM
Sep 06Dept. Seminar – Prof. Jing Gu, San Diego State University, GMCS-301, 2:00 PM
Sep 27Dept. Seminar – Dr. Case W. McNamara, Calibr at Scripps Research, GMCS-301, 2:00 PM
Oct 04Dept. Seminar – Prof. Andrew L. Cooksy, San Diego State University, GMCS-301, 2:00 PM
Oct 11Dept. Seminar – Prof. Charlie T. Cox, Duke University, GMCS-301, 2:00 PM
Nov 22Dept. Seminar – (faculty search), , GMCS-301, 2:00 PM

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Department Contacts

Chair: Jeffrey Gustafson
Undergraduate Advisor:
Peter van der Geer, pvanderg@sdsu.edu
Graduate Advisor:
Thomas Cole, tcole@sdsu.edu
Doctoral Program Director:
Byron Purse, bpurse@sdsu.edu
Other Inquiries: cheminfo@sdsu.edu

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Recent donors to SDSU Chemistry & Biochemistry

  • Mr. Jay Breaux
  • Richard L. Jenkins, Ph.D.
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Main Office: GMCS 209  •  5500 Campanile Drive  •  San Diego, CA 92182-1030 (U.S.A.)  •  Phone: (619) 594-5595  •  Fax: (619) 594-4634

Statement on Systemic Racism

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at San Diego State University speaks out with outrage and sadness against the systemic racism plaguing our nation, leading most recently to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and other African Americans. We condemn the many actions of violence and hate inflicted upon African Americans that have not been filmed or publicized. We denounce the systemic racism that manifests routinely in the lives of our students in acts of discrimination, microaggression, stereotype threat, and marginalization, and other harmful and humiliating actions.

We stand in support of our African American students. We stand in support of our Latinx students, our Native American students, any students of color, our LGBTQ+ students, our differently-abled students, our veterans, our first-generation students, and for all groups marginalized in our society.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will show our support in our actions. We commit to providing space to amplify their voices, and to being active allies. We commit to making our places of learning inclusive, safe, and fertile for fostering their success. We commit to standing up against discrimination in our classrooms, in our labs, and at San Diego State at large. We know that by supporting and empowering our diverse student body, we enrich our academic excellence, innovation, and success. #BlackLivesMatter