Chemistry & Biochemistry Graduate Advising Information

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers a Master of Science Degree in Chemistry and a Master of Science degree in Chemistry with an option in Biochemistry. These are primarily research degrees.  A description of what knowledge, skills, and abilities students will have after graduating with a degree in chemistry or biochemistry (Graduate Program Learning Outcomes).

The research-based Master of Science degree programs prepare students for supervisory and product development positions in industry, teaching positions in community colleges, or more advanced study toward the Ph.D. degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or in the molecular life sciences.

A Comprehensive Examination option is available for those who desire a current understanding of chemistry and other specific areas of chemical application in which an advanced degree is beneficial. It is not recommended for persons who wish to continue to a doctoral program in chemistry, nor for those who intend to significantly upgrade their laboratory research capabilities.

The Master's degree programs at Cal State LA are designed to provide a broad experience in the chemical or biochemical sciences while developing critical writing and presentation skills as well as laboratory manipulative techniques. They will provide the foundation for professional work or future education.


Graduate Placement Exams

Entering students must take the examinations appropriate for their option.  You do not need to reserve a place, just show up!

It's a good idea to review for these exams....

If you have any questions, please email our Graduate Advisor, Dr. Wen at

There are 5 placement exam areas (below).  All students will take an exam in their area of specialization AND in two other areas of their choice.

  • Physical Chemistry

  • Organic Chemistry 

  • Biochemistry

  • Analytical

  • Inorganic