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Unlock Your Potential with Our Newly Approved Chemistry and Biochemistry BA Degrees! Discover a world of exciting career opportunities without the burden of high-level math requirements. Embrace a cutting-edge education tailored to your passion and aspirations. Your future starts here! 

Chemistry Department Overview

The Department of Chemistry offers undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Both degrees are accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Our undergraduate program is innovative, directed to the career needs of our students, and provides opportunities for extracurricular and research activities. Our course offerings are intended to promote scientific reasoning, to develop lab skills and prepare students for graduate and professional schools as well as employment in industry.

The Department combines outstanding physical facilities with a close-knit community of scholars. Our faculty members include professors who are nationally and internationally recognized in their fields. The department faculty members participate in PhD programs (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Physics and Molecular Biophysics) at CUNY.

The CSI Chemistry and Biochemistry degrees are accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Partnership Programs with SUNY 

College of Staten Island (CSI/CUNY)—University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (UB SPPS/SUNY) Collaborative Programs Leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (PharmD)

Program Details: 

  • Students may choose Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHM) or Biochemistry (BCH) as a major
  • Students may opt to pursue a choice of three CSI to UB pathways, two of them accelerated: 6 years (2 years at CSI + 4 years at UB), 7 years (3 years at CSI + 4 years at UB) as well as a more  traditional route of 8 years (4 years at CSI + 4 years at UB). All options begin with taking prerequisite degree requirements at CSI and completing the PharmD degree at UB SPPS
  • All three options (2+4, 3+4 and 4+4) will guarantee at least two seats each year in UB’s PharmD Program to CSI students who meet certain qualifications
  • One-on-one academic advisement from the Collaborative Program Coordinators
  • at CSI and UB for the duration of the Program
  • Significant cost savings of over $150k (compared to equivalent programs at a private college) over the course of undergraduate studies at CSI (AS or BS) and PharmD at UB 
  • Excellent job prospects—the University of Buffalo PharmD Program ranks #14 nationally and #1 in New York State (U.S. News & World Report)
  • This top-notch CSI/UB Pharmacy Program offers a rich academic experience with renowned professors and access to a wide range of state-of-the-art research facilities at both CSI and UB

Interested in this program? Please complete the following inquiry form so that we may reach out to you.

Questions? Please email Dr. Chwen-Yang Shew, Pharmacy Advisor, Department of Chemistry or Holly Block, Assistant Director for Recruitment.

This top-notch CSI/UB Pharmacy Program offers a rich academic experience with renowned professors and access to a wide range of state-of-the-art research facilities at both CSI and UB. More details on this program

CSI Offers the Doctor of Optometry Degree (OD) via Affiliate Partnership with SUNY College of Optometry

The College of Staten Island is listed with the above professional graduate school as offering an affiliation program whereby highly qualified students may complete a joint Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree conferred by College of Staten Island and a Doctor Optometry (OD) degree conferred by SUNY College of Optometry in just seven years instead of the usual eight. Selected academically talented high school seniors and college freshmen can be admitted to an approved joint degree track at CSI and, simultaneously, to candidacy for admission to the professional. More details on this program 


Tentative Seminar Schedule – Fall 2023

Date  Speaker  Title
9/7   Adam Braunschweig (Hunter College and ASRC) Acceleration of Diels-Alder Reactions by Mechanical Distortion
10/12 Brian Giebel (ASRC) A microbial tale – What can microbes tell us about plastics in soil?
10/19 Orrette Wauchope (Baruch College) TBA
10/26  Sabesan Yoganathan  (St. John’s University) Discovery and Development of non-peptidic small molecules as Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) Receptor Signaling Modulators
11/2 Shana Elbaum-Garfinkle (ASRC) TBA
11/9 Eleonora Gianti (Queens College) Structure, Function and Dynamics of Ion Channels: Insights from Computation

  Seminar time: 2:30 PM (in person, room 6S-232)

Image of a Cell observed at Imaging Facility by a Biochemistry Student

Advanced Imaging Facility

The AIF is a shared core facility under the Division of Science and Technology at CSI that houses advanced imaging systems

Anti-Microbial Agents As Viewed Under a Microscope by Biochemistry Students

CUNY High Performance Computing Center

The HPCC has a central role in the support of initiatives in economic development and provides assistance with sustaining intellectual growth

XPS Instrument in a Chemistry Lab

Department Instruments

The CSI Chemsitry department has a wide array of research quality instruments available to our students

Biological and Chemical Sciences
Building 6S, Room 235
Willowbrook Campus

Department Contact

Qiao-Sheng Hu

Chairperson and Professor

Email Qiao-Sheng Hu

Dawn Derbyshire

Administrative Assistant to the Chairperson

Email Dawn Derbyshire