About the SJSU Chemistry Department

Degree Options

The Chemistry Department at San Jose State University strives to provide broad access to the highest quality education possible in the molecular sciences at the baccalaureate and master's degree levels. To achieve this ambitious goal, we have crafted a curriculum affording students access to expert instructors in each of the sub-fields of chemistry via traditional classroom courses, hands-on laboratory courses, and research laboratories. At the undergraduate level, we offer programs leading to the B.S. Chemistry, the B.S. Chemistry, Concentration in Biochemistry, and the B.A. Chemistry. Our B.S. Chemistry degree is certified by the American Chemical Society. We also offer a Minor in Chemistry.

At the graduate level, our Department offers programs leading to the M.S. and M.A. degrees in Chemistry. Our graduate degrees are research based and require that a thesis based on original research be written and defended. Please visit our Academic Programs page for more information.

The Chemistry Department has been accredited by the American Chemical Society since September 1951. 


Students graduating from the Chemistry Department generally go on to further professional education, such as Ph.D. programs in chemistry or medical, dental, and pharmacy schools, or enter into the job market directly. Either way, upon completion of their education, most of our graduates find careers in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, energy, biomedical, or green technology sectors. For more about careers in chemistry, please visit the American Chemical Society's Careers in Chemistry page.


The Chemistry Department maintains a large collection of state of the art instrumentation to effectively teach our students and to support our research mission. This equipment is distributed between teaching labs, research labs, and shared-use instrument centers. Some of the major instrumentation is listed below.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometers

Varian Inova 400 MHz NMR Spectrometer
Bruker Fourier 300 MHz NMR Spectrometer

Mass Spectrometers

Agilent 6520 Quadrupole TOF LC/MS
Varian Saturn II GC/MS
PE Sciex API300 LC/MS/MS
Fisons Trio 1000 GC/MS
Agilent 5975B GC/MS

Atomic Absorption/Emission

Perkin Elmer 5100 AA Spectrometer
Unicam 929 AA Spectrometer
Varian Liberty II ICP


AVIV 215 Circular Dichroism Spectometer
Mattson Infinity FTIR
Mattson Genesis II FTIR
Thermo Mattson Satelite 1000 FTIR
Perkin Elmer System 2000 FTIR
various UV/Vis Spectrophotometers
Varian Eclipse Fluorometer
(2) SPEX Fluorolog Fluorometers
Perkin Elmer LS-50B Fluorometer
Perkin Elmer LS3 Fluorometer


Microcal VP-ITC Isothermal Titration Calorimeter
Microcal VP-DSC Differential Scanning Calorimeter
Parr Adiabatic Calorimeter


Coherent Inova 70 Ionpure
(2) Coherent CR599 Dye Laser
Coherent Inova Sabre


Johnson Matthey Magnetic Susceptability Balance
Bruker EMX Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectrometer
EG&G 273 Potentiosta/Galvanostat
EG&G 263A Potentiosta/Galvanostat
BAS CV-50W Voltammetric Analyzer
(2) Park Scientific AFMs
Typhoon Trio Phosphorimager
Turner Biosystems Modulus II Plate Reader
(3) HP 3DCE Capillary Electrophoresis
various HPLC Systems
Autopol III Polarimeter

Instrumentation Laboratories

The W.M. Keck Facility