Undergraduate Advising

Congratulations on choosing a career path in Chemistry or Biochemistry at SF State! We would like to welcome you to a great future in the sciences and let you know of some requirements and resources for undergraduates. All new transfer students and freshmen premajors are encouraged to meet with an advisor during the first semester of attendance. At these meetings, advisors will help you plan out a semester-by-semester schedule of classes to meet graduation requirements. Transfer students should bring their unofficial transcript from their transfer institutions so that course equivalencies can be verified.

B.A. Chemistry

B.S. Chemistry

B.S. Biochemistry

Students in their first two years of college will be assigned an advisor from the Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC) who can answer basic questions about course planning. Students in their third year and beyond or transfer students can meet with a college advisor in the UAC.  Information about scheduling an in-person or virtual appointment with a UAC advisor or drop-in advising hours please visit this site: https://advising.sfsu.edu/

For questions about selecting your major, upper division electives, undergraduate research, and career opportunities students should meet with a faculty advisor.

Contact information for the faculty advisors and their office hours are listed below. For advising during the winter and summer intersessions, please contact the Department Office, TH 808.

We use a system called Navigator for students to schedule appointments with advisors.  Instructions for this system can be found here.

If you want to schedule with the first available advisor, click here Navigator and select Schedule an Appointment.  Instructions for this system can be found here. If you'd like to schedule with a specific advisor, see links below. 

Advisor Office Hours and Contact Information (through Navigator)
Advisor Navigator Link

Dr. Gerber

Schedule with Dr. Gerber

Dr. Gassner

Schedule with Dr. Gassner

Dr. Qiu Schedule with Dr. Qiu
Dr. Adelstein (on leave Spring 2024) Schedule with Dr. Adelstein
Dr. Manning Schedule with Dr. Manning

New transfer students will receive advising from Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC) college advisors during transfer orientation. Those advisors will assist students in selecting and registering for courses. Please visit the Advising Services Page to find out how to access UAC advisors.

You can also use the Advising Guide for New Transfer Students (PDF) to check off the courses you have completed at your transfer institute and determine which courses you should plan to take in the fall semester.

Transfer Credit Central provides information about your transfer credit. If you do not see courses from your transfer institution listed on your Transfer Credit Report within your Student Center or if the courses you took are not matched with an SF State course, you may be blocked from registering for some courses. 

Please reach out to an advisor or the department office for information about how to have courses on your transfer credit report evaluated. If a course has not yet been transferred to SF State, please visit this site for information on submitting transcripts. 

All first-year freshmen will be assigned an advisor from the Undergraduate Advising Center. That advisor will assist you in selecting courses during orientation and in registering for courses. Please visit the Advising Services Page to find out how to access your assigned advisor.

Congratulations on getting to your final semester and being close to finishing your degree! We have provided some information below which details the steps you need to complete to get your graduation application.

Undergraduate students who have completed 90 units are eligible to apply to graduate. Your Degree Progress Report (DPR) and the Registrar's guide will help you through the application process.  Department advisors can help you resolve any errors in your DPR that might prevent you from graduating.

Please complete the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry exit survey. This will help us learn more about your path to the degree, what we are doing well, where we can improve, and what your plans are after graduation. When you have completed this survey, print out the certificate of completion, and attach it to your graduation application package.

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