Welcome to the Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Studies

Department News

Two of our physics majors, Tim Sanders and Henry Swain, recently went to Arecibo Observatory, the single largest telescope in the world, for the Undergraduate Alfalfa Team workshop. They are doing research with Dr. Kim Coble this semester analyzing data from the telescope.

Physics Education major Angela Moore was one of five students nationally chosen by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) for the Barbara Lotze Scholarship for Future Teachers.

Dr. Mardis had a paper published from her ongoing collaboration with chemists at Argonne National Laboratory.

Poluektov, O. G., Niklas, J., Mardis, K. L., Beaupré, S., Leclerc, M., Villegas, C., Erten-Ela, S., Delgado, J. L., Martín, N., Sperlich, A. and Dyakonov, V. (2014), Electronic Structure of Fullerene Heterodimer in Bulk-Heterojunction Blends. Adv. Energy Mater.. doi: 10.1002/aenm.201301517

Graphic from Dr. Mardis's paper.

Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering at CSU

The Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Studies offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Physics, as well as courses in physical science and a foundational program for further study in engineering. Our students have a chemistry club (NOBCChE), a physics club (Society of Physics Students), and are starting a student chapter of the National Science Teachers Association. We've implemented innovations in teaching and assessment, and we maintain active research programs. Check out some of our photos, and meet our faculty and staff.

Dr. Garcia, Karen, and Chann at CERN Kiara presenting her poster at ACS confernce to Dr. Mardis
Dr. Garcia with his research students Karen and Chaan who conducted particle physics research at CERN in Switzerland in Summer 2011. Dr. Mardis watches on as Kiara presents her research at the American Chemical Society National Conference in San Diego, CA in March 2012.


Chemistry majors desiring to set a time to meet with an advisor should use the chemistry advising site. Physics majors and Engineering Studies students should contact the departmental office (x2180) to be connected to the advisor on duty. 


Interested in an internship?  The department compiles information about potential internships in the city and the nation available to chemistry and physics students.  Click here for the internship web site.

Scholarship and stipend programs

Scholarships are available for chemistry and physics undergraduates who are new to CSU.  Click here for more information on the S-STEM program.

Scholarship programs are available for motivated students seeking to further their careers in science.  For instance, MBRS provides support for undergraduates who plan to pursue graduate degrees. Click here for Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS)

The department is also very active in pre-service and in-service teacher education. The science education portal, CSU Teach Science, provides information on the PhysTEC teacher education program, as well as other science education initiatives. Click here for "CSU Teach Science.org"

Contact Information:

Dr. Edmundo Garcia, Department Chair
309 Williams Science Building
Chicago State University
9501 South King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60628-1598
Voice: 773-995-2180
Fax: 773-995-3809

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