Mission Statement

Our goal is to provide rigorous training in Chemistry and Biochemistry for undergraduate and graduate students, to integrate leadership, mentoring, curiosity and creativity, inclusion, the scientific method, and the belief that an ethical application of chemistry, the central science, can benefit the world for the greater good.

About the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Office Hours

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry has resumed in-person office hours in Marshak Hall, Rm 1024 on the following days:

Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 6:00pm

Advising Clinic

Click here for more information regarding advising for your major. You can also find information about degree requirements, minor requirements, forms and degree checklists. This information is important to review before consulting with your advisor.

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Our Faculty 


Professor Maria Tamargo is new National Academy of Engineering member. Earlier this year Maria was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering, for "forging the way toward an inclusive science and engineering research community, and for contributions to molecular-beam epitaxy of semiconductor materials.” This week (Feb 28) at the annual meeting, they introduced the new members and will hold a ceremony in person at next year’s meeting. Congratulations Maria. Read More

CUNY Names Maria Tamargo Distinguished Professor

Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Teresa Bandosz earns CUNY Distinguished Professorship

Faculty And Staff Profiles


Our Students

The Spring 2024 Chemistry & Biochemistry Undergraduate Research Symposium was held on Tuesday, May 14, 2024. The students presenting their research were Koreena Sookhai, Christopher Manohar, Joshua Pagan, Jefferson Estrada, Aya Sara Elwassif, Ramisha Aymon, Darren Zheng, Cory Weng, and Tanvin Farjana.

2024 Chemistry and Biochemistry Ward Medal Winner

Hi! I’m Jack Ryan. I majored in chemistry at City College, and I’m hoping to work in climate science in the near future. While at CCNY I was a tutor in the CCAPP science and math tutoring office, where I helped students with their studies in Bio 101, Chem 103, and Chem 104. I was also a member of the CCNY Ice Hockey Club, the Baskerville Chemical Society, and the Latin American Engineering Student Association. The friendships made in my club involvements at City College will last a lifetime. In the Division of Science, I had the privilege of taking classes led by professors like Fardad Firooznia, Glen Kowach, Kevin Gardner, Sean Boson, and many other professors who I learned a lot from. I’m going to miss attending their lectures and office hours.

In the summer before my junior year, I had the opportunity to perform research in Professor Kevin Ryan’s laboratory as part of the CUNY STEM communities research program, where I learned a great deal about molecular biology protocols like agarose gel electrophoresis, molecular cloning, and DNA sequencing, and also about maintaining an organized bench area and lab notebook. I’m extremely grateful to Professor Ryan for the opportunity to work in his lab.

I’m currently a substitute teacher at a New York public high school, where I get to help students with all kinds of math and science material.

Baskerville Chemical Society 

Baskerville Chemical Society

Check out our own Chemistry/Biochemistry club, Baskerville Chemical Society! Click here to read more about the club and how you can join.  


Check out the latest news in chemistry.

11/29/2022:The City College of New York has been awarded two grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling $6M to support recent bachelor’s degree holders and Ph.D. students with research and training in biochemistry and bio-inspired nanoscience. (Read more)

Drs. Ruth E. Stark and David Jeruzalmi received The RaMP award to support recently graduated bachelor’s degree students with full-time research and training in Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Bio-design, also called B-Cubed.

Drs. Ruth E. Stark and Stephen O’Brien received The Nanoscience Award to support the research of doctoral students in bio-inspired nanoscience; the project is named NanoBioNYC.


Dr. Kevin Gardner and Dr. Ruth Stark received a National Institute of Health (NIH) grant to build a helium recycler for the City College of New York and the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at CCNY. Why is this important? Helium is a finite resource used in MRIs and a lot of scientific research. With the price of helium rising over the past few years, the impact on the medical and scientific community was becoming a concern. 

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Degree Programs

Learn about the undergraduate and graduate programs that we offer. 



ACS Accreditation: obtain an ACS Approved Bachelors in Chemistry or Biochemistry. Here’s how: www.ccny.cuny.edu/chemistry/acs-accreditation 

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Contact Information

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Marshak Science Building
Room 1024
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY  10031

p: 212.650.8402
f:  212.650.6107
e: chemdept@ccny.cuny.edu

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Upcoming Events

Please join us for our upcoming seminar speakers scheduled in Fall 2024.