University of Southern California

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


Seeley G. Mudd 418
(213) 740-7036
FAX: (213) 740-2701

Chair: Chi H. Mak, Ph.D.


Distinguished Professor and Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Chair in Organic Chemistry: George A. Olah, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry: Arieh Warshel, Ph.D.

Lloyd Armstrong, Jr. Chair for Science and Engineering: Hanna Reisler, Ph.D.

Ray R. Irani, Chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corp., Chair in Chemistry: James F. Haw, Ph.D.

Paul A. Miller Chair in Letters, Arts and Sciences: Curt Wittig, Ph.D.

Harold and Lillian Moulton Chair in Chemistry: Nicos Petasis, Ph.D.

George A. and Judith A. Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry: G.K. Surya Prakash, Ph.D.

Judge Widney Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry: Ray R. Irani, Ph.D.

Professors: Stephen E. Bradforth, Ph.D.; Lin Chen, Ph.D. (Biological Sciences); Xiaojiang Chen, Ph.D. (Biological Sciences); Myron F. Goodman, Ph.D. (Biological Sciences); Thieo E. Hogen-Esch, Ph.D.; Anna Krylov, Ph.D.; Daniel A. Lidar, Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering); Chi H. Mak, Ph.D.*; Charles E. McKenna, Ph.D.*; Richard W. Roberts, Ph.D.; Kenneth L. Servis, Ph.D.; Lawrence A. Singer, Ph.D.*; Mark E. Thompson, Ph.D.; Andrey Vilesov, Ph.D.

Associate Professors: Alexander Benderskii, Ph.D.; Richard L. Brutchey, Jr., Ph.D.; Julio Camarero, Ph.D. (Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences); Stephen B. Cronin, Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering/Electrophysics); Kyung Woon Jung, Ph.D.; Peter Z. Qin, Ph.D.; Clay C. Wang, Ph.D. (Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences); Travis J. Williams, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors: Andrea Armani, Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering); Jahan Dawlaty, Ph.D.; Brent Melot, Ph.D.; Fabien Pinaud, Ph.D. (Biological Sciences); Matthew Pratt, Ph.D.; Remo Rohs, Ph.D. (Biological Sciences); Susumu Takahashi, Ph.D.; Barry C. Thompson, Ph.D.; Travis J. Williams, Ph.D.; Chao Zhang, Ph.D.

Professors (Research): Karl O. Christe, Ph.D.; Sri Narayan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor (Research): Golam Rasul, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors (Research): Peter Djurovich, Ph.D.; Ralf Haiges, Ph.D.; Terry Takahashi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor (Teaching): Jessica Parr, Ph.D.

Lecturers: Thomas M. Bertolini, Ph.D.; Rebecca Broyer, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professors: Robert A. Beaudet, Ph.D.; David A. Dows, Ph.D.; Thomas C. Flood, Ph.D.; Otto Schnepp, Ph.D.; Gerald A. Segal, Ph.D.; Howard S. Taylor, Ph.D.; William P. Weber, Ph.D.*

*Recipient of university-wide or college teaching award.


The Department of Chemistry offers degree programs that provide undergraduate and graduate students with core instruction and excellent research opportunities. UnderĀ­graduate programs leading to the B.S. and B.A. degrees are offered. The B.S. degree is intended for persons preparing for careers in chemistry and satisfies the guidelines for a chemistry degree recommended by the American Chemical Society. The B.A. degree is designed for students who wish a concentration of course work in chemistry, but who have career plans in the health sciences, business or law. In addition, a chemistry minor is available for students who want a broader exposure to the chemical sciences. The B.S. in Biochemistry is offered as a joint program with the Department of Biological Sciences. A minor program in biotechnology is offered by the Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry and the Marshall School of Business and a minor program in environmental chemistry and sustainability is also offered. Graduate programs are offered leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry.