Graduate Certificates in Chemistry


Department of Chemistry

Eugene Barry 978-934-3669

This certificate is aimed at the baccalaureate scientist who would like to expand his/her expertise in a pertinent area of modern chemistry. The certificate consists of two required courses from the concentration core, plus two approved electives. Course credits earned through the Certificate Program are directly applicable to the course credit requirements of the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

Core Concentrations (2 courses required for each concentration):

Analytical Chemistry Sequence:

  • CHEM.5140 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM.5260 Chromatography

Biochemistry Sequence:

  • CHEM.5500 Biochemistry I
  • CHEM.5510 Biochemistry II

Physical Chemistry Sequence:

  • CHEM.5130 Spectroscopy
  • CHEM.5320 Advanced Physical Chemistry

Organic Chemistry Sequence:

  • CHEM.5230 Organic Reaction Mechanisms
  • CHEM.5680 Structural Analysis


  • CHEM.5630 Chemistry of Natural Products

Polymer Sequence:

  • POLY.5030 Polymer Science I
  • POLY.5040 Polymer Science II

Advanced Materials Sequence:

  • CHEM.5100 Microscopy of Advanced. Materials
  • CHEM.5680 Structural Analysis

After concentration courses are completed, students take any two additional courses listed above or from the list of electives.


  • CHEM.5190 Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM.5380 Biochemical Mechanisms
  • CHEM.5430 Modern Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM.5600 Advanced Physical Biochemistry
  • CHEM.5700 Advanced Protein Chemistry
  • CHEM.5800 Advanced Analytical Biochemistry
  • POLY.5120 Properties of Bulk Polymers
  • POLY.5530 Organic Chemistry of Macromolecules

 Environmental Biotechnology

Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Civil & Environmental Engineering departments

Juliette Rooney-Varga 978-934-4715

Environmental biotechnology refers to the application of biological technologies to monitor, understand, and remediate environmental problems. This certificate combines courses that explore the ecological impact of anthropogenic environmental change with courses that provide training in current biological technologies that can be brought to bear on environmental problems. Recent advances in biotechnology are providing new avenues for investigating biologically mediated environmental processes, many of which were inaccessible using traditional approaches. New biological technologies are being developed to mitigate environmental problems. These include the biological remediation of pollutants, biological treatment of wastewater and drinking water, source tracking of microbial pathogens, and mitigation of toxic algal blooms. As environmental resources are increasingly strained and new biological technologies with the potential to improve our environment become available, the demand for professionals with training in environmental biotechnology will continue to increase.

Required Courses (choose two):

  • BIOL.5040 Environmental Microbiology
  • BIOL.5230 Biology of Global Change
  • CIVE.5780 Biological Wastewater Treatment

Elective Courses (choose six to eight credits):

  • CHEM.5800 Advanced Analytical Biochemistry
  • CHEM.5140 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • BIOL.5050/5070 Bioinformatics (4 credits)
  • CHEM.5260 Chromatography
  • CIVE.5670 Environmental Aquatic Chemistry
  • CIVE.5680 Environmental Fate and Transport
  • CIVE.5950 Hazardous Waste Site Remediation
  • BIOL.5670 Recombinant DNA Techniques
  • BIOL.5690 Recombinant DNA Techniques Laboratory (2 credits)

Total: 12-14 credits