Programs of Study

Undergraduate

Undergraduate offerings of the Chemistry Department solidly prepare students for continuing work in chemistry, as well as provide students a general background in understanding the nature of materials--both natural and manmade--that are common to the modern world. Career opportunities in chemistry are many and varied, including, for example, applied and basic research, quality control, product analysis, manufacturing, and marketing.

Admission to all baccalaureate day programs of the University is made through the Office of Admissions and according to established undergraduate policies. See the Admissions website for further information about applying to the program and follow the link to information about financial aid.

Program Offerings

Chemistry Major

The B.S. degree in chemistry is both a professional and a pre-graduate school degree. Completion of the chemistry curriculum provides preparation for all areas of the chemical profession, as well as for graduate study in chemistry, dentistry, medicine, patent law, and teaching. Students completing the B.S. requirements graduate with a degree certified as being in a program approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.

The major typically includes 56-60 credits in chemistry courses and 26-30 credits in supporting science and mathematics courses.  In addition, university/college guidelines for core curriculum/distribution requirements must be fulfilled.

For major requirements and course information, go to the undergraduate catalog.

Forensic Science Option

The forensic option for of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry combines the application of physical sciences to criminal investigations, offering students the opportunity for close collaboration between the University and the community, by providing needed expertise and resources while obtaining real world experiences. This is the only forensics undergraduate degree program at a public university in Massachusetts and one of only three in New England.

Graduates of this program will receive an American Chemical Society certified degree in chemistry, which enhances their opportunities for a career in the chemistry and forensic science fields, with the potential for employment in the growing field of antiterrorism. 

For major requirements and course information, go to the undergraduate catalog.

Cooperative Education Program

Student conducting an experimentThe Chemistry Department has established guidelines for a cooperative program designed to combine chemistry-oriented work experience in industrial or related laboratories with opportunities to earn an income. A student may enter this program after completing four semesters of academic work, which must include the successful completion of one year of organic chemistry. Up to six academic credits will be allowed for the program, which will include one summer and two academic terms of co-op work. A student applies for the program by signing a contract outlining the proposed co-op experience and requirements.

Chemistry Minor

A minor in chemistry consists of 18-24 credits in chemistry exclusive of any coursework taken to satisfy the Area III distribution requirements. All course prerequisites must be satisfied. The course requirements for the chemistry minor include (but are not limited to): a freshman level two-semester course (including laboratory) and four additional courses of which not more than two may be from the same chemistry area, and two of which must carry a laboratory component. Additional information about the requirements for the minor in chemistry may be obtained at the Chemistry Department office (Olney 520).

For major requirements and course information, go to the undergraduate catalog.