Lowell, Mass. is where the industrial revolution was born. The University of Massachusetts was originally established in 1894 as the Lowell Normal School and the Lowell Textile School. The institutions grew out of the need to educate the children of mill workers in the Lowell area. It underwent several name changes, including once being called "The University of Lowell." In 1990, the University was incorporated into the University of Massachusetts system, becoming formally known as the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The department of chemistry at UMass Lowell presently consists of 17 full-time faculty, including the President of the University of Massachusetts system, Dr. Robert Caret (an organic chemist). The department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. The B.S. degree is approved by the American Chemical Society and meets all of the standards set forth by this society. In addition to the traditional B.S. degree, options are also available in Forensics Chemistry and Cheminformatics. All three of these are ACS-approved degrees. The chemistry department presently has about 100 chemistry majors and 65 graduate students.
At the undergraduate level, the department seeks to train well-prepared chemists to enter the work force or nationally recognized graduate programs. At the graduate level, students who are awarded an M.S. degree are prepared to enter the work force in a variety of settings. Students graduating with a Ph.D. are well-prepared for leadership in industry and academia. Many of our alumni have become professors in chemistry and related disciplines at United States, and international, colleges and universities. Others have reached the top of the research and managerial ladders in the corporate world.
Chemistry research faculty are active in a variety of technologically important areas, including polymer synthesis, organic electronics, biofunctional surfaces, chemical and biological sensors, protein chemistry, tribology, nanotechnology, and analytical chemistry related to the environment. Students receiving M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are well-prepared for rewarding careers that help sustain the Massachusetts and United States economy. Our laboratories are well-equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation, and our faculty have funding from a variety of sources, including the National Science Foundation, the Army Research Office, the Air Force Office of Research, the National Institute of Health, and various industrial sponsors.