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Transform the ordinary into the amazing. When you major in chemistry and/or biochemistry, you study matter and its transformation.

Chemists conduct research and experiments to discover new concepts about the universe. They try to solve society's problems, whether by developing a cure for cancer, monitoring the earth's ozone layer, creating new materials to heat our homes, or pursuing countless other challenges.

The knowledge you'll gain through the study of chemistry at UMass Dartmouth will open the door to many different career opportunities within the five divisions of chemistry: analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, or physical. You'll be prepared for chemistry careers in education, forensics, government, law, industry, medicine, or research.

Special opportunities

  • American Chemical Society certification
  • Undergraduate Research: complete a research-intensive semester or more working with UMassD faculty on projects that you may have the opportunity to present on campus or at a professional conference.
  • Technology: use state-of-the-art equipment including a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, an atomic absorption spectrophotometer, x-ray diffractometer, a voltametric analyzer, biosensors, mass spectrometers, electrophoresis systems, and a DNA sequencer.
  • Community: join organizations such as the Chemistry Club and the Pre-Health Society.

Pre-med studies: Both our chemistry and biochemistry curricula also prepare you to continue your studies in medical school or other health professional programs such as dental, optometric, osteopathic, podiatric, veterinary, or pharmacy school. Learn more

Cranberry Health Research Center: this collaboration combines the strengths of academia, medical institutions and industry to provide solid scientific evidence for cranberry's role in health and nutrition. Learn More


UMass Dartmouth's curriculum focuses on the theoretical knowledge and practical laboratory skills necessary for a career in chemistry.

We offer two majors: chemistry and biochemistry. Both options prepare you for graduate study and professional schools or employment in a variety of industry, educational, or government settings.

Chemistry Major

The chemistry option prepares you for:

  • employment in many areas of the chemical industry
  • graduate study in most pure and applied chemistry areas, such as organic, inorganic, physical, analytical, polymer, forensic chemistry, pharmacy or the health professional programs

For this major, you'll complete 120 credits comprised of courses in chemistry plus related science and mathematics.

Focus on environmental chemistry: If you're interested in marine chemistry, geochemistry, toxicology, environmental monitoring and analysis, environmental law or other areas of environmental science, consider this interdisciplinary approach. You can customize your studies, choosing electives in departments such as biology, physics, environmental engineering, economics, and political science.

Chemistry minor

Expand your career and graduate school options by learning the fundamentals of chemistry. You can choose between minors in chemistry or biochemistry.

For the minor, you'll complete 27-29 credit hours in chemistry/biochemistry courses.

UMassD graduate studies

BS/MS Program: The UMassD BS/MS fast-track program enables qualified students to complete both the BS and the MS degrees in chemistry or biochemistry in 5 rather than 6 years.

MS in Chemistry: Expand your career options by pursuing a master's degree in Chemistry at UMassD.

Master's of Arts in Teaching Chemistry: The Chemistry and Biochemistry department works with the School of Education to prepare highly qualified teachers, providing opportunities for students to receive professional licensure as a Teacher of Chemistry, Grades 8-12.

PhD in Chemistry: Earn an advanced degree through the doctoral program offered by UMass Dartmouth.

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Success story

Amanda Stubbs '14

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Career placements

  • Bristol-Meyers Squibb
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Drug Enforcement Agency
  • Fairhaven High School
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Massachusetts Crime Lab
  • New Bedford High School
  • Novartis
  • Pfizer
  • Siemens
  • Waters Corporation

Recent graduate school placements

  • Brown University
  • MIT
  • Texas A&M
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Rhode Island

Recent medical school placements

  • Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Nova Southeastern School of Medicine
  • Tufts University School of Medicine
  • UMass Medical School


Catherine Neto
Chair, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Science and Engineering Building, Room 307

All graduates of the UMass Dartmouth Chemistry or Biochemistry undergraduate programs are certified by the American Chemical Society.

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