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UMass Dartmouth's Chemistry department offers a bachelor's degree in chemistry with an concentration in biochemistry.

Transform the ordinary into the amazing. When you study biochemistry, you study matter and its transformation.

Biochemists 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 biochemistry careers in education, forensics, government, law, industry, medicine, or research.

  • employment in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry
  • health professional programs such as medical, dental, and veterinary school
  • graduate study in biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology, nutrition, and other areas of life science

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

Student success

Linh Dan Nguyen '25: Solving HIV

"As an undergraduate, I feel very lucky to be as close as I am to the primary investigator on such an impactful project. I don't know that I would have had these opportunities at a larger university."

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

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


Jia Lab awarded two NIH R01 grants to study HIV-1 eradication

Undergraduate, master's, and PhD-level chemistry and bioengineering students team up in an attempt to solve and eradicate HIV-1.

UMassD advantages

  • American Chemical Society certification
  • Research-intensive semester: work with faculty on projects with opportunities to present on campus or at a professional conference
  • Technology: use state-of-the-art equipment including a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, atomic absorption spectrophotometer, x-ray diffractometer, voltametric analyzer, biosensors, mass spectrometers, electrophoresis systems, and DNA sequencer
  • Community: join organizations such as the Chemistry Club and the Pre-Health Society
  • Pre-med studies: our chemistry and biochemistry programs prepare you to continue your studies in medical school or other health professional programs
  • Cranberry Health Research Center: a collaboration among academia, medical institutions, and industry to provide scientific evidence for the cranberry's role in health and nutrition

International (F-1) students who receive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees may be eligible to apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion optional practical training (OPT). To learn about the eligibility criteria and detailed steps to apply, please review the International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC) OPT page and USCIS resources. F-1 students must consult with the ISSC to apply for STEM OPT.

Expand your opportunities

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

Biochemistry faculty

Brian Blanchette, PhD
Catherine Neto
Catherine Neto, PhD
David R. Manke
David Manke, PhD
Emmanuel Ojadi
Emmanuel Ojadi, PhD
Anne Liberty
Yibin Wei
Yibin Wei, PhD
Jamie Lawton
Jamie Lawton, PhD
Maolin Guo
Maolin Guo, PhD
Maricris Mayes
Maricris Mayes, PhD
Melissa Silvia
Patick Cappillino
Patrick Cappillino, PhD
Shuowei Cai
Shuowei Cai, PhD
Sivappa Rasapalli
Sivappa Rasapalli, PhD
Timothy Su, PhD
Christine Piva, PhD
Wei-Shun Chang
Wei-Shun Chang, PhD
Xiaofei Jia
Xiaofei Jia, PhD
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