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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

Velho receives the ACS Organic Chemistry Award at the Chemistry Honors & Awards program
Shayne Velho '23: Unlimited possibilities

Chemistry major gains valuable experience as undergraduate research assistant.

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

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
  • Honors College: take advanced courses, pursue research, and be part of a community of scholars
  • Study Abroad: earn academic credits and gain a global perspective on your field
  • Undergraduate Research: faculty work with students on cutting-edge research projects
  • University Studies: gain the benefit of a broad university education to enhance your knowledge and skills
  • 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
Catherine Neto
David Manke
Emmanuel Ojadi
Anne Liberty
Yibin Wei
Jamie Lawton
Maolin Guo
Maricris Mayes
Melissa Silvia
Patrick Cappillino
Shuowei Cai
Sivappa Rasapalli
Timothy Su
Christine Piva
Wei-Shun Chang
Xiaofei Jia
Yuegang Zuo