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Transform the ordinary into the amazing. When you major in chemistry 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.

Also see the biochemistry concentration and minor.

The chemistry major 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

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.

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

Enrollment in the 4+1 Teacher Preparation program allows undergraduate students to begin the education coursework towards a master’s degree in teaching (MAT) as early as the sophomore year. Half of the degree is completed as an undergraduate, reducing the time and costs of earning a graduate degree.

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."

Graduate School Placements

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

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: Both our chemistry and biochemistry curricula also 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: 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.
  • PhD in Chemistry: Earn an advanced degree through the doctoral program offered by UMass Dartmouth.

Teacher preparation

Your path to becoming a middle or high school teacher in Chemistry.

Chemistry faculty

Brian Blanchette, PhD
Catherine Neto
Catherine Neto, PhD
David R. Manke
David Manke, PhD
Emmanuel Ojadi
Emmanuel Ojadi, PhD
Anne Liberty
Segun Dele Olubanwo, Chemistry
Olusegun Olubanwo, PhD
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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