About the Department
The Chemistry Department at UMass Boston is located in the Science Building on the Harbor Campus. We offer the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science degrees in addition to a combined BS/MS degree, a minor in Chemistry and a joint major in Biochemistry (coadministered with the Biology Department). The specialty of our department is in the field of Green Chemistry, and we are proud to be the first school in the country to offer a doctoral degree via the PhD in Chemistry/Green Chemistry Track. Our faculty are committed to research designed to benefit society, and this emphasis is reflected in our course selections at all levels of education.
The undergraduate program has been designed to prepare students for the challenges that face the chemist in a modern society. Graduates may go directly into industry or may continue their education at the graduate level in chemistry, medicine, dentistry, or other fields. Both lectures and discussion sections in most first and second year courses are conducted by faculty members who bring to the subject their experience in teaching and research to help make students aware of current developments in the field. Faculty direct laboratories as well, and with the aid of teaching assistants are able to give individual attention to smaller groups of students during laboratory sessions.
Upper level courses are conducted in small groups under almost tutorial conditions. Active research participation by undergraduate students is highly encouraged. Working closely with individual faculty members in the laboratory, students attain a high level of scientific experience and professional maturity.
Our research efforts are united through the theme of Green Chemistry, and our department is home to the Center for Green Chemistry.