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Student Resources

Biochemistry & Chemistry Club

Interested in starting a student group with others interested in Chemistry and Biochemistry?

  • Build a community with your classmates
  • Make connections with faculty and increase opportunities
  • Get information about the field
  • Perform meaningful STEM outreach
  • Advance your resume/CV
  • Have fun while doing it!

Email Prof. Dowling if interested:

Biochemistry with Honors

Explore an opportunity for gaining undergraduate research experience by pursuing your undergraduate degree with Honors. The good news is that you don't have to be a part of the Honors College. If you are already in the Honors College, that's great too, as you can seamlessly blend both experiences.

Biochemistry majors who are actively engaged in research and maintain a strong GPA have the chance to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with 'Honors.' This distinction is a testament to your dedication and commitment to the field of biochemistry. 

Honors in Biochemistry Requirements

You must meet the following GPA requirements:

  • An overall GPA of 3.0.
  • A GPA of 3.3 or higher specifically within the Biochemistry major, as calculated on the degree audit.

To earn Honors, you will complete Biochemistry 491 and/or 492, which involves:

  • Carrying out an independent research project.
  • Preparing a well-structured thesis based on your research.
  • Delivering a presentation before an audience.
  • Ensuring that your thesis content and format receive approval from your research advisor.

If you are a senior student graduating in Spring or Summer, you will showcase your work at the Biology/Biochemistry Honors Poster Session in May. Your final thesis is due in June. The department also offers a similar symposium for December graduates.

About Biochm 491 and 492

Biochm 491 and 492, titled "Directed Research in Biochemistry I" and "Directed Research in Biochemistry II," are elective courses worth 1-6 credits each.

  • Reach out to your professors and peers who can guide you in finding the right research opportunity.
  • Explore the websites of the biology and chemistry faculty members, and feel free to send them an email expressing your interest in their research.


UMass Boston has many resources available for students looking into a career in Biochemistry. 

Scholarships & Aid

There are many opportunities for scholarships and aid for students pursuing a biochemistry degree at UMass Boston. 

Financial Aid

  • Includes information regarding various financial aid and loan programs through the university

Merit-Based Scholarships

  • Provides information on merit-based scholarships for undergraduates

Student Employment at UMass Boston

  • Contains information regarding on-campus job opportunities, including the Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program