Graduate Certificates in Chemistry

Environmental Biotechnology


Department of Chemistry

Dr. Eugene Barry 978-934-3669

This certificate is aimed at the baccalaureate scientist who would like to expand his/her expertise in a pertinent area of modern chemistry. The certificate consists of two required courses from the concentration core, plus two approved electives. Course credits earned through the Certificate Program are directly applicable to the course credit requirements of the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

Core Concentrations (2 courses required for each concentration):

Analytical Chemistry Sequence:
84.514 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
84.526 Chromatography

Biochemistry Sequence:
84.550 Biochemistry I
84.551 Biochemistry II

Physical Chemistry Sequence:
84.513 Spectroscopy
84.532 Advanced Physical Chemistry

Organic Chemistry Sequence:
84.523 Organic Reaction Mechanisms
84.568 Structural Analysis
... orĀ 
84.563 Chemistry of Natural Products

Polymer Sequence:
97.503 Polymer Science I
97.504 Polymer Science II

Advanced Materials Sequence:
84.510 Microscopy of Advanced. Materials
84.568 Structural Analysis

After concentration courses are completed, students take any two additional courses listed above or from the list of electives.

84.519 Environmental Chemistry
84.538 Biochemical Mechanisms
84.543 Modern Inorganic Chemistry
84.560 Advanced Physical Biochemistry
84.570 Advanced Protein Chemistry
84.580 Advanced Analytical Biochemistry
97.512 Properties of Bulk Polymers
97.553 Organic Chemistry of Macromolecules

Environmental Biotechnology

Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Civil & Environmental Engineering departments

Dr. Juliette Rooney-Varga 978-934-4715

Environmental biotechnology refers to the application of biological technologies to monitor, understand, and remediate environmental problems. This certificate combines courses that explore the ecological impact of anthropogenic environmental change with courses that provide training in current biological technologies that can be brought to bear on environmental problems. Recent advances in biotechnology are providing new avenues for investigating biologically mediated environmental processes, many of which were inaccessible using traditional approaches. New biological technologies are being developed to mitigate environmental problems. These include the biological remediation of pollutants, biological treatment of wastewater and drinking water, source tracking of microbial pathogens, and mitigation of toxic algal blooms. As environmental resources are increasingly strained and new biological technologies with the potential to improve our environment become available, the demand for professionals with training in environmental biotechnology will continue to increase.

Required Courses (choose two):

81.504 Environmental Microbiology
81.523 Biology of Global Change
14.578 Biological Wastewater Treatment

Elective Courses (choose six to eight credits):

84.580 Advanced Analytical Biochemistry
84.514 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
81.505/507 Bioinformatics (4 credits)
84.526 Chromatography
14.567 Environmental Aquatic Chemistry
14.568 Environmental Fate and Transport
14.595 Hazardous Waste Site Remediation
81.567 Recombinant DNA Techniques
81.569 Recombinant DNA Techniques Laboratory (2 credits)

Total: 12-14 credits