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Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

We prepare students for continuing work in chemistry, as well as provide students an understanding of the nature of materials that are common to the modern world.


Completion of the chemistry curriculum provides preparation for all areas of the chemical profession, as well as for graduate study in chemistry, dentistry, medicine, patent law, and teaching. Students completing the B.S. requirements graduate with a degree certified as being in a program approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.

The major typically includes 56-60 credits in chemistry courses and 26-30 credits in supporting science and mathematics courses. In addition, university/college guidelines for core curriculum/distribution requirements must be fulfilled.

For major requirements and course information, go to the undergraduate catalog. View the degree pathway.

Forensic Science Option

The forensic option combines the application of physical sciences to criminal investigations, offering students the opportunity for close collaboration between the University and the community, by providing needed expertise and resources while obtaining real world experiences. This is the only forensics undergraduate degree program at a public university in Massachusetts and one of only three in New England.

Graduates of this program will receive an American Chemical Society certified degree in chemistry, which enhances their opportunities for a career in the chemistry and forensic science fields, with the potential for employment in the growing field of antiterrorism. 

For major requirements and course information, go to the undergraduate catalogView the degree pathway.  

Biochemistry Option

The biochemistry option prepared students for careers in biotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences and other fields that apply principles of chemistry to biological systems. It is a great degree for students who are looking to work in the biotech industry, in pharmaceutical sciences or graduate school. Our program, being certified by the American Chemical Society, has a heavy emphasis on chemical principles so it provides a great foundation for any future endeavors.

For major requirements and course information, go to the undergraduate catalogView the degree pathway.   

Chemistry Minor

A minor in chemistry consists of 18-24 credits in chemistry exclusive of any coursework taken to satisfy the Area III distribution requirements. All course prerequisites must be satisfied. The course requirements for the chemistry minor include (but are not limited to): a freshman level two-semester course (including laboratory) and four additional courses of which not more than two may be from the same chemistry area, and two of which must carry a laboratory component. Additional information about the requirements for the minor in chemistry may be obtained at the Chemistry Department office (Olney 520).

For major requirements and course information, go to the undergraduate catalog.

For admissions information, visit the UML admissions site:


Admissions Standards & Requirements

Note: If you are interested in studying Math, Science or Engineering, it is strongly recommended that you take four years of Math and Science. 

From the University

Financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, and campus work assignments is administered at the university by the Office of Financial Aid.  

Awards are made on a yearly basis and are dependent upon the availability of funding from specific sources, proven financial need, and the criteria of specific financial aid sources. 

Chemistry Department

The Chemistry Department has a number of scholarships available. The Allen Scattergood Scholarships are awarded for superior academic achievement, requiring a minimum academic cumulative average of 3.5. Other scholarships are available based on financial need and academic record. Information regarding these can be obtained at the Chemistry Department office (Room 520 Olney Hall) or from the faculty member serving as the chairperson of the Scholarship and Awards Committee. The Department also has a number of annual awards for academic achievement, determined by the faculty and announced each spring.

The Chemistry Department also has established guidelines for a co-operative program, designed to combine chemistry-oriented work experience in industrial or related laboratories with opportunities to earn an income. A student may enter this program after completing four semesters of academic work, which must include the successful completion of one year of organic chemistry. Up to six academic credits will be allowed for the program, which will include one summer and two academic terms of co-op work. A student applies for the program by signing a contract outlining the proposed co-op experience and requirements. 

The Chemistry Department prepares students for a variety of careers in Chemistry. While a significant number of our graduates continue to further their education by obtaining an M.S. or a Ph.D. in nationally recognized graduate programs, many students who graduate with our B.S. in Chemistry decide to directly pursue careers in either industry or government laboratories. These include companies involved in pharmaceuticals, medical devices/health care products, materials chemistry, products for the household or automotive industry, analytical laboratories and specialty chemicals. Our graduates also find employment in government laboratories related to environmental testing and the Department of Defense. 

While the B.S. degree with the Forensics option prepares students for employment in a crime lab, it is also approved by the American Chemical Society and retains adequate generality to give students the flexibility to pursue similar job opportunities as the traditional B.S. chemistry major.

In which fields do students with a degree in chemistry work?

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Petroleum
  • Adhesives
  • Coatings
  • Environmental
  • Cosmetics
  • Forensics (Trace Evidence, Forged Documents, Drug Testing, Blood Alcohol, and Ballistics)
  • Materials
  • Quality Control
  • Health Care

Why Study Chemistry at UMass Lowell?

Options for a Bachelor of Science

The chemistry major if both a professional and pre-graduate school degree. Beyond the major there is a forensics option. The department also offers a Chemistry Minor. Learn more in the adjacent video.
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Both undergraduates and graduates can engage in cutting-edge and problem solving research.
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Graduate Work

The Chemistry Department offers Master's and Doctoral degrees in, to name a few: biochemistry, environmental studies and green chemistry. Read about graduate programs.