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Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificates in Chemistry


Department of Chemistry

David Ryan, Ph.D., 978-934-3698

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:

Biochemistry Sequence:

Physical Chemistry Sequence:

Organic Chemistry Sequence:


Polymer Sequence:

Advanced Materials Sequence:

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


Environmental-BiotechnologyEnvironmental Biotechnology

Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Civil & Environmental Engineering departments

Rich Hochberg, Ph.D., 978-934-2885

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):

Elective Courses (choose six to eight credits):

Total: 12-14 credits

Pathogen Diagnostics

Department of Chemistry

Yan Mingdi, Ph.D., 978-934-3647

This graduate certificate is intended for students and professionals who have obtained a baccalaureate degree in science, engineering, or related disciplines. Its purpose is to provide individuals with comprehensive knowledge in pathogen diagnostics and address the evolving needs of workforce training. The target audience includes students seeking to enhance their employability and improve their job prospects, as well as working professionals aiming to acquire additional skills for career advancement. The certificate can be integrated into an existing MS program, allowing students to earn both the certificate and a master's degree concurrently.

Core Concentrations (five required):

Total courses required = 5 

Total Core Credits Required for the certificate = 13-14

updated 5/16/23