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Chemistry Major


The Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry is both a professional and a pre-graduate school degree. Completion of the chemistry curriculum provides a preparation for all areas of the chemical profession, as well as for graduate study in chemistry, dentistry, medicine, patent law, and teaching. The UMass Lowell Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

The major typically includes 59-60 credits in chemistry courses, and 26-30 credits in supporting science and mathematics courses. In addition, university and college guidelines for core curriculum requirements must be fulfilled. 

The Chemistry Department offers the following options:

  • General
  • Biochemistry
  • Forensic Science 

The General option prepares students for a job in industry or graduate school, and offers the opportunity to perform senior thesis research with a chemistry faculty member. Graduates of this program have gone on to pursue successful careers at a variety of local and national companies, or to received M.S. or Ph.D. degrees from prestigious graduate schools.

The Biochemistry option prepared students for careers in biotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences and other fields that apply principles of chemistry to biological systems. 

The Forensic Science option prepares students for a career in a crime lab or in other fields that require analytical chemistry techniques combined with knowledge of the criminal justice system. 

In addition to these pathways, students may add the UTeach minor, which allows students to graduate in four years with both an ACS-approved B.S. in Chemistry and an initial teaching license.


CHEM.4030 Introductory Polymer Science I will be required of all majors entering as first-year students or transferring into the major effective Fall 2017.

Chemistry majors must earn a grade of C- or higher in CHEM.1210 Chemistry I and CHEM.1220 Chemistry II.

  • Chemistry majors will not be allowed to proceed to CHEM.1220 without first earning a C- in CHEM.1210
  • Chemistry majors will not be allowed to proceed to CHEM.2210 without first earning a C- in CHEM.1220

View the complete Degree Pathways.

For more information, contact the Chemistry Department.