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A message from Chair David Ryan

The Department of Chemistry at UMass Lowell presently consists of more than 20 full-time research and teaching faculty. The department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees with specializations at the graduate level in all the traditional areas of chemistry (Analytical, Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry) as well as Biochemistry, Environmental Chemistry and Polymer Science. The B.S. degree is approved by the American Chemical Society and meets all of the standards set forth by this society. In addition to the traditional B.S. degree, options are also available in Forensics Chemistry and Cheminformatics. All three of these are ACS-approved degrees. The Chemistry Department presently has nearly 150 undergraduate majors and over 100 graduate students.

At the undergraduate level, the department seeks to train highly competent chemists to enter the work force or nationally recognized graduate programs. At the graduate level, students who are awarded an M.S. degree are prepared to enter the work force in a variety of settings. Students graduating with a Ph.D. are well-prepared for leadership in industry and academia. Many of our alumni are currently professors and researchers at U.S., and international, colleges and universities. Others have reached the top of the research and managerial ladders in the corporate world. 

Chemistry research faculty are active in a variety of technologically important areas, including polymer synthesis, organic electronics, biofunctional surfaces, chemical and biological sensors, protein chemistry, tribology, nanotechnology, catalysis and analytical chemistry related to the environment. Students receiving M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are highly trained for rewarding careers that help sustain the Massachusetts and United States economy. Our laboratories are well-equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation, and our faculty has funding from a variety of sources, including the National Science Foundation, the Army Research Office, the Air Force Office of Research, the National Institutes of Health, and various industrial sponsors.