The Biochemistry option in Chemistry at UMass Lowell is an American Chemical Society (ACS)-certified program that prepares students for work in a range of biotechnology industries.

Why choose the biochemistry option in chemistry at UMass Lowell?

Students in our program develop a strong foundation in basic chemistry, as well as exposure to a wide range of technologies that are specific to the analysis of biological systems. This gives them a range of options when they graduate, from being prepared for graduate school in biochemistry or biophysics to working in the exciting biotechnology field.

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Courses You'll Take

In addition to the core chemistry curriculum, you will take courses in biochemistry, including a laboratory focused on modern biochemistry techniques, as well as courses in biology to round out your understanding of biological systems.

To learn more, visit courses for Biochemistry Option and all Chemistry courses.

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Research Opportunities

Work alongside our renowned faculty conducting research in a range of areas of biochemistry, from protein structure studies, antibody characterization, bioinformatics or single-molecule biophysics to computational chemistry.
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World-Class Facilities & Equipment

Gain access to modern instrumentation to provide hands-on experience, including:
  • Atomic force microscope
  • Differential scanning calorimeter
  • Dynamic light scattering
  • Fluorescence spectrometer
  • Gamry potentiostat
  • Jasco J-1500 circular dichroism spectrophotometer
  • Jasco F-8500 fluorimeter with anisotropy capabilities
  • LC-MS/MS
  • Magnetic tweezers
  • Multiangle laser light scattering
  • Scanning tunneling microscope
  • Surface plasmon resonance
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Career Outcomes

Our graduates are prepared to work for a range of biotechnology companies, in the pharmaceutical industry, for diagnostics companies or in a range of other companies with biochemistry or biophysics divisions. In addition, our students pursue studies in graduate school, as well as in medical school.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact: 

Matthew Gage, Ph.D.
Associate Professor