BU Chemistry At A Glance

Mission

  • Pursue with distinction the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding related to the chemical sciences
  • Teach Chemistry in a way that promotes a culture of creativity in classrooms and laboratories and which prepares students for positions of leadership and lives of service

Academics

  • 149 undergraduate majors, 29 undergraduate minors, over 3,300 undergraduate enrollments through Chemistry course offerings
  • Undergraduate majors conduct hands-on research with Chemistry science groups
  • Graduate program of 107 students
  • Six teaching faculty; two Postdoctoral Faculty Fellows (teaching/research training program for recent PhDs who anticipate careers at 4-year institutions)
  • Faculty awarded five Metcalf Awards for Teaching Excellence (BU’s highest teaching honor),  three Gitner Awards for Distinguished Teaching (CAS’ highest teaching honor), and four Templeton Prizes for Excellence in Student Advising

Research

  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry; Biological Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry; Experimental Physical Chemistry; Computational Theoretical Chemistry
  • Research grants from federal (NIH, NSF, DOE, DOD) and non-federal sources
  • Chemistry participates in scientific research initiatives throughout the University – Materials Science and Engineering; Systems and Integrative Biology; Photonics Research; Energy Science and Engineering; and Molecular and Medicinal Discovery and collaborate with investigators at the BU School of Medicine
  • Chemical Methodology and Library Development at Boston University – an NIH Center of Excellence
  • Faculty Awards include: Sloan Research Fellowship (Sloan Foundation) – Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (the American Chemical Society) – Bristol-Myers Squibb Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry – Edward M. Kennedy Award for Healthcare Innovation – Boehringer-Ingelheim Young Faculty Award – Scialog Award (Research Corporation) – Amgen Young Faculty Award – NSF CAREER Award – Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar Award in Aging Research – Smith Family Foundation – Herbert A. Sober Award – Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar – Sloan Research Fellowship

Locations

Metcalf Center for Science & Engineering Metcalf Center for Science and Engineering320,000 square-foot building with high quality laboratories, classrooms, and computer facilities
Life Science & Engineering Building Life Sciences and Engineering Building 280,000 square-foot facility, dedicated in 2005, accommodating and encouraging interdisciplinary and cross-departmental research in the life sciences
Photonics Research Center Photonics Center Building235,000 square-foot facility where traditional academic science is coupled with start-up companies to create innovative new technologies in the field of photonics

History

Prof. Norman Lichtin (1947 – 1993, Emeritus) has written the only known history of the Department of Chemistry, which was established in 1904 and is BU’s oldest natural science department. His review covered the period between 1904 and 1973. Written in the days before word processing, we have created a pdf of the scanned document, which you are welcome to download. Prof. Lichtin also cordially invites anyone interested, to “take up the gauntlet” and continue the history, describing the Department’s growth and evolution to the leading research and educational enterprise it is today. History Of Boston University Chemistry: 1904 – 1973