Graduate Program Highlights

The Department of Chemistry recognizes that an integrated approach is necessary to create an optimal environment that supports excellence in academics and research. In so doing, the Department seeks to offer the tools and resources necessary to recruit and train the next generation of PhD scientists in Chemistry. Program highlights include:


Professor Corey Stephenson. Alkaloid Synthesis Using Visible Light

Professor Corey Stephenson. Alkaloid Synthesis Using Visible Light

Research: BU Chemistry is home to 25 active research groups in 5 major research areas: Biological Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Synthetic Organic Chemistry, and Theoretical Chemistry. There are a total of 126 graduate students and 22 postdoctoral fellows in the department.







Boston's Charles River

Location: The Boston University Department of Chemistry is located in one of the world’s leading research areas, where powerful new tools enable scientists to challenge traditional discipline boundaries.





In the CIC

In the CIC

Facilities: The BU Chemistry Chemical Instrumentation Center has in-house experts in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Mass Spectrometry, Xray Crystallography and other instrumentation.  These instrumentation specialists provide extensive hands-on training to BU graduate students. BU is also one of the five universities that is home to a Center for Chemical Methodology and Library Development, with staff and instrumentation that support cutting edge research in synthetic organic chemistry. Another major resource available to the department is the Center for Computational Science, which provides the latest in scientific computing resources and visualization.



Joe Tucker of the Corey Group

J. Tucker (Stephenson Group) Vertex 2011/2012 Fellow

Financial Support: Chemistry doctoral students at BU receive: a competitive annual stipend of $28,950 per year (amount typically increases each year); full tuition coverage; and full health insurance coverage. The department awards Dean’s Fellowships for select first-year students, and fellowships from nationally recognized foundations, government institutions, and corporations are available to advanced-year students.





BU Fit Rec

Health: All full-time BU students receive membership to the Boston University Fitness and Recreation Center, which includes olympic-sized swimming pool, a climbing wall, an indoor track, and more.