Undergraduate Programs

On behalf of our faculty, staff, and students, I would like to welcome you to the Department of Chemistry!

These are very exciting times for our department. Our sophomore organic chemistry labs and classrooms are now fully renovated and integrated with state-of-the-art technologies. With these and our other updated undergraduate labs and new instrumentation, our dedicated faculty are able to provide the best possible chemistry education to our students.

No matter what your background from high school, we offer several levels of freshman chemistry to smoothly “ramp” you into the chemistry major track without missing a beat! In addition to our rigorous Chemistry focus, we offer a Biochemistry Major, as well as a Teaching of Chemistry program, coordinated with other disciplines.

Another great feature of our program is the opportunity for undergraduates to do hands-on research with Chemistry faculty working on the most advanced interdisciplinary research topics in science today. Many of our undergraduates have co-authored research papers before graduation. Research project opportunities range from drug discovery to biotechnology to materials and nanostructures. The exciting research in our Department informs our teaching, and we are justifiably proud of our faculty and lecturers. The number of Chemistry faculty who have received teaching awards of the College of Arts and Sciences and University teaching and advising is exceptional.

Our students receive the education, resources, and training to open doors to a variety of career options and positions in industry, graduate education, and medical schools. Our graduates are in demand!

Coming to BU gives all the advantages of a leading research university, combined with a small college environment. Our average graduating class size (25 students) enables close interaction with faculty, lecturers, and Postdoctoral Faculty Fellows. These interactions ensure that each of our Chemistry Majors receives the attention he/she needs to be academically successful in our field.

Please contact me (qiangcui@bu.edu) if you have any questions about our program.