On behalf of our faculty, staff, and students, I would like to welcome you to the Department of Chemistry!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/Chemical Biology major, as well as a Teaching of Chemistry program, coordinated with other disciplines. Together with the Physics department, we have established a Chemistry and Physics major for students who are interested in pursuing a career at the boundary of the two disciplines.

Another great feature of our program is the opportunity for undergraduates to conduct hands-on research with Chemistry faculty working on cutting-edge interdisciplinary research topics. Many of our undergraduates have co-authored research papers before graduation (See Here). Research project opportunities range from drug discovery to biotechnology to materials and nanostructures; there are also diverse topics in theoretical and computational chemistry that allow you to experience the increasing impact of theory and computation in chemical research. 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 great 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 Associate Lecturers. These interactions ensure that each of our Chemistry Majors receives the attention he/she needs to be successful in our field.

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


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Courtney Rorke

Undergraduate Program Coordinator


Binyomin Abrams

Master Lecturer, Director of General Chemistry