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Chemistry

"I am proud to have graduated from the MCLA Chemistry department. Working closely with my professors made the experience both great learning and a lot of fun. I will look back on my time there with fond memories." - Daniel Sumy, '12, currently in graduate school at the University of Vermont

Our major in Chemistry covers basic principles and theories in analytical, organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry. You will gain a working knowledge of chemistry, both factual and theoretical, by examining the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter. You will also learn synthetic skills, laboratory techniques, technical report comprehension, laboratory instrumentation, and chemical safety. 

Just as important, you will gain skills in analysis, critical thinking, and problem-solving that you can apply to everyday challenges, and to other fields of study. Graduating from MCLA with a degree in Chemistry provides you with a  powerful springboard into whatever career you choose.

Programs Available

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Students graduating with a minor in chemistry will be able to:
• Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles and theories in analytical, organic, physical chemistry, inorganic, and
biochemistry;
• Apply chemical principles through problem solving and laboratory experimentation;
• Demonstrate competency in use of various laboratory instruments.


Chemistry Minor
Students graduating with a minor in Chemistry will be able to:
• Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles and theories in analytical, organic and one of the following sub areas:inorganic, biochemistry or physical chemistry
• Apply chemical principles through problem solving and laboratory experimentation
• Demonstrate competency in use of basic laboratory instruments.


Concentration in Biochemistry
A biochemistry degree is perfect for students interested in the medical field, including pharmacy, and those who are interested in researching subjects such as: the molecular basis for disease, environmental toxicology, or the bioengineering of microbes to produce drugs or biofuels.

In biochemistry, one uses chemical concepts to explain and study biological processes. For example, a chemist may research a more efficient and greener method to synthesize polymers used in plastic, while a biochemist may study how the structure of an amino acid – or a protein – is linked to its function.


Why MCLA is Different

Our small classes and engaged faculty encourage you to become adept at scientific inquiry, including designing your own research and presenting findings at our Undergraduate Research Conference, as well as at national conferences. If you're interested in teaching, you can major in Chemistry with a concentration in Education. MCLA has submitted a program for Initial Licensure in Chemistry, grades 9-12, for approval by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Students majoring in Chemistry with a concentration in Education can prepare for this license.