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Upcoming Events

Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar: Dr. Hao Jing @ Innovation Hall 131 (Teleconference to BRH 254)
Mar 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Manipulating Light with Inorganic Nanoparticles

Hao Jing (George Mason University)

Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar: Amarda Shehu @ Innovation Hall 131 (Teleconference to BRH 254)
Apr 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

All about Energy Landscapes: Generating and Analyzing them to Predict and Characterize Protein Structure, Dynamics, and Function.

Amarda Shehu (George Mason University, Computer Science)


Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar: Reham Al-Dhelaan @ Innovation Hall 131 (Teleconference to BRH 254)
Apr 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Investigating the Activity of the Condensation Incompetent Ketosynthase (KS0) Domain in Type I Trans-AT Polyketide Synthase

Reham Al-Dhelaan, Ph.D. candidate (You group, George Mason Chemistry)

Latest News

Congratulations to Benjamin McDowell!

Ben has accepted an offer for doctoral studies at the University of Oregon and will specialize in Physical Chemistry. In addition, he has been awarded a research fellowship!

Chemistry students awarded 2018 Summer Research Fellowships

Congratulations to Elizabeth Lang and Arion Leahigh! Awards are made on a competitive basis across George Mason University. Elizabeth and Arion are members of Gregory Foster’s research group.  Both have advanced to PhD candidacy.


Christian Acosta awarded ACS College Chemistry Achievement Award

The American Chemical Society awards the College Chemistry Achievement Awards to outstanding chemistry seniors or recent graduates from local universities.  Rebecca Jones nominated Christian for this award.





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Department Overview

Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry offers not only undergraduate programs leading to the BA and BS degree in Chemistry with optional concentrations in Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, and Environmental Chemistry, but also a five-year BS/Accelerated MS degree.

Our comprehensive undergraduate education in chemistry is designed to prepare students for professional careers in chemistry and for advanced studies in chemistry and chemistry-related areas such as environmental science, material science, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, geochemistry, chemical waste management, pharmacy, forensic chemistry, and chemical engineering.

Students planning medical, dental, or veterinary careers may meet the requirements of these professional schools by majoring in chemistry.

Graduate Programs

The department’s graduate programs provide advanced training for students who are recent college graduates, professionals in teaching, or technical workers in local research organizations. Students select a specialization from the fields of analytical, biological, environmental, inorganic, organic, physical, or computational chemistry.

The graduate chemistry courses for these programs are usually offered during the late afternoon or evening hours for the convenience of students who are employed full-time.

Graduate fellowships and teaching/research assistantships are available to the most qualified of students.


A minimum grade of C is required in all prerequisite chemistry courses. Students failing to meet a prerequisite will get a registration error message that reads “PREREQ and TEST SCORE-ERROR” when attempting to register for advanced courses.

Areas of Research

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Educational Chemistry
  • Electroanalytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Fuel Chemistry
  • Microemulsion Chemistry
  • Nonlinear Optical Chemistry
  • Organic and Polymer Synthesis
  • Solid-State Chemistry
  • Surface Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry


Visitors are always welcome at the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry: Planetary Hall 303, Fairfax Campus.

Prospective students are especially encouraged to visit the campus; faculty members are happy to discuss academic and career opportunities in Chemistry.

Visit campus to experience the Mason Nation firsthand.

Arrange a department visit by calling the us at 703-993-1070, Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.

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