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April 27 Department Seminar: Kyu-Ah Kim
Apr 27 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

“Design and Synthesis of Mitochondrial Citrate Carrier Protein Inhibitors for Treating Lung Cancer AND Design and Synthesis of Inhibitors of Interleukin-1β Protein-Protein Interactions for the Treatment of Osteoarthritis”

Doctoral Candidate (Dr. Mikell Paige, advisor)

May 4 Department Seminar: Edgar Rodriguez @ Innovation Hall 131
May 4 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

“Novel Processes to Quantify Protein in Visceral Adipose Tissue and Use to Evaluate Disease Pathogenesis”

Doctoral Candidate (Dr. Barney Bishop, advisor)

  • Dr. Greg Foster Awarded “Teacher of Distinction”

    Dr. Foster will receive a “Teacher of Distinction” commendation during the CTFE Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 17th, at 3:30 pm.   The event will be held in the Center for the Arts. Congratulations Dr. Foster!



  • Benjamin Looker to enter Cornell University Doctoral Program Fall 2017

    Benjamin Looker, who graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry in 2016, notified us today that he recently accepted an offer from Cornell University to start in their doctoral program in Chemistry & Chemical Biology this fall.   Ben was also a Learning Assistant for the department. Congratulations Benjamin!

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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, 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. 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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