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May 21, 2020

CONGRATULATIONS to the following Spring 2020 Ph.D. recipients in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry: 

May 15, 2020

Congratulations to Muhammed Frederick Shand, M.D. — alumni of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.
Dr. Muhammed Frederic Shand will graduate with Distinction from GW Medical School (virtual ceremony) on Sunday, May 17, 2020.

May 8, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Hao Jing and his Research Group.  The cover image of their research is now officially on the website for the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

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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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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry 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.

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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.

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Areas of Research

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Educational Chemistry
  • Electroanalytical Chemistry
  • Environmental/Aquatic Chemistry
  • Environmental Molecular Biology
  • Microemulsion Chemistry
  • Nanomaterials
  • Organic Materials & Polymer Chemistry
  • Solid-State Chemistry
  • Surface Chemistry
  • Synthetic Organic/Medicinal Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry
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