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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell , Massachusetts ,United States

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Completion of the chemistry curriculum provides preparation for all areas of the chemical profession, as well as for graduate study in chemistry, dentistry, medicine, patent law, and teaching. Students completing the B.S. requirements graduate with a degree certified as being in a program approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.

Forensic Science Option

The forensic option combines the application of physical sciences to criminal investigations, offering students the opportunity for close collaboration between the University and the community, by providing needed expertise and resources while obtaining real-world experiences. This is the only forensics undergraduate degree program at a public university in Massachusetts and one of only three in New England.

Biochemistry Option

The biochemistry option prepared students for careers in biotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences and other fields that apply principles of chemistry to biological systems. It is a great degree for students who are looking to work in the biotech industry, in pharmaceutical sciences or graduate school. Our program, being certified by the American Chemical Society, has a heavy emphasis on chemical principles so it provides a great foundation for any future endeavors.

Campus Information

Lowell

UMass Lowell is located in historic mill city of Lowell, Mass., 45-minutes north of Boston, at the intersections of Routes 495, 93 and 3. The birthplace of Jack Kerouac and the Industrial Revolution, Lowell's history echoes all around you. Former mill buildings and cobblestone streets now add charm to a bustling downtown, steps away from the UMass Lowell campus, which boasts a thriving arts scene, a population rich in cultural diversity, and a flair for festivals.

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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

The Chemistry Department prepares students for a variety of careers in Chemistry. While a significant number of our graduates continue to further their education by obtaining an M.S. or a Ph.D. in nationally recognized graduate programs, many students who graduate with our B.S. in Chemistry decide to directly pursue careers in either industry or government laboratories. These include companies involved in pharmaceuticals, medical devices/health care products, materials chemistry, products for the household or automotive industry, analytical laboratories and specialty chemicals. Our graduates also find employment in government laboratories related to environmental testing and the Department of Defense. 

While the B.S. degree with the Forensics option prepares students for employment in a crime lab, it is also approved by the American Chemical Society and retains adequate generality to give students the flexibility to pursue similar job opportunities as the traditional B.S. chemistry major.

PSW Opportunity

3 Years of PSW

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

First-year students entering in fall 2018 had an average GPA of 3.59 and an average combined Evidence Based Reading and Math SAT score of 1239 (ACT equivalent 26). Along with all other public universities and colleges in the Massachusetts system, UMass Lowell is not using the Writing Score.

Admissions counselors and policy makers are sensitive to the factors that may result in accomplished students having a lower-than-expected GPA or SAT score. The applications of students who don’t meet the standards, but for whom UMass Lowell otherwise seems like a good match, are reviewed individually.

  • You are considered a freshman if you have not taken any post-secondary/college coursework. Your application should include your high school or secondary school records, including results from culminating or leaving examinations. Scores from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) or the American College Test (ACT) will be required, along with an essay and a letter of recommendation. The CEEB code number for UMass Lowell is 3911. There is also a no-test option for available to freshmen applicants.
  • International freshman applicants may use the no-test option and waive the SAT or ACT and TOEFL or IELTS exams if your secondary institution provides written verification that the means of instruction is in English, you are enrolled in an IB curriculum, attend an American School or are enrolled in a curriculum that leads to Cambridge International Examinations: IGCSE/O-Level and GCE/A level exam. Please note that additional essays are required of freshman applicants who choose the no-test option.