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Undergraduate Degrees and Minors in Chemistry

A bachelor’s degree in chemistry from BSU is the first element to a successful career

Chemistry is central to all other sciences and involves all forms of life, our planet and the entire universe.

At Bridgewater State University, when you earn your American Chemical Society-approved bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Department of Chemical Sciences, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of chemical principles, as well as develop translatable research, writing and problem-solving skills.

We offer three Bachelor of Science in chemistry degrees, with specializations in environmental chemistry, professional chemistry and biochemistry, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry and two minors.

The goal of our renowned faculty is to help you improve in every area, while discovering where chemistry can take you beyond BSU. All Bachelor of Chemistry students will have the opportunity to explore chemistry in its many forms, including biochemistry, organic, analytical, environmental, inorganic, physical and computational.

Chemical Sciences Program Highlights

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Get rewarded for your hard work

The Department of Chemical Sciences at BSU has more than a dozen awards and scholarships that recognize student achievement, thanks to generous alumni and our accrediting agency, the American Chemical Society.
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Learn in state-of-the-art facilities

The Department of Chemical Sciences is housed in the $98.5-million Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Math Center, which features three stockrooms, a cold room and three instrument rooms with over $1 million in new upgrades.
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Get experience while you learn

At BSU, you’ll have a number of summer internship options in chemistry. We award $5,000 summer internships through the Bartlett Summer Internship program, and you can also work in the chemistry department conducting public outreach or tutoring. Many of our Bachelor of Chemistry students also work for local companies either as interns or part-time employees.

Top bachelor’s degree in chemistry program in Massachusetts

Bridgewater State University’s chemistry program is ranked as one of the best in Massachusetts, according to Niche.

Most affordable bachelor’s degree in chemistry program in Massachusetts

BSU’s chemistry program is not only highly competitive, but it’s also highly affordable compared with other state schools in the Commonwealth.

Receive one-on-one career advising and mentorship

Because every faculty member in the chemistry department has fewer than 10 advisees, you’ll receive personal attention to help you select internships and research projects, as well as plan your future professional career or graduate school.

Program of study for Bachelor of Chemistry students

We offer two baccalaureate programs: An ACS-approved Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with concentrations in biochemistry, environmental chemistry and professional chemistry, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. The department also offers two minor programs, in biochemistry and chemistry. Students in these tracks will take introductory courses in chemistry in addition to a selection of upper-level classes such as:

  • Quantitative Chemical Analysis
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Physical Chemistry I and II
  • Biochemistry II and Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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Program details from 2023-2024 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog

I have participated in two paid summer research opportunities — one was at BSU, called the Adrian Tinsley Program, and the second was through the National Science Foundation Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology. I’ve continued that work in my Honors thesis, so now I’m working with Dr. Deline and Dr. Brush to develop a new project-based lab that new students will actually get to do themselves in the second semester chemistry course. I even got to test it out and teach it myself, which is something you wouldn’t get to do at any other university.

Elise Eng, '23
Chemistry, BS and Secondary Education, BA

Careers in Chemistry

Whether you earn a Bachelor of Science in chemistry or your Bachelor of Arts in chemistry, you’ll have a lot of career choices upon graduation. You’ll have the option to work in government, industry, nonprofits or education and in several different roles. Some of the jobs you might pursue with your Bachelor of Chemistry degree are:

  • Chemical engineer
  • Toxicologist
  • Chemistry teacher
  • Pharmacologist
  • Analytical chemist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Science writer
  • Water chemist
  • Patent lawyer
  • Medical doctor

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, median salaries in 2021 for chemists was approximately


while materials scientists averaged over $100,000 a year.

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Continue your education beyond your bachelor's degree in chemistry

Your undergraduate chemical sciences degree may provide the perfect steppingstone to advanced study.