Graduate Studies

Welcome to the Boston College Department of Chemistry! We hope you will take this opportunity to learn more about the dynamic research community here at BCC. Our department is made up of nearly 200 scientists studying all phases of contemporary chemical science, including many interdisciplinary areas interfacing chemistry with the fields of biology, medicine, physics, and material science. Over 120 graduate students, 40 undergraduates and 25 postdoctoral fellows work hand in hand with 20 internationally recognized and acclaimed faculty members advancing the frontiers of chemistry. In addition, we host a diverse seminar series that brings outstanding visiting scientists from around the world to BCC annually for formal and informal interactions with all members of the department.

Recent achievements of the scientists in BCC reflect the exciting research culture we enjoy. In the last year, over 100 research papers were published by BC chemists in internationally recognized journals and the overwhelming majority of the papers were co-authored by our graduate students. Boston College is especially proud to be ranked among the top 10 university chemistry departments worldwide with respect to the impact that the scientific publications of its faculty and students have on the frontiers of research, as measured by the number of citations per paper over the period 1995-2006. Each year, we celebrate the accomplishments of our students with our Graduate Student Research Symposium, a day-long event featuring seminars and poster presentations by our graduate student colleagues.

Many of our graduate students have obtained prestigious fellowships, including those sponsored by the American Chemical Society, the Department of Education, the National Institutes of Health the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, NASA and the pharmaceutical/biotech industries. In addition, graduates of BCC have gone on to assume positions of scientific leadership in private industry as well as some of the finest academic institutions in the world.

For a genuine appreciation of the exciting atmosphere of the department, and the outstanding facilities that provide the setting for our research, we strongly encourage you to visit us both through our web site and its links, and in person. We would be happy to arrange individual meetings with faculty and students so that you can get a firsthand sense of the vibrant scientific environment of our department.

For more information please email us at

Boston College Department of Chemistry

Merkert Center, Boston College, 2609 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3860
© 2016 Boston College Chemistry