The Chemistry Department offers a flexible curriculum for those who wish to acquire a knowledge of chemistry within the environment of a liberal arts college.

Ten 1-semester courses are required for the Major in Chemistry plus five co-requisites from other departments. The ten 1-semester courses amount to 37 credits, and the co-requisite courses amount to 22 credits.

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BCC’s first-year graduate students were drawn from a competitive field of over 200 applicants. In keeping with BCC’s tradition of intellectual excellence, they bring exceptionally strong quantitative and analytical skills, as they join their 100 graduate student colleagues at the Merkert Chemistry Center.

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Open House

BCC holds Annual Spring Open House weekends for prospective graduate students admitted to Boston College who are residing in the United States. This is a good opportunity for admitted students to learn more about the cutting edge research being done at the Merkert Chemistry Center; to meet with faculty and current graduate students; to visit laboratory facilities; and to discover the rewards of graduate student life at Boston College. The Graduate Admissions Open Houses in the Chemistry Department will be held on March 23rd and 24th, 2018. Admitted students will be sent an e-mail with event details and travel arrangements. Travel arrangements and hotel reservations will be made by the department.