Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Chemistry at Tufts University provides both basic and advanced chemistry education with all the benefits of a major research university but with the environment of a small liberal arts college. We offer a variety of courses, newly expanded and improved facilities, an active teaching and research faculty, and a favorable faculty to student ratio.

Our undergraduate alumni go on to careers in a wide variety of fields including, medicine, law, physical and social sciences, engineering, and public policy.


BS in Chemistry

The (general) BS in Chemistry is intended for those with an interest in chemistry whose career aspirations lie outside the realm of professional chemistry.

BS in Biochemistry

This interdepartmental major is intended for students interests in the chemistry of living systems, and is offered jointly by the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biology.


BS in Chemical Physics

This major is appropriate for a wide variety of careers including, medicine, law, physical and social sciences, engineering, and public policy.


Fifth-Year Master’s Degree Program: BS/MS in Chemistry

Exceptional students may combine undergraduate and graduate courses and are simultaneously enrolled in bachelor's and master's degrees programs.

Minors in Chemistry (Fall 2022)

Beginning in Fall 2022, undergraduate students will be able to declare Minors in Chemistry. Minors in Chemistry are designed for students who have done substantial coursework in Chemistry but who may choose not to complete all the requirements for a Chemistry Major.

Introductory Chemistry

Our department offers two flavors of first-semester General Chemistry: Chem 1 (General Chemistry) and Chem 11 (Expanded General Chemistry). Both classes provide excellent preparation for upper-level coursework. To help determine which class is best for each student, we have designed a self-assessment and an FAQ.

Learn more about Introductory Chemistry

Senior Thesis

The Undergraduate Senior Thesis is a two-semester program culminating in a written research thesis, public thesis defense seminar, and private oral examination.

Learn more about Senior Thesis

Advising Faculty

Through your major advisor, you can participate in a wide variety of research opportunities in the department. Email a faculty member whose research suits your interests to ask whether they are willing to be your advisor. Once you have their agreement, complete the Advisor Change Form.


Please visit our admissions website for comprehensive information on our admissions processes and requirements, deadlines, financial aid options, forms and instructions.

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