Chemistry & Biochemistry
Suffolk University's chemistry & biochemistry majors offer an intensive, laboratory-based curriculum paired with opportunities for independent research on campus funded by the National Science Foundation and NASA. The sciences are housed in the Samia Academic Center, featuring dedicated teaching labs and shared research facilities. At Suffolk, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re interested in biochemistry, marine biogeochemistry, or pharmacology and toxicology. Our faculty conduct research in a number of areas including computational chemistry, elucidating reaction mechanisms, biochemistry, or analytical chemistry.
Our biochemistry major positions you well for careers in rapidly developing fields in the life sciences. More than half of recent graduates go on to work as lab technicians and research assistants in academic, biotech/pharma, and hospital labs. Many other alumni go on to health professional schools to become nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, and doctors or to a variety of graduate programs in biochemistry, food science, and pharmacology.
Environmental Science & Studies
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is also home to the Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability to offer a more innovative, multidisciplinary approach to examining and understanding how urban communities function within the context of environmental sustainability. Whether you major in environmental science or environmental studies, you'll earn a robust scientific education you can enrich with study abroad opportunities in fabled ecosystems like Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands.
While you study environmental issues of global importance, you'll discover a world of hands-on learning in downtown Boston. As a Suffolk environmental science or environmental studies, you can complete a practicum in organizations like the Environmental Protection Agency, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management. Other practicum sites include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Sierra Club, Youth Climate Action Network, and Greenpeace.