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Chemistry & Biochemistry

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Welcome to the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department at Merrimack College!

We are dedicated to providing a challenging and nurturing environment for our students. At Merrimack, you will work with faculty who are serious about your education, intellectual growth, and independence.  Our nurturing approach will help you access heights that you never imagined possible.  Our curriculum covers the traditional chemical disciplines that will have the strongest impact on society in the future. Students learn to think broadly, creatively, and independently within the field and to communicate their scientific insight both in writing and orally.  On a daily basis, you will interact with enthusiastic and dedicated faculty as you prepare for a career in a field that continues to grow. I encourage you to contact me and visit with our faculty and students.

Diane A. Rigos, Ph. D. Associate Professor and Chair

For more information or to set up a time to visit our department please contact me at:


978-837-5334  or rigosa@merrimack.edu


Where can a Merrimack College degree in chemistry or biochemistry take me?

A Merrimack chemistry or biochemistry degree provides a strong foundation for success in a range of careers and in graduate school. Many of our majors go on to graduate or professional school in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, dentistry, and other fields.  Others enter directly into the workforce, where their Merrimack education has positioned them to compete strongly in today’s job market.  

Why should I choose Merrimack?


Our mission in the Chemistry Department at Merrimack College is to provide a strong undergraduate education, including meaningful research experience, leading to the development of highly skilled and motivated young scientists.  We deliver this through research-active faculty who take a personal interest in our students, as well as facilities equipped with modern instrumentation.  Close faculty/student interaction is a fundamental component of our program.

We offer:

A Strong Inquiry-based Curriculum: 

Our curriculum is designed to allow chemistry and Biochemistry majors to learn fundamental chemical concepts and laboratory skills and to have ample opportunity to engage in original research with guidance from a faculty mentor.

An Accessible and Personable Faculty:  

Members of the chemistry department actively foster a welcoming community where students are able to develop in a nurturing environment, which allow them to achieve their full potential. Our faculty members maintain close relationships with our students and each student’s interests, challenges, and unique academic situation are always of paramount concern.  Our outstanding faculty has expertise in research, real-world    applications, publications and education across the diverse areas of chemistry and biochemistry.

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