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Chemical and Biological Sciences

With knowledge of chemistry and biology, you have the power to uncover vital medical information from the analysis of tissue, fluids or chromosomes. Doctors and other clinical practitioners count on your expertise every day in confirming or ruling out important diagnoses. And the future of new drugs may depend on your explorations of their composition, application and effectiveness. Whatever path you choose, your foundational knowledge in the scientific pillars of chemistry and biology will push the future of healthcare forward.

Working with highly trained faculty in laboratories equipped with the latest technological advancements, you’ll gain a strong foundation in key laboratory skills and experimental techniques combined with practical real-world experience. You’ll graduate ready for a career as a technologist. Or you can seamlessly advance your education at the master’s or doctoral level with one of our pathway programs.

Questions about our chemical and biological sciences programs? Connect with our Boston Admission Office at 617.879.5964.

Modern Facilities

Featuring advanced equipment, our on-campus chemistry lab gives students hands-on experience to prepare them for professional settings.

Highly Trained Faculty

MCPHS professors are industry experts with years of expertise in both teaching and advising.

Advanced Learning Opportunities

Capstone courses allow students to develop advanced laboratory skills, and students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research opportunities at MCPHS or in research/clinical laboratories in the local area.

Partner Universities

MCPHS has established specific agreements with prestigious professional and graduate programs, so students may seamlessly continue their professional education.

Accelerated Programs

Through our biology pathways, students can earn their professional degree in four to eight years, often less time than through traditional channels.


With innovative training and immersive clinical opportunities, our graduates are extremely well prepared to enter and advance in the field of chemical and biological sciences. Many students enroll in the biology program to build a foundation before moving on to careers in clinical laboratory science, pathology, forensic science, histotechnology and various branches of medical science. Students may also consider one of the professional and graduate programs at partner universities where MCPHS has established specific agreements.

A field of growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for forensic science technicians is expected to grow at a much faster rate than many other occupations, with a potential 14% increase in jobs needed by 2028. Biological scientists are highly sought after by hospitals, clinics, industry, academia, and federal, state, and local governments, with opportunities in almost all areas of biology, including medicine, biotechnology, agriculture, environmental science, and more.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for chemists was $76,890 in May 2018, with the highest 10% earning more than $133,180. Forensic science technicians earned a median annual wage of $58,230 in May 2018, with the highest 10% earning more than $97,200. Biochemists and biophysicists earned a median annual wage of $93,280 in May 2018, with the highest 10% earning more than $177,680.


The mission of the chemistry program is to provide a graduate with the intellectual, experimental, and interactive skills to participate effectively in the chemical sciences enterprise. The program grounds the student in the molecular perspective of chemistry and encourages students to extend their understanding through the basic precepts of the scientific method. It also fosters in the student the high-order professional skills of communication, teamwork, and desire to learn that are hallmarks of the successful, modern chemist.

Medical and Molecular Biology

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Medical and Molecular Biology program is to produce graduates who have the knowledge and skills for entry into careers in biotechnology, research and development, forensic science, clinical laboratory sciences, and graduate studies in biology, as well as entry into medical school and other health profession programs. The curriculum design provides a broad foundation in the sciences, a range of liberal arts courses, and a concentration in medical and molecular biology. Courses in this program provide foundational knowledge in biology, chemistry, molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics. Elective courses in biology allow students the freedom to tailor their program to their career interest, focusing either on the molecular/cellular aspects or the medical/physiological aspects of biology.

Students in the Medical and Molecular Biology program take a curriculum that emphasizes the subject areas of molecular biology, cellular biology, microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, and physiology. Upon successful completion of the Medical and Molecular Biology program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in molecular biology, cellular biology, microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, and physiology.
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative reasoning skills to interpret biological research data and scientific literature.
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative reasoning skills to evaluate the validity and limitations of biological research data and scientific literature.
  • Demonstrate laboratory skills used in research settings.
  • Effectively communicate scientific findings through written, visual, and oral methods.
  • Design experiments and critique experimental design in the biological sciences and related fields.
  • Apply successfully to graduate programs and/or employment within and related to biological sciences and healthcare disciplines.
  • Integrate knowledge and modes of thinking among biology and other disciplines such as chemistry, psychology, public health, etc.

Chemistry Lab Report

MCPHS student in a lab.

Tour our Chemistry Lab, an innovative and interactive learning lab that brings the world of chemistry to life.

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