Department: Chemistry


The Department of Chemistry offers a range of graduate educational opportunities with strengths in both the fundamental areas of the discipline and in emerging fields and applications. Students may obtain the PhD degree from Hunter College jointly with the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center with concentrations in: Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Nano-technology and Materials Chemistry, and Environmental Chemistry. Additionally, students may also obtain the MA degree in Biochemistry jointly offered by the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biology from Hunter College, or an MA in education jointly offered by the Department of Chemistry and the School of Education of Hunter College. Graduate level courses are offered at Hunter College and in the CUNY Graduate Center. Master’s programs can be completed as a full- or part–time student, with or without a research thesis. Most graduate courses for Master programs are offered in the evening to facilitate enrollment of part–time students.

A major goal of our graduate programs is to train research scientists to create new knowledge that impacts both fundamental scientific principles and addresses societal needs. The continuing success and future development of most areas in academic, industrial, and government institutions will increasingly depend on a well-trained science workforce for innovation, planning, and policy. The vibrant and well-funded research labs of our faculty in the Department of Chemistry at Hunter College provide the essential part of research training of the graduate programs. Students in Ph.D. program are expected to start their independent research at the end of the first year of study, and to complete their thesis on an original research subject under the supervision of our faculty. Students can also opt to pursue an independent pedagogical research project as part of their thesis research. The research activities are further supported by an array of shared facilities and the state-of-art instruments including the NMR facility, the X-ray crystallography and electron microscope facility and the Mass-spectrometry facility. Other facilities and instruments are available in the Department of Biosciences and in the NIH funded Hunter Gene center.

What can I do with my degree in Chemistry?

The department provides training for students planning careers in the chemical sciences, biology, medicine, earth sciences, secondary education, business, and law across the chemical enterprise in academia, industry, government, and private practice.

Programs and Courses

        Biochemistry - MA 
        Adolescent Chemistry - MA / Advanced Certificate 
        Doctoral Program in Biochemistry
        Doctoral Program in Chemistry

Doctor of Philosophy

Students are encouraged to apply directly to the PhD program, which is offered in conjunction with the CUNY Graduate School and University Center. PhD dissertation research is carried out in the Hunter College Department of Chemistry. A PhD in biochemistry is also offered in conjuntion with the CUNY Graduate School and University Center. For further information contact Professor Akira Kawamura, 1312 North Building, (212) 650-3095 or visit the website at

Administration and Faculty


Akira Kawamura
1312 North

Department Office:

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
1307 North
(212) 772-5330

Assistant to the chair:
Ms. Mirela Settenhofer

Administrative coordinator:
Ms. Shontel Houston