Undergraduate Programs

CCB offers three concentrations for our undergraduate students:


Chemistry is the science of the structure, properties, and reactions of matter. It is both a basic science, fundamental to an understanding of the world we live in, and a practical science with an enormous number and variety of important applications. Knowledge of chemistry is fundamental to an understanding of biology and biochemistry and of certain aspects of geology, astronomy, physics, and engineering. Read more about concentrating in chemistry in the Harvard College Handbook for Students.

Chemistry & Physics

The Chemistry & Physics concentration is structured to assure that all concentrators are introduced to the core subjects of chemistry (organic, inorganic, and physical); of physics (mechanics, electromagnetism, and quantum theory); and of mathematics. Beyond this core, students take additional courses in chemistry, physics, or related sciences, according to their personal interests and objectives. Read more about concentrating in chemistry and physics in the Harvard College Handbook for Students.

Chemical & Physical Biology

The Chemical and Physical Biology (CPB) concentration provides students with a broad foundation in the physical and life sciences. This concentration is designed for students interested in applying quantitative tools, physical concepts, and chemical principles to the study of biology. Read more about concentrating in chemical and physical biology in the Harvard College Handbook for Students.


Interested in concentrating in chemistry? Start here:

Please email Gregg Tucci to schedule a meeting. Gregg can help you generate and upload a plan of study to the documents section of your my.harvard.edu account. Then, if you wish to declare the concentration, Submit a Declaration Concentration request on my.harvard.edu. Please contact Gregg Tucci with any questions.

AB/AM Program

Candidates who wish to be considered for the joint AB/AM degree in Chemistry should consult with their Resident Dean and with Gregg Tucci, Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies, in Science Center 114. Further application information may be obtained from Kathy Oakley in the Director's Office. If you have submitted your application for the AM, please email Kathy Oakley.

Download a one-page overview of the AB/AM program here.

Activities & Resources

Teaching Laboratory Safety Program

Our safety trainings, policies, and procedures ensure the safety of our students and laboratory teaching staff. Teaching staff develop expertise in the particular hazards involved in each experiment. And, our labs undergo regular inspections and audits to confirm they meet our rigorous safety standards. 

If you have questions about our Lab Planning Group or safety information, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Laboratories, Heidi Vollmer-Snarr.



Contact Gregg Tucci or one of our undergraduate staff members.