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Biology and Chemistry Department

FALL 2020 UPDATE: The Department of Biology/Chemistry will provide in person services on a walk-in basis,  Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30am - 12:30pm. To make an appointment with a member of our team, please contact Lindsey Babineau at 978-665-3246 or email  To make an appointment with a Biology or Chemistry faculty member, please contact them directly. Contact information and office hours are listed below. The Department Chair, Dr. Meledath Govindan can also be contacted directly via e-mail at or via phone at 978-665-3628. 

To make an appointment with a Biology or Chemistry faculty member, please contact them directly. Contact information and office hours are listed on the department's web page

Location: Condike Science 220
Chairperson: Dr. Meledath Govindan - 978.665.3628
Admin. Assistant : Lindsey Babineau - 978.665.3246
Admissions Office: 978.665.3144 Biology and Chemistry Department


The Department of Biology and Chemistry is the largest of the basic science departments, with approximately 300 undergraduate majors and minors. The Department offers undergraduate programs of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Bachelor of Science in Biology, Chemistry, or Chemistry with Initial Licensure in Secondary Teaching. The curriculum in each of the degree programs provides a strong theoretical foundation balanced with practical applications. The Department also encourages all students to use critical thinking as a part of the scientific process. A wide variety of undergraduate courses in Biology and Chemistry are available for Biology majors, minors and non-majors seeking to expand their scientific knowledge and critical science inquiry skills.

In addition, at the graduate level, the Department of Biology and Chemistry offers a Masters of Arts in Biology, Masters of Arts in Teaching Biology at both the Initial and Professional level and Masters of Education in Science Education for both Teachers and other Non-Teaching professions. The degree programs and individual course offerings in Biology and Chemistry are outlined in the Fitchburg State University Catalog.

Two Year Rotation of Courses (PDF)
Four Year Plan of Study

Student Handbook (PDF)


The Biology and Chemistry faculty is committed to the development of all of our students. With an average student to faculty ratio of less than 20:1, each student receives the type of personal attention possible only at a school of this size. In most years, all courses for majors are taught by full-time faculty members with Ph.D. degrees in their field of expertise. Faculty also teach the lab sections. Each student is assigned an academic advisor from the departmental faculty to help guide their personal course of study. In addition to their commitment to teaching, our faculty have a wide range of expertise in their areas of research and scholarship. They conduct research, publish and present their work at regional, national and international meetings. The faculty’s commitment to scholarship and research has been recognized through grants and awards from Fitchburg State University, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the National Science Foundation and other organizations.

Awasabisah, Dennis - Bioinorganic, organic, and inorganic chemistry
Cratsley, Christopher - Behavioral ecology and biology education
Downs, Emma - Inorganic chemistry
Fiedler, Steven - Physical chemistry
Govindan, Meledath - Organic chemistry, natural products chemistry
Grimm, Lisa - Cell biology, immunology, science education
Kilpatrick, Elizabeth - Immunology, virology, anatomy, physiology
Krieser, Ronald – Genetics, molecular biology
Krishnamurthy, Mathangi – Organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry
Ludlam, John – Ecology, environmental science
Nosek, Michael T.– Cell biology, biochemistry
O'Connor, Aisling M. – Analytical and green chemistry, science education
Picone, Christopher – Ecology, environmental science
Rollins, Sean - Microbiology, infectious diseases
Rehrig, Erin M. – Plant biology, science education
Samulak, Billy - Analytical chemistry, biochemistry, and science education
Schoenfeld, Thomas A. – Anatomy, physiology, neuroscience
Welsh, Daniel P. - Fish morphology, ecology, evolution, behavior, natural history
Williams, Eric O. - Developmental biology, anatomy & physiology, cancer genomics


The Antonucci Science Complex is a new state of the art facility. The Complex composes of the newly built laboratory wing that houses biology and chemistry teaching and research laboratories, instrument rooms, and many support facilities, such as a cell culture lab, Microscopy Center, vivarium and a greenhouse. The newly renovated Condike Science wing houses physics and earth systems sciences labs, classrooms, faculty offices, conference rooms and collaborative spaces for faculty and students to interact formally and informally. In addition, our courses make use of local streams, a pond and forests that are walking distance from the campus. The university owns a 121-acre conservation area in nearby Lancaster that is available to faculty and students for field work.

Antonucci Science Complex


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