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Chemistry BS

In RIT’s chemistry degree, you’ll search for and use new knowledge about chemicals to discover, develop, or improve synthetic fibers, paints, adhesives, drugs, cosmetics, electronic components, lubricants, and thousands of other products.

Program skills

Students are able to perform many general chemistry, analytical chemistry, and organic chemistry laboratory tasks, as technicians, with minimal supervision, after their first year of coursework. They continue to enhance their lab skills in subsequent years, when they take lecture and lab courses in inorganic, physical, polymer, environmental, or biochemistry to increase their ability to contribute to research initiatives in areas of particular interest.

Program facilities equipment

Students are exposed to several different resources throughout their education: GC-MS, LC-MS, HPLC systems, Atomic Absorption, 300 MHz, NMR, 500MHz NMR, Fluorimeters, UV-Vis, Centrifuge, Electrochem Equipment, Viscometer, Electrophoresis, TGA, DSC, DMA, Magnetic susceptibility optical microscope, inert gas chamber, spin coater.

Program job titles reported

Chemist; Quality Assurance; Materials Engineer; QC Chemist/Packaging Scientist; Lab Technician; Research Assistant; Environmental Chemist

Program significant points

  • Most of our students engage in independent research projects to further their specialization, including full-time summer research in faculty labs at RIT or on other campuses through internships and NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate programs.
  • We emphasize quality lab notebook records. Many of our students present their research at local, regional and national meetings. Quite a number are co-authors on publications with faculty members each year.
  • 75% of students attend graduate school for masters and Ph.D. programs at Fordham University, Pennsylvania State, RIT, University of Colorado, University of Connecticut, University of Rochester, Yale University, and Yonsei University. Programs include: Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Law, Nursing, Pathways of Human Disease, and Sustainability.

Select program hiring partners

Epic Pharma LLC, GlobalFoundries, Interprint, Inc., LORD Corporation, RIT- College of Science, SMS biotech, The Coders, Xerox

71.5%

Outcome Rates*

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).

72.70%

Knowledge Rate

*Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 42.90%
Full-time Graduate Study 14.30%
Alternative Plans 14.30%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 42.90%
Full-time Graduate Study 14.30%
Alternative Plans 14.30%

Accreditation

The BS degree in chemistry is certified by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education

What’s different about an RIT education? It’s the career experience you gain by completing cooperative education and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. 

Co-ops and internships take your knowledge and turn it into know-how. Science co-ops include a range of hands-on experiences, from co-ops and internships and work in labs to undergraduate research and clinical experience in health care settings. These opportunities provide the hands-on experience that enables you to apply your scientific, math, and health care knowledge in professional settings while you make valuable connections between classwork and real-world applications.

Cooperative education is optional but strongly encouraged for students in the chemistry degree.

National Labs Career Fair

Hosted by RIT’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education, the National Labs Career Fair is an annual event that brings representatives to campus from the United States’ federally funded research and development labs. These national labs focus on scientific discovery, clean energy development, national security, technology advancements, and more. Students are invited to attend the career fair to network with lab professionals, learn about opportunities, and interview for co-ops, internships, research positions, and full-time employment.