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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

Analytical Chemist; Organic Chemist; Assistant/Associate Research and Development Scientist; Quality Control Specialist; ; Inorganic Chemist; Materials Scientist; Physical Chemist; Medicinal Chemist; Lab Technician; Conservation Officer

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, Rochester Institute of Technology College of Science, SMS biotech, The Codrs, Xerox


  • Biotech and Life Sciences

  • Consumer Packaged Goods

  • Food and Beverage

  • Manufacturing

  • Medical Devices

  • Oil and Gas

  • Other Industries

  • Pharmaceuticals


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.).


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 24.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 65.00%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 24.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 65.00%
Alternative Plans 0%


The BS degree in chemistry is certified by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society. Students can request a more flexible BS curriculum which is not ACS certified.

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success

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