Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Chemistry BS

Program Overview

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.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science


  • Approximately 95 students are enrolled in this program

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is optional for this program
  • Minimum co-op requirement: 1 block, 12 weeks/semester
  • Co-op availability: N/A

Salary Information

Co-op:   $12.74                 $10.00 - $20.15
BS:         $43,680

Student Skills & Capabilities

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.


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.

Equipment & Facilities

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.

Job Titles

Electroforming Chemist, QC Chemist, Lab Technician, Lead Science Teacher, Associate Scientist, Organic Chemist, Inorganic Chemist, Physical Chemist, Production Chemist

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 PhD 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.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Samsung, Interprint, Inc., Quest Pharmaceutical Services, Granite State Analytical, ASL Environmental, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories, Inc., Seventh Generation, Moonshot Brewing, BASIS Charter Schools, HP Hood LLC, Tangram Company, LLC, NiCoForm

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career. We will make every effort to help you succeed. Call our office and ask to speak with Kris Stehler, the career services coordinator who works with the Chemistry program. For your convenience, you can access information and services through our web site at

Kris Stehler, Career Services Coordinator,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.5468
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603