School of Chemistry and Materials Science


Chemistry has revolutionized modern society through synthesizing new materials and probing the fundamental processes of life. RIT offers chemistry and biochemistry undergraduate degree programs that prepare you for professional work in both research laboratory and industrial settings. We encourage collaboration with physicists, biologists, imaging scientists, geologists, and other scientists in team settings.

Certified by the American Chemical Society, RIT's undergraduate programs in chemistry and biochemistry meet a wide variety of quality standards in their curriculum, teaching, research, and intellectual climate. This certification ensures a rigorous program and strong career preparation.


New or renovated labs for teaching research


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Of our graduates spent at least two semesters experiencing outside-of-classroom learning

Latest News

  • May 29, 2019

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    RIT/NTID awards Dodge Faculty Grant to chemistry instructor

    Jennifer Lynn Swartzenberg, a faculty member in NTID’s science and mathematics department, is the 2019-2020 recipient of the Ronald D. Dodge Memorial Faculty Grant and will receive $1,000 for her project to produce videos of established and new American Sign Language (ASL) signs for organic chemistry.

  • March 13, 2019

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    RIT Associate Professor Suzanne O’Handley nationally recognized for mentorship

    RIT Associate Professor Suzanne O’Handley has been selected by the Council on Undergraduate Research and the Goldwater Scholarship Foundation as the 2019 CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Awardee. O’Handley, a faculty member in RIT’s School of Chemistry and Materials Science, was chosen from 10 finalists for her considerable achievements as a dynamic scholar, teacher and mentor.

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Undergraduate Programs

RIT’s chemistry and biochemistry programs feature rigorous, in-depth curricula that remain flexible enough to allow students to specialize in several other related fields. We offer robust undergraduate research and laboratory teaching experience opportunities, often as early as freshman year, with faculty mentorship and state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation.

The biochemistry major focuses on the chemistry of living things to prepare you to address current challenges facing the chemical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, forensic, and biotechnological fields. 

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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.

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Graduate Programs

Our chemistry and materials science and engineering graduate programs prepare professional scientists by offering curricula that allow students to specialize in their chosen fields while engaging in rigorous, meaningful research using state-of-the-art instrumentation and facilities, under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

A masters degree in chemistry prepares you for a job in a countless amount of industries. Maximize your career potential by gaining skills that are transferable to any field of interest.

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Develop a foundation of materials-oriented knowledge, conceptualization, product development, and production decisions needed to strive in engineering.

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Provide solutions to a number of different fields including energy, medicine, clothing, and equipment production through the study of materials science.

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Minors and Immersions

All of the required or optional courses for the chemistry immersion are core chemistry courses within the chemistry curriculum. 

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Chemistry is intrinsically a part of our society from the fuels we use, the air we breathe, and the water we drink to the complex chemical behaviors of our own bodies. Chemistry is involved in the development of myriad materials such as computer chips, packaging materials, and alternative fuels. Increasing numbers of policy and ethical choices facing the global community involve issues where chemistry plays a pivotal role. This minor provides students with the opportunity to study chemistry in order to build a secondary area of expertise in support of their major or as an additional area of interest.

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