Revolutionizing modern society through the synthesis of materials and medicines, and probing the fundamental processes of life.
RIT offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare you for professional work in research laboratories and industrial settings. The materials science graduate program seeks to provide solutions for several different fields, including energy, medicine, clothing, and equipment production.
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Chemistry and Biochemistry majors learn about the structure, composition, properties, and behaviors of molecules, giving them a strong foundation in preparation for a wide range of careers involving energy, medicine, materials, food, the environment, and sustainability.
Chemistry and Biochemistry majors are highly competitive applicants for acceptance into veterinary school, medical and dental school, and various graduate programs.
Graduate students in the materials science program learn problem-solving skills in several fields, including energy, medicine, clothing, and equipment production.
Typical Job Titles
Research Lab Technician
BS + Grad/Professional Degree
Senior Research Specialist
VP of Research and Development in a Science-first Cannabis Company
Lauren Tamburro ‘04 (biochemistry)
Lauren Tamburro wanted to be acknowledged as a serious scholar, so she chose RIT. Today, she is the VP of Research and Development at Vertosa, Inc.
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 bachelor’s degreefocuses on the chemistry of living things to prepare you to address current challenges facing the chemical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, forensic, and biotechnological fields.
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 graduate certificate in materials science and engineering that develops a foundation of materials-oriented knowledge, conceptualization, product development, and production decisions needed to strive in engineering.
The materials science master’s degree combines science, engineering, and sustainability to contribute solutions to challenges facing industries as diverse as energy, medicine, semiconductors, retail/clothing, and sporting equipment.
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.
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.
Chemistry Research Scholars Program
Undergraduate research is one of the greatest strengths of our School of Materials and Chemistry Science programs. Alumni often come back to report that their undergraduate research experience is what set them apart upon graduation and strongly poised them for success. Students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research experience under the guidance of faculty mentors as early as their freshman year. Students can also apply for summer research internships at RIT and other institutions. Once a student has worked at least one semester with a faculty mentor in our school, they may apply to the Chemistry Research Scholars Program.
Faculty in the School of Chemistry and Materials Science at RIT are experts in their field of study. They bring their professional skills and experience to the classroom, teaching, and research labs. Our faculty are scientists who strive to make the world a better place. Chemistry, biochemistry, and materials science are central to the knowledge and skill sets necessary to address our global challenges.
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Christopher Collison was appointed to the Jane King Harris Endowed Professorship and Emmett Ientilucci was selected for the Gerald W. Harris Endowed Professorship by College of Science Dean Andre Hudson. RIT alumnus Jeffrey Harris ’75 (photographic science and instrumentation) and his partner, Joyce Pratt, established the professorships in 2022 with a generous gift in honor of Harris’s parents, the namesakes of the positions.