The department offers research opportunities of great variety and scope and an unusual receptivity to different kinds of research interests, from the most immediate and practical to the highly theoretical.
The department includes faculty and programs in Chemistry, Chemical Biology, and the emerging field of Biomedical Engineering. Faculty and students share instruments and collaborate on joint educational and research programs, engaging in visionary research and collaborations with industry and government. The close proximity of these disciplines encourages cooperation and provides access to equipment and expertise not usually available within a single department.
The Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are offered in Chemistry or Chemical Biology with concentrations in physical chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, polymer chemistry, Chemical Biology, and bioinformatics. Admission to the graduate program in chemistry requires an undergraduate education in Chemistry. Admission to the Chemical Biology program requires either an undergraduate degree in chemistry with strong biology background or an undergraduate degree in biology with strong chemistry background.
The Master of Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are offered in Biomedical Engineering. Admission to these programs requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering, although applicants with other degrees and relevant engineering experience may be considered. Such students may be required to complete prerequisites during their enrollment in the program.
The department periodically invites a preeminent scientist for a sequence of informal talks and formal lectures. Previous lecturers have included Kenneth Pitzer and Herman Mark and the Nobelists William Lipscomb, Sir Derek Barton, Ilya Prigogine, Arthur Kornberg, Rosalyn Yalow, Sidney Altman and George Palade. The Stivala Lectures in Chemistry invites an outstanding scientist for a day of lectures and discussions on timely topics in chemistry. Dr. James Cooper, M.D., established this lecture series in memory of his father Charles Cooper, who was a close friend of Professor Salvatore Stivala, a professor of chemistry and chemical engineering at Stevens.
Awareness of recent developments in one's field is an important component of professional development. Therefore, attendance at seminars is required of all graduate students enrolled full-time in degree programs, and all doctoral students. Finally, a measure of the success of a student's education is the ability to carry out original research. Either a thesis or a special research problem should be part of the Master's program, unless evidence is presented that the student is already engaged in research outside of Stevens. Furthermore, students completing a Masters' thesis are required to present their results in a departmental seminar. The Ph.D. dissertation, of course, forms the major part of all doctoral programs.
The department believes the vitality of an academic community depends on interaction among its members, and that teaching and learning are essential activities for professors and students alike.