Chemistry is often known as the central science, bridging the gap between the life sciences and physical sciences, and ranging from the very practical to the highly theoretical. It is the science of matter - its structure, its properties and how it changes.

We live among the discoveries and creations of chemists: from the synthetic fabrics we wear, to the detergents used to wash them, from pharmaceuticals to plastics, cleaner fuels to more abundant food. Chemists enjoy the excitement and rewards of discovery and creation.


The bachelor's degree in chemistry from Stevens includes foundation courses in the five areas of chemistry: analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and biochemistry. Advanced courses are available in areas in which Stevens has unique strengths, such as polymer chemistry, natural products, medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry and instrumental analysis.


Research is strongly encouraged as essential preparation for a career in chemistry and to develop independence in solving open-ended problems.

A former Stevens faculty member, Dr. Irving Langmuir, won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1932 for his discoveries and investigations in surface chemistry. Chemistry continues to excel at Stevens today, with faculty who play leading roles in the areas of polymer chemistry and engineering, ‘layer-by-layer’ formation of polymer coatings and ‘smart’ polymers, organic synthesis, medicinal chemistry, instrumentation for chemical analysis, mass spectrometry, radiation chemistry, and computational chemistry.

Career Options in Chemistry

Career opportunities exist in research (creating new knowledge or synthesizing new chemicals) and quality control (testing and analysis) in industries such as pharmaceuticals, petroleum, polymer and plastics, paints and adhesives, electronic materials, waste treatment, agricultural chemistry, foods and fragrances. Chemists are employed in hospitals, clinical, environmental control and criminology laboratories. Chemistry also occupies a pivotal role in the high-technology areas of bioinformatics, biotechnology, materials technology, ceramics, polymers and electronic materials. The Stevens program provides strong preparation for employment in these industries, and for continued study in graduate programs in chemistry or biochemistry.

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