Leaders in the Sciences

To study the sciences at Stevens Institute of Technology is to become part of a rich tradition of innovation and research. From a Nobel Prize winner (Frederick Reines, '39, for the detection of the neutrino) to current NSF and NIH grant recipients, Stevens faculty and students are thought-leaders in their fields who embrace a philosophy of engaged discovery.

In continuing this legacy, students in the sciences acquire a set of skills that are second to none, working with some of the most sophisticated equipment available today. State-of-the-art facilities like the Center for Mass Spectrometry offer hands-on research opportunities not available at larger universities.

Whatever your scientific area of interest, Stevens has a major in the sciences that will challenge and inspire you, and prepare you to become a leader in your field of choice.

The Stevens curriculum is also charged with an entrepreneurial spirit, where you will work together with faculty and industry partners to bring scientific discoveries to realization. It's that environment—where scientists can make truly significant discoveries that have an impact in our society and the marketplace—that led The Princeton Review and Forbes to rank Stevens among the Top 20 Most Entrepreneurial Campuses in the nation.

Whatever your scientific area of interest, Stevens has a major in the sciences that will challenge and inspire you, and prepare you to become a leader in your field of choice.

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Students who are undecided may elect to enter as undecided science and choose a major listed above at the end of their freshman year.

  • Biology - Blends core biological sciences and advanced, contemporary biology topics with a strong foundation in physical sciences and mathematics; Ideal preparation for graduate, medical, dental, veterinary, physician’s assistant, or physical therapy programs.
  • Chemistry - Builds on the major areas of chemistry and biochemistry, Stevens excels in structural chemistry, analytical chemistry, polymer chemistry, and natural products and medicinal chemistry; successful completion of the major in Chemistry results in certification of the degree by the American Chemical Society and opportunities in industry, graduate study, or professional schools such as medical or dental training.
  • Chemical Biology - Combines a full, ACS-certified curriculum in Chemistry with the core biological sciences that are relevant to the cellular, molecular, and physiological basis of life; the Chemical Biology major blends a comprehensive training program in physical sciences with the means to appreciate the complexity in biological systems; opens doors in industry, graduate and professional training, and all areas of chemical or biological inquiry.
  • Computational Science - Applies sophisticated computational techniques to build models and solve problems related to science and engineering.
  • Engineering Physics - Uses physics to develop new engineering principles and methods, applying scientific theory to the practical problems of engineering.
  • Mathematics - Applies mathematics to profound and unexpected applications, such as classical number theory applied to cryptography, abstract algebra applied to DNA sequences, and functional analysis applied to medical imaging.
  • Physics - Goes beyond the traditional laws of physics to explore how they are applied to advancing information technology, telecommunication, microelectronics, and medical technology.
  • Pre-Med/Pre-Dental/Pre-Health Professions - Biology, Chemistry, Chemical Biology, as well as many other majors at Stevens, can provide outstanding preparation for further study in medical school, dental school, or a number of allied health professions; Stevens provides support for students interested in these future endeavors through the Health Professional Advisory Committee, the student-run Stevens Health Professions Club, and a chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the National Pre-Med Honor Society.

Studying Science in a Multidisciplinary Research Environment

A 21st century career in the sciences is a unique blend of disciplines, from traditional hard science and theory to the latest research technology and the demands of the global marketplace. Being part of an innovation-centric university has had clear benefits to the science programs at Stevens, where a more purposeful pursuit of science is underway. "Our engineering counterparts push us to seek ways to apply our scientific discoveries to solve real-world challenges," explains Phillip Leopold, director of the Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Biomedical Engineering Department.

Science majors can take advantage of the culture here in many ways:

  • A culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the science disciplines encourages you to pursue hands-on research from your very first semester.
  • Because of the entrepreneurial spirit that fuels our campus, you will work alongside scientists engaging in research in an environment that will help to commercialize your innovations and apply them where they are most needed.
  • You will learn from faculty who use the most technologically advanced equipment
  • Faculty and Research

Stevens strongly encourages undergraduate students to participate in faculty-mentored research or design, allowing you to experience the thrill of creating new scientific or technical knowledge. At Stevens, you will have access to top-level research facilities and decorated faculty who are respected throughout the world for their research. For example, the Algebraic Cryptography Center has been formed to investigate new techniques from computational algebra and their applications to practical problems in cryptography and cryptanalysis. Recipients of National Science Foundation grants, pioneers in biodiversity and medicinal chemistry, innovators in optical physics and photonics technology, leaders in computer visualization and graphics, and trailblazers in stochastic programming— they are among the faculty who will work with you to push the envelope of discovery and innovation.


Laboratory facilities at Stevens are charged with the collaboration of minds trying to find solutions to our most pressing problems. Some of the active labs at Stevens include:

  • Light and Life Laboratory (Physics)
  • Nanoscale Device Laboratory (Physics)
  • Ultrafast Laser Spectroscopy and High-Speed Communication Lab (Physics)
  • Photonic Science and Technology Group (Physics)
  • Center for Mass Spectrometry (Chemical Biology)
  • Microbiology Laboratory (Chemical Biology)
  • Polymer Laboratory (Chemistry)
  • Computer Vision Laboratory (Computer Science)
  • Laboratory for Secure Systems (Computer Science)
  • NJ Institute for Trustworthy Enterprise Software (Computer Science)
  • NJ Center for Software Engineering (Computer Science)
  • Computer Visualization and Graphics Laboratory (Computer Science)
  • Algebraic Cryptography Center (Mathematical Sciences)

Pursuing your degree at Stevens means you will have the opportunity to engage your mind, challenge your theories, and participate in some of the most interesting and groundbreaking research happening in science today. You will be prepared for the future— whether your choice is research, academics, medicine, or the corporate world.

Student Groups

  • Alpha Epsilon Delta
  • Society of Physics Students
  • Stevens Health Professionals Club

Preparation for Medicine and Dentistry

To prepare yourself for medical school, you need an education based on a strong foundation in the sciences, a solid background in social science and humanities, and highly developed communication skills. The Pre-Medicine and Pre-Dentistry programs at Stevens meet these needs and offer challenging courses of study that match your ambition, as well as demand the very best of you to ensure success. Both are based off of the Chemical Biology major. Stevens also offers an accelerated Pre-Medicine program in conjunction with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Learn more about the 7-year accelerated medical program at Stevens.


Boasting nearly a 90% placement rate within one month of graduation, the Office of Career Development at Stevens works with students to prepare them for continued success in industry and graduate school after graduation.

Graduate and Professional School

Recent Stevens graduates have chosen to attend prestigious universities such as:

Baylor College of Medicine
Carnegie-Mellon University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Fordham University Law School
Georgetown University Medical School
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Stevens Institute of Technology
University of California, Berkeley
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Pennsylvania
UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School