Department Chair: Susan Meschwitz, Ph.D.
As the central science, chemistry is the foundation for our understanding of the physical world. It is used to solve many of the problems of the world ranging from human health (new medicinal compounds to treat or prevent disease, new tools to probe how the human body and brain work, new biomedical diagnostic strategies), energy, material science, food security, access to clean water and environmental pollution. Chemistry is an integral part of the STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics] fields that are in high demand and have continued to experience growth in employment opportunities and increasing salaries over the years.. Our department offers a BS in Chemistry, a BS in Biochemistry, a BA in Chemistry and a Minor in Chemistry.
Students who major in chemistry or biochemistry enjoy a scientific basis that allows for a wide range of career opportunities. These include both industrial and academic positions and often involve analysis, synthesis, and/or modeling. With a detailed curriculum and an interdisciplinary perspective including faculty-student research and laboratory-based courses, our Chemistry and Biochemistry programs will put students at the cutting edge of modern science and will thoroughly prepare students for careers in chemical, biochemical and pharmaceutical industries.
Training in chemistry or biochemistry could also lead to opportunities in interdisciplinary fields such as education, computational science, art conservation, technical writing, forensic science, patent law, biophysics, medicine and many others.
A BS in Chemistry prepares students for graduate studies (M.S. or Ph.D.) in Chemistry or related fields and professional graduate programs such as medical, dental, veterinary, pharmaceutical science and physical therapy. A BS in Biochemistry will provide students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge beyond the traditional fields of biology and chemistry while still having a solid grounding in a major discipline. The BS in Biochemistry program is a comprehensive multidisciplinary program committed to providing the practice knowledge and skills necessary for graduate study (M.S. or Ph.D.) in biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology, genetics, biotechnology or admission to health related programs. Students interested in the health related professions should consult with the health professions advisor to determine the appropriate courses that should be taken. The B.S. in Chemistry or Biochemistry meets most of the requirements for these programs. Additionally students are advised to check the admission requirements of the professional and graduate program of interest.
Our alumni in the past few years have gained admission at prestigious graduate schools, including Brown, Northeastern, Tufts University, Purdue University, the University of Connecticut, Boston University, the University of Maryland, Stony Brook University. Others have entered medical school at New York University school of Medicine, dental school at University of New England, and pharmacy school at University of New England, Mass. College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) and Regis College. Other alumni have found employment at RI state crime lab, Abbott diagnostic, Sanofi Genzyme, Henkle Corporation, and Vantix Diagnostics just to mention a few.
Program and Course Listings
The University confers undergraduate degrees in the following disciplines:Minor
The University offers a number of single discipline and interdisciplinary minors which students may complete to enhance their education.