Program overview

Chemistry students at Rider have challenging and engaging experiences in the five areas of chemistry: analytical, inorganic, organic, physical chemistry and biochemistry. Learn in a stimulating classroom environment that encourages student, faculty collaboration and hands-on learning starting your first-year. Students are offered abundant research opportunities both during the academic year and during the summer months.

A formula for your career

Rider’s chemistry program serves as a solid stepping stone for careers in academia, government, industrial science, science education, medicine, health care and research. Our graduates are qualified to go into medical school, dental school or other health related training programs. They can also delve right into research programs in graduate or Ph.D. programs across the country. 

Where can a degree in chemistry lead you? 

  • Graduate schools including: Harvard, Yale, Princeton University, Cornell University, University of Indiana, University of Illinois, Purdue University, Rutgers, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt University and more!
  • Join Rider's network of alumni in the local and regional chemical and pharmaceutical industries, including at companies such as Bristol Myers-Squib, Merck, Exxon-Mobil, Johnson & Johnson, Genesis Biotechnology, Colgate-Palmolive Company and Firmenich.
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Program requirements

Chemistry students have the flexibility to customize their educational experience. Select from our bachelor of arts (B.A.) or our more intensive bachelor of science (B.S.) program.

Students in the B.A. program have the opportunity to pursue a dual major in business, education or other areas of interest.

Our B.S. program is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and students who graduate with this degree will be certified and recognized by the ACS.

Take matter into your own hands

Understand the nature of science and the scientific method with Rider’s abundant opportunities for research. Take on hands-on learning outside the classroom through lab and fieldwork and uncover new discoveries by completing research projects alongside our leading faculty.

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I liked being able to personally know the professors. The professor to student ratio was amazing — it was literally 1 to 1."
Lauren Musumeci '11
R&D Manager, PepsiCo
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Financial aid resources

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Chemistry (B.A./B.S.)

Alexander Grushow

Professor, Department Chair

Department of Earth and Chemical Sciences

Mike and Patti Hennessy Science and Technology Center

grushow [at]


Academic Focus: Chemistry

Facade of Science and Technology Center