Chemistry & Biochemistry

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Chemistry & Biochemistry at Rowan

Department Head & Professor of Organic Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers innovative, student-oriented educational programs and diverse research opportunities in multiple interdisciplinary areas of chemistry.  Our curriculum provides unique learning opportunities for students through active learning techniques to enhance their critical thinking skills.  We provide hands-on training on our state-of-the-art instrumentation so that the graduates are able to meet the challenges of industry and successfully venture into their professional careers. Upon graduation, our students join graduate programs at prestigious universities, medical schools, pharmacy schools, or other allied health programs. Our graduates are also routinely employed at major chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. 

We offer BS in Chemistry (accredited by the American Chemical Society), BS in Biochemistry (accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) along with BA in Chemistry degrees.  Our department is also home to the MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences program.  High achieving undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in our Combined Advanced Degree Programs. These five-year programs combine either a BS in Chemistry or BS in Biochemistry with the MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences.  We also launched an accelerated degree program (4+1) linking the BS in Biochemistry with the MS in Cell and Molecular Biology at Rowan SOM GSBS.  The department serves over 350 majors and all the students in the College of Engineering as well as all Biological Sciences majors, Physics majors, some math and Computer Science majors. We recently launched our PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry program that will provide students with the skills necessary to succeed in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries as well as the academia.

Apart from the degree programs, we also offer certificates in industrial chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, and cannabinoid chemistry and these would be useful for careers in health professions, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology.  The graduate certificates may be earned on their own, or they can be credited toward the MS or PhD programs.  Some of the courses in these certificate programs are taught by the scientific experts from local industry.

Distinguishing Features

Our programs are all designed to provide students with vocational training. We focus on hands-on work with the lab and with instrumentation. We are one of the best-equipped departments for undergraduate education in the country. All of our programs require a capstone experience doing a research project. Students get an opportunity to work with faculty on cutting edge research projects.

The BS in Chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society while the BS in Biochemistry is accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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