The Department of Chemistry offers a comprehensive program of study that leads to employment as a practitioner or admission to graduate/professional schools. 

Students select an area of concentration and tune their schedules to reflect their personalized career goals.

Mary R. Craig,
Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator

Hao Zhu,
Associate Professor, Graduate Director

Program Highlights

  • American Chemical Society Certification and Accreditation.

  • Career Building. Full-time, part-time and credit-based research and teaching opportunities within the Department. See Chemistry ‘Career Building’ for details.
  • Specializations. Students can specialize in a sub-discipline by focusing their electives and laboratory experience in that area. See ‘Our Research‘ and ‘Our Courses‘ for details.

Program Requirements

  • A candidate for the Bachelor’s degree must complete a total of at least 120 credits of college work. A candidate for a degree in Chemistry must fulfill the requirements of the major and meet the general curricular requirements of the Camden College of Arts and Sciences. A description of the general undergraduate curricular requirements are available in the Course Catalog. To declare Chemistry as your major, go to the registrar’s office and tell them you wish to major in Chemistry, Traditional Track (Subject Code: 160) or Chemistry, Biochemistry Track (Subject Code: 115). To remain in good standing, students may only receive one D grade in the chemistry/biochemistry lecture courses. The list of major requirements may be viewed by clicking on the associated images, below. 
  • A candidate for the Master’s degree must complete a total of at least 30 credits of graduate work. Details on the Experiential and Professional M.S. tracks may be viewed by clicking on the associated images, below.
  • Candidates interested in a Minor in Chemistry, Chemistry Business Degree, or a Ph.D. in CIB can explore these options in more detail by clicking on the associated images, below.

Program Descriptions

This curriculum integrates state of the art instrumentation, training and research to prepare the student for a laboratory- or research-based career in chemistry. 

This track exposes students to foundational concepts of chemistry while training them to use modern techniques, preparing them for laboratory- or research-focused careers in biochemistry.

This curriculum integrates state of the art instrumentation and training in order to prepare the student for careers requiring knowledge in chemistry, such as medical practice and education.

This degree exposes students to the concepts of chemistry while training them in modern biosciences, preparing them for careers related to biochemistry, such as pharmacy, medical practice and education.

This curriculum is well-suited to those interested in developing careers in the distribution of chemical products, such as marketing, patent law, sales and administration.   

Many find that a minor in chemistry is a useful addition to another major such as biology, physics, computational biology, math or computer science, providing a broad-based scientific education.

This program is for B.S. students interested in obtaining bachelor and master degrees in chemistry in as quickly as five years. The accelerated program requires admission in the Spring term of a student’s junior year.    

This is a thesis track, which is ideal for students interested in advancing their careers in the sciences. Professions that require skills in chemistry include quality control professionals, and clinical and forensic analysts.

The non-thesis-based degree is ideal for mid-career science professionals or students seeking to enhance their academic record for application to professional graduate school programs such as medical and pharmacy school.

A number of our faculty are members of the Center of Computational and Integrative Biology – the entity at Rutgers-Camden that confers Ph.D. degrees upon students interested in computational or biological aspects of chemistry.