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About Chemistry

Do you want to learn knowledge and skills that will allow you to contribute to advances in health, food and energy production, environmental and forensic analysis, and next-gen materials technology? Do you want to learn methods and techniques that will prepare you to work on cutting-edge research in academia, government, or industry?

Chemistry is the central science that spans and interacts with physics and biology. Chemistry majors are prepared to step into the job market immediately after graduation or to continue their studies in challenging graduate programs, medical school, dental school, or other professional studies. The study of chemistry coupled with secondary teaching certification is excellent preparation for teaching in high school.

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The chemistry curriculum begins in the first year of study with General Chemistry I and II courses that provide a survey of the fundamental ideas and topics in chemistry. In the second year, students continue to build on their mathematical and physical foundation, and they learn how organic compounds are synthesized in the lab and in nature. In the third year, the curriculum emphasizes analysis and characterization by delving deeper into the physical characteristics of materials and showing how to analyze and measure their properties. In the final year of the curriculum, chemistry students apply their fundamental knowledge to specialized areas of chemistry such as biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, and medicinal chemistry.

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Career Opportunities

The Chemistry program is certified by the American Chemical Society, demonstrating that you will have been thoroughly prepared for graduate school, or for entering the work force directly as a chemist in industrial, government or university laboratories.

Job opportunities encompass a wide range of activities and institutions. Private industry offers the largest number of positions for chemists, with additional opportunities in federal, state and local government laboratories, research institutes, hospitals, and analytical laboratories.

The variety of jobs includes laboratory work, sales, technical service, and administration in the areas of product development, research and production. Your Chemistry degree is also a valuable background for pursuing graduate work in medicine, dentistry, or veterinary work as well as in chemistry, biochemistry, or molecular biology.

Recent Ramapo Chemistry graduates have been accepted into the Ph. D. chemistry programs at Purdue University, Rutgers University, Penn State University, Columbia University, New York University, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Vanderbilt University.

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges

Job TitleSalary Range
Chemists$55,880 - $147,010
Materials Scientists$64,490 - $153,800
Chemical Technicians$33,920 - $88,780
Operations Research Analysts$60,660 - $168,270
Petroleum Engineers$109,100 - Varies
Healthcare Support Workers, All Other$26,210 - $53,300
Biochemists and Biophysicists Varies - Varies
Food Scientists and Technologists$38,200 - $132,170
Forensic Science Technicians$32,420 - $96,990
Pharmacists$89,080 - $160,280

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services ( or visit

Hands-On Learning

Ramapo has brand new laboratories for chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and physics. You’ll have the opportunity to do research with faculty in the Research Honors Program. Chemistry students are able to conduct research with a faculty member in specializations such as surface chemistry, organometallic chemistry, biochemistry, peptide chemistry, analytical chemistry, and environmental chemistry. Computer labs are available to you to supplement what you’ve learned in lectures and laboratories.

Chemistry majors can take part in Ramapo’s cooperative education program to gain industrial work experience at local facilities such as Avon Products, Inc., NJ State Police Office of Forensic Sciences, Bergen County Vo-Tech Schools, Nathan Kline Institute, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.

Junior and senior chemistry students can participate in the teaching assistantship program where they can help students learn laboratory skills and methods.

Chemistry Minor

The chemistry minor at Ramapo gives its students an in-depth grasp of theoretical concepts as well as a variety of practical skills. Many of the scientific advances of this modern age are in interdisciplinary areas such as biophysics, materials science, molecular biology, medicinal chemistry, protein biotechnology and environmental science.