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About Chemistry

Do you love studying organic structures such as alkanes and alkenes? Can’t stop reading about new advances in energy creation, food preservation, medicinal drugs or synthetic materials for clothing or furniture?

The study of Chemistry provides an understanding of matter and its transformation and reactions and is central to the understanding of biological and environmental problems.


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 to 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 Brooklyn College, Rutgers University, Penn State and University of Utah.

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
Chemical Engineers$77,370 - $182,760
Petroleum Engineers$109,100 - Varies
Healthcare Support Workers, All Other$26,210 - $53,300

* 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

Ramapo has brand new laboratories for chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and physics. You’ll have the opportunity to do research with faculty, especially under the Research Honors Program. 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.

Senior chemistry students are able to concentration in any one of five areas: theoretical, organic biochemistry, and analytical and environmental chemistry.


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.