Our department offers a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Biology. Within the Chemical Biology program there are concentrations available in Bioinformatics and Bioanalytical Chemistry. An accelerated program in Chemical Biology exists for students enrolling in a special combined program in medicine or dentistry.
Current programs are:
- Chemical Biology
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical Biology - Bioinformatics Concentration
- Chemical Biology - Bioanalytical Chemistry Concentration
- Accelerated Chemical Biology
|Bachelor of Science in Chemistry|
Chemistry is often known as the central science, bridging the gap between the life sciences and physical science, and ranging from the very practical to the highly theoretical. It is the science of matter - its structure, its properties and how it changes.
All around us we see the discoveries of chemistry: synthetic fabrics, aspirin, penicillin and other pharmaceuticals, detergents, better fuels, plastics and more abundant food. Chemists enjoy the excitement and rewards of discovery and creation.
Career opportunities exist in research (creating new knowledge or synthesizing new chemicals) or in quality control (testing and analysis) in pharmaceuticals, petroleum, polymer and plastics, paints and adhesives, electronic materials, waste treatment, agricultural chemistry, and foods and fragrances, in addition to many other industries. Chemists are employed in hospitals, clinical, environmental control and criminology laboratories. Chemistry also occupies a pivotal role in the high-technology areas of bioinformatics, biotechnology, materials technology, ceramics, polymers and electronic materials. The Stevens program prepares you for employment with companies in these industries, and for graduate programs in chemistry or biochemistry.
The program is based on a solid foundation in the major areas of chemistry and biochemistry. Additional courses in advanced chemistry are available in those areas in which Stevens has unique strengths, such as polymer chemistry, natural products, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, computational chemistry and instrumental analysis. Research is strongly encouraged due to its importance in preparing for a career in chemistry; it also helps develop independence in solving open-ended problems.
The Stevens chemistry program is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS).
Chemistry course sequence
|Bachelor of Science in Chemical Biology|
Chemical biology is the application of exact science, particularly chemistry, to the understanding and utilization of biological phenomena. The scientific approach to understanding living systems ultimately leads to the cell - the basis of all living systems. Modern biology focuses on how cells originate, differentiate, multiply and function, with emphasis on their molecular components, their chemical and physical properties and their interaction.
Chemical biology includes genetic engineering, the design and modification of genetic material, and molecular biology. It is an exciting field at the very core of biotechnology. Today’s biology laboratory is equipped with sophisticated instrumentation to stimulate muscle tissue and measure action potentials; to determine the size, shape and electrical charge of protein molecules; and to follow reactions within the cell. Biologists can study biological phenomena under controlled conditionsto explore the mechanisms governing growth, differentiation, behavior, evolution and aging-knowledge that provides a foundation for modern medicine. The field of medicine relies heavily on modern biology.
The Stevens program in chemical biology provides excellent preparation for the student to pursue a career in medicine, and satisfies requirements for admission to professional schools of medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine. Our program features the study of cell and molecular biology, molecular genetics, physiology, biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, organic and physical chemistry and instrumental analysis. Equipped with this rigorous background - and here is where the Stevens chemical biology program differs from traditional biology and pre-medicine programs - our graduates also find employment in industrial research and pathology laboratories. Many continue their studies at the graduate level in the biological sciences, biochemistry, chemistry or biophysics.
The chemical biology program is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS) option - biochemistry.
Chemical Biology course sequence
Biomedical Engineers apply engineering design and analysis techniques to problems at the interface between physical and biological systems. Our program is broad-based and multidisciplinary, designed to produce graduates who are prepared for careers in the biotech industry, to enter medical school, or to continue their education in graduate or professional school.
Biomedical Engineers are involved in the design and manufacture of devices and instruments which aid physicians in medical diagnosis and treatment of disease and improve the quality of life for people whose natural bodily functions are impaired by disease or trauma.
Examples of such equipment and devices include total implantable hearts, pacemakers and defibrillators, imaging devices (e.g. CAT scans, MRI, f-MRI, Ultrasound, PET, SPECT, etc.), prostheses (artificial arms and legs, bionic arms), replacement parts (e.g. knees, hips, artificial corneas, artificial hearing, spinal chord discs, etc.), implantable artificial pancreas, portable EKG machines, Heart-Lung machines, as well as many others.
To be able to work in these areas, Stevens biomedical engineers are exposed to a broad curriculum that not only trains them in the fundamentals of math, science and engineering, but also in biology, physiology and the interactions of engineering materials with biological surfaces. The program has a very strong design component and extensive laboratory experience in making measurements on living systems.
Biomedical Engineering course sequence
|B.S. in Chemical Biology - Concentration in Bioanalytical Chemistry|
The extreme complexity - and fragility - of biological molecules has made it necessary to develop special techniques and instrumentation for their detection and analysis. These methods were employed in the Human Genome Project, and have become vital in drug development efforts and in the field called Chemical Ecology. The bioanalytical chemist is a valued scientist in medical and biomedical research and in the pharmaceutical,flavors and fragrances industries.
The program in Bioanalytical Chemistry is built on the foundations of Chemical Biology. After the first two years in the regular Chemical Biology Program, the Bioanalytical Chemistry student begins concentrating on special techniques such as mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance, and separations.
Course sequence for Bioanalytical Chemistry concentration for the the Third and Fourth Years of the program.
|Special Programs - Accelerated Chemical Biology|
Stevens offers the opportunity to enroll in special combined degree programs in medicine or dentistry that allow students to earn a B.S. in Chemical Biology from Stevens, and either the M.D. degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)-New Jersey Medical School, or the D.M.D. degree from UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School, in a total of seven years.
Students admitted into one of these special programs will be enrolled in the Accelerated Chemical Biology Program. Participants in these programs take a heavy course load during the first three years of the program at Stevens, and enter the medical or dental school at the start of the fourth year. Transfer credit for courses taken in the first year of study at the affiliated medical/dental school are used to complete the requirements of the B.S. degree. Enrollment in the accelerated chemical biology program is restricted to students admitted to these special programs.
Information on applying to these special accelerated programs can be found on the Undergraduate Admissions web site.
Accelerated Chemical Biology course sequence
|Interdisciplinary Program in Computational Science|
For students interested in interdisciplinary science and engineering, Stevens offers an undergraduate computational science program. Computational science is a new field in which techniques from mathematics and computer science are used to solve scientific and engineering problems. See the description of the Program in Computational Science in the Interdisciplinary Programs section.