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About Chemistry Majors and Academics

The Chemistry program in Becton College of Fairleigh Dickinson University is an American Chemical Society approved program.  The department provides students with a breadth of courses and degree options not normally found in a small liberal arts college.  Exceptional experiences are tailored for students that are interested in chemistry, biochemistry, and pharmaceutical chemistry.  With both BS and MS programs, the department offers students the opportunity to take advanced courses in the major areas of chemistry as well as courses in medicinal chemistry, pharmacokinetics, pharmacology, and pharmaceutical analysis.

Typically, undergraduate students enter as chemistry majors, and later they can add advanced courses to their degree to complete concentrations in biochemistry or pharmaceutical chemistry.  Additionally, undergraduate chemistry majors can apply for admission into an accelerated 5-year BS-MS program in chemistry with a concentration in pharmaceutical chemistry.  Past graduates either continued their education in Ph.D. programs at top ranked universities or they have found employment in one of the major pharmaceutical companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Novartis, Merck, and Schering-Plough.

Undergraduates are encouraged to participate in research projects.  During the summer, undergraduate chemistry students have worked on projects with stipends from Pfizer Pharmaceuticals through the Becton College Science Scholars program.  Undergraduates may also be eligible for summer research through a grant from Merck Pharmaceuticals.  Additionally, many opportunities exist for paid summer internships and co-ops at local pharmaceutical companies.

Graduate students have the choice of a M.S. degree in chemistry with a broad experience in advanced topics, such as computational, biochemistry, and physical organic chemistry or a concentration in pharmaceutical chemistry, targeted with special courses relevant to employment in local pharmaceutical companies.  Students can complete their graduate degrees either full-time in about 2 years or part-time in the evenings at a pace more appropriate for their lives.

Small class sizes and personal interactions with faculty in lectures and laboratory courses coupled with a variety of advanced courses afford an atmosphere for learning that is uncommon.


Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Ave, M-SB1-01
Madison, NJ 07940

Office Location
Science Building
Room S-15B

Fairleigh Dickinson University Mansion