The Department of Earth and Chemical Sciences offers majors to students across a wide range of scientific inquiry that provide a solid foundation for today’s scientific careers. Our programs build on over a half-century of excellence and offer majors in biochemistry, chemistry, earth sciences, environmental sciences, environmental studies, geology, and marine sciences. Whether you are pursuing a degree in chemical sciences or a degree in geology, environmental, or marine sciences (GEMS), our programs will provide you with the following:
The Department of Earth and Chemical Sciences offers small classes, especially in the upper-level courses. This allows for close, frequent interaction directly between students and professors, creating a stimulating learning environment.
Our small department size further fosters an intense hands-on experience both in the laboratory and outside studying oceans, ecosystems, or geology. We not only emphasize training in laboratory and field techniques in our courses, but we also strongly encourage all our students to pursue research experiences beyond the classroom.
Our primary focus is on our students. The small size of our department allows for easy accessibility to faculty. We provide personal attention to each student's academic needs with continuous advising through their college years. We have a long record of student success amongst our graduates and seek to provide the resources to help all of our students reach their career goals.
Through our programs, personal faculty-student advising and mentoring, and research opportunities, our highly-qualified and motivated faculty prepare students to not only follow their passions but also to lead and foster new ideas and solutions for a variety of issues upon graduation.
Internships, fellowships and career resources
Students can build a greater appreciation of the earth and chemical sciences through essential, hands-on experiences that allow them to take their classroom knowledge to the next level and provide them with a clear pathway after graduation to a career in the field or graduate or professional school.
Network with professionals, connect with faculty advisors and meet fellow students who share your passion as part of our department’s professional student organizations.
Sustainability at Rider
At Rider, Broncs are green. With a pledge to become carbon neutral by 2050, our commitment to sustainability is part of the fabric of the University. In addition, we offer a sustainability studies minor program that explores the social, scientific, economic aspects to equip students to take on this increasingly pressing challenge.
Alumni from the Department of Earth and Chemical Sciences make their unique marks on the world across various careers in the earth and chemical sciences. Our well-prepared, competitive graduates enter roles with private and nonprofit companies, government agencies, academia, industry, and research institutions. Discover how our alumni make an impact.