Science Programs

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Rider University is an outstanding place for students who love science. Our curriculum will challenge you. Our faculty will guide you. And our science facilities will give you hands-on experience. Rider’s early emphasis on learning in the laboratory and in the field provides a modern science education.

If you want an exciting career - one that stimulates you, challenges you, and rewards you with immense satisfaction - a degree in science sets you on the right path.

  • Learn innovative skills for an evolving workforce environment become a valuable and sought-after resource for employers
  • Learn to think critically, analyze, and communicate with a unique blend of generic and discipline-related skills that provide you with the ability to tackle problems with initiative and ingenuity, to plan and execute projects and to work as part of a team
  • Develop your investigative skills
  • Develop skills for lifelong learning

Expert Faculty

Faculty members at Rider are active scientists who invite students to collaborate on research. Along with being dedicated teachers and mentors, they continually pursue grants for academic research.

Faculty highlights include:

  • Approximately $1 million in active research grants from NIH and NSF in the areas of immunology, developmental biology, neuroscience, environmental microbiology, ecology and mathematics.
  • Ongoing research in the areas of cancer biology, environmental biology, marine biology, and circadian rhythms, organometallic chemistry, boron-substituted nucleosides as anticancer agents, nanotechnology, hydrology, sedimentology, phytoplankton and coastal processes
  • Dr. Markow, Mathematics, has published books on mathematical tomography
  • Dr. Borcea, Mathematics, won the Grigore Moisil Award from the Romanian Academy for work on hinge structures and is a former member of the prestigious Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ

Student Success

In the last 3 years, more than 25 students have co-authored research papers in biology and behavioral neuroscience and presented at national and international levels.

  • Approximately 20 students participate in the hospital internship program annually
  • Each summer, approximately 20 students work full-time in research facilities, earning a salary and valuable experience
  • In the last 3 years, 14 students have presented research at national chemistry meetings
  • Each year, approximately 10 students in geology, environmental, and marine sciences present at regional and national meetings
  • Recent graduates are attending medical school at renowned institutions
  • Recent graduate are pursuing their Ph.D. in fields such as developmental biology, evolution and ecology, neuroscience, biomedical sciences, marine biotechnology, mathematical biology, and mathematical tomography.

About Our Programs

Behavioral Neuroscience

Discover the links between the human body and human psychology. Students learn about body chemistry, the central nervous system and how it affects mental health or illness. ; A bachelor's degree in behavioral neuroscience prepares students for medical school. Students often continue graduate study in neuroscience, clinical psychology, animal behavior, and advanced study in behavioral neuroscience.


Study the chemistry, substances, and reactions of living systems. Students learn about chemical pathways and information transfer systems. Biochemistry is key to improving the quality of life for many. The doors of many fields are open to you - medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, and food science.


Ask questions, make observations, evaluate evidence, and solve problems. Biologists learn how living things work, how they interact with one another, and how they evolve. Increase your understanding of the natural world in which we live and address issues of personal well being and worldwide concern.


Analyze matter, its properties, and interactions with other matter and with energy. ; Chemistry is involved in almost everything with which we come in contact. The life processes of all organisms involve chemical changes. Chemists play a key role in the development of drugs, which are helping to cure and alleviate diseases and prolong lifespan. Chemists are involved in biochemistry and genetic engineering and are at the forefront of developing fields such as nanotechnology.

Earth Sciences (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Earth Sciences is designed specifically as a second major for students in the College of Education and Human Services interested in teaching earth science in high schools. The program is tailored to meet the earth science related objectives of high school education majors and to facilitate the timely completion of their dual requirements in the College of Education and Human Services and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This program is not designed to prepare students for further study in science disciplines at the graduate or professional level.

Environmental Sciences

Learn how you can make a difference. See how the quality of life in tomorrow’s world hinges on our ability to understand and resolve complex environmental issues. Discover how the Environmental Sciences integrates with issues such as climate change, conservation, biodiversity, groundwater and soil contamination, use of natural resources, and sustainable development. Focus on the relationships between organisms and the physical environment that are inherent to the ecological principles that govern life on Earth.

Environmental Studies

Explore the Earth's environment in a program specifically designed as a second major for students in the College of Education and Human Services interested in teaching science in elementary schools. Combine your twin passions for teaching and environmental issues in a major tailored to meet the interdisciplinary science objectives of elementary education majors and to facilitate the timely completion of their dual requirements in the College of Education and Human Services and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Please also visit the College of Education and Human Services website for detailed information about Rider University’s education degree programs.


Learn how Earth processes have changed our planet over its 4.5 billion year history. Discover how the rock record preserves evidence of these changes, including the evolution of life on Earth. Investigate the many social and public-policy issues that geoscientists are concerned with, including the environmentally responsible exploration for mineral, energy, and water resources; soil conservation; climate change; beach erosion; and the mitigation of geological hazards, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Integrated Sciences and Math

Explore how the sciences and math connect with each other to produce an integrated vision of how our natural world operates. Learn new ways to look at, and understand, the many different scientific disciplines. Combine this unique background with Rider University’s teacher education programs in order to satisfy New Jersey certification requirements for middle school science or math teachers. Please also visit the College of Education and Human Services website for detailed information about Rider University’s education degree programs.

Marine Sciences

Explore the ocean realm and discover how various biological, geological, chemical, and physical processes influence not only waves, tides, and the size and shape of ocean basins; but also the distribution, diversity, and adaptations of marine organisms. Learn how a comprehensive knowledge of marine processes helps scientists to better understand the terrestrial world. Participate in a comprehensive, “hands-on” curriculum that provides a deeper understanding of the marine environment and its role in global scientific and environmental issues.


Reveal hidden patterns to help understand the world around us. Continually evolving, mathematics is a diverse discipline that deals with data, measurements, and observations from science; with inference, deduction, and proof; and with mathematical models of natural phenomena, of human behavior, and social systems.


Understand, explain, and predict human behavior. ; Psychology is both an applied and academic field that studies the human mind and behavior. Research in psychology seeks to understand and explain thought, emotion, and behavior. Applications of psychology include mental health treatment, performance enhancement, self-help, ergonomics, and many other areas affecting health and daily life.

STEM Teacher Scholarship Program

Funded by the National Science Foundation, this is a unique program that offers scholarships, individualized advising and support, and an innovative curriculum toward resolving the critical need for teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in high schools nationwide. After graduating, you’ll be empowered to begin your career as a secondary STEM teacher (grades 9‐12) in a “high need” school district.