Chemistry is the “central science"; it is fundamental to many fields and chemistry majors have a background that prepares them to master many technical areas. Typically, about half of the Chemistry graduates from Rensselaer go directly to graduate school for an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Chemistry or a related science; almost all of these students receive financial support in graduate school as teaching or research assistants, with stipends in the $20-30,000 range and full tuition coverage. Our graduates go to the most prestigious schools in the nation and abroad.
Invited speakers present current research on a variety of topics relating to physics and astronomy; the departmental colloquium is generally held weekly. The talks are open to all members of the RPI community.