Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience

The Rochester Institute of Technology's Department of Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience specializes in the fields of

  • recombinant DNA
  • microbial and plant genetic engineering
  • mammalian and plant tissue culture
  • monoclonal antibody manufacturing and purification
  • large-scale fermentation techniques (bacterial and mammalian cells)
  • methods for characterizing and separating proteins
  • nucleic acids in yeast, bacterial, viral
  • plant systems.

The BS degree in biotechnology and molecular bioscience prepares learners to take on difficult roles instantly in academics and leadership. The program of Biotechnology and Molecular Science prepares graduates for post-secondary education, jobs in biotech and research labs and medical school.

RIT provides students with countless possibilities to engage in studies, including three summer programs on campus:

  • Undergraduate Research Experiences (REU)
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Programs (SURP).

During the academic year, many students are involved in undergraduate studies for course credit. In addition, learners may engage in cooperative educational experiences during the summer or academic year which also give them the chance to work in industry or government.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Microelectromechanical Systems
  • Microfluidic Devices Design And Development
  • Bio-mems
  • Stem Cell Differentiation
  • Nano-structures
  • Photonics Integration
  • Ultrathin Membrane Fabrication
  • Sophisticated Signal and Image Processing And Analysis
  • Microscale Electrokinetic Techniques For Bioseparation
  • Physiological Modeling Simulation
  • Microsystems Design & Integration
  • Medical Imaging
  • Physics
  • Instrumentation
  • Processing And Display
  • Cell And Tissue Engineering
  • Nano-photonics
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Techniques
  • Algorithms And Instrumentation


The Chemical Engineering Department taps on the core disciplines of chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics to convert raw materials or chemicals into more valuable forms in procedures involving chemical change. Examples include composites of nanoscale, pharmaceuticals, plastics, metals, fibers, and ceramics. Key applications include developing alternative energy systems, biomedical equipment and therapies, and strategies to minimize the effect of technological advances on the environment.

RIT provides undergraduate and graduate degrees in Chemical Engineering that provide learners with a strong and practical understanding of the principles of engineering and the fundamental science connected with traditional apps. A BS degree in chemical engineering plus two accelerated dual degree choices allow learners to receive a BS and an MS in about five years. BS in Chemical Engineering/MS in Science, Technology, and Public Policy and a BS in Chemical Engineering/MS in Materials Science and Engineering are the two accelerated dual-degree choices.

The department also provides its graduate students with a doctoral degree program which considerably contributes to advances in the food industry, alternative energy technologies, production of semiconductors, and environmental modeling and remediation. The minor in chemical engineering systems analysis offers learners with a complex understanding of the applicability of science knowledge to solving a wide range of practical issues where chemistry plays a critical role.

Chemical Engineering Department learners are recruited in the manufacturing, aerospace, chemical, environmental and pharmaceutical industries.

  • Sanofi Pasteur
  • Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • MIT
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
  • Seattle Genetics
  • Denali Therapeutics
  • Biocogent
  • Novozymes
  • Vaccinex
  • Sweetwater Energy
  • BioWorks
  • Bausch & Lomb are some of the recruiting partners.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Wave Propagation And Mechanics
  • Biomedical & Environmental Nanotechnology
  • Catalysis 
  • Near Infrared-enhanced Polymer Solar Cells
  • Bio-electrochemical Processes
  • Gas Hydrates
  • Carbon Nanotube Characterization & Devices
  • Interfacial Transport Processes
  • Next-generation Lithium-Ion Batteries
  • Molecular Simulation
  • Adsorption Materials And Processes
  • Engineering Science Of Thin Film Coating Processes
  • Self Assembly Of Nanomaterials
  • Die Manifold Design

Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science provides students with a broad and deep foundation in modern software and hardware concepts and theory and also introduces them to numerous programming languages and paradigms.

Students have the option to take electives in fields such as:

  • architecture and operating systems
  • computer graphics and visualization
  • data management
  • distributed systems
  • smart systems
  • languages and instruments
  • safety

and theory in addition to necessary computer science lessons.

The department offers both BS and MS degree programs along with the Accelerated Dual degree, which helps students to earn a BS and an MS in approximately five years. The Computer Science Bachelor program offers learners with a strong background in computer science as well as in-depth expertise in specific fields. The dual-degree program aims to instill a concrete and broad foundation amongst learners in the theory, modern software and hardware concepts and programming languages. The Computer Science MS (thesis or project option) program accepts learners with different backgrounds and prepares them for interesting computer professions.

Research areas include:

  • artificial intelligence
  • wireless networks
  • pattern recognition
  • computer vision
  • viewing
  • data management
  • combinatorics
  • distributed computing systems.

The degree is provided either full-or part-time. Specializations are offered in various areas including:

  • computer graphics and visualization
  • data management
  • distributed systems
  • intelligent systems
  • programming languages and tools
  • security
  • theory.

Big Data Analytics Adv. Cert. is also available in the department which is a multidisciplinary program for professionals with BS degrees in computing or other areas–such as finance, retail, science, engineering or production–where information analysis expertise is required.

Students are usually employed in sectors such as:

  • Aerospace
  • Insurance
  • Government (Local, State, Federal)
  • Defense
  • Electronics and Computer Hardware and Production
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Bloomberg
  • Google
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Intuit
  • Paychex
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • State Street
  • Twitter
  • Viacom
  • Wayfair
  • Walmart
  • VMware etc

are the top recruiters in the case of this department.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Digital Integrated Circuit Design
  • Pervasive And Mobile Computing; Software Process
  • Software Testing
  • Networking & Distributed Systems
  • User-centered Software Design
  • Data Management/Data Mining
  • Security
  • Software Engineering Pedagogy
  • Embedded & Reconfigurable Systems
  • Computer Architecture
  • High Performance Computing
  • Empirical Software Engineering
  • Vision/Pattern Recognition
  • Programming Languages & Tools
  • Secure Software
  • Artificial Intelligence & Security
  • Graphics
  • Digital Image Processing & Computer Vision
  • Software Design
  • Theory
  • Wireless Networks And Network Security
  • Signal Processing & Control

Electrical and Microelectronic

The Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering provides both bachelor’s and master's degrees combining theory’s rigor with engineering practice's flexibility. The innovations by electrical and microelectronic engineers shape the future of technological development and application. They operate on a broad range of parts, devices, and systems that are found in computers, robotics, telecommunications, energy systems, and more.

The Electrical Engineering BS and Microelectronic Engineering BS offer students an unparalleled opportunity to prepare for professional challenges and success in one of the leading modern areas of engineering.

The focus regions of BS in Electrical Engineering include:

  • clean and renewable power
  • computer engineering 
  • robotics.

The department also provides an accelerated dual degree that helps learners in about five years to gain a BS and an MS.

The Accelerated dual degree options are:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • BS degree/Science
  • Technology and Public Policy
  • MS degree
  • Electrical Engineering
  • BS/MS degree.

The Electrical Engineering MS, Microelectronic Engineering MS and Microelectronics Manufacturing Engineering ME are the master degrees available in the department. The MS Degrees have both project and thesis options. The program provides learners with abilities to address business and industry challenges and deploys high-level alternatives and solutions to issues that affect today's engineering technology environment.

MS learners in electrical engineering can choose from six options:

  • communication
  • control
  • robotics
  • digital systems
  • integrated electronics,
  • MEMs, or signal and image processing.

The Integrated Electronics Certificate focuses mainly on individuals already engaged in the field of electrical engineering and enables skilled engineers and physical designers to become more cross-functional and stronger contributors to multidisciplinary teams. In electrical engineering and microelectronic engineering, the department also provides minors. Students graduating from the department are placed in computer and electronic hardware; computer networking; defense; aerospace and automotive industries.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Sub Quarter-micron Lithography
  • Digital Systems
  • Integrated Circuit Fabrication
  • Microelectromechanical Sensors & Systems
  • Control Systems And Robotics
  • Signal & Image Processing
  • Integrated Electronics
  • Power Systems
  • Biomedical Systems
  • Communications

Industrial and Systems

RIT's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering provides undergraduate and graduate degrees in industrial engineering that emphasize a deeper understanding of technical engineering, company acumen, and communication skills. These degrees have acted as a springboard for graduates to achieve engineering, leadership, consulting, production, sales, health care, law, and education careers.

The department offers:

  • Industrial Engineering
  • BS degree
  • Accelerated 4+1 BS/MBA option
  • Accelerated dual degree options
  • Industrial Engineering
  • BS degree/Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • ME degree
  • Industrial Engineering
  • BS degree/Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • MS degree
  • Industrial Engineering
  • BS degree/Sustainable Engineering
  • ME degree
  • Industrial Engineering
  • BS degree/Sustainable Engineering
  • MS degree
  • Industrial Engineering
  • BS degree/Engineering Management
  • ME degree
  • Industrial Engineering
  • BS degree/Science
  • Technology and Public Policy
  • MS degree.

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering provides graduate degrees which give a thorough exploration of industrial and system engineering and associated areas such as manufacturing and sustainable engineering.

Upon graduation, learners operate in a broad range of areas (ranging from production and distribution/logistics to healthcare, energy and other services) in reputed companies including

  • Boeing
  • IBM
  • Toyota
  • Xerox
  • Intel
  • General Electric
  • Hershey
  • Walt Disney World
  • Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Wegmans Food Markets

Areas of Expertise:

  • 3d Printing / Additive Manufacturing
  • Applied Statistics / Experimental Design
  • Operations Research/Simulation/Logistics
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  •  Engineering Design
  • Systems Engineering
  • Lean Production Systems
  • Data Mining / Data Analytics
  • Ergonomics/Human Factors/Safety Entry
  • Sustainable Engineering

List of Labs: Additive Manufacturing and Multi-Functional Printing (AMPrint) Center

Material Science

The School of Chemistry and Materials Science provides programs in Materials science and engineering intended to meet the requirements of individuals and businesses in the fast-growing materials sector. The degree in materials science provides an intensive interdisciplinary learning experience in the research of materials, crossing the traditional limits of classical fields like chemistry, physics, and engineering. It is a master's degree (thesis or project option) investigates an intriguing research area that provides alternatives to problems faced by diverse areas of electricity, medicine, apparel, and sports equipment.

Materials Science and Engineering Adv. Cert. is also available at the college intended specifically to offer a common material-oriented knowledge base in materials science to learners with baccalaureate degrees in chemistry, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, and associated disciplines. Scientific and technical consulting and manufacturing are some sectors in which material science and engineering learners find jobs.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Engineering Management
  • Product Development
  • Systems Engineering


The Department of Mechanical Engineering provides a strong basis in the fundamentals of mechanical engineering as well as a chance to the learners to focus their research on several particular engineering fields. The graduates get to work as product developers, scientists, prototype designers, automotive engineers, aerospace engineers, management consultants in many distinct sectors and companies, and many serve senior management roles too in their areas.

The department of Mechanical Engineering is Kate Gleason College of Engineering's biggest academic department. It provides a Mechanical Engineering Bachelor of Science with an option to focus research on any of the following areas: aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, bioengineering, or power and environment along with an accelerated dual degree program.

The department also offers ME and MS in Mechanical Engineering and an advanced certificate in Vibrations engineering at the graduate level.

Experimentation and research are encouraged in undergraduate and graduate studies in fields such as:

  • sustainable energy systems
  • biomedical and assistive device technology
  • systems analysis
  • robotics
  • vibrations
  • automotive
  • aerospace engineering.

The department provides professional classes in bioengineering, energy systems, applied mechanics, manufacturing, materials science, system analysis, computer-aided graphics and design, automotive and aerospace engineering, robotics and engineering. The advanced certificate in vibrations enables students to learn how to use sophisticated software instruments, analytical techniques and experimental methods to design, create and execute vibration control and minimization solutions in engineering systems.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Thermo-fluid Systems
  • Gear Design
  • Nanofluids
  • Energy Systems
  • Transportation Systems
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Systems And Controls
  • Microsystems

List of Labs: Fuel Cell/Micro Channel Research

Pure Sciences

RIT's BS degree in physics provides a strong basis in physics as it fosters your ability to analyze and solve problems.

The department also offers the following Accelerated Dual Degrees:

  • Physics
  • BS/MS degree (research option)
  • Physics
  • BS/MS degree (professional option)
  • Physics
  • BS degree/Materials Science and Engineering
  • MS degree
  • Physics
  • BS degree/Science
  • Technology
  • Public Policy
  • MS degree
  • Physics
  • BS degree/Astrophysical Sciences and Technology
  • MS degree.

RIT's master's degree in physics offers both research and professional options and provides sophisticated understanding in the key fields of physics including

  • electrodynamics
  • quantum
  • classical mechanics
  • statistical physics

and one or more physics sub-areas that correspond to your individual interests and career ambitions.

RIT also provides undergraduate degree programs in chemistry and biochemistry to prepare learners for professional jobs in both laboratory studies and industrial environments. A full-or part-time MS degree (thesis or project option) in chemistry is provided. The program is intended to meet the requirements of the traditional student or the practicing chemist who is full-time employed and wants to pursue part-time graduation.

The School of Mathematical Sciences inculcates in its students a profound knowledge of mathematical principles, ability to apply these abilities to real-world issues, and the capacity to convey complicated thoughts readily.

It offers following Bachelor’s degrees with Accelerated dual degree options:

  • Applied Mathematics BS
  • Accelerated dual degree in Applied Mathematics
  • BS degree/Applied and Computational Mathematics ( both thesis and project options)
  • MS degree.

An accelerated 4+1 option is available for students who wish to earn a BS in applied mathematics and an MBA.

Other programs offered by the university are

  • Applied Statistics and Actuarial Science BS
  • Accelerated dual degree in Applied Statistics and Actuarial Science
  • BS degree/Applied and Computational Mathematics (both thesis and project options)
  • MS degree and Applied Statistics and Actuarial Science
  • BS degree/Applied Statistics
  • MS degree.

Computational Mathematics BS - Accelerated dual degree in Computational Mathematics, BS degree/Applied and Computational Mathematics (both thesis and project option), MS degree and Computational Mathematics, BS degree/Computer Science, MS degree.

  • List of Labs: NanoPower Research Lab
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