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  Graduate School–New Brunswick 2010–2012 Programs, Faculty, and Courses Business and Science 137 Chemistry and Personal Care Chemistry Concentration  

Chemistry and Personal Care Chemistry Concentration

Chemistry and personal care chemistry is offered as a concentration within the professional science master's program described under Business and Science 137. The objective of the master of business and science degree with a concentration in chemistry and personal care chemistry is to prepare students to work in a variety of industries that utilize chemical sciences and processes. This concentration is subdivided into the following areas:  personal care chemistry, catalysis, drug discovery synthesis, materials chemistry, and general chemistry.

Personal Care
The personal care products industry in the United States (and internationally) is extensive. Knowledge of chemical sciences and processes, as well as use of natural products, material properties, food technologies, and human physiology is important to those developing these products.

The fraction of chemical processes in industry that is based on catalysis is currently over 80 percent and increasing. These range across virtually all manufacturing industries, from fuels to pharmaceuticals. The preparation of new chemical catalytic systems is the most challenging dimension of the manufacturing process, because at this step our understanding of catalysis can create new catalysts, new catalytic process, or new products. There is an increasing demand for leaders with knowledge of both the science of catalysis and the fields related to the business of custom and commodity chemical catalysis and process chemistry, including regulatory processes (e.g., Good Manufacturing Process [GMP]) and intellectual property.

Drug Discovery Synthesis
Along with our competitors in the Boston area, the New Jersey pharmaceutical industry represents the single largest group of scientists focused on drug discovery in the world. The synthesis of new chemical entities remains the most demanding step of the drug discovery process. It is the point at which theories become real compounds and become medicines. There is an increasing demand for leaders with knowledge of both the science of synthesis and the fields related to the business of medicine, including regulatory processes and intellectual property.

Materials Chemistry

The most promising and fastest-growing area in the nanotechnology sector is the development of new functional materials. There is an increasing demand for leaders with knowledge of both the science of materials chemistry and the fields related to the business of materials application, including regulatory processes and intellectual property.


There is an increasing demand for leaders with a broad knowledge of both chemical science and the many areas in businesses that the science of chemistry impacts, including regulatory processes and intellectual property.

The chemistry concentration includes subconcentrations in personal care, catalysis, materials, and drug discovery synthesis, in addition to the broader concentration in chemistry from which a diverse set of courses in each of the subconcentrations are available. Students are required to select four courses from four areas, one seminar, and three elective courses.

For all subconcentrations except personal care, please select from the following core curriculum.

Core Courses
(Select 1 course from each of the four following areas)

Inorganic/Physical Organic Chemistry
16:160:511  Advanced Organic I (3)  
16:160:512  Advanced Organic II (3) 
16:160:515  Interpretation of Organic Spectra (3)
16:160:571  Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)

Chemical Synthesis
16:160:504  Principles of Organic Synthesis (3)
16:160:503  Modern Synthetic Organic Chemistry (3)

Physical Chemistry
16:160:525  Chemical Thermodynamics (3)
16:160:542  Computational Chemistry (3)

Chemical Biology
16:160:537  Biophysical Chemistry (3) 
16:160:544  Special Topics in Biological Chemistry (3)
Required Seminar Course (2)
16:160:607/608  Research Colloquium in Chemistry or the equivalent

All students in the personal care chemistry concentration are required to take five core courses from the following list and three electives (from the list of electives).

Core Courses (5 required)

16:160:503  Modern Synthetic Organic Chemistry (3)
16:400:515  Principles of Food Process Engineering I (3)
16:400:613  Nanotechnology and Its Applications in Biotechnology and Food (3)
16:635:529  Introduction to the Fundamentals of Applied Colloid and Surface Chemistry (3)
16:720:523  Dermaceutics (3)
11:776:312  Medicinal Plants (3)

16:137:570  Fundamentals of Personal Care Science (3)
Lecture, laboratory, and interactive case study.

Full course descriptions can be found under the respective departments/graduate programs. Electives may be viewed at:

Concentration Coordinator: 

Professor Lawrence J. Williams

For additional information, contact RU-info at 732-445-info (4636) or
Comments and corrections to: Campus Information Services.

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