Undergraduate Major

Green Chemistry Major (BS)

Supported by award-winning professors, you'll gain hands-on experience and learn to develop greener solutions to today's global sustainability and environmental issues through the lens of chemistry. 

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Program Overview

As a green chemistry major, you'll gain foundational knowledge about chemistry and sustainability and emerge an innovative, critical thinker ready to tackle global environmental issues. 

Why Earn a Cutting-Edge Green Chemistry Degree?

  • You'll innovate with an eco-friendly mindset.
  • You'll apply the principles of green chemistry to address environmental concerns.
  • You'll create green solutions to protect the environment and human health. 
  • You'll have the flexibility and experience to pursue career paths in sustainability, chemistry, or the combined field.

When you graduate, you'll not only be American Chemical Society (ACS) certified, you'll be ready to take on a rewarding career in many science professions, including pharmaceutical chemistry, biofuels and biomolecular engineering, regulatory affairs, chemical research, and beyond.

The green chemistry program is certified by the American Chemical Society

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Admissions Information

Applying to Widener is easy—and free! Simply complete our Widener Application or the Common Application. You'll also need your official high school transcript and either an admissions essay or your SAT/ACT scores. We're a test-optional school, so there's no need to submit both.

Know you're interested in applying to Widener but unsure if you're ready to zero-in on a major? You can apply as an Exploratory Studies student with an undecided major. This program will help you start your college journey on the right foot while you explore which undergraduate program is the right fit for you.

When to Apply​

We accept applications on a rolling basis—there are no hard deadlines. Apply when you're ready and we'll take a look as soon as we receive your app. 

Key dates to keep in mind:​

  • October 1: FAFSA opens for the next academic year (Widener's school code is 003313)​
  • November 1: Early Action deadline and decision notifications begin​

What to Expect After Applying​

Once we receive your application and all materials, you can expect to hear back from us quickly. Along with your application decision, you'll also find out about any merit-based scholarship awards. You're automatically considered for merit scholarships as soon as you apply—you don't need to apply separately.

Learn more about the application process

If you apply before November 1, you are considered an Early Action applicant which comes with benefits like:

  • Receiving your admissions decision by Thanksgiving
  • Early consideration for merit-based scholarships
  • Early notification of financial aid offers, including need-based awards
  • Priority enrollment for summer registration—where you sign up for classes!

All applications are non-binding, so why wait? Apply today!

Our admissions team will help you make the most of college-level credits earned after high school. We maintain strong partnerships and articulation agreements with numerous local community colleges and also accept a wide range of course credits earned at accredited colleges and universities.

Curious about how many credits may transfer? Email your transcripts to transfer@widener.edu and our transfer coordinator will personally review your coursework as an unofficial credit evaluation. Applicants are given priority during busy seasons, but you don't have to apply to work with our transfer coordinator. 

Transferring doesn't have to be a guessing game—share your stats and we'll take it from there! 

Learn more about applying as a transfer student

Widener University serves as a "second home" for students from around the world. We are located just outside of Philadelphia and close to New York City and Washington, D.C.—offering many unique professional and personal opportunities to explore.

Want to know what it's like to be an international student on campus or need assistance navigating English proficiency requirements? We're here to help, and our international admissions director will support you through the application process. 

This support doesn't end with admissions—our International Student Support team will serve as a valuable resource throughout your Widener journey—meeting Visa/immigration requirements, getting acclimated to campus, and much more.

Learn more about applying as an international student

Program Highlights

With hands-on experience in state-of-the-art labs and knowledge of complex global environmental issues and scientific applications, our graduates are prepared to make a difference in leading-edge careers.

East Coast's 1st Green Chem Major

Widener offers the East Coast's first undergraduate green chemistry major, and one of very few nationwide. 

ACS Accredited

Show employers you're prepared with a bachelor's of science degree from an American Chemistry Society accredited program and an ACS certification.

12:1 Student-Faculty Ratio

Small class sizes allow faculty to make you the priority.

Biochemistry Green Seal

Culture of Sustainability

As the first Pennsylvania institution to sign the Green Chemistry Commitment to transform university-level chemistry education, we're on the cutting-edge of all things green. With sustainability-informed curriculum and faculty engaged in the latest in environmentally-conscious research, you'll be prepared to enter a career with global sustainability goals in mind.

chemistry students work in lab during covid-19 with masks on

Meaningful Green Chemistry Research

With opportunities to get involved in research after your first year, you'll apply green chemistry to address environmental issues. You'll work closely with faculty members on cutting-edge research using state-of-the-art equipment in eco-conscious labs. You'll also have the chance to present your own research within our Widener community as part of Student Project Day as well as through national and regional conferences, putting you on the inside track long before you even graduate.

Biology student and faculty

A Second Family

You'll build meaningful relationships with like-minded professors and students passionate about protecting the environment. Our small classes allow you to focus on your individual needs and goals. With first-year labs capped at 16 students and most lectures capped at 30 students, you won't get lost in the crowd—you'll build a second family that supports you both personally and professionally.

Sustainability at Taylor Arboretum

Broader Perspectives on Sustainability

Customize your electives to explore other aspects of sustainability, including environmental justice, politics, and culture.

Clubs & Organizations

Green Chemistry majors have the opportunity to join various clubs and organizations across and outside campus to expand their network, including the Chemistry Club, the Environmental Club, and many more.


Pursuing a bachelor's degree in green chemistry at Widener will grant you direct access to skilled, passionate professors that will provide you with an interdisciplinary, hands-on, and research-focused academic experience.

Inside Track to Success

Inside Track to Success

Graduate ready to start a successful career in the chemical or sustainability industries or pursue graduate school.

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Biofuels & biomolecular engineer
  • Environmental regulation, protection, & conservation scientist
  • Environmental research specialist
  • Pharmaceutical chemist

Take the Next Steps


Applying online has never been easier—and it’s free! We also accept the Common Application. Take the next step toward joining the Widener Pride.

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