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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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.

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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.

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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.

Andrea E. Martin
Associate Professor

Widener has the feeling of a small school with many of the benefits of a large university. Chemistry students carry out meaningful research in well-equipped labs, working closely with their faculty advisors. I love that I get to know all of our students as individuals, and it’s a joy to celebrate their successes as they develop their professional skills and move on to their careers.

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

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