NEWARK, NJ - Pillar College just announced the launch of its newest degree, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Chemistry with a Concentration in Consumer Product Development.

Adding to the institution’s rich degree offerings, the Applied Chemistry with Concentration in Consumer Product Development will be the only one in New Jersey.

Students will master general, organic, analytical and surfactant chemistry, product development and the applied principals of business marketing. In the laboratory, students will learn what goes into making products used for skincare, personal hygiene, oral hygiene and more.

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“This is more than a STEM degree," stated Dr. Robert “Bob” Heffner, Program Chair. "Our Applied Chemistry program will have students industry-ready to meet the needs of world’s leading consumer product companies.”

Heffner’s seasoned career in consumer product development includes many years as Senior Technical Associate at Colgate-Palmolive.

Students will have hands-on experience in the first year. They will participate in project-based learning opportunities and community engagement with non-profit and for-profit organizations.

The B.S. in Applied Chemistry is a great addition to Pillar College’s array of undergraduate degrees, which includes:

Biblical Studies, Business Administration and Management, Elementary Education, Psychology & Counseling and Organizational Leadership; as well as, graduate degrees in Counseling, and Ministry Leadership.

“This is an exciting time for Pillar College, our curriculum’s strong business component will equip students with the skills needed to be leaders, managers, or entrepreneurs in the field of Applied Chemistry”, expresses Keyla Pavia, Pillar College, Chief of Staff. “We are partnering with consumer product manufacturers on internships which will allow our students opportunities to experience actual product development.”

Through Pillar College’s collaboration with industry, government, business organizations, and local communities for experiential learning, graduates will have the opportunity to transfer theoretical knowledge into practical and professional applications in real-world environments that effectively prepare them for social entrepreneurship and innovation in STEM-related careers.

The dynamic and fundamental B.S. in Applied Chemistry can lead to numerous STEM-related careers including; academic research, forensic science, toxicology, pharmacology, analytical chemistry, chemical engineering, clinical science and much more!

About Pillar College

Pillar College is a comprehensive institution of higher learning, providing a Christ-centered education. Pillar College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and licensed by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). Pillar College offers Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree programs. Pillar College educates, inspires and equips students for excellent scholarship, service and leadership. Rooted in and committed to Christian faith, Pillar College fosters intellectual, spiritual and social development among its diverse student population. Pillar College has locations in Newark, Somerset, Paterson and Plainfield, New Jersey. Founded in 1908. For more information about Pillar College, visit