Oswego's program was the first in SUNY accredited by the American Chemical Society and continues to place in the top three in the number of certified degrees award in New York. Faculty have received many awards including Distinguished Teaching Professorships, Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the President's Award for Outstanding Research. These awards resulted from a strong commitment of the faculty to student learning.

Majors and Programs

The department houses graduate and undergraduate programs in chemistry, biochemistry, forensic science, and environmental chemistry. If you are interested in the undergraduate programs, please click here. For more information about our graduate program, please click here. 

Student Opportunities

Oswego offers undergraduate research opportunities at all levels of student experience. Students have many opportunities to take advanced special-topics courses. A very active, Student Association-supported Chemistry Club hosts several events each year. Student can intern at W.R. Grace each summer or at any number of placements on or off campus. Faculty has 20-30 sponsored summer research oporunities for students who would like to increase their skills over the summer. Students have access to all instruments after a training and enjoy the ability to get hands-on experience with state-of-the-art instruments, such as MALDI-TOF and ICP-MS. For more information on facilities, click here.

Student can gain experience through such facilities as the interdisciplinary Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Center (MBBC) and the Environmental Research Center (ERC).

Student research


The department has ten full-time faculty that teach all majors courses and supervise undergraduate research students. Two professional staff members provide invaluable support for laboratory courses, equipment and student researchers. Student interaction with faculty and staff is outstanding, as recognized by a variety of awards.

Kestas G. Bendinskas
Martha D. Bruch
Fehmi Damkaci, Chair
Webe C. Kadima
Casey C. Raymond
Jeffery A. Schneider
Vadoud Niri
Nin Dingra
Stephanie Rugg 
Shokouh Haddadi

James Pagano
Fran Pappalardo
Robert Morse
Michael Knopp 

Professional Staff:
Kristin I. Gublo
Fred Scoles

Secretarial Staff:
Christine Finnegan

After Oswego


Successful graduates of the program pursue employment in the chemical and pharmaceutical fields, attend graduate programs in education, chemistry and biochemistry, and attend medical/optometry programs. For more information on activities after life at Oswego and the department's newsletter, click here.