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 a master of science in Chemistry, bachelor of science and bachelor of arts  degrees in Chemistry. and Biochemistry,  and minors in Chemistry and Forensic science (joint program with Public Justice). The department also participates in the bachelor of science in Geochemistry degree and Adolescence Chemistry Education, 7-12 certification.

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. They enjoy the ability to get hands-on experience with state-of-the-art instruments, such as MALDI-TOF and ICP-MS.

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


The department has nine full-time faculty that teach all majors courses and supervise undergraduate research students. Two technical 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.

Lawrence A. Fuller, Chair
Kestas G. Bendinskas
Martha D. Bruch
Fehmi Damkaci
Nin Dingra
Webe C. Kadima
Joseph W. LeFevre
Vadoud Niri 
Casey C. Raymond
Jeffrey A. Schneider

Shokouh Haddadi
Carl Nylen
James Pagano
Fran Pappalardo

Technical 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.

Bill Kaden (BS '03) is a Ph.D. student in Scot Anderson's laboratory at the University of Utah investigating the catalytic properties of metal clusters on surfaces. His work has recently been published in Science (6 November 2009: Vol. 326. no. 5954, pp. 826-829, DOI: 10.1126/science.1180297).

Shawn Larson (BS '06) worked for Coca-Cola as a chemist before attending graduate school. He pursues his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of South Florida working under Jon Antilla in organic methodology. His research was recently published in Organic Letters.