Chemistry Department

From developing drugs that fight diseases to innovations in the energy sources that power our world, chemistry touches our lives everyday.

Our chemistry program offers a freshman seminar course to keep you informed about all the opportunities within college and our program in your first year. You become part of a small cohort for chemistry courses to increase your interaction with our faculty and with each other starting your freshman year. We will guide you starting from the start so you can achieve your after-college goals, whether going into a professional school (pharmacy, medical, dental, etc), doctoral program or industry.


At the core of our program is a supportive faculty who emphasizes mentorship and works side by side with our students in the lab. Many of our professors have received awards including Distinguished Teaching Professorships, Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Research Mentorship Awards, while some have earned national recognition for working on cutting-edge research problems.

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Hands-on research experience

We encourage undergraduate students to pursue laboratory research and offer several opportunities to engage in year-long projects, many of which you can begin as early as your freshman summer. Projects have included work in cancer and anti-diabetic drug discovery, the effects of lead on the cardiovascular system, ecological and genetic studies, development of new polymers for drug delivery, the assessment of environmental factors such as e-cigarettes, forensic science and more.

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Andrew Bishuk '24

Chemistry BS major with a Biology minor

“Since transferring to Oswego, I’ve had nothing but opportunities. I recommend you get to know your professors because they are willing to help. All you need to do is ask and those future aspirations will be waiting.” 



Chemistry Department

296 Shineman


Phone: 315.312.3048