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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Student spotlight

Emily Ashlaw '22

"Biochemistry is a great major because it allows you to explore challenging, yet fulfilling topics and sets you up for a variety of opportunities and career paths. With professors that truly go the extra mile, the chemistry department is a great place to be!"

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Olivia Colon '21

 “Every professional at Oswego that I had experience with always strived to get to know me, and then go out of their way to present me with opportunities and support that set me up for success!”


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Alana Blenman '23

"The chemistry department is very welcoming and supportive. Professors go out of their way to get to know you and provide opportunities to further expand your education."



Chemistry Department

296 Shineman


Phone: 315.312.3048