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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Dylan DiGrazia

Student spotlight

Dylan DiGrazia '20

"Chemistry is the perfect major for me because it allows me access to many resources that would not be offered at other places. The one-to-one connection that I am able to make with my professors gives me outstanding knowledge and resources that I can use to help me succeed."

Michael Kirsch

Student spotlight

Michael Kirsch '20

Biochemistry is a great fit for me because I am interested in studying living organisms at the molecular level. Being a part of this major has introduced me to a great number of talented professors who are dedicated to working with me and helping me develop my skills and interests.

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Jenna Covey ('21)

"Being a chemistry major at Oswego has offered me many opportunities that I wouldn’t have been offered elsewhere. The faculty truly care about our success, and working with them has inspired me more than anything."



Chemistry Department

296 Shineman


Phone: 315.312.3048