Chemistry is the study of chemical nature of all materials, polymers, solids, metals, gas and water (especially in health and environmental context) and their interaction with other materials and environments.

Our program is accredited by the American Chemical Society and has been placed in the top three in the number of certified degrees award in New York. Graduates of SUNY Oswego’s chemistry programs have gone on to study at prestigious graduate schools, and have received national recognition as chemists, researchers, and educators. Outstanding labs in the Shineman Center, professors who are knowledgeable yet student-focused, active student organizations, and internships at home plus overseas in the Global Laboratory provide a first-class chemistry experience.

Launch your career


The BA degree combines a broad liberal arts education with enough emphasis on chemistry to allow you to continue in the field or pursue graduate or professional studies, while the BS — with tracks in chemistry and environmental chemistry as well as biochemistry — satisfies ACS certification requirements, and is ideal for a professional chemist.


Join the student affiliate of the American Chemical Society, which offers free tutoring and other services, and has often been cited as one of the most outstanding in the country. Excel and you may qualify for the chemistry honors program, which emphasizes independent study and research — or even the national honor societies Sigma Xi and Phi Kappa Phi. You can present your work at Sigma Xi and other conferences. A large network of internships and co-op opportunities, plus Global Laboratory placements solving pressing problems in other countries, are among the ingredients for future success.


Opportunities include

  • Chemistry teacher
  • Professional chemist or manager in biotechnology
  • Environmental science
  • Genetic engineering
  • Pharmaceutical development

Graduate studies may include

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Chiropractic
  • Engineering
  • Business


Facilities and equipment in the new Shineman Center include a scanning electron microscope, 300 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, scintillation counter, analytical chromatographs, preparative gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer and many computing facilities.

“Dr. (Webe) Kadima and I are looking at what’s in these plants that makes them bioactive. My work has been to assist in quantifying trace metal contents like chromium. ... The reward I get out of this work is taking all my classes throughout my career at SUNY Oswego, putting them together and applying that learning toward something that the world can use.”

— Tyler Maxon ’11