Chemistry Major


SUNY Oneonta’s Chemistry program has been approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for more than 40 years.

The Chemistry B.S. degree affords certification by the American Chemical Society and includes coursework in the five primary disciplines in chemistry (inorganic, organic, analytical, physical and biochemistry). The Biochemistry B.S. degree is appropriate for students interested in life science research or medical school. The Adolescence Education-Chemistry degree track is coordinated in close cooperation with the Secondary Education Department and leads to NYS certification for teaching high school chemistry.

As a Chemistry major at Oneonta, you'll get plenty of personal attention and many opportunities for hands-on learning. Classes are small, with most upper-level labs having fewer than 18 students. Your labs will be taught by faculty members in newly renovated, state-of-the-art laboratories. You'll have access to all these facilities and instrumentation, with training beginning your freshman year.

Many students work on research projects with faculty and successfully apply each year for competitive campus grants to fund independent research supplies and travel to regional and national scientific meetings. Students frequently obtain paid research internships during summer, either on campus or at major universities or in the chemical industry.

Graduates of the program are well-prepared to begin a career or advanced study in chemistry or related disciplines. About half of our majors go on to graduate or medical/health-professions schools after graduation, about a quarter begin as entry-level scientists in chemical industries, and the rest go on to become successful high school chemistry teachers.

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Chemistry & Biochemistry Department
61 Bacon Hall
Phone: 607-436-3193
Fax: 607-436-2654

Nick Capra

Nick Capra

"I’ve particularly enjoyed being able to meet with and get to know different professors on a very personal level. I don’t think I would have been able to do that at a larger school."