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Information for Prospective Students

Many Chemistry students are drawn to ESF because of the department's focus on using our varied specialties to find ways to improve our world:

  • finding better ways to generate energy
  • discovering new, useful natural and synthetic materials
  • making better use of our natural resources
  • finding new medications and ways to deliver medicines
  • understanding natural processes and the impacts of human activities on our environment

ESF Chemistry graduates find outstanding employment opportunities all over the country and right here in Central New York. Many go on to earn advanced degrees in chemistry and related fields, medicine and law. Some continue study at ESF, while others are accepted at top graduate and medical schools such as MIT, Yale, Cal Tech, and Cornell. Many go on to leadership roles in industry, government, and academia, in areas as varied as biotechnology, forensic chemistry, new process development, etc.

Bachelor of Science Option Areas

Explore the options for pursuing a B.S. in Chemistry:


In pursuing a bachelor of science in chemistry, students first receive a strong foundation in analytical, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry before selecting one of three options leading to the degree: biochemistry and natural products, environmental chemistry, and natural and synthetic polymer chemistry.

Each option offers an advanced course of studies beyond the basic courses of the classical undergraduate chemistry curriculum. All options are excellent grounding for professional work at the B.S. level or for advanced graduate study.

Students may enter the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program as first-year students or as transfer students. Students who are preparing to transfer to ESF as juniors must have earned at least 60 credits of college coursework in courses comparable to the lower-division course requirements.

Why ESF for Chemistry?

From a Graduate...

“I have been meaning to write to Dr. Hassett to tell him how grateful I am to the chemistry department at ESF. There have been so many times in the last two semesters that I have silently thanked one professor or another for some specific skill I learned there. I had a really good experience there; it is a very, very good place to learn!”

Katherine Kitney
Received Ph.D. from
University of Colorado at Boulder

Outstanding Faculty and Personal Attention

Chemistry faculty bring their expertise in cutting edge research to the classroom, providing an education that is grounded in the latest knowledge and real-world examples.

Upper-level courses for chemistry majors usually have enrollments of only 5-15 students, so chemistry majors get personal attention from the professors. All courses are taught by professors, not graduate students. All students participate in research projects, some of which leading to co-authorship of papers in major scientific journals.