All students obtain a strong foundation in analytical, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry before selecting among three options leading to the bachelor of science degree:
Each option offers an advanced course of study beyond the usual courses of a traditional undergraduate chemistry curriculum. All options are excellent grounding for professional work after graduation or for advanced graduate study. Recent graduates have careers in government or the chemical/pharmaceutical industries in roles as varied as biotechnology, forensic chemistry and new process development. Other graduates have gone on to advanced graduate study (M.S., Ph.D.) in chemistry and related fields or have pursued careers in medicine or law.
The department’s home is the 71,000 square foot, Edwin C. Jahn Laboratory, which was completed in October, 1997. In addition to normal classroom and laboratory instruction, students perform cutting-edge research. Students at all levels are encouraged to become involved with research, and two out of three students do so before their senior year. All seniors must perform an independent research project. Students commonly present their research results at local and even national scientific meetings.
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. Also, in addition to the usual chemistry courses, undergraduates take three introductory graduate level classes, which looks very attractive to employers.
Employers value the education our students receiveESF Chemistry undergrads have been highly successful in gaining employment or acceptance into graduate or medical schools soon after earning their degrees.
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.
Many students were drawn to ESF due to the way chemistry is used in our varied specialties to find ways to improve our world:
The Department of Chemistry offers three options leading to the bachelor of science 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.
“I have been meaning to write to Dr. Hassett (Chemistry faculty chair) 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!”
Gregory L. Boyer, Chair
David J. Kieber, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Laboratories
Theodore S. Dibble, Associate Chair for Graduate and Undergraduate Programs
Mark Teece, Undergraduate Curriculum Coordinator
Department of Chemistry
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210