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2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]


Jeffery Schneider, Chair
219 Snygg Hall

Distinguished Teaching Professor: Kenneth Hyde

Professor: Joseph Lefevre

Associate Professors: Kestutis G. Bendinskas, Martha Bruch, Webe Kadima

Assistant Professors: Fehmi Damkaci, Lawrence Fuller, Casey Raymond, Jeffery Schneider

The chemistry programs are designed to meet a variety of needs. The BA program will meet the needs of those students desiring to enter a professional school, such as medical, dental, pharmacy, optometry, chiropractic, or other, and those students desiring to dual major with a broad liberal education but with sufficient chemistry to continue in the chemical field. The BS programs allow for the training as prescribed by the American Chemical Society for a beginning chemical or biochemistry career in either industry, government, or preparation for graduate or professional school.

An environmental track in the chemistry program is also available for students and is accredited by the American Chemical Society.

The Chemistry Department has developed a 3+2 cooperative program with Chemical Engineering Departments at other colleges. The time of study for the program is 3 years at Oswego followed by 2 years at the cooperating engineering college. Upon successful completion of the program at both schools, students receive the Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from SUNY Oswego (BA or BS depending on program taken at Oswego) and the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the cooperating college.

A 3+4 Pre-optometry program with the SUNY, College of Optometry is available where, after completion, students receive a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Oswego and a Doctorate in Optometry from SUNY, College of Optometry.

The Chemistry Department at Oswego was the first State University College in New York to be accredited by the American Chemical Society.

Certification Requirements of the American Chemical Society

Certification requirements of chemistry majors by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society may be met in the BA degree curriculum in Arts and Sciences by suitable choice of electives under advisement, as listed below.

  1. CHE 425 • Instrumental Analysis
  2. CHE 451 • Inorganic Chemistry
  3. Advanced chemistry electives, six credit hours in two areas of chemistry including two credit hours of laboratory
  4. Physics elective under advisement
  5. A reading knowledge of scientific German is suggested such as GER 125 and GER 126

Chemistry Honors Program

Prerequisites for admission to the program include the following:

  1. A 3.20 GPA in chemistry and overall are required. Both indices must be obtained in course work at SUNY Oswego. A student is eligible for honors work after having completed CHE 212.
  2. Approval of the department chair.

Basic minimum requirements include the following:

  1. A project or independent study assignment is required which demonstrates understanding beyond that normally required in each of two courses selected, from two different areas of chemistry, such as analytical, biochemical, environmental, inorganic, organic and physical. (Department chair and instructor permission are required before honors work in any course may be undertaken.)
  2. A senior honors research project, CHE 497, for three credit hours.
  3. A 3.20 GPA in chemistry and a 3.20 GPA overall.

The requirements for graduation with honors in Chemistry are:

  1. Satisfactory completion of the program, as determined by the department chair.
  2. Approval of the Dean of the Division and the Provost

Geochemistry Major

The Department of Chemistry cosponsors a program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Geochemistry. Interested students should consult the heading, GEOCHEMISTRY.