May 24, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Academic Support Resources

Oswego has many resources and facilities that support student learning and complete the nurturing environment of our academic community. An overview of some of them follows.


Campus Technology Services


Campus Technology Services

Campus Technology Services (CTS) is an integrated service organization caring for administrative computing, instructional computing, network services, technology user support and telecommunications. The department delivers a broad set of infrastructure, applications and services vital to the mission and operation of the College.

Students can start using the technology services on campus by activating their Laker NetID. This account is required to use many of the services on campus including email, the residence hall network (ResNet), wireless network, computer labs, myOswego, Blackboard and more. Online activation is available from the “Account Activation Link” at

Electronic mail (email) is an official mechanism of communication at SUNY Oswego. Students, faculty, and staff have the responsibility to use this email in an efficient, effective, respectful, ethical and lawful manner. Individuals are expected to check their SUNY Oswego email on a frequent and consistent basis in order to stay current with college-related communications. Please refer to for more information on technology policies.

Internet access is available in student residence hall rooms through wired and wireless connections. Students living on campus may connect their personal computer to access the campus network as well as the Internet from their room. Almost the entire campus is wireless. Wireless areas on campus are intended to cover faculty/staff offices, classrooms and public gathering spaces such as academic commons, dining halls, Penfield Library, and the Marano Campus Center. Exact locations of wireless spaces can be found at

There are numerous computer labs available on campus. CTS provides over 250 Windows and Macintosh computers for general student access and computer labs and over 800 computers in specialized departmental labs. There are general access computer labs for student use in Penfield Library (including the 24-hour room), and Marano Campus Center. There are also labs available in the Oneida, Scales, Waterbury and Hart residence halls.

Departmental computer labs are available to students in their academic programs and include departments such as Art, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Physics, Psychology, and Technology as well as the School of Education, and the School of Business.

Phone service is available upon request to students living in the residence halls. On-campus phone calls can be made and incoming calls received at no charge. A billing plan is required to make off-campus phone calls. To set up a billing plan visit the Telecommunications website or the Telecommunications Office on the first floor of Culkin Hall.

The myOswego web site,, provides student access to their personal college records. Students can register for classes, pay their bill, review your financial aid, check their grades, sign up for campus emergency communications, and more.

The SUNY Oswego Mobile App is a recommended addition to all student’s mobile phone. The app provides students with access to their grades, schedule and a degree completion scorecard, a map of the campus, people directory, events and of course, the latest dining choices. More information is available at

Additionally, all students should add Oswego Guardian to their phone. The free Rave Guardian safety app can be used to check in with family, friends, campus police, or others you trust to help you stay safe both on and off campus. More information is available at

CTS also provides technology in the classroom for faculty and student use. Our Advanced Technology Classrooms (ATCs) promote opportunities for teaching and learning by integrating learning technology, such as computers, projection, document cameras, and DVD / Blu-ray players. Selected locations are equipped with Smart technology, audience response technology, lapel mic’s, dual projection, and lecture capture service.

The Help Desk is available to assist students with any of the technology services provided by CTS. Located in 26 Lanigan Hall, the Help Desk provides a central location and single point of contact for technology support and information. The Help Desk also provides support over the phone at 315-312-3456 or by email at Visit Campus Technology Services online at


First Year Programs



SUNY Oswego’s First Year Programs are designed to help freshmen to be successful in college. These programs include: First Year Advisement (see Academic Advisement under the Curriculum Information  section of this catalog), FirstChoice Academic Experience, and First Year Residential Experience. These programs are geared towards helping the students connect to the faculty, staff and each other.

The FirstChoice Academic Experience offers small classes specially designed to help first-year students gain skills and access resources necessary to be successful in college. These courses are integrated into the regular curriculum and taught primarily by full-time faculty and staff, providing opportunities for individual attention from the professor and solid group interaction. Oswego offers Preceptor, Gateway, Service Learning, Special Interests and Signature courses in multiple subject areas, as well as program courses for athletes and Honors. First Year Learning Communities are also available through FirstChoice, offering students a chance to take a block of integrated courses.

Johnson Hall houses the First Year Residential Experience (FYRE), which offers a structured community encouraging first-year students to succeed academically. Students have academic and social requirements that assist them in becoming involved with life on-campus and the greater community.

Undeclared Academic Advisement


145 Marano Campus Center • 315-312-2255

Students who are exploring academic majors and related careers can choose to be “undeclared” for their first and second year at Oswego. The major is housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and coordinated by Career Services. All undeclared students are assigned to an Undeclared Academic Advisor trained to support students in the major and career exploration process.

Undeclared first-year students are expected to actively explore majors and careers. During their first year they will participate in at least one major exploration program, workshop or class specifically designed to support them through the major exploration process. There is a range of programs and services including self-assessments, career coaching appointments, job shadows, major exploration courses, and community service opportunities.

There are numerous services and resources available to guide students through the process, which include:

  • Self-Assessments
  • Exploration Workshops
  • Individualized Career Coaching with Industry Experts
  • Job Shadow/Informational Interviews
  • Undeclared Advisement
  • Online Resources and Tools
  • What Can I do with a Major in …? - comprehensive website to explore majors and careers
  • Courses - GST 103: Exploring your Strengths or GST 110: Life Planning and Major Exploration (first choice course available to undeclared first-year students only)

Though students may remain undeclared up to the time they complete 60 credit hours, students are encouraged to select and confirm their academic major between 30-45 credit hours as some academic majors have significant core requirements that need to be completed early on to ensure timely progress to graduation. In addition, one of the requirements for SUNY Oswego’s ROI program requires a student to declare by the end of their third semester.

Transfer Student Services


183 Marano Campus Center • 315-312-3638

SUNY Oswego’s Transfer Services Office was created in order to provide the almost 900 transfer students with support during their time at Oswego. The Transfer Services Office is responsible for several programs related to transfer success including the Tau Sigma National Academic Honor Society, Transfer Social Media, Transfer Mentoring, and the Transfer Services website which contains information related to Transfer Orientation, course equivalencies, articulation agreements, transfer student scholarships, and involvement opportunities.

The Transfer Mentoring program pairs Tau Sigma members with incoming transfer students to help new transfer students adjust to their new academic and social community. Tau Sigma is the National Transfer Student Academic Honor Society and any transfer student who transfers in with at least 24 credits and is in the top 20% of their incoming class is eligible. The transfer Social Media group offers an internship for leadership and maintains social media outlets to keep all Oswego Transfers informed academically and socially.

The Office of Transfer Services is also responsible for the creation and maintenance of program agreements with community colleges and other four-year institutions. We also work with a number of other offices on campus to provide services and programs to aid transfer students in their transition to SUNY Oswego.


Center for Experiential Learning


145 Marano Campus Center

The Center for Experiential Learning offers students an opportunity to earn academic credit for experiential learning in a variety of businesses, non-profit organizations, and community agencies. Students earn college credit, gain valuable experience outside of the classroom, and link academic content and theory to the real world. Experiential learning opportunities are available throughout New York State, at selected sites throughout the U.S., and in international locations. Opportunities within the Center for Experiential Learning give students the opportunity to: (1) learn the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to be effective in the workplace, (2) put theory into practice, (3) gain transferable skills, (4) explore various career opportunities, (5) network with experts in the field, (6) build a resume and portfolio of successful professional experience for future employment, (7) learn about the world of work first-hand,  (8) grow professionally and personally. Students also value our project-based and service-learning courses with an emphasis on active, community-engaged learning.

These credit-bearing courses help students understand the value of civic engagement in our democracy while exploring the many roles they can assume in college and later in life.  Our programs include:

  • Internship Program
  • Cooperative Education Program
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Professional Skills Preparatory
  • Leadership in Your Field
  • Mentor-Scholar Program
  • Oswego Children’s Project
  • RISE

For more information see Center for Experiential Learning  under the OTHER ACADEMIC OPTIONS section of this catalog.

Environmental Research Center


403-405 Shineman Center
Contact: Director, Environmental Research Center, Department of Chemistry

The Environmental Research Center (ERC) is a specialized research unit of the College housed within the Department of Chemistry.  The ERC provides state-of-the-art analytical services for multidisciplinary environmental, human health, and Great Lakes research projects.  The ERC specializes in the analysis of legacy and emerging contaminants, including congener-specific polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides (OCs), dioxins/furans/coplanar PCBs, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in a variety of environmental matrices.  The ERC has two environmental chemistry laboratories equipped with research-grade analytical instrumentation for sample preparation and the measurement of organic contaminants in the  environment, including: Waters AutoSpec Premier Gas Chromatograph-High Resolution Mass Spectrometer - with Agilent 7890GC, MMI and 7693 Autosampler, 2 Agilent 7890 GC/ECD with SS/PTV and 7683 Autosampler, 2 Agilent 7890B/5977A EI/CI MSD with MMI/SS and 7693 Autosampler, Agilent 7890/5975C Inert XL EI/CI MSD with SS/MMI and 7693 Autosampler, 2 Waters HPLC-GPC Breeze preparation systems, FMS PowerPrep and PowerVap Automated Sample Cleanup, Dionex Accelerated Solvent Extractor (ASE) 150, and 2 Biotage TurboVap II Workstations.

Studies conducted at the ERC have included: USEPA Great Lakes Fish Monitoring and Surveillance Program, USEPA/Wisconsin’s Assessment of Healthy Consumption of Great Lakes Fish, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe - Lake Sturgeon Restoration Project, Xenobiotics in Fish from New York’s Great Lakes International Waters, Ambient Levels of Persistent and Emerging Air Toxics in Acadia National Park, wildlife contaminant studies, development of analytical methods for the determination/separation of congener-specific PCBs/PCTs/OC pesticides/PBDEs/dioxins/furans in sediments, biota and water. Research funding is provided through collaborative grants from USEPA, Great Lakes National Program Office, Great Lakes Commission, National Science Foundation, ATSDR, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, NYS Great Lakes  Protection Fund, Great Lakes Research Consortium, Novelis Corporation, and World Wildlife Federation.

Opportunities exist for interested faculty and students to become involved in collaborative and multidisciplinary research projects.  Highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students are supported with extramural research funding and environmental fellowships.  Independent study and Capstone research experiences are also offered for qualified students through the Department of Chemistry.


Office of Business and Community Relations


34 E. Bridge St., Oswego, NY 13126

The Office of Business and Community Relations:

Administers the Leadership Oswego County program, a nine-month program that prepares a select group of county residents to become the community stewards of the future. This group embarks on a nine-month course on Oswego County and its resources, vital issues of today, and visioning for tomorrow.

  • Provides technical assistance to non-profit boards and through consultation and training on board governance and organizational development.
  • Administers the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), which places people aged 55 and older in volunteer assignments that satisfy community needs.
  • Administers the Workforce Skill Building Training (WSBT) Contract, which provides professional development training to employees of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).
  • Acts as a point of contact between community, business and government agencies interested in accessing the expertise and resources of SUNY Oswego.

The Business Resource Center
121 East First St., Oswego, NY 13126

The Business Resource Center:

  • Administers the Small Business Development Center, which utilizes SUNY Oswego faculty, professional staff and students to counsel individuals who want to start or expand a small business.
  • Provides classroom training and workshops to groups of individuals who want to start small businesses
  • Administers the Workforce Development Board of Oswego County, which administers the Federal Workforce Innovation Opportunities Act (WIOA) funds that support employment and training in Oswego County and oversees the One Stop Center located in Fulton where employment and training services are offered.
  • Provides technical assistance, research, and impact analysis to support grant development and management on behalf of local government and community agencies, using SUNY Oswego  faculty and professional staff.
  • Administers the MGMT Request for Qualifications (RFQ) contract; SUNY Oswego secures services and training consultants and awards and manages consultation sub-contracts on behalf of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).
  • Serves as a conduit between various campus department research programs and business community.

Office of Learning Services (OLS)


173 Marano Campus Center

SUNY Oswego provides academic and tutoring support services for many lower level (100-200) courses as well as a select number of 300-level courses. The Office of Learning Services (OLS) houses the Writing Center, the Learning Center, and the Math and Science Learning Center to guide students on their academic path. OLS is also where our Student Academic Success Specialists (SASS) are located. They are here to provide best-practice academic success advisement by fostering each student’s ability to grow and achieve academic and personal goals that lead to their future success.

In conjunction with the aforementioned services, OLS also holds academically based workshops every semester through the Write Ways series and our Academic Success Workshop series. These workshops have rotating themes and are offered several times each month.

Students who would like to work on improving study or success skills, on mastering a subject, or who are interested in improving their ability to succeed on tests or in their courses can take advantage of the services offered through OLS. Our Peer Tutors are trained and supervised by full-time professional staff of the college. These students have been successful in the courses they tutor, and are referred by their faculty. They receive training based on the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) certification guidelines on how to effectively assist students in improving their basic skills, mastering their understanding of course content, and learning how to be a better student

Students may learn more or request any of the services OLS provides by visiting our website, inquiring in person in 173 Marano Campus Center, or by coming to any of our advertised workshops.


Penfield Library



Penfield Library, located in the heart of campus, is a technology-rich learning center providing the SUNY Oswego community with information resources, user-centered services and engaging spaces. The Library houses a physical collection of over 400,000 books, CDs, videos, and other resources, and provides online access to over 60,000 e-journals and 150,000 e-books.  Over 150 computer workstations are available throughout the library, including 22 workstations in our 24-hour study room and 30 laptops that can be checked out for in-library use. Convenient printing services are available from all computers.

The four-story, Wi-Fi equipped building has seating for over one thousand students including individual and group study areas, individual study carrels, a quiet study floor, and technology-enhanced spaces for collaborative work and presentation practice. The Library’s Lake Effect Cafe is a popular campus eatery with a wide range of menu options and comfortable seating.

The Library brings together many services to support student learning, including the Ask A Librarian research help desk, technology assistance from Campus Technology Services, and writing tutoring from the Office of Learning Services. SUNY Oswego librarians are available during most of the library’s open hours, answering questions in person, by telephone, chat, text message and email. Librarian help is also available through our collaborative 24/7 online chat service and via our online tutorials. Subject specialist librarians provide an orientation to library research and information sources in many courses and also offer personal research appointments.

Penfield Library provides access to materials in other libraries through its inter-library loan service, featuring a statewide, quick-delivery service. The Library’s Special Collections houses the College archives, rare books, and local history materials, including the papers of the United States’ thirteenth president, Millard Fillmore.

Rice Creek Field Station



The College operates a field station located on Thompson Road, one mile south of the main campus as a year-round facility to provide opportunities for field oriented biological, geological, and astronomical science teaching and research. Guiding this effort is the mission of the Rice Creek Station to be a living laboratory for the advancement of knowledge through ecological research, education, and stewardship of the natural world. To accomplish this mission, the station has a newly constructed central building, which contains two state-of–the-art laboratories, a lecture/seminar room and a small museum area housing collections of plants, vertebrates and invertebrates, a weather station, an observatory, and a small reception area for visitors. Additionally, the grounds surrounding the station include an herb garden and 300 acres of fields, forests, ponds and streams that are used for ecological research by faculty and students in formal course work and independent study projects. In addition to academic offerings, the Field Station provides public programs in nature education for groups and individuals, school aged to adult. Four nature trails, open to the public, provide opportunities for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. The Orange trail, about two miles in length, is also open for bicycling. The trails pass through fields and woods in several stages of succession. Trail maps are available at the field station building.

Children’s Center


131A Sheldon Hall

The Children’s Center provides child care and preschool programs for children ages 18 months-5 years. The curriculum areas include art, science, music, cognitive and language development, and outdoor play. Meals and snacks are provided. Tuition is based on a sliding scale according to household income and child care tuition subsidies are sometimes available for low income SUNY students. Call the center as early as possible to be put on the waiting list.

Waterman Theatre


Tyler Box Office
315-312-2141 sales)

Waterman Theatre is located in Tyler Hall, the Fine and Performing Arts building. After a two-year renovation, the Theatre reopened in Fall ‘16 as a 420 seat theatre, fitted with hearing loops for assisted hearing and ADA elevator access. The theatre space includes state-of-the-art support facilities and is equipped with counter weighted fly lines, electronic dimmers, stage traps, elevated orchestra pit, a complete intercommunications and sound systems. Support areas include well-equipped scene and costume shops, a lighting and electronic experimentation room, spray booth, storage galleries, make-up and dressing rooms, quick change rooms, and a green room. Phase II renovations are planned for the non-performances spaces and Lab Theatre, which will be ongoing through 2020. Waterman Theatre is used by the Departments of Theatre, Music and ARTSwego for their performances, the 2017 Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit and has hosted campus groups such as ALANA, del sarte and Gospel Choir.