Sep 23, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate 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.



Accessibility Resources

155 Marano Campus Center

Accessibility Resources coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Accommodations are tailored to individual student needs and could include accommodations such as extended time on exams, alternate testing arrangements, readers, note takers, and interpreters.

The operational philosophy of the office is based firmly on the belief that the individuals served are students first and that their disabilities are secondary. The office can assist in the coordination of benefits with outside agencies such as ACCESS-VR or Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, in addition to advocating for students to ensure they have the physical and programmatic access to all college programs that will affect their mainstreaming into the campus community. All students with disabilities in need of assistance should identify themselves early, pre-semester is preferred, and should make regular contact with the office. This contact is voluntary and can be made throughout the semester. Please contact Accessibility Resources with any questions.


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 technology services by activating their Laker NetID. This account is required to use many services including email, myOswego, Blackboard, the residence hall network (ResNet), wireless network, computer labs, and more.

Email is an official form of communication at SUNY Oswego. Students, faculty, and staff have the responsibility to use 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 our CTS Policies for more information.

High-speed Internet access is available in student residence hall rooms. Students living on campus may connect their personal device to access the campus network as well as the Internet from their room. Wifi access is available in residential, academic, and some outdoor spaces.

There are numerous computer labs available on campus. 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.

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

The SUNY Oswego Mobile app is a recommended addition to all student mobile phones. The app provides access to grades, schedules, a degree completion scorecard, a map of the campus, people directory, events and of course, the latest dining choices.  Find it in your device’s app store.

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.

Technology is available in all classrooms for use by our faculty and students. Our Advanced Technology Classrooms (ATCs) foster opportunities for teaching and learning by integrating audio/visual technology through use of computers, projection, document cameras, and DVD / Blu-ray players. Selected locations are equipped with Smart technology, audience response technology, lapel mics, 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


Children’s Center of Oswego

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.


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, polychlorinated napthalenes (PCNs), 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) 350, 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.


EXCEL: Experiential Courses and Engaged Learning

145 Marano Campus Center

The EXCEL team supports students in the pursuit of their personal, academic, and career goals by offering meaningful experiential learning opportunities and courses. In collaboration with campus and community partners, the EXCEL office will be a central hub that provides students with equitable access to meaningful experiential learning opportunities and supports their growth as professionals who are working to build a better world.

Internships, co-ops, service learning, and experiential courses provide students the ability to apply knowledge and theories learned in the classroom to “real world” businesses, non-profit organizations, and community agencies.  Students are able to develop key competencies, explore career paths, and gain valuable professional connections through local, national, or international experiences.

Our program and course offerings include:

  • Academic Success and Transition
  • Career Exploration and Preparation
  • Service-Learning
  • Peer Education and College Mentoring
  • Internships, Co-ops and Practicum

Cooperative Education

145 Marano Campus Center

Cooperative Education is a work-integrated learning experience and a mutually beneficial partnership among a student, the institution, and an employer. At SUNY Oswego, Cooperative Education opportunities, co-ops, are full-time paid, work experiences that are transcripted but do not earn credit or have tuition liability. The co-op employer designation will appear on the student’s transcript. Employers offer college students opportunities for co-op positions for many programs of study and are available throughout the academic calendar year.

Graduate students must obtain approval from their academic department and graduate program advisor to be eligible for a Co-op work experience. International students on an F-1 Visa must have written authorization from their international student advisor from the International Education Office prior to participation in a co-op. Individual departments may have additional requirements; students should consult their major program advisor. Any exception to the co-op criteria will need to be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Students will submit an offer letter from the employer, complete a learning agreement, and complete other required Co-op forms before starting their Co-op. Students complete the learning agreement through the office of EXCEL: Experiential Course and Engaged Learning. The learning agreement, an agreement among the student, the Academic program advisor, GST 598C Faculty Sponsor, and employer, requires student and company information, a list of position responsibilities, and a list of learning objectives. EXCEL: Experiential Course and Engaged Learning will process the registration for the student for their Co-op course, GST 598C, when all required forms have been submitted.

Registration for Co-op includes one summer term only, one fall term only, one spring term only, or a combination for two terms, either summer and fall or spring and summer. While on Co-op, students are considered full-time students and work full-time hours. Full-time work hours are determined by federal law, typically forty hours per week. A Co-op minimum is twelve weeks and maximum is twenty-six weeks. Students can participate in a maximum of two co-ops prior to graduation. Students who do not successfully complete the co-op experience through SUNY Oswego will not be able to participate in additional Co-op opportunities.

Students may obtain permission to take one academic course per term while participating in a coop if approved by their graduate program advisor and the course is deemed part of a student’s academic pursuit of a degree. Upon completion of the Co-op, students will submit an updated resume, a reflection assignment and will also be required to turn in timesheets and a student evaluation. Employers will also be required to submit an evaluation.


An internship is the mentored experience of a student in an approved business, industry, social or governmental agency, or other field setting for a specified period and for an appropriate number of credit hours. The goal of an internship is to afford students an opportunity to apply their theoretical background and skills to an experiential situation. In order to be eligible for a Graduate Level internship, a student must have Graduate standing, good standing (min. 3.00 GPA), and must have earned at least 9 credits in their  program of study.  Internships are graded “Honors,” “Satisfactory,” and “Unsatisfactory” (H, S, and U) and do not affect overall GPA. Qualified students shall prepare a learning agreement for the internship with the guidance of their Faculty Sponsor. The learning agreement will include the name of the approved agency where the student will be completing the internship hours, the name of the Site Supervisor, the academic learning objectives of the internship, the nature of the field experience, the number of credit hours to be earned, and the procedures by which the internship will be supervised and academic work that will be used for the evaluation of the student’s final grade.

The learning agreement will go through the approval process which includes the Academic advisor, Faculty Sponsor, Site Supervisor, and EXCEL: Experiential Courses and Engaged Learning. A student serving an internship will be supervised jointly by a professor from the sponsoring Graduate Program and the professional from the site where the internship is being served. The student will be required to submit academic assignments analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating the experience. The academic assignments along with the Site Supervisor’s evaluation shall provide the primary basis from which the Faculty Sponsor will assign a grade for the internship.

Entries on a student’s transcript for such experiences will be labeled GST 691 or specific program code if applicable.  Registration deadlines for internships follow the college calendar. 

Individual Graduate Programs may have different criteria and requirements.  

For more information on internships supported through EXCEL: Experiential Course and Engaged Learning please check out our website at


International Language and Education Center

151 Marano Campus Center

The International Language and Education Center administers the Summer Intensive English Program and the English for Academic Purposes Program for students who are required to or interested in improving their proficiency in English. The Summer Intensive English Program offers credit courses for beginner, intermediate and advanced speakers of English as a Second Language. Students receive formal instruction daily to improve their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Additionally, instructors focus on grammar and pronunciation. Students also participate in required and optional after-class activities that include weekend trips, presentations, and tutoring sessions. The English for Academic Purposes Program offers credit courses each fall semester to exchange, undergraduate and graduate students who are required to or desirous of developing their academic proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing. These courses count as Art and Science electives in most undergraduate programs.


Office of Business and Community Relations

34 E. Bridge St., Oswego, NY 13126

The Office of Business and Community Relations:

  • Administers the Small Business Development Center, which uses SUNY Oswego faculty, 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 writes and obtains training grants for the private and public sectors.
  • Administers the Leadership Oswego County program, a nine-month program that teaches community trusteeship, leadership skills, current issues and networking to a diverse group of community residents.
  • Provides technical assistance to and conducts workshops for not-for-profit boards that teach governance and organizational development.
  • Provides technical assistance, research, impact analysis and grant writing for local government and community agencies, using SUNY Oswego faculty and professional staff.
  • Serves as a conduit for research projects from the business community to various campus departments.
  • Administers the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), which places people aged 55 and older in volunteer assignments they find meaningful, while at the same time satisfying community needs.
  • Acts as a contact to community, business and government to engage the resources of SUNY Oswego


Office of Learning Services (OLS)

112 Penfield Library

The Office of Learning Services (OLS) provides academic and tutoring support services for many lower level (100-200) courses as well as a select number of 300-level courses.

OLS is located on the first floor of Penfield Library and employs dozens of peer tutors.  Our three Centers (STEM, Tutoring, and Writing) provide free in-person appointment, drop-in and limited and online assistance. Students can schedule appointments in TutorTrac.  Automated confirmation emails will direct students the tutor’s in-person station in the appropriate Center or to their tutor’s unique for online link.

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.

In conjunction with the aforementioned services, OLS also holds academically based workshops every semester through the Write Ways Series and other workshop series.

Students may learn more or request any of the services OLS provides by visiting our website, inquiring in person in 112 Penfield Library, email us at or calling us at 315-312-2571.


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 over 25 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 tutoring from the Office of Learning Services. EOP and CSTEP are also located within the Library. SUNY Oswego librarians are available to answer questions in person, or by telephone, chat, video conference, 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 or can be downloaded from web link above.


Waterman Theatre

Tyler Box Office
315-312-2141 (online sales)

Waterman Theatre is located in Tyler Hall, the Fine and Performing Arts building. After a two-year renovation, the Theatre reopened in Fall 2016 as a 420 seat theatre, fitted with hearing loops for assisted hearing and ADA elevator access. The theatre includes state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems and equipment, counter weighted fly lines, stage traps, an elevated orchestra pit, and audio/video and intercommunication systems throughout the support spaces. The support spaces also finished up a renovation in Fall 2019, and include well-equipped scene and costume shops, a craft room, a lighting design lab, storage areas, dressing rooms, quick change rooms, rehearsal room with a sprung floor, Lab Theatre, and a very comfortable and large green room. Waterman Theatre is used by the Departments of Theatre, Music and ARTSwego for their performances, the Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit, and has hosted campus groups such as ALANA and Del Sarte, as well as community groups such as the Oswego Opera Theater.  For more information and photos of the spaces, please visit