Fall 2021 Guidance/COVID-19 Information

Chemistry Department

Study chemistry at SUNY Cortland and you get the best of several worlds—a first-rate curriculum, small classes led by an energetic faculty and opportunities to become involved in research as early as your freshman year.

One of the best ways to learn chemistry is by doing chemistry, in a lab, side-by-side with a faculty member, using the same sophisticated tools that professional scientists use. That’s why student research is a signature strength of our chemistry program.

Nanotechnology, polymer chemistry, chemical biology and organic synthesis, groundwater contamination and molecular synthesis are just some of the areas student researchers have explored in recent years.

A Cortland chemistry degree opens many doors to your future. Our chemistry majors are engaged in rewarding careers in research, business and industry. They are readily accepted to medical schools or to graduate programs in chemistry and other fields.

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Alum doing NASA space-seed research in his kitchen

April 6, 2020
Forced off campus by COVID-19, Alex Meyers ’13 has found a novel way to do research at home.

SUNY Cortland to offer one-credit cannabis course

Feb. 10, 2020
The class will explore the chemistry of the plant, its practical uses and current legal topics.

‘Hidden Beauty’ Explores Art, Medical Science

Jan. 29, 2019
The exhibition gets artists and scientists talking about art and its meaning.

College Noted Nationally for Fostering Diversity

Oct. 5, 2018
SUNY Cortland was honored for steering students to math and science fields.

NSF Grant Supports Pollutant-Digesting Bacteria Research for Undergraduates

Sept. 11, 2018
The project also includes outreach to middle school-aged girls interested in STEM.


The Chemistry Department has a student affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society (Chem Club). This club, which is partially funded by student activity fees, provides a focus for students in all areas of chemistry to study together, to obtain tutoring services and to socialize. A special Chem Club office provides working areas and a place for joining in the clubs activities. Chem Club sponsors visiting speakers and each year takes a major trip to a scientific meeting or to a site of interest to the club members.

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