Chemistry Major & Minor

Chemistry Lab

Hartwick chemistry: real experiments with real chemists.

Hartwick’s Department of Chemistry fosters students’ intellectual creativity and independence, while developing their fundamental knowledge of modern chemistry.

Chemistry, the study of matter, focuses on how substances are formed and transformed by chemical reactions. Chemistry gives students a working knowledge of chemical principles. This allows them to perform experiments, initiate and sustain research, and to think abstractly about relationships as they analyze data and draw conclusions.


Where degrees in chemistry can take you.

Approved by the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Professional Training, Hartwick offers a bachelor of arts in chemistry, a bachelor of science in chemistry, a bachelor of science in biochemistry, and a bachelor of science in environmental chemistry.

Hartwick chemistry majors get prepared to enter the field, whether in the lab, the field, or further study at top-notch graduate programs in chemistry, medicine, and many more.


A closer look.

With individual attention from faculty and direct access to state-of-the-art chemical instrumentation, studying chemistry here means you’ll gain hands-on knowledge of theoretical principles through experimentation and independent research. Hartwick faculty understand that experimental work and research are central to the development of productive scientists.


Beyond the basic.

To promote the development of research skills, students are encouraged to participate as early as possible in ongoing faculty research projects and to design their own projects as their abilities increase.

Recent senior thesis research projects include:

  • Direct Comparison of GC-FID and GC-MS with Thermal Desorption Trace Solvent Analysis in Pharmaceuticals
  • Recombinant Expression and Characterization of Epulopiscium sp. Type B Glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate Dehydrogenase
  • The Effect of Agricultural Waste Water Run-off on Antibiotic Concentrations in Surface Water

Putting chemistry to work.

Majors have a wide range of career options available to them, and many go on to further study at some of the best graduate schools in the nation.

Hartwick alumni work for:

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
  • Chobani
  • Norwich Pharmaceuticals
  • Earth Tech Environmental Services
  • Merck Pharmaceuticals
  • Roche Pharmaceuticals
  • Rochester General Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins

Recent Hartwick graduates have been accepted to:

  • University of Virginia
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign
  • Tufts University
  • Cornell University
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Cal Tech
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Meet the chemistry faculty.

Hartwick’s expert chemistry faculty are scholars in their field. What’s more, they work to make their research real for their students. Students who are meant for more. Students who will make a difference in the world of the future. Hartwick students.

Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad
Associate Professor of Geology and Chemistry
Ph.D., Washington State University
Areas of expertise:
chemical and biological weathering of minerals, microbe-mineral-water interactions, biofilm processes, water quality and contamination, bioremediation, base cation nutrient cycles, and watershed-based hydrochemistry.
John Dudek
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., Princeton University
Areas of expertise:
cavity ring-down spectroscopy, chemical kinetics and thermodynamics
Mark S. Erickson
Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., Louisiana State University
Areas of expertise:
organic and green chemistry, and research in organic and organometallic conducting polymers, polycyclic aromatic compounds, and the synthesis of retinoids as anticancer drugs.
Wayne McMahon
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry
PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Areas of expertise:
organic chemical process development and new synthetic methodologies directed towards molecules of biological interest.
Catie Minogue
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison
Areas of expertise:
the development and application of mass spectrometry-based proteomics.
Andrew J. Piefer
Associate Professor and Chair of Chemistry
Ph.D., New Mexico State University
Areas of expertise:
biochemistry and virology, biomolecular interactions (especially related to viral and host cell proteins and nucleic acids), tissue culture techniques, recombinant protein expression and purification, and virus assembly and budding.
Susan M. Young
Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder
Areas of expertise:
synthesis and reactivity studies of main-group inorganic compounds, the design and use of educational technology.

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Ready to move faster? Get the full Hartwick chemistry experience in three-quarters the time at three-quarters the cost. Learn more about the three-year program.

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