Chemistry Department

Hartwick student and faculty in lab

Chemistry Overview

The Hartwick College Department of Chemistry strives to contribute to the overall mission of the College as a Liberal Arts in Practice institution by:

  • Training knowledgeable and skilled chemists and biochemists to practice their profession in an ethical way that contributes to a sustainable society,
  • Educating all Hartwick students about chemistry as “the central science” and its profound importance to their everyday lives, and
  • Actively contributing our scientific knowledge and expertise through collaboration and participation with campus and local communities.

Please note: Hartwick College focuses on offering fall, January, and spring term undergraduate courses in person, however circumstances may require us to offer a small number of courses in this department through distance education. In times of emergency, following regulatory guidelines, all classes may temporarily need to be delivered through distance education, including online. We also offer a slate of courses online in the summer to help our students make progress towards their degrees. With support from an academic advisor, students needing particular courses may have other online options as well. If you have questions about the way courses are delivered in your program, please contact your Department or Program Chair.

Exciting Student Outcomes

Hartwick chemistry students complete research and internships and are well-prepared for employment or graduate school.


Microbial Friends and Foes Research Experience for Undergraduates, Cornell University
Sarah Thompson ’17

Graduate School

Chemistry Ph.D. Program
University of New Hamphsire
Samantha Gillingham ’16

Medicinal Chemistry Ph.D. Program
Vanderbilt University
Megan van der Horst ’16

Biochemistry Ph.D. Program
Pennsylvania State University
Calvin Yeager ’16


Hartwick College Center for Craft Food and Beverage Oneonta, NY
Megan Douglass ’16

Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
Andover, MA
Ryan Desmond ’15

Chemistry Degree Options

The department offers five degree options, a chemistry minor, and a pre-engineering program.

Learn About Our Degree Options

Chemistry Requirements

Ready to consider a chemistry major? See what it takes.

Chemistry Major and Minors

Chemistry Courses

Courses are offered in chemistry, biochemistry and environmental chemistry to allow students to complete degree requirements for the degree option of their choice.

Current Course Offerings

Special Opportunities

Hartwick chemistry and biochemistry students partner directly with faculty to perform a wide variety of ongoing independent research projects. Students present their research at national conferences, and regional symposiums. Many are awarded Hartwick’s Freedman Prize for student-faculty collaborative work.

Chemistry Special Opportunities

Chemistry Faculty

At Hartwick, undergraduates get full professor attention. Each chemistry professor has an active research and publishing program and participates in national meetings of the American Chemical Society, the Geological Society of American, and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Meet Our Chemistry Faculty