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You want to help develop pharmaceuticals that will expand treatment options and cure diseases. You want to better understand the compounds that make up our foods and beverages. You’re interested in measuring the levels of toxic materials in the environment, or you want to create new materials and safer chemical compounds.

Whatever your specialty, you’ll dive deep into your labs, focus on innovative research alongside your Faculty Mentor, and get the hands-on experience with cutting-edge equipment that translates to job offers after graduation – or prepares you for graduate school.

Interested in biochemistry or environmental chemistry? We’ve got you covered. At Hartwick, the faculty work closely together to help you develop your personal FlightPath.

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Many Career Paths

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Hartwick makes sure you have the real-world experience you need to succeed after graduation. You’ll get into labs right away and work with some impressive equipment, including a High-Performance Liquid Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer, a Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer, an Atomic Absorption Spectrometer, a 300 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer, and various optical spectrometers.

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Add an education certification and you can teach the next generation of up-and-coming chemists, or a minor in forensic science or criminal justice to open up career paths in mortuary science, crime scene analysis or forensic anthropology.

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In addition to your Faculty Mentor, you’ll also be paired with a Career Coach, who will help you hone your passions into internships in your chosen field – and help you find a career you’ll be passionate about.


Hartwick will help you make the most of your time on campus, with clubs, J Term experiences and ample opportunities to learn from guest speakers, mini-seminars and conferences.

Make soap to sell with the Chemistry Club and raise money to sponsor travel to the American Chemistry Society or the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology National Meetings. Get into our Center for Craft Food & Beverage and study desirable compounds that make for high-quality spirits. You could even get a paid internship for your work there!


Co-collaboration is at the heart of Hartwick’s Chemistry department. Take courses in environmental or biochemistry, or step outside the lab and enhance your creativity in a music ensemble, theater performance or volunteer organization.

J Term and fall/spring semester-long research projects allow you to work alongside faculty and focus on areas of chemistry that excite you. Your Alumni Mentor will share their personalized experience to empower and inspire you as you look for your first job, and your Success Coach will be there to cheer you the whole way through.

In your senior year, you’ll take on a funded independent research project alongside your Faculty Mentor. Present your findings at Student Showcase, or even at a national conference! It all goes on your Digital Resume, which shows employers you have the skills and drive to succeed in the workplace.



Like Emily Jackson, ’22, who is working at Albany Medical School as a Laboratory Research Technician. While at Hartwick, she received The American Institute of Chemists student award, presented to a top graduating chemistry student who demonstrates advancement potential in the chemical professions.


Like Peyton Samuelson ’22, now working for Agilent Technologies, one of the top suppliers of technology for laboratories and diagnostics markets. Peyton was the recipient of the Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry.


Emilija Aleksandrovic ’20, now working on a Ph.D. at the University of Texas Southwestern, focusing on Cell and Molecular Biology. Emilija worked in the Center for Craft Food and Beverage as a lab technician, and helped other students as a chemistry tutor.


Andrew J. Piefer

Professor and Chair of Chemistry

John Dudek

Professor of Chemistry

Mark S. Erickson

Professor of Chemistry

Wayne McMahon

Professor of Practice in Chemistry

Sheeba Siddiqi

Technical Specialist in Chemistry

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.

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