Environmental Chemistry Major

Environmental chemistry gets you into the field.

Where degrees in environmental chemistry can take you.

Hartwick environmental 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.

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.

Typically, graduates pursue careers as:

  • Water Systems and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators
  • Chemical Technicians
  • Lab Technicians
  • Environmental Scientists and Specialists


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment continues to increase the demand for environmental scientists and specialists. Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, which means there will be about 9,900 new job openings in the next decade.

Putting environmental chemistry to work.

Hartwick environmental chemistry students go on to rewarding careers, and they study at some of the top graduate schools in the nation.

Hartwick alumni work for:

  • Albany Molecular Research
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Chobani
  • Norwich Pharmaceuticals
  • Earth Tech Environmental Services
  • Merck Pharmaceuticals
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
  • Roche Pharmaceuticals
  • Rochester General Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins

Recent Hartwick graduates have been accepted to:

  • University of Virginia
  • Tufts University
  • Cornell University
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Cal Tech
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Beyond the basic.

Like all Hartwick students, environmental chemistry students put their learning to work. They do original research (sometimes alongside faculty) and they present their findings at regional and national conferences. For instance, Hartwick students presented at the National Experimental Biology Meeting in Anaheim, CA, and at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

A closer look.

With individual attention from faculty and direct access to state-of-the-art chemical instrumentation, 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.

Meet the environmental chemistry faculty.

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

Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad
Associate Professor of Geology
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
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.
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.


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