So you’re thinking of coming to SUNY Fredonia and majoring in a science? Good for
you! Maybe you’re checking out a few different colleges and Fredonia is on the list.
You’re wondering what makes SUNY Fredonia Chemistry stand out from the rest. Here
are some reasons why so many students have chosen Fredonia. Scroll down for opinions
from current students.
SUNY Fredonia’s Chemistry Department is personal.
- The fact that the Chemistry Department at SUNY Fredonia is smaller than the chemistry
departments at larger schools is an advantage. The professors here truly get to
know their students and are concerned about their progress. The Freshmen Chemistry
Seminar is a one-credit course that Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Geochemistry majors
take in the Fall of their freshman year. During this time freshman get to know the
professors and upperclassmen in their major. They have open discussions with older
students who give them tips about balancing time, studying, and answering any questions
they might have. The professors and students in the chemistry department become
your “Fredonia family.”
All courses are taught by professors who have their PhD.
- Unlike large schools that use TAs to teach general courses, all science courses at
SUNY Fredonia are taught by the actual professors. Even the labs are all taught
by professors who are incredibly knowledgeable and approachable. Professors always
make time for students, even if it is not during their office hours.
SUNY Fredonia’s tuition is lower than private schools.
- SUNY Fredonia is a state school. That means that the tuition at SUNY Fredonia is
less expensive than the tuition at a private four-year college. Since tuition is
a huge issue for most college students, going to a state school is a great way to
get an excellent education at a lower cost.
SUNY Fredonia prepares you for the real world.
- Whether you pursue graduate school or employment after graduation, you will be ready.
The coursework is challenging and will prepare you for rigorous graduate work, and
it is also relevant to the real world if you decide to enter the work force following
graduation. The Chemistry/Biochemistry Seminar is a two-part course taken during
the senior year. The first semester (one credit) is dedicated to preparing students
for graduate school – searching for schools, the application process, etc. It also
prepares students for the work force – types of employment, finding a job, etc. Along
with this, current research papers are analyzed in a "journal club" (open discussion)
format. During the second semester (also one credit), students prepare oral presentations
based on an assessment of current research papers, which is great preparation for
Excellent opportunities in undergraduate research.
- The professors at SUNY Fredonia are involved in some pretty cool projects! Whether
you’re interested in studying medicine and pharmaceuticals or environmental and atmospheric
chemistry, there is sure to be a research project that interests you. Research is
required for a degree in Chemistry. Students usually begin research during their
junior year, but some students have had the opportunity to begin research as early
as their freshmen year.