Student Perspectives

Department of Chemistry
221 Science Center
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063

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 graduate school.
  • 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.

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