Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Studies Committee

The Chemistry Undergraduate Studies Committee (USC) consists of several chemistry faculty and our undergraduate program coordinator. They serve as academic advisors and handle undergraduate student concerns including declaration of a major or minor, petitions for waiver or substitution of program requirements, and other curriculum or program questions.

Faculty members listed below have primary responsibilities for undergraduates studies. All committee members are "authorized signatures" for required paperwork to declare a major or minor in chemistry. Requests for transfer of course credit should be directed to Deb Contestabile.

While a member of this committee is a good place to start if you have questions, students should also feel free to contact any of their professors or peer advisors with questions.

Administrative Assistant, Undergraduate Program & Development Office

Deb Contestabile
(585) 276-3663
Hutchison 404D

Faculty Advisors

Professor Joshua L. Goodman (Committee Chair)
(585) 275-4891
Hutchison 460

Mechanistic organic chemistry

Professor James Farrar
(585) 275-5834
Hutchison B19

Dynamical studies of low energy ion-molecule reactions in the gas phase; imaging studies of collisions; photochemistry of size-selected ionic clusters

Professor Alison Frontier
(585) 275-2568
Hutchison 414

Synthetic organic chemistry; synthesis of bioactive natural products; pericyclic reactions; asymmetric catalysis; discovery of new reactions catalyzed by transition metal complexes

Dr. Benjamin Hafensteiner
(585) 275-1936
Hutchison 124

General and Organic Chemistry

Professor Thomas R. Krugh
(585) 275-4224
Hutchison 459

Biophysical chemistry; structural analysis of biomolecules, energy minimization and molecular dynamics calculations

Professor Wolf Udo Schröder
(585) 275-8263
Hutchison 466

Dynamics of complex nuclear reactions at intermediate and high energies

Committee Functions

Chemistry Major Advisor

Any Committee Member

Chemistry Minor Advisor

Any Committee Member

Approval for Transfer Credit

Goodman & Contestabile

Senior Research Theses and Symposium

Krugh & Contestabile

ACS Student Affiliates Advisor


Review of Senior Transcripts and Latin Honors

Goodman & Contestabile

Review of Transcripts and Readmission Applications


Undergraduate Awards and Nominations

Goodman & Contestabile

Graduation Ceremonies

Goodman & Contestabile

Review of Freshman Academic Handbook, Undergraduate Course Description, Bulletin for Undergraduate Studies

Goodman & Contestabile

Review of Formal Petitions


College Fall, Spring and Summer Advising Meetings