The chemistry department is located in adjoining buildings on the first floor of Rosenberg Hall and the second floor of Lansing Hall. The Council on Undergraduate Research has said that Rosenberg Hall, home to the HWS biology department, is “among the best – if not the best-designed undergraduate science teaching-learning, research facilities we have ever seen.”

The chemistry department has six instructional labs, five student-faculty research laboratories, three instrument rooms, a prep room, chemical storage rooms, and a computer lab.

A partial list of the department’s shared instrumentation includes a 400 MHz Varian NMR, a Hewlett Packard GC-MS, a Perkin Elmer 100 FT-IR (ATR), a Polymer Laboratories PL-GPC 120 Integrated Gel Permeation Chromatography System, UV-vis spectrophotometers, a MBraun Unilab (1200/780) Inert Atmosphere Glove Box and a PureSolv 400 solvent purification system. Students engaged in research receive keycard access to all of this equipment.

Individual faculty research labs have additional specialized equipment including rotary evaporators and high vacuum lines in synthetic labs, computational clusters for computational research, and electrochemical equipment for analytical research.

The William Scandling

The William Scandling

The William Scandling, Hobart and William Smith’s steel hulled, 65 foot scientific research vessel, has access to various lakes, including Seneca, Cayuga and Ontario, for student and faculty classroom and research activities.

The vessel, berthed in Seneca Lake, is used regularly by Biology, Geoscience and Chemistry students and is a fully equipped for sediment, water and biota studies. The equipment list includes radar, GPS, cellular phone, radios, depth finders, MicroBT, CTDs, high-resolution subbottom profiler, side-scan sonar, current meters, temperature loggers and computers.

The Finger Lakes Institute


The Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) at Hobart and William Smith is dedicated to research and the sharing of that research to consistently improve the health of the region. Located on campus, the FLI offers a variety of programs each semester. To learn more about the ways students integrate FLI into their educational programs, visit the FLI’s website.