Major in Chemistry

Bachelor of Science Degree • School of Arts and Sciences

Chemistry Major


With four faculty members trained in biochemistry, inorganic/analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical/polymer chemistry, the UC chemistry faculty offers its students diverse areas of expertise.

Dr. Michelle Boucher

Dr. Michelle A. Boucher

, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry

Phone: (315) 792-3120
Office: 268 Gordon Science Center

Dr. Michelle Boucher earned a Ph.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University and came to UC in 2005. She teaches organic chemistry and chemistry in society. Her research interests include organosilicon chemistry, specifically the modification of naturally occurring sheet silicates as reinforcement or alignment tools.

Dr. Curtis Pulliam

Dr. Curtis R. Pulliam

, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry

Phone: (315) 792-3140
Office: 270 Gordon Science Center

Dr. Curtis Pulliam is Chair of the Chemistry Department at Utica College. He received a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and came to UC in 1987. Dr. Pulliam's area of interest is transition metal cluster compounds. At UC he teaches general chemistry courses, inorganic chemistry, and instrumental methods. ...More About Curtis R. Pulliam

Alyssa Thomas, Ph.D.

Dr. Alyssa C. Thomas

, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Phone: (315) 223-2596
Office: 268 Gordon Science Center

Dr. Alyssa C. Thomas obtained a Ph.D. degree in chemistry with an emphasis in physical chemistry from Ohio University. There she studied the adsorption of water on metal oxide surfaces and heat generation of metal nanoparticles under the advisement of Dr. Hugh H. Richardson. She joined the UC faculty in the fall of 2009. She teaches general chemistry and physical chemistry. Her research interests include surface chemistry, water adsorption, ice nucleation and functionalized nanomaterials. ...More About Alyssa C. Thomas

Benjamin Williamson Faculty Photo

Dr. Benjamin H. Williamson

, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Phone: (315) 792-3716
Office: 268 Gordon Science Center

Professor Williamson earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from LaGrange College in Georgia and later went on to earn his Ph.D. in pharmacy from the University of Iowa. He researches the design and synthesis of novel antibiotics to overcome resistance in bacteria. In his free time he practices martial arts and enjoys cooking and reading.

Dr. William (Bill) F. Pfeiffer , Jr.

, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry



Curtis R. Pulliam, Ph.D.
Chair, Chemistry and Biochemistry
270 Gordon Science Center

(315) 792-3140
Take the next step - Apply now
(315) 792-3006
1600 Burrstone Road | Utica, NY 13502