Garrett McGowan

Dr. Sanford S. Cole & Frances Halderman Cole Chair in Chemistry
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Myers Hall, Room 214


  • BS: University of Maine, 1987
  • PhD: University of Vermont, 1993

Courses Taught

  • General Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Basic Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Frisbee
  • Science and History of Alcohol
  • Advanced Laboratory
  • Introductory Science

Research, Publications, & Presentations

Research & Publications

  • Environmental issues including a geochemical analysis of the Canacadea Watershed, phytoplankton uptake of heavy metals for remediation, PCB and heavy metal contamination in sport fish of Lake Erie, thermal degradation of polymer on art-based substrates


My kids, sailing, biking, paddling, hiking, traveling, cooking/baking, gardening, ice skating, xc skiing, glassblowing, reading, and woodworking.

Professional Experience

Promotion and Tenure Committee, Scholastic Standards Committee, Advisor to the Frisbee (Disc) club, Hockey club, Swing Dance club, Skateboard club, and cycling club, active with the Children's Learning Initiative outreach program bringing science and college experience to at risk youth of Steuben and Allegany County, and volunteer in my children's schools.