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Why Study Chemistry? 

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  • The UW-Eau Claire chemistry department is nationally recognized as one of the top undergraduate chemistry departments in the country.

  • The UW-Eau Claire department of chemistry and the comprehensive A.C.S. chemistry major are certified by the American Chemical Society. We also offer programs in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Chemistry with Business Emphasis and Chemistry Education.

  • In a recent 10-year interval, UW-Eau Claire ranks in the top 2 percent of undergraduate chemistry programs nationwide in the number of graduates going on to obtain chemistry Ph.D.s.

  • All Chemistry faculty have doctoral degrees, and all teach chemistry courses.

  • Class sizes are small, and faculty members are readily accessible outside of class.

  • Students are provided the opportunity to interact with leading figures in the chemical sciences through our seminar program.

  • Four UW-Eau Claire chemistry faculty members have received prestigious Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards, more than any other public liberal arts or comprehensive institution in the country.

  • The department has a long tradition of productive collaborative research between undergraduate students and faculty, culminating in more than 160 published papers in peer-reviewed journals in the past 10 years as well as presentations at regional, national and international meetings. Undergraduate research positions in the department are often paid over the summer or academic year, providing more than $350,000 in student salaries over the past five years. Much of this funding has come from external sources such as the NSF, NIH and ACS-PRF.

  • The department has state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation to which all chemistry majors have access during their studies.

  • The award-winning student affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society offers opportunities to visit graduate and professional schools, industrial and government employers. The group hosts many social and professional activities throughout the year as well as outreach activities for local school groups.