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Excellence in chemistry

The UW-Eau Claire chemistry and biochemistry department is nationally recognized as one of the top undergraduate chemistry departments in the country. The department and the comprehensive A.C.S. chemistry majors are certified by the American Chemical Society. In a recent 10-year interval, UW-Eau Claire ranks in the top 3 percent of undergraduate chemistry programs nationwide in the number of graduates going on to obtain chemistry Ph.D.'s.

All chemistry and biochemistry faculty have doctoral degrees, and all teach chemistry courses. The added benefit of our smaller size is that ALL courses are professor-taught, and faculty members are readily accessible outside of class. In addition to the stand-out faculty, students are provided the opportunity to interact with leading figures in the chemical sciences through our yearly seminar program.

Five UW-Eau Claire chemistry faculty members have received prestigious Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards, and only one other department at a public university has five such awards (one of those recipients is a Blugold Alumnus).

In short, the merits of this department speak for themselves, and the experiences offered to Blugold students in chemistry are unmatched by the larger, perhaps more widely known institutions. We provide a world-class undergraduate program, proven by the success of our graduates.

Department Mission Statement 

The UWEC chemistry and biochemistry department strives to: 

  • Promote student development in the chemical sciences through innovative teaching, cutting edge collaborative research projects, and hands-on experience with modern instrumentation.
  • Maintain an environment conducive to effective professional development that enables our faculty and staff to reach their full potential as teacher-scholars.
  • Serve the region through outreach to area schools, local companies, and nonprofit agencies.
  • Expand opportunities though a commitment to inclusivity in all our efforts.
Jim Phillips and Bart Dahl mentors honored

Chemistry faculty

The faculty members in the chemistry department stand out state-wide and nationally as leaders in their field.

Meet our expert chemists

Chemistry instrumentation

While it’s our faculty who truly make the chemistry program so successful, it’s the world-class instrumentation that gives Blugold chemistry students the skills and experience that will set them apart as job applicants and grad school candidates.

Industry standard instruments
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Chemistry Grants & Pubs

What really distinguishes the chemistry department and faculty is the research, publications and grants that they are able to seek in addition to their teaching loads.

Follow the funding
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Chemistry Seminars

The Chemistry department hosts weekly seminars with invited outside speakers. In the Fall we feature speakers from academic and other research institutions, and in spring we feature speakers from industry.

Current Seminar Schedule
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Chemistry safety resources

Compliance with safety guidelines and regulations is essential to the success of our students, so please see the Rules and Reg's that Blugold chemistry requires.

Safety first!
Jim Phillips and students in class

Communicating Chemistry

Chemists communicate with with one another using chemical structures. We provide our students and faculty with the tools for doing this.

Obtain ChemDraw
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