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A catalyst for your future

UW-Eau Claire chemistry offers opportunities other institutions just don't provide; a world-class education with multiple degree options, numerous student research opportunities, and courses and labs taught by faculty and staff, not TA’s.

Here, you’ll have the opportunity to work directly with top-notch faculty, and because we have no chemistry graduate students, they are much more accessible than those at major research universities — undergraduate education is our prime focus. Yet, our faculty are accomplished teacher-scholars, successful in obtaining external grants to help fund research and acquire state-of-the-art instrumentation.

Student-faculty research is our hallmark. We offer numerous “in-house” research internships, where you can earn credit and/or money, travel to conferences (expenses paid), and publish your work in peer-reviewed research journals. In addition to research opportunities, we also offer a major that pairs chemistry with an array of courses from our business school, for those students interested in heading straight off into industry upon graduation.

Our track record of grants, research publications, and student presentations, sets us apart from our peers, not only within the UW-System, but nationally as well. Blugold chemistry offers a unique combination of innovative STEM training that provides a marketable set of technical skills, coupled with the liberal-arts base common to all Blugold degrees, which will bolster your overall personal and professional development with both technical skills and people skills,  . . . and that's what we call the Power of AND!

Bottom line? This is a nationally recognized chemistry program known for innovative teaching, undergraduate research, which prepares students for successful careers as well as graduate studies.

Explore the links listed below Chemistry to find out more about our program.

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UWEC provided me with the critical thinking and lab skills necessary to work as a paid summer intern for Univar, a global chemical distributor. The challenging and high-quality chemistry courses prepared me to face whatever problems I might find in the chemical industry.

Anna Waller Chemistry


national award-winning faculty members


external grants obtained

$350K +

student research salaries paid

Jennifer Dahl at WSTS

Liberal arts key to science careers

Today’s workplace demands more of scientists than complicated lab work. Some of the most pressing issues we face as a society must be tackled by teams of scientists and engineers from multiple disciplines and backgrounds, says Dr. Jennifer Dahl.

Why chemistry at UWEC?
Nick Hora

The power of AND in action

Chemistry major Nick Hora plans to combine his love of sports, swimming in particular, and his dreams of medical school into a career in sports medicine. He's a chemistry whiz AND a competitive swimmer!

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Arrianna Zirbes, 2012 biochemistry and molecular biology alumna and Nestle Nutrition quality control specialist.

Good chemistry with Nestlé

UW-Eau Claire chemistry graduates hit the ground running at Nestlé Nutrition in Eau Claire and contribute to the economic development of Wisconsin.

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