The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's chemistry, ACS - biochemistry emphasis bachelor's degree is designed for students interested in working as practicing chemists. The major is proudly certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and prepares graduates to work at the interface of chemistry and the biological sciences.
This major is a great fit for students interested in agricultural research and development, nutrition and drug discovery. The curriculum throughout the program features course-embedded research, with many projects leading to conference presentations and co-authored manuscripts. And thanks to growing partnerships with local organizations, our students also have the chance to work directly with experts in the field — including those at Mayo Clinic Health System. These experiences allow our graduates to make important connections, as well as use an impressive array of modern instrumentation, leaving them exceptionally well prepared for graduate studies and careers in the industry.
Classes within the major include those related to chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology. Coursework explores a variety of topics, ranging from atomic structure to acid-base reactions to nucleic acids, bioenergetics, mechanics, electricity and the use of metals in medicine. An advanced, project-oriented laboratory capstone course in physical and analytical chemistry reinforces fundamental concepts in these sub-fields and will improve your technical writing and laboratory skills.
Graduates leave our biochemistry program with real-world experience, exceptional career preparation and an impressive set of technical and communication skills. These are just a few reasons why UW-Eau Claire is nationally recognized as one of the top universities in chemistry education. Are you ready to be a part of it?
Through the generosity of alumni, faculty and other friends, UW-Eau Claire is able to offer many different scholarships to students pursuing a degree in chemistry. For example, as part of our commitment to increasing the number of women in STEM, the Susan Forbes Science Scholarship awards up to $1,500 to three female students majoring in either biology or chemistry each year. Another scholarship, the Dr. Jack Pladziewicz Research Scholarship, awards $1,700 to an outstanding undergraduate student who shows exceptional promise and has excelled in a collaborative research project with a chemistry department faculty member. The chemistry department also awards 18 scholarships annually, which provide over $15,000 to chemistry majors.
We are proud to provide the funds you need to pursue your dreams. Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your chemistry degree.
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Chemistry, ACS - biochemistry emphasis program details
- Program length: four years
- Offered: in person
- Campus: Eau Claire
- This major does not require a minor.
- Students majoring in this program may choose either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.
- American Chemical Society-Student Affiliate (ACS-SA)
- Materials Research Society
- Women and Gender Minorities in STEM
The department of chemistry and biochemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) to certify the ACS Chemistry degrees.
Innovative instruments and facilities. The chemistry department at UW-Eau Claire is home to a comprehensive suite of state-of-the-art instrumentation for chemical analysis — and you'll have direct access to it. Here you can master a number of specialized research instruments, including an X-ray diffractometer, an optical cryostat, a jet-cooled expansion system and a supercomputing cluster (BGSC) — a high-performance computing system that provides resources that are on par with (or above) what is available at most major research institutions. You'll also be able to use specialized laboratories, including a laser spectroscopy lab, a low-temperature spectroscopy lab, a computational lab and a thermal analysis lab.
Research opportunities. The chemistry department has a long tradition of productive collaborative research partnerships between undergraduate students and faculty. These experiences often lead to published papers in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at regional, national and international meetings. Previous research projects have ranged from work on self-repairing LC displays on phones, TVs and monitor screens to mucin peptides and how they might be used as antigens against some cancers.
Exceptional career preparation. As a chemistry major, you'll find countless internships, seminars, lectures and nationally funded summer research opportunities available to you. These experiences allow you to explore career paths, gain valuable career experience and work with experts in the chemical industry. A series of lectures by faculty and speakers from industry will introduce you to various chemical and related industries, as well as career opportunities and their qualifications. Participating companies have included organizations like Univar, Ecolab, Hydrite Chemical, 3M, Boston Scientific and Nestle USA.
Award-winning, dedicated faculty. While at UW-Eau Claire, you'll learn from expert faculty who have a wealth of knowledge in — and passion for — chemistry. Our professors have received national recognition for supporting and mentoring students, currently hold 16 patents and work tirelessly to create high-impact learning opportunities for students. In fact, over the last six years, chemistry faculty have brought in over $2 million in external grant funds, directly benefiting UWEC chemistry majors.
ACS certified. The chemistry, ACS - biochemistry degree is proudly certified by the American Chemical Society, which speaks to the quality of the program. The extra rigor and additional requirements found in a certified degree program — including the breadth and depth of curriculum, the qualifications of the faculty, the campus facilities, the department instrumentation and the opportunities for students to conduct meaningful research — are highly regarded by potential employers and graduate schools.
The UW-Eau Claire chemistry department is nationally recognized for its innovative teaching practices and undergraduate research opportunities, which prepare students well for their next chapter. Graduates of our chemistry, ACS - biochemistry major go on to work as practicing chemists working in government or industry labs, or pursue graduate study in biochemistry, biophysics or medicinal chemistry.
Chemistry, ACS - biochemistry careers
- Lab technician
- Medicinal chemist
- Environmental chemist
- Academic researcher
- Medical technologist
- Clinical laboratory technologist
Our biochemistry emphasis is excellent preparation for students planning graduate study in biochemistry, biophysics or medicinal chemistry. Students pursuing our pre-medical and pre-pharmacy studies find that this major is an exceptional fit when paired with biology electives.
What classes to chemistry, ACS - biochemistry emphasis majors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Bioinorganic chemistry
- Chemical principles
- Organic chemistry
- Physical chemistry
Learn more about the comprehensive chemistry, ACS - biochemistry emphasis major in the UWEC course catalog.
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