The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's chemistry bachelor's degree is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the field of chemistry. The opportunity to pursue a parallel specialization prepares students well for graduate or professional school as well as endless career paths in chemistry, the health sciences and related fields.
Consistently ranked as one of the best undergraduate chemistry programs in the nation, our chemistry major is taught by standout faculty who are eager to share their knowledge. Explore classes in inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, physics and quantitative analysis. A variety of electives allow you to personalize your education and study the topics that most interest you.
With access to world-class faculty and instrumentation, graduates of our chemistry program quickly find they leave with so much more than just a degree. They take away research experience, professional connections and publishing opportunities. These types of experiences are unusual at the undergraduate level at most institutions, which is precisely why we offer them. At UW-Eau Claire, we believe that a rigorous education rooted in experiential and real-world learning will provide you with the skills you need to be successful in your chosen field.
Whether you are interested in a career in food science, research and development, pharmaceuticals, chemical analysis, product testing or countless other options, a chemistry bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire can be your ticket to an excellent career.
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 liquid-crystal 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 outside speakers will introduce you to 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.
Chemistry program details
- Program length: four years
- Offered: in person
- Campus: Eau Claire
- This major requires a minor or certificate.
- This program is also available as 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 chemistry department is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS).
UW-Eau Claire chemistry grads take a powerful degree and an impressive set of skills and experiences out into the world — and the job titles of recent grads are proof of that.
Where are chemistry alumni now?
- Research chemist, Catalytic Combustion Corporation
- Presidential management fellow, U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Advance product quality chemist, 3M
- Quality and process control supervisor, Hormel Foods
- Analytical chemist, Covance Chemical Co.
- Associate scientist, PPD
- Stability chemist, Lifecore Biomedical
- Brewing and technical director, Octopi Brewing
- Lab analyst, Clean Water Testing
- Analytical chemist
- Advanced product quality chemist
- Manager of analytical and technical operations
- Clinical laboratory technician
- Materials analyst technician
- Product development chemist
- Plant operator
- Quality control chemist
- Research technologist
- Technical engineer
The chemistry faculty is dedicated to providing quality education in and out of the classroom. The department's small size allowed me to make connections with all of my professors. These relationships were very valuable in my personal and professional development, and particularly helpful when applying for internships, graduate school and fellowships. My successes as a student were due to the time and effort put in by passionate professors.
Students majoring in chemistry experience a rich liberal arts education, with classes and opportunities that go beyond what you might typically expect from a chemistry program. This includes the chance to conduct undergraduate research alongside a faculty member, which can begin as early as your first semester and last throughout your college career. The major is ideal for pre-medicine or pre-pharmacy students who are interested in a chemistry major, as well as those who are looking to pair chemistry with additional majors or minors.
What classes do chemistry majors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Bioinorganic chemistry
- Chemical principles
- Physical chemistry
- Polymer chemistry
- Quantitative analysis
Learn more about the chemistry major in the UWEC course catalog.
Learn more about the chemistry minor in the UWEC course catalog.
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