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Explore the chemistry bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

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.

Research awaits you at UW-Eau Claire

UW-Eau Claire is proud to be one of 60 research sites participating in the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program. The 10-week, summer research opportunity hosts eight students from two-year colleges and connects them with UWEC students and faculty. In a collaborative setting, students get an inside peek at what scientists really do and which career paths are available to them upon graduation.

And while we can tell you about the unique research opportunities in chemistry, these students tell it better. Hear their stories about just one of many avenues to undergraduate research in chemistry at UW-Eau Claire.

Why chemistry at UW-Eau Claire?

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. 

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2020-2021 Graduate Report

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How chemistry relates to American Sign Language for one Blugold

Partway through her college career, Thu McKenzie began to realize that the lab work she was doing was only half the story — it was the people behind the data that truly interested her. Luckily, pairing a minor in chemistry with a certificate in American Sign Language allowed her to merge her skills and scientific background with the interpersonal and communicative aspects of sign language — her true passion.

The unique combination recently led her to accept an internship working for the chair of the neuroscience department at UW-Madison. Thu’s work in the lab involved studies of the auditory nerve and cochlear nuclei, which blended her biology and chemistry background with aspects of hearing and communication. It solidified the idea that she wanted deaf culture and hearing to be integral parts of her career.

“Instead of pursuing something you feel like you are supposed to do, use your existing interests to drive you to achieve something you’re genuinely proud of," Thu explained. "This is what I hope to follow in my future academic endeavors and professional life.”

Quick facts

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.
Student organizations
  • American Chemical Society-Student Affiliate (ACS-SA)
  • Materials Research Society
  • Women and Gender Minorities in STEM

Accreditation information

The chemistry department is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

What can I do with a chemistry degree from UWEC?

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?

Chemistry careers

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.

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Clorice Reinhardt in her Yale Univeristy research lab

National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship awarded to chemistry alum

Thanks in part to the undergraduate accomplishments and experiences she brought to the table at Yale, Clorice Reinhardt, a Blugold chemistry grad and Ph.D. candidate in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, has received a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship for her research.

Reinhardt is studying biological charge transfer reactions, a process that drives the most crucial biological functions such as photosynthesis, cellular respiration and DNA synthesis — and she attributes much of her success to her education at UW-Eau Claire.

"I think the biggest advantage I gained at UW-Eau Claire was the ability to write and communicate my research, think independently and finally see the big picture of why it was important," she said.

Chemistry bachelor's degree program curriculum

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: 

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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Department information

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