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

With access to world-class faculty and instrumentation, graduates of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire chemistry bachelor's degree program leave with 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. 

Consistently ranked as one of the best undergraduate chemistry programs in the United States, our major is taught by standout faculty who are eager to share their knowledge. We are extremely proud of the fact that five of our chemistry faculty have earned the prestigious Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award. And our graduates are pretty amazing, too. In a recent 10-year interval study, UW-Eau Claire chemistry was among the top 3% nationwide in the number of grads who eventually obtain a doctoral degree in chemistry. 

Whether you are interested in a career in chemical analysis, industrial quality control, product testing or literally hundreds of 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 what 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.

Chemistry degree scholarships

Through the generosity of alumni 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 in a STEM-related degree each year. Additionally, the Students of Dr. 'O' Chemistry Scholarship awards a $3,600 scholarship to a chemistry student who shows real potential and a motivation to succeed.

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. 

Learn more about the financial aid process at UW-Eau Claire.

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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’s 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 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," Thu explained, "Use your existing interests to drive you to achieve something you’re genuinely proud of. This is what I hope to follow in my future academic endeavors and professional life.”

Quick facts

Chemistry program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Availability: on campus
  • This major requires a minor.
  • This program is also available as a minor.
Student organizations
  • American Chemical Society
  • Materials Research Society
  • Women and Gender Minorities in STEM

Accreditation information: The Chemistry Department is accredited by the American Chemical Society (A.C.S.).

Chemistry bachelor's degree program highlights

Expert faculty who know you by name. A tremendous benefit of a smaller-sized campus is that all courses are fully instructor-taught. You won't find any teaching assistants (TAs) teaching classes here. Your professors will know you by name and will do all they can to support you in earning your bachelor's degree. 

Research and internship opportunities. With collaborative student-faculty research at its core, the chemistry bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire offers countless opportunities to learn beyond the classroom. In-house research internships allow you to earn credit and/or money, travel to conferences (expenses paid) and publish your work in peer-reviewed research journals.

Preparation for what's next. Highly-marketable technical skills and a liberal-arts foundation of soft-skills will bolster your resume. Opportunities to share your research and findings will also enhance your communication, public speaking and presentation skills. 

$350K +

student research salaries paid

5

national award-winning faculty members

What jobs can you get 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?

In addition to industry success, our chemistry majors are also going on to graduate school and participating in some of the best doctorate programs in the country, including:

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

As a chemistry major, you will experience a rich, well-rounded liberal arts education, with classes and opportunities that go beyond what you might typically expect from a chemistry program. 

Chemistry courses are mostly sequential. Upper-division courses have chemistry, math and physics prerequisites that must be satisfied during the first two years, if possible. You'll likely also participate in undergraduate research collaboration with a faculty member, which can begin as early as your first semester and last throughout your college career.

A 24-credit minor in some other discipline must also be completed in order to satisfy graduation requirements. Pair your major with another field that interests you for even more career paths!

Classes for chemistry majors may include:

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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