The chemistry department is proud of the diversity of training and research interests of its faculty and staff. Students have the opportunity of working on a wide variety of research topics ranging from ultra-high vacuum surface analysis, polymer science, and environmental studies to chemistry in biological systems and spectroscopic characterization of enzymes.
UWRF is a University of Wisconsin System Center of Excellence in Undergraduate Chemistry and Physics.
The chemistry department offers several options, for chemistry majors, all of which are based on a core curriculum with additional requirements based on each option.
The chemistry department also offers a dual degree option in engineering with either UW-Madison or the University of Minnesota.
The department of chemistry employs thirteen faculty members who have doctoral degrees and specialties in organic synthesis, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, laser science and spectroscopy, physical chemistry, polymer synthesis and characterization, inorganic/organometallic chemistry, protein characterization, and analytical chemistry.
Today, the employment outlook for chemists is excellent and projections indicate it will be even better in the near future. Careers in government or private industry include:
Many other opportunities exist for chemists in agriculture, business, law, and in forensic laboratories. Graduate education in chemistry, chemical engineering, molecular or cell biology, environmental sciences, life sciences, and oceanography are some of the many opportunities open to chemistry graduates. Many chemistry graduates at UW-River Falls go on directly to graduate school to earn advanced degrees; others enter employment in government or industry; some attend programs in medical or veterinary sciences or pharmacology; and some choose to enter the teaching field.
is called the “central science” for good reason. It is a foundation for new discoveries in fields as different as medicine and “nanotechnology” or polymers and biochemistry. It is essential for monitoring our environment. New synthetic fibers, new pharmaceuticals, new materials (from paints to ceramics) and new engineering processes are all dependent on chemistry. A chemistry degree offers immediate employment and a lifetime of exciting opportunity.
Department of Chemistry
253 Centennial Science Hall