Chemists have made significant contributions to the improvement of the quality of our lives. They have played a vital role in the advancement of so many fields that it is hard to think of an area where the contributions of chemists have not been important. The challenges of today and tomorrow will continue to rely upon well-trained and creative chemists for their solutions.
The UW-Green Bay chemistry program is an integrated progression of lecture and laboratory instruction that is designed to provide students with the skills needed by chemists today. These skills include a solid understanding of chemical principles, hands-on training in the use of modern instrumentation, experience in the design of experiments and the ability to analyze data and present results. Students are encouraged to refine these skills by engaging in research. The majority of UW-Green Bay chemistry majors have opportunities to work as research assistants on faculty projects, or to conduct their own independent projects. UW-Green Bay faculty are active in research on chemical catalysis, sol-gel chemistry, natural product synthesis, alternative and renewable energy, chemistry of ultrasound, polymeric surfactant synthesis and application, mesoporous material synthesis and application, chemistry of colors (computation), photocatalysis, sensors, environmental chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology. Experience in research is very important when entering the job market and in applying to graduate and professional schools.
The UW-Green Bay chemistry program is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Students who want to add depth to their programs may pursue an ACS-certified major in either chemistry or environmental chemistry. Students who complete these majors are registered with the ACS and have the certification recorded on their official University credentials.
Chemistry majors must combine their studies with an interdisciplinary major or minor. A chemistry major combined with a minor in human biology is excellent training for students aiming for professional schools in the health sciences, medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine. Environmental science would be an appropriate interdisciplinary minor for students planning careers as chemists or in environmental studies, or pursuing graduate studies in chemistry. About half of UW-Green Bay chemistry majors continue their studies in graduate or professional schools.
Analytical Chemistry Instrumentation
The University maintains an excellent collection of modern instrumentation, including: several Hewlett-Packard and Varian gas chromatography (GC) systems with a variety of detectors (e.g., MS, ECD, FID, and TCD); several Shimadzu high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) systems; a Dionex ion chromatograph (IC); a CamScan scanning electron microscope (SEM); an Anasazi nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer; a Midac Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometer; a Varian inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometer (ICP AES); a Perkin Elmer luminescence spectrometer (LS); several Shimadzu UV/visible spectrophotometers; a three-channel Lachat QuikChem 8500 flow injection analyzer (FIA) capable of measuring nitrate/nitrite, ammonia, orthophosphate, and total Kjeldahl nitrogen, with 46 slot block digester; a Shimadzu total organic carbon (TOC) analyzer; a Suprex supercritical fluid extractor (SFE); and gamma-ray and liquid scintillation counters. Students gain hands-on experience with these instruments during advanced coursework and in research projects.