Overview

(Bachelor of Science)

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.

UW-Green Bay offers three emphases in chemistry. Two emphases are approved by the American Chemical Society and are designed for students who are interested in a career as a practicing chemist at the bachelor's level or who are interested in advancing their education in graduate or professional school. The other emphasis is appropriate for students who are interested in working in a chemistry intensive industry or teaching chemistry at the secondary level.

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 and tomorrow. 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. 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, polymer synthesis and applications, mesoporous material synthesis and applications, computation chemistry, photocatalysis, sensors, environmental chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology. A research experience is an excellent way to develop and to showcase your professional skills and can provide a significant advantage when entering the job market and in applying to graduate and professional schools.

The University maintains an excellent collection of modern instrumentation, including: Hewlett-Packard and Varian gas chromatography (GC) systems with a variety of detectors (e.g., MS, ECD, FID, and TCD); Shimadzu high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) systems; a Dionex ion chromatograph (IC); a TESCAN scanning electron microscope (SEM) with an energy dispersive x-ray detector; an Anasazi nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer; a Nicolet Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometer; a Varian inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometer (ICP AES); a Perkin Elmer luminescence spectrometer (LS); Shimadzu UV/visible spectrophotometers; a three-channel Lachat QuikChem 8500 flow injection analyzer (FIA); 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.

A UW-Green Bay Chemistry major provides excellent training for students interested in careers in industry and for students interested in continuing their studies in graduate and professional schools. UW-Green Bay Chemistry majors are sought after by local industries for their strong chemistry skills and problem-solving abilities. Approximately half of the UW-Green Bay Chemistry majors begin their professional careers in industry. Students interested in continuing their studies have been admitted to the top graduate schools in the chemical and health sciences and into professional schools in medicine, dentistry, and veterinary science. UW-Green Bay Chemistry majors have gone on to become university professors, medical doctors and corporate directors.