Why Choose Chemistry?

Chemistry involves the study of all things chemical in order to better understand the way in which materials are structured, how they change, and how they react in certain situations. Chemistry graduates may choose to apply this knowledge in almost unlimited ways, as it can be used to analyze all matter and therefore our entire environment.

Our American Chemistry Society (ASC) certified chemistry major curriculum can open many doors for you. The strong lab component of many of our courses, along with hands-on experiences with instruments that support faculty-student research activities, will prepare you for graduate school or for careers with pharmaceutical companies, in criminalistics, in research and development in the food industry, and much more.

At UW-Platteville, you can choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, and criminalistics, or in an affiliated minor such as chemistry or microsystems and nanotechnology. You’ll work in small groups, benefit from one-on-one time with faculty, and experience labs taught by your professors, not teaching assistants. You’ll also find excellent opportunities for co-ops and internships.

A Unique Program

University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus

Opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects with faculty
State-of-the-art research lab facilities
Faculty represent specializations in Analytic Chemistry and Criminalistics, Biochemistry, Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry
Graduates are prepared for successful careers in research sectors, including roles within chemical engineering, chemical and related industries, healthcare, and more


Sara Rubeck

Today’s Chemistry Student Spotlight focuses on Rachel Eckmann. The fourth-year Waukesha, Wisconsin native is double majoring in chemistry (emphasis in criminalistics) and forensic investigation. As if that’s not enough, she is also pursuing a minor in English and is involved with the National Society for Leadership and Success. We sat down with Eckmann to find out what drives this high achiever. READ MORE