Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry is the study of the elementary parts and substances that make up our world, both the parts that occur in nature as well as man-made objects. You might also be interested in exploring our two related majors: Course in Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Chemistry is known as the "central science" because of its relationship to all other sciences. Because it is the foundation of other sciences, UWM Chemistry alumni are prepared to go on to countless number of professional roles. While your first impression may be that chemistry majors all end up working in a laboratory surrounded by beakers and test tubes, there is more to the major than that.

Our majors go into medical research, healthcare professions, manufacturing (particularly research and development), scientific writing and marketing, law (particularly areas of law that deal with science such as intellectual property), forensics and toxicology, aspects of engineering and production, teaching, sales, consulting, and government agency work.

The opportunity to participate in research as an undergraduate is a distinct advantage to being a Chemistry student at UWM. At most large, research universities, research opportunities for undergraduates are limited; there are fewer of them and they often are reserved for juniors or seniors. At UWM, you can get involved as early as freshman year. Students work directly with faculty and graduate students on their current research projects, and sometimes find themselves published in a peer-reviewed journal right alongside the faculty member. Participating in undergraduate research is an excellent way to enhance your resume for graduate school or employment.

Download our fact sheet to the right to learn more about research opportunities, course requirements, and student clubs and activities.