Chemistry Department

Looking for an interactive undergraduate degree program in chemistry with plenty of personal attention? Look to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The Chemistry program is approved by the American Chemical Society and that assures you of an educational experience of the highest caliber.

Everyone knows that there's no substitute for one-on-one instruction. The overall student-faculty ratio at Parkside is an impressive 14:1. The typical enrollment in junior and senior level chemistry classes is ten to fifteen students. That low student-to-faculty ratio is especially important in the lab, where you'll find hands-on learning with modern instrumentation including an inductively coupled plasma emission spectrometer and a gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer. The Chemistry Department makes extensive use of computers in the labs for instrument control, data acquisition and molecular modeling.

  1. Students develop a knowledge and understanding of chemistry and use it to communicate results from scientific studies in formats suitable to the profession. Students will evaluate literature and other information relevant to their work, summarize information in tables and graphs, write effective reports and give effective oral presentations.
  2. Students perform and evaluate scientific experiments and studies in the field of chemistry. Students will perform experiments using accepted laboratory practices, evaluate results in the context of relevant scientific principles, and propose appropriate future directions for the study based upon the findings.
  3. Students act as socially responsible members of the profession. Students will demonstrate concern for the health and safety of others by using proper safety protocols, apply chemical principles to everyday life, and treat each other with respect.

Chemistry graduates have an excellent placement rate. They enter graduate programs, medical school and pharmacy school and are qualified for employment in a wide variety of areas including agriculture, biotechnology, consulting, environmental control, consumer products, education, food science, forensics, geology, hazardous waste management, materials science, medicinal chemistry, petroleum, pharmaceuticals, polymers, sales and marketing, and water management. The UW-Parkside Advising and Career Center, the American Chemical Society and the Chemistry Club maintain information resources regarding careers in chemistry.

You can view our faculty and staff page to learn about the wide array of research and/or teaching specialties of our faculty and staff. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with anyone of us to discuss career options in our fields of expertise or about the possibility and/or requirements for conducting independent study research projects.


Allows students to learn with the same tools that are found in industry-leading workplaces and facilitates partnerships with local industry on research and testing.



The Natural Products Lab, at the UW-Parkside, offers growers the opportunity to test canna chemical levels at a convenient location in Southeastern Wisconsin.



UW-Parkside students who major in Chemistry with a concentration in natural products gain an opportunity to engage with the operations of the Natural Products Lab. Chemistry majors at UW-Parkside are introduced to experiential learning in other ways as well, such as student research, experimentation on modern instrumentation in the SC Johnson Integrated Science Lab, as well as internships with local corporations such as Abbott. 

Chemistry Major  |  Natural Products Concentration

The natural products concentration also introduces students the the impact natural products have on chemistry, chemical biology and drug discovery.  They learn the structural diversity of organic molecules is matched only by the range of their biological activities and applications!


Chemistry majors Sam Rozzoni and Mya Peterson were the 2019 UW-Parkside Big Idea awardees for their research project titled “Novel Nutrition Supplements for Physical and Cognitive Enhancement in The Aging Population.” Dr. Daryl Sauer, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, served as the project advisor.

Other Research Opportunities

  • Method development for edibles and consumer products, and stability testing  |  Dr. Lori Allen
Sam Rozzoni and Mia Peterson standing in front of a door


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