CHemistry Major


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.



The SC Johnson Integrated Science Laboratory provides you with a state-of-the-art learning environment, designed to prepare you for successful careers in in-demand science and healthcare fields. A few things that make the lab a unique experience for you are the Research Opportunities assist you in exploring scientific concepts hands-on with faculty mentors.  A Collaborative Workspace makes it possible for you to learn and work together in classes and across areas of study – from introductory to upper level courses. Updated Scientific Equipment allows you to experience the same tools that are found in industry-leading workplaces and facilitates partnerships with local industry on research and testing.

SC Johnson Integrated Science Lab Instruments

One reason the chemistry program at Parkside is so impressive is because of outstanding faculty research in so many areas including theoretical and experimental physical chemistry, spectroscopy, synthetic organic chemistry, space chemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry and biochemistry. There is a high level of opportunity for independent research in the laboratories of faculty members. In addition to research opportunities with faculty, there are also internship opportunities with area companies such as Abbott Laboratories.

The bottom line of any university program is the type of opportunities available to graduates. The UW-Parkside Chemistry Department is proud of their excellent graduate placement record for employment, admission to graduate school and admission to professional programs such as pharmacy and medicine.

Not everyone in the chemistry program fits the same schedule. That's why all freshman and sophomore classes, including those required for a chemistry minor, are also offered in the evening. The department offers a concentration in biochemistry as well, allowing students to combine their interest in the chemical and biological sciences.

Here is a sample of some of the classes you may take

Industrial Chemistry Seminar  |  155
Introduces students to the technical disciplines of chemistry, the applied fields, and various career options.  Emphasizes the importance of discovery and creative thinking in advancing science.  Guest speakers and tours of area business are anticipated.

Environmental Analysis Laboratory  |  209
Provides an   introduction   to   analytical   techniques commonly employed with environmental samples. Topics include regulatory limits, proper reporting of analytical results, and validation techniques. Hands-on experience analyzing air, water and soil samples for easy and difficult to analyze components.

Chemistry of Biological Systems  |  324
Structures, synthesis and characterization of biological molecules including proteins, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, and primary and secondary metabolites. Chemical mechanisms of biological reactions. Biochemical thermodynamics and kinetics. Three-hour lecture.





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Faculty Highlights

  • Daryl Sauer
    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Sauer's research focuses on natural product isolation, microwave accelerated organic synthesis, flow chemistry and electrochemistry. Dr. Sauer has worked at Abbott Laboratories/AbbVie for 25 years in roles such as a medical chemist in the Cancer Research area, leader of the Abbott High-Throughput Organic Synthesis group, and as Senior Manager in the Scientific Assessment. his thesis work focused on the utilization of the 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction to synthesize novel nucleoside analogs. Following the completion of his graduate studies, he joined the Ohio State University as a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellow where he worked on the total synthesis of biologically interesting natural product. 

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