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. 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. Students are encouraged to refine these skills by engaging in research. 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, polymeric surfactant synthesis and application, mesoporous material synthesis and application, chemistry of colors (computation), photocatalysis, sensors, environmental chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology. Experience in research is very important when entering the job market and in applying to graduate and professional schools.
The UW-Green Bay chemistry program is certified by the American Chemical Society (A.C.S.). Students who want to add depth to their programs may pursue an A.C.S.-certified major in either chemistry or environmental chemistry. Students who complete these majors are registered with the A.C.S. and have the certification recorded on their official University credentials.
Chemistry majors must combine their studies with an interdisciplinary major or minor. A chemistry major combined with a minor in human biology is excellent training for students aiming for professional schools in the health sciences, medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine. Environmental science would be an appropriate interdisciplinary minor for students planning careers as chemists or in environmental studies, or pursuing graduate studies in chemistry. About half of UW-Green Bay chemistry majors continue their studies in graduate or professional schools.
Who Should Be A Chemistry Major?
Elements - For those interested in becoming a Chemistry major, consider the following: you must have a desire to know how things work (on a chemical or atomic level); you must also have strong math skills (math is a huge component of Chemistry!); have a mechanical aptitude; have strong problem solving skills; and have good computer skills (computers are used a lot!)
Minor Decisions - Chemistry majors must combine their studies with an interdisciplinary minor. Students aiming for professional programs in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or pharmacy, or graduate programs in biomedical sciences including biochemistry should minor in Human Biology. A minor in Environmental Science is appropriate for students planning careers in chemistry or environmental science, or graduate studies in chemistry.
What You Can Do With A Major In Chemistry
The Chemistry major opens doors to many different careers. Many students go onto graduate school in chemistry, biochemistry, biomedical sciences, medicine, or law. With a bachelor's degree, your imagination is the only limit with Chemistry. It's very flexible! Any company that manufactures a product will need chemistry majors! Use the following as an idea list, and remember that they represent some, but not certainly all, of the careers you might consider in Chemistry.
The following list represents a few of the kinds of career titles for Chemistry majors:
Agricultural Scientist, Assayer, Biochemist, Brewer Lab Assistant, Cepalometric Analyst, Chemical Oceanographer, Chemistry Technologist, College Professor, Crime Lab Analyst, Cytotechnologist, Environmental Health Specialist, Fire Protection Engineer, Food Scientist Technician, Forensic Chemist, Genetic Counselor, High School Teacher, Hospital Administrator, Hydrologist, Industrial Hygienist, Molecular Biologist, Occupational Safety Specialist, Perfumer, Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, Physician, Plastics Engineer, Product Tester, Quality Assurance Manager, Risk Manager, Science Lab Technician, Soil Scientist, System Analyst, Toxicologist, Underwater Technician, Veterinarian, Wastewater Treatment Chemist, Water Purification Chemist.