A degree in Chemistry will open many doors - Chemistry is the central science that connects physics, biology, engineering, and medicine. Chemists are at the forefront of exciting research in nanotechnology, medicine, and environmental technologies.

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology offers an innovative Organic First curriculum that introduces students to advanced instrumentation, including nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, in the first semester of college. This is especially helpful if you're coming to us with a strong background and interest in Chemistry - it gets you through your Chemistry courses faster, without repeating all of your high school Chemistry.

Hands-on learning and faculty interaction are important components of our program. Chemistry faculty have breadth of expertise in areas of chemistry such as analytical, biochemistry, computational, education, inorganic, medicinal, organic, pharmacology, physical and polymer chemistry. Students learn in small classes and have the opportunity to work closely with faculty on undergraduate research early in their college careers.

If you're interested in our programs, or in our scholarships for talented incoming students, you can send an e-mail to Karl Petersonmail, our department chair. Or go straight to our on-line admissions pagelink!



This spring, the UWRF Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology purchased a new Bruker Avance III 400 MHz NMR. This instrument replaces our old (1995) Bruker DPX-200. This is a fantastic acquisition for the department and for our students! It's already seeing heavy usage from freshman in our Organic First sequence, sophomores in Organic Chemistry, and juniors and seniors in research and in the Organic Synthesis laboratory.

New faculty hire!

The UWRF Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology would like to welcome Dr. Elodie Marlier to our faculty! Dr. Marlier is a native of Belgium, and a graduate of Macalester College and the University of Minnesota. She specializes in inorganic chemistry, and will be teaching our new Inorganic Chemistry course, Chem 322, when she starts in Fall of 2015. Welcome to Dr. Marlier!

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Location: 511 S. 6th Street
Mail: 410 S. 3rd Street
River Falls, WI 54022
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