• Centennial Science Hall is the home of the Chemistry Department.
  • Working in our general chemistry laboratories. At the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, it's Chemistry faculty, not TA's, who teach your labs!
  • Students at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls have opportunities to expand their education by doing research with our award-winning faculty - and presenting their results.
  • The UWRF Chemistry Department has just received a new 400 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer. As a student in our department, you get to use the instrument yourself, not just get the results from a TA.


Consider a degree in Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. 

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 Peterson, our department chair. Or go straight to our on-line admissions page!


Position opening

The UWRF Chemistry and Biotechnology Department is searching for a new tenure-track Inorganic Chemist, starting Fall 2016. Details on the position can be found at This is a full-time, nine month tenure track position. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong interest in and ability in teaching undergraduate courses in inorganic chemistry as well as other courses dependent upon the applicant's expertise and/or department need. In addition,s/he will be expected to conduct scholarly research with undergraduate students, to advise undergraduate students, and to engage in service to the university and/or community.

Applications are accepted electronically at Review of applications will begin on February 22, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries should be addressed to:

Jamie Schneider
Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology
University of Wisconsin - River Falls
410 S. Third St.
River Falls, WI 54022


In spring of 2014, 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.

Careers in Chemistry.

Chemists are in demand in industry, in academia, in government, as well as non-profit and entrepreneurship. Graduates of the University of Wisconsin - River Falls Chemistry program have found careers in a wide variety of fields. The American Chemical Society has a great summary of career opportunities in chemistry:

The employment world for chemical professionals can be divided into four main sectors: industry, academia, government, and entrepreneurship. Each sector has its own culture, values and expectations, though there is still tremendous variation within sectors. Knowing something about this can help you focus your employment search on the sector that best matches your personal values, interests and skills. 

Increasingly, opportunities are arising in areas where the sectors overlap: industrial–academic research partnerships, government contracts for product or process development, technology transfer programs that allow university professors to form startup companies based on their discoveries, or consortia that involve three or four job sectors. Taking advantage of these opportunities requires an ability to work well and communicate in more than one environment.

For more information, see the American Chemical Society College to Career website!

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Chemistry and Biotechnology
253 Centennial Science Hall

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