Explore innovative solutions to global issues
Developing a new medicine. Analyzing a drug. Creating materials to improve solar power efficiency. Researching products for the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and agricultural industries. Chemistry plays a critical role in all of these things, and more.
Chemistry is commonly viewed as the “central science,” because so many different areas of science require a strong understanding of chemistry. Today’s world has a variety of issues — energy, medicine, crop development, materials development, and others in which chemistry plays a key role in developing new solutions.
Students of chemistry can take their knowledge and apply it in many different directions. For this reason, we have developed two broad tracks: the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science. The Bachelor of Arts track provides a rigorous and complete knowledge of chemistry for students who do not anticipate becoming chemistry researchers or who plan on obtaining an additional degree in another program (e.g. biology, mathematics, physics). The Bachelor of Science track is directed toward those interested in becoming research scientists. Students in either track go on from UNI to successful careers.
Nearly 100% of our BS Chemistry or Biochemistry majors who apply to medical schools have been accepted.
All our majors have the opportunity to get involved in research with our faculty. Many of our students are co-authors on published papers and several are co-inventors in patent applications.
UNI's student chapter of the American Chemical Society has received an Outstanding Chapter Award for 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2018-2019, 2019-2020.
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Our style of learning is anything but textbook. All chemistry and biochemistry majors have the opportunity to get involved in research with our faculty. Many of our students are co-authors on published papers and several are co-inventors in patent applications. Research is conducted during the academic year and also in summer, with summer research students being paid a stipend. In addition, our department sends 10-15 students to the spring meeting of the American Chemical Society to present their research results each year.