Prospective Students

Equipping the next generation of problem solvers.

Whether it’s developing a life-saving pharmaceutical, conducting game-changing research, or working towards sustainable energy on a global scale – the study of chemistry and biochemistry is essential to tackling the challenges of a modern society.

Here, you’ll have the opportunity to conduct research alongside professors, operate state of the art equipment, and gain hands-on experience in a laboratory setting. Together, our faculty and students have built a department that has produced more undergraduate chemistry majors than any other program in the state of Iowa!

From scientists and chemists to engineers and educators, a degree from our department opens the door to a wide variety of rewarding and useful careers. No matter what you want to do with your degree – UNI has all the tools you need to build a better future.

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Career Opportunities

Students graduating with majors in chemistry or biochemistry have tremendous career potential in a wide array of industries, including:

  • Dentistry
  • Forensic Science
  • Formulations Chemistry
  • Teaching
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Patent Law
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Quality Assurance and Control
  • Research 

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Interested in being a Student Lab Assistant

Students who do well in lab courses are eligible to be hired as student lab assistants.  All labs are taught by our faculty, but the student lab assistant provides a second pair of eyes and hands.  They also help encourage students by providing helpful advisor or suggestions about proper laboratory procedure and make sure students are carrying out lab instruction in a safe and caring manner.  Student Lab Assistants help course students with the use of equipment, computers, and chemical usage.

The student lab assistant helps to maintain and clean labs by directing course students in the course to keep their work area clean.  At the end of the lab period, the student assistant does any additional lab cleaning and disposing of chemical waste in a proper manner.  Some student assistants help with the testing of safety equipment in the labs such as the safety shower and eye wash stations. To apply, contact Bill Harwood.