Chemistry involves the study of properties and behavior of materials in order to better understand the way in which materials are structured, how they change, and how they react in certain situations.

At UW-Platteville, you can choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or criminalistics, or in an affiliated minor such as chemistry or microsystems and nanotechnology. You’ll work in small groups, benefit from one-on-one time with faculty, and experience state-of-the-art labs taught by your professors, not teaching assistants. You’ll also find excellent opportunities for co-ops and internships.

The American Chemical Society certified chemistry program will prepare you for graduate school or for careers with pharmaceutical companies, in criminalistics, in research and development in the food industry, and much more.

Choose how your degree will best be suited by selecting an optional area of emphasis.

Chemistry, American Chemical Society Certified

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is officially evaluated and certified by the American Chemical Society and is UW-Platteville’s most comprehensive major in chemistry. Designed to equip you with the necessary chemistry knowledge and skills to ensure meaningful employment in industrial or governmental laboratories, or enter graduate school.


Use the principles of chemistry to explain biology at the molecular level with biochemistry. Understanding biochemical concepts and techniques enables researchers to attack fundamental problems in biology and medicine. This program is approved by the American Chemical Society.


Learn to characterize trace evidence associated with a crime scene such as flammable substances and explosives, gunshot residues, bodily fluids, fibers, illicit drugs, and more. The curriculum will prepare you with hands-on experience involving the fundamental techniques and instrumentation of a modern crime laboratory. This program is approved by the American Chemical Society.


DNA techniques play an important part in forensic science. The criminalistics/DNA emphasis serves as a basis for anyone with primary interest in DNA analysis for working in a crime laboratory as well as private industries in the field.