Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Students graduating with majors in chemistry or biochemistry have tremendous career potential in medicine, law, research, teaching, working in industry (including sales) and more. Nearly 100 percent of our Bachelor of Science chemistry or biochemistry majors who apply to medical schools have been accepted. Many of our Bachelor of Arts majors also double major in another area such as biology, psychology, music or a foreign language.

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. Each year we send 10-15 students to the spring meeting of the American Chemical Society to present their research results.

The department also has a number of scholarships available for students. There are two scholarships available for incoming freshmen and a variety of additional scholarships and awards available for current students. Our students are also competitive for awards at the department, college, university and national level. Finally, students can apply to be laboratory assistants, a paid position helping prepare the laboratory component of our courses.

UNI's ACS Student Affiliate Chapter received an Outstanding Chapter Award for both 2011-12 and 2012-13.


The Governor's STEM Advisory Council has developed a Chemistry Transition Guide for transfer students. This guide was developed to help students manage a successful transfer from community colleges and includes general understandings and prerequisites needed for our chemistry and biochemistry programs. The guide can be found at our transfer page


Chemistry class

You can be a discoverer of scientific information, not just a consumer. Qualified students in biology programs have the opportunity to work with faculty members on research projects, giving you the opportunity to truly be a scientist and have great experience to add to graduate and professional school applications.

Chemistry formula

The American Chemical Society Student Affiliate group is active at UNI. The group has been recognized with an outstanding chapter award by the national organization twice in recent years. 

Chemistry students

Each year, the UNI chemistry department sends 10-15 students to present their research at the spring American Chemical Society meeting. It’s a way for students to gain valuable experience both in conducting research and presenting their findings. 


96% of last years students are continuing their education or employed


Lab Tech/Chemist



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Bill Harwood
Head, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
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