Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

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Understand science by working to solve new problems

The chemistry program at UW gives students opportunities to get curious about chemical science. We’ll show you how to identify substances and determine potential interaction outcomes. Then we’ll discuss how to apply that information to scientific issues. 

Through research experiences and new connections, you’ll access many resources in our American Chemical Society-accredited program. 

Program Details

Program Requirements

B.A. Coursework
B.S. Coursework

What is Chemistry?

In our chemistry program, you’ll analyze molecular and solid-state materials using specialized instruments for coursework or research. Some facilities include X-Ray Diffraction and Mass Spectrometry. Our programs offer a range of intensity. The bachelor of science program is the most in-depth while the bachelor of arts program serve different purposes for those who may need knowledge of chemical substances. 

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Expertise among faculty in the Department of Chemistry enriches students’ development at UW.

We have a history of successful faculty. Professor Sarah Jane Rhoads, who taught from 1948 to 1984, was among the first women in the United States to become a full professor. She was also the first professor at UW to obtain a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Brian Leonard serves as Department Head and studies inorganic materials chemistry. He is currently researching materials for fuel cell applications with the aim of creating cost-effective, durable catalysts that exhibit higher activity in fuel cell reactions than current options.

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The chemistry program requires the completion of various fundamental courses, like General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry.

View all course requirements for a B.S. or B.A. in Chemistry.

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Fast-track Chemistry M.S. Program

The fast-track chemistry master's is designed to allow qualified students to be admitted to the M.S. program during their junior or senior year of the B.S. program, and to work towards both the B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry. This B.S./M.S. program allows for early planning of the graduate portion of the student's education by taking graduate courses as part of the B.S. degree.


What can you do with a chemistry bachelor's degree?

Endless career opportunities in the chemical sciences are available to those who understand chemistry which is why UW offers multiple programs in the field.

Chemistry Careers

  • Postsecondary Teacher
  • Physician
  • Physical Scientist
  • Chemist
  • Materials Scientist


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Here are a few places our Chemistry University of Wyoming alumni are now working and making a difference!

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Cornell University
  • University of Washington
  • Texas A&M University
  • Yale University
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Chemistry Program Highlights

Our chemistry program provides everything students need to enter the world of chemical sciences at UW. From research opportunities to student organizations, there’s plenty to explore at every stage. 

Research Opportunities

Research is required for those pursuing a B.S. in chemistry. Faculty are approachable and more than willing to work with students that express interest in advanced studies. Lab time lends students hands-on experience that will prepare them for a rewarding career.

Smaller Class Sizes

Having a small class setting benefits students’ learning immensely with more access to faculty and facilities. You’ll never have to worry about getting lost in a lecture hall of 400 peers, and you can count on forming connections with those around you.  

Financial Support

There are multiple undergraduate awards in the Chemistry Department allocated annually, like the Rebecca Raulins Undergraduate Research Award. Additional scholarships and opportunities are also available.

Networking & Student Groups

Students can join our chapter of the American Chemical Society to secure development grants, attend networking events and participate in workshops. Connections formed in the organization provide students access to professional contact for future career placement.

Contact Us

We're Eager to Help!

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Department of Chemistry

Physical Science Bldg 204

Department 3838, 1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-4363

Fax: (307) 766-2807