Points of Pride

The Department of Chemistry has several attractive features:

Our Students:

  • Chemistry has between 4-15 graduates every year, ensuring a low student/faculty ratio.
  • Our students are from diverse populations, locations, and countries.
  • 50-60% of our students are female.
  • Students have the opportunities to perform individual research with faculty members and present their work at regional and national meetings.
  • The Applied Study Term program allows students to perform internships.


  • All lectures and lab sections are taught by faculty or full time instructors, not graduate assistants.
  • The UIS Chemistry Program is accredited by the American Chemical
  • We offer a Biochemistry degree.
  • We offer a Science of the Environment Concentration
  • We offer small classes.
  • All of our labs are equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation and facilities that are available to students.


  • Our faculty include six full-time instructors who each come from across the United States and the world.
  • All the faculty members have a terminal degree (Ph.D.) and have attended diverse public and private undergraduate institutions.
  • Our faculty are dynamic, student-oriented, and here to help students achieve their ultimate goals.
  • Labs are taught by full-time instructors, not graduate students.

Goals for our graduates :

A B.S. Chemist from UIS will be characterized as being able to:

  • Integrate chemical knowledge
  • Perform appropriate laboratory skills
  • Communicate scientific information
  • Apply the scientific process
  • Participate in the chemical profession