The study of chemistry can lead to rewarding experiences and careers. By completing a degree in chemistry at UIS, students learn not only the necessary facts but also get to use state of the art equipment through the courses they take.

Our Programs


The Chemistry Major at UIS prepares students for direct entry into chemical professions or for further studies in graduate or professional programs. The UIS Chemistry Program is accredited by the American Chemical Society.


The Biochemistry Major from the Chemistry Department prepares students for professional work in biochemistry as well as graduate or professional programs. The Biochemistry curriculum is designed to prepare students for the biomedical sciences and/or health professions through a strong background in chemistry and its application to biological systems.

Opportunities at UIS

Springfield is the hub of the Mid-Illinois Medical District and area hospitals serve over 2-million people every year. UIS has a strong commitment to serve that health industry, providing graduates preparation to assume practitioner, technical, and support positions. Besides the hiring opportunities, UIS students in biochemistry are well positioned to secure internships while earning their degrees.

Undergraduate Research

Because of our emphasis on experiential learning, all biochemistry majors are required to complete three hours of capstone research but are encouraged to seek out additional opportunities to conduct research with faculty. It is UIS’ position that the research requirement provides a higher degree of academic rigor than additional upper-division requirements and electives.

Our Students and Faculty

  • Layne Morsch is the 2019 recipient of the University Pearson Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching

Academic Advising information

Dec 31, 2019
Awards Chemistry Program Marshal Craig Meredith Biochemistry Program Marshal and Department of Chemistry Honors Recipient Chantz Pinder…
Sep 30, 2019
Natalie Kerr, a senior majoring in chemistry at the University of Illinois Springfield, recently won the first Falling Walls Lab Illinois competition to…