Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Why Choose Chemistry at WIU?

  • Student training by faculty on modern instrumentation used in industry, academia, and government laboratories
  • Individualized research experience provides students with relevant work experience
  • Over 100 students have in recent years published research articles as coauthors with chemistry faculty
  • Build an impressive resume necessary for successful job placement and acceptance to graduate, pharmacy, dental, and medical schools
  • Potential for travel to state, regional, national, and international conferences to present research, establishing career networks with leading academic, government and industry laboratories
  • Specialize in chemistry, biochemistry or pharmacy and be prepared plan for a career in chemical, biotechnological, biomedical, clinical, food, agricultural, environmental, or pharmacology
  • The best Forensic Chemistry program in the State of Illinois with the most comprehensive degree program encompassing all aspects of forensic chemistry including crime scene investigation (CSI)
  • Hands on research experience available for each individual student provides relevant  work experience by the time of graduation, and establishes an important network for career success.
  • Develop cutting edge laboratory skills that will provide employment opportunities in crime labs as well as the ability to pursue biotechnological, chemical, clinical, food, environmental, and pharmaceutical careers

Job Placements of WIU Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Job Placements.
    • PharmD Program UIC, Rockford, IL
    • SigmaAldrich, St. Louis, MO
    • Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL
    • Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health, Kirksville, MO
    • PhD placements at Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Michigan State University and University of Illinois

Job Placements of WIU Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Chemistry

    • FBI Crime Lab, Quantico, VA
    • The National Center for Drug Free Sport, Kansas City, MO
    • Illinois State Police-Morton Forensic Science Center
    • Monsanto Company, Muscatine, IA


  • Qualify for up to $40k in automatic scholarships with a GPA of 3.0+ and SAT 1030+/ACT 20+
  • Maurice Peterson Outstanding Incoming Freshman Award ($500 to $1,000)
  • Chairman’s Award (Freshman)
  • Organic Chemistry Award (Sophomore)
  • Maurice Peterson Outstanding Sophomore Award ($500 to $1,000)
  • Physical Chemistry Award (Junior)
  • Maurice Peterson Outstanding Junior Award ($500 to $1,000)
  • ACS Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry (Senior)
  • Maurice Peterson Outstanding Senior Award ($500)
  • RISE@Chemistry Summer Research ($3000)
  • RISE@WIU M. & C. Wong Diversity Research Award ($350)
  • RISE@WIU M. & C. Wong Bridge Award ($350)
  • RISE@WIU M. & C. Wong Research Award ($350)
  • RISE@WIU M. & C. Wong Travel Award ($900)
  • RISE@WIU Purple and Gold Awards
  • Departmental Special Recognition Award ($50)
  • Frederick H. Currens Memorial Award (varying monetary award)
  • Richard Hardin Scholarship (varying monetary award)
  • Dr. Norbert Goeckner Scholarship in Chemistry (varying monetary award)
  • Dr. Benjamin Hughes Memorial Scholarship (varying monetary award)
  • Margaret and Jack Stites Pre-Pharmacy/Pharmacy Scholarship (varying monetary award)
  • Additional departmental scholarships and research awards available