Chemistry at Viterbo

Chemists work to provide creative solutions and innovation in diverse industries including, biotechnology, the environment, nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals, sustainable energy, forensics, polymers, and agriculture. In addition to these traditional lab setting positions, many chemists have careers out of the lab in areas of patent law, science writing, and government policy/regulations. Additionally, a chemistry degree can be a successful path to medical, pharmacy, or other health-related professional schools.

Chemistry majors at Viterbo will participate in undergraduate research, become strong critical thinkers through interactive lectures and innovative laboratory experiences, and discover their passion through intensive faculty mentoring. The university has built strong relationships with area businesses and organizations that provide excellent paid internship positions. Upon graduation, Viterbo students are successful in starting in careers in the field or continuing on to graduate or professional school.

The employment outlook for chemists of all levels is strong, with a prediction of growth in the future due, in part, to advances in biotechnology and new environmental standards.   

After fall of 2018, applications are no longer being accepted for the Chemistry major. To explore other options at Viterbo please visit the lists of Majors and Minors

Program Highlights

  • American Chemical Society (ACS) accredited degree ensures high standards
  • Interactive, student-based teaching
  • Guaranteed research experience with opportunities for additional research, including a paid summer program
  • Outstanding science facilities including a well-equipped instrument room for hands-on learning in classroom and research labs
  • Intensive faculty advising to guide students onto a career path and to provide opportunities to advance career goals
  • Cohesive group of students and faculty with a strong sense of community


Tammy Clark
Associate Professor/Chair, Engineering, Mathematics, and Chemistry

 RCE 214

Featured Alumni

“My experiences in the classroom, assuming leadership roles, performing research, and working with my mentors greatly benefit me in my current position as a predoctoral student at Mayo Graduate School. My research experiences at Viterbo were key to my entry into graduate school, and the academic advising and career advice I received were phenomenal.”

Elizabeth Eckert '14  
Ph.D. student
Clinical and Translational Science Track, Mayo Graduate School

Career Examples

  • Chemical information management
  • Cheminformatics
  • Crystallographer
  • Environmental chemist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Formulation chemist
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Instrumentation/pharmaceutical sales
  • Laboratory/project management
  • Patent law
  • Process chemist
  • Public health
  • Public information and outreach
  • Quality control in a variety of industries
  • Research and development in a variety of industries
  • Science policy
  • Teacher/professor

Graduate Schools/Employers of Alumni

  • Hitachi
  • Intel
  • Mayo Graduate School
  • Michigan State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • University of Wisconsin Pharmacy School
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Geological Survey Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center