Chemistry Major

Core Requirements

Core A Requirements for All Chemistry Major Programs: 22-23 cr. hrs.

CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 5 cr. or CHEM 120 Introduction to General Chemistry 6 cr.
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 5 cr.
CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I 3 cr.
CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry II 3 cr.
CHEM 250 Foundations of Analytical Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM 355 Separation Science Laboratory 1 cr.
CHEM 480 Chemical Communications and Research (writing intensive) 1 cr.

Core B Requirements for All Chemistry Major Programs: 24 cr. hrs.

CHEM 130 Introduction to Organic Chemistry 5 cr.
CHEM 233 Foundations of Organic Chemistry 5 cr.
CHEM 240 Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM 250 Foundations of Analytical Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM 333 Organic Synthesis 4 cr.
CHEM 355 Separation Science Laboratory 1 cr.
CHEM 480 Chemical Communications and Research (writing intensive) 1 cr.

Required Supporting Courses: 14-21 cr. hrs.

MATH 166 Calculus I 4 cr.
MATH 167 Calculus II 4 cr.
MATH 266 Calculus III 3 cr.

Choose one of the following two physics series I or II: 10 cr. hrs.

(Option B is required for ACS-approved options)

Series I. PHYS 151 General Physics I
PHYS 152 General Physics II
PHYS 156 General Physics Laboratory I
PHYS 157 General Physics Laboratory II
Series II. PHYS 161 General Physics I
PHYS 162 General Physics II
PHYS 166 General Physics Laboratory I
PHYS 167 General Physics Laboratory II

Chemistry

Chemistry-ACS: 68-70 Cr. hours

Track A Requirements: 55-57 cr. hrs.

CHEM 121General Chemistry I 5 cr. or CHEM 120 Introduction to General Chemistry 6 cr.
CHEM 122General Chemistry II 5 cr.
CHEM 231Organic Chemistry I 3 cr.
CHEM 232Organic Chemistry II 3 cr.
CHEM 236 Organic Chemistry Lab I 1 cr.
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry Lab II 1 cr.
CHEM 250 Foundations of Analytical Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM 261 Laboratory Safety 2 cr.
CHEM 322 Inorganic Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM 3411 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics (3 cr.) or CHEM 3421 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy 3 cr.
CHEM 361 Biochemistry I 3 cr.
CHEM 480 Chemical Communications and Research (writing intensive) 1 cr.

BIOL 150 Introduction to Biology 3 cr.
MATH 167 Calculus II 4 cr.
MATH elective2 (3-4 cr.)

PHYS 151 Algebra-Based l Physics I 4 cr.
PHYS 152 Algebra-Based l Physics II 4 cr.
PHYS 156 Algebra-Based l Physics Lab I 1 cr.
PHYS 157 Algebra-Based Physics Lab II 1 cr.
Or
PHYS 161 Calculus-Based Physics I 4 cr.
PHYS 162 Calculus-Based Physics II 4 cr.
PHYS 166 Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory I 1 cr.
PHYS 167 Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory II 1 cr.

Track A In-depth elective courses:

Minimum of 9 credits including at least 6 lab credits, one of which must be CHEM 366 or CHEM 402.

CHEM 311 Polymer Chemistry 3 cr.
CHEM 333 Organic Synthesis 4 cr. (includes 2 lab cr.)
CHEM 3411 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics 3 cr. or CHEM 3421 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy 3 cr.
CHEM 355 Separation Science Laboratory 1 lab cr.
CHEM 356 Chemical Instrumentation Lab (writing intensive) 1 lab cr.
CHEM 362 Biochemistry II 3 cr.
CHEM 366 Biochemistry Laboratory (writing intensive) 1 lab cr.
CHEM 3783 Semester Abroad 1-4 cr.; includes 1-4 cr. Lab
CHEM 3793 Internship 1-4 cr.; includes 1-4 cr. lab
CHEM 401 Advanced Chemistry Lab I (writing intensive) 1 lab cr.
CHEM 402 Advanced Chemistry Lab II (writing intensive) 1 lab cr.
CHEM 411 Polymer Science 3 cr.
CHEM 416 Polymer Laboratory 1 lab cr.
CHEM 422 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3 cr.
CHEM 461 Pharmacology 3 cr.
CHEM 4893 Special Topics in Chemistry 1-4 cr.
CHEM 4954 Undergraduate Research 1-3 cr.; includes 1-3 lab cr.
BIOL 4515,7 Molecular Biology 4 cr.; includes 1 lab cr.
PHYS 4656 Quantum Mechanics 4 cr.

Required Supporting Course: 4 credits

MATH 166 Calculus I 4 cr.

Track B Requirements: 55-56 cr.

CHEM 130 Introduction to Organic Chemistry 5 cr.
CHEM 233 Foundations of Organic Chemistry 5 cr.
CHEM 240 Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM 250 Foundations of Analytical Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM 261 Laboratory Safety 2 cr.
CHEM 322 Inorganic Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM 333 Organic Synthesis 4 cr.
CHEM 3411 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics 3 cr. or CHEM 3421 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy 3 cr.
CHEM 361 Biochemistry I 3 cr.
CHEM 480 Chemical Communications and Research (writing intensive) 1 cr.

BIOL 150 Introduction to Biology 3 cr.
MATH 167 Calculus II 4 cr.
MATH elective2 (3-4 cr.)

PHYS 151 Algebra-Based l Physics I 4 cr.
PHYS 152 Algebra-Based l Physics II 4 cr.
PHYS 156 Algebra-Based l Physics Lab I 1 cr.
PHYS 157 Algebra-Based Physics Lab II 1 cr.
Or
PHYS 161 Calculus-Based Physics I 4 cr.
PHYS 162 Calculus-Based Physics II 4 cr.
PHYS 166 Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory I 1 cr.
PHYS 167 Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory II 1 cr.

Track B In-depth elective courses:

Minimum of 9 credits including at least 3 lab credits, one of which must be CHEM 366 or CHEM 402.

CHEM 311 Polymer Chemistry 3 cr.
CHEM 3411 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics 3 cr. or CHEM 3421 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy 3 cr.
CHEM 355 Separation Science Laboratory 1 lab cr.
CHEM 356 Chemical Instrumentation Lab (writing intensive) 1 lab cr.
CHEM 362 Biochemistry II 3 cr.
CHEM 366 Biochemistry Laboratory (writing intensive) 1 lab cr.
CHEM 3783 Semester Abroad 1-4 cr.; includes 1-4 cr. Lab
CHEM 3793 Internship 1-4 cr.; includes 1-4 cr. lab
CHEM 401 Advanced Chemistry Lab I (writing intensive) 1 lab cr.
CHEM 402 Advanced Chemistry Lab II (writing intensive) 1 lab cr.
CHEM 411 Polymer Science 3 cr.
CHEM 416 Polymer Laboratory 1 lab cr.
CHEM 422 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3 cr.
CHEM 461 Pharmacology 3 cr.
CHEM 4893 Special Topics in Chemistry 1-4 cr.
CHEM 4954 Undergraduate Research 1-3 cr.; includes 1-3 lab cr.
BIOL 4515,7 Molecular Biology 4 cr.; includes 1 lab cr.
PHYS 4656 Quantum Mechanics 4 cr.

Required Supporting Course: 4 credits

MATH 166 Calculus I 4 cr.

  1. Both CHEM 341 and CHEM 342 are strongly recommended for students considering graduate education in chemistry. Both courses require MATH 167, and PHYS 152 or PHYS 162.
  2. Math electives could include: MATH 236 Discrete Mathematics, MATH 256 Linear Algebra, MATH 326 Applied Statistics, MATH 346 Numerical Analysis, or PHYS 361 Mathematics of Physics and Engineering.
  3. CHEM 378, CHEM 379 and CHEM 489 could be worth 1-4 credits each for a combined maximum of 4 credits counting toward the in-depth electives. Actual credits will be determined based on department approval at the time of enrollment.
  4. A maximum of 3 credits of CHEM 495 can count toward the in-depth electives.
  5. BIOL 451 requires BIOL 240, BIOL 324 and BIOL 350.
  6. PHYS 465 requires PHYS 264, PHYS 261 (or CHEM 342), MATH 256 and MATH 331.
  7. A maximum of 4 credits of non-chemistry courses may count toward the in-depth electives.

Biochem.

Biochemistry-ACS: 77-79 Cr. hours

Track A Requirements: 70-71 cr. hrs.

CHEM 121General Chemistry I 5 cr. or CHEM 120 Introduction to General Chemistry 6 cr.
CHEM 122General Chemistry II 5 cr.
CHEM 231Organic Chemistry I 3 cr.
CHEM 232Organic Chemistry II 3 cr.
CHEM 236 Organic Chemistry Lab I 1 cr.
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry Lab II 1 cr.
CHEM 250 Foundations of Analytical Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM 261 Laboratory Safety 2 cr.
CHEM 322 Inorganic Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM 3411 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics 3 cr. or CHEM 3421 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy 3 cr.
CHEM 361 Biochemistry I 3 cr.
CHEM 362 Biochemistry II 3 cr.
CHEM 366 Biochemistry Laboratory (writing intensive) 1 lab cr.
CHEM 480 Chemical Communications and Research (writing intensive) 1 cr.

BIOL 150 Introduction to Biology 3 cr.
BIOL 240
BIOL 324
BIOL 350
BIOL 4514,6 Molecular Biology 4 cr.

MATH 167 Calculus II 4 cr.

PHYS 151 Algebra-Based l Physics I 4 cr.
PHYS 152 Algebra-Based l Physics II 4 cr.
PHYS 156 Algebra-Based l Physics Lab I 1 cr.
PHYS 157 Algebra-Based Physics Lab II 1 cr.
Or
PHYS 161 Calculus-Based Physics I 4 cr.
PHYS 162 Calculus-Based Physics II 4 cr.
PHYS 166 Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory I 1 cr.
PHYS 167 Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory II 1 cr.

Track A In-depth elective courses:
Minimum of 4 credits including at least 4 lab credits, one of which must be CHEM 366 or CHEM 402.

CHEM 311 Polymer Chemistry 3 cr.
CHEM 333 Organic Synthesis 4 cr. includes 2 lab cr.
CHEM 3411 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics 3 cr. or CHEM 3421 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy 3 cr.
CHEM 355 Separation Science Laboratory 1 lab cr.
CHEM 356 Chemical Instrumentation Lab (writing intensive) 1 lab cr.)
CHEM 3782 Semester Abroad 1-4 cr.; includes 1-4 cr. Lab)
CHEM 3792 Internship 1-4 cr.; includes 1-4 cr. lab
CHEM 401 Advanced Chemistry Lab I (writing intensive) 1 lab cr.
CHEM 402 Advanced Chemistry Lab II (writing intensive) 1 lab cr.
CHEM 411 Polymer Science 3 cr.
CHEM 416 Polymer Laboratory 1 lab cr.
CHEM 422 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3 cr.
CHEM 461 Pharmacology 3 cr.
CHEM 4892 Special Topics in Chemistry 1-4 cr.
CHEM 4953 Undergraduate Research 1-3 cr.; includes 1-3 lab cr.
PHYS 4655,6 Quantum Mechanics 4 cr.

Required Supporting Course: 4 credits

MATH 166 Calculus I 4 cr.

Track B Requirements: 70 cr.

CHEM 130 Introduction to Organic Chemistry 5 cr.
CHEM 233 Foundations of Organic Chemistry 5 cr.
CHEM 240 Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM 250 Foundations of Analytical Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM 261 Laboratory Safety (2 cr.)
CHEM 322 Inorganic Chemistry (4 cr.)
CHEM 333 Organic Synthesis 4 cr.
CHEM 3411 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics (3 cr.) or CHEM 3421 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy (3 cr.)
CHEM 361 Biochemistry I 3cr.
CHEM 362 Biochemistry II 3 cr.
CHEM 366 Biochemistry Laboratory (writing intensive) 1 lab cr.
CHEM 480 Chemical Communications and Research (writing intensive) 1 cr.

BIOL 150 Introduction to Biology (3 cr.)
BIOL 240
BIOL 324
BIOL 350
BIOL 4514,6 Molecular Biology 4 cr.
MATH 167 Calculus II 4 cr.
MATH elective2 (3-4 cr.)

PHYS 151 Algebra-Based l Physics I 4 cr.
PHYS 152 Algebra-Based l Physics II 4 cr.
PHYS 156 Algebra-Based l Physics Lab I 1 cr.
PHYS 157 Algebra-Based Physics Lab II 1 cr.
Or
PHYS 161 Calculus-Based Physics I 4 cr.
PHYS 162 Calculus-Based Physics II 4 cr.
PHYS 166 Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory I 1 cr.
PHYS 167 Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory II 1 cr.

Track B In-depth elective courses:

Minimum of 3 credits including at least 3 lab credits

CHEM 311 Polymer Chemistry (3 cr.)
CHEM 3411 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics (3 cr.) or CHEM 3421 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy (3 cr.)
CHEM 355 Separation Science Laboratory (1 lab cr.)
CHEM 356 Chemical Instrumentation Lab (writing intensive) (1 lab cr.)
CHEM 3783 Semester Abroad (1-4 cr.; includes 1-4 cr. Lab)
CHEM 3793 Internship (1-4 cr.; includes 1-4 cr. lab)
CHEM 401 Advanced Chemistry Lab I (writing intensive) (1 lab cr.)
CHEM 402 Advanced Chemistry Lab II (writing intensive) (1 lab cr.)
CHEM 411 Polymer Science (3 cr.)
CHEM 416 Polymer Laboratory (1 lab cr.)
CHEM 422 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3 cr.)
CHEM 461 Pharmacology (3 cr.)
CHEM 4892 Special Topics in Chemistry (1-4 cr.)
CHEM 4953 Undergraduate Research (1-3 cr.; includes 1-3 lab cr.)
PHYS 4655,6 Quantum Mechanics (4 cr.)

Required Supporting Course: 4 credits

MATH 166 Calculus I (4 cr.)

  1. Both CHEM 341 and CHEM 342 are strongly recommended for students considering graduate education in chemistry. Both courses require MATH 167, and PHYS 152 or PHYS 162.
  2. CHEM 378, CHEM 379 and CHEM 489 could be worth 1-4 credits each for a combined maximum of 4 credits counting toward the in-depth electives. Actual credits will be determined based on department approval at the time of enrollment.
  3. A maximum of 3 credits of CHEM 495 can count toward the in-depth electives.
  4. BIOL 451 requires BIOL 240,
    BIOL 324, and
    BIOL 350.
  5. PHYS 465 requires PHYS 264, PHYS 261 (or CHEM 342), MATH 256 and MATH 331.
  6. A maximum of 4 credits of non-chemistry courses may count toward the in-depth electives.

Preprof.

Biochemistry-Pre-professional: 63-65 Cr. hours

Track A Requirements: 55-57 cr. hrs.

CHEM 121General Chemistry I 5 cr. or CHEM 120 Introduction to General Chemistry 6 cr.
CHEM 122General Chemistry II 5 cr.
CHEM 231Organic Chemistry I 3 cr.
CHEM 232Organic Chemistry II 3 cr.
CHEM 236 Organic Chemistry Lab I 1 cr.
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry Lab II 1 cr.
CHEM 250 Foundations of Analytical Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM 261 Laboratory Safety 2 cr.
CHEM 322 Inorganic Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM 3401 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics (3 cr.) or CHEM 3421 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy 3 cr.
CHEM 361 Biochemistry I 3 cr.
CHEM 362 Biochemistry II 3 cr.
CHEM 366 Biochemistry Laboratory (writing intensive) 1 cr.
CHEM 480 Chemical Communications and Research (writing intensive) 1 cr.

BIOL 150 Introduction to Biology 3 cr.
MATH elective2 (3-4 cr.)

PHYS 151 Algebra-Based l Physics I 4 cr.
PHYS 152 Algebra-Based l Physics II 4 cr.
PHYS 156 Algebra-Based l Physics Lab I 1 cr.
PHYS 157 Algebra-Based Physics Lab II 1 cr.
Or
PHYS 161 Calculus-Based Physics I 4 cr.
PHYS 162 Calculus-Based Physics II 4 cr.
PHYS 166 Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory I 1 cr.
PHYS 167 Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory II 1 cr.

Track A In-depth elective courses:

Minimum of 8 credits including at least 3 lab credits

CHEM 311 Polymer Chemistry 3 cr.
CHEM 333 Organic Synthesis 4 cr. (includes 2 lab cr.)
CHEM 3412 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics 3 cr. or CHEM 3421 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy 3 cr.
CHEM 355 Separation Science Laboratory 1 lab cr.
CHEM 356 Chemical Instrumentation Lab (writing intensive) 1 lab cr.
CHEM 3783 Semester Abroad 1-4 cr.; includes 1-4 cr. Lab
CHEM 3793 Internship 1-4 cr.; includes 1-4 cr. lab
CHEM 401 Advanced Chemistry Lab I (writing intensive) 1 lab cr.
CHEM 402 Advanced Chemistry Lab II (writing intensive) 1 lab cr.
CHEM 411 Polymer Science 3 cr.
CHEM 416 Polymer Laboratory 1 lab cr.
CHEM 422 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3 cr.
CHEM 461 Pharmacology 3 cr.
CHEM 4893 Special Topics in Chemistry 1-4 cr.
CHEM 4954 Undergraduate Research 1-3 cr.; includes 1-3 lab cr.
BIOL 350 Genetics and Evolution 3 cr.
BIOL 4515,7 Molecular Biology 4 cr.; includes 1 lab cr.

Required Supporting Course: 4 credits

MATH 166 Calculus I 4 cr.

Track B Requirements: 51-52 cr.

CHEM 130 Introduction to Organic Chemistry 5 cr.
CHEM 233 Foundations of Organic Chemistry 5 cr.
CHEM 240 Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM 250 Foundations of Analytical Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM 261 Laboratory Safety 2 cr.
CHEM 322 Inorganic Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM 340 Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems 3 cr.
CHEM 361 Biochemistry I 3 cr.
CHEM 362 Biochemistry II 3 cr.
CHEM 366 Biochemistry Laboratory (writing intensive) 1 lab cr.
CHEM 480 Chemical Communications and Research (writing intensive) 1 cr.

BIOL 150 Introduction to Biology 3 cr.
MATH elective1 (3-4 cr.)

PHYS 151 Algebra-Based l Physics I 4 cr.
PHYS 152 Algebra-Based l Physics II 4 cr.
PHYS 156 Algebra-Based l Physics Lab I 1 cr.
PHYS 157 Algebra-Based Physics Lab II 1 cr.
Or
PHYS 161 Calculus-Based Physics I 4 cr.
PHYS 162 Calculus-Based Physics II 4 cr.
PHYS 166 Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory I 1 cr.
PHYS 167 Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory II 1 cr.

Track B In-depth elective courses:

Minimum of 13 credits including at least 2 lab credits

CHEM 311 Polymer Chemistry 3 cr.
CHEM 333 Organic Synthesis 4 cr.; includes 2 lab cr.
CHEM 3411 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics 3 cr. or CHEM 3421 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy 3 cr.
CHEM 355 Separation Science Laboratory 1 lab cr.
CHEM 356 Chemical Instrumentation Lab (writing intensive) 1 lab cr.
CHEM 3783 Semester Abroad 1-4 cr.; includes 1-4 cr. Lab
CHEM 3793 Internship 1-4 cr.; includes 1-4 cr. lab
CHEM 401 Advanced Chemistry Lab I (writing intensive) 1 lab cr.
CHEM 402 Advanced Chemistry Lab II (writing intensive) 1 lab cr.
CHEM 411 Polymer Science 3 cr.
CHEM 416 Polymer Laboratory 1 lab cr.
CHEM 422 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3 cr.
CHEM 461 Pharmacology 3 cr.
CHEM 4893 Special Topics in Chemistry 1-4 cr.
CHEM 4954 Undergraduate Research 1-3 cr.; includes 1-3 lab cr.
BIOL 3506 Genetics and Evolution 3 cr.
BIOL 4515,7 Molecular Biology 4 cr.; includes 1 lab cr.

Required Supporting Course: 4 credits

MATH 166 Calculus I 4 cr.

  1. Math electives could include: MATH 226 Fundamentals of Statistics, MATH 167Calculus II,MATH 236 Discrete Mathematics, MATH 256 Linear Algebra, or MATH 326 Applied Statistics
  2. Both CHEM 341 and CHEM 342 are strongly recommended for students considering graduate education in chemistry. Both courses require MATH 167, and PHYS 152 or PHYS 162.
  3. CHEM 378, CHEM 379 and CHEM 489 could be worth 1-4 credits each for a combined maximum of 4 credits counting toward the in-depth electives. Actual credits will be determined based on department approval at the time of enrollment.
  4. A maximum of 3 credits of CHEM 495 can count toward the in-depth electives.
  5. BIOL 451 requires BIOL 240, BIOL 324 and BIOL 350.
  6. BIOL 350 requires BIOL 240.
  7. A maximum of 4 credits of non-chemistry courses may count toward the in-depth electives.

Education

Chemistry Major-Education

Major Requirements - Secondary Education 35-36 Total Credits
Core Requirements: 22-24 cr. hrs.
Required Supporting Courses: 21 cr. hrs.(not counted in total for major)

Secondary Education Option
Required Courses: 12-14 cr. hrs.

CHEM 236 Organic Chemistry Lab I 1 cr. (Core A only)
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry Lab II 1 cr. (Core A only)
CHEM 341Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics (3 cr.)
or CHEM 342 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy 3 cr.
CHEM 356 Chemical Instrumentation Lab (writing intensive) 1 lab cr.
CHEM 401 Advanced Chemistry Lab I (writing intensive) 1 lab cr.
CHEM 402 Advanced Chemistry Lab II (writing intensive) 1 lab cr.
CHEM 422 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3 cr.

Physical Science Option

Broadfield Science Licensure

Dual Degree

Chemistry-Dual Degree (Engineering)

This major is awarded jointly with a B.S. in engineering after the student has successfully completed a three-year program at UW-River Falls with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and a two-year program at either UW-Madison or the University of Minnesota.

Required Courses 29-30 cr. hrs.

CHEM 121General Chemistry I 5 cr. or CHEM 120 Introduction to General Chemistry 6 cr.
CHEM 122General Chemistry II 5 cr.
CHEM 231Organic Chemistry I 3 cr.
CHEM 232Organic Chemistry II 3 cr.
CHEM 246 Synthetic and Analytical Techniques in Organic Chem I 2 cr.
CHEM 247 Synthetic and Analytical Techniques in Organic Chem II 1 cr.
CHEM 251 Analytical Chemistry 2 cr.
CHEM 256 Analytical Chemistry Lab 1 cr.
CHEM 341 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics (3 cr.)
or CHEM 342 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy 3 cr.
CHEM 355 Separation Science Laboratory 1 cr.

Credits transferred from Engineering School 30 cr. hrs.
Required supporting courses at UWRF 34 cr. hrs.

PHYS 161 Calculus-Based Physics I 4 cr.
PHYS 162 Calculus-Based Physics II 4 cr.
PHYS 166 Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory I 1 cr.
PHYS 167 Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory II 1 cr.
PHYS 211 Scientific Programming 3 cr.
PHYS 264 General Physics 4 cr.
MATH 166 Calculus I 4 cr.
MATH 167 Calculus II 4 cr.
MATH 256 Linear Algebra 3 cr.
MATH 266 Calculus III 3 cr.
MATH 331 Differential Equations 3 cr.

General Education Requirements

Courses in the major or required supporting courses may be double counted to satisfy the General Education science requirements. Therefore, the total General Education credit hour requirement is reduced by the courses that can be double-counted.

Department of Chemistry

253 Centennial Science Hall
715-425-3523
www.uwrf.edu/CHEM/

Karl Peterson-Chair, Jeff Rosenthal, Marilyn Duerst, Ross Jilk, Mike Kahlow, Lisa Kroutil, Daniel Marchand, Kevin McLaughlin, Barb Nielsen, David Rainville, Jeffrey Rosenthal, David Rusterholz, Jamie Schneider, Stacey Stoffregen

The Chemistry Department offers several options for chemistry majors, all of which are based on a core curriculum with additional requirements based on each option.

1. The Bachelor of Science regular option chemistry major is designed for students who desire a general education in chemistry as a background for careers in many fields such as polymer science, environmental analysis, industrial chemistry, materials science, various fields related to medical science, etc. This consists of 35 credit hours distributed among the major fields of chemistry.

2. The ACS-Approved regular option chemistry major is offered for those students who wish to pursue a more intensive program in chemistry approved by the American Chemical Society. This program includes the courses in the Bachelor of Science chemistry major and additional advanced courses. It is particularly recommended for students who intend to go to graduate school or work in the chemical industry. A course in computer use or programming and one year of foreign language are strongly recommended.

3. The biochemistry options are for those students who wish to pursue a career in biotechnology, the medical sciences or who desire a strong background in the chemistry of biological systems. The biochemistry program may be based on the Bachelor of Science major or the ACS Approved major. The ACS-Approved major is recommended for the student who plans to attend graduate school.

4. The education option chemistry major is designed for prospective secondary school teachers. The curriculum is planned so as to give the student (1) a broad general education, (2) specialized preparation in chemistry with a minor in a supporting field and (3) professional training necessary for effective teaching. In order to be admitted to the College of Education, the student needs to be evaluated and recommended by the Chemistry Education Advisory Committee. Contact the Chemistry Department chair for further information.

5. The polymer option is designed for those students who wish to pursue a career in the chemical industry working with new materials for applications in aerospace, electronics, medicine, building, and transportation industries. Students completing this option will be prepared to directly enter the chemical industry or go on to graduate school in areas of study such as polymers or material science. The polymer option is based on the ACS-Approved major.

Note: Substitution of other courses for degree requirements is possible upon application and approval by the department. This is on a case-by-case basis and particularly may affect students who change to a chemistry major or who transfer to UWRF. Students should confer with their adviser and/or the department chair.

The Department of Chemistry at UWRF is approved by the American Chemical Society. Students who are interested in pursuing advanced training in chemistry may obtain an ACS-Approved degree by taking several additional chemistry courses. Within the required supporting courses, the calculus-based physics courses 161, 162, 166, 167 are required for the ACS-Approved Option.


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