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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013


College of Letters and Science


Course in Chemistry


Peter Geissinger, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Coordinator

Students following this curriculum are awarded the Bachelor of Science degree. This professional program has been approved by the American Chemical Society as providing a strong professional training in chemistry suitable for those who intend to go on to graduate school or to enter the chemical profession directly. Graduates of this program are awarded a certificate by the American Chemical Society; they also qualify for full membership in the Society upon graduation, without the three years of experience that normally are required. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry administers the program.

Admission. Students may declare the Course in Chemistry as their major when they have completed Chem 102 and 104, either have completed or currently are enrolled in Chem 343, Math 232, and Physics 209, and have earned a GPA of 2.50 or better on all chemistry courses attempted. Students are urged strongly to contact the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department for academic advice as soon as they believe they have an interest in chemistry.

Curriculum Requirements. General chemistry is a prerequisite to all further courses in chemistry. This requirement is satisfied by Chem 102 and 104 (10 cr). Students without high school chemistry, or whose background in science is weak, may need to take Chem 100 first. Students intending to follow the Course in Chemistry should begin general chemistry in their first semester. Because study in chemistry is cumulative, postponing the start in chemistry courses will delay completion of the degree.

Mathematics and physics are essential in the education of a chemist. In addition, there are calculus and physics prerequisites to physical chemistry, which in turn is a prerequisite to advanced chemistry courses required for the degree. It is essential, therefore, to start the calculus sequence, along with the general chemistry, early in the program.

The Course in Chemistry also has specific requirements outside of the sciences. To graduate, students are required to have an overall GPA of 2.0 and a 2.5 GPA in chemistry courses other than Chem 106. A total of at least 18 credits in the humanities, social sciences, and arts is required. This course array supersedes the College of Letters and Science breadth requirements; courses must be selected to include the campus-wide GER distribution requirements (6 cr each in humanities and social sciences, 3 cr in arts, and 3 cr in cultural diversity). Students also must complete two courses (at least 6 credits) in a single language (including American Sign Language) other than English at the 100 level or above with grades of C or higher. This requirement is satisfied by two years of a single language (including American Sign Language) other than English taken in high school. English 102 with a grade of C or better is required to help in developing written communication skills.

Requirements for the Course in Chemistry are as follows:

General Chemistry (Chem 102/104)

10

Analytical Chemistry (Chem 221)

4

Organic Chemistry (Chem 343, 344, 345)

8

Physical Chemistry (Chem 561, 562, 563)

8

Inorganic Chemistry (Chem 311)

3

Biochemistry (Chem 501) 3
Instrument Analysis (Chem 524) 3
Advanced Chemistry Laboratories (Chem 582, 584) 4
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (Chem 511) 3
Capstone Requirement/Independent Research (Chem 691 or Chem 692 or Chem 697) 1 or 2
Calculus (Math 231, 232, 233, & Math 234) 16
Physics, calculus-based with lab (Physics 209/214, 210/215) 10
English 102 with grade of C or better or score level 4 on English placement exam 0-3
Humanities, social sciences and arts 18
Two semesters or equiv of a language other than English 6

The Course in Chemistry can be completed in four academic years, within the 120-credit requirement of the Bachelor of Science degree. However, without good pre-college preparation, some additional credits might be required. The student who must take additional mathematics before beginning calculus, or must take Chem 100 before general chemistry, or needs two college semesters of foreign language, or has difficulty in satisfying writing requirements, may require more than the 120-credit minimum. There is room in the program to handle some weakness in preparation, but it may require taking a heavy load of science and mathematics courses during the first two years and postponing some of the humanities/social sciences/arts courses until the third and fourth years.

A recommended curriculum for the Course in Chemistry is outlined below. The two semesters of physics may be started as soon as calculus is begun, and should be completed during the first two years. Most students finish Chem 343-345 (organic chemistry) and 221 (quantitative analysis) during the first two years, although some delay in these courses is not critical. Physical chemistry should be taken in the junior year.

The curriculum shown presumes high school language preparation equivalent to the first two semesters of college language study. If the foreign language requirement must be satisfied through college work, it would be best to postpone its start until the junior year, using those early electives for GER distribution. German, Russian, and French traditionally have been most useful in chemistry, but Japanese and Chinese are increasing in importance (see the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature). Students who must take additional writing courses to qualify for English 102 should do so early.

All students interested in the Course in Chemistry should see an advisor in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department early in their program. This is particularly important for those who will need to deviate from the indicated curriculum in its early stages.

RECOMMENDED CURRICULUM FOR THE COURSE IN CHEMISTRY

Freshman Year, Sem. 1

Cr.

Chem 102

General Chemistry

5

Math 231

Calculus and Analytic Geometry

4

English 102 College Writing and Research 3
Elective   3
Total   15

Freshman Year, Sem. 2

Cr.

Chem 104

General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis

5

Math 232

Calculus and Analytic Geometry

4

Electives   6
Total   15

Sophomore Year, Sem. 1

Cr.

Chem 223

Elementary Quantitative Analysis

4

Chem 343

Organic Chemistry

3

Physics 209/214

Physics I (Calculus Treatment)

5

Math 233

Calculus and Analytic Geometry

4

Total   16

Sophomore Year, Sem. 2

Cr.

Chem 344

Organic Chemistry Laboratory

2

Chem 345

Organic Chemistry

3

Math 234

Linear Algebra and Differential Equations

4

Physics 210/215

Physics II (Calculus Treatment)

5

Elective   1-3
Total   15-17

Junior Year, Sem. 1

Cr.

Chem 311

Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry

3

Chem 501 Introduction to Biochemistry 3
Electives   9
Total   15

Junior Year, Sem. 2

Cr.

Chem 561

Physical Chemistry I

3

Electives   12
Total   15

Senior Year, Sem. 1

Cr.

Chem 562

Physical Chemistry II

3

Chem 563

Physical Chemistry Laboratory

2

Chem 524

Instrument Analysis

3

Chem 582 Advanced Chemistry Laboratory I 2
Capstone Course   1 or 2
Electives   4-5
Total   16

Senior Year, Sem. 2

Cr.

Chem 511

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

3

Chem 584

Advanced Chemistry Laboratory II

2

Electives   10
Total   15

 

 

 



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