Chemistry and Biochemistry Degrees Offered

We offer four undergraduate major options. The list below will provide the requirements and standard timetable for obtaining these degrees.

  1. Standard Chemistry Major
  2. Course in Chemistry Major
  3. Standard Chemistry Major with a Biochemical Option
  4. Biochemistry Major
  5. Chemistry Minor
Students who are interested in graduate work in biochemistry should follow the Standard Chemistry Major with a Biochemical Option.

In order to declare a major in Chemistry you need:

  • Completion of Chem 102 & 104
  • Completion or concurrent registration in Chem 343
  • Bring an unofficial transcript and schedule an appointment with the Chemistry Department Academic Undergraduate Advisor:

Gloria FreschlGloria Freschl
Office: CHM 145
(414) 229-3759
freschl@uwm.edu


In order to declare a major in Biochemistry you need:

  • Completion of Chemistry 102 & 104
  • Completion or concurrent registration in Chemistry 343
  • A GPA of 2.5 or better in all Chemistry courses attempted

Students who are interested in graduate work in biochemistry should follow the Standard Chemistry Major with a Biochemical Option

1. Standard Chemistry Major

The Standard Chemistry Major Option may be followed in either the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. It provides a suitable background for students preparing for employment in chemistry and related scientific fields or for subsequent graduate study.

Requirements

  • General Chemistry 102 & 104
  • Analytical Chemistry 221
  • Inorganic Chemistry 311
  • Organic Chemistry 343, 344, & 345
  • Instrumental Analysis 524 [This course is offeref in the fall only]
  • Physical Chemistry 561, 562, 563 [561 is offered int he spring only; 562 and 563 are offered in the fall only]
  • Advanced Chemistry Lab 582 or 584
  • Elective: Biochemistry 501 or Advanced Inorganic 511
  • Calculus 23l, 232, 233 (Math 234 recommended)
  • Physics (calculus-based) 209, 2l0, 2l4, 2l5)
  • Independent Research 691 or 692

2. Course in Chemistry (Approved by the American Chemical Society)

The Course in Chemistry is a professional degree program that follows a curriculum approved by the American Chemical Society. It differs from the chemistry major in requiring more courses in chemistry and fewer in the social sciences and humanities. While any of the chemistry curriculum options (except the biochemistry major), with an appropriate choice of electives, provides a suitable basis for graduate study or employment in chemistry or a related field, the Course in Chemistry is a more complete program and carries additional professional recognition.

Requirements

  • General Chemistry 102 & 104
  • Analytical Chemistry 221
  • Inorganic Chemistry 311
  • Organic Chemistry 343, 344, & 345
  • Instrumental Analysis 524 [This course is offered in the fall only]
  • Physical Chemistry 561, 562, 563 [561 is offered in the spring only; 562 and 563 are offered int he fall only]
  • Advanced Chemistry Lab 582 and 584
  • Biochemistry 501
  • Advanced Inorganic 511
  • Calculus 23l, 232, 233, 234
  • Physics (calculus-based) 209, 2l0, 2l4, 2l5
  • Independent Research 691 or 692

Instead of Letters & Science distribution requirement of 24 credits, only 18 credits in the humanities, social science and arts are required.

3. Standard Chemistry Major with a Biochemical Option

The Standard Chemistry Major with a Biochemical Option differs from the standard major option in that some of the chemistry courses required by the standard option are omitted, and courses in biochemistry and biological sciences are added. Some students planning further study in biochemistry, molecular biology, or medicine may prefer this option.

Requirements

  • General Chemistry 102 & 104
  • Analytical Chemistry 221
  • Inorganic Chemistry 311
  • Organic Chemistry 343, 344, & 345
  • Instrumental Analysis 524 [This course is offered in the fall only]
  • Physical Chemistry 561, 562, 563 [561 is offered in the spring only; 562 and 563 are offered in the fall only]
  • Biochemistry 501
  • Two Biochemistry courses: 601 or 602 or 604 or 614
  • Biochemistry Laboratory 603
  • Calculus 23l, 232, 233 (Math 234 recommended)
  • Physics (calculus-based) 209, 2l0, 2l4, 2l5)
  • Biology 150 and Genetics 325
  • Independent Research 691 or 692

Suggested Timetable for Standard Chemistry Major and Course in Chemistry:

Year Semester I Courses (credits) Semester II Courses (credits)
Freshman Chem 102 (5 credits)
Pre-calculus (4 credits)
Chem 104 (5 credits)
Calculus 231 (4 credits)
Sophomore Chem 343 (3 credits)
Chem 221 (4 credits)
Calculus 232 (4 credits)
Chem 344 (2 credits)
Chem 345 (3 credits)
Calculus 233 (4 credits)
Physics 209 (4 credits)
Physics Lab 214 (1 credit)
Junior Chem 311 (3 credits)
[Chem 501 (or take in spring) (3 credits)]
Physics 210 (4 credits)
Physics 215 (1 credits)
Chem 561 (3 credits)
Senior Chem 562 (3 credits)
Chem lab 563 (1 credit)
Chem 524 (3 credits)
[Chem lab 582 (2 credits)]
Chem 691 or 692 or 697 (1 or 2 credits)
[Chem 511 (3 credits)]
[Chem 584 (select either 582 or 584) (2 credits)]

[ ] = Courses that may be optional for standard chemistry major. They are required for the Course in Chemistry major.

Suggested Timetable for Standard Chemistry Major with the Biochemical Option:

Year Semester I Courses (credits) Semester II Courses (credits)
Freshman Chem 102 (5 credits)
Pre-calculus (4 credits)
Chem 104 (5 credits)
Calculus 231 (4 credits)
Biology 150 (4 credits)
Sophomore Chem 343 (3 credits)
Chem 221 (4 credits)
Calculus 232 (4 credits)
Biology 325 (3 credits)
Chem 344 (2 credits)
Chem 345 (3 credits)
Calculus 233 (4 credits)
Physics 209 (4 credits)
Physics Lab 214 (1 credit)
Junior Chem 311 (3 credits)
Chem 501 (3 credits)
Physics 210 (4 credits)
Physics 215 (1 credit)
Chem 561 (3 credits)
Chem 602 (3 credits) or 604 (3 credits)
Chem 603 (2 credits)
Senior Chem 562 (3 credits)
Chem lab 563 (1 credit)
Chem 524 (3 credits)
Chem 601 (3 credits)
Chem 691 or 692 or 697 (1 or 2 credits)

4. Biochemistry Major

The Biochemistry major is NOT intended for students planning to go to graduate school in Chemistry or Biochemistry. While a student with this major will have a very STRONG background in Biochemistry, their Chemistry will have some weaknesses. (No Inorganic Chemistry, not enough Physical Chemistry and very little calculus) Students who are planning to go to graduate school should follow the Standard Chemistry Major with a Biochemical Option.

The Biochemistry major is perfect for students going into any Health Field (medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, etc.) because they will graduate with a complete knowledge of various Biochemistry areas (metabolism, cell processes, protein synthesis, etc.)

Requirements

  • General Chemistry 102 & 104
  • Analytical Chemistry 221
  • Organic Chemistry 343, 344, & 345
  • Physical Chemistry 560
  • Biochemistry 501
  • Two Biochemistry courses: 601 or 602 or 604 or 614 [601 is offered in the FALL only; 602 and 604 are offered in the SPRING only]
  • Biochemistry Laboratory 603
  • Calculus Survey (211), Finite Math (205) and Math Statistics (215)
  • Physics (non-calculus-based) 120, 121, 122, 123)
  • Biology 150 and Genetics 325
  • Independent Research 691 or 692

An additional seven additional credits from Biological Sciences (Out of 315, 316, 356, 383, 401, 402, 405, 470, 490, 529, 536, 539, 540, 572, 573, 580, 595, 607, 625, 630, 667)

Suggested Timetable for the Biochemistry Major

Year Semester I Courses (credits) Semester II Courses (credits)
Freshman Chem 102 (5 credits)
Math 211 (4 credits)
Bio Sci 150 (4 credits)
Chem 104 (5 credits)
Math 205 (3 credits)
Sophomore Chem 223 (4 credits)
Chem 343 (3 credits)
Physics 120, 121 (5 credits)
Math stat 215 (3 credits)
Chem 345 (credits)
Chem, Lab 344 (2 credits)
Physics 122, 123 (5 credits)
Bio Sci 325 (3 credits)
Junior Chem 560 (3 credits)
Chem 501 (3 credits)
BioSci Elective (4 credits)
BioChem 602 or 604 (3 credits)
BioChem Lab 603 (2 credits)
Senior BioChem 601 (3 credits)
Bio Sci Elective (3 credits)
Chem Research 599 (2 credits)

5. Chemistry Minor

Requirements for a Chemistry Minor

A minor in chemistry may be a useful addition to the programs of students majoring in other natural sciences areas. The minor consists of a minimum of 20 credits in chemistry, with at least 9 of these at or above the 300 level in residence at UWM. These credits must include general chemistry (through Chem 104) and at least one course each from three of the following areas:

  • Analytical (Chem 221, 223, 524)
  • Biochemistry (Chem 501, 601, 602, 603, 604)
  • Inorganic (Chem 311, 511, 614)
  • Organic (Chem 341-345)
  • Physical (Chem 560-563)

At least one course with a laboratory, beyond general chemistry, must be taken. A grade point average of 2.5 in the minor is required.

For further information regarding degree requirements, see Academic Undergraduate Advisor - Gloria Freschl. Please bring a copy of your transcript when meeting with the advisor to declare a major. Unofficial free of charge UWM transcripts may be obtained from the Department of Enrollment Services in Mellencamp Hall, Room 274.