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The University of Wisconsin - River Falls has several emphases for a student interested in majoring in Chemistry. Each track has two options for entry. You can start in the traditional two year introductory curriculum (two semesters of general chemistry and two semesters of organic chemistry). Or you can take our Organic First courses, which integrate that same content into three semesters instead of four, which gets you to advanced courses - and possibly graduation - earlier.

Chemistry 

This is the most traditional chemistry major, preparing you for a career in Chemistry or related fields or for graduate study. Our curriculum gives you significant flexibility compared to other institutions, with opportunities for several Chemistry electives to fulfill your major requirements.

Biochemistry 

The American Chemical Society certified Biochemistry major is similar to the Chemistry major listed above, but with an emphasis in Biochemistry. You'll have a number of options for courses including electives in Chemistry or Biology.

Biochemistry (Preprofessional) 

The preprofessional Biochemistry major is a streamlined program designed to fulfill the admissions requirements for medical, veterinary, or pharmacy school. It is also appropriate if you're interested in Biochemistry, but would like additional flexibility to take more courses in Biology or related fields.

Education

The education option Chemistry major is designed for prospective secondary school teachers. The curriculum is planned so as to give you a broad general education, a specialized preparation in chemistry with a minor in a supporting field and professional training necessary for effective teaching.

Dual Degree (Engineering)

Students complete three years of chemistry, physics, math, engineering, and general education coursework at UWRF and then two years of upper-level engineering courses at one of our highly-regarded partner institutions: the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities or the University of Wisconsin – Madison.At the end of approximately five years, students are awarded two degrees: a Bachelors degree in from UWRF and a Bachelors degree in engineering from the partner school. Graduates with both engineering and physics degrees have found that they stand out when they apply for jobs, graduate school, and promotions.

Pre-professional (Premedical, Preveterinary, Prepharmacy)

Pre-professional programs aren't designed majors but a series of courses that prepare you for medical, veterinary, or pharmacy school.  You can major in any field so long as you have the required courses, but a Chemistry major is a popular major for students wishing to go on for further study. Since the pre-professional requirements vary, students and their advisers should study the catalog of the institutions to which they wish to apply. The faculty of the Chemistry Department will help you to select appropriate courses and will contact professional schools to help select what courses are most appropriate for your chosen field.

 

Majors and Courses

Chemistry

Track A Requirements: 56-59 cr. hrs.

CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 4 cr. and CHEM 116 General Chemistry I Lab 1 cr.
   OR CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 5 cr.
   OR CHEM 120 Introduction to General Chemistry 6 cr.
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4 cr. and CHEM 117 General Chemistry II Lab 1 cr.
   OR CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 5 cr.
CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I 3 cr.
CHEM 232 Organic 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 3 cr.
CHEM 325 Inorganic Chemistry Lab 1 cr.
CHEM 341 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics (3 cr.) or CHEM 342 1 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy 3 cr.
CHEM 360 Foundations of Biochemistry 4 cr. OR CHEM 361 Biochemistry I 3 cr.
CHEM 380 Chemistry Junior Seminar 1 cr.
CHEM 480 Chemical Communications and Research 1 cr.

BIOL 150 Introduction to Biology 3 cr. OR BIOL 160 General Biology - Freshman Research Focus 4 cr.

MATH 166 Calculus I 4 cr.
MATH 167 Calculus II 4 cr.
MATH elective 2 (3-4 cr.)

PHYS 121 Algebra-Based l Physics I 4 cr.
PHYS 122 Algebra-Based l Physics II 4 cr.
Or
PHYS 131 Calculus-Based Physics I 4 cr.
PHYS 132 Calculus-Based Physics II 4 cr.

Track A In-depth elective courses: 12 credits, including at least 6 lab credits, one of which must be CHEM 366 or CHEM 345.

CHEM 311 Polymer Chemistry 3 cr.
CHEM 316 Polymer Chemistry Lab 1 lab cr.
CHEM 333 Organic Synthesis 2 cr.
CHEM 334 Organic Synthesis Lab 2 lab cr.
CHEM 341 1 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics 3 cr. or CHEM 342 1 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy 3 cr.
CHEM 345 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1 lab cr.
CHEM 355 Separation Science Laboratory 1 lab cr.
CHEM 356 Chemical Instrumentation Lab 1 lab cr.
CHEM 362 Biochemistry II 3 cr.
CHEM 366 Biochemistry Laboratory 1 lab cr.
CHEM 378 3 Semester Abroad 1-4 cr.; includes 1-4 cr. Lab
CHEM 379 3 Internship 1-4 cr.; includes 1-4 cr. lab
CHEM 461 Pharmacology 3 cr.
CHEM 489 3 Special Topics in Chemistry 1-4 cr.
CHEM 495 4 Undergraduate Research 1-3 cr.; includes 1-3 lab cr.
BIOL 451 5 Molecular Biology 4 cr.; includes 1 lab cr.
PHYS 465 5 Quantum Mechanics 4 cr.

Track B Requirements: 56-59 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 3 cr.
CHEM 325 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 1 cr.
CHEM 333 Organic Synthesis 2 cr.
CHEM 334 Organic Synthesis Laboratory 2 cr.
CHEM 341 1 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics 3 cr. or CHEM 342 1 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy 3 cr.
CHEM 360 Foundations of Biochemistry 4 cr. OR 361 Biochemistry I 3 cr.
CHEM 380 Junior Seminar 1 cr.
CHEM 480 Chemical Communications and Research 1 cr.

BIOL 150 Introduction to Biology 3 cr. OR BIOL 160 General Biology - Freshman Research Focus 4 cr.

MATH 166 Calculus I 4 cr.
MATH 167 Calculus II 4 cr.
MATH elective 2 (3-4 cr.)

PHYS 121 Algebra-Based l Physics I 4 cr.
PHYS 122 Algebra-Based l Physics II 4 cr.
Or
PHYS 131 Calculus-Based Physics I 4 cr.
PHYS 132 Calculus-Based Physics II 4 cr.

Track B In-depth elective courses: 12 credits, including at least 4 lab credits, one of which must be CHEM 366 or CHEM 345.

CHEM 311 Polymer Chemistry 3 cr.
CHEM 316 Polymer Chemistry Lab 1 lab cr.
CHEM 341 1 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics 3 cr. or CHEM 342 1 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy 3 cr.
CHEM 345 Physical Chemistry Lab 1 lab 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 378 3 Semester Abroad 1-4 cr.; includes 1-4 cr. Lab
CHEM 379 3 Internship 1-4 cr.; includes 1-4 cr. lab
CHEM 461 Pharmacology 3 cr.
CHEM 489 3 Special Topics in Chemistry 1-4 cr.
CHEM 495 4 Undergraduate Research 1-3 cr.; includes 1-3 lab cr.
BIOL 451 5 Molecular Biology 4 cr.; includes 1 lab cr.
PHYS 465 5 Quantum Mechanics 4 cr. 

  1. Both CHEM 341 and CHEM 342 are strongly recommended for students considering graduate education in chemistry. 
  2. Allowed Math electives 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. A maximum of 4 credits of non-chemistry courses may count toward the in-depth electives.

Biochemistry

Track A Requirements: 71-73 cr. hrs.

CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 4 cr. and CHEM 116 General Chemistry I Lab 1 cr.
  OR CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 5 cr.
  OR CHEM 120 Introduction to General Chemistry 6 cr.
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4 cr. and CHEM 117 General Chemistry II Lab 1 cr.
  OR CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 5 cr. 
CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I 3 cr.
CHEM 232 Organic 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 3 cr.
CHEM 325 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 1 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 1 cr.
CHEM 380 Junior Chemistry Seminar 1 cr.
CHEM 480 Chemical Communications and Research 1 cr.

BIOL 150 Introduction to Biology 3 cr.
BIOL 240 Cell and Molecular Biology 3 cr.
BIOL 324 Microbiology 4 cr.
BIOL 350 Genetics and Evolution 3 cr.
BIOL 451 Molecular Biology 4 cr.

MATH 166 Calculus I 4 cr.
MATH 167 Calculus II 4 cr.

PHYS 131 Calculus Based Physics I 5 cr.
PHYS 132 Calculus Based Physics II 5 cr.
Or
PHYS 121 Algebra Based Physics I 5 cr.
PHYS 122 Algebra Based Physics II 5 cr.

Track A In-depth elective courses: A minimum of 4 lab credits, taken from

CHEM 316 Polymer Chemistry Laboratory 1 cr. (corequisite CHEM 311)
CHEM 334 Organic Synthesis Laboratory 2 cr. (corequisite CHEM 333) 
CHEM 345 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1 cr.
CHEM 355 Separation Science Laboratory 1  cr.
CHEM 356 Chemical Instrumentation Lab 1 cr.
CHEM 3782 Semester Abroad 1-4 cr.
CHEM 3792 Internship 1-4 cr.
CHEM 4892 Special Topics in Chemistry 1-4 cr.
CHEM 4953 Undergraduate Research 1-3 cr.; includes 1-3 lab 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 3 cr.
CHEM 325 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 1 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 380 Junior Chemistry Seminar 1 cr.
CHEM 480 Chemical Communications and Research 1 cr.

BIOL 150 Introduction to Biology 3 cr.
BIOL 240 Cell and Molecular Biology 3 cr.
BIOL 324 Microbiology 4 cr.
BIOL 350 Genetics and Evolution 3 cr.
BIOL 451 Molecular Biology 4 cr.

MATH 166 Calculus I 4 cr.
MATH 167 Calculus II 4 cr.

PHYS 131 Calculus Based Physics I 5 cr.
PHYS 132 Calculus Based Physics II 5 cr.
Or
PHYS 121 Algebra Based Physics I 5 cr.
PHYS 122 Algebra Based Physics II 5 cr.

Track B In-depth elective courses: A minimum of 3 lab credits, taken from

CHEM 316 Polymer Chemistry Laboratory 1 cr. (corequisite CHEM 311)
CHEM 345 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1 cr.
CHEM 355 Separation Science Laboratory 1  cr.
CHEM 356 Chemical Instrumentation Lab 1 cr.
CHEM 3782 Semester Abroad 1-4 cr.
CHEM 3792 Internship 1-4 cr.
CHEM 4892 Special Topics in Chemistry 1-4 cr.
CHEM 4953 Undergraduate Research 1-3 cr.; includes 1-3 lab 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.

Biochemistry Preprofessional

Track A Requirements: 58-61 cr. hrs.

CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 4 cr. and CHEM 116 General Chemistry I Lab 1 cr.
   OR CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 5 cr.
   OR CHEM 120 Introduction to General Chemistry 6 cr.
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4 cr. and CHEM 117 General Chemistry II Lab 1 cr.
   OR CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 5 cr.
CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I 3 cr.
CHEM 232 Organic 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 3 cr.
CHEM 325 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 1 cr.
CHEM 340 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics (3 cr.)
CHEM 361 Biochemistry I 3 cr.
CHEM 362 Biochemistry II 3 cr.
CHEM 366 Biochemistry Laboratory 1 cr.
CHEM 380 Junior Chemistry Seminar 1 cr.
CHEM 480 Chemical Communications and Research (writing intensive) 1 cr.

BIOL 150 General Biology 3 cr. OR BIOL 160 General Biology - Freshman Research Focus 3 cr.

MATH 166 Calculus I 4 cr.
MATH elective 2 3-4 cr.

PHYS 121 Algebra Based l Physics I 5 cr.
PHYS 122 Algebra Based l Physics II 5 cr.
OR
PHYS 131 Calculus Based Physics I 5 cr.
PHYS 132 Calculus Based Physics II 5 cr.

Track A In-depth elective courses: Eight credits minimum including at least 3 lab credits, chosen from

CHEM 311 Polymer Chemistry 3 cr.
CHEM 316 Polymer Chemistry Laboratory 1 cr.
CHEM 333 Organic Synthesis 2 cr.
CHEM 334 Organic Synthesis Laboratory 2 cr.
CHEM 341 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics 3 cr.
CHEM 342 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy 3 cr.
CHEM 345 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1 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 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.
BIOL 3504 Genetics and Evolution 3 cr.
BIOL 4514 Molecular Biology 4 cr.; includes 1 lab cr.

Track B Requirements: 52-54 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 3 cr.
CHEM 325 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 1 cr.
CHEM 340 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics (3 cr.)
CHEM 361 Biochemistry I 3 cr.
CHEM 362 Biochemistry II 3 cr.
CHEM 366 Biochemistry Laboratory 1 cr.
CHEM 380 Junior Chemistry Seminar 1 cr.
CHEM 480 Chemical Communications and Research (writing intensive) 1 cr.

BIOL 150 General Biology 3 cr. OR BIOL 160 General Biology - Freshman Research Focus 3 cr.

MATH 166 Calculus I 4 cr.
MATH elective 2 3-4 cr.

PHYS 121 Algebra Based l Physics I 5 cr.
PHYS 122 Algebra Based l Physics II 5 cr.
OR
PHYS 131 Calculus Based Physics I 5 cr.
PHYS 132 Calculus Based Physics II 5 cr.

Track B In-depth elective courses: 13 credits minimum with at least 3 lab credits, chosen from

CHEM 311 Polymer Chemistry 3 cr.
CHEM 316 Polymer Chemistry Laboratory 1 cr.
CHEM 333 Organic Synthesis 2 cr.
CHEM 334 Organic Synthesis Laboratory 2 cr.
CHEM 341 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics 3 cr.
CHEM 342 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy 3 cr.
CHEM 345 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1 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 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.
BIOL 3504 Genetics and Evolution 3 cr.
BIOL 4514 Molecular Biology 4 cr.; includes 1 lab 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. 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. A maximum of 4 credits of non-chemistry courses may count toward the in-depth electives.

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 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 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 131 Calculus-Based Physics I 4 cr.
PHYS 132 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 Modern 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.

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

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