UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Chemistry Major

Chemistry

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.

Biochem.

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.

Preprof.

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.

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 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.

Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology

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

Karl Peterson -Chair, Samuel Alvarado, Ross Jilk, Ekaterina Kadnikova, Michael Kahlow, Lisa Kroutil, Daniel Marchand, Kevin McLaughlin, Barb Nielsen, Matt O'Reilly, Jamie Schneider, Kurt Torgersen

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

1. The 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, or various fields related to medical science.

2. The Biochemistry option is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in biotechnology, the medical sciences or who desire a strong background in the chemistry of biological systems. 

3. The Preprofessional option is a Biochemistry degree designed for students who wish to pursue professional degrees including medical school, veterinary school, pharmacy, or other medical or health related fields. 

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. Contact the Chemistry Department chair for further information.

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.