Chemistry Major With Biochemical Option

As a Letters & Science student, you will take a variety of courses across the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities to satisfy university-wide General Education Requirements plus additional classes in formal reasoning, international awareness, and research to satisfy Letters & Science Degree Requirements.

The sample below assumes no high school Foreign Language was taken and that the student placed into college-level Math and English. In addition, this sample reflects the degree requirements for students who began their college education in Fall of 2013 or later. If you started college coursework prior to Fall of 2013, your degree requirements may be different.

There are also quality requirements (minimum GPA) and residency requirements (number of classes taken at UWM).

For chemistry majors, with biochemical option, it is important to understand your degree requirements because they will differ depending on whether you choose to obtain a Bachelor of Science (BS) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.

Requirements

Core Chemistry (35 credits)
  • CHEM 102 - General Chemistry, 5 credits
  • CHEM 104 - General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis, 5 credits
  • CHEM 221 - Elementary Quantitative Analysis, 3 credits
  • CHEM 311 - Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry, 3 credits
  • CHEM 343 - Organic Chemistry, 3 credits
  • CHEM 344 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory, 2 credits
  • CHEM 345 - Organic Chemistry, 3 credits
  • CHEM 524 - Instrumental Analysis, 3 credits
  • CHEM 561 - Physical Chemistry I, 3 credits
  • CHEM 562 - Physical Chemistry II, 3 credits
  • CHEM 563 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory, 3 credits
Math/Calculus (12 credits)
  • MATH 231 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry, 4 credits
  • MATH 232 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry, 4 credits
  • MATH 233 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry, 4 credits
  • MATH 234 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations, 4 credits (recommended, but not required)
Physics (calculus-based) (10 credits)

One of the following sets of Physics courses:

  • Physics 209 - Physics 1 (Calculus Treatment), 4 credits
    Physics 210 - Physics II (Calculus Treatment), 4 credits
    Physics 214 - Lab Physics I (Calculus Treatment), 1 credit
    Physics 215 - Lab Physics II (Calculus Treatment), 1 credit
  • Physics 219 - Physics I: Calculus-Based, Studio Format, 5 credits
    Physics 220 - Physics II: Calculus-Based, Studio Format, 5 credits


Biological Sciences (8 credits)
  • BIO SCI 150 - Foundations of Biological Sciences I, 4 credits
  • BIO SCI 325 - Genetics, 4 credits
Biochemistry (11 credits)
  • CHEM 501 - Introduction to Biochemistry, 3 credits
  • Two courses selected from:
    • CHEM 601 - Biochemistry: Protein Structure and Function, 3 credits
    • CHEM 602 - Biochemistry: Cellular Processes. 3 credits
    • CHEM 604 - Biochemistry: Metabolism, 3 credits
  • CHEM 603 - Introduction to Biochemistry Laboratory, 2 credits
Senior Research (1-6 credits)
  • CHEM 691 - Senior Research, 1-4 credits
    or
    CHEM 692 - Senior Thesis, 2-6 credits
Additional Requirements

At least 15 credits must be taken in chemistry courses numbered 300 or above in residence at UWM. Undergraduate research is encouraged strongly. In some cases, students may start research with a faculty member as early as their freshman year. Information about research opportunities may be obtained from the department office or from SAACS (the American Chemical Society student affiliate group).

GPA Requirements

The College requires that students attain at least a 2.500 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.500 GPA on all credits attempted, including any transfer work.

In order to take CHEM 691 or CHEM 692, students must complete this application and submit a copy of their unofficial transcript (free from the Registrar’s Office) to the Undergraduate Advisor, Mrs. Gloria Freschl.

4 Year Plan

Our four-year plan shows one possible route to completing a BS degree with a standard chemistry with biochemistry major in four years.

Since most students choose the Bachelor of Science path, below are the requirements to earn the chemistry major, with biochemical option.

Because there are many requirements and many pathways depending on your particular circumstances, it is very important to meet with your Letters & Science Advisor at least once a semester to make sure you are on-track. Some classes may count towards more than one requirement and with early planning, you can save yourself time and money.

Sample Study Plan

Year 1
Fall Credits
CHEM 102
General Chemistry
5
ENGLISH 101
Introduction to College Writing
3
1st Semester Foreign Language
3-5
MATH 231
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
4
Spring Credits
CHEM 104
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
5
ENGLISH 102
College Writing and Research
3
2nd semester Foreign Language
3-5
MATH 232
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
4
Year 2
Fall Credits
BIO SCI 150
Foundations of Biological Sciences I
4
CHEM 221
Elementary Quantitative Analysis
4
CHEM 343
Organic Chemistry
3
MATH 233
Calculus and Analytic Geometry III
4
Spring Credits
Arts GER
3
PHYSICS 209
Physics I (Calculus Treatment)
and PHYSICS 214
Lab Physics I (Calculus Treatment)
5
CHEM 344
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
2
CHEM 345
Organic Chemistry
3
L&S Social Science/International
3
Year 3
Fall Credits
CHEM 311
Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
3
CHEM 501
Introduction to Biochemistry
3
PHYSICS 210
Physics II (Calculus Treatment)
and PHYSICS 215
Lab Physics II (Calculus Treatment)
5
L&S Humanities/Cultural Diversity
3
OWC-B
3
Spring Credits
BIO SCI 325
Genetics
4
CHEM 561
Physical Chemistry I
3
CHEM 602
Biochemistry: Cellular Processes
or CHEM 604
Biochemistry: Metabolism
3
L&S Humanities
3
L&S Social Science/International
3
Year 4
Fall Credits
CHEM 524
Instrumental Analysis
3
CHEM 562
Physical Chemistry II
3
CHEM 563
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
1-2
CHEM 601
Biochemistry: Protein Structure and Function
3
L&S Social Science
3
L&S Humanities/International
3
Spring Credits
CHEM 603
Introduction to Biochemistry Laboratory
2
L&S upper-level elective
3-4
CHEM 691
Senior Research
or CHEM 692
Senior Thesis
1-6
L&S Social Science
3
L&S Humanities
3

Key
(A) Arts GER (Int’l) International
(HU) Humanities (QL-A) Quantitative Literacy A
(NS) Natural Science (QL-B) Quantitative Literacy B
(SS) Social Science (OWC-A) Oral and Written Communication A
(CD) Cultural Diversity GER (OWC-B) Oral and Written Communication B