Chemistry Major

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 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, 4 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, 1-2 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


Biochemistry or Advanced Inorganic Elective (3 credits)
  • CHEM 501 - Introduction to Biochemistry, 3 credits
    or
    CHEM 511 - Inorganic Chemistry, 3 credits
Advanced Chemistry Lab (2 credits)
  • CHEM 582 - Advanced Chemistry Laboratory I, 2 credits
    or
    CHEM 584 - Advanced Chemistry Laboratory II, 2 credits
Independent 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 major in four years.

Since most students choose the Bachelor of Science path, below are the requirements to earn the chemistry major, standard 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
MATH 231
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
4
1st Semester Foreign Language
3-5
ENGLISH 101
Introduction to College Writing
3
CHEM 102
General Chemistry
5
Spring Credits
MATH 232
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
4
2nd semester Foreign Language
3-5
ENGLISH 102
College Writing and Research (OWC-A)
3
CHEM 104
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
5
Year 2
Fall Credits
MATH 233
Calculus and Analytic Geometry III
4
PHYSICS 209
Physics I (Calculus Treatment)
and PHYSICS 214
Lab Physics I (Calculus Treatment)
6
CHEM 221
Elementary Quantitative Analysis
4
CHEM 343
Organic Chemistry
3
Spring Credits
MATH 234
Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (Recommended, but not required.)
4
PHYSICS 210
Physics II (Calculus Treatment)
and PHYSICS 215
Lab Physics II (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
or CHEM 511
Inorganic Chemistry
3
L&S Social Science
3
Natural Science with lab (not Chem or Physics)
3-5
L&S Humanities/Cultural Diversity
3
Spring Credits
CHEM 561
Physical Chemistry I
3
OWC-B
3
L&S Humanities
3
L&S Social Science/International
3
L&S Upper-level natural science elective
3-5
Year 4
Fall Credits
CHEM 524
Instrumental Analysis
3
CHEM 562
Physical Chemistry II
3
CHEM 563
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
1-2
CHEM 582
Advanced Chemistry Laboratory I
2
L&S Humanities/International
3
Spring Credits
CHEM 691
Senior Research
or CHEM 692
Senior Thesis
1-6
Upper-level Natural Science if needed, or Elective
3-4
L&S Upper-level Social Science
3
Arts
3
L&S Upper-level 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