Course in 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
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
Physics (Calculus-Based) (11 credits)
  • PHYSICS 209 - Physics I (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
Advanced Chemistry Lab (4 Credits)
  • CHEM 582 - Advanced Chemistry Laboratory I, 2 credits
  • CHEM 584 - Advanced Chemistry Laboratory II, 2 credits
Biochemistry (3 Credits)
  • CHEM 501 - Introduction to Biochemistry, 3 credits
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3 Credits)
  • CHEM 511 - Inorganic Chemistry, 3 credits
Independent Research (1-6 credits)
  • CHEM 691 - Senior Research, 1-4 credits
    or
    CHEM 692 - Senior Thesis, 2-6 ctredits
Additional Requirements and Options

For any option, at least 15 credits must be taken in chemistry courses numbered 300 or above in residence at UWM. Undergraduate research is encouraged strongly for students in any of the chemistry options. n 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 2.5 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 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
L&S Humanities
3-5
CHEM 102
5
ENGLISH 101
3
MATH 231
4
1st Semester Foreign Language
3-5
Spring Credits
L&S Social Science
3-5
CHEM 104
5
ENGLISH 102
3
2nd semester Foreign Language
3-5
MATH 232
4
Year 2
Fall Credits
CHEM 343
3
CHEM 221
4
MATH 233
4
PHYSICS 209
and PHYSICS 214
5
Spring Credits
CHEM 345
3
CHEM 344
2
PHYSICS 210
and PHYSICS 215
5
MATH 234
4
Year 3
Fall Credits
Elective
3
Arts GER
3
L&S Social Science
3
CHEM 501
3
CHEM 311
3
Spring Credits
Elective
3
Cultural Diversity
3
CHEM 561
3
L&S Humanities
3
OWC-B
3
Year 4
Fall Credits
Elective
3
CHEM 582
2
CHEM 524
3
CHEM 563
1-2
CHEM 562
3
Spring Credits
CHEM 691 or Chem 697
or CHEM 692
1-6
CHEM 584
2
CHEM 511
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