Chemistry Major (comprehensive liberal arts)
Chemistry Major (Secondary Education)
Chemistry Minor


Timothy E. Cummings, Professor
James W. Lane, Associate Professor
Melissa J. Nelsen, Associate Professor
Christine N. Polkinghorne, Lecturer
Michael A. Waxman, Associate Professor

The Department of Chemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Students may take sufficient additional chemistry courses to prepare for graduate school and to meet requirements of the American Chemical Society to have transcripts marked "ACS-certified Major (General Option)".

Chemistry Major
(comprehensive liberal arts)

56 credits

All grades in required courses for the major must be C or higher, except that two grades of C- may be counted toward the major. No minor is required.

Required courses:
CHEM 105                                 5 credits
CHEM 106                                 4 credits
CHEM 205/206                          5 credits
CHEM 320/322/327                   6 credits
CHEM 321/323                          5 credits
CHEM 345/347                          5 credits
CHEM 365                                 3 credits
CHEM 366 or 360                      3 credits
CHEM 481 or 491 or 496          1 credit
CHEM 497                                 1 credit
MATH 240/241                          8 credits
PHYS 201
PHYS 107/205 and PHYS 202
PHYS 108/206                           10 credits

Total                                          56 credits

Recommended: MATH 242


1. Secondary Education: Chemistry majors seeking certification to teach high school chemistry should choose CHEM 366. These students also must meet the Professional Education requirements, including a course in the history and philosophy of science (PHYS 300). See the Teacher Education section of this catalog, the teacher education handbook, and consult with your advisors in Chemistry and Teacher Education.

2. Professional Chemistry option: This option is recommended for students considering graduate school in chemistry or employment as a professional chemist. The additional coursework provides the student with a stronger theoretical and practical foundation upon which to build. In addition to the core required courses for the comprehensive liberal arts degree, students must also complete:

a. CHEM 346/348     5 credits

b. CHEM 375/376     5 credits

3. American Chemical Society (ACS) Certified option: This option is recommended especially for students who plan to attend graduate school in chemistry as well as for students desiring additional theoretical and laboratory training in specialized areas of chemistry. In addition to the core required courses for the comprehensive liberal arts degree, students also must complete:

a. CHEM 346/348     5 credits

b. CHEM 375/376     5 credits

c. CHEM 360 and 366     3 additional credits

d. CHEM 367             1 credit

e. A total of six credits of 400-level courses in Chemistry, excluding CHEM 497.

f. One additional laboratory credit, which also may count for item e.

A student who maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.000 for the aforementioned coursework is eligible to have his or her transcript marked "ACS-certified (General Option)" and to receive a certificate from the American Chemical Society indicating receipt of an ACS-certified degree.

4. Biochemistry option: Chemistry majors interested in attending graduate school in biochemistry or pursuing a career in the field of biochemistry are advised to take CHEM 462/465 as well as the following biology courses: BIOL 130, 132, 330, 355, 440. While this is not a formal biochemistry major, students choosing this option will have completed the topics recommended for a biochemistry major by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Students who also choose BIOL 340 will complete a minor in biology.

Chemistry Major
(Secondary Education)

A severe shortage exists of secondary education teachers in chemistry. Many high schools must hire students with only a minor in chemistry. Students with this major will be very competitive in the secondary education job market, especially if they have a secondary education major in biology or mathematics.

Required courses:
Graduates may obtain this major only if they complete all requirements for secondary education certification.
CHEM 105     General Chemistry I                                             5 credits
CHEM 106     General Chemistry II                                            4 credits
CHEM 205     Quantitative Analysis Lecture                               3 credits
CHEM 206     Quantitative Analysis Laboratory                          2 credits
CHEM 312     Organic Chemistry -- A Short Course                  3 credits
CHEM 313     Introduction to Organic Chemistry Laboratory      2 credits
CHEM 381     Introduction to Physical Chemistry                        3 credits
MATH 115     Precalculus                                                           5 credits
PHYS 107      General Physics I (non-calculus based)                  4 credits
PHYS 108      General Physics II (non-calculus based)                 4 credits

1. Students may substitute CHEM 320-323, 327 for CHEM 312/313.

2. Students may substitute CHEM 345 for CHEM 381.

3. Students may substitute PHYS 201 for PHYS 107 and PHYS 202 for PHYS 108.

4. Students must satisfactorily complete all DPI and UW-Superior requirements for secondary education certification, including PHYS 300, "History and Philosophy of Science", and BIOL 339 or CHEM 339 or PHYS 339, " Teaching Science in the Secondary School.".

Chemistry Minor

A minimum of 22 credits of Chemistry, including: CHEM 105, CHEM 106.

Remaining credits must be obtained by completing one of the following sequences:

CHEM 205, 206, 312, 313, and either 300 or 360 or 345/347 (total 22-24)
CHEM 320-323, 327, and either 205/206 or 300 or 360 or 365 (total 23-25)

See Course Descriptions for more information on required courses.