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Chemistry Minor

A chemistry minor is earned by taking CHEM 105 General Chemistry I, CHEM 106 General Chemistry II, CHEM 234/235 Organic Chemistry I, CHEM 334/335 Organic Chemistry II, and CHEM 311 Analytical Chemistry I (total 22 credits).

Chemistry Major

Chemistry majors are prepared to work in industrial or government labs, attend graduate school in science, or enter professional schools of pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, or law.

Chemistry majors may choose from the following emphases:

Professional Chemistry

This curriculum, which is approved by the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Professional Training, is recognized nationally for breadth and depth in the chemistry discipline.

A Biochemistry option is available with the Professional Chemistry emphasis.

Biomolecular Science

This interdisciplinary curriculum includes a significant number of courses from the Biology Department. Students may choose from a variety of courses, allowing them to tailor the program to their personal interests.

Secondary Education

The secondary education emphasis, in collaboration with the College of Education and Human Services, prepares students to teach high school chemistry.

Major Requirements

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Professional Chemistry

Required Courses

Chemistry courses
(42 cr.)
CHEM 105/106 – General Chemistry I & II (10 cr.)
CHEM 234/235 – Organic Chemistry I (lab, lecture, 4 cr.)
CHEM 334/335 – Organic Chemistry II (lab, lecture, 4 cr.)
CHEM 303 – Biochemistry (3 cr.)
CHEM 311 – Analytical Chemistry I (4 cr.)
CHEM 312 – Analytical Chemistry II (3 cr.)
CHEM 370/371 – Physical Chemistry I & II (8 cr.)
CHEM 470 – Inorganic Chemistry (4 cr.)
CHEM 490/491 – Seminar I & II (2 cr.)
Choice of
Chemistry elective
(3 cr.)
CHEM 323 – Analytical Separations
CHEM 360 – Special Topics
CHEM 435 – Interpretive Spectroscopy
CHEM 446 – Independent Study
CHEM 474 – Honors Thesis
CHEM 495 – Chemistry Research Internship
Physics and Math
(22 cr.)
MATH 171,172,273 – Calculus I, II & III (12 cr.)
PHYS 191/192 – General Physics (10 cr.)

Possible Course Sequences

Many courses build on each other, so they need to be taken in order. For example,

  • Calculus I is a co-requisite for Physics I.
  • Physics II is a prerequisite for Physical Chemistry I, while Modern Analytical Chemistry and Calculus III are co-requisites.

Course offerings change from year to year, so these exact models may not be available. You must meet your chemistry department academic adviser each semester to create your personal plan.
 

Option 1
  Fall Spring
Year 1 CHEM 105 – General I
MATH 108 – Precalculus
Quest I pairing
CHEM 106 – General II
Math 171 – Calculus I
Quest II pairing
Year 2 CHEM 234/235 – Organic I
MATH 172 – Calculus II
PHYS 191 – General I
CHEM 334/335 – Organic II
MATH 273 – Calculus III
PHYS 192 – General II
Quest III
Year 3 CHEM 311 – Analytical I
CHEM 370 – Physical I
Connect
CHEM 312 – Analytical II
CHEM 371 – Physical II
Year 4 CHEM 303 – Biochem
CHEM 470 – Adv. Inorganic
CHEM 490 – Seminar I
Chemistry elective
CHEM 491 – Seminar II
 
Option 2
  Fall Spring
Year 1 CHEM 105 – General I
MATH 104 – College Algebra
Quest I pairing
CHEM 106 – General II
MATH 106 – Trigonometry
Quest II pairing
Year 2 MATH 171 – Calc II
PHYS 191 – General I
Quest III
CHEM 234/235 – Organic I
MATH 172 – Calc II
PHYS 192 – General II
Connect
Year 3 CHEM 311 – Analytical I
CHEM 370 – Physical I
MATH 273 – Calc III
CHEM 334/335 – Organic II
CHEM 371 – Physical II
Year 4 CHEM 303 – Biochem
CHEM 470 – Adv. Inorganic
CHEM 490 – Seminar I
CHEM 312 – Analytical II
Chemistry elective
CHEM 491 – Seminar II

Professional Chemistry with Biochemistry Option

Required Courses

Chemistry courses
(46 cr.)
CHEM 105/106 – General Chemistry I & II (10 cr.)
CHEM 234/235 – Organic Chemistry I (lab, lecture, 4 cr.)
CHEM 334/335 – Organic Chemistry II (lab, lecture, 4 cr.)
CHEM 303/304 – Biochemistry (lab, lecture 4 cr.)
CHEM 311 – Analytical Chemistry I (4 cr.)
CHEM 312 – Analytical Chemistry II (3 cr.)
CHEM 315 – Advanced Biochemistry (3 cr.)
CHEM 370/371 – Physical Chemistry I & II (8 cr.)
CHEM 470 – Inorganic Chemistry (4 cr.)
CHEM 490/491 – Seminar I & II (2 cr.)
Biology
(3 cr.)
Any course beyond the introductory level which contains cell biology, microbiology, or genetics
Physics and Math
(22 cr.)
MATH 171, 172, 273 – Calculus I, II & III (12 cr.)
PHYS 191/192 – General Physics (10 cr.)

Possible Course Sequences

Many courses build on each other, so they need to be taken in order. For example,

  • Calculus I is a co-requisite for Physics I.
  • Physics II is a prerequisite for Physical Chemistry I, while Modern Analytical Chemistry and Calculus III are co-requisites.

Course offerings change from year to year, so these exact models may not be available. You must meet your chemistry department academic adviser each semester to create your personal plan.
 

Option 1
Fall Spring
Year 1 CHEM 105 – General I
MATH 108 – Precalculus
Quest I pairing
CHEM 106 – General II
Math 171 – Calculus I
Quest II pairing
Year 2 BIO 105 Concepts – Unity
MATH 172 – Calculus II
PHYS 191 – General I
Quest III
CHEM 234/235 – Organic I
MATH 273 – Calculus III
PHYS 192 – General II
Connect
Year 3 CHEM 334/335 – Organic II
CHEM 311 – Analytical I
CHEM 370 – Physical I
CHEM 312 – Analytical II
CHEM 371 – Physical II
Year 4 CHEM 303 – Biochem
CHEM 470 – Adv. Inorganic
CHEM 490 – Seminar I
Biology elective
CHEM 315 – Advanced Biochem
CHEM 491 – Seminar II
Option 2
Fall Spring
Year 1 CHEM 105 – General I
MATH 171 – Calculus 1
Quest I pairing
CHEM 106 – General II
MATH 172 – Calculus II
Quest II pairing
Year 2 CHEM 311 – Analytical I
CHEM 234-235 – Organic I
PHYS 191 – General I
BIO 105 Concepts – Unity
CHEM 334/335 – Organic II
PHYS 192 – General II
Quest III
Year 3 CHEM 303/304 – Biochem
CHEM 370 – Physical I
MATH 273 – Calc III
Connect
CHEM 315 – Adv. Biochem II
CHEM 371 – Physical II
Year 4 CHEM 470 – Adv. Inorganic
CHEM 490 – Seminar I
CHEM 312 – Analytical II
Biology elective
CHEM 491 – Seminar II

Biomolecular Science

Required Courses

Chemistry courses
(33 or 34 cr.)
CHEM 105/106 – General Chemistry I & II (10 cr.)
CHEM 234/235 – Organic Chemistry I (lab, lecture, 4 cr.)
CHEM 334/335 – Organic Chemistry II (lab, lecture, 4 cr.)
CHEM 303/304 – Biochemistry (lab, lecture 4 cr.)
CHEM 311 or 320 – Analytical Chemistry I (4 or 3 cr.)
CHEM 315 – Advanced Biochemistry (3 cr.)
CHEM 365 – Biophysical Chemistry (3 cr.)
CHEM 490/491 – Seminar I & II (2 cr.)
Biology and Microbiology
(16-18 cr.)

BIO 105 – Biological Concepts – Unity (4 cr.)
BIO 323 – Molecular and Cell Biology (3 cr.)
BIO 343 – Genetics (4 cr.)

Choose one advanced molecular/cellular biology course with lecture and lab – BIO 309, 319, 345 or 450 (5 cr.)
-OR-
Choose one advanced molecular/cellular biology lecture course – BIO 315, 316, 341, 372, or 389 (3 cr.)
AND one advanced molecular/cellular biology lab technique course – BIO 350, 374, 377, or 390 (2–4 cr.)

Note: you can get permission to take BIO 375, 377, 389 and 390 with only BIO 323 (309 and 343 prerequisites waived).

Science elective
(3 cr.)
BIO 211, 212, 306, 309, 315, 316, 319, 338, 341, 345, 350,
372, 374, 375, 377, 389, 390, 450;CHEM 323, 360;

PSYCH 367, 383;

Research/Internship courses
BIO 300, 301, 446, 456, 474, CHEM 360, 446, 456, 474, 495

Physics and Math
(17 cr.)

MATH 171 – Calculus I (4 cr.)

MATH 172 – Calculus II or MATH 201, 301, ECON 210 or PSYCH 203 – Statistics (3 cr.)

PHYS 171/172 or 191/192 – General Physics (10 cr.)

 

Possible Course Sequences

Many courses build on each other, so they need to be taken in order. For example,

  • CHEM 106 is a prerequisite for all higher numbered chemistry courses and BIOL 323;
  • BIOL 323 is a prerequisite for BIOL 343;
  • Biochemistry I, Calculus I and Physics II are prerequisites for Biophysical Chemistry.

Course offerings change from year to year so these exact models may not be available. Chem 365 is offered about every third semester; it is scheduled only when there is sufficient demand. You must meet your Chemistry Department academic adviser each semester to create your personal plan.

Option 1

Option 1 is similar to the professional chemistry emphasis, thus delaying a final choice of emphasis.

  Fall Spring
Year 1 CHEM 105 – General I
MATH 108 – Precalculus
Quest I pairing
CHEM 106 – General II
Math 171 – Calculus I
Quest II pairing
Year 2 CHEM 234/235 – Organic I
MATH 172 – Calculus II
PHYS 191 – General I
Quest III
BIO 105 Concepts – Unity
CHEM 334/335 – Organic II
PHYS 192 – General II
Connect
Year 3 CHEM 311 – Analytical I
CHEM 303/304 –Biochem
BIO 323 – Molec and Cell
CHEM 365 – Biophysical Chem
Year 4 BIO 343 – Genetics
Biology lab course
CHEM 490 – Seminar I
Biology lecture course
Biology elective
CHEM 315 – Advanced Biochem
CHEM 491 – Seminar II
 
Option 2
  Fall Spring
Year 1 CHEM 105 – General I
MATH 108 – Pre-Calculus
Quest I pairing
CHEM 106 – General II
BIO 105 Concepts – Unity
Quest II pairing
Year 2 BIO 323 – Molec and Cell
CHEM 234/235 – Organic I
MATH 171 – Calculus I
BIO 343 – Genetics
CHEM 334/335 – Organic II
Statistics course
Quest III
Year 3 PHYS 171 – General I
Biology lecture and lab
Connect
CHEM 303 – Biochem
PHYS 172 – General II
Year 4 Biology elective
CHEM 311 – Analytical I
CHEM 304 – Biochem Lab
CHEM 490 – Seminar I
CHEM 315 – Advanced Biochem
CHEM 365 – Biophysical Chem
CHEM 491 – Seminar II

Secondary Education

Required Courses

Chemistry courses
(33 or 34 cr.)
CHEM 105/106 – General Chemistry I & II (10 cr.)
CHEM 234/235 – Organic Chemistry I (lab, lecture, 8 cr.)
CHEM 334/335 – Organic Chemistry II (lab, lecture, 8 cr.)
CHEM 311 – Analytical Chemistry I (4 cr.)
CHEM 370/371 – Physical Chemistry I & II (8 cr.)
CHEM 490/491 – Seminar I & II (2 cr.)
Choice of
chemistry electives
(5 cr.)
CHEM 303 – Biochemistry (3 cr.)
CHEM 304 – Biochemistry Lab (1 cr.)
CHEM 312 – Analytical Chemistry II (3 cr.)
CHEM 315 – Advanced Biochemistry (3 cr.)
CHEM 323 – Analytical Separations (3 cr.)
CHEM 360 – Special Topics (3 cr.)
CHEM 435 – Interpretive Spectroscopy (3 cr.)
CHEM 446 – Independent Study (1-3 cr.)
CHEM 470 – Inorganic Chemistry (4 cr.)
CHEM 474 – Honors Thesis (1-3 cr.)
CHEM 495 – Internship (1-3 cr.)
Physics and Math
(22 cr.)

MATH 171, 172, 173 – Calculus I, II and III (12 cr.)

PHYS 191/192 – General Physics (10 cr.)

Education courses Determined by the College of Education and Human Services to meet requirements
for licensure by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction.

 

Location and Hours

The Chemistry Department Office is
Halsey Science Center, Room 432.
The office is usually open
8:00 am - 2:30 pm.

Mailing Address

Department of Chemistry
UW Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Contact Us

 (920) 424-1400
chemistry@uwosh.edu
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