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UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM AND COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

CHEMISTRY (CHM)

College of Science and Health

Department Chair:  Aaron Monte

4004 Cowley Hall; 608/785-8268

E-mail: amonte@uwlax.edu


www.uwlax.edu/chemistry


Professors: Beyer, Bryan, Czerwinski, Grunwald, Loh, McGaff, Monte, Osterby, Rolfhus, Weaver, Associate Professors: Kirsch, Miller, Opdahl, Schenck, Assistant Professors: Carmosini, George, Grilley, McGrath, Nelson, Senior Lecturers: Desouza-Machado, Koster, Lecturers: Cordes, Ghodsian, Gustafson, Hudson, Associate Lecturers: Anderson, Friesen, Salter, Turov




Chemistry Major (with ACS Certification)

The chemistry program at UW-La Crosse is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Students completing a baccalaureate degree that meets the following ACS guidelines will receive an 'ACS-certified B.S. degree' in chemistry. This degree track includes the course work and experiences necessary to satisfy the requirements for ACS certification.

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) 46-50 credits: including CHM 103, 104, 231, 271, 301, 303, 304, 305, 309, 310, 313, 325 or 417, 471; and at least two in-depth upper-level electives in chemistry (excluding CHM 100, 250, 300, 320, 469, and 487), one of which must include a laboratory component. Additional 21 credits required to meet prerequisites or required courses include: MTH 207, 208, 310; PHY 203 and PHY 204.

In completing these degree requirements, chemistry majors must experience over 400 chemistry laboratory hours, beyond CHM 103.


Chemistry Major with Business Concentration

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) 58 credits: (79 total credits including MTH and PHY requirements) CHM 103, 104, 271, 301, 303, 304, 305, 309, 313, 471, ECO 110, 120, ACC 221, 222, FIN 355, MKT 309, MGT 308, 408 and electives in chemistry (except CHM 100, 250, 300, 320, 469, and 487). Additional 21 credits required to meet prerequisites for required courses include: MTH 207, 208, 310; PHY 103 and 104 or PHY 203 and 204.

Note: Students in this major are exempt from the College of Science and Health core requirements.


Chemistry Major with Environmental Science Concentration

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs): 52 credits - (73 total credits including MTH and PHY requirements) CHM 103, 104, 271, 301, 303, 304, 305, 309, 412, 441, and 471; five credits from CHM 310, 313, 314, 325, 330, 417, 418, 422, 424, 431, 461, 499; and 12 credits from BIO 341, 419, 447, 448; ESC 345,385, 440, 445, 460; GEO 485; PHL 341; ECO 346 and HIS 317. Additional 21 credits required to meet prerequisites for required courses include: MTH 207, 208, 310; PHY 103 and 104 or PHY 203 and 204.

Note: Students in this major are exempt from the College of Science and Health core requirements.


Biochemistry Major

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs)

Required Major Courses (42 credits minimum):
CHM 103, 104, 271, 301, 303, 304, 305, 407, 417, 418, 471; BIO 435, 436 and five credits of electives from: CHM 403, 431, 441, 499; MIC 310, 407, 410, 420, 421; BIO 408, 424, 432, 440, 443, 449, 465, 466, 467, 468.  Only two credits from CHM 499 may count toward the major. 

Required Prerequisite Courses (30 credits minimum):
Additional 30 credits required to meet prerequisites for required courses include: MTH 207; 208 or 265; PHY 103 or 203 and 104 or 204; BIO 103 or 105.

Biology track prerequisites: one from BIO 202, 203, 204, 210, 312, MIC 230; and BIO 306 and 315
OR
Microbiology track prerequisites: MIC 230 and 416.


Chemistry Education Major (Early Adolescence-Adolescence Certification)

(Teacher Certification programs) 37 credits: (58 total credits including MTH and PHY requirements) CHM 103, 104, 271, 300, (or 303, 304 and 305), 301, 309, 469, 471, 487; and electives in chemistry except CHM 100, 250, 320 and 407. Up to two credits of CHM 487 may count toward the major.

Additional 21 credits required to meet prerequisites include MTH 207, 208, 310; PHY 103 or 203 and 104 or 204.

Teacher certification candidates must also complete GEO 200 (3 credits) to fulfill statutory licensing requirements. 

Additional teacher certification requirements can be found here.


General Science Education (Broad Field) Major (Early Adolescence-Adolescence Certification)

(Teacher Certification programs) 66-70 credits 

Note: Second Major Only (First major must be Biology Education, Chemistry Education, or Physics Education)

1. STEP Teacher Education candidates are required to complete a 36-40 credit major in Biology Education, Chemistry Education, or Physics Education
2. 14 credits in one science area outside of the science major selected from Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics
3.  Eight credits in each of the two remaining science areas selected from Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics
4. One mathematics course beyond minimum General Education Math requirement

Note: The completion of one certifiable minor is highly recommended instead of the completion of the 14-credit requirement.

Additional teacher certification requirements can be found here.


Dual Degree Program in Chemistry and Engineering

Students with a chemistry major who also are interested in engineering are able to receive both a Bachelor of Science degree (chemistry major) from UW-La Crosse and a Bachelor of Science degree (engineering major) from UW-Madison or the University of Minnesota. At UW-La Crosse, students must complete a minimum of 87 credits, including the General Education requirements and specific math and science courses in preparation for the engineering program. Students are recommended to include the following courses in their work at UW-La Crosse: CHM 103, 104, 271, 301, 303, 304, 305, 309, 310, 313, 471; ECO 110, 120, 336; MTH 207, 208, 245, 309, 310; PHY 203, 204. Students should consult with the chemistry department chair for specific course and sequence advising for this agreement.

Students who express interest in the dual degree program will be accepted into the UW-Madison or University of Minnesota portion of the program based on their GPA in all course work; their GPA in the chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics course work required by the program; and the positive recommendation of the UW-L Crosse chemistry department chair (or designee). Qualified UW-La Crosse applicants are assured admission to the College of Engineering at either UW-Madison or the University of Minnesota.

In order to receive the B.S. degree (chemistry major) from UW-La Crosse, students also must complete the remaining 32 credits (to total a minimum of 120 credits) in engineering at UW-Madison or University of Minnesota and transfer these credits to UW-La Crosse. For the typical student, the remaining 32 credits must include at least eight credits at the 300 level or above. This transfer of credits and awarding of the B.S. degree by UW-La Crosse can take place as soon as the student earns the necessary credits.


Chemistry Minor

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) 26 credits: CHM 103, 104, 301, 300, (or 303, 304, and 305), and electives in chemistry, except CHM 100.


Chemistry Education Minor

(Teacher Certification programs) 25 credits: CHM 103, 104, 300 (or 303, 304 and 305), 301, and electives in Chemistry, except CHM 100 and 469. 

Teacher certification candidates must also complete GEO 200 (3 credits); in addition, Early Adolescence-Adolescence candidates must complete CHM 469 (4 credits) unless a major in Biology Education or Physics Education is completed. Both courses fulfill statutory licensing requirements.



CHEMISTRY (CHM)


+ next to a course number indicate a GENERAL EDUCATION course


+CHM  100  Cr.4

Contemporary Chemistry

A survey course focusing on applied chemistry. Fundamental chemistry and science concepts are developed and then used to study applications of this science to technology in society. Emphasis is placed on selected topics that are current. Course is not applicable to a major or minor in chemistry and does not meet the prerequisite requirement of any other chemistry course. Lect. 3, Lab 2.   Offered Fall.


+CHM  103  Cr.5

General Chemistry I

An introduction to chemistry including topics in atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, chemical stoichiometry, reactivity, states of matter, solutions, acid-base theory, and nuclear chemistry, and also including selected topics in descriptive and applied chemistry. Scientific inquiry, experimental design and data analysis are included. Lect. 3, Lab 3, Disc. 1. Prerequisite: MTH 150 or placement into MTH 151 or higher.  Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.


CHM  104  Cr.5

General Chemistry II

The second half of the two-semester sequence in general chemistry. The course provides an introduction to the topics of chemical kinetics, equilibria in the gas and solution phases, acid-base chemistry, solubility, thermochemistry, and electrochemistry. The laboratory portion of the course serves to reinforce and demonstrate the above concepts through experimentation. Lect. 3, Lab. 3, Disc. 1. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CHM 103.  Offered Fall, Spring.


CHM  231  Cr.4

Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry

A foundational course in inorganic chemistry intended to provide exposure to and understanding of the composition, structure, bonding properties and reactivity of inorganic compounds, and basic laboratory techniques and practice commonly applied to inorganic compounds. Prerequisite: CHM 104 with a grade of C or better.  Offered Fall.


CHM  250  Cr.3

Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry

A survey course focusing on basic organic and biochemistry with applications to chemical processes in human and other living systems. Course is not applicable to a major or minor in chemistry and does not meet the prerequisite requirement of any other chemistry course. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CHM 103. Students with credit in CHM 300 or CHM 325 cannot earn credit in CHM 250.  Offered Spring.


CHM  271  Cr.1

The Chemical Community

A sophomore level course for chemistry and biochemistry majors that exposes students to scientific communication (writing, speaking, presenting),  the chemical literature and how to search it, potential careers in chemistry and career preparation, student opportunities such as internships and undergraduate research, and current and historical topics in chemistry including ethics in science. Students are expected to participate in discussions and complete various writing and presentation assignments. Prerequisite: CHM 104; sophomore standing; major plan in chemistry or biochemistry. Pass/Fail grading. Offered Fall.


CHM  300  Cr.5

Survey of Organic Chemistry

A study of the properties, reactions, and uses of the major classes of organic compounds. Theories to relate the structure of organic molecules to their chemical reactions is presented as a unifying principle. Applications of organic chemistry to the life sciences and to environmental problems are emphasized. A terminal organic chemistry course recommended for students in the allied health sciences when only one semester of organic chemistry is required. Lect. 3, Lab 4. Course is not applicable to a major in chemistry. CHM 300 does not satisfy the prerequisite requirement for CHM 304. Prerequisite: CHM 104; sophomore standing. Students with credit in CHM 303 cannot earn credit in CHM 300.  Offered Fall, Spring.


CHM  301  Cr.5

Analytical Chemistry

Theory and practice of selected methods of chemical analysis. Titrimetric, potentiometric, spectrophotometric and gas chromatographic methods of analysis are studied. Statistical treatment of data and techniques for quality assurance are also developed. The basic science component in the course is primarily directed towards ionic equilibria. Lect. 3, Lab 6. Prerequisite: CHM 104; sophomore standing.  Offered Fall, Spring.


CHM  303  Cr.3

Organic Chemistry Theory I

A study of the structure, methods of structure determination, stereochemistry and chemical behavior of hydrocarbons, alcohols, and halogenated hydrocarbons. Theories and mechanisms are introduced to explain chemical behavior. Prerequisite: CHM 104; sophomore standing. Students with credit in CHM 300 cannot earn credit in CHM 303.  Offered Fall, Spring.


CHM  304  Cr.3

Organic Chemistry Theory II

A study of organic synthesis, common functional groups, carbanions, reaction mechanisms, lipids, carbohydrates, proteins and polymers.   Prerequisite: CHM 303.  Offered Fall, Spring.


CHM  305  Cr.2

Organic Chemistry Laboratory

An introduction to common laboratory practices in organic chemistry. Experiments are designed to illustrate synthetic and separation techniques. Organic qualitative analysis is included. Lab 6. Prerequisite: CHM 304 or concurrent registration. Students with credit in CHM 300 cannot earn credit in CHM 305.  Offered Fall, Spring.


CHM  309  Cr.3

Physical Chemistry Theory I

A study of real gases, equations of state, kinetic and molecular theory, properties of gases, molecular energies, classical thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, changes of state and reaction kinetics and mechanisms. Prerequisite: CHM 104; PHY 103 or PHY 203; PHY 104 or PHY 204; MTH 310 or concurrent enrollment.  Offered Fall.


CHM  310  Cr.3

Physical Chemistry Theory II

Quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular spectroscopy, molecular structure, lasers, statistical thermodynamics, and other special topics are covered in this course. Prerequisite: CHM 309.  Offered Spring.


CHM  313  Cr.3

Physical Chemistry Laboratory

A lecture and laboratory course designed to teach, illustrate, and strengthen basic concepts in experimental physical chemistry. Topics include thermodynamics, kinetics, introductory spectroscopy, computational chemistry, and statistical error analysis. Students will be exposed to current techniques and equipment used in investigating physical chemistry questions, and will design and implement an independent project of their choosing. A significant emphasis is placed on the development of excellence in both oral and written scientific communication. Lect. 1, Lab 6. Prerequisite: CHM 309.  Offered Fall, Spring.


CHM  314  Cr.2

Advanced Physical Chemistry Laboratory

A lecture and laboratory course designed to teach, illustrate, and strengthen concepts in the physical aspects of experimental and computational physical chemistry. Topics may include infrared and UV/visible absorption spectroscopies, fluorescence spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy, computational modeling of potential energy surfaces, chemical properties, molecular structures, and advanced topics in thermodynamics and kinetics. Students will be exposed to a selection of current experimental techniques, equipment, and basic programming skills, and will have the opportunity to design and implement extensions to selected experiments. A significant emphasis is placed on the development of excellence in both oral and written scientific communication. Lect. 1, Lab 3. Prerequisite: CHM 313; CHM 310 or concurrent enrollment.  Offered Occasionally.


CHM  320  Cr.1 - 3

Practicum in Chemistry

A course designed for and adapted to the specific needs of select groups having specific interests in the applications of techniques and/or theories of chemistry, i.e., educational professionals, chemical technicians, medical technologists, etc. Lecture and laboratory will be adapted to the topic being taught. May be repeated for credit when different topic is presented. Prerequisite: to be determined - based on topic offered. Course is not applicable to a major in chemistry.   Offered Occasionally.


CHM  325  Cr.4

Fundamental Biochemistry

A survey of chemical processes in biological systems emphasizing the structure, function, and interactions of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, lipids, the regulation of cellular processes, and a description of certain clinical disorders. Lect. 3, Lab 3. Prerequisite: CHM 300 or CHM 304. Students with credit in CHM 417 cannot earn credit in CHM 325.  Offered Fall, Spring.


CHM  330  Cr.3

Industrial Chemistry

An overview of both the scientific and commercial aspects of the chemical industry. Industrially important chemical processes will be discussed. Topics will include production and end use of basic inorganic chemicals of commercial importance, industrial gases, and petroleum-based products. The economics of various chemical processes will be presented. Global and local topics such as regulatory compliance, product liability, and patent/trade secret documentation may also be discussed. Prerequisite: CHM 300 or CHM 303.  Offered Spring - Even Numbered Years.


CHM  361  Cr.3

Radiochemistry

A study of the decay of radioactive elements, detection of radiation, methods of analysis and applications such as neutron activation and radioactive dating. Lect. 2, Lab 2. Prerequisite: Three semesters of chemistry courses. Students with credit in CHM 461 cannot earn credit in CHM 361.  Offered Occasionally.


CHM  403  Cr.3

Advanced Organic Chemistry

Advanced topics in Organic Chemistry, including reaction mechanisms, molecular orbital theory, conservation of orbital symmetry, pericyclic reactions, photochemistry, aromaticity, stereochemistry, kinetics, isotope effects, linear free energy relationships, hard-soft acid-base theory, and selected examples of recent advances in synthetic Organic Chemistry. Prerequisite: CHM 304.  Offered Fall - Even Numbered Years.


CHM 405/505  Cr.3

Advanced Synthesis Laboratory

Synthesis, characterization and separation techniques are applied to organic and inorganic compounds. Applications of nuclear magnetic resonance, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry and computerized searching of the chemical literature are included. Independent projects with multi-step syntheses are assigned to students. Lect. 1, Lab 6. Prerequisite: CHM 304 and CHM 305; junior standing.  Offered Alternate Years.


CHM  407  Cr.3

Biophysical Chemistry

A study of the physical principles that drive the structure and behaviors of biological molecules. Topics include the relationship between the properties of biomolecular building blocks and macromolecular structure; application of different physical models (thermodynamic, quantum mechanical, statistical mechanical) to macromolecular structure and behavior; application of physical techniques (spectroscopy, calorimetry, etc.) to the characterization of macromolecular structure and behavior. Prerequisite: CHM 417 or CHM 325; MTH 207; MTH 208 or MTH 265 or concurrent enrollment; PHY 103 or PHY 203; PHY 104 or PHY 204.  Offered Spring.


CHM 412/512  Cr.3

Environmental Chemistry

This course examines the role of chemistry in shaping our environment, including atmospheric, aqueous, and terrestrial components. Students learn how fundamental chemical principles are applied to complex real systems in order to characterize environmental behavior and aid in prediction and decision making. Specific topics explored include climate change, ozone depletion, smog formation, water quality and treatment, energy policy, and the fate/transport of pollutants. Prerequisite: CHM 301; junior standing.  Offered Spring.


CHM 417/517  Cr.3

Biochemistry I

A study of enzymes, nucleic acids, and other chemical components in biological systems, emphasizing the regulation and coordination of intra- and intercellular chemical processes. Laboratory emphasis is on techniques utilized in protein isolation and characterization. Lect. 2, Lab 3. Prerequisite: CHM 300 or CHM 304; junior standing. Students with credit in CHM 325 cannot earn credit in CHM 417.  Offered Fall.


CHM 418/518  Cr.3

Biochemistry II

A continuation of the study of enzymes, nucleic acids, and other chemical components of biological systems emphasizing catabolic and anabolic processes. Laboratory emphasizes protein purification and characterization. Lect. 2, Lab 3. Prerequisite: CHM 417; junior standing.  Offered Spring.


CHM 421/521  Cr.1 - 3

Advanced Topics in Chemistry

An advanced topic in chemistry based on appropriate prior work in physical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and analytical chemistry. Lecture and laboratory will be adapted to the topic being taught. May be repeated for credit when different topic is presented. Repeatable for credit - no maximum. Prerequisite will be determined based on topic offered and include a minimum of three semesters of chemistry courses; junior standing.  Offered Occasionally.


CHM 422/522  Cr.3

Polymer Chemistry

A study of synthetic high molecular weight materials of practical application in industry or of theoretical interest in chemistry. Representative polymer systems are examined with respect to the effect of molecular weight, weight distribution, and structure on physical properties. The choice of monomeric starting materials and mechanisms of polymerization are examined in detail. Methods of characterizing macromolecules are surveyed. Lect. 2, Lab 2. Prerequisite: CHM 304; junior standing. CHM 309 highly recommended.  Offered Occasionally.


CHM 424/524  Cr.3

Spectroscopy

A survey of important spectroscopic methods used in chemistry; infrared and ultraviolet, proton and carbon-13 NMR, and mass spectrometry. Theory and practice of techniques are covered. Emphasis is placed on structure determination of organic molecules. Analysis of dynamic systems and mixtures may also be covered. Lect. 2, Lab 3. Prerequisite: CHM 300 or CHM 304; junior standing.  Offered Spring - Even Numbered Years.


CHM 431/531  Cr.3

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

An advanced course in inorganic chemistry building upon foundations presented in CHM 231, intended to highlight a more advanced theoretical treatment of inorganic compounds and reactions and applications of inorganic chemistry principles to catalysis, functional materials, and biological systems. Prerequisite: CHM 231; CHM 310 or concurrent enrollment; junior standing.  Offered Spring - Odd Numbered Years.


CHM 441/541  Cr.4

Instrumental Analysis

A study of the theory and principles of chemical instrumentation including the application of basic electronics, spectroscopy, separation science and electroanalytical methods of chemical analysis. Lect. 3, Lab 3. Prerequisite: CHM 301; junior standing.  Offered Fall.


CHM 461/561  Cr.4

Nuclear Chemistry

A study of the decay of radioactive nuclides with emphasis on the theory of nuclear decay. Laboratory will include the study of the detection of radiation, methods of radio analysis and the safe handling of unsealed radioactive sources. Lect. 3, Lab 3. Prerequisite: four semesters of chemistry courses; junior standing. Students with credit in CHM 361 cannot earn credit in CHM 461.  Offered Spring.


CHM/BIO/PHY  469  Cr.4

Teaching and Learning Science in the Secondary School

This course will be integrated with a field experience. In the context of a real classroom, teacher candidates will learn how to plan for and assess student learning in science.  With a focus on content knowledge, teacher candidates will plan a variety of meaningful learning experiences, assess student learning, and monitor and modify instruction to best support the individual learners in the classroom. The teacher candidate will design, enact, and assess activities that advance student understanding to more complex levels. Teacher candidates will gain experience in monitoring the obstacles and barriers that some students or groups of students face in school and learn how to design learning experiences to support all learners. Prerequisite: GEO 200; EDS 351.  Offered Fall, Spring.


CHM  471  Cr.1

Capstone in Chemistry and Biochemistry

A senior level course designed for chemistry and biochemistry majors that focuses on recent issues in the chemical sciences and supports the departmental assessment plan. Students will present a seminar on a contemporary chemical topic that incorporates the primary literature. Students are expected to actively participate in discussions and critique the scientific seminars. In addition, students will be engaged in the assessment of their majors. Prerequisite: senior standing; major in chemistry or biochemistry.  Offered Spring.


CHM  487  Cr.1

Peer Instruction and Learning in Chemistry

A structured course designed to introduce Chemistry Education Majors and Minors (Early Adolescence-Adolescence) to the proper methods of delivering general chemistry concepts to undergraduate students in CHM 103 and CHM 104. A maximum of 2 credits may be applied to the Chemistry Education Major (Early Adolescence-Adolescence). A maximum of 1 credit may be applied to the Chemistry Education minor. Repeatable for credit - maximum 2. Prerequisites: CHM 301; Chemistry Education (Early Adolescence-Adolescence) major or minor plan; chemistry department consent.  Offered Fall, Spring.


CHM  489  Cr.1 - 2

Independent Study

Independent study under the direction and supervision of a member of the chemistry faculty. Activities related to chemistry other than those normally considered chemistry research. Repeatable for credit - maximum 2.   Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.


CHM  499  Cr.1 - 2

Research

Laboratory research under the direction and supervision of a member of the chemistry departmental staff for selected students. A written or oral report will be required. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6. A maximum of 4 credits can be applied to the major in chemistry. A maximum of 2 credits can be applied to the major in biochemistry.   Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.