Chemistry and Biochemistry Degree Options

Current Degree Options

Biochemistry Major

Chemistry Major

Chemistry Major: Business Concentration

Chemistry Major: Middle/Secondary Education

Chemistry Major: ACS Certification

Chemistry Major: Environmental Science Concentration

Middle/Secondary Broad Field Science Major

Chemistry Minor (Business, Liberal Studies, Science and Allied Health)

Chemistry Minor (Health, Physical Education, and Recreation: Middle/Secondary Education)

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Biochemistry Major/Distributed Minor
Biochemistry Major/Biology Minor

Dual Major in Biochemistry/Biology with Cell and Molecular Biology Concentration
Dual Major in Biochemistry/Biology with Biomedical Emphasis
Chemistry Major/Biology Minor
ACS Chemistry Major/Mathematics Minor
ACS Chemistry Major/Computational Science Minor

2011-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

Biochemistry Major
42 Credits, including the following:
CHM 103 General Chemistry I (5 credits) Fall, Spring, Summer
CHM 104 General Chemistry II (5 credits) Fall, Spring, Summer
CHM 271 Chemical Community (1 credit) Fall
CHM 301 Analytical Chemistry (5 credits) Fall, Spring
CHM 303 Organic Chemistry Theory I (3 credits) Fall, Spring
CHM 304 Organic Chemistry Theory II (3 credits) Fall, Spring
CHM 305 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 credits) Fall, Spring
CHM 407 Biophysical Chemistry (3 credits) Spring
CHM 417 Biochemistry I (3 credits) Fall
CHM 418 Biochemistry II (3 credits) Spring
CHM 471 Capstone in Chemistry (1 credit) Annually
BIO 435 Molecular Biology (2 credits) Fall
BIO 436 Molecular Biology Lab (1 credit) Fall

plus 5 credits of electives from the following:
BIO 408 Developmental Bio (4 credits) Spring
BIO 424 Endocrinology (3 credits) Fall, Spring
BIO 432 Biology of Cancer (2 credits) Fall
BIO 440 Bioinformatics (2 credits) Spring, Winter
BIO 443 Molecular Mechanism of Drugs and Disease (3 credits) Spring
BIO 449 Advanced Microscopy (3 credits) Fall – even numbered years
BIO 465 Neurophysiology (3 credits) Spring
BIO 466 Human Mol Genetics (3 credits) Fall
BIO 467 Neurobiology Lab (2 credits) Spring – odd numbered years
BIO 468 Human Mol Genetics Lab (1 credit) Fall
CHM 403 Advanced Organic (3 credits) Fall – even numbered years
CHM 431 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3 credits) Fall
CHM 441 Instrumental Chemistry (4 credits) Fall
CHM 499 Research (1-2 credits) Fall, Spring (only 2 credits from 499 may count toward major)
MIC 310 Immunology (3 credits) Fall, Spring
MIC 407 Pathogenic Bact (4 credits) Fall, Spring
MIC 410 Immunology Lab (2 credits) Fall, Spring
MIC 420 Introductory Virology (3 credits) Spring
MIC 421 Virology Laboratory (2 credits) Fall
MIC 440 Bioinformatics (2 credits) Spring, Winter

Non-Chemistry prerequisites: MTH 207, 208 or 265, and PHY 103 or 203 and PHY 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.

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New Fall 2012 – All Chemistry Majors Are ACS Certified
Chemistry Major (DISCONTINUED in 2012) – All Chemistry majors will be ACS Certified as of Fall 2012 (see below).
39 Credits, including the following:
CHM 103 General Chemistry I (5 credits)
CHM 104 General Chemistry II (5 credits)
CHM 301 Analytical Chemistry (5 credits)
CHM 303 Organic Chemistry Theory I (3 credits)
CHM 304 Organic Chemistry Theory II (3 credits)
CHM 305 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 credits)
CHM 309 Physical Chemistry Theory I (3 credits)
CHM 310 Physical Chemistry Theory II (3 credits)
CHM 313 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (3 credits)
CHM 471 Capstone in Chemistry (1 credit)
Electives in chemistry except CHM 100, 250, 300, or 320 to total 39 credits
Additional 21 credits required to meet prerequisites for required courses include: PHY 103 or 203 and 104 or 204, and MTH 207, 208, and 310.

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Chemistry Major-ACS Certified
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.
46-50 Credits, including the following:
CHM 103 General Chemistry I (5 credits) Fall, Spring, Summer
CHM 104 General Chemistry II (5 credits) Fall, Spring, Summer
CHM 231 Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry (4 credits) Fall
CHM 271 The Chemical Community (1 credit) Fall
CHM 301 Analytical Chemistry (5 credits) Fall, Spring, Summer
CHM 303 Organic Chemistry Theory I (3 credits) Fall, Spring, Summer
CHM 304 Organic Chemistry Theory II (3 credits) Fall, Spring, Summer
CHM 305 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 credits) Fall, Spring, Summer
CHM 309 Physical Chemistry Theory I (3 credits) Fall
CHM 310 Physical Chemistry Theory II (3 credits) Spring
CHM 313 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (3 credits) Fall, Spring
CHM 325 Survey of Biochemistry (4 credits) Fall, Spring -or- CHM 417 Biochemistry I (3 credits) Fall
CHM 471 Capstone in Chemistry and Biochemistry (1 credit) Spring

And one of the following three options:
Option 1: Two or more credits of CHM 499 with a graded final paper and any two of the following upper-level elective courses.
Option 2: One credit of CHM 499 with a final graded paper and two of the following courses, one of which must have a lab (L) component.
Option 3: Two of the following courses with lab (L) components.
In-Depth Upper-level Electives:
CHM 314 (2) L = 42 adv p-chem lab (as needed)
CHM 330 (3) L = 0 industrial chem (alt Sp 2014)
CHM 403 (3) L = 0 adv organic chem (alt Fa 2012)
[CHM 405 (3?) L = 42 adv synthesis lab (alt 2015 Fa or Sp???)]
CHM 407 (3) L = 0 biophysical chem (Sp)
CHM 412 (3) L = 0 environmental chem (Sp)
CHM 418 (3) L = 42 biochem II (Sp)
CHM 424 (3) L = 42 spectroscopy (alt Sp 2014)
CHM 431 (3) L = 0 adv inorganic chem (alt Sp 2015)
CHM 441 (4) L = 42 instrumental analysis (Fa)
CHM 461 (4) L = 42 nuclear chem (Sp 2014)
any CHM 499 (1) L = 42 reserch (Fa, Sp, Su)
Non-Chemistry prerequisites: MTH 310, PHY 203 and 204.

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Chemistry Major with Business Concentration
58 Credits, including the following:
CHM 103 General Chemistry I (5 credits)
CHM 104 General Chemistry II (5 credits)
CHM 271 The Chemical Community (1 credit)
CHM 301 Analytical Chemistry (5 credits)
CHM 303 Organic Chemistry Theory I (3 credits)
CHM 304 Organic Chemistry Theory II (3 credits)
CHM 305 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 credits)
CHM 309 Physical Chemistry Theory I (3 credits)
CHM 313 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (3 credits)
CHM 471 Capstone in Chemistry and Biochemistry (1 credit)

ECO 110, 120, ACC 221, 222, FIN 355, MKT 309, MGT 308, 408
Electives in chemistry except CHM 100, 250, 300, or 320 to total 57 credits.
Non-Chemistry prerequisites (21 credits): MTH 310, PHY 103 or 203 and PHY 104 or 204.

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Chemistry Major with Environmental Science Concentration
52 Credits, including the following:
CHM 103 General Chemistry I (5 credits)
CHM 104 General Chemistry II (5 credits)
CHM 271 The Chemical Community (1 credit)
CHM 301 Analytical Chemistry (5 credits)
CHM 303 Organic Chemistry Theory I (3 credits)
CHM 304 Organic Chemistry Theory II (3 credits)
CHM 305 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 credits)
CHM 309 Physical Chemistry Theory I (3 credits)
CHM 441 Instrumental Analysis (4 credits)
CHM 412 Environmental Chemistry (3 credits)
CHM 471 Capstone in Chemistry and Biochemistry (1 credit)

Five elective credits in chemistry from CHM 310, 313, 314, 325, 330, 417, 418, 422, 424, 431, 461, 499, and twelve elective credits to be selected from BIO 341, 419, 447, 448, ESC 345, 385, 440, 445, 460, GEO 485, PHL 341, ECO 346, and HIS 317.
Non-Chemistry prerequisites (21 credits): MTH 207, 208, 310, PHY 103 or 203 and PHY 104 or 204.

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Chemistry Major-Middle/Secondary Education
37 Credits, including the following:
CHM 103 General Chemistry I (5 credits)
CHM 104 General Chemistry II (5 credits)
CHM 301 Analytical Chemistry (5 credits)
CHM 303 Organic Chemistry Theory I (3 credits)
CHM 304 Organic Chemistry Theory II (3 credits)
CHM 305 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 credits)
CHM 309 Physical Chemistry Theory I (3 credits)
CHM 310 Physical Chemistry Theory II (3 credits)
CHM 313 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (3 credits)

Electives in chemistry except CHM 100, 300 and 320. GEO 200, a statutory requirement, and C-I 381, an administrative code requirement must be taken in addition to the above sequence.

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 for required courses include: PHY 203 and 204 and MTH 207, 208, and 310.

Non-Chemistry prerequisites: MTH 310, PHY 103 or 203 and PHY 104 or 204, or concurrent enrollment.

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Note: An additional eight (8) credits in other science course work must also be taken to meet Wisconsin Administrative Code requirements for certification.

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Middle/Secondary Broad Field Science Major
(Available to students completing programs before August 31, 2004; students completing after that date should consult an advisor)

General Science
1. Students are required to complete a 54 semester credit major in science, including:
a. one 22-24 credit minor in one of the following: biology, chemistry, earth science, physics.
b. 14 semester credits in one additional science area.
c. 8 semester credits in each of the two remaining science areas.
d. and if needed, 2-3 semester credits selected from any of the aforesaid sciences and/or history of science and/or philosophy of science and/or issues of science to total 54 credits.
2. In addition to the 54 science credits required for this major, students must complete:
a. 2 statutory or administrative code requirements: GEO 200 - Conservation of Global Environments, 3 cr. OR GEO 324 - Conservation of Natural Resources, 3 cr., AND C-I 381 - Environmental Education Methods, 1 cr.
b. and one mathematics course beyond general education is required.
3. In addition to C-I 469, Methods in Science, it is strongly advised that students take C-I 461, Leadership for Elementary/Middle Level Science Education.

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Chemistry Minor
26 Credits, including:
CHM 103 General Chemistry I (5 credits)
CHM 104 General Chemistry II (5 credits)
CHM 301 Analytical Chemistry (5 credits)
CHM 300 Survey of Organic Chemistry (5 credits) or CHM 303, 304, and 305 (8 credits total)

Plus electives in Chemistry, except 100 and 250, to total 26 credits.

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Chemistry Minor
(Teacher Certification Programs)
25 Credits, including:
CHM 103 General Chemistry I (5 credits)
CHM 104 General Chemistry II (5 credits)
CHM 301 Analytical Chemistry (5 credits)
CHM 300 Survey of Organic Chemistry (5 credits) or CHM 303, 304, and 305 (8 credits total)

Plus electives in Chemistry, except 100, 250 and 320, to total 25 credits. GEO 200, a statutory requirement, and C-I 381, an administrative code requirement must be taken in addition to the above sequence.

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