Chemistry (CHM)

College of Science and Health
Department Chair: Aaron Monte
4004 Cowley Hall,
(608)785-8268
email: monte.aaro@uwlax.edu

www.uwlax.edu/chemistry

Professors: Beyer, Grunwald, McGaff, Monte, Osterby, Rolfhus, Weaver;
Associate Professors: Czerwinski, Bryan, Loh, Miller, P., Opdahl;
Assistant Professors: Carmosini, Kirsch, Mortell, Nelson, Wagner;
Lecturers:
DeSouza-Machado, Ghodsian, Gustafson, Koster, S, Toce.

The department of chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society, and students following a curriculum meeting the "minimum standards" of the Society department will be awarded an ACS certified major in chemistry.

Chemistry Major

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 39 credits – (60 total credits including MTH and PHY requirements) CHM 103, 104, 301, 303, 304, 305, 309, 310, 313, 471, and electives in chemistry except CHM 100, 250, 300, 320 and 407. Additional 21 credits required to meet prerequisites or required courses include: MTH 207, 208, 310; PHY 103 or 203 and PHY 104 or 204.

Chemistry Major with ACS Certification

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 49 credits – (70 total credits including MTH and PHY requirements) CHM 103, 104, 301, 303, 304, 305, 309, 310, 313, 405, 431, 441, 325 or 417, 471; and electives in chemistry (except CHM 100, 250, 300, 320, and 407) that include at least one laboratory course. Additional 21 credits required to meet prerequisites for required courses include: PHY 203, 204; MTH 207, 208, 310.

Chemistry Major

(Teacher Certification programs) — 38 credits – (63 total credits including MTH, PHY and DPI requirements) CHM 103, 104, 301, 303, 304, 305, 309, 310, 313, 471, and electives in chemistry (except CHM 100, 250, 300, 320 and 407). GEO 200, and CI 381, DPI requirements must be taken in addition to the above sequence. Additional 21 credits required to meet prerequisites for required courses include: MTH 207, 208, 310; PHY 103 or 203 and PHY 104 or 204. Additional teacher education requirements are listed on page 111.

Chemistry Major with Business Concentration

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 57 credits - (78 total credits including MTH and PHY requirements) CHM 103, 104, 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 and 407). Additional 21 credits required to meet prerequisites for required courses include: MTH 207, 208, 310; PHY 103 or 203 and 104 or 204.

Note:

Students in the chemistry major with business concentration are exempt from the College of Science and Health core requirements.

Chemistry Major with Environmental Science Concentration

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 51 credits - (72 total credits including MTH and PHY requirements) CHM 103, 104, 301, 303, 304, 305, 309, 412, 441, and 471; five credits from CHM 310, 313, 314, 325, 330, 405, 417, 418, 422, 424, 431, 461, and 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 or 203 and 104 or 204.

Biochemistry Major

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 41 credits – (74 total credits including BIO/MIC, MTH and PHY requirements) CHM 103, 104, 301, 303, 304, 305, 407, 417, 418, 471; BIO 435, 436 and five credits of electives from: CHM 431, 441, 499; MIC 406, 407, 420; BIO 408, 424, 432, 440, 443, 465, 466, 468. Only two credits from CHM 499 may count toward the major. Additional 33 credits required to meet prerequisites for required courses include: MTH 145, 207 and 208 or 265; PHY 103 or 104 and 203 or 204; BIO 103 or 105, 306, 315; or MIC 230, 416.

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, 301, 303, 304, 305, 309, 310, 313, 471; ECO 110, 120, 336; MTH 207, 208, 309, 310, 341; 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 Minor

(Teacher Certification programs) — 25 credits – CHM 103, 104, 300 (or 303, 304 and 305), 301, and electives in chemistry, except CHM 100 and 320. GEO 200 and CI 381, DPI requirements, (total four credits) must be taken in addition to the above sequence.

Broadfield Science Major

(Teacher Certification programs) - See description of this broadfield major on the Curriculum and Instruction page.

Nuclear Medicine Technology

- See description and courses on separate page.

+ next to a course number indicates 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 concurrent enrollment or placement into MTH 151 or higher. Offered Fall, Spring.

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 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. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CHM 103. Course is not applicable to a major or minor in chemistry and does not meet the prerequisite requirement of any other chemistry course. Students with credit in CHM 300 or 325 cannot earn credit in CHM 250. Offered Spring.

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. Prerequisite: CHM 104. Open to sophomores. Course is not applicable to a major in chemistry. Students with credit in CHM 303 cannot earn credit in CHM 300. CHM 300 does not satisfy the prerequisite requirement for CHM 304. 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. Open to sophomores. 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. Open to sophomores. 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 203 and PHY 104 or 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 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 310 or concurrent enrollment, CHM 313. 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 Survey of 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 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 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 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 305. Offered Spring odd-numbered years.

CHM 407 Cr. 2 Biophysical Chemistry

A course designed to help students develop a fundamental understanding of the physical principles that drive biochemical processes. Topics covered include protein structure, molecular thermodynamics (especially as applied to molecular potential functions and protein structure calculations), basic statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics and spectroscopy (especially as applied to the study of biomolecular structure), and the kinetics of protein folding and protein motions. Prerequisite: CHM 417 or 325; MTH 207; 208 or 265 or concurrent enrollment in either of these; PHY 103 or 203 and PHY 104 or 204. Not applicable to chemistry major. Offered Spring.

CHM 412/512 Cr. 3 Environmental Chemistry

An interdisciplinary study that explores the role of chemistry in environmental quality. The course examines scientific, political, economic, social and moral issues related to topics such as energy, pollution, resource management and population. The applications of scientific methodologies and chemical principles to the analysis of environmental problems will be emphasized. Prerequisite: three semesters of chemistry. 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 304. 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. 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. Prerequisite will be determined based on topic offered and include a minimum of three semesters of chemistry courses. Repeatable for credit - no maximum. 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; CHM 309 highly recommended. Offered occasionally.

CHM 424/524 Cr. 3 Spectroscopy

A survey of important spectroscopic methods used in chemistry; infrared, proton and carbon-13 NMR, ultraviolet, and mass spectrometry. Emphasis is placed on structure determination and hands-on experience with chemical instrumentation. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: CHM 300 or 304. Offered Spring even-numbered years.

CHM 431/531 Cr. 3 Inorganic Chemistry

A survey of the theories of atomic structure, chemical bonding and structure and the relationship of these theories to inorganic reactions, mechanisms and coordination compounds. Also presented are the concepts of acid-base theory, non-aqueous solution chemistry, and topics of current interest in inorganic chemistry; organo-metallics, inorganic polymers, cluster compounds, etc. Prerequisite: CHM 300 or CHM 304, or concurrent enrollment in CHM 304. Offered Fall.

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. 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. Students with credit in CHM 361 cannot earn credit in CHM 461. Offered Spring.

CHM 471 Cr. 1 Capstone in Chemistry

A senior-level course specifically designed for chemistry and biochemistry majors that considers recent issues and developments in the chemical sciences. Students will present a seminar on a contemporary chemical topic incorporating primary literature into the seminar. Students are expected to actively participate in discussions on major issues and developments in the chemical sciences. In addition, students will be actively engaged in the assessment of their majors. Prerequisite: senior standing and major in chemistry or biochemistry. Offered 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. Admission by consent of the chemistry department staff. Repeatable for credit-maximum two. Offered Fall, Spring.

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. Prerequisite: Admission by consent of the chemistry department staff. Repeatable for credit – maximum six. A maximum of four credits can be applied to the major in chemistry. A maximum of two credits can be applied to the major in biochemistry. Offered Fall, Spring.