Jennifer Mihalick, Chairperson
Department Office: Halsey Science 432
Department Telephone: (920) 424-1400
Code 32 or CHEM
Undergraduate: A major in Chemistry can lead to the degree: Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Science in Education.
Graduate: The Department does not offer a graduate program.
Summary of Fields of Study
Upon completion of a Chemistry major, students will be 1) knowledgeable about the factual and theoretical basis of chemistry, 2) competent to work in a laboratory situation, 3) familiar with the use and applications of modern instrumentation and computers, 4) able to communicate effectively, 5) access and retrieve specific chemical information from the chemical literature, 6) able to anticipate, recognize and respond properly to hazards of chemicals, 7) work cooperatively with others in problem solving situations and 8) identify the benefits and problems of modern chemistry for society.
The Department offers a choice of three emphases within the Chemistry Major. These are: 1) Professional, 2) Secondary Education, 3) Biomolecular Science.
Within the Professional emphasis, there are two options: 1) Chemistry and 2) Biochemistry.
- The Department offers one minor: 1) Chemistry.
To be eligible for graduation, students must meet all requirements for the degree being sought, in addition to earning a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses required for the Chemistry major or minor.
Those students seeking Wisconsin teacher certification must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all courses required for their majors and minors in order to meet requirements of the College of Education and Human Services.
Required Core Courses
Chemistry 105 General Chemistry I 5 cr.
Chemistry 106 General Chemistry II 5 cr.
Chemistry 221 Modern Analytical Chemistry 4 cr.
Chemistry 234 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1 cr.
Chemistry 235 Organic Chemistry I 3 cr.
Chemistry 334 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1 cr.
Chemistry 335 Organic Chemistry II 3 cr.
Chemistry 490 Seminar 0.5 cr. (for two semesters for a total of 1.0 credits)
Mathematics 171 Calculus I or Mathematics 175 Honors: Calculus 4 cr.
Physics 109 and 110.
The 22 units (crs.) of Math and Physics courses in the core are not counted as part of the required minimum units (crs.) for any of the emphases/options.
All senior Chemistry majors are to enroll for two semesters of seminar (Chemistry 490). Honors Thesis (Chemistry 474) can be used to replace the Chemistry Seminar (Chemistry 490) requirement providing that, a) the topic of Honors Thesis is in the field of chemistry, b) the student attends Chemistry Seminar for two semesters and c) the student presents his/her oral Thesis Seminar in the Chemistry Seminar program.
The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options
- Professional Emphasis
The Professional Emphasis leads to a BS degree in Chemistry, which meets the requirements of the American Chemical Society for professional training.
Required Units (crs.): 44 minimum
Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:
Chemistry: Chemistry 303, 370, 371, 421, 470
Math: Math 172, 273
Chemistry: 3 units (crs.) from Chemistry 323, 360, 435, 446*, 452, 474, 495*. Chemistry 446, 474 and 495 may in combination count for up to three credits towards the three-credit requirement.
*A formal report is required.
Required Units (crs.): 46 minimum
Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:
Chemistry: Chemistry 303, 304, 315, 370, 371, 421, 470
Math: Math 172, 273
For both the Chemistry and Biochemistry Options: Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to enroll in the following individualized research/internship courses: Chemistry 246, 446, 474, 495.
For Biochemistry Option: Three semester hours of biology beyond the introductory level, which contains cell biology, microbiology, or genetics.
Independent Study (Chemistry 446), Honors Thesis (Chemistry 474), and/or Chemistry Research Internship (Chemistry 495) may be counted towards graduation requirements, with a unit (cr.) maximum of 12 for Chemistry 446, six for Chemistry 246, six for Chemistry 474 and six for Chemistry 495.
2. Secondary Education Emphasis
Recommended for students who plan to enter the Secondary Education Program in preparation for teaching high school Chemistry.
- Required Units (crs.): 36 minimum
- Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:
- Chemistry: Chemistry 370, 371
- Math: Math 172, 173
- Electives: Sufficient to meet the Minimum Requirement including these studies:
- Chemistry: Five units (crs.) of Chemistry courses at the 300 level or above (excluding Chemistry 495).
3. Biomolecular Science Emphasis
Recommended for students who are interested in interdisciplinary training and a career or postgraduate work in biotechnology related fields.
- Required Units (crs.): 70-73
- Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:
- Biology: Biology 105, 323, 343.
- One Advanced Molecular/Cellular Biology Course with Lecture and Lab: Biology 319, 345, 450
- One Advanced Molecular/Cellular Biology Lecture Course: Biology 315, 316, 341, 372, 389
- One Advanced Molecular/Cellular Biology Laboratory Course: Biology 350, 374, 377, 390
- Chemistry: Chemistry 303, 304, 315, 221 or 320, 365
- Physics: Physics 107 and 108, or Physics 109 and 110
- Statistics: One course from: Math 201, 301 or Psychology 203.
Upper Level Electives: 5 units (crs.)
Choose from any of the following not taken as part of the core curriculum above:
- Biology: Biology 306, 309, 315, 316, 319, 338, 341, 345, 350, 372, 374, 375, 389, 390, 450.
Chemistry: Chemistry 323.
Psychology: Psychology 367, 383.
Up to 3 of the 5 units (crs.) can be from the following:
Biology: Biology 300, 301, 446, 456, 474.
Chemistry: Chemistry 360, 446, 456, 474, 495.
Required Units (crs.): 22 minimum
Chemistry: Chemistry 105, 106, 221, 234, 235, 334, 335
For those students graduating with a Medical Technology major, Chemistry 303, 304 and 320 may be substituted for Chemistry 221.
Chemistry 101 1-4 (crs.)
General, Organic and Biochemistry I (NS) (XL)
This is the first semester of the one-year chemistry 101/102 course sequence, which is specifically designed to meet the needs of nursing students. This sequence does not satisfy the prerequisites for higher-level chemistry course. Topics covered include: matter, energy, atomic structure, chemical reactions, chemical bonding, solutions, chemical equilibrium and organic nomenclature. Prerequisites: A declared pre-nursing major, and Mathematics 103 with a grade of C or better, or qualifying for Mathematics104 and higher via the Mathematics Placement Exam. (3+2) (Fall-Spring) Special fees may apply.
Chemistry 102 1-4 (crs.)
General, Organic and Biochemistry II (NS) (XL)
This is the second semester of the one-year Chemistry 101/102 course sequence. Topics covered include: the organic chemistry topics of alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, amines, and the biochemistry topics of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, enzymes and metabolism. Prerequisites: Chemistry 101 with a grade of C or better and Mathematics 103 with a grade of C or better, or qualifying for Mathematics 104 or higher via the Mathematics Placement Exam. (3+2) (Fall-Spring) Special fees may apply.
Chemistry 103 4 (crs.)
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry (NS) (XL)
This laboratory course will cover the chemistry of environmental topics such as: air pollution, ozone depletion, water pollution, acid rain, waste disposal and energy production. Occasionally tangentially related topics such as drug design and nutrition may be discussed. This course may be combined with Chemistry 104, to form a two-semester sequence for the Bachelor of Science degree. NOTE: Chemistry 103 is not a prerequisite for higher level chemistry courses. Special fees may apply.
Chemistry 104 4 (crs.)
Introduction to the Chemistry of Materials (NS) (XL)
This laboratory course will teach the chemistry behind materials that society depends on: metals, ceramics and polymers. Historic and economic impacts of their manufacture and use will be considered. Applications of advanced materials in fields such as electronics, aviation or art will be discussed. This course may be combined with Chemistry 103 to form a two-semester sequence for the Bachelor of Science degree. Note: Chemistry 104 is not a prerequisite for higher level chemistry courses.
Chemistry 105 5 (crs.)
General Chemistry I (NS) (XL)
This is the first semester of the one-year Chemistry 105/106 course sequence, which is specifically designed to meet the needs of science majors and preprofessional students. Topics covered include: atomic theory, atomic and electronic structure, chemical bonding, mole concept, stoichiometry, state of matter, formulas and equations, solutions and colloids. Prerequisites: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in Math 104, or completion/placement of any higher math course. Recommended: A previous course in High School or College Chemistry. (4+2) (Fall-Spring) Special fees may apply.
Chemistry 106 1-5 (crs.)
General Chemistry II (NS) (XL)
This is the second semester of the one-year Chemistry 105/106 course sequence, which is specifically designed to meet the needs of science majors and preprofessional students. Topics covered in Chemistry 106 include: molecular structure, chemistry of metals and selected nonmetals, intermolecular forces, chemical equilibrium. Prerequisite: Chemistry 105 with a grade of (C) or better and either completion of Math 104 with a grade of C or better, completion/placement of any higher math course. (4+3) (Fall-Spring) Special fees may apply.
Chemistry 221 1-4 (crs.)
Modern Analytical Chemistry (NS)
Emphasis on ionic solution equilibria as applied to analytical chemistry. Specifically, statistical analysis of data, theoretical principles of solubility, acid-base, redox and complex equilibria discussed stressing calculations involving system constants and species concentrations. Laboratory techniques to include gravimetric, volumetric, potentiometric and spectrophotometric methods with stress on quantitative determinations of inorganic and organic species and system constants. Prerequisite: Chemistry 106 with a grade of C or better. Special fees may apply. (3 + 3)
Chemistry 234 1 (crs.)
Organic Chemistry Lab I
Laboratory experience to complement Organic Chemistry I. Techniques explored include methods for separation, purification and identification of organic compounds, and syntheses. Co-requisites: Chemistry 235.
Chemistry 235 3 (crs.)
Organic Chemistry I (NS)
Major topics include nomenclature, reactions and mechanisms of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons and their halogen derivatives; aromaticity; qualitative molecular orbital approach to bonding and structure; and stereochemistry. Prerequisite: Chemistry 106 with a grade of C or better. Co-requisite Chemistry 234 (3+3) (Fall-Spring) Special fees may apply.
Chemistry 246 1-3 (crs.)
Introduction to Chemistry Research (NS)
Supervised research in chemistry. Prerequisite: One term of chemistry numbered 105 or higher and consent of instructor. This is a repeatable course for up to six units (crs.).
Chemistry 303 3 (crs.)
Biochemistry: Clinical Emphasis
This course is specifically designed to meet the needs of the Medical Technology students as well as Chemistry majors who choose to follow the Department's Biochemistry Emphasis. Topics include: Amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, bioenergetics, carbohydrates, lipids, hormones, vitamins, electrolytes and xenobiotics. Clinical correlations will be presented which emphasize: biochemistry, pathophysiology and quantification of body fluid constituents. Prerequisite: Chemistry 335. (Fall/Spring)
Chemistry 304 1 (crs.)
Biochemistry Laboratory (NS)
This course is specifically designed to meet the needs of students needing practical experience in the biochemistry laboratory. This laboratory is required for Medical Technology majors and is recommended for those in other clinically-oriented programs (e.g., premed., prevet.) and for Chemistry majors choosing to follow the Department's Biochemistry emphasis. Techniques include aspects of spectrophotometry, electrophoresis, chromatography, immunoassays and fluorescence. A significant amount of writing is expected. Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry 303. Special fees may apply.
Chemistry 310 3 (crs.)
Chemistry Workshop for K-12 Teachers
This course is intended to be a workshop in Chemistry for K-12. The focus will be on activities to improve the effectiveness of the classroom teacher. The course does not apply to any graduate degree program at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. 310/510
Chemistry 315 3 (crs.)
This course is specifically designed for students needing an advanced course in Biochemistry, including Chemistry majors who choose to follow the Department's Biochemistry or biomolecular Sciences Emphasis. It will build on the topics of thermodynamics, biomolucules (proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, carbohydrates), enzymes mechanisms and biochemical pathways laid down in Chemistry 303, but with an emphasis on research design and discovery. Topics include: bioenergetics, signal transduction, DNA metabolism, RNA metabolism, polypeptide metabolism, and regulation. Prerequisite: Chemistry 303, with a grade of C or better. (Spring)
Chemistry 320 3 (crs.)
Introduction to Instrumental Analysis (NS)
This course introduces a number of modern instrumental techniques that are commonly employed in modern chemical laboratories including absorption spectroscopy, emission spectroscopy and chromatography. It is designed to meet the needs of Medical Technology majors and Biomolecular Science students. Prerequisites: Chemistry 335 and major in Medical Technology, or Chemistry with Biomolecular Science Emphasis. Credit may not be obtained in both Chemistry 320 and Chemistry 421. Special fees may apply. (Spring)
Chemistry 323 3 (crs.)
Analytical Separations (NS)
The principles and theoretical foundations, experimental variables and applications of solvent extraction and the primary chromatographic techniques, including: column, liquid-liquid, ion exchange, think-layer, gas-liquid and other recent modern chromatographic methods. The laboratory will involve applications of the above to demonstrate the utility of the methods. To count as an elective towards the professional Chemistry major, credit or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry 370 and a special project are required. Prerequisite: Chemistry 221 and Chemistry 335. 323/523 (2+3)
Chemistry 330 1 (crs.)
Fundamental principles of scientific glassblowing. Practice in the basic techniques and the development of skill in the art of glassblowing. Introduction to the use of the glass lathe and the design of complex equipment. Prerequisite: Minimum two years of chemistry and consent of instructor. (0+3)
Chemistry 334 1 (crs.)
Organic Chemistry Lab II
Laboratory experience to complement Organic Chemistry II. Laboratory includes advanced synthesis work and introductory, qualitative organic analysis emphasizing modern spectral techniques. Prerequisites: Chemistry 234 and 235 with a grade of C or better. Co-requisite: Chemistry 335.
Chemistry 335 3 (crs.)
Organic Chemistry II (NS)
A continuation of Chemistry 235 which includes a discussion of alcohols, phenols, ethers, carbonyl containing compounds, amines, anilines, carbohydrates and proteins. Particular emphasis is placed on the mechanistic and theoretical aspects of the various topics covered. Infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectroscopes are discussed in a qualitative manner. Prerequisite: Chemistry 235 with a grade of C or better. Special fees may apply. 335/535 (3+3) (Fall-Spring)
Chemistry 336 1 (crs.)
Advanced Organic Laboratory (NS)
A continuation of the laboratory in Chemistry 335, which includes qualitative organic analysis, advanced synthesis and/or independent special projects. Prerequisite: Chemistry 335 with a grade of C or better. 336/536 (0+3)
Chemistry 360 1-3 (crs.)
A chemistry course on a topic not covered in the department's curriculum. This course may be repeated with different content. Each time it is offered, the topic will be announced in the class schedule. Graduate students will be required to do an extra project or paper. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 360/560
Chemistry 365 3 (crs.)
This course focuses on Thermodynamics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and spectroscopy as they pertain to biological molecules, macromolecules and cells. Prerequisite: Chemistry 303, Math 171 and either Physics 108 or 110. (Fall)
Chemistry 370 4 (crs.)
Physical Chemistry I (NS)
Fundamental principles of physical chemistry. Lecture topics include ideal and real gases, kinetic theory, thermodynamics, equilibria, properties of solutions, surface and colloid chemistry. Laboratory includes experiments that are designed to illustrate the lecture material. Prerequisites: Mathematics 273 (may be taken concurrently), Chemistry 235, and Physics 110 and declared chemistry major or consent of instructor. Special fees may apply. 370/570 (3+3)
Chemistry 371 4 (crs.)
Physical Chemistry II (NS)
A continuation of Chemistry 370. Lecture topics include quantum chemistry, atomic and molecular spectra and chemical kinetics. Laboratory includes experiments that are designed to illustrate the lecture material. Prerequisites: Mathematics 273, Chemistry 221, and Chemistry 370. 371/571 (3+3) Special fees may apply.
Chemistry 421 3 (crs.)
Instrumental Analysis (NS)
Theory and application of instrumentation to chemical analysis. Topics covered include electronics, classical spectroscopic methods and electrochemical techniques. Laboratory to stress instrumental determination of physical constants, methods comparison and quantitative determination of system species using the above. Prerequisites: Chemistry 221 and Chemistry 370. Credit may not be obtained in both Chemistry 320 and 421/621, (2+3). (Fall) Special fees may apply.
Chemistry 435 3 (crs.)
Interpretive Spectroscopy (NS)
The application of spectral methods to the characterization of the structure of inorganic and organic compounds will be presented. Specific topics will include infrared, Raman, ultraviolet and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopes and mass spectrometry. The laboratory will involve the use of these techniques to identify the structure of unknown samples. Prerequisite: Chemistry 335/535 or consent of instructor and completion of or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry 370. 435/635 (2+3) Special fees may apply.
Chemistry 446 1-3 (crs.)
Independent Study (NS)
Supervised research in chemistry. See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites and proper contract form requirements. (0+3 to 9) (Fall-Spring)
Chemistry 452 3 (crs.)
Polymer Science (NS)
An introduction to the study of the chemistry of macromolecules including: polymerization reactions and kinetics, physical and chemical characterization methods and the relationship between chemical and mechanical properties. Prerequisite: Chemistry 370. 452/652 (2+3)
Chemistry 456 1-3 (crs.)
Supervised readings in Chemistry. See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies Information for general course description, general prerequisites and proper contract form requirements. (0+3 to 9) (Fall-Spring)
Chemistry 470 4 (crs.)
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (NS)
An advanced course that focuses on important topics from inorganic chemistry. Topics include: coordination chemistry, bonding models, application of spectroscopy and other topics of current interest. Laboratory includes experiments that are designed to illustrate the lecture material. Prerequisites: Chemistry 335 and 371, or consent of the instructor. Special fees may apply. 470/670 (3+3).
Chemistry 474 1-6 (crs.)
Honors thesis projects include any advanced independent endeavor in the student's major field of study: e.g. a written thesis, scientific experiment or research project or creative arts exhibit or production. Proposals (attached to Independent Study contract) must show clear promise of honors level work and be approved by a faculty sponsor. Course title for transcript will be 'Honors Thesis.' Completed projects will be announced and presented to interested students and faculty. Preparation of a formal seminar paper based on research, an industrial internship, and/or a thorough review of a specific area from the chemical literature, followed by an oral seminar based on this paper. Prerequisite: University Honors program and junior standing. Maximum of six units (crs.).
Chemistry 490 0 (crs.)
Oral presentation of scientific papers, research or selected topics which require a thorough study and use of the chemical literature. Prerequisite: Chemistry major with junior standing. (0.5+ 0.5) (Fall-Spring)
Chemistry 495 1-6 (crs.)
Chemistry Research Internship
An off-campus research experience in an industrial/academic/governmental laboratory under the joint supervision of the department and participating agency. Prerequisite: Application and admission into the program six months prior to the commencement of the internship. Normally, course work through Chemistry 371 must be completed prior to the internship. (0+3 to 18) (Summer, if available)