2018-2019 Catalog

Publication date June 2018

Chemistry Major (with ACS Certification) - Bachelor of Science (BS)

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 Bachelor of Science 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)

46-51 credits (21 additional credits including MTH and PHY requirements)

Core curriculum 

CHM 103General Chemistry I5
CHM 104General Chemistry II5
CHM 271The Chemical Community1
CHM 301Analytical Chemistry5
CHM 303Organic Chemistry Theory I3
CHM 304Organic Chemistry Theory II3
CHM 305Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHM 309Physical Chemistry Theory I3
CHM 310Physical Chemistry Theory II3
CHM 313Physical Chemistry Laboratory3
CHM 325Fundamental Biochemistry4
or CHM 417 Biochemistry I: Macromolecules
CHM 331Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry4
Total Credits41

Research/laboratory requirement

Select one of the following three options5-10
Option 1:
Research (two or more credits with a final graded paper)
Advanced Biochemistry Lab
Two additional in-depth upper-level electives (see below for list)
Option 2:
Research (one credit with a final graded paper)
Two in-depth upper-level electives, one of which must have a laboratory component (see below for list)
Option 3:
Two in-depth upper-level electives with laboratory components (see below for list)

 In-depth upper-level electives

Advanced Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2
Polymer Chemistry 1
Polymer Chemistry Laboratory 2
Industrial Chemistry 1
Advanced Organic Chemistry 1
Advanced Organic Synthesis 2
Biophysical Chemistry 1
Environmental Chemistry 1
Environmental Chemistry Laboratory 2
Biochemistry II: Metabolism and Genetic Information 1
Advanced Biochemistry Lab 2
Spectroscopy 2
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 1
Instrumental Analysis 2
Nuclear Chemistry 2

Required prerequisite courses (21 credits) 

Select an additional 21 credits to meet prerequisites for required courses including the following:
MTH 207Calculus I5
MTH 208Calculus II4
MTH 310Calculus III: Multivariable Calculus4
PHY 203
PHY 204
General Physics I
and General Physics II

In completing these degree requirements, chemistry majors must experience over 400 chemistry laboratory hours, beyond CHM 104.

Exam and survey requirement

During the student's last semester on campus, completion of the following is required in order to graduate:

  1. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Learning Environment Survey and
  2. A standardized exam covering the major subject area.

 All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR. 

College of Science and Health (CSH) Bachelor of Science core requirements

B.S. and B.A. students graduating from the College of Science and Health are required to take two natural laboratory science courses selected from the general education laboratory science category (GE 05) and/or from BIO 203, BIO 304, BIO 210, CHM 104, ESC 221, ESC 222, PHY 104 or PHY 204, and they either must take two mathematics courses or one math course and one computer science course from the math/logical systems category of the general education requirements (GE 02). One of the two science courses must be from a department outside of the student’s major department.

Note: Math courses can be pairs, i.e. 150 and 151; MTH/CS majors can use two science courses from same department.

For the Bachelor of Science degree, in addition to all other College of Science and Health core requirements, students from non-exempted programs1 must complete one of the following options. It is recommended that courses are selected in consultation with students’ academic advisor.

  1. Complete a second major; or

  2. Complete a minor outside the major; or

  3. Complete an individualized option, consisting of 18 credits

    1. At least 12 credits must be earned at the 300/400 level outside the major department.

    2. The remaining six credits should come from

      1. 100 level or higher courses outside the major (General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.); or

      2. 300/400 level courses inside major not being used to fulfill major requirements.

    3. Internship credits may not count toward the individualized option.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
CHM 103 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)5CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3MTH 207 (Gen Ed Math)5
MTH 151 (Gen Ed Math)4CHM 1045
Gen Ed Arts2-3Gen Ed Minority Cultures3
 14 16
Year 2
CHM 2711CHM 3043
CHM 3314CHM 3052
MTH 208 (Gen Ed Math)4Gen Ed Global Studies3
CHM 3033MTH 3104
PHY 203 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4PHY 2044
 16 16
Year 3
CHM 3093Gen Ed Hum-Lit3
CHM 3015CHM 3133
CSH Core (300/400 not from major) or Minor3CSH Core (300/400 not from major) or Minor3
HIS 101, 102, or ARC 200 (Gen Ed World Hist)3Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3
University Elective1CHM 3103
 15 15
Year 4
CHM 325 or 4174CHM In-Depth Coursework - see list3-4
CHM In-Depth Coursework - see list2-4CSH Core (300/400 not from major) or Minor3
CSH Core or Minor13CSH Core or Minor13
Gen Ed Self & Society3University Elective3
Gen Ed Arts2-3University Elective2
 Exam and Survey Requirement2 
 14 14
Total Credits: 120
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