Chemistry Majors

We offer a variety of undergraduate major options. The links below will provide the requirements for obtaining these degress.

For further information regarding degree requirements, see Academic Undergraduate Advisor- Gloria Freschl. Please bring a copy of your transcript when meeting with the advisor to declare a major. Unofficial free of charge UWM transcripts may be obtained from the Department of Enrollment Services in Mellencamp Hall, Room 274.

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In order to declare a major in Chemistry you need:
1) completion of Chem 102 & 104
2) completion or concurrent registration in Chem 343, Math 232 and Physics 209
3) A GPA of 2.5 or better in all Chemistry courses attempted.

There are 3 options: 1) Standard Major 2) Course in Chemistry 3) Biochemical Option

Standard Major Requirements

  • General Chemistry 102 & 104
  • Analytical Chemistry 221 or 223
  • Inorganic Chemistry 311
  • Organic Chemistry 343, 344 & 345
  • Instrumental Analysis 524
  • Physical Chemistry 561, 562, 563
  • Advanced Chemistry Lab 582 or 584
  • Elective: Biochemistry 501 or Advanced Inorganic 511
  • Independent Research 691 or 692 or 697
  • Calculus 23l, 232, 233 (Math 234 recommended)
  • Physics (calculus-based) 209, 2l0, 2l4, 2l5)
Additional Options:

Course In Chemistry (Approved by the American Chemical Society)
Same as standard major except for the following changes:
  • Biochemistry 501 and Advanced Inorganic 511 (must take BOTH)
  • Advanced Chemistry Lab 582 and 584 (must take BOTH)
  • Math 234 is required instead of recommended
  • Instead of Letters & Science distribution requirement of 24 credits, only 18 credits in the humanities, social sciences and arts.
Biochemical Option
Same as standard major except for the following changes:
  • Biochemistry 501 is required (not optional)
  • Two Biochemistry courses: 601 or 602 or 604 or 614 are required
  • Biochemistry laboratory 603 is required
  • Advanced Chemistry Lab 582 and 584 is omitted
  • Two biology courses are required: BioSci 150 & Genetics 325



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