Chemistry

Faculty Top of Page

James W. Lane, Professor
Lorena M. Rios Mendoza, Associate Professor
Michael A. Waxman, Professor

Chemistry Program Top of Page

UW-Superior offers a challenging major in chemistry that provides students with several options depending on their career goals. Students majoring in chemistry may seek jobs as professional chemists or teachers after they graduate, pursue advanced degrees in graduate school, or use their degree as the foundation for attending medical or veterinary school. The one-on-one attention students receive provides the opportunity to develop deeper scientific insights, sharpen their independent-thinking skills, and gains hands-on experience.

Students completing the 54-credit chemistry major are well prepared to seek entry-level jobs as professional chemists or to pursue graduate school or medical school. The major emphasizes chemistry but also includes courses in mathematics and physics.

Students interested in careers or advanced study in biochemistry can complete the chemistry major while selecting courses that cover the topics recommended for study by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

A severe shortage exists of secondary education teachers in chemistry. UW-Superior offers a chemistry major leading to certification to teach chemistry at the high school level. Students benefit not only from a quality education in chemistry but also from UW-Superior's strong Teacher Education program.

Graduates of the chemistry program work at companies such as 3M, Intel, Dow Corning, Potlatch Corp., Pfizer Pharmaceutical and Murphy Oil. Others have gone on to graduate or medical schools such as the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette University, University of Illinois, Purdue University, University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University.

Chemistry Major (comprehensive) Requirements Top of Page

54 total credits

All grades in required courses for this major must be C or higher, except that two grades of C- may be counted toward the major. No minor is required.

Chemistry Core courses (53 credits required):

General Chemistry I -- 5.00 credits
General Chemistry II -- 4.00 credits
Quant Analysis Lecture -- 3.00 credits
Quantitative Analysis Laboratory -- 2.00 credits
Organic Chemistry Lecture I -- 3.00 credits
Organic Chem Lecture II -- 3.00 credits
Organic Chemistry Lab I -- 1.00 credits
Organic Chemistry Lab II -- 1.00 credits
Molecular Spectroscopy I -- 1.00 credits
Physical Chemistry Lect I -- 4.00 credits
Physical Chemistry Lab I -- 1.00 credits
Introduction to Biochemistry -- 3.00 credits
Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry -- 3.00 credits
 
Senior Seminar In Chemistry -- 1.00 credits
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I -- 4.00 credits
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II -- 4.00 credits
 
Calculus-Based Physics I -- 5.00 credits
 
Calculus-Based Physics II -- 5.00 credits

Note:  PHYS 107 & PHYS 205 together substitute for PHYS 201.  PHYS 108 and PHYS 206 together substitute for PHYS 202.  Special department permission required to enroll in PHYS 205 or PHYS 206.

Captone course (1 credit required):

Senior Research -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Senior Paper -- 1.00 credits
Internship -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits

Recommended:

Calculus and Analytic Geometry III -- 4.00 credits

Professional Chemistry option: This option is recommended for students considering graduate school in chemistry or employment as a professional chemist. The additional coursework provides the student with a stronger theoretical and practical foundation. In addition to the required courses listed above students must also complete:

Physical Chemistry Lecture II -- 3.00 credits
Physical Chemistry Lab II -- 2.00 credits
Instrumental Analysis Lecture -- 3.00 credits
Instrumental Analysis Lab -- 2.00 credits

Chemistry Major (non-comprehensive) Top of Page

30 Chemistry credits plus 8 Physics credits

This Chemistry Major is designed for students who would like to earn a major in Chemistry to accompany a minor or major in another discipline. By taking additional coursework students have the option to earn the comprehensive Chemistry major or complete necessary pre-requisites required of most Chemistry graduate programs. Consult with your advisor and the relevant post-graduate programs regarding additional requirements.

Required Chemistry courses (23 credits)

General Chemistry I -- 5.00 credits
 
General Chemistry II -- 4.00 credits
 
Quant Analysis Lecture -- 3.00 credits
 
Quantitative Analysis Laboratory -- 2.00 credits
 
Organic Chemistry Lecture I -- 3.00 credits
 
Organic Chem Lecture II -- 3.00 credits
 
Organic Chemistry Lab I -- 1.00 credits
 
Organic Chemistry Lab II -- 1.00 credits
 
Molecular Spectroscopy I -- 1.00 credits

Physical Chemistry (3 credits)

CHEM 381 Intermediate Topics: Introduction to Physical Chemistry – 3.0 credits

or

Physical Chemistry Lect I -- 4.00 credits

Chemistry Elective (3 credits)
Additional Chemistry classes CHEM 300 level or above

Capstone (1 credit)

Senior Research -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits

or

Senior Seminar In Chemistry -- 1.00 credits
or

Internship -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits

Required cognates

Precalculus -- 5.00 credits

or

Calculus for Business, Life, and Social Sciences -- 3.00 credits

or

placement into MATH 240 Calculus I

Algebra-Based Physics I -- 4.00 credits

or

Calculus-Based Physics I -- 5.00 credits

Algebra-Based Physics II -- 4.00 credits

or

Calculus-Based Physics II -- 5.00 credits

Chemistry Major - Pre-Medicine/Pre-Pharmacy (Biochemistry) Concentration (Comprehensive) Requirements Top of Page

Biochemistry is the study of the chemical processes occurring in living organisms. Education and skill development in this area are an important part of preparation for further studies in the fields of Medicine and Pharmacy as well as preparation for careers or graduate school in Biochemistry and related scientific disciplines. The field of Biochemistry is very interdisciplinary by nature; among other things, a biochemist needs to possess a knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics as well as an appreciation for the interrelationships between these disciplines. Chemistry majors choosing this concentration are typically those who are interested in attending medical, veterinary or pharmacy schools or graduate school in biochemistry. Consult with your advisor and the relevant post-graduate programs regarding additional requirements. 

Total - 66 credits

Core courses for the Pre-Medicine/Pre-Pharmacy (Biochemistry) Concentration (65 credits required):

General Chemistry I -- 5.00 credits
General Chemistry II -- 4.00 credits
Quant Analysis Lecture -- 3.00 credits
Quantitative Analysis Laboratory -- 2.00 credits
Organic Chemistry Lecture I -- 3.00 credits
Organic Chem Lecture II -- 3.00 credits
Organic Chemistry Lab I -- 1.00 credits
Organic Chemistry Lab II -- 1.00 credits
Molecular Spectroscopy I -- 1.00 credits
Physical Chemistry Lect I -- 4.00 credits
Introduction to Biochemistry -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Biochemistry -- 3.00 credits

CHEM 481 -- Special Topics:  "Laboratory Techniques in Biochemistry" -- 1.00 credit

Senior Seminar In Chemistry -- 1.00 credits
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I -- 4.00 credits
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II -- 4.00 credits
Calculus-Based Physics I -- 5.00 credits
 
Calculus-Based Physics II -- 5.00 credits
Genetics -- 4.00 credits
Microbiology -- 4.00 credits
Cell Biology -- 4.00 credits

Note:  PHYS 107 & PHYS 205 together substitute for PHYS 201.  PHYS 108 and PHYS 206 together substitute for PHYS 202.  Speical department permission required to enroll in PHYS 205 or PHYS 206.

Capstone course (1 credit required)

Senior Research -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Senior Paper -- 1.00 credits
 
Internship -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits

Students who also choose BIOL 340 will complete a minor in biology. With additional biology coursework, students may earn a second major in Biology.

Students choosing the Pre-Medicine/Pre-Pharmacy (Biochemistry) Concentration will have completed the topics recommended for a biochemistry major by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Chemistry Major - Secondary Education - Early Adolescence-Adolescence Level (EA-A) Requirements Top of Page

Notice: Due to pending licensure program approvals by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), program requirements are subject to change for students entering Fall 2019.  Students affected by any approved changes which occur in the 2019-2021 catalog will be formally notified by the UW-Superior Educator Preparation Program.

A severe shortage exists of secondary education teachers in chemistry. Many high schools must hire students with only a minor in chemistry. Students with this major will be very competitive in the secondary education job market, especially if they also have a secondary education major in biology or mathematics.

35 total credits

Required courses (35 credits required):

Graduates may obtain this major only if they complete all requirements for secondary education certification. A teaching minor or second teaching major is required with this major.

General Chemistry I -- 5.00 credits
General Chemistry II -- 4.00 credits
Quant Analysis Lecture -- 3.00 credits
Quantitative Analysis Laboratory -- 2.00 credits
Organic Chemistry--A Short Course -- 3.00 credits
Intro Organic Chem Lab -- 2.00 credits
CHEM 381 Intermediate Topics: Introduction to Physical Chemistry – 3.0 credits
Precalculus -- 5.00 credits
Algebra-Based Physics I -- 4.00 credits
Algebra-Based Physics II -- 4.00 credits

  1. Students may substitute CHEM 320-323, 327 for CHEM 312/313.
  2. Students may substitute CHEM 345 for CHEM 381.
  3. Students may substitute PHYS 201 for PHYS 107 and PHYS 202 for PHYS 108.
  4. Students must satisfactorily complete all DPI and UW-Superior requirements for secondary education certification, including coursework in Biology and Earth Science and NSEd 339 Teaching Science in the Secondary School.

Chemistry Minor Requirements Top of Page

21 total credits

General Chemistry I -- 5.00 credits
General Chemistry II -- 4.00 credits
 
Organic Chemistry Lecture I -- 3.00 credits
Organic Chem Lecture II -- 3.00 credits
Organic Chemistry Lab I -- 1.00 credits
Organic Chemistry Lab II -- 1.00 credits
 
Molecular Spectroscopy I -- 1.00 credits

Chemistry elective (200 level or higher) -- 3.00 credits

Student Learning Outcomes Top of Page

  • Demonstrate command of facts, theories, and concepts of chemistry/physics, and ability to use this knowledge for problem solving and the development and understanding of higher-level concepts.
  • Utilize a variety of sources to access scientific information and critically evaluate which sources are most reliable and useful for a particular application.
  • Understand and follow a written, abbreviated experimental procedure as well as make modifications to the procedure and troubleshoot the procedure if unexpected results occur.
  • Apply knowledge and skills gained from lecture and laboratory courses to independently create a plan for an experiment or project.
  • Read and evaluate a set of original research papers in order to create their own critical analysis presented in written and oral form.