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Chemistry Major and Minor Requirements

Faculty advisors: Professor Melissa Braaten, 226A Teacher Education Building, mbraaten@wisc.edu; Professor John Rudolph, 226D Teacher Education Building, 608-265-3431, jlrudolp@wisc.edu.

Important: The School of Education is now offering a new and innovative teacher licensing program in secondary education. Licensing in middle and high school English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies is now obtained by completing a master’s degree program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Graduates are awarded a master’s degree along with certification in their subject area(s) and certification in English as a Second Language (ESL).

This new structure means that students at UW–Madison become certified to teach these subjects only through graduate-level course work, not as undergraduates.

Information about the new program (e.g., licensing areas, requirements, application process, prerequisite course work and tests, deadlines, and program selection) is available on the Curriculum and Instruction website

Advising staff in the School of Education's Academic Services Office, 139 Education Building, 608-262-1651, can also answer questions and confer with students about the new program.

The major and minor requirements listed below are provided only for (1) secondary students admitted into the undergraduate program fall 2013 or before, and for (2) elementary education students wishing to complete a minor in this subject.

Chemistry Major Prerequisites

Note that students must complete prerequisite course work before enrolling in some courses required for the major. For example, Math 222 and Physics 201 or 207 must be completed before taking Chemistry 561. Prerequisite course work may be used to meet liberal studies requirements.

Chemistry Major Requirements

Complete a minimum of 30 credits. The credits required for program admission must be chosen from this course work. At least 15 credits of upper level major course work (221, 223, 300–699) must be taken in residence on the UW–Madison campus. Courses are in the Department of Chemistry unless otherwise indicated.

  • Introductory Chemistry; choose one option:
    103 AND 104 General Chemistry, 9
    109 Advanced General Chemistry, 5
    115 Chemical Principles I, 5
  • Analytical Chemistry; choose one option:
    327 Fundamentals of Analytical Science, 4
    329 Fundamentals of Analytical Science, 4
    116 Chemical Principles II, 5 (take in combination with Chem 115).
  • Organic Chemistry; complete one of the following Organic Chemistry sequences:
    341 Introductory Organic Chemistry, 3; 342 Organic Chemistry Lab, 1; AND Biochemistry 501 Introduction to Biochemistry, 3
    343 Introductory Organic Chemistry, 3; 344 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory, 2; AND 345 Intermediate Organic Chemistry, 3.
  • Inorganic Chemistry; complete 311 Chemistry across the Periodic Table, 4
  • Physical Chemistry; select one:
    561 Physical Chemistry, 3. Prereqs: Chem 327 or 329, Math 222, Physics 201 or 207.
    565 Biophysical Chemistry, 4. Prereqs: Chem 327 or 329, Math 222, Physics 201 or 207, Biochem 501 or Biocore 303.
  • Complete Chemistry electives numbered 300 and above to total 30 major credits. Chem 346 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, 1–2 cr, is recommended. Biochem 501, 503; Civ Engr 500, CBE 440, 540; MS&E 400; Pharmacy 430, 531, and 532 may also be selected as elective options.

Chemistry Minor Requirements for Secondary and Elementary Education Students

The Chemistry minor may be completed by students in Secondary Education Science or Elementary Education licensing programs. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 is required, based on all Chemistry minor course work taken on the UW–Madison campus. The graduation grade point average may be modified by the last 60 credits rule.

Secondary Education students may select this minor only if completing a major in another Science certification area. It is not possible to be certified only in a minor area. Interested Secondary Education students must apply and be admitted to the Science program. Admission is limited and competitive. See additional information under the major of choice.

All Secondary students, whether completing their first degree or adding on a teaching minor to a prior certification, should expect to complete a methods course, participate in practicum and student teaching experience, and earn passing scores on a content exam to be recommended for certification. Students wishing to complete a minor must consult with the faculty advisor/program coordinator to discuss its field experience component.

Must complete at least 22 credits, including the following:

  • Introductory Chemistry option, Analytical Chemistry option, Physical Chemistry option, and Organic Chemistry sequence for the Chemistry Major
  • 311 Chemistry across the Periodic Table, 4
  • Additional Chemistry electives to total 22 credits. See recommended elective options above.

This page was updated 9/22/14.