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Jason D’Acchioli, Chair
Room 303, Chemistry Biology Building (CBB)
This department is in the College of Letters and Science .
Faculty: R Badger, N Bowling, L Cole, T Corcoran, K Czerwinski, J D’Acchioli, D Haagenson, A Jonsson, J Lawrence, K McGarry, J Mondloch, N Murphy, R Ottosen, S Riha, GJ Shulfer, D Snyder, B Speetzen, E Speetzen, D Szpunar, R Tanke, A Timerman, P Workman.
Definition: Chemistry is an experimental science that involves the study of matter, the chemical and physical changes that matter undergoes, and the energy changes that accompany these phenomena.
Notes for Chemistry:
- You may choose only ONE chemistry major.
- Several of the chemistry courses listed below are designed as service courses or for nonchemistry majors. They do not count toward the chemistry major. In the case of such courses numbered 300 and over, the course description includes this restriction.
- You can replace a grade of F in a 100 level chemistry course with a subsequent grade in another 100 level chemistry course if you have the consent of the department chair. (See the Grade-related Policies section of this catalog for the policy on repeating courses.)
- In special cases you can replace a D in CHEM 117 with a subsequent grade in CHEM 106 if you first get authorization from the department chair.
- You cannot receive credit toward graduation for a course after you have already completed a more advanced or similar course in the same area. The following restrictions hold:
- If you are taking CHEM 105 and plan to continue on with CHEM 106 , you should take MATH 107 concurrently with CHEM 105 if you have not already completed that math course or higher.
- For all chemistry majors listed below, the Communication in the Major is satisfied by 200, 300, and 400-level courses that make up the Chemistry core listed.
- For all chemistry majors listed below, the Capstone Experience is satisfied by CHEM 446 .
Academic Standards for Chemistry
- If you wish to major or minor in chemistry, you must apply for acceptance into the major or minor through the Department of Chemistry office no later than the first semester of your junior year.
- To be accepted as a major, you can have no more than one grade below C- in any chemistry, mathematics, or physics courses numbered below 299 required in the chemistry major.
- To be accepted as a minor, you can have no more than one grade below C- in any chemistry course.
- To be approved for graduation with a chemistry major, you must:
- Have a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (2.75 for student teaching) in all chemistry courses and required collateral courses.
- Have no more than one grade below C- in any chemistry, mathematics, or physics courses numbered below 299 required in the chemistry major.
- Apply no more than one grade below C (C- is a grade below C) in chemistry courses numbered 300 or above to the major.
- To be approved as a chemistry minor, you must have a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (2.75 to student teach) in all chemistry courses.
- These requirements apply for majors and minors regardless of a declaration of academic bankruptcy. You may petition the department for consideration if you do not meet these standards.
- See Notes 2-5 above for additional information concerning prerequisites and repeating courses.
Test-Out and Credit-by-Exam Policy for Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry offers test-out opportunities for CHEM 100 , CHEM 101 , CHEM 105 , and CHEM 106 . The test-out exams are handled by the Chemistry Curricular Affairs Committee. The exams are written and cover lecture and laboratory topics. You will be notified of the required passing score before you take an exam. You may take a test-out exam only once.
You will receive credit for testing out of CHEM 105 and CHEM 106 . For CHEM 100 and CHEM 101 you will not receive credit but will be granted a waiver of the corresponding General Education Program requirements.
An Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry Exam score of 3 or 4 gives you credit for CHEM 105 (5 credits) and places you into CHEM 117 . An AP Chemistry Exam score of 5 gives you credit for CHEM 105 (5 credits) and CHEM 106 (5 credits).
Karin Bodensteiner, Chair of Biology Department
Room 167A, Trainer Natural Resources Building
Jason D’Acchioli, Chair of Chemistry Department
Room D129A, Science Building
Biology faculty: S Alger, B Barringer, T Barta, R Bell, K Bodensteiner, J Bray, D Caporale, L Dresang, A Driver, D Graf, J Hardy, C Hartleb, J Hubbard, T Huspeni, A Impullitti, L Lee, S Pimm Lyon, S Majernik, S Orlofske, K Prahl, M Rogge, R Rosenfield, N Shefferly, J Sipiorski, K Slemmons, M Steury, Q Sun, P Whitaker, C Yahnke, P Zani.
Chemistry faculty: R Badger, N Bowling, L Cole, T Corcoran, K Czerwinski, J D’Acchioli, D Haagenson, A Jonsson, J Lawrence, G Lueck, K McGarry, J Mondloch, N Murphy, R Ottosen, S Riha, GJ Shulfer, D Snyder, B Speetzen, E Speetzen, D Szpunar, R Tanke, A Timerman, P Workman.
Definition: Biochemistry combines knowledge of biology and chemistry to explain life processes in terms of molecular structure and chemical reactions within living cells.
This multidisciplinary major has a chemistry-based curriculum coupled with a significant biology component. The role of a biochemist is to work for understanding of organismal function and diversity in the principles and concepts of chemistry and physics, as well as in the structure, mechanisms and chemical processes that are common to all organisms. The biochemistry major links biological sciences like molecular biology and genetics to physical sciences like chemistry and physics. In addition, the biochemistry major combines the multidisciplinary foundation inherent to biochemistry with all the advantages of a liberal arts education.
Notes for Biochemistry:
- Please read all the NOTES under the biology AND chemistry sections of this catalog. All items under both sections apply to the biochemistry major.
- The biochemistry major is the same regardless of the college from which you graduate. If you have a single major (biochemistry), you will graduate from the College of Letters and Science. If you are in education, you may graduate from either the College of Letters and Science or from the College of Professional Studies. If you have a double major, such as biochemistry and natural resources, you may graduate from the College of Letters and Science or the College of Natural Resources.
- Courses in biology and chemistry are open to all students who meet the prerequisites.
- Communication in the Major is satisfied by earning credit in BIOL 490 and in the 200 and 300-level chemistry courses that are listed as core requirements. The physics and math courses are not part of the Communication in the Major.
- Capstone Experience is satisfied by earning credit in BIOL 490 (the designation “seminar in molecular biology” is preferred).
Academic Standards and Policies for Biochemistry Major
Admittance and status as a biochemistry major depends on the following factors:
- To be admitted, retained, and approved for graduation as a biochemistry major, you must
- apply for acceptance into the major through the Department of Chemistry office no later than the first semester of your junior year.
- maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.50 for all courses taken within the major and regardless of a declaration of academic bankruptcy, (including UWSP and transferred credits that are accepted into the major).
- When you apply for the biochemistry major, you are conditionally admitted with an “intended” status, BIOL 130 , BIOL 160 , and CHEM 105 and CHEM 106 or CHEM 117 must be completed within three semesters of application to the major.
- Initial advising for intended majors will be conducted through the COLS Advising Center. After a minimum of 45 credits have been earned, the introductory biology courses (BIOL 130 , BIOL 160 ) and general chemistry courses (CHEM 105 and CHEM 106 or CHEM 117 ) have been completed, and the minimum biochemistry major GPA has been met, the status will be changed to “accepted” and a Biology or Chemistry faculty adviser will be assigned.
- Accepted students with a GPA in the biochemistry major of less than 2.50 are changed to “provisional” and are allowed two semesters in which to reach the minimum GPA or be dropped from the major. If you are dropped from the major, you may reapply only once.
- No more than six credits of D work in any courses in the major will be counted toward the completion of the biochemistry major. All grades of D or F in required core, collateral, and elective courses are used to compute the cumulative GPA in the major. If you repeat a course, the last grade earned is the grade used in your GPA calculation. Courses with grades of D or F may be repeated (only if a seat is available after the regular registration period) only with approval of the appropriate department chair and your adviser.
- In special cases, you can replace a D in CHEM 117 with a subsequent grade in CHEM 106 if you first get authorization from the Chemistry department chair.
For all biochemistry majors listed below, the Communication in the Major is satisfied by 200- and 300-level courses that make up the Chemistry core listed. The Capstone Experience is satisfied by BIOL 490 .
Test-Out and Credit-by-Exam Policy
The credit-by-exam and Advanced Placement (AP) exam policies of the Biology Department pertain to biology courses. The credit-by-exam policies of the Chemistry Department apply to chemistry courses. You may take a test-out exam only once.
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