Oct 04, 2023  
2016-17 Catalog 
2016-17 Catalog FINAL VERSION - Closed for Revisions


Paul Hladky, Chair
Room D129A, Science Building
Phone: 715-346-2888
Email: chemistry@uwsp.edu
Web: www.uwsp.edu/chemistry

This department is in the College of Letters and Science .

Faculty: R Badger, J Bowling, N Bowling, L Cole, K Czerwinski, J D’Acchioli, J Droske, P Hladky, A Jonsson, J Lawrence, G Lueck, K McGarry, J Mondloch, S Riha, GJ Shulfer, D Snyder, E Speetzen, R Tanke, A Timerman, K Wawrzaszek.

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:

  1. You may choose only ONE chemistry major.
  2. 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.
    1. 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.)
    2. 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.
  4. 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 have received credit for you cannot receive credit for
CHEM 100   CHEM 101  
CHEM 101   CHEM 100  
CHEM 105   CHEM 100 , CHEM 101  
CHEM 117   CHEM 100 , CHEM 101 , CHEM 105 , CHEM 106  
CHEM 325   CHEM 220  
CHEM 365   CHEM 260  
  1. If you are taking CHEM 105  and plan to continue on with CHEM 106 , you should take MATH 100  concurrently with CHEM 105  if you have not already completed that math course or higher.
  2. 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.
  3. For all chemistry majors listed below, the Capstone Experience is satisfied by CHEM 446 .

Academic Standards for Chemistry

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To be accepted as a minor, you can have no more than one grade below C- in any chemistry course.
  4. To be approved for graduation with a chemistry major, you must:
    1. Have a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (2.75 for student teaching) in all chemistry courses and required collateral courses.
    2. Have no more than one grade below C- in any chemistry, mathematics, or physics courses numbered below 299 required in the chemistry major.
    3. Apply no more than one grade below C (C- is a grade below C) in chemistry courses numbered 300 or above to the major.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. If you are a transfer student, the grades you earned at another university are not included in these requirements or in your GPA calculation. However, all grades are counted if you apply for teacher certification.
  8. 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 cr) and places you into CHEM 117 . An AP Chemistry Exam score of 5 gives you credit for CHEM 105  (5 cr) and CHEM 106  (5 cr).