chemistry

Chemistry Courses Offered

To determine the specific chemistry course series you should take for your program, consult the Chemistry Department's course flowchart (PDF, 130 KB). Technical and associate degree program students should also check with their program advisor to ensure that they elect chemistry courses that will fulfill their program's requirements. Transfer program students can use the Transfer Information System (TIS) to determine how specific courses will transfer to or from any school in the University of Wisconsin System or Wisconsin Technical College System.

 

General Chemistry
This course covers the fundamentals of chemistry. Topics include: the metric system; problem solving; periodic relationships; chemical reactions; chemical equilibrium; acids bases and salts; and gas laws.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: Elementary Algebra w/Apps 10-834-110 or College Mathematics 10-804-107 with a C or better, or COMPASS Algebra 30+ and College Reading Strategies 10-808-101 or English 1 20-801-201 or Written Communications 10-801-195 or COMPASS Reading 80+

Credits: 4

Catalog #: 10806134

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Life Science Chemistry
Covers a wide range of topics including inorganic and organic. Topics included during the inorganic portion of the course included measurements and conversions, matter and the kinetic molecular theory, periodic table, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, solubility, gases, problem solving and solutions, equilibrium and acid-base behavior. The organic chemistry portion introduces chemical structure as well as physical and chemical behavior of organic molecules. Many of these topics are related to the field of animal science. Basic laboratory skills and techniques are emphasized. 

Enrollment Requirements: Prereq for Life Science Chemistry: A COMPASS score of Algebra 30+ AND General Chemistry, 10-806-134 or Nature of Chemistry, 10-806-102 or one year of high school chemistry with a "C" or better within the last five years.

Credits: 5

Catalog #: 10806178

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Liberal Arts Chemistry
This course is designed for non-science majors seeking a one-semester chemistry course to fulfill the college-level lab science requirement. It consists of four hours of lecture, a two-hour laboratory and a one-hour quiz section each week. Emphasis on application of chemical concepts to phenomenon observed in everyday life, technology, and related social issues. Includes discussion of measurement, classifying matter, physical and chemical changes, chemical symbols, writing equations, atomic structure, nuclear changes, periodicity, states of matter, chemical bonding, the mole, solutions, acids and bases, redox reactions, fossil fuels and the history and methodology of chemistry. This course is not acceptable as a replacement for General Chemistry, 20-806-201, or College Chemistry, 20-806-209. Recommendation: high school algebra with a "C" or better. 

Enrollment Requirements: Prereqs: English 1 20-801-201 or Written Communication 10-801-195 or College Reading Strategies, 10-808-101 -OR- Minimum COMPASS Score: Reading 80+

Credits: 5

Catalog #: 20806200

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General, Organic and Biological Chemistry
This course covers a broad range of topics suitable for many allied-health fields. Topics covered during the general chemistry portion of the course include measurement, problem solving, periodic table, chemical reactions, radioactivity, gases, solutions and acid-base behaviors. The organic chemistry portion introduces the structure and chemical behavior of major types of organic molecules. Also introduces the structure and function of major biological molecules such as carbohydrates, lipids and proteins. Although suitable for many programs, this course will generally not substitute for College Chemistry 1 if a program specifically requires that course or its equivalent.

Enrollment Requirements: Prereqs: 10-804-110 or 10-804-107 with a C or better or COMPASS score of Algebra 30+ AND 10-806-134 or 10-806-102 or one year of high school chem with a "C" or better within the last 5 years and COMPASS Reading 80+ or a C or better in College Reading.

Credits: 5

Catalog #: 20806201

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College Chemistry 1
The first semester of a two-semester sequence in college chemistry that includes the topics of measurement, chemical nomenclature, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, atomic structure, gas laws, thermochemistry, chemical bonding and solution chemistry. This course is for students who need one or two semesters of what is typically considered freshman college chemistry. Laboratory work assists in understanding chemical concepts and developing problem-solving skills. Students may complete the year of general college chemistry with 20-806-212.

Enrollment Requirements: Prereqs: Intermediate Algebra, 20-804-201 or Alg 66+ score on COMPASS and General Chemistry, 10-806-134 or Nature of Chemistry, 10-806-102 or one year of high school Chemistry with a "C" or better within the last 5 years.

Credits: 5

Catalog #: 20806209

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College Chemistry 2
College Chemistry 2 is a continuation of 20-806-209. This course covers the principles and applications of organic chemistry, reaction kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, coordination compounds, nuclear chemistry and environmental chemistry. Lab activities explore traditional analytical chemistry techniques, making extensive use of computer-assisted data analysis. This course involves rigorous quantitative problem solving, and a solid mathematics background is recommended.

Enrollment Requirements: Prereqs: Chem 1, 20-806-209 with a grade of "C" or better within the last 5 years.

Credits: 5

Catalog #: 20806212

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Organic Chemistry 1
Organic Chemistry 1 is the first semester of a two semester organic chemistry sequence. It includes the electronic structure and bonding of atoms and molecules; stereochemistry; acids and bases; oxidation and reduction; the nomenclature, reactions, and properties of the following classes of compounds - alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, alcohols, ethers, and epoxides. Also included are the theory and interpretation of IR spectrophotometry and mass spectrometry. This course includes a three hour per week laboratory component as well as four hours per week lecture/discussion.

Enrollment Requirements: Prereq: College Chemistry 2, 20-806-212 or equivalent with a "C" or better.

Credits: 5

Catalog #: 20806213

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Organic Chemistry 2
Organic Chemistry 2 is a continuation of Organic Chemistry 1. It includes the theory and interpretation of NMR and UV-VIS spectrophotometry; the nomenclature, mechanisms, reactions and properties of alkadienes, aromatic, aldehydes, ketones, enols/enolates, carboxylic acids, carboxylic acid derivatives, amines, aryl halides, and phenols. It includes a three hour per week laboratory component as well as four hours per week lecture/discussion.

Enrollment Requirements: Prereq: Organic Chemistry 1, 20-806-213 or equivalent with a "C" or better within the last 5 years.

Credits: 5

Catalog #: 20806214

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Chemistry for Biotechnology
This course is meant to serve as a review of foundational general chemistry to help comprehension of chemical topics encountered in biotechnology. As such it includes topics in organic chemistry and intermolecular interactions, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, including acid/base and buffer equilibrium, oxidation-reduction reactions, and basic thermodynamics. The lab portion will emphasize the relation of topics to laboratory experiments.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: General, Organic and Biological Chemistry, 20806201 and Intermediate Algebra, 20804201(or its equivalent, including exponentials and logarithms) both with a grade of "C" or better.

Credits: 3

Catalog #: 20806216

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