http://www.uwplatt.edu/chemep/chem

Department Chair: Qiong (June) Li
Office: 314 Ottensman Hall
Phone: 608.342.1498
E-mail: liq@uwplatt.edu

about the department and its Academic Programs

The UW-Platteville Department of Chemistry offers several different majors as well as a minor in chemistry.

Five organized programs of chemistry coursework are offered to meet the varied needs of our students. They include: the standard chemistry major; the American Chemical Society (ACS) certified chemistry major; the ACS biochemistry emphasis; two alternative criminalistics emphases, ACS-track and DNA-track; and the chemistry minor.

Majors

  • Chemistry – American Chemical Society (ACS) certified
  • Biochemistry Emphasis – ACS certified
  • Criminalistics Emphasis – ACS Track or DNA Track
  • Chemistry – Standard1
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also recommended for secondary-education students who plan to teach high-school chemistry.

General Requirements, Bachelor of Science Degrees

Total for graduation120 credits
General education26-39 credits
Major requirements38-72 credits

Admission

For admission to the chemistry program, students must either declare chemistry as their major at initial registration, or else submit a change of major form to the Registrar’s Office.

Academic Standards

Once admitted to the chemistry program, students must maintain a satisfactory level of academic performance in order to continue in the major. If students do not satisfy the following standards, they will be dismissed from the chemistry program.

  1. Chemistry students must achieve a “C-” or better in ENGLISH 1130 and in all mathematics, physics and chemistry courses that are required for their selected emphasis. The courses required for each of the different emphases can be found in the lists provided below.
  2. All chemistry majors are required to participate in either an independent-research or industrial-work experience during their junior or senior year. This requirement can be satisfied either by CHEMSTRY 4000 or CHEMSTRY 4660. Students in either of the criminalistics emphases may satisfy this requirement through CHEMSTRY 4680.

Educational Mission

The curriculum offered by the chemistry department is intended to help its students develop a sound grasp of the basic concepts and applications that relate to the properties of matter and its chemical transformations, as well as exposing them to relevant experimental methods and analytical techniques. The department is committed to providing a strong foundation in the chemical sciences to all its students, both majors and non-majors.

Therefore, the chemistry program cultivates an intellectual environment and educational experiences that:

  1. provide students majoring in chemistry with high-quality preparation that is equally well suited for either successful professional practice in chemistry, or admission to graduate/professional school;
  2. provide students majoring in other areas that specifically require chemistry as part of their curricula with a broad-based knowledge of chemistry, meeting the needs of their majors;
  3. provide general education students with both a broad-based introduction to chemistry, as well as insight into the nature and limitations of scientific inquiry and knowledge.

Expected Student Outcomes

By the time they graduate, UW-Platteville chemistry majors should:

  1. be scientifically literate and possess a broad-based knowledge of chemical principles and techniques,
  2. be able to solve problems through creative and analytical thinking,
  3. be effective communicators,
  4. be intellectually curious and value lifelong learning,
  5. value and appreciate the importance of professional ethics,
  6. be able to work independently as well as cooperatively.

Non-chemistry science or engineering majors who complete their appropriate sequence of chemistry coursework should be able to apply their knowledge of chemistry to their own majors.

Non-science majors who take a chemistry course in satisfaction of their general-education requirements should discover the patterns, principles, and dynamics that find expression in empirical science; assess the character, possibilities, and limitations of the scientific method; and engage directly in the observation and study of natural phenomena.

Majors

CHEMSTRY 1010 Introduction to College Life for Chemistry Majors 1 Credit

This course is designed to provide a student with some of the academic and social skills that are necessary to successfully complete their academic career specially in the area of Chemistry. Topics include important study skills necessary to maintain success in college-level study, student rights responsibilities, campus diversity issues, academic policies, academic advising and registration, time management, and campus and Chemistry Departmental resources for students.
Components: Discussion, Class
GE: Entry Level requirement
Typically Offered: Fall

CHEMSTRY 1020 Introductory Chemistry 2 Credits

A one semester course for students who do not have a sufficiently strong chemistry background to succeed in Chemistry 1450. Topics will include measurements, atomic and molecular structure, periodicity, stoichiometry, states of matter, intermolecular forces, and solutions.
Components: Discussion, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: math placement score of 15 or higher
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

CHEMSTRY 1050 Survey of General Chemistry 5 Credits

A one-semester survey of chemistry including organic and inorganic compounds. A course to partially satisfy the laboratory science requirement, and for students who need only one semester of chemistry for their major.
Components: Discussion, Laboratory, Class
GE: Natural Science
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

CHEMSTRY 1110 Introduction to Chemistry Research 1 Credit

Through a series of faculty presentations and informal receptions, students will learn about research projects that are currently being conducted on our campus by UWP chemistry faculty. Students will also learn how best to approach an undergraduate research experience: strategies for seeking a faculty mentor, how to negotiate the research process itself, the role that ethics play in science, and so on. Students will also carry out critical analyses of research papers, draft proposals, and attend workshops. As second-semester freshmen, they will receive timely advice on how best to organize their activities in order to complete their degrees on schedule, with the most successful learning outcomes.
Components: Discussion, Class
Typically Offered: Spring

CHEMSTRY 1140 General Chemistry I 4 Credits

First semester of a two-semester sequence. Basic theory and concepts; atomic structure, periodic laws, stoichiometry, gas laws, thermochemistry, solutions, the chemical bond, oxidation-reduction.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: Natural Science
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: a "C" or better MATH 1530 or MATH 1630 or MATH 1730 or MATH 1830 or math proficiency level of 20 or higher
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

CHEMSTRY 1240 General Chemistry II 4 Credits

Second semester of a two-semester sequence. Kinetics, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, organic, descriptive and nuclear chemistry.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: Natural Science
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: "C-" or better in CHEMSTRY 1140 or "C-" or better in CHEMSTRY 1450
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

CHEMSTRY 1450 Chemistry for Engineers 5 Credits

A one semester course for engineering students with a strong background in high school chemistry and mathematics. Topics include measurements, atomic theory, stoichiometry, molecular structure, thermochemistry, states of matter, intermolecular forces, solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, solid state, material science and organic chemistry.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: Natural Science
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: an "A" or B" in high school chemistry or a "C" or better in CHEMSTRY 1020 and previous completion or concurrent enrollment in MATH 2530 or higher
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

CHEMSTRY 2000 Undergraduate Research 1-3 Credits

Training in research methods, use of scientific literature and evaluation of data. A student may register for one to three credits in a given semester.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: a "C-" or better in one semester of general chemistry
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

CHEMSTRY 2150 Quantitative Analysis 4 Credits

Theories and principles of gravimetric and volumetric analysis, equilibrium and stoichiometry of solubility, neutralization, oxidation-reduction, complexometry; introduction to absorption spectrophotometry, flame photometry, ion exchange, and statistical treatment of data.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: a "C-" or better in CHEMSTRY 1240
Typically Offered: Spring

CHEMSTRY 2730 Inorganic Chemistry 4 Credits

An introductory course with an emphasis on coordination chemistry, solid state chemistry, descriptive chemistry of the common representative and transition elements, metallurgy.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: a "C-" or better in CHEMSTRY 1240
Typically Offered: Fall

CHEMSTRY 3110 Environmental Chemistry Lab 1 Credit

Laboratory complementary to CHEM 3130 in which students gain experience in the laboratory techniques and methods associated with structure, composition, and chemical reactions of the three spheres of the environment.
Components: Laboratory
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CHEMSTRY 3130 or concurrent enrollment
Typically Offered: Fall

CHEMSTRY 3130 Environmental Chemistry 3 Credits

A study of structure, composition, and chemical reactions of the three major spheres of the environment: atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. Additional inquiries into the human impact on the environment and environmental toxicology are also addressed.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: a "C-" or better in CHEMSTRY 1240 or CHEMSTRY 1450
Typically Offered: Fall

CHEMSTRY 3270 Forensic Chemistry 2 Credits

An in-depth examination of forensic applications of chemical analysis: presumptive and confirmatory drug identification, microscopic techniques in trace evidence analysis, quality assurance, quality control (QA-QC) issues for the crime lab analyst, the toxicology of illicit compounds, and modern methods of DNA analysis related to criminalistics.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: a "C-" or better in CHEMSTRY 2150 and CHEMSTRY 3540
Typically Offered: Winter

CHEMSTRY 3510 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1 Credit

Laboratory complementary to CHEMSTRY 3540 which involves an introduction to basic organic laboratory techniques including gas chromatography and infrared spectroscopy.
Components: Laboratory
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CHEMSTRY 3540 or concurrent enrollment
Typically Offered: Fall

CHEMSTRY 3540 Organic Chemistry Lecture 4 Credits

An introduction to organic chemistry including a study of aliphatic and aromatic compounds and the functional groups, fundamentals of organic structural theory, chemical bonding, nomenclature, stereochemistry, infrared spectroscopy, structure/property relationships and analysis, as well as proteins, carbohydrates, and other natural compounds.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: "C-" or better in CHEMSTRY 1240 or "B-" or better in CHEMSTRY 1450
Typically Offered: Fall

CHEMSTRY 3610 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1 Credit

Continuation of CHEMSTRY 3510. Complementary to CHEMSTRY 3630 involving preparations of greater difficulty and an introduction to organic qualitative analysis.
Components: Laboratory
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CHEMSTRY 3510 and C: CHEMSTRY 3630
Typically Offered: Spring

CHEMSTRY 3630 Organic Chemistry Lecture 3 Credits

A second semester of organic chemistry providing an in-depth study of the preparation, reactions, and analysis of the functional groups with an emphasis on mechanisms, structure/property relationships, multistep synthesis, nuclear and mass spectrometry, and pericyclic reactions.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: a "C-" or better in CHEMSTRY 3540
Typically Offered: Spring

CHEMSTRY 3810 Chemical Synthesis and Characterization 1 Credit

For students desiring additional laboratory experience. In cooperation with the instructor, students will select experiments which require insights into the application and execution of more sophisticated techniques.
Components: Laboratory
Prereqs/Coreqs: P or C: CHEMSTRY 3610
Typically Offered: Spring

CHEMSTRY 3900 Directed Studies 1-3 Credits

Supervised individual study of a topic selected by the student and approved by the staff. A student may register for one to three credits in a given semester and may accumulate a total of four credits.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: 12 credits of chemistry
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

CHEMSTRY 4000 Undergraduate Research 1-3 Credits

Training in research methods, use of scientific literature and evaluation of data; results presented in a written report. A student may register for one to three credits in a given semester and may accumulate a total of four credits.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: 18 credits in chemistry and department consent
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

CHEMSTRY 4060 Chemistry Seminar 1 Credit

This course will develop students abilities to present scientific findings in both seminar and poster format.
Components: Seminar
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: satisfied speech general education requirement and a chemistry major
Typically Offered: Spring

CHEMSTRY 4110 Physical Chemistry Lab I 1 Credit

Experimental studies applying theoretical principles to practical problems and processes involving chemical and physical phenomena. Fundamentals of chemical measurement using chemical and physical sensors.
Components: Laboratory
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: a "C-" or better in CHEMSTRY 2150; C: "C-" or better in CHEMSTRY 4130
Typically Offered: Fall

CHEMSTRY 4130 Physical Chemistry 3 Credits

Atomic structure, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics, molecular structure, spectroscopy, intermolecular interactions, macromolecules, structure of liquids and solids.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: a "C-" or better in PHYSICS 1450 or PHYSICS 2340, and MATH 2640
Typically Offered: Fall

CHEMSTRY 4210 Physical Chemistry Lab II 1 Credit

Advanced experimental studies applying theoretical principles to chemical and physical phenomena.
Components: Laboratory
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: a "C-" or better in CHEMSTRY 4110; P or C: CHEMSTRY 4230
Typically Offered: Spring

CHEMSTRY 4230 Physical Chemistry 3 Credits

Statistical and quantum mechanics, transport processes, thermodynamics, spectroscopy, solutions, phase transitions, and kinetics.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: a "C-" or better in CHEMSTRY 4130 and MATH 2840
Typically Offered: Spring

CHEMSTRY 4240 Instrumental Analysis 4 Credits

Theory and laboratory experience in instrumental methods of analysis; common electrochemical and spectrochemical methods, chromatographic methods, electronics and other selected topics.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: a "C-" or better in both CHEMSTRY 2150 and CHEMSTRY 4130
Typically Offered: Spring

CHEMSTRY 4610 General Biochemistry Lab 1 Credit

Chemistry of biological compounds and biochemical techniques.
Components: Laboratory
Prereqs/Coreqs: C: CHEMSTRY 4630 or concurrent enrollment
Typically Offered: Spring

CHEMSTRY 4630 General Biochemistry 3 Credits

Introduction to the chemistry of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids in biological systems including the basics of metabolism and enzyme kinetics.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: a "C-" or better in CHEMSTRY 3540
Typically Offered: Spring

CHEMSTRY 4660 Cooperative Field Experience 1-8 Credits

Enhancement of the educational experience through placement of a student with a cooperative agency, business, industry or institution. The nature of the assignment, type of experience, number of credits and evaluation procedure to be stipulated in a statement of agreement (learning contract) between the student and the department.
Components: Field Studies
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

CHEMSTRY 4680 Criminalistics Emphasis Internship 8 Credits

This 8-credit course involves working 360 hours with an accredited crime laboratory. The course is designed for the student to integrate the fundamental theory from the first three years of the Criminalistics Emphasis curriculum with the opportunity to work as an intern in a fully functioning crime laboratory as a bench scientist. Students will likely conduct research and development work during their time in the laboratory and are required to complete weekly reports, assignments, and presentations related to the experience.
Components: Field Studies
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: a "C-" or better in CHEMSTRY 2150 and CHEMSTRY 3630
Typically Offered: Summer

CHEMSTRY 4730 Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry 2 Credits

A survey of the theories of atomic and molecular structure and chemical bonding; advanced descriptive studies of the common elements.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: a "C-" or better in CHEMSTRY 2730 and CHEMSTRY 4130
Typically Offered: Spring

CHEMSTRY 4810 Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry 2 Credits

Selected topics from among recent advances in mechanisms, structure-reactivity correlations, stereochemistry and conformational analysis, resonance and molecular orbital theory, spectra, natural products, heterocyclic systems and synthesis.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: a "C-" or better in CHEMSTRY 3630 and CHEMSTRY 3610 and C: CHEMSTRY 4230
Typically Offered: Spring

CHEMSTRY 4830 Biochemistry Topics 3 Credits

An in-depth study of metabolism and regulation and enzyme mechanisms as well as cell communication, transport mechanisms, and immunology, gene expression, and regulation.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: a "C-" or better in CHEMSTRY 4630
Typically Offered: Fall

CHEMSTRY 4910 Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory 1 Credit

Advanced experimental studies applying theoretical principles discussed in CHEMSTRY 4830 including protein binding, protein characterization, gene expression and gene regulation.
Components: Laboratory
Typically Offered: Fall

CHEMSTRY 5900 Directed Studies 1-4 Credits

Supervised individual study of a topic selected by the student and approved by the staff. A student may register for one to four credits in a given semester and may accumulate a total of four credits.
Components: Independent Study
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

CHEMSTRY 6000 Research 1-4 Credits

Training in research methods, use of scientific literature and evaluation of data; results presented in a written report. A student may register for one to three credits in a given semester and may accumulate a total of four credits.
Components: Independent Study
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

CHEMSTRY 6820 Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry 2 Credits

Topics selected from thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, nuclear chemistry, atomic and molecular structure, statistical mechanics and radiation chemistry.
Components: Class
Typically Offered:

CHEMSTRY 6830 Biochemistry Topics 3 Credits

An in-depth study of metabolism and regulation and enzyme mechanisms as well as cell communication, transport mechanisms, and immunology, gene expression, and regulation. P: A grade of "C" or better in CHEMSTRY 4630.
Components: Class
Typically Offered:

Faculty and lecturers

Additional information about the Faculty and Lecturers below may be found in the Faculty and Academic Staff section of this catalog.

Addison, Bruna Pelucchi

Annamalai, V. Raja

Barry, Brian

Chattopadhyay, Soma

Cornett, Charles R.

Gurira, Roger

Hamilton, James P.

Holden, Elizabeth A.

Li, Qiong

Marni, Farzana

Mendis, Chanaka

Pugh, Raymond

Pulkrabek, Kimberly

Rabbani, Mohammad

Sandholm, Scott

Steiner, Steven A.

Wu, Tsunghsuch

Ziobro, Holly