Chemistry with Business Emphasis, Comprehensive Major

(Code 111-001)

University Requirements

Credit Requirements
Minimum total for graduation 1120
Upper division credits (courses numbered 300 and higher)39
Liberal Education Core36
Academic Concentrations
Grade Point Requirements 2
Total2.00 average
Resident2.00 average
Major2.00 average
Minor2.00 average
Certificate2.00 average
University Residency Requirements
Minimum total30
Senior year23
Major, Standard, upper division in residence12
Major, Comprehensive, upper division in residence21
Certificate25 percent of credits
Procedures Required for Graduation
Obtain admission to the degree program and/or the College offering it.
Apply for graduation on CampS.

Certain programs exceed this minimum.


See special requirements in each College.

Applicability of Credits Toward Graduation

Junior College or Two-Year College Credits. A maximum of 72 semester credits earned in a junior college or two-year college will be accepted as degree credits at UW-Eau Claire.

Extension Credits. Credits earned in credit outreach courses offered by UW-Eau Claire are treated as resident credits. Credits earned in extension courses offered by other units of the University of Wisconsin System are treated as transfer credits. All other (non-UW) extension and correspondence credits are normally limited to one-fourth of the total required for graduation from any curriculum.

WTCS Credits. A maximum of 72 semester credits earned in college parallel programs at Madison Area Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Nicolet Area Technical College, or Chippewa Valley Technical College may be accepted as degree credits at UW-Eau Claire. A set number of general education courses will be accepted from other technical schools. Occupational and technical courses may also be considered for transfer if the quality and content of the course work from the technical college is judged to be comparable to course work at UW-Eau Claire. Refer to the Transfer Credit Wizard or contact the UW-Eau Claire Admissions Office for information about the current transfer policy.

USAFI Credit. UW-Eau Claire will accept up to 32 semester credits for work done through the United States Armed Forces Institute, under the provision for non-UW correspondence credit (see Extension Credits above).

Activity Credit (band, chorus, drama, KINS 100-184 courses) Students may count toward graduation no more than one credit of KINS 110-184 courses. Students may count toward graduation no more than four credits earned in any single activity course and no more than 12 credits resulting from any combination of activity courses (excluding KINS 110-184 courses). 

Other Restricted Credits. For other University restrictions, see the following: Cooperative Education; Credit by Examination; Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Registration; Transfer of Credits. College or departmental restrictions may also be placed on Independent Study (399-499 courses), Directed Study (395-495), and other types of credits.

Total degree creditmaximum 12
Major, Standardmaximum 1 course
Major, Comprehensivemaximum 2 courses
Minormaximum 1 course
Credit by Examination
Total degree creditmaximum ¼ of total
Major or minormaximum ½ of total
Two-Year College Credits
Total degree creditmaximum 72 credits
Activity credit (band, chorus, drama, KINS 100-184)
Total KINS 100-184maximum 1 credit
Total Band, chorus, dramamaximum 12 credits
Single course band, chorus, dramamaximum 4 credits
Extension credits
UW-Systemno maximum
Other extension/correspondencemaximum ¼ of total
USAFImaximum 32 credits

Liberal Education Core

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire measures learning outcomes to ensure that its graduates have achieved a liberal education and prepared themselves to contribute to a complex society. Upon graduation, each undergraduate will have met the five learning goals of our liberal education core and the 12 learning outcomes they comprise. 

Knowledge Goal
Knowledge Outcome 1 (K1): Natural SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 2 (K2): Social SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 3 (K3): HumanitiesTwo (2) learning experiences
Knowledge Outcome 4 (K4): Fine ArtsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Goal
Skills Outcome 1 (S1): Written and Oral CommunicationTwo (2) learning experiences
Skills Outcome 2 (S2): MathematicsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Outcome 3 (S3): CreativityOne (1) learning experience
Responsibility Goal
Responsibility Outcome 1 (R1): Equity, Diversity, and InclusivityTwo (2) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 2 (R2): Global PerspectivesOne (1) learning experience
Responsibility Outcome 3 (R3): Civic and Environmental IssuesOne (1) learning experience
Integration Goal
Integration Outcome 1 (I1): IntegrationTwo (2) learning experiences
Service-Learning Goal
Service-Learning30 hours

College Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree (B.A./B.S.)

University Graduation Requirements. All candidates for degrees must fulfill the requirements for credits, curriculum, GPA, and University residency as specified in the section of this catalog titled University Graduation Requirements.

College Graduation Requirements: Grade Point Averages. All candidates for degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences must earn minimum resident and total GPAs of 2.00 in the major, the minor, and the certificate. The resident and total GPAs for the major are computed using all attempted credits applicable to the major including those offered by departments other than the major department. The resident and total GPAs for the minor and the certificate are computed similarly.

Major-Minor and Major-Certificate Requirements. A standard major (a minimum of 36 credits) must be supplemented by a minor (a minimum of 24 credits) or by a certificate (12 to 18 credits) to meet graduation requirements for completing a first and second degree program. No minor or certificate is required with a Comprehensive Major (60 or more credits) or with two majors of 36 or more credits each.

Certain degree programs, which include Comprehensive Majors, may require more than the minimum of 120 credits for graduation.

Acceptable academic program combinations are determined at the college level. A major and a minor or a major and certificate or two majors (if available) may not be elected in the same department or program, except in the approved combinations listed here.

College Credits. Earn at least 90 credits in courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in the College of Arts and Sciences (B.A.)

Fulfillment of all University Graduation Requirements (which includes the Liberal Education Core); all College-level degree requirements (major and minor/certificate emphases, GPAs, earning at least 90 credits in Arts and Sciences course work); foreign language competency at the 102 level.  Foreign language competency may be met in one of two ways:  (1) Achieve a score on the foreign language placement test that qualifies the student to enter the 201-level course in a foreign language.  (2) Earn a grade of at least C (not C-) or a mark of S in a 102-level foreign language course (or AIS 112 or AIS 122 / LANG 122 or CSD 103).

Bachelor of Science Degree in the College of Arts and Sciences (B.S.)

Fulfillment of all University Graduation Requirements (which includes the Liberal Education Core); all College-level degree requirements (major and minor/certificate emphases, GPAs, earning at least 90 credits in Arts and Sciences course work); mathematics competency at the MATH 111, MATH 112 or MATH 113 level.  Mathematics competency can be met in one of three ways:  (1) Achieve a score on the mathematics placement test that qualifies the student to enter MATH 114.  (2) Earn a grade of at least C (not C-) or a mark of S in MATH 111, MATH 112, or MATH 113.  (3) Achieve a satisfactory score on the MATH 112 competency test.  This test may be attempted no more than two times.

Major Requirements

(Code 111-001)

The Chemistry with Business Emphasis Major is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the field, together with a rudimentary understanding of the principles of commerce; effectively preparing them for business careers in the chemical industry and other technology-driven enterprises. It provides excellent preparation for sales, marketing, technical service, and customer support positions in the chemical industry, and is also appropriate for pre-professional students, including pre-pharmacy, pre-medicine, and pre-dentistry.

A minimum of 66 semester credits, including:
Chemistry Course Requirements28
Select one of the following:6
Chemical Principles
General Chemistry I Lecture
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
and General Chemistry II with Lab 1
CHEM 213Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 218Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 325
CHEM 326
Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory
and Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory
CHEM 374Chemical Industry Seminar1
CHEM 411Survey of Industrial Chemistry 23
CHEM 460Polymer Chemistry3
Business Course Requirements21
ACCT 201Introduction to Accounting3
ECON 103
ECON 104
Principles of Microeconomics
and Principles of Macroeconomics
IS 240Information Systems in Business3
Three courses selected from the following: 59
Principles of Finance
Organizational Behavior
Managing Global Organizations
Advanced Organizational Behavior
Principles of Marketing
Business Logistics Management
Professional Selling
Sales Management
Business-to-Business Marketing
Operations Management
Communications Course Requirements
One course selected from the following:2-3
Business Writing 3
Business Presentations 4
Science Writing
Technical Writing
Other Requirements (minimum)15
MATH 246Elementary Statistics4
Select one of the following:2-4
A Short Course in Calculus
Precalculus Mathematics
Calculus I
Select one of the following:9-10
General Physics
and General Physics
University Physics I
and University Physics II

Only six of the course credits from  CHEM 105, CHEM 106, and CHEM 109 count toward the major.


The capstone experience is met by CHEM 411.


Students who earn less than a C in BCOM 206 must repeat the course to meet the College of Business communication requirement.


Students who earn less than C in BCOM 207 must repeat the course to meet the College of Business communication requirement.


Students must complete the Student Professional Development Program (SPDP) prior to registering for any MGMT, MKTG, or OSCM course.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing this program will be expected to meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge and Understanding: Students will develop a rigorous understanding of chemical principles, and apply them to predict and rationalize chemical properties.
    • Structure and Bonding: Students can describe the structural properties of matter, as well as rationalize and predict chemical stability or physical properties on the basis of structure.
    • Reactivity and Stability: Students can classify and rationalize chemical transformations, and predict and quantify products.
    • Instrumentation Theory: Students can describe the underlying physical principles of various instruments and measurement techniques.
  • Skills: Students will develop the skills need to be effective practitioners of the field by devolving laboratory proficiency, the capacity to think critically and creatively, and the ability to communicate effectively.
    • Laboratory Skills: Students will develop proficient laboratory technique.
    • Chemical Reasoning: Students will develop critical and creative thinking skills, use them within the context of the field.
    • Communication Skills: Students will develop effective oral and written communication skills.
    • Literature Skills: Students will become proficient with the chemical literature.
  • Responsibility: Students will become responsible practitioners of the field, by practicing laboratory safety, recognizing the societal impacts of chemistry, and identifying contributions made by individuals with a variety of social identities.
    • Chemical Safety: Students will function safely in a chemical laboratory, and will manage waste effectively.
    • Ethical and Professional Conduct: Students will conduct themselves ethically and professionally, cultivate awareness of the impact of chemistry on society, and recognize contributions from a diverse population.
  • Distinction: Students in the Chemistry with Business Emphasis will develop a deeper comprehension of how the principles of commerce (e.g., Marketing, Accounting, Finance) function within the chemical industry.

Sample Degree Plan

Chemistry with Business Emphasis, Comprehensive Major, B.S. 

The following is a sample degree plan, based on the 2023-2024 catalog. It is based on the 120-credit graduation requirement and assumes no transferred credits, no requirements waived by placement tests, no courses taken in the summer or winter, no repeated courses, and no remedial courses that may be required. This sample degree plan is intended for first-year students entering UW-Eau Claire in the fall semester. Your own degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). UW-Eau Claire cannot guarantee all courses will be offered as shown, but will provide a range of courses that may enable prepared students to fulfill their requirements in a timely period. This sample degree plan is just a guide. Please consult your advisor, your degree audit, and the catalog to create your own degree plan. Note: In order to earn the required minimum of 120 credits for the degree in four years, you should plan to take 15 credits each semester or 30 credits each year.

To earn a degree, students must fulfill all University Graduation Requirements, including the Liberal Education (LE) Core.  LE Core course work in the following sample degree plan uses abbreviations such as LE-K1, LE-S2, LE-R3, and LE-I1 to represent the learning outcomes students will meet via completion of their liberal education course work.  Please click here for a description of the Liberal Education Core outcomes and requirements.  Note that the LE Core may be completed through both course and non-course experiences.

Students in this major have the option to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.  The degrees are distinguished by foreign language competency for the B.A. and a higher level of mathematics competency for the B.S.

CHEM 105General Chemistry I Lecture a3
CHEM 106General Chemistry I Laboratory (LE-K1L) a2
MATH 109Algebra for Calculus (LE-S2) b4
ECON 103Principles of Microeconomics (LE-K2)3
LE Option: Knowledge 3 (LE-K3) Humanities3
CHEM 109General Chemistry II with Lab a4
WRIT 114Intensive Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing (LE-S1)5
Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing (LE-S1)
MATH 111A Short Course in Calculus (LE-S2) b4
Precalculus Mathematics (LE-S2)
ECON 104Principles of Macroeconomics (LE-K2)3
CHEM 213Quantitative Analysis (LE-S3)4
ACCT 201Introduction to Accounting3
BCOM 206Business Writing (LE-S1)2
Business Presentations (LE-S1, 2 Credits)
Science Writing (LE-S1, 3 Credits)
Technical Writing (LE-S1, 3 Credits)
LE Option: Responsibility 2 (LE-R2) Global Perspectives3
LE Option Elective - LE Option: Knowledge 3 (LE-K3) Humanities3
CHEM 218Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry (Spring Only)3
PHYS 211General Physics (LE-K1L) b5
IS 240Information Systems in Business3
LE Option: Responsibility 1 (LE-R1) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity3
CHEM 325Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory4
CHEM 374Chemical Industry Seminar1
PHYS 212General Physics b4
MATH 246Elementary Statistics (LE-S2)4
LE Option: Responsibility 3 (LE-R3) Civic and Environmental Issues3
CHEM 326Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory4
Business Elective c3
LE Option: Integration (LE-I1)3
LE Option: Responsibility 1 (LE-R1, DDIV) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity with Design for Diversity3
CHEM 411Survey of Industrial Chemistry (Fall Only)3
Business Elective c3
LE Option: Integration (LE-I1)3
Electives d7
CHEM 460Polymer Chemistry (Spring Only)3
Business Elective c3
LE Option: Knowledge 4 (LE-K4) Fine Arts3
Electives d6

Minimum total for the baccalaureate degree = 120 credits 


Only 6 of the 9 credits from CHEM 105, CHEM 106 (K1) and CHEM 109 will count towards the major. As an alternative, CHEM 115 (K1) may be substituted for CHEM 105, CHEM 106 (K1) and CHEM 109.


Students may also take MATH 114 to meet the S2 requirement, and PHYS 231 and PHYS 232 to meet the Physics requirement.  PHYS 232 requires MATH 215 as a pre- or co-requisite.


FIN 320 – Principles of Finance                                                 MKTG 330 – Principles of Marketing 

MGMT 340 – Organizational Behavior                                     MKTG 336 – Business Logistics Management 

OSCM 341 – Operations Management                                   MKTG 337 – Professional Selling 

MGMT 345 – Managing Global Organizations                        MKTG 433 – Sales Management 

MGMT 446 – Organizational Change and Development      MKTG 437 – Business to Business Marketing 


Electives need to be carefully selected to ensure that a student’s degree comprises at least 39 credits of upper division courses (300-400 level). While students are encouraged to take additional courses in chemistry and business, electives can be selected from any discipline as long as the student meets the course prerequisites.

Note:  All students must complete the 30-hour Service-Learning Requirement via a non-credit or credit option (see University Graduation Requirements).

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire encourages all students to participate in High Impact Practices.  The following information identifies any specific recommendations that faculty in this major have concerning which HIPs might be most beneficial to students, and any recommendations about when those HIPs best fit into the degree plan. Students should also consult their faculty advisor for information on HIPs. There are many additional high impact opportunities available. Talk to your academic advisor for more information about incorporating HIPs like Study AbroadIntercultural ImmersionInternship, and/or  Student/Faculty Collaborative Research into your time at UW-Eau Claire. 

Liberal Education (LE) Core Guidance

Liberal Education Core (LE Core) 

The LE Core comprises 17 learning experiences across 11 learning outcomes. Students must complete a minimum of 36 credits in courses approved for the LE Core. 

  • K1 – Natural Sciences; two experiences (one lab science experience is required in K1 or K2). 

  • K2 – Social Sciences; two experiences (one lab science experience is required in K1 or K2). 

  • K3 – Humanities; two experiences. 

  • K4 – Fine Arts; one experience. 

  • S1 – Written and Oral Communication; two experiences (one experience must satisfy the University writing requirement). 

  • S2 – Mathematics; one experience (must satisfy the University math competency requirement). 

  • S3 – Creativity; one experience (can be fulfilled in a student’s major). 

  • R1 – Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity; two experiences (one experience must meet the UW System Design for Diversity (DD) requirement). 

  • R2 – Global Perspectives; one experience. 

  • R3 – Civic and Environmental Issues; one experience. 

  • I1 – Integration; two experiences (one experience can be fulfilled in a student’s major). 

  • SL—Service Learning; 30 hours 

Additional LE Core Information 

  • Most LE Core learning experiences are course based, and many courses meet more than one learning outcome (e.g., K3 and R2 or K1 and R3). 

  • Some learning experiences can also be met outside of a traditional course (e.g., undergraduate research (S3), study abroad (I1)). 

  • S1 – An English placement score that fulfills the University writing requirement fulfills one S1 experience. 

  • S1 – A foreign Language placement score that qualifies the student to enter the 102 level satisfies one S1 experience. 

  • S1, R2 – A foreign language placement score that qualifies the student to enter the 202 level satisfies one experience in S1 and the R2 experience. 

  • S2 – A math placement score that qualifies the student to enter Math 111, 112, 113 or 114 fulfills the S2 experience. 

  • S3 – Completion of two credits from any approved music ensemble fulfills the S3 experience. 

  • I1 – Any semester long study abroad program can fulfill one I1 experience.