Chemistry Major (M)

The goal of the Department of Physical Sciences at Concordia University Wisconsin is to develop competent scientists with a Christian worldview. The graduates of its programs will possess the current scientific knowledge and research/data interpretation skills so necessary for entering scientific or medical careers in industry, academia, or government. More importantly, they will be prepared to provide a Christian influence and ethical perspective to the debate on the science-related problems facing the world today.

Concordia offers a chemistry major that is certified by the American Chemical Society. This major includes 46 credits of chemistry and 16 credits of supplementary coursework (physics and mathematics). 

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of and ability to apply fundamental chemical concepts;
  • Use common laboratory procedures and equipment, often as a member of a team, to gather meaningful data;
  • Analyze and interpret data to arrive at appropriate conclusions;
  • Apply principles of laboratory safety and chemical hygiene;
  • Perform undergraduate research and conduct effective searches of the chemical literature;
  • Communicate and summarize scientific information effectively and accurately in both oral and written form;
  • Act ethically and responsibly, demonstrating an understanding of the role chemistry plays in societal issues; and
  • Recognize that, though our scientific understanding of the universe continues to change, God’s truth does not, for His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9).


Core Requirements45
Major Requirements54
Minor: Optional
Total Hours120

Major Requirements

Required Core Courses
General Chemistry I (Lab Science - 4 credits)
Calculus I (Mathematics - 4 credits)
Required Courses
CHEM 142General Chemistry II4
CHEM 225Analytical Chemistry4
CHEM 235Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry4
CHEM 241Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 242Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 341Physical Chemistry I4
CHEM 342Physical Chemistry II4
CHEM 425Biochemistry4
CHEM 491Chemistry Senior Seminar I1
CHEM 492Chemistry Senior Seminar II1
MATH 202Calculus II4
PHYS 171University Physics I4
PHYS 172University Physics II4
Select at least 8 credits of the following 28
Chemistry Internship (1- 4 credits)
Advanced Biochemistry (4 credits)
Advanced Organic Chemistry (4 credits)
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (4 credits)
Instrumental Analysis (4 credits)
Undergraduate Research (up to 4 credits, 1-4 credits per semester )
Total Hours54

With approval from the Physical Sciences Department on an individual basis, a student may use a 4 credit upper-level biology or physics course in place of one of the courses listed here.