This minor may only be completed by students admitted to the Elementary Education or the Elementary Education and Special Education programs. A minor is not required to complete either program.

Minors provide a depth of study in a particular area of interest and also inform classroom instruction. The completion of a minor is required to teach middle school in some states and may benefit students particularly interested in teaching at this level.

The Department of Chemistry is housed in the College of Letters & Science. Students may wish to consult with a chemistry undergraduate advisor to discuss course selection and other issues related to this field of study.

Upon completion, the subject area of the minor will be posted on the UW–Madison transcript. Students will not receive an additional certification or license in the subject area. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction does not offer content licenses in association with the Elementary Education or Special Education teaching licenses.

How to Get In

This minor may only be declared by students completing the Elementary Education or the Elementary Education and Special Education programs.

To declare the minor, contact your academic advisor in Education Student Services any time after program admission.


While there are no specific course requirements for declaring the minor, students can expect to take some of these courses before being eligible for enrolling in the minor coursework:

CHEM 341 Elementary Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 343 Organic Chemistry I3
MATH 222 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 24
PHYSICS 201 General Physics5
or PHYSICS 207 General Physics
PHYSICS 247 A Modern Introduction to Physics5

Prerequisite coursework may be used to meet liberal studies requirements.


Prerequisite Coursework

Students must complete prerequisite coursework before enrolling in some of the required courses for minor.

Minor Requirements

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 is required, based on all chemistry minor coursework taken on the UW–Madison campus.

Complete at least 22 credits, including the following:

Introductory Chemistry
Select one of the following:5-9
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
Advanced General Chemistry
Chemical Principles I
Analytical Chemistry
Select one of the following:4-5
Fundamentals of Analytical Science
Fundamentals of Analytical Science
Chemical Principles II
and Chemical Principles I
Organic Chemistry
Select one of the following options:7-8
Option 1:
Elementary Organic Chemistry
Elementary Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Introduction to Biochemistry
Option 2:
Organic Chemistry I
Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Organic Chemistry II
Inorganic Chemistry4
Chemistry Across the Periodic Table
Physical Chemistry3
Physical Chemistry
Biophysical Chemistry
Complete Chemistry electives to total 22 credits 1

CHEM 346 Intermediate Organic Chemistry Laboratory is recommended. BIOCHEM 501 Introduction to BiochemistryCIV ENGR 500 Water Chemistry, CBE 440 Chemical Engineering Materials, CBE 540 Polymer Science and Technology, are also recommended elective options.