Declaring the Major

Students are strongly encouraged to declare their major as soon as they have decided they have an interest in the major and have met the requirements for declaration. Ideally, students should declare a major by the end of their sophomore year. There are many advantages to declaring the major, inlcuding access to chemistry advising, access to scholarships only available to chemistry majors, and access to announcements for chemistry majors. Students who have declared the major become a part of our chemistry community, enabling them to better connect with faculty, staff and other chemistry majors.

Requirements for declaring the chemistry major are:

  1. Completion of General Chemistry (either Chem 103 and 104, or Chem 109, or Chem 115 and 116);
  2. Completion of one additional chemistry class after General Chemistry;
  3. A minimum 2.5 GPA in all chemistry classes. 

If you are a transfer student, you must complete at least one chemistry class at UW-Madison and have a minimum 2.5 GPA in all chemistry classes taken at UW-Madison. 

Once you meet the requirements for declaring the major, please make an appointment with the undergraduate adviser. The adviser will provide a "What-If Chemistry Major" DARS report.