Chemistry explores matter and its properties, its physical and chemical transformations, and energy changes associated with these transformations. Bridging traditional humanities on one hand and modern physics on the other, chemistry is a central subject in a liberal arts curriculum. "Every aspect of our world today -- even politics and international relations -- is affected by chemistry," said Linus Pauling. Chemists search for new molecules in space; make new useful materials; solve problems of the environment, energy, health, and food production; and probe how organisms work.
The chemistry department offers a program of study leading to certification as a chemist by the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training and designed to develop critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. Many graduates continue their education in graduate or professional school and become chemists, teachers, doctors, lawyers, biochemists, pharmacists, veterinarians, engineers, and business people.
The chemistry program requires a sequence of courses. The 100-level courses introduce first-year students to the discipline and serve as prerequisites for future foundational and elective courses.
Fifteen (15) courses are required
DEPARTMENTAL ELECTIVES (selected from the following)
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Students interested in earning an ACS certified degree are required to take either Chemical Research I or Advanced Integrated Lab, and three additional electives from the in-depth course listing. Students interested in graduate school in chemistry are strongly advised to take Organic Chemistry II (CHM 221); Physical Chemistry II (CHM 306); and Chemical Research (CHM 498) as three of their electives and are, in addition, encouraged to consider additional mathematics courses such as Introduction to Discrete Mathematics (MAT 140); Calculus III (MAT 211); Linear Algebra (MAT 230); and Ordinary Differential Equations (MAT 305).
Students interested in earning a non-ACS certified degree are required to take three departmental elective courses.
This curriculum allows students to concentrate in certain areas, such as biochemistry, by selecting courses dealing with the areas of interest. For example, students who wish to emphasize biochemistry in preparation for graduate study should complete:
RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF STUDY
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Note: Divisional Courses may be satisfied by AP or transfer credit and should be completed in the first four semesters. (E) denotes an elective.
CHM 120 Chemistry I
CHM 121 Chemistry II
CHM 220, 220L Organic Chemistry I
CHM 221, 221L Organic Chemistry II (E)
PHY 121 or 131
CHM 305 Physical Chemistry I
CHM 350 Chemistry Seminar
CHM 301 Inorganic Chemistry
CHM 498 Chemical Research I (E)
CHM 499 Chemical Research II (E)
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First-year students who have not had high school physics, or have deficiencies in mathematics and/or science background should consult with a member of the department.
Students interested in studying abroad should consult with a member of the department as early as possible.
Six (6) courses are required.
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Students interested in pursuing graduate studies or employment in a laboratory setting are advised to take both CHM 221 and CHM 320 as two of the three electives.
CHM 103 Crime Scene Chemistry: Enables students to watch or read something in the popular media and thoughtfully analyze the case based on chemical and forensic principles. Designed for non-science majors.
CHM 105 Chemistry and Society -- Applications and Issues: Examines chemistry in daily life and decision making -- from nutrition, drugs, cosmetics, and household chemistry to environmental problems. Discusses data analysis and scientific methodology and its limitations. Designed for non-science majors.
CHM 106 Chemistry of Life: Introduces biochemistry and its relationship to people. Covers diets and fat metabolism, as well as action of steroids, carbohydrates, proteins, and nucleic acids. Analyzes data from lab or historical sources. Designed for non-science majors.
CHM 107 Chemistry of Art: Applies the concepts and methods of chemistry to art. Covers authentication, conservation, and artists' materials. Analyzes data from laboratory or historical sciences. Designed for non-science majors.
CHM 110 Chemistry and the Environment: Applies concepts and methods of chemistry to environmental problems. Weighs quantitative and qualitative data gathered from historical sources, demonstration, and lab experiments. Designed for non-science majors.
CHM 120 Chemistry I: Basic inorganic chemistry, including atomic structure and periodicity, stoichiometry, inorganic reactions (acid-base, precipitation, oxidation-reduction, complexation), and modern chemical bonding theories. Lab required. For science majors.
CHM 121 Chemistry II: Continues introduction to chemistry by discussing bonding in solids and liquids, thermodynamics, acid-base and solubility equilibria, phase equilibria and colligative properties, electrochemistry, coordination chemistry and chemical kinetics. Lab required. For science majors. Prerequisite: CHM 120 or consent.
CHM 220/221 Organic Chemistry I and II: This sequence introduces the principles of organic chemistry through the study of structure-activity relationships, properties and reactions of carbon compounds. The laboratory (CHM 220L & 221L) will involve the mastering of techniques and instrumentation used in the synthesis, separation and identification of organic compounds such as chromatography and spectroscopy. Lab required. Prerequisite: CHM 121.
CHM 301 Inorganic Chemistry: Basic descriptive chemistry of representative elements, with emphasis on transition metals chemistry (structure, properties, bonding, spectra, and reaction mechanisms), and an introduction to organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry. Laboratory will involve the synthesis, and quantitative and structural analysis of a variety of representative inorganic and organometallic compounds. Prerequisite: CHM 320 or consent.
CHM 305 Physical Chemistry I: Studies chemical thermodynamics and reaction kinetics. Introduces the laws of thermodynamics and their application to chemical and phase equilibria as well as solutions. Reaction kinetics is a basic treatment of reaction rates, mechanisms, and theories of why and how chemical reactions occur. Lab required. Prerequisite: CHM 121 or consent.
CHM 306 Physical Chemistry II: Studies quantum and statistical mechanics. Introduces quantum mechanics and symmetry and their application to chemical bonding, atomic, and molecular spectroscopy. Statistical mechanics is a basic treatment of the connection between microscopic states and thermodynamic properties. Lab required. Prerequisite: CHM 305.
CHM 320 Analytical Chemistry: Inorganic quantitative analysis, emphasizing free energy-equilibrium relationships, statistical treatment of data, solution equilibria and volumetric analysis based on precipitation, acid-base, complexation, and oxidation-reduction reactions, and spectrophotometric and chromatographic methods of analysis. Lab required. Prerequisites: CHM 121 and CHM 220.
CHM 350 Chemistry Seminar: The course emphasizes communication in chemistry including the reading of primary scientific literature and presentation of experimental findings. Engages students in discussions with faculty, fellow students, and visiting scholars centered on advanced topics surrounding the nature, presentation, and responsible conduct of chemical research. Prerequisites: CHM 220 or consent.
CHM 380 Instrumental Analysis: Applies variety of spectroscopic, electrometric, and chromatographic methods to such instruments as spectrometers (nuclear magnetic resonance, mass, and Fourier transform infrared) and gas and high-performance liquid chromatographs. Considers chemical, biochemical, and environmental problems. Lab required. Prerequisite: CHM 320.
CHM 400 Advanced Analytical Chemistry: Deals with advanced treatments of simultaneous and complex equilibria, electrochemistry, spectrophotometric analysis, and separation methods. Prerequisite: consent.
CHM 401 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry: Applies thermodynamics, kinetics, symmetry and group theory, and the theories of ionic, metallic and covalent bonding to the chemistry of nonmetallic, transition metal, organometallic and bioinorganic compounds. Projects based lab required. Prerequisite: consent.
CHM 417 Advanced Organic Chemistry: Interprets molecular structure and reactivity related by means of organic reaction mechanisms. Introduces organic synthesis strategies and their applications. Prerequisite: consent.
CHM 445 Advanced Integrated Laboratory in Chemistry: Provides students with experience in advanced experimental approaches to solve complex and real world chemical problems. Projects involve perspectives, skills, and instrumentation from each of the divisions of chemistry. Prerequisite: consent.
CHM 460 Topics in Chemistry: Explores subject chosen by faculty and student, such as environmental chemistry, polymers, stereochemistry, nuclear and radiation chemistry, phase relationship, inorganic synthesis, advanced electrochemical techniques, organometallics, photochemistry, natural products, special problems in chemical education, and current problems from the chemical literature. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent.
CHM 498/499 Research I and II: Requires proposal of collaborative faculty/student project and weekly seminars and progress reports. Culminates in written thesis and oral presentation on work conducted. Capstone experience. Prerequisite: consent.