The study of chemistry is concerned with the composition, structure, properties, and transformations of matter. It attempts to gain understanding of the processes of our physical world. Chemistry is the central science, having foundation in mathematics and physics and, in turn, underlying the life sciences. It is theoretical and yet practical; it emphasizes analytical skills and yet depends on creativity and problem solving.
The chemistry program prepares students for graduate study and professional careers in education, academic research, industry, and engineering. A major in the chemistry program is also an excellent choice for students in the health sciences and preprofessional programs, including medicine, dentistry, law, and pharmacy.
Advanced Placement: The chemistry department requires a score of 4 or better on the AP exam in order for the exam to be used to fulfill course requirements in the majors it offers. Students with a score of 3 will receive elective credit or receive credit toward General Education requirements. Students should consult the department chair with questions about AP exams and requirements for majors.
Pre-medicine and Other Healthcare Professional Programs
(See Pre-professional section)
A bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering is available through a special dual degree program described in the Engineering section of this catalog.
Majors in Chemistry
- B.A. in Chemistry
- B.S. in Chemistry
- B.S. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology (See Multidisciplinary section)
- B.A. in Science Education 9-12: Chemistry Emphasis
Minor in Chemistry
CHE101 • Introduction to Chemistry. 3 Credits.
Overview of atoms–their composition, their ability to form bonds, and their ability to interact as molecules. Designed for nursing and allied health fields.
Corequisites: Registration in CHE101D is required. Offered: Fall, spring.
CHE101D • Introduction to Chemistry Lab. 1 Credit.
CHE106 • Introduction to Nutrition. 3 Credits.
Overview of macromolecules and their function in heredity and metabolism. An introduction to human nutrition and health. Designed for nursing and allied health fields.
Prerequisites: CHE101/101D. Offered: Spring Corequisites: Registration in CHE106D is required.
CHE106D • Introduction to Nutrition Lab. 1 Credit.
CHE107 • Modern Alchemy: Chemistry for Non-Scientists. 3 Credits.
The chemical world including, for example, food, agriculture, household chemicals, plastics, drugs, environmental concerns, and energy production. An overview of chemical concepts, but emphasis is on applications of chemistry and their implications for society.
Corequisites: Registration in CHE107D is required. Offered: Interim.
CHE107D • Modern Alchemy: Chemistry for Non-Scientists Lab. 1 Credit.
CHE113 • General Chemistry I. 3 Credits.
Chemical properties and principles, structure and reactivity, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, atomic theory, states of matter, and behavior of solutions. Laboratory includes application of these principles in exploring chemical properties and reactivity, and computer data collection and modeling.
Prerequisites: Two years of high school math; high school chemistry or consent of instructor. Offered: Fall Corequisites: Registration in CHE113D is required.
CHE113D • General Chemistry I Lab. 1 Credit.
CHE200 • Laboratory Safety and Chemical Hygiene. 1 Credit.
High standards of safety and chemical hygiene make the science laboratory a safe, comfortable, interesting place to work. This course reviews the standards and federal/state guidelines pertaining to safety and hygiene in the laboratory.
Prerequisites: One year of high school chemistry; one semester of college-level science. Offered: Fall
CHE208 • Accelerated General Chemistry. 3 Credits.
Chemical properties and principles, stoichiometry, structure, reactivity, atomic theory, states of matter, solutions, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibria, acids and bases, electrochemistry, descriptive inorganic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Intended for science and engineering students who have a strong math background.
Prerequisites: MAT124M (may be taken concurrently). Corequisites: Registration in CHE208D is required. Offered: Fall. Special Notes: Meets the same requirements of CHE113/113D and CHE214/215.
CHE208D • Accelerated General Chemistry Lab. 1 Credit.
CHE214 • General Chemistry II. 3 Credits.
Study of chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, solution equilibria, acids and bases, electrochemistry, descriptive inorganic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry.
Prerequisites: CHE113/113D. Offered: Spring Corequisites: Registration in CHE215 is required.
CHE215 • General Chemistry II Lab. 1 Credit.
CHE224 • Organic Chemistry I. 3 Credits.
Structure, classification, and function of organic compounds; bonding theory, stereochemistry, organic reaction mechanisms, energy relations, and spectroscopy.
Prerequisites: CHE214/215 or CHE208/208D. Offered: Fall Corequisites: Registration in CHE225 is required.
CHE225 • Organic Chemistry I Lab. 1 Credit.
Laboratory experience accompanying CHE224. Includes introduction to techniques of measurement, analysis, separation, synthesis, and purification of organic compounds.
Corequisites: Registration with CHE224 is required. Offered: Fall.
CHE226 • Organic Chemistry II. 3 Credits.
Mechanism and classification of organic reactions, particularly carbon-carbon bond-forming reactions involving carbonyl compounds. Mechanistic organic chemistry applied to polymers and biochemical pathways.
Prerequisites: CHE224/225. Offered: Spring Corequisites: Registration in CHE227 is required.
CHE227 • Organic Chemistry II Lab. 1 Credit.
Laboratory experience accompanying CHE226. Laboratory includes synthesis, separation, purification, and identification of organic compounds. Offered:Spring.
Corequisites: Registration in CHE226 is required.
CHE304 • Essentials of Biochemistry. 3 Credits.
A survey of the structure, function, interactions, and chemical properties of the four major macromolecules: proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates. Examination of primary metabolic pathways, bioenergetics, regulation, and homeostasis.
Prerequisites: CHE224/CHE225; BIO120/BIO121. Not open to students who have taken BIO388/BIO389 or CHE388/CHE389. Corequisites: CHE305. Offered: Fall
CHE305 • Essentials of Biochemistry Lab. 1 Credit.
CHE306 • Advanced Organic Chemistry. 3 Credits.
CHE307 • Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab. 1 Credit.
CHE312 • Quantitative Analysis. 3 Credits.
Principles and practice of modern quantitative analysis. Acid-base and ionic equilibria. Statistics, method selection and development, chromatography, and electrochemistry.
Prerequisites: CHE214/215 or CHE208/208D. Offered: Spring Corequisites: Registration in CHE313 is required.
CHE313 • Quantitative Analysis Lab. 1 Credit.
CHE320 • Instrumental Analysis. 3 Credits.
Methods of instrumental analysis. Study of chemical and physical principles and practical application of spectroscopy, spectrometry, chromatography and electroanalysis. Fundamental electronic circuitry and computer data acquisition and control.
Prerequisites: CHE312/313 or CHE226/CHE227. Offered: Fall Corequisites: Registration in CHE321 is required.
CHE321 • Instrumental Analysis Lab. 1 Credit.
CHE344 • Thermodynamics, Kinetics, and Statistical Mechanics. 3 Credits.
Physical chemistry of the laws of thermodynamics and their application to phase and chemical equilibria. Chemical kinetics of reaction rates and reaction mechanisms. Statistical mechanics as it relates spectroscopy with thermodynamics and kinetics.
Prerequisites: CHE214/215 or CHE208/208D; PHY292/292D; PHY296/297; MAT125. Offered: Fall Corequisites: Registration in CHE345 is required.
CHE345 • Thermodynamics, Kinetics, and Statistical Mechanics Lab. 1 Credit.
CHE348 • Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy. 3 Credits.
Physical chemistry of the laws of quantum mechanics applied to atoms and molecules. Quantum mechanical solutions of model systems and their application to chemical spectroscopy.
Prerequisites: CHE208/208D or CHE214/215; PHY292/292D; PHY296/297; MAT125. Offered: Spring Corequisites: Registration in CHE349 is required.
CHE349 • Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy Lab. 1 Credit.
CHE364 • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. 3 Credits.
Chemistry of elements and their compounds, including symmetry, bonding theories, solid-state chemistry, coordination compounds, organometallics, and bioinorganic compounds.
Prerequisites: One year of organic chemistry or junior standing; CHE344/345. Offered: Spring Corequisites: Registration in CHE365 is required.
CHE365 • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Lab. 1 Credit.
CHE388 • Biochemistry I. 3 Credits.
Physical and chemical properties of living systems with an emphasis on macromolecular interaction, structure, and function. Structure, classification, purification, and function of nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids, including membrane transport and enzymology.
Prerequisites: CHE226/227; CHE344/345; BIO120/121. BIO354/355 recommended. Corequisites: Registration in CHE389 is required. Offered: Fall. Special Notes: Not open to students who have taken CHE304/305. Carries cross-credit in biology.
CHE389 • Biochemistry I Lab. 1 Credit.
Laboratory experience accompanying CHE388. Techniques include spectroscopy, chromatography, centrifugation, electrophoresis, and enzyme kinetics.
Corequisites: Registration in CHE388 is required. Offered: Fall.
CHE393 • Research. 1-4 Credits.
Utilization of the techniques and understanding of chemical principles on a term project. Use of original literature to formulate and conduct an original laboratory or computational research project under the supervision of a chemistry faculty member.
Prerequisites: Consent of department. Repeatable course. May only be taken for credit once. Offered: Fall, interim, spring.
CHE395 • Chemistry Seminar: Research and Professional Development. 1 Credit.
Students search the chemical literature and develop a proposal for their capstone research project. Discussion of chemical careers, graduate and professional school preparation, and ethical conduct in science.
Prerequisites: Junior standing; must be a chemistry or biochemistry/molecular biology major. Offered: Fall
CHE396 • Biochemistry II. 3 Credits.
Metabolic pathways, bioenergetics, metabolic regulation, and metabolism of macromolecules (carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and nucleotides). Macromolecular synthesis of RNA, DNA, and proteins, including an introduction to biotechnology.
Prerequisites: CHE388/389 or BIO388/389. Offered: Spring Corequisites: Registration in CHE397 is required.
CHE397 • Biochemistry II Lab. 1 Credit.
Laboratory experience accompanying CHE396. Laboratory includes procedures and experiments for the isolation and characterization of enzymes, RNA and DNA, molecular cloning, PCR, and gene expression.
Corequisites: Registration in CHE396 is required. Offered: Spring.
CHE490 • Chemistry Seminar: Research. 2 Credits.
Students pursues an origional research project in chemistry or biochemistry, supported by a faculty mentor. Required time commitment is approximately 3.5 hours per week per credit, including weekly meeting with faculty mentor.
Prerequisites: CHE395. Offered: Fall, spring
CHE491 • Research. 1-4 Credits.
Students pursues an original research project in chemistry or biochemistry, supported by a faculty mentor. Required time commitment is approximately 3.5 hours per week per credit, including weekly meeting with faculty mentor.
Prerequisites: CHE395. Offered: Fall, spring
CHE494 • Chemistry Seminar: Research Presentation. 1 Credit.
Students prepare and deliver formal presentations of their research results. Seminar meets weekly for discussion of current topics.
Prerequisites: CHE490. Offered: Fall,Spring