Why do so many diverse subjects such as biology, engineering, agriculture or geology share an essential tie to chemistry? The answer is that chemistry, by its very nature, is the central science. Our interactions with the material world raise basic questions about the materials around us. What are their composition and properties? How do they interact with us and our environment? How, why, and when do they undergo change? These questions are important whether the material is part of high-tech computer chips, an aged pigment used by a Renaissance painter, or DNA that transmits genetic information in our body. Chemistry provides answers to these and countless other questions. By studying chemistry you will learn to use the powerful language and ideas that have evolved to describe and understand the world around us.

The Chemistry and Physics Department offers a major in chemistry with optional concentrations in biochemistry or forensics. Each program prepares the student for immediate job entry or for graduate and professional (medical) study. The opportunities in chemistry are many and varied. Recent chemistry graduates are in medicine, law, college and secondary education, ecology, biotechnology, and industrial research.

The Chemistry and Physics Department frequently uses synthesis techniques, chemical instrumentation, and computer technology in the classroom and the laboratory to elucidate chemical concepts. There are opportunities for students to do research with members of the department.

Chemistry Major Required Courses

  • CHEM 1101 – Principles of Chemistry I and CHEM 1102 – Principles of Chemistry II, or CHEM 1103 – Chemical Perspectives
  • CHEM 2101 – Organic Chemistry I and CHEM 2101 – Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 2104 – Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 3105 – Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM 3106 – Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 4160 – Senior Seminar
  • Three electives chosen from:CHEM 2111 – Biochemistry, CHEM 2114 – Chemistry of Fire and Explosives, CHEM 2115 – Inorganic Chemistry, CHEM 3108 – Instrumental Methods of Analysis, CHEM 3115 – Introduction to Toxicology, CHEM 3116 – Research Methods, CHEM 3121 – Molecular Modeling, CHEM 3123 – Advanced Chemical Synthesis
  • MATH 1111 – Calculus I
  • MATH 1112 – Calculus II
  • PHYS 2201 – General Physics I
  • PHYS 2202 – General Physics II

Chemistry Major with Concentration in Biochemistry Required Courses

  • Chem 1101, Chem 1102 (or CHEM 1103) – Principles of Chemistry I & II with lab
  • Chem 2101, Chem 2102 – Organic Chemistry I & II with lab
  • Chem 2104 – Analytical Chemistry
  • Chem 2111 – Biochemistry with lab
  • Chem 3105, Chem 3106 – Physical Chemistry I & II with lab
  • Chem 4160 – Seminar
  • Math 1111, 1112 – Calculus I & II
  • Phys 2201, 2202 – General Physics I & II with lab
  • Two chemistry/physics electives and one biology elective

 

Chemistry Major with Concentration in Forensics Required Courses

  • Chem 1101, Chem 1102 (or CHEM 1103) – Principles of Chemistry I & II with lab
  • Chem 1117 – Forensic Chemistry with Lab
  • Chem 2114 – Chemistry of Fire and Explosives
  • Chem 2101, Chem 2102 – Organic Chemistry I & II with lab
  • Chem 2104, Chem 2108 – Analytical Chemistry, Instrumental Analysis
  • Chem 3105, Chem 3106 – Physical Chemistry I & II with lab
  • Chem 3115 – Introduction to Toxicology
  • Chem 4160 – Senior Seminar
  • Math 1111, 1112 – Calculus I & II
  • Phys 2201, 2202 – General Physics I & II with lab

 

Course Requirements for Chemistry Minor:

  • Chem 1101, Chem 1102 (or CHEM 1103) – Principles of Chemistry I & II with lab
  • Chem 2101 – Organic Chemistry I
  • Chem 2012 – Organic Chemistry II OR Chem 2104 – Analytical Chemistry
  • Chem 3105 – Physical Chemistry I OR Chem 3106 Physical Chemistry II
  • One upper level chemistry course (see below)
  • Math 1111, 1112 – Calculus I & II
  • Phys 2201, 2202 – General Physics I & II with lab

 

Chemistry Department Electives – offer rotation
Fall Semester – Even Years (2016) – CHEM3108 – Instrumental Methods of Analysis, CHEM 3121 – Introduction to

Molecular Modeling

Spring Semester – Odd Years (2017) – CHEM 2111 – Biochemistry, CHEM 2114 – Chemistry of Fire and Explosives

Fall Semester – Odd Years (2017) – CHEM 3116 – Introduction of Research Methods, CHEM 3123 – Advanced

Chemical Synthesis

Spring Semester – Even Years (2018) – CHEM 2115 – Inorganic Chemistry, CHEM 3115 – Introduction to Toxicology

 

Possible Sequence for Four-Year Program for B.S. in Chemistry (Freshman Calculus)

Year Courses
First Chem1101 &Chem1102
  Math 1111 & Math 1112
Second Chem2101 &Chem2102
  Phys 2201 & Phys 2202
Third Chem3105 & 3106 OR
  Chem2104 & electives
Fourth Chem4160
  Chem3105 & 3106 ORChem2104 & electives

 

Possible Sequence for Four-Year Program for B.S. in Chemistry (Sophomore Calculus)

Year Courses
First Chem1101 &Chem1102
   
Second Chem2101 &Chem2102
  Math 1111 & Math 1112

Chem2104

Third Phys 2201 & Phys 2202
  Electives
Fourth Chem4160
  Chem3105 & 3106, electives

 

Possible Sequence for Four-Year Program for B.S. in Chemistry (CHEM 1103 student)

Year Courses
First Chem1103,Chem2104
  Math 1111 & Math 1112
Second Chem2101 &Chem2102
  Phys 2201 & Phys 2202
Third Chem3105 & 3106
  Electives
Fourth Chem4160
  Electives