Chemistry is everywhere! Actually everything we see, hear, taste, touch, and smell has a firm basis in Chemistry. The high quality of life that we experience today is due in no small part to many significant chemical discoveries over the past 150 years. Chemistry, as a Pure Science, seeks to describe and make comprehensible the nature and transformations of matter. As an Applied Science, it provides society with knowledge and tools to achieve its material purposes. By coupling creative thought and critical thinking skills with experimentation, the study of Chemistry contributes to a liberal arts education. The courses in Chemistry are designed to emphasize the fundamental principles of the science, to reflect its interdisciplinary nature, and to develop experimental skill.

Because Chemistry is the “Central” Science, a wide variety of opportunities awaits those with training in this field. The Chemistry Department offers a program meeting the needs of students pursuing a variety of study and career options in the Chemical Sciences. Included are students who anticipate careers as:

  • Professional Chemists in industrial research or as Environmental Chemists for the government or industry
  • Health-care Professionals in the Medical Sciences, such as Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, or Biomedical research
  • Chemical Engineers or Materials Scientists
  • Secondary Science Teachers or College Professors
  • Individuals who desire knowledge of Chemistry as part of their liberal arts experience, in that several graduates have chosen careers in the Law, Religion, and Business fields

For all students, the Chemistry faculty aim to provide a thorough and comprehensive educational experience by providing challenging in-class instruction, hands-on skill development in lab, and opportunities for independent research.


(B.S. degree) Forty-one hours of Chemistry which must include CHE 111, 112, 113, 201, 202, 309, 310, 331, 341, 450, 451. Additionally, three courses must be chosen from CHE 305, 315, 332 or 400, plus two labs chosen from CHE 319, 325, 329, 333, 339, 342, and 421 plus enough semester hours of electives to reach a total of 41. The required allied courses are MAT 125 and 225 plus PHY 111. Total hours required: 51. PHY 301 may be used as an elective. CHE 100 or 102 may not count toward a Chemistry major.


Twenty hours which must include CHE 111, 112, 113, 201, 202, 309, 310; plus four credit hours in any other Chemistry course (except CHE 100 or 102), one of which must be a lab course.

Course Offerings

100. Liberal Arts Chemistry. (4 hours) This introductory course, primarily for non-science students, will introduce the basic concepts of Chemistry and how it affects our life. Particular emphasis is placed upon the relevancy of Chemistry today to problems including air and water pollution, energy production, and nuclear energy. Practical applications of Chemistry to the broad exposure of our modern life, such as foods, household chemicals, personal fitness and health, and drugs are included. Includes a 3-hour lab each week. Fall, Spring, and Summer

102. Liberal Arts Chemistry/No Lab. (3 hours) This course has the same lecture as CHE 100 but does not include a lab. (A student may not receive credit for both CHE 100 and 102, but CHE 102 can be upgraded to 100, by later completing the lab.) Fall, Spring, and Summer

111. General Chemistry-I. (4 hours) This initial course on the principles of Chemistry is for those who may have a continuing interest in the natural sciences. Content includes the structure of matter, stoichiometry, chemical reactivity, gases, thermochemistry, atomic structure, and periodic relationships of the elements. Includes a 3-hour lab each week. Proficiency in math at the level of college algebra (Math-107 or a Math-ACT > 22) is strongly advised. Additional lab fee applies. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses. Fall

112. General Chemistry-II. (3 hours) This course is a continuation of the material in CHE 111. It will include chemical bonding, molecular geometry, intermolecular forces, solutions, rates of reactions, equilibrium, and acid-base chemistry. Lecture only. Prerequisite: CHE 111; CHE 113 is the separate, co-requisite lab component. Spring and Summer

113. General Chemistry-II Lab. (1 hour) This course involves laboratory experiences that accompany the General Chemistry-II lecture. The activities are designed to develop skills in the chemistry laboratory via quantitative analysis, synthesis, molecular modeling, rates of reactions, and inorganic qualitative analysis. Practical experiments that correlate with the lecture material are designed to aid the understanding of modern chemical concepts. One 3-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: CHE 111; Co-requisite: CHE 112. Spring and Summer

135. Practical Applications of Chemistry. (1 hour) This course is designed to expose science majors to some of the many practical applications of Chemistry, such as nuclear power, plastics, household products, nutrition, or drugs, as well as the interaction of chemistry with other segments of society. Prerequisite: CHE 111. (A student receiving credit for either CHE 100 or 102 may not receive credit for 135.) Fall and Spring

201. Organic Chemistry-I. (3 hours) The nomenclature, reactions, preparations, electronic and structural features of carbon-containing compounds will be covered in this course. These compounds include many medicines, pesticides, plastics, fibers, solvents, and fuels. The study of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alchols, and alkyl halides is emphasized. Prerequisites: CHE 112, 113. Concurrent with CHE 202. Fall and Summer

202. Organic Chemistry Lab-I – Techniques and Synthesis. (1-2 hours) This is a technique-oriented course focusing on the ability to carry out standard operations in the laboratory. Content includes learning how to determine the melting and boiling points of compounds as well as purifying liquids by distillation and solids by recrystallization and sublimation. Also covered are methods of synthesizing and proving the identity of compounds, chromatographic methods of analysis, and general safety considerations. Prerequisites: CHE 112, 113. Concurrent with CHE 201. Fall and Summer

211. Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry. (3 hours) Introduction to chemical concepts covered in-depth in advanced courses such as equilibrium, thermodynamics, electrochemistry and nuclear reactions. The major focus will be on the periodic properties of the elements, descriptive main group and transition metal chemistry, and solid state chemistry. The lab (CHE 213) is optional. Prerequisite: CHE 112. Even Falls

213. Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry Lab. (1 hour) Laboratory experiences to accompany CHE 211 will include qualitative inorganic analysis and Inquiry-based labs on topics relevant to descriptive inorganic chemistry. One 3-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: CHE 113. Even Falls

280. Science Careers Seminar. (2 hours) An interdisciplinary seminar in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines that will introduce students interested in scientific research to an array of professions and professionals in these fields. This introduction will emphasize comprehension and analysis of published scientific research and provide students with the opportunity to meet the science professional who produced the work. Prerequisites: One science or mathematics course for majors, sophomore or junior standing, and approval of the instructor. Fall

305. Analytical Chemistry. (4 hours) Qualitative and quantitative analyses dealing with both the theoretical and practical aspects of classical gravimetric and volumetric chemical techniques, spectrophotometry, chromatography, and electrochemistry are covered. This course places an emphasis on both accuracy and precision in the lab and incorporates a discussion of elementary statistics and uncertainty in measurements. Includes a 3-hour lab each week. Prerequisites: CHE 112, 113. Odd Falls

307. Chemistry and Cancer. (3 hours) This course in applied biochemistry examines the fundamental biochemistry and molecular biology of human cancers. Causes of cancer (genetic and environmental) and treatment of cancer (conventional therapies and emerging therapies) will be discussed. Prerequisites: 1 semester of Biology and CHE 112. Even Falls

309. Organic Chemistry-II. (3 hours) This continuation of Chemistry 201 emphasizes the chemistry of aromatics, ketones, aldehydes, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, and amines. Multistep synthesis ties it all together. The theory and interpretation of spectral methods is also included. Prerequisite: CHE 201. Concurrent with CHE 310. Spring and Summer

310. Organic Chemistry Lab-II — Qualitative Analysis and Synthesis. (1-2 hours) This lab utilizes more advanced synthetic methods than those covered in Chemistry 202. Classical methods of organic qualitative analysis, including refractive indices and densities, are used to determine the identity of unknown compounds and mixtures. Skill in obtaining and interpreting ultraviolet (UV), infrared (IR), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and mass (MS) spectra is emphasized. Prerequisite: CHE 202. Concurrent with CHE 309. Spring and Summer

315. Spectroscopy. (4 hours) This course covers modern analytical methodology, including the theory, instrumental analysis, and advanced spectral interpretation of UV-Visible, IR, NMR, MS, Fluorescence, and Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy. In addition, this course, like many other upper-level courses, gives students a chance to review the basic concepts introduced in the General and Organic sequences. Includes a 3-hour lab each week. Prerequisite: CHE 309. Even Falls

317. Forensic Chemistry. (2 hours) Students will study the scientific principles and analytical techniques applied to forensic investigations associated with crime scenes, legal proceedings, and current TV dramas. The class will study the history of forensic science and will be introduced to typical analytical techniques used for drug identification, arson investigation, forensic serology, DNA typing, and trace evidence investigation. Prerequisite: CHE 112. Odd Springs

319. Nuclear Chemistry and Electrochemistry Lab. (1 hour) This lab provides experience in the use of modern electrochemical instrumentation and in the study of the characteristics of the three types of natural radioactivity. Materials containing safe, low levels of radioactivity are utilized. One 3-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: CHE 113. Even Falls

325. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Lab. (1 hour) Advanced synthesis and characterization of inorganic and organometallic compounds using solution and solid state techniques, along with the study of the properties of these materials. One 3-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: CHE 113. Offered concurrently with CHE 400. Even Springs

327. Medicinal Chemistry. (2 hours) This course covers the basic categories of medicinal compounds and the chemical methods by which many are prepared commercially. It will also cover the principles by which pharmaceutical preparations are developed into usable form and the biochemical mode of action and transformations of selected compounds (such as aspirin and penicillin). The chemical and legal processes required to bring a compound to market and the history of the development of some of the important classes of drugs will also be covered. The lab is optional. Prerequisite: CHE 309. Odd Springs

329. Medicinal and Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab. (1 hour) This lab includes the multi-step synthesis and analysis of a variety of medically significant materials using modern instrumentation. One 3-hour lab per week. CHE 327 is optional. Prerequisite: CHE 310. Offered concurrently with CHE 327. Odd Springs

331. Physical Chemistry-I. (4 hours) An advanced treatment of chemical principles will include quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure, the first, second, and third laws of thermodynamics, thermochemistry, and chemical equilibria in gas phase reactions. Includes a 3-hour lab each week. Prerequisites: CHE 112, MAT 225, PHY 111. Fall

332. Physical Chemistry-II. (3 hours) Topics will include molecular spectroscopy, the properties of gases, kinetics, and chemical equilibria in solution phase reactions. The lab is optional. CHE 331 and 332 may be taken in any order. Prerequisites: CHE 112, MAT 225, PHY 111. Odd Springs

333. Physical Chemistry-II Lab. (1 hour) In this laboratory course, students will perform detailed measurements of density, viscosity, conductivity, and freezing point depression. A series of unknowns are identified using physical measurements, various types of spectroscopy (UV-Visible, IR, NMR, MS, Fluorescence), and known literature values. One 3-hour lab per week. Co-requisite: CHE 332. Odd Springs

337. Environmental Chemistry. (2 hours) By combining chemical principles with issues of environmental concern, this course explores the flow of energy through nature, air pollution (global warming, acid rain, ozone depletion, photochemical smog, and indoor air), water pollution and purification, and toxic substances. Analytical techniques that are used to measure pollutants in the environment are also covered. The lab is optional. Prerequisite: CHE 112. Even Springs

339. Environmental Chemistry Lab. (1 hour) By working with EPA sampling techniques and using modern instrumentation to separate and analyze real samples for environmentally significant materials, students will gain an appreciation for measuring trace components in complex samples. One 3-hour lab per week. CHE 337 is optional. Prerequisite: CHE 113. Offered concurrently with CHE 337. Even Springs

341. Biochemistry. (3 hours) This class focuses on the molecular structures, functions, and naming systems of the four major classes of biomolecules (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids). It includes the acid-base behavior of biomolecules, enzyme kinetics, bioenergetics, and practical considerations of personal nutrition. The biochemistry of glycolysis, the tricarboxylic acid cycle, and electron transport is also covered. The optional lab is offered in Even Springs. Co- or Prerequisite: CHE 309. Every Spring

342. Biochemistry Lab. (1 hour) Students will be introduced to the theory and application of modern biochemical techniques. Experiments will emphasize amino acid, carbohydrate, and lipid chemistry, protein isolation and characterization via column chromatography and electrophoresis, enzyme kinetics, and membrane biochemistry. One 3-hour lab per week. Co-requisite: CHE 341. Even Springs

371. Special Topics in Chemistry. (1-4 hours) Selected courses from fields such as chemical energetics, separations, toxicology, surface and materials chemistry, polymers, and mass spectrometry. Typically, one topic is offered each year. Prerequisites: CHE 112, 113.

400. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. (3 hours) Advanced principles of inorganic chemistry will be introduced by focusing on the periodic properties, bonding, and structural theories of the elements, particularly the transition metals. Symmetry and group theory, acid-base theories, coordination compounds, and bioinorganic compounds are also covered. The lab (CHE 325) is optional. Prerequisite: CHE 331. Even Springs

421. Computational Chemistry Lab. (1 hour) This lab will utilize powerful, yet convenient, molecular modeling software suites to model the chemical and physical properties of organic, inorganic, and biological molecules. Modern theoretical methods will examine molecular structure, spectra, bonding, and reactivity. Studies of Quantitative Structure Activity Relationships (QSAR) and the molecular dynamics of physical processes will be included. One 3-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: CHE 201. Odd Falls

440. Independent Research. (1-3 hours) A student will work closely with a chemistry faculty member to identify a problem, define a course of investigation, accomplish the study in the library or laboratory, and submit a document recording the project. One hour of credit for each 3-hour lab per week. Fall, Spring, or Summer

450. Junior Seminar. (1 hour) Students will present several short presentations based on the chemical industry and the chemical literature. Resume preparation, small group activities, and talks by visiting speakers are included. Spring

451. Senior Seminar. (1 hour) This continuation of the seminar series includes a 30-45 minute seminar presentation by each student on a current chemical topic. Prerequisite: CHE 450. Fall