Chemistry is everywhere! Actually everything we see, taste, smell, and touch 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 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 such a “Central” Science, a wide variety of opportunities await 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; seek thorough and comprehensive pre-professional training for Engineering or the Medical Sciences (Medicine, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Medical Technology, Nursing); plan to engage in Secondary Science or College Teaching; or desire a knowledge of Chemistry as part of their liberal arts experience.


(B.S. degree) Forty-one hours of chemistry which must include CHE 111, 112, 113, 201, 202, 309, 310, 331, 341, 450, 451 plus two chosen from CHE 319, 321, 323 and 325 plus three chosen from CHE 305, 315, 332 or 400 plus enough semester hours of electives to reach a total of 41. Required allied courses are MAT 121 and 122 plus Physics 111. Total hours required: 51. PHY 301 may be used as an elective. CHE 100 and 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 courses (except CHE 100 or 102) one of which must be a lab course.


100. Liberal Arts Chemistry. (4 hours) An introductory course for broad exposure to chemistry in life. Particular emphasis upon the relevancy of chemistry to problems of modern existence. Includes laboratory. Fall and Spring

102. Liberal Arts Chemistry/No Lab. (3 hours) Same as CHE 100 but does not include laboratory. (A student may not receive credit for both CHE 100 and 102.) Fall and Spring

111. General Chemistry I. (4 hours) Initial course for those who may have continuing interest in the sciences. Content include principles of chemistry, atomic structure, bonding, periodic relationships, stoichiometry, gases, thermochemistry. Laboratory. MAT 107 or proficiency strongly advised. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses. Fall

112. General Chemistry II. (3 hours) Continuation of material in CHE 111 including molecular geometry, solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, and acid-base chemistry. Lecture only. Prerequisite: CHE 111; Concurrent with CHE 113. Spring

113. General Chemistry Lab. (1 hour) Laboratory experience to accompany general chemistry lecture (CHE 112). Includes qualitative and quantitative analysis, synthesis, and measurement techniques. Prerequisite: CHE 111; Concurrent with CHE 112. Spring

135. Practical Applications of Chemistry. (1 hour) Designed to expose science majors to primary uses of chemical applications (nuclear applications, polymer chemistry, household products) as well as the interaction of chemistry with other segments of society. Prerequisites: 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. These include medicines, pesticides, plastics, fibers, solvents, and fuels. The study of alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, and alkyl halides is emphasized. Prerequisites: CHE 112, 113. Fall and Summer

202. Organic Chemistry Lab I—Techniques and Synthesis. (1 hour) 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: methods of synthesizing and proving the identity of compounds, careful handling of chemicals and general safety considerations, and chromatographic methods of analysis. Prerequisites: CHE 112, 113; Concurrent with CHE 201. Fall and Summer

305. Quantitative Analysis. (4 hours) Quantitative analysis dealing with both the theoretical and practical aspects of classical gravimetric and volumetric chemical techniques, spectrophotometry, and electrochemistry with statistical evaluations of measurements. This course places an emphasis on both accuracy and precision in the laboratory. Prerequisites: CHE 111, 112, 113. Odd Falls

307. Chemistry and Cancer. (3 hours) Examination of 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. Prerequisite: 1 semester of college biology and permission of instructor. Odd Falls

309. Organic Chemistry II. (3 hours) A continuation of CHE 201. Theory and interpretation of spectral methods. Emphasis on the chemistry of ketones, aldehydes, aromatics, carboxlyic acid, their derivatives and amines. Multistep synthesis ties it all together. Prerequisites: CHE 201 and 202; Concurrent with CHE 310. Spring and Summer

310. Organic Chemistry Lab II—Qualitative Analysis and Advanced Synthesis. (1 hour) More advanced synthetic methods than those covered in CHE 202. Also covered: classical methods of organic qualitative analysis; obtaining and interpreting spectra in the areas of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), infrared (IR), mass (MS) and ultraviolet (UV) spectra; obtaining refractive indices and densities during the process of determining the identity of unknown compounds and mixtures. Prerequisites: CHE 201, 202; Concurrent with CHE 309. Spring and Summer

315. Spectroscopy. (4 hours) Modern analytical methodology, including instrumental analysis and advanced spectral interpretation of NMR, IR, MS, UV-Vis, Fluorescence, Atomic Absorption, and Laser Spectroscopy. Laboratory. Prerequisite: CHE 201 and 309 (with a C or better). Even Falls

317. Forensic Chemistry. (2 hours) A study of the application of scientific principles and analytical techniques to investigations associated with crime scenes and other legal proceedings. Includes history of forensic science, introduction to analytical techniques used for drug identification, arson investigation, forensic serology, DNA typing, and trace evidence investigation. Prerequisites: Chemistry 112, 113. Odd Springs

319. Nuclear Chemistry and Electrochemistry Combined Topical Laboratory. (1 hour) Provides experience in the use of modern electrochemical instrumentation materials containing low level radioactivity and study the characteristics of the three types of natural radioactivity. Even Falls

321. Environmental Chemistry Topical Laboratory. (1 hour) Provides the opportunity to work with sampling techniques and use of instruments in analyzing real samples for environmentally significant materials. Even Springs

323. Medicinal Chemistry Topical Laboratory. (1 hour) This will include the study of the synthesis and analysis of a variety of medically significant materials using modern instrumentation. Polymeric materials will be produced and their special properties will be observed. Offered along with CHE 327-Medicinal Chemistry. Odd Falls

325. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry and Surface/Colloid Chemistry Combined Topical Laboratory. (1 hour) Advanced synthesis and characterization of inorganic materials along with the study of interfaces and colloids. Offered along with CHE 400 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. Even Springs

327. Medicinal Chemistry. (2 hours) Basic categories of medicinal compounds and the chemical method(s) by which many of them are prepared commercially. It will also cover the principles by which pharmaceutical preparations are developed into usable form, the biochemical mode of action of selected compounds such as aspirin and penicillin and the biological transformations that occur after administration. In addition, we will cover 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. Prerequisites: CHE 309. Odd Falls

331. Physical Chemistry I. (4 hours) An advanced treatment of chemical principles. Topics include quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure, molecular spectroscopy, and photochemistry laboratory. Prerequisites: CHE 112, MAT 122, PHY 111. Fall

332. Physical Chemistry II. (3-4 hours) A continuation of CHE 331. Topics include first, second, and third laws of thermodynamics, thermochemistry, statistical thermodynamics, properties of gases, chemical equilibria, kinetics, and molecular reaction dynamics. Optional lab. Prerequisite: CHE 331. Odd Springs

337. Environmental Chemistry. (2 hours) Combines chemical principles with issues of environmental concern. It explores the flow of energy through nature, air pollution (greenhouse effect, acid rain, ozone depletion, photochemical smog, and indoor air), water pollution and purification, redox potentials, and toxic substances. Prerequisites: CHE 112. Even Springs

341. Biochemistry. (3-4 hours) Focuses on the molecular structures, functions and naming systems of the four major classes of biomolecules (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids). Also includes enzyme kinetics, the acid-base behavior of biomolecules, bioenergetics, and practical considerations of personal nutrition. Also covered: the biochemistry of glycolysis, the tricarboxylic acid cycle, and electron transport. Optional lab. Prerequisites: CHE 112, 113, 309. Springs Lab: 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, descriptive inorganic, and mass spectrometry. Typically, one topic is offered each semester. Prerequisites: CHE 112, 113.

400. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. (3 hours) Advanced principles of inorganic chemistry including properties, bonding, and structural theories of elements, particularly transition elements. Prerequisites: CHE 331 with C or better. Even Springs

440. Independent Research. (1-3 hours) A student will work closely with the chemistry faculty to identify a problem, define a course of investigation, accomplish the study, and submit a document recording the project.

450. Seminar I. (1 hour) Includes study of chemical literature as well as short presentations by students and visiting speakers. Spring

451. Seminar II. (1 hour) Continuation of Seminar I. Includes 1-hour seminar presentation by each student on a current chemical topic. Prerequisite: CHE 450. Fall