Department of Chemistry

Programs and Courses

What chemistry course(s) should I take?

Sample Course Syllabi

Please not that the sample syllabi are provided to give you an idea of what the topics covered in these courses are. Please contact the instructor or department for more course information, such as which books will be used in the coming semester.

Courses Sample Syllabi
CHE 114-115: Essentials of General Chemistry (4.5)

CHE 114 CHE 115

CHE 120-121: Essentials of Organic Chemistry (4.5)

CHE 120 CHE 121

CHE 136: Elements of Chemistry (4) CHE 136
CHE 166-167: General Chemistry I (5)

CHE 166

CHE 167

CHE 168-169: General Chemistry II (5) PREREQ: CHE 166-167

CHE 168 CHE 169

CHE 232-233: Organic Chemistry I (5) PREREQ: CHE 168-169 CHE 232
CHE 234-235: Organic Chemistry II (5) PREREQ: CHE 232-233

CHE 234 CHE 235

CHE 244-245: Introduction to Biochemistry (4.5)

CHE 244 CHE 245

CHE 248: Intro. to Analytical Chemistry (3) PREREQ: CHE 168-169 CHE 248 lecture, lab
CHE 332: Intro. to Physical Chemistry I (3) PREREQ: CHE 234, PHY 167, MAT 176  
CHE 333: Physical Chemistry of Biosystems Laboratory I (1.5) PREREQ: CHE 248, PRE/COREQ: CHE 332  
CHE 334: Intro. to Physical Chemistry II (3) PREREQ: CHE 332  
CHE 337: Physical Chemistry of Biosystems Laboratory II (1.5) PREREQ: CHE 333, PRE/COREQ: CHE 334  
CHE 342: Physical Chemistry I (3) PREREQ: CHE 234-235 CHE 342
CHE 345: Physical Chemistry Lab (2) PRE/COREQ: CHE 248, 342  
CHE 344: Physical Chemistry II (3) PREREQ: CHE 342  
CHE 347: Physical Chemistry Lab (2) PREREQ: CHE 345  
CHE 442: Inorganic Chemistry (3) PREREQ: CHE 234 CHE 442
CHE 443: Inorganic Chemistry Lab (1) PREREQ: CHE 234-235, CHE 248; PRE/COREQ: CHE 442 CHE 443
CHE 444: Biochemistry I (3) PREREQ: CHE 234  
CHE 446: Biochemistry II (3) PREREQ: CHE 444 CHE 446
CHE 447: Biochemistry Lab (3) PREREQ: CHE 248, PRE/COREQ: CHE 446 CHE 447

 

 

Chemistry for non-majors

If you do not plan to major in chemistry, but would like to get a “taste” of chemistry—and, at the same time, satisfy one of the college’s laboratory science distribution requirementsyou should consider taking one of the department’s introductory courses: CHE 136 (lecture and lab), CHE 114 (lecture)/115 (lab), or CHE 166 (lecture)/167 (lab). These introductory courses are designed to provide the student with a sound foundation in the principles of chemistry, an introduction to some of its many applications, and an understanding of the how chemistry relates to the larger world.

  • CHE 114/115 is the beginning of the sequence of chemistry courses for nursing and nutrition majors. They are followed by CHE 120/121.
  • The CHE 166-169 general chemistry sequence is required for science majors, and pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-veterinary, and pre-pharmacy students.
  • The CHE 232-235 organic chemistry sequence is required for science majors, and pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-veterinary, and pre-pharmacy students.

 

 

Chemistry for majors

If you plan to major in chemistry, the Department offers three degree programs: a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, a Bachelor of Science in chemistry with a specialization in biochemistry, and a chemistry Bachelor of Arts degree. For more on these degree programs, see Current Requirements for Chemistry Degree Programs and the Chemistry pages of the Undergraduate Bulletin.

The Department’s degree programs are designed to prepare the student for advanced study and a career in chemistry, biochemistry, and related fields, including medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and secondary school science teaching.

The Chemistry Minor

If you want to minor in chemistry, you need to complete the first two years of science major chemistry (CHE 166-CHE 235) and one more chemistry course at the 300 or 400 level or CHE 248. See Current Requirements for the Chemistry Minor.

Chemistry-related Degree Programs

Other degree programs that have course requirements in chemistry include:

In addition, two new degree programs are being developed:

  • The B. A. degree in chemistry education, which will combine chemistry degree requirements with the education courses needed to teach in K-12
  • The Interdisciplinary B. A. degree in environmental science, which is currently being developed together with the Departments of Biological Sciences and Environmental, Geographic, and Geological Sciences.

Current Requirements for Chemistry Degree Programs

The Chemistry Department offers three degree programs: the B.S. in chemistry, the B.S. in chemistry with a specialization in biochemistry and the B.A. in chemistry.  The courses required for each degree are listed below, “blocked” according to the semester in which they should be taken.

Note: If you are thinking of majoring in chemistry, be sure to make an appointment to see Chemistry Advising to talk to a faculty member about when you will take these courses.

B.S. in Chemistry B.S. in Biochemistry B.A. in Chemistry
Year Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring

1

CHE 166
CHE 167
MAT 175

CHE 168
CHE 169
MAT 176

CHE 166
CHE 167
MAT 175
BIO 166

CHE 168
CHE 169
MAT 176
BIO 167

CHE 166
CHE 167
MAT 175

CHE 168
CHE 169
MAT 176

2

CHE 232
CHE 233
PHY 166
or 168

CHE 234
CHE 235
PHY 167
or 169

CHE 232
CHE 233
PHY 166
BIO 238

CHE 234
CHE 235
PHY 167

CHE 232
CHE 233
 PHY 166
or 168

CHE 234
CHE 235
PHY 167
or 169

3

CHE 248
CHE 342
CHE 345
MAT 226

CHE 344
CHE 347
CHE 433

CHE 248
CHE 332
CHE 333

CHE 334
CHE 337

CHE 248
CHE 342
CHE 345

CHE 344
Elective+

4

CHE 444
CHE 450*

CHE 442
CHE 443
CHE 435
Elective

CHE 444
CHE 450*
BIO 420

CHE 446
CHE 447
CHE 442
CHE 443

Elective+ 

CHE 450*

* Indicates a course that is recommended but not required.

+ Two electives to be chosen from: CHE 347, CHE 442, CHE 433, CHE 444, MAT 226 (an additional one of these is recommended)

Note: Under the current degree requirements, CHE 248 replaces CHE 249, CHE 333 and CHE 337 replace CHE 335 and CHE 433 and CHE 435 replace CHE 327 and CHE 449.

Courses in Chemistry
CHE 166-167: General Chemistry I (5)
CHE 168-169: General Chemistry II (5) PREREQ: CHE 166-167
CHE 232-233: Organic Chemistry I (5) PREREQ: CHE 168-169
CHE 234-235: Organic Chemistry II (5) PREREQ: CHE 232-233
*CHE 248: Intro. to Analytical Chemistry (3) PREREQ: CHE 168-169
CHE 332: Intro. to Physical Chemistry I (3) PREREQ: CHE 234, PHY 167, MAT 176
CHE 333: Physical Chemistry of Biosystems Laboratory I (1.5) PREREQ: CHE 248, PRE/COREQ: CHE 332
CHE 334: Intro. to Physical Chemistry II (3) PREREQ: CHE 332
CHE 337: Physical Chemistry of Biosystems Laboratory II (1.5) PREREQ: CHE 333, PRE/COREQ: CHE 334
CHE 342: Physical Chemistry I (3) PREREQ: CHE 234-235
CHE 345: Physical Chemistry Lab (2) PRE/COREQ: CHE 248, 342
CHE 344: Physical Chemistry II (3) PREREQ: CHE 342
CHE 347: Physical Chemistry Lab (2) PREREQ: CHE 345
CHE 423: Advanced Laboratory I (2) PREREQ: CHE 234-235, CHE 248
CHE 442: Inorganic Chemistry (3) PREREQ: CHE 234
CHE 443: Inorganic Chemistry Lab (1) PREREQ: CHE 234-235, CHE 248; PRE/COREQ: CHE 442
CHE 444: Biochemistry I (3) PREREQ: CHE 234
CHE 446: Biochemistry II (3) PREREQ: CHE 444
CHE 447: Biochemistry Lab (3) PREREQ: CHE 248, PRE/COREQ: CHE 446
CHE 450: Seminar (1) Pre: CHE 168, PRE/COREQ: CHE 232
*CHE 433: Advanced Laboratory I (3) PREREQ: CHE 234-235, CHE 248
*CHE 435: Advanced Laboratory II (3) PREREQ: CHE 433
Courses in Biology
BIO 166: Intro. to Organismic Biology
BIO 167: Principles of Biology
BIO 238: Genetics
BIO 420: Molecular Biology
Courses in Mathematics and Physics
MAT 175: Calculus I
MAT 176: Calculus II
MAT 226: Intermediate Calculus I
PHY 166 or 168: Physics I
PHY 167 or 169: Physics II

Credits given in parentheses; PREREQ= Prerequisite; COREQ= Corequisite

Course Descriptions

New Chemistry Courses

*CHE 248: Introduction to Analytical Chemistry. 1 hour lecture; 4 hours lab; 3 credits  

A course emphasizing basic principles and general practices of analytical chemistry.  Topics include solution equilibria, electrochemistry, uv-vis and other spectroscopies; gravimetric, volumetric, complexiometric, chromatographic, and electrophoretic methods; data handling and error analysis.  PREREQ: CHE 168 and 169.

*CHE 423:  Introduction to Advanced Laboratory.  4 hours lab, 2 credits

Experimental investigations involving synthesis, separation, purification, identification, and quantitative analysis of organic, inorganic and organometallic substances and materials.  Techniques and approaches include absorption and emission spectroscopy, magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, chromatography, electrochemical methods and computer-based molecular modeling, data analysis, and literature searching.  Note:  Fulfills the advanced laboratory requirement for the B. S. - Biochemistry Specialization degree.  PREREQ: CHE 234, 235; 248.

*CHE 433:  Advanced Laboratory I.  6 hours, 3 credits  

Experimental investigations involving synthesis, separation, purification, identification, and quantitative analysis of organic, inorganic and organometallic substances and materials.  Techniques and approaches include absorption and emission spectroscopy, magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, chromatography, electrochemical methods and computer-based molecular modeling, data analysis, and literature searching. PREREQ: CHE 234, 235; 248.

*CHE 435:  Advanced Laboratory II.  6 hours, 3 credits  

Continuation of CHE 433.  Experiments involving multi-step syntheses, natural product separations, analysis of forensic and environment-related mixtures, compound purification and characterization. Experiment design and industrial laboratory work group simulations will be emphasized. PREREQ:  CHE 433.

Other required courses

For descriptions on other required courses, see the College Bulletin listings for:

Current Requirements for the Chemistry Minor

The requirements for the minor in chemistry are: CHE 166, 167, 168, 169, 232, 233, 234, 235 and one other chemistry course, chosen from: CHE 248, 332, 342, 442, 444.

(For a description of CHE 248, see Current Requirements for Chemistry Degree Programs).

 

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