Course Requirements

Common Core

All students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in chemistry must complete a common core of courses in the department. These courses are consistent with the requirements of all degree programs accredited by the American Chemical Society. The courses in the common core consist of:

Introductory Courses

The department offers General Chemistry each summer. In this case, the combination of CHE 136/CHE 137 and CHE 138/CHE 139 may substitute for the three-quarter sequence above.

Foundation Courses

Calculus

One year of calculus is required to earn a baccalaureate degree in chemistry. This may be accomplished by completing any of the following three course sequences offered by the Department of Mathematical Sciences:

Students interested in earning credit for multi-variable calculus should not take the MAT 170/MAT 171/MAT 172 sequence. Business calculus cannot be substituted for any of the sequences above.

Physics

One year of calculus-based physics is required to earn a baccalaureate in chemistry. This may be accomplished by completing the following three course sequence offered by the Department of Physics:

Non-calculus-based physics cannot be used to meet the requirements of the common core unless previously approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Chair.

Concentration Requirements

Students must also complete the requirements from one of the following tracks: Standard; Analytical/Physical Chemistry; Biochemical/Medicinal Chemistry; or Synthetic Chemistry.  Students are limited to only delcaring one track.

 

Departmental Program Requirements

The following enrollment-related policies are fully enforced by the Department of Chemistry

  1. All students enrolling in the first course of a General Chemistry sequence must independently meet a minimum mathematics requirement and successfully complete either the General Chemistry placement examination or a General Chemistry preparation course. See the course descriptions for General Chemistry for up-to-date information.
  2. All prerequisite chemistry courses must be completed with a C- or better. Students not meeting this requirement may be removed from course rosters before the start of an academic session. This requirement may be waived only with departmental consent.
  3. The department offers lower-level sequences several times each academic year. Due to potentially small class sizes, upper-level courses are typically scheduled every other year. Students should consult with their faculty academic advisor to develop a program they can complete in a timely fashion.

Sequencing and Prerequisites

Students should begin their General Chemistry, Physics, and Calculus sequences in their freshman year, provided they have an adequate mathematics background. The Organic Chemistry sequence and Analytical Chemistry should be taken in the sophomore year. Students not yet prepared for calculus should take the prerequisite courses in the first year and take Calculus and General Physics one year later than suggested above. Advanced courses in Chemistry may be taken as soon as students have met the appropriate prerequisites.

Students in Biochemistry are recommended to consider taking the General Biology sequence (BIO 191, BIO 192, BIO 193) prior to taking the Biochemistry sequence .

Since the Undergraduate Common Core in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics is particularly demanding in the first two years, students take the majority of their Liberal Studies courses in their junior and senior years. This is necessary so that students have the necessary prerequisites for advanced courses.

CHE 130

GENERAL CHEMISTRY I

This introductory course for science majors emphasizes the composition of matter, atomic and molecular structure, bonding and chemical reactions. It is the first in the three-course sequence of General Chemistry. This course meets for three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE 131.
Prerequisites:
MAT 130 or (CHE 128 and CHE 129) is a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 131

GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY

Laboratory course to be taken in conjunction with CHE 130. The course meets weekly for three hours. The experimental techniques provide hands-on experience with the course material in CHE130. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE130. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
MAT 130 or (CHE 128 and CHE 129) is a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 132

GENERAL CHEMISTRY II

Second course of three in the General Chemistry series. Topics discussed include: common states of matter, phase transitions, properties of solutions, kinetics and equilibrium. This course meets for three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE133.
Prerequisites:
CHE 130 and CHE 131 are a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 133

GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II

Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE 132. The Course meets weekly for three hours. The experimental techniques learned in lab provide hands-on experience with the course material in CHE132. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE 132. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
CHE 130 and 131 are a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 134

GENERAL CHEMISTRY III

Third of three courses in the General Chemistry sequence. Topics included in lecture: chemical equilibrium in aqueous solution (acids and bases, solubility, complex ion formation), Thermodynamics (entropy and free energy), electrochemistry, chemistry of d-block elements and descriptive chemistry. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE135.
Prerequisites:
CHE 132 and CHE 133 are a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 135

GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY III

Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE 134. The Course meets weekly for three hours. The experimental techniques provide hands-on experience with the course material in CHE134. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE 134. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
CHE 132 and CHE 133 are a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 202

APPLIED PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS

This is a lecture course that introduces students to concepts related to the statistical analysis of experimental data, covering material from uncertainty, significant figures, and propagation of error through least squares fitting to descriptions and applications of several statistical distributions. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE204.
Prerequisites:
(CHE 134 and CHE 135) or (CHE 138 and CHE 139) are a prerequisite and CHE 204 is a corequisite for this class.

CHE 204

ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

Use of equilibrium chemistry to solve problems of chemical analysis in acid-base, solubility, metal-ligand complex, and electrochemical systems. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE 202 and CHE205.
Prerequisites:
(CHE 134 and CHE 135) or (CHE 138 and CHE 139) are prerequisites for this class.

CHE 205

ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE205. Methods include wet chemistry and instrumental techniques of analysis. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE 204. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
(CHE 134 and CHE 135) or (CHE 138 and CHE 139) are prerequisites for this class.

CHE 230

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I

First in a sequence of courses designed to investigate what organic chemistry is and how it works, by emphasizing the relationship between structure and function of organic molecule and the language and fundamental concepts of organic chemistry, including: structure and bonding; acid-base reactions; functional groups; thermodynamics and kinetics of organic reactions; stereochemistry; substitution and elimination reactions of alkyl halides. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE231.
Prerequisites:
(CHE 134 and CHE 135) or (CHE 138 and CHE 139) are prerequisites for this class.

CHE 231

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I

Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE230. CO-REQUISTE(S): CHE 230. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
(CHE 134 and CHE 135) or (CHE 138 and CHE 139) are a prerequisite and CHE 230 is a corequisite for this class.

CHE 232

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II

Second in a sequence of courses designed to investigate what organic chemistry is and how it works, by emphasizing the relationship between structure and function of organic molecules. Specific topics investigated include the reactivity and synthesis of alcohols, ethers, epoxides, alkenes, alkynes, alkanes, conjugated, and aromatic compounds. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE233
Prerequisites:
(CHE 230 and CHE 231) or (CHE 236/ and CHE 237) are a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 233

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II

Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE232. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE 232. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
(CHE 230 and CHE 231) or (CHE 236/ and CHE 237) are a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 302

QUANTUM CHEMISTRY

Quantum mechanics. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE303
Prerequisites:
CHE 204 and CHE 205 and (MAT 149 or MAT 152 or MAT 162 or MAT 172) and (PHY 152 or PHY 172) are a prerequisite and CHE 303 is a corequisite for this class.

CHE 303

EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I

Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE302. Introduction to essential skills and techniques of experimental physical chemistry. Topics include the use of data analysis software, computational methods, basic spectroscopy, and technical writing. CO-REQUISITE(S):CHE302. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
CHE 204 and CHE 205 and (MAT 149 or MAT 152 or MAT 162 or MAT 172) and (PHY 152 or PHY 172) are a prerequisite and CHE 302 is a corequisite for this class.

CHE 304

THERMOCHEMISTRY

Thermochemistry. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE305.
Prerequisites:
CHE 302 is a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 305

EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II

Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE304. The goal of this laboratory course is to teach students essential skills and techniques of physical chemistry. Experimental work will focus on electronic spectroscopy and thermodynamics. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE304. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
CHE 303 is a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 320

INTERMEDIATE INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Lecture course emphasizing synthesis, structure and reactions of metal ligand compounds of general and biological interest. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE321.
Prerequisites:
(CHE 234 and CHE 235) or (CHE 238 and CHE 239) are a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 321

INTERMEDIATE INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE 320. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE 320. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
(CHE 234 and CHE 235) or (CHE 238 and CHE 239) are a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 340

BIOCHEMISTRY I

First in a three-course sequence, directed at those who wish an in- depth exploration of modern biochemistry. This course covers the structures and functions of the four major macromolecules, concentrating on enzyme kinetics and regulation. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE341. The general biology sequence is strongly recommended.
Prerequisites:
CHE 232 and CHE 233 are a prerequisite and CHE 341 is a corequisite for this class.

CHE 341

EXPERIMENTAL BIOCHEMISTRY I

Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE340. This course will introduce classic and modern techniques for isolating and characterizing biological molecules. Topics covered will include buffer preparation; amino acid analysis; detection, quantification, and purification of proteins; enzyme kinetics; purification, amplification, and analysis of DNA; protein stabilization; and molecular interaction analysis. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE 340. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
CHE 340 is a corequisite for this class.

CHE 394

SEMINAR

This course is required for all chemistry majors. This course is designed to enhance your ability to: critically read and summarize scientific literature, thoughtfully listen to a scientific seminar, articulate questions regarding a scientific seminar, and orally present a scientific paper.

MAT 147

CALCULUS WITH INTEGRATED PRECALCULUS I

Limits, continuity, the derivative, rules of differentiation, and applications, with precalculus review included for each topic. The full MAT 147-8-9 sequence covers all the material of MAT 150-1-2 plus additional precalculus material.
Prerequisites:
MAT 130 or equivalents or placement by test is a prerequisite for this class.

MAT 148

CALCULUS WITH INTEGRATED PRECALCULUS II

Extrema, curve sketching, related rates, definite and indefinite integrals, applications of the integral, exponential and logarithmic functions, with precalculus review included for each topic.
Prerequisites:
MAT 147 is a prerequisite for this class.

MAT 149

CALCULUS WITH INTEGRATED PRECALCULUS III

Techniques of integration, L'Hopital's rule, improper integrals, Taylor polynomials, series and sequences, first-order differential equations, with precalculus review included for each topic.
Prerequisites:
MAT 148 is a prerequisite for this class.

MAT 150

CALCULUS I

Limits, continuity, the derivative, rules of differentiation, applications of the derivative, extrema, curve sketching, and optimization. This course meets for an additional 1.5-hour lab session each week for enrichment and problem solving.
Prerequisites:
MAT 131 or placement by test is a prerequisite for this class.

MAT 151

CALCULUS II

Definite and indefinite integrals, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, applications of the integral, exponential and logarithmic functions, inverse trigonometric functions, techniques of integration. This course meets for an additional 1.5-hour lab session each week for enrichment and problem solving.
Prerequisites:
MAT 150 or MAT 160 or MAT 170 is a prerequisite for this class.

MAT 152

CALCULUS III

L'Hopital's rule, improper integrals, sequences and series, Taylor polynomials. This course meets for an additional 1.5-hour lab session each week for enrichment and problem solving.
Prerequisites:
MAT 151 or MAT 161 or MAT 171 is a prerequisite for this class.

MAT 160

CALCULUS FOR MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE MAJORS I

Limits, continuity, the derivative, rules of differentiation, applications of the derivative, extrema, curve sketching, and optimization. Course meets for an additional 1.5 hour lab session each week in order to cover the material in greater depth. Students considering a math major are advised to take the 160 or 170 sequence.
Prerequisites:
MAT 131 or placement by test is a prerequisite for this class.

MAT 161

CALCULUS FOR MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE MAJORS II

Definite and indefinite integrals, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, applications of the integral, exponential and logarithmic functions, inverse trigonometric functions, techniques of integration. Course meets for an additional 1.5 hour lab session each week in order to cover the material in greater depth.
Prerequisites:
MAT 147 or MAT 150 or MAT 160 or MAT 170 is a prerequisite for this class.

MAT 162

CALCULUS FOR MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE MAJORS III

L'Hopital's rule, improper integrals, sequences and series, Taylor polynomials. Course meets for an additional 1.5 hour lab session each week in order to cover the material in greater depth.
Prerequisites:
MAT 151 or MAT 161 or MAT 171 is a prerequisite for this class.

MAT 170

CALCULUS I WITH SCIENTIFIC APPLICATIONS

The course covers the following topics using examples from the sciences: Functions as models, logarithmic scale graphing, exponential growth and decay, difference equations and limits of sequences, geometric series, functions and limits, trigonometric functions and their limits, continuity, limits at infinity, the derivative, differentiation rules, derivatives of trigonometric and exponential functions, related rates, derivatives of inverse and logarithm functions. Course meets for an additional lab session each week during which time students will work on applied mathematics projects based on the topics covered in the course. Students majoring in the sciences should consult with their major department to decide between the 160 and 170 sequences.
Prerequisites:
MAT 131 or placement by test is a prerequisite for this class.

MAT 171

CALCULUS II WITH SCIENTIFIC APPLICATIONS

The course covers the following topics using examples from the sciences: Applications of the derivative including approximation and local linearity, differentials, extrema and the Mean Value Theorem, monotonicity and concavity, extrema, inflection points, graphing, L'Hospital's Rule, optimization, and the Newton-Raphson method, antiderivaties, the definite integral, Riemann sums, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, area, cumulative change, average value of a function, and techniques of integration: substitution rule and integration by parts. Course meets for an additional lab session each week during which time students will work on applied mathematics projects based on the topics covered in the course. Course meets for an additional lab session each week during which time students will work on applied mathematics projects based on the topics covered in the course.
Prerequisites:
MAT 150 or MAT 160 or MAT 170 is a prerequisite for this class.

MAT 172

CALCULUS III WITH DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS

This course is designed for students in the life sciences and covers some topics from MAT 152, differential equations and an introduction to the Calculus of functions of several variables. Specific topics are as follows. Numerical integration, partial fraction expansions, Taylor approximations of a function, differential equations, separation of variables, slope fields, Euler's existence theorem, polygonal approximations to solutions of differential equations, the logistic equation and allometric growth models, equilibiria of differential equations and their stability, applications of stability theory, functions of several variables, partial derivatives, directional derivative and the gradient. Course meets for an additional lab session each week during which time students will work on applied mathematics projects based on the topics covered in the course.
Prerequisites:
MAT 151 or MAT 161 or MAT 171 is a prerequisite for this class.

PHY 170

UNIVERSITY PHYSICS I

This course provides a comprehensive, calculus-based introduction to Newtonian mechanics. Topics include vectors, Newton's laws, linear and rotational motion. Course intended for majors in a physical science, required for the physics major. Laboratory fee. Autumn. COREQUISITE(S): MAT 147 or MAT 160 or MAT 170.
Prerequisites:
MAT 147 or MAT 160 or MAT 170 is a corequisite for this class.

PHY 171

UNIVERSITY PHYSICS II

A continuation of PHY 170. Topics include heat, sound and light. Laboratory fee. Winter COREQUISITE(S): MAT 161 or 171 or 148.

PHY 172

UNIVERSITY PHYSICS III

A continuation of PHY 171. Topics include electricity and magnetism. Laboratory fee. Spring COREQUISITE(S):MAT 162 or 172 or 149.

BIO 191

GENERAL BIOLOGY I FOR SCIENCE MAJORS

Focuses on the unity of life: its biochemical and cellular makeup and functions, the acquisition and utilization of energy, and the storage and utilization of genetic information. Lecture-laboratory. Lab fee. CO-REQUISITE(S): Recommended: CHE 130 and CHE 131.
Prerequisites:
MAT 130 is a prerequisite for this class.

BIO 192

GENERAL BIOLOGY II FOR SCIENCE MAJORS

Introduction to evolution, ecology, organismal development and diversity. Lecture-laboratory. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
MAT 130 and BIO 191 are a prerequisite for this class.

BIO 193

GENERAL BIOLOGY III FOR SCIENCE MAJORS

Deals primarily with diversity and development within the plant and animal kingdoms including basic principles of physiology. Lecture-laboratory. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
MAT 130 and BIO 192 are a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 136

GENERAL CHEMISTRY I

This course is a rigorous introductory course in general chemistry covering topics such as composition of matter, atomic and molecular structure, bonding and chemical reactions, common states of matter, properties of solutions, phase transitions. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE137.
Prerequisites:
MAT 130 or (CHE 128 and CHE 129) are a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 137

GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY

Laboratory course to be taken in conjunction with CHE136. This laboratory course introduces students to basic chemical laboratory techniques. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE 136. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
MAT 130 or (CHE 128 and CHE 129) are a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 138

GENERAL CHEMISTRY II

This course is a continuation of CHE136 covering topics including kinetics, chemical equilibrium in aqueous solution (acids and bases, solubility, complex ion formation), thermodynamics (entropy and free energy), electrochemistry, chemistry of d-block elements and descriptive chemistry. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE 139.

CHE 139

GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY

This laboratory course is a continuation of CHE137, emphasizing additional quantitative and qualitative laboratory techniques to coincide with CHE138 content. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE 138.