​The combined Bachelor's/Master's degree programs allow students to complete 12 graduate credit hours while still undergraduates. These three graduate level courses will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Chemistry (BA)/Secondary Education Chemistry (MEd) 

This combined degree program of the College of Science and Health and the College of Education was collaboratively developed, and is governed and taught by faculty from these units.
 
Students may apply to the Program during the spring of their junior year. They must enroll in the Junior Year Experiential Learning course, TCH 320, and meet other application criteria; these include completion of at least 16 quarter credit hours at DePaul and a 3.0 GPA.  During their senior year, students are required to complete a Program capstone course, TCH 390, and three 400-level courses that count toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees:

​In addition, students are responsible for all the course requirements for the BA in Chemistry Grades of C or better are required for licensure.  ​

    The Master’s year comprises teacher-preparation coursework that culminates with student teaching during Spring quarter.  Upon graduation and the fulfilling of State of Illinois licensure requirements (which may require some additional course work in the student’s major and related fields), students are eligible to be licensed to teach Chemistry at the 6th-12th grade levels. 
     
    A full description of the Program can be found on the College of Education website in the graduate course catalog.  Students interested in the Program should consult with the designated TEACH Program advisor in their home department. 

    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. Formerly CHE 111LEC. 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. Formerly CHE 111LAB. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE130.
    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. Formerly CHE 113LEC. 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. Formerly CHE 113LAB. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE 132.
    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. Formerly CHE 115LEC. 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. Formerly CHE 115LAB. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE 134.
    Prerequisites:
    CHE 132 and CHE 133 are a prerequisite 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. Formerly CHE 171LEC. 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. Formerly CHE 171LAB. CO-REQUISTE(S): CHE 230.
    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. Formerly CHE 173LEC. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE233
    Prerequisites:
    CHE 230 and CHE 231 are prerequisites for this class..

    CHE 233

    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II

    Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE232. Formerly CHE 173LAB. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE 232
    Prerequisites:
    CHE 230 and CHE 231 are prerequisites 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. Formerly CHE 205LEC. 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. Formerly CHE 205LAB. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE 204.
    Prerequisites:
    (CHE 134 and CHE 135) or (CHE 138 and CHE 139) are prerequisites for this class.

    CHE 302

    QUANTUM CHEMISTRY

    Quantum mechanics. Formerly CHE 215LEC. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE303
    Prerequisites:
    CHE 204 and CHE 205 and (MAT 149 or MAT 152 or MAT 162 or MAT 172) and PHY 172 are prerequisites 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. Formerly CHE 215LAB. CO-REQUISITE(S):CHE302.
    Prerequisites:
    CHE 204 and CHE 205 and (MAT 149 or MAT 152 or MAT 162 or MAT 172) and PHY 172 are prerequisites and CHE 302 is a corequisite for this course.

    CHE 304

    THERMOCHEMISTRY

    Thermochemistry. Formerly CHE 210. 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.
    Prerequisites:
    CHE 303 is 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 and 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 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.
    Prerequisites:
    (CHE 234 and CHE 235 and at least Junior year standing) or instructor permission is a prerequisite for this course.

    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 will cover 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 course.

    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 150

    CALCULUS I

    Limits, continuity, the derivative, rules of differentiation, exponential and logarithmic functions, related rates and other applications.
    Prerequisites:
    MAT 131 or placement by test is a prerequisite for this course.

    MAT 151

    CALCULUS II

    Applications of the derivative, extrema, curve sketching, definite and indefinite integrals, applications of the integral.
    Prerequisites:
    MAT 150 or MAT 160 or MAT 170 is a prerequisite for this class.

    MAT 160

    CALCULUS FOR MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE MAJORS I

    Limits, continuity, the derivative, rules of differentiation, exponential and logarithmic functions, related rates and other applications. 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

    Applications of the derivative, extrema, curve sketching, definite and indefinite integrals, applications of the integral. Course meets for an additional 1.5 hour lab session each week in order to cover the material in greater depth.
    Prerequisites:
    MAT 150 or MAT 160 or MAT 170 is a prerequisite for this course.

    MAT 170

    CALCULUS I WITH SCIENTIFIC APPLICATIONS

    The course will cover 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 will cover 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.
    Prerequisites:
    MAT 150 or MAT 160 or MAT 170 is a prerequisite for this class.

    PHY 150

    GENERAL PHYSICS I

    Mechanics, vibrations and fluids. Laboratory fee.
    Prerequisites:
    MAT 131 or above is a prerequisite for this class.

    PHY 151

    GENERAL PHYSICS II

    Heat, thermodynamics, sound and light. Laboratory fee.
    Prerequisites:
    PHY 150 is a prerequisite for this class.

    PHY 152

    GENERAL PHYSICS III

    Electricity, magnetism and modern physics. Laboratory fee.
    Prerequisites:
    PHY 151 is a prerequisite for this class.

    PHY 170

    UNIVERSITY PHYSICS I

    Mechanics and fluids. 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

    Heat, sound and light. Laboratory fee. Winter COREQUISITE(S): MAT 161 or 171 or 148.
    Prerequisites:
    PHY 170 is a prerequisite for this course.

    PHY 172

    UNIVERSITY PHYSICS III

    Electricity and magnetism. Laboratory fee. Spring COREQUISITE(S):MAT 162 or 172 or 149.
    Prerequisites:
    PHY 171 is a prerequisite for this course.

    CHE 234

    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY III

    Third 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 carbonyl compounds; amines; and bio-molecules. Formerly CHE 175LEC. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE235.
    Prerequisites:
    CHE 232 and CHE 233 are a prerequisite and CHE 235 is a corequisite for this class.

    CHE 235

    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY III

    Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE234. Formerly CHE 175LAB. CO-REQUISITE(S):CHE 234.
    Prerequisites:
    CHE 232 and CHE 233 are a prerequisite and CHE 234 is a corequisite for this class.

    CHE 306

    KINETICS AND MOLECULAR DYNAMICS

    Kinetics and molecular dynamics. Formerly CHE 211LEC. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE307.
    Prerequisites:
    CHE 302 and CHE 303 are a prerequisite and CHE 307 is a corequisite for this class.

    CHE 307

    EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY III

    Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE306. The goal of this laboratory course is to teach students essential skills and techniques of physical chemistry. Experimental work will focus on thermodynamics at the outset and then kinetics for the final two experiments of the quarter. Formerly CHE 211LAB. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE306.
    Prerequisites:
    CHE 302 and CHE 303 are a prerequisite and CHE 306 is a corequisite for this class.

    CHE 264

    ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY

    Atmospheric chemistry with a focus on physical and chemical processes in the troposphere and stratosphere. Formerly CHE 265LEC. CO-REQUISITE(S):CHE265.
    Prerequisites:
    CHE 204 and CHE 205 are prerequisites for this course.

    CHE 265

    ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

    Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE 264, with emphasis placed on gas phase and particulate measurements. Formerly CHE 265LAB. CO-REQUISITE(S):CHE264.
    Prerequisites:
    CHE 205 is a prerequisite for this class.

    CHE 268

    SOLID WASTE CHEMISTRY

    Fundamental chemical processes involved in the processing of solid wastes. Offered in Spring quarters of odd-numbered years. Formerly CHE 269LEC. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE269LAB.
    Prerequisites:
    CHE 204 and CHE 205 are prerequisites for this course.

    CHE 269

    SOLID WASTE CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

    Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE 268, offered in spring of odd-numbered years. Formerly CHE 269LAB. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE 268
    Prerequisites:
    CHE 204 and CHE 205 are prerequisites for this course.

    CHE 320

    INTERMEDIATE INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

    Lecture course emphasizing synthesis, structure and reactions of metal ligand compounds of general and biological interest. Formerly CHE 321LEC. 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. Formerly CHE 321LAB. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE 320.
    Prerequisites:
    (CHE 234 and CHE 235) or (CHE 238 and CHE 239) are a prerequisite for this class.

    CHE 318

    BIOPHYSICAL CHEMSTRY

    This course is designed for advanced undergraduate students with an interest in the interdisciplinary field of biophysics. The course will focus on several subfields of biophysical chemistry, including: fluorescence as a tool in biophysics; protein folding; biophysical applications of single molecule fluorescence, atomic force microscopy, X-ray crystallography, mass spectrometry, and NMR spectroscopy. Additional topics will be selected by students from a list of possible choices.
    Prerequisites:
    CHE304 or CHE342 is a prerequisite for this course.

    CHE 326

    INTERMEDIATE ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

    This one-quarter course is designed to develop the chemical intuition necessary for advanced work in organic chemistry through a review of general organic chemistry, with emphasis on the following more advanced topics: reaction mechanisms and why reactions occur; heteraromatic chemistry; curved-arrow formalism and multi-step reactions; molecular orbitals and symmetry-controlled reactions; Hammett equation and structure-activity relationships; functional group interconversions; carbon-carbon bond-forming reactions; more advanced treatment of structure and mechanism; introduction to design and planning of synthesis of organic compounds. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE327
    Prerequisites:
    (CHE234 and CHE235) or (CHE238 and CHE239) are prerequisites for this course.

    CHE 327

    INTERMEDIATE ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

    Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE326. This course is designed to provide the student with a thorough introduction to the experimental techniques utilized by practicing chemists in the synthesis, isolation, and characterization of organic compounds. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE 326.
    Prerequisites:
    (CHE234 and CHE235) or (CHE238 and CHE239) are prerequisites for this course.

    CHE 342

    BIOCHEMISTRY II

    Second in a three-course sequence, directed at those who wish an in- depth exploration of modern biochemistry. This course covers energy metabolism and biosynthetic pathways, with emphasis on their coordinated regulation. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE343.
    Prerequisites:
    CHE 340 and CHE 341are a prerequisite for this class.

    CHE 343

    EXPERIMENTAL BIOCHEMISTRY II

    Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE 342. Applications of basic techniques from CHE 341: DNA cloning and transformation; protein expression, purification, and characterization; and advanced biophysical methods. Formerly CHE 343LAB. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE342.
    Prerequisites:
    CHE 340 and CHE 341are a prerequisite for this class.

    CHE 344

    BIOCHEMISTRY III

    Third in a three-course sequence, directed at those who wish an in- depth exploration of modern biochemistry. This course covers metabolism, nucleic acid structure and replication, transcription and translation. Also included are methods of biotechnology and an introduction to reading the primary literature. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE345.
    Prerequisites:
    CHE 342 is a prerequisite for this class.

    CHE 345

    EXPERIMENTAL BIOCHEMISTRY III

    Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE 344. This course will introduce students to bioinformatics methods including protein function prediction and structure analysis, DNA/protein sequence analysis and alignment, and special topics laboratory techniques. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE344
    Prerequisites:
    CHE 343 is a prerequisite for this course.

    CHE 360

    MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY

    This course emphasizes organic chemical principles and reactions vital to drug design and drug action in the human body. Medicinal chemists design molecules that alter phenomena operating at the overlap of chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, and pharmacology. This course introduces the conceptual frameworks and methods employed in drug development using case histories and mechanisms of clinically important drugs as illustrative examples.
    Prerequisites:
    CHE 234 or CHE238 are prerequisites for this course.

    CHE 362

    DRUGS AND TOXICOLOGY

    This course covers the chemical and biological analysis of the metabolism and distribution of drugs, toxins and chemicals in animals and humans, and the mechanism by which they cause therapeutic and toxic responses. Metabolism and toxicity as a basis for drug development, metabolic polymorphisms and biomarkers of exposure are also covered.
    Prerequisites:
    CHE 360 is a prerequisite for this course.

    CHE 364

    NUTRITION

    This is a one-quarter course focused on the advanced chemical aspects of human nutrition. The topics include the nutritive and toxic content of foods and health effects, a review of basic metabolic processes, nutrient transport and storage systems, cell signaling and regulation, and hormonal regulation and fuel utilization.
    Prerequisites:
    CHE 234 or CHE 238 is a prerequisite for this class.

    CHE 378

    APPLIED SPECTROSCOPY

    Organic structure determination through the interpretation of spectral information. Formerly CHE 356.
    Prerequisites:
    CHE235 or CHE239 is a prerequisite for this course.
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