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.

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 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 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. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE235.
Prerequisites:
CHE 232 and CHE 233 are a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 235

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY III

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

BIO 210

MICROBIOLOGY

Biology of microorganisms with emphasis on viruses, bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. Lecture-laboratory. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
BIO 191 and MAT 130 are a prerequisite for this class.

BIO 310

VERTEBRATE PHYSIOLOGY

Functions and regulatory mechanisms of vertebrate cells, organs and organ systems with special emphasis on mammals. Lecture-Laboratory. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
BIO 250 or instructor consent is a prerequisite for this class.

BIO 201

HUMAN ANATOMY

Structure of the human body with an emphasis on gross anatomy. Lecture-laboratory. Lecture covers human anatomy; laboratory emphasis on feline dissection. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
At least Sophomore Standing is a prerequisite for this course.