Department of Chemistry

Dr. Jessica Epstein, Chairperson

The Chemistry Department offers a Chemistry major and minor and a Chemistry major with a concentration in Forensic Science.

Requirements for Chemistry Major

Degree of Bachelor of Science

Twelve of the required credits for the major count towards the Core Curriculum Requirements.

CH-131General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis I 14
CH-131LGeneral Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis I Lab0
CH-132General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis II 14
CH-132LGeneral Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis II Lab0
CH-251Organic Chemistry I4
CH-251LOrganic Chemistry I Lab0
CH-252Organic Chemistry II4
CH-252LOrganic Chemistry II Lab0
CH-329Analytical Chemistry4
CH-365Physical Chemistry I4
CH-366Physical Chemistry II4
CH-449Inorganic Chemistry4
CH-460Instrumental Analysis4
CH-499Research in Chemistry (Capstone, WI)3
MA-143Differential Calculus 24
MA-144Integral Calculus 24
MA-273Multivariable Calculus I4
PC-185General Physics I3
PC-187General Physics Laboratory I1
PC-186General Physics II3
PC-188General Physics Laboratory II1
Total Credits59

Requirements for a Chemistry Major with a Concentration in Forensic Science

Twelve of the required credits for the major count towards the Core Curriculum Requirements.

CH-131General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis I 14
CH-131LGeneral Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis I Lab0
CH-132General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis II 14
CH-132LGeneral Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis II Lab0
CH-251Organic Chemistry I4
CH-251LOrganic Chemistry I Lab0
CH-252Organic Chemistry II4
CH-252LOrganic Chemistry II Lab0
CH-329Analytical Chemistry4
CH-365Physical Chemistry I4
CH-366Physical Chemistry II4
CH-460Instrumental Analysis4
CH-499Research in Chemistry (Capstone, WI)3
MA-143Differential Calculus 24
MA-144Integral Calculus 24
MA-273Multivariable Calculus I4
PC-185General Physics I3
PC-187General Physics Laboratory I1
PC-186General Physics II3
PC-188General Physics Laboratory II1
Additional courses:
BI-183General Biology I3
BI-185General Biology I Lab1
BI-184General Biology II3
BI-186General Biology II Lab1
CH-361Criminalistics and Forensic Science3
CH-442Biochemistry I3
CJ-165Introduction to Criminology3
CJ-316Criminal Evidence3
CJ-405Crime Investigation3
CJ-406Homicide: Investigation and Prosecution3
Total Credits81

Special Notes on Requirements for Chemistry Majors

Requirements for Chemistry Minor

Six of the required credits for the minor count towards the Core Curriculum Requirements.

CH-131General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis I 14
CH-131LGeneral Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis I Lab0
CH-132General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis II 14
CH-132LGeneral Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis II Lab0
CH-251Organic Chemistry I4
CH-251LOrganic Chemistry I Lab0
CH-252Organic Chemistry II4
CH-252LOrganic Chemistry II Lab0
CH-329Analytical Chemistry4
Choose one of the following3 - 4
Physical Chemistry I
Medicinal Chemistry
Biochemistry I
Inorganic Chemistry
Instrumental Analysis
Total Credits23-24

Courses

CH-108. Science for Educators. 3 Credits.

A study of the concepts that underlie the natural science content in the elementary school curriculum in the United States. Topics include matter and energy, simple machines, sound, light, weather and climate, structure of the earth and the universe, electricity, and living things. The course is intended for individuals who expect to teach in primary & elementary school.

CH-110. Chemical Principles. 3 Credits.

Structure of matter, chemical reactions, stoichiometry; preparatory course for CH-131.

CH-129. Science Fact Or Science Fiction?. 3 Credits.

Students will review a selection of science fiction short stories, novels and films--in class discussion and research writing--to understand the science behind these works, in an attempt to separate fact from fiction. Partially fulfills the core requirement in natural science.

CH-130. Chemistry and Cooking: Perfect Together. 3 Credits.

A look at the science behind cooking, including choice of cooking method, purpose of ingredients in a recipe, ethnic cuisines, and techniques. Course will include hands-on experience.

CH-131. General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis I. 4 Credits.

Introduction to the laws and theories of chemistry, emphasizing fundamental mathematical and laboratory skills required for expertise in the field. Three class periods, one four-hour laboratory period weekly. Prerequisites: CH-131L.

CH-132. General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis II. 4 Credits.

Introduction to the laws and theories of chemistry, emphasizing fundamental mathematical and laboratory skills required for expertise in the field. Three class periods, one four-hour laboratory period weekly.

CH-237. Forensic Science. 3 Credits.

The basic concepts and practices of biology and chemistry as applied to criminal investigation, examining and preserving forensic evidence, conducting crime-scene investigations, science in the courts, laboratory experience. Three class periods weekly. Prerequisites: BI-122 OR BI-184.

CH-238. The Science of Art. 3 Credits.

Materials of art and artifacts, scientific and technical principles underlying the creation of art works, authentication and forgery, deterioration due to time and environment, restoration techniques. Three class periods weekly.

CH-251. Organic Chemistry I. 4 Credits.

Nomenclature, structure, reactions and spectroscopy of organic compounds with emphasis on reaction mechanisms; selected laboratory experiments and preparations. Three class periods, one four-hour laboratory period weekly.

CH-252. Organic Chemistry II. 4 Credits.

Nomenclature, structure, reactions and spectroscopy of organic compounds with emphasis on reaction mechanisms; selected laboratory experiments and preparations. Three class periods, one four-hour laboratory period weekly.

CH-295. Chemistry Coop. 3 Credits.

CH-329. Analytical Chemistry. 4 Credits.

Statistical methods principles and procedures of quantitative analysis titrimetric, potentiometric and colorimetric methods. Three class periods, one four-hour laboratory period weekly. Prerequisites: CH-132.

CH-353. Medicinal Chemistry. 3 Credits.

An overview of modern day drug discovery, enzymes, receptors, pharmacokinetics and pharmaceutical synthesis. Prerequisites: CH-251.

CH-361. Criminalistics and Forensic Science. 3 Credits.

The theory and application of the principles of forensic science. Lab includes an analysis of the techniques and procedures in forensic science. Prerequisites: CH-132.

CH-365. Physical Chemistry I. 4 Credits.

Physico-chemical properties of gases, liquids and solids thermodynamics solutions and colloids electro-chemistry chemical kinetics nuclear, atomic and molecular structure. Three class periods one four-hour laboratory weekly. Prerequisites: CH-132 PC-186 MA-273.

CH-366. Physical Chemistry II. 4 Credits.

Physico-chemical properties of gases, liquids and solids thermodynamics solutions and colloids electro-chemistry chemical kinetics nuclear, atomic and molecular structure. Three class periods one four-hour laboratory weekly. Prerequisites: CH-365.

CH-421. Instrumental Analysis for Biochemistry. 2 Credits.

Theory and application of modern instrumentation including: IR, NMR, MS, UV-VIS, LC, GC. Prerequisites: CH-329.

CH-442. Biochemistry I. 3 Credits.

Protein structure and function, enzymes, enzyme kinetics and mechanism, metabolism, techniques in protein chemistry.

CH-443. Biochemistry II. 3 Credits.

Biosynthesis, hormone regulation, RNA and DNA metabolism, Regulation of gene expression, Techniques in nucleic acid chemistry.

CH-449. Inorganic Chemistry. 4 Credits.

The electronic structure of matter; nature of the chemical bond; ionic solids; symmetry; transition metal and organometallic chemistry. Three class periods, one four-hour laboratory period weekly.

CH-460. Instrumental Analysis. 4 Credits.

Theory and applications of current techniques includes spectroscopic (IR, AA, UV-Visible, NMR, mass), electro chemical, and chromatographic methods of analysis along with wet chemical methods. Three class periods, one four-hour laboratory period weekly. Prerequisites: CH-329.

CH-499. Research in Chemistry. 3 Credits.

Independent research on an assigned problem; seminar extends through the entire year. Hours arranged with the individual mentor but the group meets weekly for one hour.