The chemistry department seeks to provide the training and Christian environment to prepare students for careers in elementary and secondary education, to provide the background in chemistry necessary for other areas of study such as biology and to prepare students for professional programs in such areas as dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing, and physical therapy, and to prepare students for graduate studies in chemistry.
The chemistry department houses both chemistry and physics disciplines as a part of the college and serves not only chemistry but also other allied disciplines within the undergraduate program. There are two degrees available within the chemistry department: a bachelor of science (BS) in chemistry and a bachelor of science (BS) in biochemistry.
This concentration develops students’ understanding and application of fundamental concepts including chemical reactions, stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, changes in state, and the periodic table.
This concentration develops students’ understanding and application of topics at the interface of chemistry and biology with a focus on problems where chemistry has made a particularly strong contribution to the understanding of biological system mechanisms.
In addition to general and organic chemistry, chemistry minors are exposed to one more sub-discipline of chemistry.
Edward Lorance, PhD
Bridget O'Callaghan-Hay, PhD
Tara Sirvent, PhD
Co-requisite: PSCI215CL. Earth Science including physical and historical geology, oceanography, and descriptive astronomy; economic, social, and philosophical aspects of the subject matter.A three-day field trip is required.This course is recommended for Liberal Studies majors.Lecture three hours each week.This course fulfills the core curriculum lecture requirement in the natural sciences.Fee for the field trip for those not concurrently enrolled in PSCI215CL.
Co-requisite: CHEM440L. An introduction to modern instrumental chemical analysis.The course will span theory of operation, instrument design and methodology, and applications of instrumental techniques.Electrochemical methods including potentiometry, voltammetry, and coulometry; spectroscopic methods including infrared, UV-Vis, and NMR; chromatographic methods including gas, liquid and thin layer; and thermal methods of analysis and kinetic methods of analysis will be covered.
Problems in advanced laboratory research with emphasis on research techniques. Research is carried out under the supervision of the instructor with weekly conferences to discuss results and direction. Emphasis will be placed on project management, safety, instrumentation, solution preparation, and research documentation skills. A written proposal and report emphasizing the literature background of the problem and the experimental results are required. The results of the research project will also be presented in an oral format in CHEM499C. This course is a variable credit course.At least two units are required for all chemistry and biochemistry majors. A minimum of 50 of laboratory work hours is required per unit. May be repeated. Lab fee.