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Chemistry is everywhere! Actually everything we see, hear, taste, touch, and smell has a firm basis in chemistry. The high quality of life that we experience today is due in no small part to many significant chemical discoveries over the past 150 years. Chemistry, as a pure science, seeks to describe and make comprehensible the nature and transformations of matter. As an applied science, it provides society with knowledge and tools to achieve its material purposes. By coupling creative thought and critical thinking skills with experimentation, the study of chemistry contributes to a liberal arts education. The courses in Chemistry are designed to emphasize the fundamental principles of the science, to reflect its interdisciplinary nature, and to develop experimental skill.

Because chemistry is the “central” science, a wide variety of opportunities awaits those with training in this field. The chemistry department offers a program meeting the needs of students pursuing a variety of study and career options in the chemical sciences. Included are students who anticipate careers as:

  • Professional chemists in industrial research or as environmental chemists for the government or industry
  • Healthcare professionals in the medical sciences, such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, or biomedical research
  • Chemical engineers or materials scientists
  • Secondary science teachers or college professors
  • Individuals who desire knowledge of chemistry as part of their liberal arts experience; several graduates have chosen careers in the fields of law, religion, and business

The Department of Chemistry has “approved” status by the American Chemical Society. This prestigious recognition is granted to less than one-quarter of the nation’s colleges and universities. The ACS promotes excellence in chemistry education for undergraduate students through approval of baccalaureate chemistry programs.

Current students and graduates will:

  • demonstrate a core of knowledge in inorganic, organic, biological, analytical, and physical chemistry
  • demonstrate basic laboratory skills and the ability to select and utilize appropriate instrumentation to conduct scientific investigations and analyses (CHE and BCH)
  • communicate competently, in the form of an oral presentation, the results of literature research and laboratory experimentation.

For more information about the Chemistry major leading to a teaching certification, please contact the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education.

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Program Contact: Professor Todd Hamilton

 

Majors and Minors

Classes

CHE100 : Liberal Arts Chemistry

An introductory course for broad exposure to chemistry in life.  Particular emphasis upon the relevancy of chemistry to problems of modern existence.

Credit Hour(s)

3

CHE100L : Liberal Arts Chemistry Laboratory

Laboratory to accompany CHE100 Liberal Arts Chemistry, an introductory course for broad exposure to chemistry in life.  Particular emphasis upon the relevancy of chemistry to problems of modern existence.

Credit Hour(s)

1

CHE111 : General Chemistry I

This initial course on the principles of chemistry is for those who may have a continuing interest in the natural sciences. Content includes the structure of matter, stoichiometry, chemical reactivity, gases, thermochemistry, atomic structure, and periodic relationships of the elements. 

Credit Hour(s)

3

CHE111L : General Chemistry I Laboratory

Laboratory course to accompany CHE111 General Chemistry I. This initial course on the principles of chemistry is for those who may have a continuing interest in the natural sciences. Content includes the structure of matter, stoichiometry, chemical reactivity, gases, thermochemistry, atomic structure, and periodic relationships of the elements.

Credit Hour(s)

1

CHE112 : General Chemistry II

This course is a continuation of the material in CHE 111. It will include chemical bonding, molecular geometry, intermolecular forces, solutions, rates of reactions, equilibrium, and acid-base chemistry. Lecture only.

Credit Hour(s)

3

Prerequisites

Corequisites

CHE113 is the separate, Corequisite lab component.

CHE113 : General Chemistry II Lab

This course involves laboratory experiences that accompany the General Chemistry II lecture. The activities are designed to develop skills in the chemistry laboratory via quantitative analysis, synthesis, molecular modeling, rates of reactions, and inorganic qualitative analysis. Practical experiments that correlate with the lecture material are designed to aid the understanding of modern chemical concepts. One 3-hour lab per week.

Credit Hour(s)

1

Prerequisites

Corequisites

CHE112.

CHE135 : Practical Applications of Chemistry

This course is designed to expose science majors to some of the many practical applications of chemistry, such as nuclear power, plastics, household products, nutrition, or drugs, as well as the interaction of chemistry with other segments of society.

Credit Hour(s)

1

Prerequisites

CHE111.

CHE171 : Culinary Chemistry Lab

This course will examine the principles of cooking and the chemistry of food using scientific principles. Students will have the opportunity to test theories of improving cooking and to determine how and why certain foods are used in recipes. Lab is not required with CHE271.

Credit Hour(s)

1

Corequisites

CHE102 or CHE271.

CHE201 : Organic Chemistry I

The nomenclature, reactions, preparations, electronic and structural features of carbon-containing compounds will be covered in this course. These compounds include many medicines, pesticides, plastics, fibers, solvents, and fuels. The study of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, and alkyl halides is emphasized.

Credit Hour(s)

3

Prerequisites

CHE112, 113.

Corequisites

Concurrent with CHE202.

CHE202 : Organic Chemistry Lab I - Techniques and Synthesis

This is a technique-oriented course focusing on the ability to carry out standard operations in the laboratory. Content includes learning how to determine the melting and boiling points of compounds as well as purifying liquids by distillation and solids by recrystallization and sublimation. Also covered are methods of synthesizing and proving the identity of compounds, chromatographic methods of analysis, and general safety considerations.

Credit Hour(s)

1

Prerequisites

CHE112, 113.

Corequisites

Concurrent with CHE201.

CHE211 : Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry

Introduction to chemical concepts covered in-depth in advanced courses such as equilibrium, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and nuclear reactions. The major focus will be on the periodic properties of the elements, descriptive main group and transition metal chemistry, and solid state chemistry. The lab (CHE213) is optional.

Credit Hour(s)

3

Prerequisites

CHE112.

CHE213 : Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry Lab

Laboratory experiences to accompany CHE211 will include qualitative inorganic analysis and inquiry-based labs on topics relevant to descriptive inorganic chemistry. One 3-hour lab per week.

Credit Hour(s)

1

Prerequisites

CHE113.

CHE271 : Culinary Chemistry: The Science of Food and Cooking

Students will examine raw ingredients and the methods to prepare foods from a chemical perspective. The effects of temperature, acidity, and polarity on the texture and flavor of foods will be examined. No science prerequisite, but a core knowledge of the basic structure of an atom and scientific method will be presumed. Students should have completed the writing sequence prior to taking this course. The lab is optional. Students with credit for CHE102 should take this course as CHE135.

Credit Hour(s)

3

CHE305 : Analytical Chemistry

Qualitative and quantitative analyses dealing with both the theoretical and practical aspects of classical gravimetric and volumetric chemical techniques, spectrophotometry, chromatography, and electrochemistry are covered. This course places an emphasis on both accuracy and precision in the lab and incorporates a discussion of elementary statistics and uncertainty in measurements. Includes a 3-hour lab each week.

Credit Hour(s)

4

Prerequisites

CHE112, 113.

CHE309 : Organic Chemistry II

This continuation of CHE201 emphasizes the chemistry of aromatics, ketones, aldehydes, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, and amines. Multistep synthesis ties it all together. The theory and interpretation of spectral methods is also included.

Credit Hour(s)

3

Prerequisites

Corequisites

Concurrent with CHE310.

CHE310 : Organic Chemistry Lab II - Qualitative Analysis and Synthesis

This lab utilizes more advanced synthetic methods than those covered in CHE202. Classical methods of organic qualitative analysis, including refractive indices and densities, are used to determine the identity of unknown compounds and mixtures. Skill in obtaining and interpreting ultraviolet (UV), infrared (IR), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and mass (MS) spectra is emphasized.

Credit Hour(s)

1

Prerequisites

Corequisites

Concurrent with CHE309.

CHE315 : Spectroscopy

This course covers modern analytical methodology, including the theory, instrumental analysis, and advanced spectral interpretation of UV-Visible, IR, NMR, MS, Fluorescence, and Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy. In addition, this course, like many other upper-level courses, gives students a chance to review the basic concepts introduced in the General and Organic sequences. Includes a 3-hour lab each week.

Credit Hour(s)

4

Prerequisites

CHE309.

CHE317 : Forensic Chemistry

Students will study the scientific principles and analytical techniques applied to forensic investigations associated with crime scenes, legal proceedings, and current TV dramas. The class will study the history of forensic science and will be introduced to typical analytical techniques used for drug identification, arson investigation, forensic serology, DNA typing, and trace evidence investigation.

Credit Hour(s)

3

Prerequisites

CHE201

CHE318 : Forensic Chemistry Lab

This laboratory course is designed to complement CHE317 Forensic Chemistry. Experiments include soil, hair, and fiber analysis; matching glass and plastic samples; fingerprinting; drug and toxicology tests; analysis of gunshot and explosives residues; detecting forgeries and fakes; impressions such as tools and footprints; and instrumental analysis. CHE317 is optional.

Credit Hour(s)

1

Prerequisites

CHE112

CHE319 : Nuclear Chemistry and Electrochemistry Lab

This lab provides experience in the use of modern electrochemical instrumentation and in the study of the characteristics of the three types of natural radioactivity. Materials containing safe, low levels of radioactivity are utilized. One 3-hour lab per week.

Credit Hour(s)

1

Prerequisites

CHE202.

CHE325 : Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Lab

Advanced synthesis and characterization of inorganic and organometallic compounds using solution and solid state techniques, along with the study of the properties of these materials. One 3-hour lab per week.

Credit Hour(s)

1

Prerequisites

CHE202.

Corequisites

Offered concurrently with CHE 400.

CHE327 : Medicinal Chemistry

This course covers the basic categories of medicinal compounds and the chemical methods by which many are prepared commercially. It will also cover the principles by which pharmaceutical preparations are developed into usable form and the biochemical mode of action and transformations of selected compounds (such as aspirin and penicillin). The chemical and legal processes required to bring a compound to market and the history of the development of some of the important classes of drugs will also be covered. The lab is optional.

Credit Hour(s)

3

Prerequisites

CHE309.

CHE329 : Medicinal and Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab

This lab includes the multi-step synthesis and analysis of a variety of medically significant materials using modern instrumentation. One 3-hour lab per week. CHE327 is optional.

Credit Hour(s)

1

Prerequisites

CHE310.

Corequisites

Offered concurrently with CHE327.

CHE331 : Physical Chemistry I

An advanced treatment of chemical principles will include quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure, the first, second, and third laws of thermodynamics, thermochemistry, and chemical equilibria in gas phase reactions. Includes a 3-hour lab each week.

Credit Hour(s)

4

Prerequisites

CHE112, MAT225, PHY211.

CHE332 : Physical Chemistry II

Topics will include molecular spectroscopy, the properties of gases, kinetics, and chemical equilibria in solution phase reactions. The lab is optional. CHE331 and 332 may be taken in any order.

Credit Hour(s)

3

Prerequisites

CHE201, MAT225, PHY211.

CHE333 : Physical Chemistry II Lab

In this laboratory course, students will perform detailed measurements of density, viscosity, conductivity, and freezing point depression. A series of unknowns are identified using physical measurements, various types of spectroscopy (UV-Visible, IR, NMR, MS, Fluorescence), and known literature values. One 3-hour lab per week.

Credit Hour(s)

1

Prerequisites

CHE202.

Corequisites

CHE332.

CHE337 : Environmental Chemistry

By combining chemical principles with issues of environmental concern, this course explores the flow of energy through nature, air pollution (global warming, acid rain, ozone depletion, photochemical smog, and indoor air), water pollution and purification, and toxic substances. Analytical techniques that are used to measure pollutants in the environment are also covered. The lab is optional.

Credit Hour(s)

3

Prerequisites

CHE201.

CHE339 : Environmental Chemistry Lab

By working with EPA sampling techniques and using modern instrumentation to separate and analyze real samples for environmentally significant materials, students will gain an appreciation for measuring trace components in complex samples. One 3-hour lab per week. CHE337 is optional.

Credit Hour(s)

1

Prerequisites

CHE202.

Corequisites

Offered concurrently with CHE337.

CHE341 : Biochemistry

This class focuses on the molecular structures, functions, and naming systems of the four major classes of biomolecules (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids). It includes the acid-base behavior of biomolecules, enzyme kinetics, bioenergetics, and practical considerations of personal nutrition. The biochemistry of glycolysis, the tricarboxylic acid cycle, and electron transport is also covered. The optional lab is offered in even springs.

Credit Hour(s)

3

Prerequisites

CHE309.

CHE342 : Biochemistry Lab

Students will be introduced to the theory and application of modern biochemical techniques. Experiments will emphasize amino acid, carbohydrate, and lipid chemistry; protein isolation and characterization via column chromatography and electrophoresis; enzyme kinetics; and membrane biochemistry. One 3-hour lab per week.

Credit Hour(s)

1

Corequisites

CHE341.

CHE343 : Lipid Biochemistry

This course will explore the structural and functional diversity of lipids. The structures and synthesis of a variety of lipids including fatty acids, triglycerides, cholesterol and steroids, Phospholipids, eicosanoids, and sphingolipids will be presented. The roles of lipids in membrane transport and signaling processes will also be examined. Additionally, pathways involving the absorption, storage, and mobilization of lipids in response to hormones will be studied. Defects in lipid metabolism impacting human health will be addressed.

Credit Hour(s)

1

Prerequisites

CHE309.

CHE345 : Survey of Physical Chemistry

This course is a survey of the principle topics in Physical Chemistry: the Laws of Thermodynamics, Chemical Equilibria, Electrochemistry, Rates of Reaction, quantum mechanics, the chemical bond, and spectroscopy.

Credit Hour(s)

3

Prerequisites

CHE309, MAT125, and PHY211

CHE371 : Special Topics in Chemistry

Selected courses from fields such as chemical energetics, separations, toxicology, surface and materials chemistry, polymers, and mass spectrometry. Typically, one topic is offered each year.

Credit Hour(s)

1 - 4

Prerequisites

CHE112, 113.

CHE400 : Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Advanced principles of inorganic chemistry will be introduced by focusing on the periodic properties, bonding, and structural theories of the elements, particularly the transition metals. Symmetry and group theory, acid-base theories, coordination compounds, and bioinorganic compounds are also covered. The lab (CHE325) is optional.

Credit Hour(s)

3

Prerequisites

CHE331.

CHE421 : Computational Chemistry Lab

This lab will utilize powerful, yet convenient, molecular modeling software suites to model the chemical and physical properties of organic, inorganic, and biological molecules. Modern theoretical methods will examine molecular structure, spectra, bonding, and reactivity. Studies of Quantitative Structure Activity Relationships (QSAR) and the molecular dynamics of physical processes will be included. One 3-hour lab per week.

Credit Hour(s)

1

Prerequisites

CHE201.

CHE440 : Independent Research

A student will work closely with a chemistry faculty member to identify a problem, define a course of investigation, accomplish the study in the library or laboratory, and submit a document recording the project. One hour of credit for each 3-hour lab per week.

Credit Hour(s)

1 - 3

CHE450 : Junior Seminar

Students will present several short presentations based on the chemical industry and the chemical literature. Resume preparation, small group activities, and talks by visiting speakers are included.

Credit Hour(s)

1

CHE451 : Senior Seminar

This continuation of the seminar series includes a 30-45 minute seminar presentation by each student on a current chemical topic.

Credit Hour(s)

1

Prerequisites

CHE450.

CHE460 : Internship

Students may receive graduation credit for internships with appropriate disciplinary content that meet the facultyapproved criteria for academic internships. Such experiences include a significant reflective component and must be supervised by a full-time member of the Georgetown College faculty.

Credit Hour(s)

1 - 3

Prerequisites

consent of the supervising instructor.