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- Assistant Professor William Ames -ext. 3903
- Associate Professor Peter Baran - ext. 3560
- Assistant Professor Daniel Dries - ext. 3557
- Professor Richard R. Hark (Chair and Foster Professor)- ext. 3740
- Laboratory Teacher/Coordinator Amber Helsel-Ickes - ext. 3533
- Professor Ruth Reed - ext. 3564
- Professor Paul D. Schettler (Dana Professor) - ext. 3567
- Assistant Professor John Unger- ext. 3565
- Assistant Professor Sharon Yohn- ext. 3718
The chemistry department has a long-standing reputation for excellence in the undergraduate training of professional chemists. Juniata is ranked very high nationally in the number of chemistry graduates who have earned their Ph.D.'s according to the National Research Council. Our students are regularly accepted into top graduate programs and have made significant contributions to the field of chemistry. The chemistry department has been accredited by the American Chemical Society since 1936 and is proud to count four chemistry graduates who are members of the National Academy of Sciences. Our students are encouraged to develop interests across disciplines, especially given the increasing demand for scientists with broad expertise.
Special programs, facilities, or equipment:
- Modern, well-equipped von Liebig Center for Science
- Extensive opportunities to engage in research with faculty members
- “Organic First” curriculum that is unique in the nation
- Students actively engaged in challenging laboratory activities
- Wealth of sophisticated instrumentation accessible to undergraduate students, including equipment for performing NMR, FTIR, Raman, LIBS, UV-Vis, GC-MS, LC-MS, CD, SEM (EDS/EDSB), single crystal X-ray diffractometry, electrochemical and fluorescence measurements
- Opportunities to study abroad at multiple exchange sites including Lille, France; Marburg, Germany and Guanajuato, Mexico
- Interesting course offerings such as The Chemistry of Art and The Chemistry of Winemaking
- Unique chance for undergraduate students to do research with laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) and have hands-on experience with X-ray crystallography.
Specific department policy:
Awarding credit for AP exam scores: A student with an AP score of 4 or 5 will receive 3 Natural Science credits, but is not waived from taking Chemistry prerequisites.
Programs of Emphasis:
- Chemistry Secondary Education
Examples of Student Designed Programs of Emphasis:
- Environmental /Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
- Most students engage in some form of research as early as their freshmen year
- Our students have the opportunity to do “research abroad” at places like University of SS. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava (Slovakia) or Fachhochschule Münster (Münster University of Applied Sciences in Germany).
CH-105 Organic Chemistry Concepts I (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; N) An introduction to the principles and methodology of chemistry as revealed particularly by the behavior of compounds of carbon (organic compounds). Topics treated include matter and its properties, atomic and molecular structure, elementary thermodynamics, kinetics and spectroscopy, as well as the reactivity of simple organic systems.
CH-106 Organic Chemistry Concepts II (Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; N) A continuation of the work begun in CH105. Most of the attention is directed to an overview of the chemistry of increasingly complex organic systems, with particular emphasis on chemistry's impact on everyday life and molecular structures relevant to living systems. The logical thinking involved in structural analysis and in preparing large molecules from appropriate simpler building blocks is also stressed. Prerequisite: CH105 with a grade of C or better.
CH-114 Introduction to Physical Inorganic Chemistry I (Fall; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; N,QS) First semester of a year-long introduction to programs in physics, engineering, geology, and areas of environmental science. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, oxidation-reduction reactions, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, chemical kinetics, chemical thermodynamics, and a survey of organic, polymer and biological chemistry. The laboratory portion will include practical experience in analytical chemistry (solution preparation and dilution, pH measurements, visible spectrophotometry, titrations, and other analytical techniques) and will provide practice with material covered. Includes a lab. Note: A special lab fee is assessed.
CH-115 Introduction to Physical Inorganic Chemistry II (Spring; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; N,QS) Second semester of a year-long introduction to chemistry designed to meet the requirements for physics, engineering, geology, and areas of environmental science. Includes a lab. Prerequisites: CH114. Note: A special lab fee is assessed.
CH-116 Organic Chemistry Lab I (Spring; Yearly; 1.00 Credit; N) An introduction to the lab techniques commonly involved in preparative chemistry. Corequisite: CH106. Note: A special lab fee is assessed.
CH-118 Organic Chemistry Lab II (Fall; Yearly; 1.00 Credit; N) A continuation of CH116 with a focus on synthesis of various classes of organic compounds. Prerequisite: CH106 and CH116. Note: A special lab fee is assessed.
CH-190 Chemistry Research (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1.00-4.00 Credits; N) Individual research projects directed by faculty members. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
CH-199 Special Topics (Variable; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits) Allows the department to offer special topics not normally offered. Departments may offer more than one special topic. Prerequisites vary with topic.
CH-232 Introductory Inorganic Chemistry (Fall; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; N) The third course in the introductory chemistry sequence is designed for students with POE in chemistry or biology or with a pre-health career goal. Material includes basic principles of chemistry with emphasis on quantitative problem-solving. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, physical and chemical equilibrium, protolytic reactions, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, and nuclear chemistry. The laboratory component provides students with hands-on learning of basic chemical principles, understanding of which is crucial for study of five fundamental chemistry subfields: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. Experiments complement lecture topics to allow students the maximum possible learning experience. Prerequisites: CH105, CH116 or permission. Note: A special lab fee is assessed.
CH-250 Analytical Chemistry (Spring; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; N) Theory and practice of modern quantitative chemical analysis. Electronics, statistics,electrochemistry, spectroscopy, chromatography and hybrid methods are discussed and utilized. Prerequisites: CH232. Note: A special lab fee is assessed.
CH-260 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry (Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; N) Builds on knowledge acquired in CH232. Students will learn about chemistry of main group elements, organometallic chemistry of s- and p- block elements, d- and f- block chemistry, and organometallic compounds of d-block elements. Introduction to molecular symmetry, molecular spectroscopy, and theory of complexes are also covered. Intended for students whose primary interest is chemistry. Prerequisite: CH232.
CH-261 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry Lab (Spring; Yearly; 1.00 Credit; N) Course introduces students to laboratory techniques in inorganic synthesis, planning of experiments, quantitative and qualitative evaluation of results of synthesis. Syntheses, reactivity, and characterization of main group element compounds and transition metals will be practiced. Note: A special fee is assessed. Corequisite: CH260. CH260 may be taken as a prerequisite with the permission of the instructor.
CH-289 Chemistry Seminar (Fall; Yearly; 1.00 Credit; N) This one-credit seminar is designed as a forum to present students with knowledge of (1 ) departmental and college resources, including research and internship opportunities: (2) the wide range of post-baccalaureate programs available to students with bachelors' degree in chemistry or biochemistry; and (3) career opportunities and how to learn about them. Students normally take this sophomore year.
CH-290 Chemistry Research (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1.00-4.00 Credits; N) Individual research projects directed by faculty members. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
CH-299 Special Topics (Variable; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits) Allows the department to teach special topics not normally offered. Departments may offer more than one special topic. Prerequisites vary with topic.
CH-301 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology I (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; N) Focuses on the application of organic chemistry to biological systems. Protein structure and function, particularly in metabolism, is stressed. Prerequisite: CH250 and BI207, or permission of the instructor.
CH-305 Physical Chemistry I (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; N) Introductory physical chemistry using the quantum first approach including an introduction to computational chemistry and some statistical thermodynamics. Prerequisites: PC203 and MA230 or instructor's permission, and additional quantitative experiences in mathematics, chemistry, and/or physics.
CH-306 Physical Chemistry II (Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; N) Continuation of CH305. Statistical approach to thermodynamics, kinetics, and non-equilibrium phenomena. Prerequisite: CH305 or instructor's permission.
CH-310 Biochemistry (Spring; Yearly; 2.00 Credits; N) A survey of biochemistry for students with a POE in chemistry. Mechanistic and physico-chemical aspects of the subject will be emphasized. No biological background will be assumed. Prerequisite: CH305 or permission of the instructor.
CH-313 Physical Chemistry Lab I (Fall; Yearly; 2.00 Credits; N,CW,Q) This Physical Measurements course focuses on the design, execution, and reporting of the results of quantitative physical chemical experiments. The reports must include an accurate and convincing analysis of the quality and meaning of the data obtained. Prerequisites: CH250 and CH261. Corequisite: CH305 or permission. Note: A special fee is assessed.
CH-314 Physical Chemsitry Lab II (Spring; Yearly; 1.00 Credit; CW,Q) This course is a continuation of PChem Lab 1 but in the context of the experimental examination of the structure of solutions, particularly in the context of electrochemistry. Prerequisite: CH313. Note: A special lab fee is assessed.
CH-321 Organic Reactions (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; N) A continuation of the study of organic chemistry begun in CH105 and CH106. Special emphasis is placed on advanced aspects of structure and reactivity, with careful attention to the methodology and tools of synthesis. Prerequisites: CH106.
CH-334 Chemical Spectroscopy (Fall; Yearly; 2.00 Credits; N) Principles, methodology, and interpretation of nuclear magnetic resonance, mass, and infrared spectroscopy. Other types of spectroscopy, such as x-ray, will be presented in less detail. Prerequisite: CH106 and CH250 or permission of the instructor. Note: A special lab fee is assessed.
CH-338 Chemical Synthesis (Spring; Yearly; 2.00 Credits; N,CW) A laboratory course inorganic and inorganic synthesis and the characterization of synthetic products utilizing modern chemical instrumentation and techniques. Note: A special lab fee is assessed. Prerequisite: CH261, CH321 and CH334.
CH-340 Wine Chemistry (Variable; Variable; 2.00 Credits; N) This is a 2-credit course dealing with the theoretical study (1 credit) of chemical processes that are involved in wine formation and that influence appearance, flavor, and aroma of different wines including such topics as barrel aging and corkage, wine and health, wine faults, and wine laboratory practices and procedures associated with vineyard to bottling lifecycle of wine. An intensive hands-on component (4 hours a week) enabling authentic experience of wine-grapes growing, wine making and wine tasting is part of the course (second credit). Prerequisites: 2 semesters of college Chemistry or permission of the instructor. Must be 21 years of age or older.
CH-390 Chemistry Research (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1.00-4.00 Credits; N) Individual research projects directed by faculty members. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
CH-399 Special Topics (Variable; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits) Advanced specialized topics in chemistry and related areas. Topic titles may vary from semester to semester. Note: abbreviated ST: (title); students may take more than one " ST: " course for credit. Offered at the discretion of the department to qualified students.
CH-401 Advanced Organic Chemistry (Spring; Even Years; 3.00 Credits; N) Discusses selected topics in organic chemistry with emphasis on general principles, including chemical bonding. Recent literature is used. Prerequisites: CH321 and CH305.
CH-406 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (Spring; Odd Years; 3.00 Credits; N) Completes an introductory study of inorganic chemistry at an undergraduate level. Theoretical topics, like electronic structure (molecular orbital theory), molecular symmetry, theories about complexes, reaction mechanisms of complexes, catalysis, introduction to solid state chemistry, and a role of metals in life processes are covered. Students will become familiar with inorganic chemistry journals, SciFinder and the Cambridge Structural Database. Prerequisite: CH305.
CH-416 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology III (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; N) A seminar designed to integrate material covered in CH301 and BI316 with areas of current interest in biochemistry and related areas. Prerequisites: CH301 and BI316 or permission of the instructor.
CH-432 Comprehensive Chemistry (Fall; Yearly; 1.00 Credit; N,Q) CH432 is a senior level problem oriented integrative review of chemistry using an advanced, general chemistry text and the texts used in prerequisite courses. The course consists of student self-study, followed by weekly exams. Students prepare short write-ups of answers to missed questions and make class presentations of these write-ups. In addition, a comprehensive oral examination and standardized written exam are required. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.
CH-490 Chemistry Internship (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 2.00-9.00 Credits; N) See the chapter, " Special Programs " under Internships in the catalog. Note: May be repeated up to a total of 9 hours of credit. Corequisite: CH495. Prerequisite: Permission and Jr. or Sr. standing.
CH-491 Special Topics (Either Semester; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits) Allows departments to offer topics not normally taught. Prerequisites and corequisites vary by title.
CH-492 Senior Writing Seminar (Fall; Yearly; 2.00 Credits; CW,CS) Designed to provide practice in the writing skills necessary for practicing chemists. Students who are registered for CH494 will prepare a proposal for the research project they will undertake for that course. Students not registered for CH489 will write a review of an area of current interest in chemistry to include projections of future directions in that field. Students will prepare oral presentations for a professional audience and posters for a general audience based on the proposals or reviews. Prerequisites: Chemistry POE or permission of the instructor.
CH-493 Senior Thesis (Spring; Yearly; 2.00 Credits; CW) Designed for students who are carrying out senior research; students will write a senior thesis describing their work, part of the requirements for graduating with a distinction in chemistry, and prepare an oral presentation of their work. Prerequisites: CH492. Corequisites: CH494
CH-494 Chemistry Research (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1.00-4.00 Credits; N) Individual research projects directed by faculty members. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
CH-495 Chemistry Research/Sem. (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 2.00-6.00 Credits; N) Requires students to reflect on the internship experience and /or pursue research related to the placement. Corequisite: CH 490. Prerequisite: permission.