Many students are interested in chemistry, and share this interest with similar interest in other related areas. Some of these students declare a "Secondary Emphasis" in chemistry.


The department sets secondary emphasis course requirements.  List course requirements below:

  • Minimum of 22 credits of coursework with a CH designation
  • At least three of the credits have to be at the 300 or 400 level
  • At least three of the credits cannot be counted as part of another POE
  • At least three out of five of the sub-disciplines of chemistry must be represented beyond the level of the introductory ICP courses (CH 142, 143, 144, and 145). These areas include analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry plus biochemistry

An example of Secondary Emphasis coursework for an Environmental Science POE (representative only - other combinations are possible)

CH-142 Integrated Chemistry Principles I
Fall; Yearly; 3 Credits; N; 
An introduction to the principles of chemistry, this course begins a two semester sequence that integrates information from all aspects of chemistry while focusing on the core principles of the relationships between energy, the structure of atoms and molecules, and atomic and molecular properties and reactivity. Topics include energy, reactions, atomic structure, elemental properties, bonding, and molecular properties. Corequisite CH143


CH-143 Integrated Chem Principles I Lab
Fall; Yearly; 1 Credits; N, QS; 
This semester will focus on learning good laboratory practices, primarily through the quantitative analysis of compounds. The quantitative analysis of materials and an understanding of reproducibility and bias are relevant to many fields, including medical analysis or the analysis of contaminants in the environment. This course will also teach you how to keep an excellent laboratory notebook, identify safety hazards in the lab, and complete data analysis and graphing in Excel. All of these tools will serve you well in a variety of careers. CH142 is a corequisite of this course. A lab fee is associated with this course.


CH-144 Integrated Chemistry Principles II
Spring; Yearly; 3 Credits; N; 
An introduction to the principles of chemistry, this course completes a two semester sequence that integrates information from all aspects of chemistry while focusing on the core principles of the relationships between energy, the structure of atoms and molecules, and atomic and molecular properties and reactivity. Topics include thermodynamics, equilibrium reactions, acid/base and redox reactions, kinetics and nuclear reactions. Prerequisite: CH-142


CH-145 Integrated Chemistry Principles II Lab
Spring; Yearly; 1 Credit; N, QS; 
This semester will focus on learning good laboratory practices, primarily through the quantitative analysis of compounds. The quantitative analysis of materials and an understanding of reproducibility and bias are relevant to many fields, including medical analysis or the analysis of contaminants in the environment. This course will also teach you how to keep an excellent laboratory notebook, identify safety hazards in the lab, and complete data analysis and graphing in Excel. All of these tools will serve you well in a variety of careers. Prerequisite: CH-143. A lab fee is associated with this course.


CH-232 Organic Chemistry I
Variable; Yearly; 3 Credits; N; 
Students enrolled in CH-242 will become familiar with the fundamental concepts and nomenclature needed to understand and communicate organic chemistry. The course is furtherdesigned to teach the structure-function relationships that exist across many classes of organic and bio-organic systems, and therefore provide a foundation for further study in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, and medicine. Prerequisite: CH-144; Corequisite: CH-233.


CH-233 Organic Chemistry I Lab
Variable; Yearly; 1 Credits; N; 
This course will utilize techniques learned in CH-145 and carry out experiments illustrative of concepts learned in CH-232. The course will focus on spectroscopy, organic laboratory techniques and reactions, and compound characterization. This course will also reinforce good record-keeping skills continue to stress safe lab practices. A lab fee is associated with this course. Prerequisite: CH-145. Corequisite: CH-232.


CH-252 Analytical Chemistry
Fall; Yearly; 4 Credits; N, QS; 
This course focuses on the methods that chemists use to identify and quantify compounds of interest and measure their physical properties. Classroom and laboratory time will be spent considering experimental design, measurement techniques, and validation of results in a variety of chemical contexts. Prerequisites: CH-144 and CH-145. Note: A special lab fee is assessed.


CH-312 Biochemistry
Variable; Yearly; 3 Credits; N; 
The fourth semester of the introductory Chemistry series, this course pulls content from chemistry, biology, mathematics, and history to provide an integrated view of biochemistry. Topics include the use of thermodynamics, equilibrium, non-covalent interactions, kinetics, separations, biomolecular structure, and genetics to probe and explain biological phenomenon. Prerequisites: Take BI-102 (or have instructor's permission) and CH-232.


CH-372 Instrumental Methods
Spring; Yearly; 3 Credits; N; 
The primary tools that chemists use to characterize chemical species involve increasingly complex instrumentation. We will explore the principles and methodology of various types of instrumental methods and will analyze data resulting from these techniques. Prerequisites: CH-232. Note: A special lab fee is assessed.