- Associate Professor William Ames -ext. 3903
- Professor Peter Baran - ext. 3560
- Associate Professor Daniel Dries - ext. 3557
- Visiting Assistant Professor Lisa Gentile - ext. 3567
- Laboratory Instructor/Coordinator Amber Helsel-Ickes - ext. 3533
- Associate Professor John Unger- ext. 3565
- Assistant Professor Ursula Williams - ext. 3563
- Assistant Professor Sharon Yohn - ext. 3718
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a long-standing reputation for excellence in the undergraduate training of professional scientists. We are proud that our students go on to work in the chemical and biotech industries, are regularly accepted into top graduate programs and medical schools, and have made significant contributions to several scientific fields. 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 labs in von Liebig Center for Science
- Extensive opportunities to engage in research with faculty members. Research opportunities include organic and inorganic synthesis, biochemistry and molecular biology, computational chemistry and molecular modelling, environmental chemistry, instrumental analysis, coordination chemistry, etc.
- Innovative "Integrated Chemistry" curriculum that incorporates all areas of chemistry into a cohesive experience
- Students actively engaged in challenging laboratory activities
- Wealth of sophisticated instrumentation accessible to undergraduate students, including equipment for performing NMR, FTIR, Raman, UV-Vis, GC-MS, HPLC, CD, SEM (EDS), single crystal X-ray diffractometry, electrochemical and fluorescence measurements
- Opportunities to study abroad at multiple exchange sites including Leeds, United Kingdom; Lille, France; Marburg, Germany and Guanajuato, Mexico.
- Interesting course offerings such as The Biochemistry of Cooking and The Chemistry of Winemaking
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 Individualized Programs of Emphasis:
- Environmental Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
- Most students engage in some form of on-campus research as early as their freshmen year
- Our students successfully compete for summer internships through the National Science Foundation REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) Program.
CH-142 Integrated Chemistry Principles I (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 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; 1.00 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. CH142 is a corequisite of this course. A lab fee is associated with this course.
CH-144 Integrated Chemistry Principles II (Spring; Yearly; 3.00 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 CH142, corequisite CH145.
CH-145 Integrated Chemistry Principles II Lab (Spring; Yearly; 1.00 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: CH143. Corequisite CH144. A lab fee is associated with this course.
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-210 Chemisty and Biochemistry Seminar (Variable; Yearly; 1.00 Credit) This course is designed to begin the journey for from students of science to citizens of the scientific community. During the semester speakers will present topics which will help inform the students about the opportunities for research and collaboration. Additionally, an emphasis will be made on post-graduation career opportunities and planning.
CH-222 Inorganic Chemistry (Spring; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; N) CH 222 is a one-semester course of Inorganic Chemistry that builds on chemistry knowledge acquired in CH 142 (Integrated Chemistry Principles I). The Inorganic Chemistry course is designed for all students having " chemistry " in their POE title but it will serve any student who wants to learn about " chemistry of elements " because it covers chemistry of all elements from the periodic table with exception of organic carbon chemistry. The class also introduces students to theoretical concepts such as molecular symmetry, molecular spectroscopy, and theory of complexes. Part of the class is a 4-hour laboratory session which introduces students into synthetic inorganic chemistry and characterization of inorganic compounds. Syntheses, reactivity, and characterization of main group element compounds and transition metals will be practiced. Prerequisite: CH142 and CH143. Corequisites: CH144 and CH145.
CH-232 Organic Chemistry I (Variable; Yearly; 3.00 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 further designed 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. Prerequisites: CH-144; Corequisites: CH-233.
CH-233 Organic Chemistry I Lab (Variable; Yearly; 1.00 Credit; 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. Corequisite: CH-233
CH-247 Bioanalytical Chemistry (Spring; Yearly; 1.00 Credit; N,QS) Exploration of experimental techniques and topics that are pertinent to the careful analytical evaluation of biologically relevant chemistry. Prerequisites: CH142 and CH143 and CH144 and CH145. Corequisites: CH242 and CH243. Note: A special lab fee is assessed.
CH-252 Analytical Chemistry (Fall; Yearly; 4.00 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: CH142 and CH143 and CH144, CH145. Note: A special lab fee is assessed.
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-312 Biochemistry (Variable; Yearly; 3.00 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. Prerequisite CH232 or CH242.
CH-322 Scientific Glassblowing (Spring; Yearly; 1.00 Credit) Course introduces the construction and repair of glassware for scientific purposes. The course starts with a discussion of the properties of glass relevant to glass working. Students then obtain practice in fundamental manipulations; straight, tee, andring seals. This is followed by more complicated projects utilizing several seals such as condensers. Finally, students choose among a number of advanced topics such as lathe use, vacuum rack construction, and artistic creations. Note: A special course fee is assessed. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing or permission of the instructor.
CH-332 Organic Chemistry II (Variable; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; N) A continuation of the study of organic chemistry begun in CH 232 and CH 233. Special emphasis is placed on advanced aspects of structure and reactivity, with careful attention to the methodology and tools of synthesis. Topics include aromatic chemistry, enolate chemistry, pericyclic reactions, retrosynthetic analysis and various aspects of stereoselectivity. Prerequisites: CH 232 and CH 233.
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-352 Physical Chemistry I (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; N) In this course students will investigate the physical characteristics and interactions of matter. Topics covered will include thermodynamics, kinetics, quantum mechanics, and molecular spectroscopy within the contexts of chemistry and biochemistry. In addition, molecular modeling techniques will be briefly introduced. Prerequisites: CH242, PC203 and MA230, or instructor's permission.
CH-353 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (Variable; Yearly; 1.00 Credit; N,Q,CW) In this course, students will gain hands-on practice at obtaining data pertinent to physical chemistry through laboratory experiments. Experiments will be performed that highlight material from Physical Chemistry I (CH352). A significant component of each lab will involve molecular modeling. Physical Chemistry I (CH352) is a co-requisite for this course.
CH-354 Physical Chemistry II (Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; N) In this course students will advance their understanding of physical chemistry concepts through primary literature sources and discussion. The course will focus on literature from the beginnings of thermodynamics and quantum mechanics as well as more modern research. Prerequisites: CH352 or instructor's permission.
CH-362 Chemical Synthesis (Fall; Yearly; 2.00 Credits; N,CW) CH-362 is an advanced laboratory-based organic and organometallic synthesis class. Through the completion of two to three multi-component projects, students will gain a better understanding of the requirements of advanced laboratory research and will learn how to communicate as organic chemists. Overall, the course is designed to help students mature into skilled citizens of the scientific community. Prerequisites: CH-262
CH-372 Instrumental Methods (Spring; Yearly; 3.00 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: CH252. Note: A special lab fee is assessed.
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 (Either Semester; Variable; 3.00 Credits; N) Discusses selected topics in organic chemistry with emphasis on general principles, including chemical bonding. Recent literature is used. Prerequisites: before2018 graduates will take CH321 and CH305. All students after 2018 will take CH262 and CH352.
CH-406 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (Either Semester; Variable; 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. Prerequisites: CH222 and CH352.
CH-418 Advanced Biochemistry (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; N) Advanced Biochemistry is the third semester of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) curriculum for Biochemistry POEs, expanding the content of the previous two semesters. Stressing techniques and instrumentation, the course is comprised of student-led learning modules, which are created around the primary literature with the help of the instructor. Topics may include metabolism, systems biology, or genomics. Prerequisite CH342.
CH-432 Comprehensive Chemistry (Spring; 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.
CH-TUT Chemistry Teaching Assistant (Variable; Variable; 0.00-4.00 Credits) See catalog.