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Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry Major (B.A.)
Chemistry Minor
Secondary Teacher Certification (minor only)

Jeanne Andreoli, Ph.D.
Steven Scribner, Ph.D.
Joanne Slicker, M.S.
Dajena Tomco, Ph.D.
Li-hsuan Yang, Ph.D.

Chemistry Overview

As a chemistry student, you will have a wide variety of excellent career opportunities available to you: from teaching at the middle or secondary levels to chemical industry to government work. Chemistry majors also often pursue advanced work in graduate schools. A chemistry background is also valuable to you if you major in the health science (nutrition, clinical chemistry industrial hygiene) and as you prepare for professional training in medicine, pharmacy and dentistry.

Clinical or Analytical Chemist • Dentist • Educator • Engineer • Environmental Chemist • Material Scientist • Medicinal/Pharmaceutical Chemist • Physician  • Physician Assistant • Research Scientist

Are you curious? Do you like to explore problems? Do scientific questions fascinate you? Do you enjoy working in a laboratory? Do you want to better understand matter, molecules, atoms, and how they react? If so, you will be interested in a chemistry major or minor.

The Chemistry Program has three major goals: (1) to provide a strong chemistry major within a liberal arts framework for those entering the profession of chemistry or preparing for graduate work; (2) to provide cognate backgrounds in chemistry for biology majors, pre-medical and dental students, medical technologists, dietitians, science educators and others who may require chemistry.

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in chemistry is designed for both students who want a career as a professional chemist and for occupations that require a moderate training in chemistry combined with training in one or more other areas. For example, students who desire chemistry as a major in programs of pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-veterinary, pre-law, or teaching chemistry in high school. Other examples are students planning prospective careers in sales or technical service, as technical editor, writers, or secretaries, or as technical librarians, chemical patent lawyers, or forensic scientists.

The Chemistry minor provides you with the skills and theory needed for an entry-level position as a chemical technician. It will also prepare you to teach at the secondary level. A chemistry minor provides valuable background for pre-medical and pre-health careers.

Program Scheduling
The B.A. in Chemistry program is primarily a day program, although some courses are offered in the evening on a rotating schedule.

Transfer Student Information:
The department accepts transfer credits according to the college guidelines.  However, major coursework older than 10 years, from time of admittance, will be transferred in as elective credit and may not be applied to the major. Students may petition to the department chair for the older credits to be applied towards the major.

Credit for Prior Learning
Learning derived from life experiences and from individual study is of significant academic value and can often be equated with college-level studies.  Students may earn credit by examination, tutorial study and cooperative work experience. Permission of the department chair is required to select these options. Not more than four credit hours in cooperative work experience may be counted within the 128 credit hours required for a degree.

Academic Performance Standard
Only required courses with a grade of C or better can be applied to fulfill the Chemistry major or minor.

Computer Literacy Requirement
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) must be achieved prior to graduation. Students’ computer literacy will be evaluated and assessed through the Junior and Senior seminar course sequence.

Writing Intensive Requirement
All science majors must take ISC 312: Junior Seminar as their writing intensive course. 

Senior Seminar Requirement
Students must successfully complete ISC 496A and ISC 496B in order to graduate with a B.A. in Chemistry

Internship/Cooperative Education
It is strongly encouraged that students participate in a summer undergraduate research experience either with a Marygrove College faculty member, or by securing an off-campus internship or fellowship before they graduate.  Students may receive elective credit for an internship through CHM 388, CHM 488, and/or CHM 491.

Sigma Zeta National Honor Society
Sigma Zeta is a national science and mathematics honor society.  It was founded at Shurtleff College, in Alton, Illinois in 1926.  Today, more than sixty local chapters are active in colleges and universities across the United States.  The society encourages and fosters achievement of greater knowledge in the fields of science and mathematics.  Outstanding scholastic achievement in the fields is recognized through membership in this society.

Students may be eligible to win the following departmental awards based on their scholarly work. The awards are the American Chemistry Society for outstanding chemistry major, the Chemical Rubber Company Award for the highest achieving GPA in General Chemistry I/II, and Outstanding Graduating Science  Major.  Women in the sciences are also eligible for the Suzanne Fleming Scholarship.  This scholarship is given to a woman who demonstrates financial need, potential in science and on their scholarly work.

Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry Major (B.A.)

The requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree with chemistry major are a minimum of 37 credit hours in chemistry and completion of the following components:

A. General Education Requirements
See GENERAL EDUCATION section of this catalog.

B. Required Core Courses (34 credits)
CHM 140       General Chemistry I: Atoms and molecules
CHM 241       General Chemistry II: Equilibrium
CHM 325       Organic Chemistry I: Structure and Nomenclature
CHM 326       Organic Chemistry II: Reactions and Mechanisms
CHM 341       Physical Chemistry
CHM 360       Biochemistry
CHM 401       Inorganic Chemistry
ISC 312        Junior Seminar
ISC 496A      Science Senior Seminar: Library Research
ISC 496B      Science Senior Seminar: Laboratory Research

C. Related Discipline Requirements (16 credits)
BIO 150         Biology I: From  Molecules to Cells
MTH 251       Calculus I
PHY 285        Physics I: Mechanics & Sound
PHY 286        Physics II: Electricity & Light

Chemistry Minor

The chemistry minor requires completion of a minimum of 20 credits of the following components:

A. Required Courses (16 credits)
CHM 140       General Chemistry I: Atoms and molecules
CHM 241       General Chemistry II: Equilibrium
CHM 325       Organic Chemistry I: Structure and Nomenclature
CHM 326       Organic Chemistry II: Reactions and Mechanisms

In addition, you must select at least one 300-level or above chemistry elective course.



Chemistry Course Descriptions

CHM 130 Chemical Science 4 hours
Prerequisites: ENG 107; LS 105; co-requisite: MTH 100;. Term: Fall, Winter. Fee: yes. Not for General Education.
This course is intended for those students in health science programs requiring a course in basic chemistry. Topics introduced include: math and measurement, atomic structure, chemical bonding, naming and formulas, treatment of chemical reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, and acid-base, and redox chemistry. The laboratory component complements lecture material while introducing students to a variety of experimental techniques. Laboratory included.

CHM 140 General Chemistry I 4 hours
Prerequisite: CHM 130 or satisfactory completion of chemistry placement examination. Co-requisites: MTH 105; ENG 108 Term: Winter; Fee: yes. General Education option for science majors only
Introduction to the basic principles of chemistry in a context of chemical analysis. Includes the nature of matter, periodic table, elements, ionic and covalent compounds, stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, ideal gases, and acid-base chemistry. Laboratory included.

CHM 230 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 4 hours
Prerequisites: BIO 150, CHM 130; Term: Fall, Winter; Fee: yes.
This course introduces basics of organic and biochemistry and meets the degree requirements for many health science fields. Organic chemistry topics include nomenclature, structure, and reactivity of hydrocarbons and functional groups. Biochemistry topics include structure, reactivity, and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. The laboratory component complements and reinforces the topics covered in lecture. Laboratory included.

CHM 241 General Chemistry II 4 hours
Prerequisites: CHM 140; Term: Fall; Fee: yes.
Chemical thermodynamics; kinetics; equilibria; electrochemistry, redox reactions; nuclear chemistry; selected properties of the elements. Laboratory included.

CHM 325 Organic Chemistry I 4 hours
Prerequisites: CHM 241; Term: Winter; Fee: yes.
This course begins the systematic study of the chemistry of carbon compounds—nomenclature, stereochemistry, mechanisms, predictions and trends, and introduction to synthesis. Laboratory included.

CHM 326  Organic Chemistry II 4 hours
Prerequisites: CHM 325; Term: Fall; Fee: yes.
Topics include functional group transformations, multistep synthesis, mechanisms, nucleophilic substitution, electrophilic substitution, and carbonyl chemistry. Laboratory included.

CHM 341 Physical Chemistry 4 hours
Prerequisites: BIO 150; CHM 241; MTH 251; PHY 285; Term: Winter (even) Fee: yes
Presentation of physical chemistry topics: thermodynamics, solution equilibria, chemical kinetics, transport processes, and structure with biological applications. Laboratory included.

CHM 350 Environmental Chemistry 3 hours
Prerequisites: CHM 241, CHM 325; Term: Fall (even). Cross-listed with ENV 350
Introduces students to environmental chemistry, the branch of chemistry dealing with the origins, transport, reactions, effects and fates of chemical species in the water, air, soil and living environments. 

CHM 360 Biochemistry 4 hours
Prerequisites: BIO 150, CHM 140, CHM 325, Term: Winter (even); Fee: yes. Cross-listed with BIO 360
Biochemistry 360 is an advanced-level course for students majoring in chemistry or biology. This course provides an overview of fundamental concepts in biochemistry which focuses upon the major macromolecules and chemi­cal properties of living systems. Topics include the structure, function and metabolism of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids; the physical properties of water, pH, and buffers; enzyme kinetics and regulation. The principles of bioenergetics and the integration of metabolic control will be developed. Laboratory included.

CHM 388 Cooperative Field Experience 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing, chemistry major, departmental approval; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer
Supervised work experience in activity related to an area of specialization. This is planned in consultation with advisor, co-op supervisor and employer. Recording, reporting and evaluation of experience will be required.

CHM 390 Laboratory Analysis 4 hours
Prerequisites: CHM 241; Term Winter. Fee: yes. Offered alternate years
Theory and practical application of instruments as applied to physiochemical and analytical methods. Laboratory included.

CHM 401 Inorganic Chemistry 3 hours
Prerequisites: CHM 241, CHM 325; Term: Fall (odd)
Study of the chemistry of the metals and non-metals emphasizing periodic behavior, atomic and molecular structure, ionic and covalent bonding, coordination compounds, oxidation and reduction reactions, acid-base chemistry, organometallic compounds, transition metal complexes and reaction kinetics.

CHM 410 Special Topics in Chemistry 3 hours
Prerequisites: CHM 241, CHM 325; Junior Status in major. Term: TBA.
Advanced study of modern synthetic reactions, including mechanisms and theoretical perspectives. Includes use of modern spectroscopic methods.

CHM 488 Cooperative Field Experience 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Senior standing, chemistry major, departmental approval; Term: Fall, Winter, SummerSupervised work experience in activity related to an area of specialization. This is planned in consultation with advisor, co-op supervisor and employer. Recording, reporting and evaluation of experience will be required.

CHM 491  Independent Study 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor; chemistry major or minor; junior status; Term: TBA
Opportunity to earn credit for the independent study of a course not listed in the catalog as a specific offering. By arrangement.

ISC 312 Junior Seminar 3 hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing in the major, ENG 312; Term Fall, Winter
Junior Seminar has been designed to help science majors improve their writing AS SCIENTISTS.  Competence in writing in science requires critical evaluation of one’s work.  In order to encourage the development of critical thinking, students critique published work as well as write essays, reviews, and research reports.  The heart of the course lies in the weekly interaction between the instructor and students through discussion both in class sections and one-on-one.  A weekly lecture provides structure and continuity and allows consideration of other topics such as interviewing and resume writing, poster presentations, ethics in science, and the nature of science and creativity.  This is the program’s writing intensive course.

ISC 496A Science Senior Seminar: Library Research 2 hours
Prerequisites: ISC 312; Senior standing in major. Term: Fall, Winter
This course is designed for senior science majors to have the opportunity to write and orally present a research proposal. This will include conducting a literature review and designing an original research project.  Students carry out their research project in ISC 496B.  Use of computer for informational searches, data analysis, and word processing; oral presentations and final research paper required.

ISC 496B Science Senior Seminar: Laboratory Research 2 hours
Prerequisites: ISC 496A; Senior standing in major; Term: Fall, Winter; Fee: yes.
This course is designed for senior science majors to conduct research with the direction of a faculty member.  The student will carry out a research project of their own design. Specifically students will conduct experiments, write up the results of those experiments, write up the conclusions based on those results and present the results and conclusions of the project both in written and oral formats.