Catalog • 2012-2013

Chemistry - Major/Minor

For information, contact Dr. Pamela Kistler

Program Description

The chemistry major is one of science’s most versatile degrees and is important in today’s world-wide environment. The chemistry program prepares students for entry into industry, graduate study, education, or the medical professions by encouraging critical thinking and leadership skills. It also provides a background for those entering the allied biological and environmental fields in which chemical knowledge and laboratory skills are required. Majors are offered in chemistry, biochemistry, and chemistry/secondary education. A concentration in forensic science is also available for chemistry, biochemistry, biology and genetic engineering majors, providing exposure to analytical laboratory methods commonly used in criminal investigations. As a capstone experience, upper class students complete either a departmental research project or a corporate internship, summarized in a seminar presentation.

Department Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences is to develop the conceptual, analytical, and technical skills to allow departmental majors to be leaders in their scientific professions and/or productively pursue graduate or professional studies in science. The Department will also provide a foundational knowledge in the area of chemistry for majors and non-majors that will contribute to the development of scientifically responsible citizens who can have a better understanding of the world and the role of science and scientific thinking in the global community.

Total number of credits required: 55

Program Requirements

An overall grade-point average of at least 2.000 in chemistry and cognate courses is required for the major and minor in chemistry. A grade of C or better is required for all chemistry courses at the 100 and 200 level that fulfill major or minor requirements. No grades of D and only two grades of C- will be allowed for Chemistry courses at the 300 level that fulfill major and minor requirements. A student must have at least a 2.000 average in chemistry courses to declare a chemistry major. A grade of C- or better is required for all cognate courses that satisfy major or minor requirements. Courses that satisfy a major requirement may not be repeated more than once. At least 24 of the credits in chemistry required for the chemistry major or at least 12 of the credits in chemistry required for the chemistry minor must be completed on the Cedar Crest campus. Students are required to complete a series of comprehensive examinations in all the relevant sub-disciplines which is administered as part of the Chemistry seminar.

Chemistry Major

Course Requirements for the Chemistry Major

CHE 111 Chemical Principles 4 credits
CHE 112 Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis 4 credits
CHE 205 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits
CHE 206 Organic Chemistry II 4 credits
CHE 230 Analytical Chemistry 4 credits
CHE 300 Technical Information 3 credits
CHE 302 Instrumental Analysis 4 credits
CHE 306 Advanced Organic Chemistry 3 credits
CHE 307 Biochemistry I 4 credits
CHE 331 Inorganic Chemistry 4 credits
CHE 335 Physical Chemistry I 4 credits
CHE 336 Physical Chemistry II 3 credits
CHE 352 Seminar 1 credit
CHE 391 Advanced Laboratory and Research 3 or 6 credits OR CHE 393 Internship

Plus choose two courses from the following:
CHE 308 Biochemistry II 3 or 4 credits
CHE 314 Toxicology 3 credits
CHE 320 Environmental Chemistry 3 or 4 credits
CHE 341 Polymer Chemistry 3 credits
CHE 344 Heterocyclic Compounds 3 credits
CHE 347 Trace Evidence and Microscopy 4 credits

Plus the following cognate courses:
BIO 248 Biostatistics (for Forensics Concentration) 3 credits
OR MAT
110 Probability and Statistics and MAT 141 Calculus I 3 credits
MAT 142 Calculus II 3 credits
PHY 101 Introductory College Physics I 4 credits
PHY 102 Introductory College Physics II 4 credits
Students considering graduate study should have additional calculus.

Fulfillment of LAC Requirements

The Technology requirement is satisfied by courses CHE 302, 335, and 336. The Oral Presentation requirement is satisfied by completion of CHE 352. CHE 300 satisfies both the Information Literacy and the WRI-2 requirements. The Global Studies requirement will be satisfied if the student chooses CHE 320 as one of the chemistry electives.

Chemistry Minor

Course Requirements for the Chemistry Minor

23 Credits

CHE 111 Chemical Principles 4 credits
CHE 112 Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis 4 credits
CHE 205 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits
CHE 206 Organic Chemistry II 4 credits
CHE 331 Inorganic Chemistry 3 or 4 credits OR CHE 335 Physical Chemistry 3 or 4 credits
Plus at least one additional course in Chemistry at the 300-level

Plus the following cognate courses:
MAT 141 Calculus I 3 credits
MAT 142 Calculus II 3 credits
PHY 101 Introductory College Physics I 4 credits
PHY 102 Introductory College Physics II 4 credits