Chemistry - Major/Minor

For information, contact Professor Marianne Staretz, mestaret@cedarcrest.edu, 610-606-4666, ext. 3608

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.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences is to develop the theoretical, 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.

Within the guiding mission of the Department of Chemical and Physical sciences, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Chemistry major will provide students with a strong foundation in chemistry with both fundamental and advanced coursework.  The Department offers hands-on experience in experimental chemistry and with chemical instrumentation to prepare students for careers utilizing technical skills and scientific reasoning.  A B.S. in Chemistry is an extremely versatile degree, applicable in such fields as medicine, chemical/pharmaceutical synthesis, energy production, and forensic science.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). Chemistry will provide students with a basic foundation in chemical principles with less emphasis on laboratory methods than the B.S. in Chemistry allowing students the flexibility to combine the B.A. in Chemistry with other areas of study such as pre-law, pre-health, business or secondary education. The mission of the B.A. in Chemistry is to prepare graduates for careers in fields where knowledge of chemistry and the scientific method are major assets.  Such fields include environmental science, regulatory affairs, patent law, secondary education, and scientific writing.  Graduates can also pursue professional areas of study such as medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine.

Program Requirements

An overall grade-point average of at least 2.000 in chemistry and cognate courses is required for the B.S. and B.A. 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 comprehensive examination encompassing all the relevant sub-disciplines which is administered as part of the Chemistry seminar (CHE 352).

B.S. in Chemistry

Course Requirements for the B.S. in Chemistry

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 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 3 credits 
OR
MAT 210 Mathematical Statistics and Probability 3 credits
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.

Total number of credits required: 75-77

Fulfillment of LAC Requirements

Students fulfill Technology, Oral Presentation, and Information Literacy requirements through the successful completion of the following major requirements:  CHE 300, CHE 302, CHE 335, CHE 307, CHE 352, CHE 391/392.  Students also fulfill the Natural Sciences (CHE 111 and 112), Mathematics and Logic (MAT 141 and 142) and Writing 2 (CHE 300) requirements upon successful completion of the major.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the fundamentals of analytical, organic, inorganic, physical and biological chemistry.
  • Students will be able to apply problems-solving skills in both a qualitative and quantitative manner using fundamental chemical principles.
  • Students will demonstrate laboratory skills and an understanding of theory and techniques to effectively utilize equipment and technology to carry out an experiment in a safe and systematic fashion.
  • Students will be able to describe and follow proper procedures for the safe handling and use of chemicals and chemical equipment.
  • Students will learn to make detailed observations, record data objectively, and maintain an accurate laboratory notebook in a legal and ethical manner.
  • Students will be able to retrieve, understand and properly cite specific chemical information from the scientific literature.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in applying and interpreting statistical methods for data evaluation.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate chemical information with clarity and coherence through writing and speaking.
  • Students will complete an independent project using scientific methodology

 

B.A. in Chemistry

Course Requirements for the B.A. in Chemistry

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 300 Technical Information 3 credits 

CHE 307 Biochemistry I 4 credits 

CHE 331 Inorganic Chemistry3 credits 

CHE 335 Physical Chemistry I 3 credits 

CHE 352 Chemistry Seminar 1 credit

Plus choose one of the following:
CHE230 Analytical Chemistry 4 credits
CHE320 Environmental Chemistry 4 credits

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 


Total number of credits required: 47

Fulfillment of LAC Requirements

Students fulfill Technology, Oral Presentation, and Information Literacy requirements through the successful completion of the following major requirements:  CHE 300, CHE 335, CHE 307, CHE 352.  Students also fulfill the Natural Sciences (CHE 111 and 112), Mathematics and Logic (MAT 141 and 142) and Writing 2 (CHE 300) requirements upon successful completion of the major.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the fundamentals of analytical, organic, inorganic, physical and biological chemistry.
  • Students will be able to apply problems-solving skills in both a qualitative and quantitative manner using fundamental chemical principles.
  • Students will gain basic laboratory skills and be able to translate technical directions to carry out an experiment in a safe and systematic fashion including the safe handling of chemicals and equipment.
  • Students will learn to make detailed observations, record data objectively, and maintain an accurate laboratory notebook in a legal and ethical manner.
  • Students will be able to retrieve, understand and properly cite specific chemical information from the scientific literature.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate chemical information with clarity through writing and speaking.

Chemistry Minor

Course Requirements for the Chemistry Minor

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

Total number of credits required: 37-39