Chemistry

Bachelor of Arts Degree: 184.5 quarter credits
Bachelor of Science Degree: 190.5 quarter credits

About the Program

Drexel’s Department of Chemistry offers both a BA and a BS degree in chemistry. The BA is offered as a 4-year non-co-op program for those interested in following their undergraduate education in chemistry with professional school, such as law or medicine. The BS degree, offered in three formats (a 5-year three co-op, 4-year one co-op and a 4-year non-co-op), is certified by the American Chemical Society.  In addition, a minor in chemistry is available for students in other majors who desire a strong physical science background.

Each student plans a course of study and selects electives in consultation with an advisor in the Chemistry Department. Students who show initiative and laboratory ability are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research by selecting a research problem in collaboration with one of the departmental faculty members. Students in the BS program are required to participate in undergraduate research through the Senior Research courses.

Most graduate courses in chemistry are open to qualified seniors. Prerequisites and descriptions of available graduate courses appear in the graduate catalog.

About the Accelerated Bachelors/Masters Dual Degree Program in Chemistry

The Bachelor’s/Master’s (BS/MS) dual degree program is an accelerated program providing the academically qualified student with an opportunity to earn both a BS and an MS degree (two diplomas are awarded) in five years, the time normally required to finish the co-op option BS degree alone.

This is an academically demanding program, but there are several allowances built in to enable the program to be completed in the time allotted. For instance, only 180 rather than 192 undergraduate quarter credits are required. The co-op experience may be adjusted; the student may take two rather than three coop cycles, enabling two additional quarters of on-campus study. If needed, the student may also take evening courses while on co-op.

Eligibility

Exceptional students with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and who are enrolled in the five-year co-op option program are eligible for the BS/MS program. Students formally apply to the program after they have completed 90 credits but before they have completed 120 credits. Students are strongly encouraged to begin planning for the program as early as their freshman year. Students who have more than 120 credits are not eligible.

Transfer students are eligible to join the BS/MS program, but they must be able to complete the program in the time it would take to complete the BS degree alone. International transfer students must be able to meet the required minimum TOEFL score for the department graduate program (currently 550) in order to be admitted to the BS/MS program.

Application Process

You need to formally apply to the program. Applications are available in the Office of Graduate Admissions or in the College of Arts & Sciences advisor’s office. Your application must be accompanied by a Plan of Study prepared in consultation with the undergraduate and graduate advisor in the department and approved by both the Department Head and the Dean. Entry into the program must be officially approved by both the Department Head and Academic Dean.

BS/MS Requirements

Students enrolled in the BS/MS dual degree program must complete 180 undergraduate quarter credits for the BS degree and at least 45 graduate quarter credits for the MS degree. All graduate departmental requirements must be satisfied in full, including producing a thesis, if the thesis-option Masters program is elected. Masters thesis requirements may be completed in the summer term of the final year with prior approval of the department. Students in the BS/MS program must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in their undergraduate and graduate coursework to remain in the program. Further questions about the BS/MS degree program should be directed to the departmental graduate advisor.

Additional Information

For more information about the major in chemistry, contact:

Daniel King, PhD
Undergraduate  Affairs Committee Chair
Department of Chemistry
Drexel University
dk68@drexel.edu

Degree Requirements (BA) 

General Education Requirements *
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
UNIV S101The Drexel Experience2.0
Humanities and Arts electives6.0
International Studies electives6.0
Social and Behavioral Studies electives6.0
Studies in Diversity electives6.0
Language Requirements courses8.0
CHEM 121Majors Chemistry I5.0
CHEM 122Majors Chemistry II5.0
CHEM 123Majors Chemistry III5.5
CHEM 230Quantitative Analysis4.0
CHEM 231 [WI] Quantitative Analysis Laboratory2.0
CHEM 246Majors Organic I6.5
CHEM 248Majors Organic II6.5
CHEM 249Majors Organic III7.0
CHEM 253Thermodynamics and Kinetics4.0
CHEM 270Software Skills for Chemists3.0
CHEM 357 [WI] Physical Chemistry Laboratory I2.5
CHEM 367Chemical Information Retrieval3.0
CHEM 421Inorganic Chemistry I3.0
Chemistry Electives
Select two Chemistry Electives **6.0
Biology Requirements
BIO 122Cells and Genetics4.5
BIO 124Evolution & Organismal Diversity4.5
BIO 126Physiology and Ecology4.5
Mathematics Requirements
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 123Calculus III4.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
Physics Requirements
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
Free Electives
Free electives36.0
Total Credits183.5

*

Categories of Electives:

  • Humanities and Arts Electives
    Designated courses in art, art history, communication studies, foreign languages (300-level or above), history, literature, music, philosophy, religion, and theatre arts.
  • International Electives
    Designated courses in anthropology, art history, history, literature, music, politics and sociology. Courses with an international focus may be used to fulfill requirements in other categories as well.
  • Social and Behavioral Studies Electives
    Designated courses in anthropology,criminal justice, economics, international relations, history, politics, psychology and sociology.
  • Studies in Diversity Electives
    Africana studies, women's studies or designated cross-listed courses in anthropology, art, art history, history, literature, music, philosophy, politics and sociology.
  • Language Requirement
    Students may satisfy the language course requirements in two ways: (1) taking two terms of sequential study of a foreign language (or placement at the exit level of 103 or above); or (2) taking two terms of a computer language or placement out as determined by the Department of Computer Science.
**

Courses with CHEM prefix, although ENVS chemistry courses can also fulfill this requirement.


Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

Sample Plan of Study (BA) 

Four-year Non-Co-op

Term 1Credits
BIO 122Cells and Genetics4.5
CHEM 121Majors Chemistry I5.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
UNIV S101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits17.5
Term 2
BIO 124Evolution & Organismal Diversity4.5
CHEM 122Majors Chemistry II5.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
 Term Credits16.5
Term 3
BIO 126Physiology and Ecology4.5
CHEM 123Majors Chemistry III5.5
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
MATH 123Calculus III4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
CHEM 230*Quantitative Analysis4.0
CHEM 231 [WI] *Quantitative Analysis Laboratory2.0
CHEM 246Majors Organic I6.5
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.5
Term 5
CHEM 248Majors Organic II6.5
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
 Term Credits14.5
Term 6
CHEM 249Majors Organic III7.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
Humanities electives6.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 7
CHEM 253Thermodynamics and Kinetics4.0
CHEM 367Chemical Information Retrieval3.0
CHEM 421Inorganic Chemistry I3.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
UNIV S101The Drexel Experience2.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 8
CHEM 270Software Skills for Chemists3.0
CHEM 357 [WI] Physical Chemistry Laboratory I2.5
International Studies elective 3.0
Diversity Studies elective 3.0
Language course 4.0
 Term Credits15.5
Term 9
Diversity Studies elective 3.0
Social and Behavioral Sciences elective 3.0
International Studies elective 3.0
Language course 4.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 10
Social and Behavioral Sciences elective 3.0
Free electives 12.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
Chemistry elective3.0
Free elective12.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
Free electives12.0
 Term Credits12.0
Total Credit: 184.5

 

*

CHEM 230 and CHEM 231 must be taken concurrently.


 

 

Degree Requirements (BS) 

General Education Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
UNIV S101The Drexel Experience3.0
Technical electives *6.0
Liberal Studies electives *6.0
Chemistry Requirements
CHEM 121Majors Chemistry I5.0
CHEM 122Majors Chemistry II5.0
CHEM 123Majors Chemistry III5.5
CHEM 230Quantitative Analysis4.0
CHEM 231 [WI] Quantitative Analysis Laboratory2.0
CHEM 246Majors Organic I6.5
CHEM 248Majors Organic II6.5
CHEM 249Majors Organic III7.0
CHEM 253Thermodynamics and Kinetics4.0
CHEM 270Software Skills for Chemists3.0
CHEM 346Qualitative Organic Chemistry5.5
CHEM 355Physical Chemistry IV3.0
CHEM 357 [WI] Physical Chemistry Laboratory I2.5
CHEM 358Physical Chemistry Laboratory II2.5
CHEM 359Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy3.0
CHEM 367Chemical Information Retrieval3.0
CHEM 420Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory Applied Chemistry3.0
CHEM 421Inorganic Chemistry I3.0
CHEM 422Inorganic Chemistry II3.0
CHEM 425Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory4.0
CHEM 430Analytical Chemistry I3.0
CHEM 431 [WI] Analytical Chemistry II4.0
CHEM 493Senior Research Project9.0
Biology Requirements
BIO 122Cells and Genetics4.5
BIO 214Principles of Cell Biology3.0
Biochemistry Requirements **
BIO 311Biochemistry4.0
or BIO 404 Structure and Function of Biomolecules
BIO 306Biochemistry Laboratory2.0
Computer/Mathematics Requirements
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 123Calculus III4.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
MATH 201Linear Algebra4.0
or MATH 210 Differential Equations
Physics Requirements
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
Free Electives
Free electives24.0
Total Credits190.5

Footnotes

*

Technical electives are defined as 200+ level courses from Science, Mathematics, Business, Engineering or Information Studies. Liberal studies electives are defined as courses (at any level) from all other areas.

**

The American Chemical Society requires ACS-certified students to take a specified number of biochemistry courses. To fulfill this requirement in the BS curriculum, you should take a combination of one lecture and one lab course from the choice of: BIO 311, BIO 306 or BIO 404 to fulfill the biochemistry requirement. Students may also choose to take the two lecture courses (BIO 404 and BIO 311) rather than a lecture/laboratory combination.



Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

Sample Plans of Study (BS) 

Five-year Co-op  

(See below this plan for Four-year Non-Co-op and One-Co-op options)

Term 1Credits
BIO 122Cells and Genetics4.5
CHEM 121Majors Chemistry I5.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
UNIV S101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits17.5
Term 2
CHEM 122Majors Chemistry II5.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
CHEM 123Majors Chemistry III5.5
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
MATH 123Calculus III4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
 Term Credits16.5
Term 4
CHEM 230*Quantitative Analysis4.0
CHEM 231 [WI] *Quantitative Analysis Laboratory2.0
CHEM 246Majors Organic I6.5
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
 Term Credits16.5
Term 5
CHEM 248Majors Organic II6.5
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits13.5
Term 6
BIO 214Principles of Cell Biology3.0
CHEM 249Majors Organic III7.0
CHEM 253Thermodynamics and Kinetics4.0
MATH 210
or 201
Differential Equations
Linear Algebra
4.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 7
CHEM 270Software Skills for Chemists3.0
CHEM 357 [WI] Physical Chemistry Laboratory I2.5
Technical elective***3.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits14.5
Term 8
CHEM 355Physical Chemistry IV3.0
CHEM 367Chemical Information Retrieval3.0
CHEM 421Inorganic Chemistry I3.0
CHEM 430Analytical Chemistry I3.0
UNIV S101The Drexel Experience2.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 9
CHEM 359Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy3.0
CHEM 420Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory Applied Chemistry3.0
CHEM 431 [WI] Analytical Chemistry II4.0
Technical elective***3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 10
BIO 311
or 404
Biochemistry
Structure and Function of Biomolecules
4.0
CHEM 346Qualitative Organic Chemistry5.5
CHEM 493Senior Research Project3.0
CHEM 358Physical Chemistry Laboratory II2.5
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
BIO 306Biochemistry Laboratory2.0
CHEM 493Senior Research Project3.0
Liberal Studies electives6.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 12
CHEM 422Inorganic Chemistry II3.0
CHEM 425Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory4.0
CHEM 493Senior Research Project3.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Total Credit: 190.5

 

BS in Chemistry: Four-year Non-Co-op

Term 1Credits
BIO 122Cells and Genetics4.5
CHEM 121Majors Chemistry I5.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
UNIV S101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits17.5
Term 2
CHEM 122Majors Chemistry II5.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
CHEM 123Majors Chemistry III5.5
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
MATH 123Calculus III4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
 Term Credits16.5
Term 4
CHEM 230*Quantitative Analysis4.0
CHEM 231 [WI] *Quantitative Analysis Laboratory2.0
CHEM 246Majors Organic I6.5
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
 Term Credits16.5
Term 5
CHEM 248Majors Organic II6.5
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
Free elective6.0
 Term Credits16.5
Term 6
BIO 214Principles of Cell Biology3.0
CHEM 249Majors Organic III7.0
MATH 210
or 201
Differential Equations
Linear Algebra
4.0
Technical elective***3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 7
CHEM 253Thermodynamics and Kinetics4.0
CHEM 367Chemical Information Retrieval3.0
CHEM 421Inorganic Chemistry I3.0
CHEM 430Analytical Chemistry I3.0
UNIV S101The Drexel Experience2.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
CHEM 270Software Skills for Chemists3.0
CHEM 357 [WI] Physical Chemistry Laboratory I2.5
CHEM 420Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory Applied Chemistry3.0
CHEM 431 [WI] Analytical Chemistry II4.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.5
Term 9
Liberal Studies elective 3.0
Technical elective***3.0
Free electives9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
BIO 311
or 404
Biochemistry
Structure and Function of Biomolecules
4.0
CHEM 346Qualitative Organic Chemistry5.5
CHEM 355Physical Chemistry IV3.0
CHEM 493Senior Research Project3.0
 Term Credits15.5
Term 11
BIO 306Biochemistry Laboratory2.0
CHEM 359Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy3.0
CHEM 493Senior Research Project3.0
Liberal Studies elective 3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 12
CHEM 358Physical Chemistry Laboratory II2.5
CHEM 422Inorganic Chemistry II3.0
CHEM 425Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory4.0
CHEM 493Senior Research Project3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.5
Total Credit: 190.5

 

BS in Chemistry: Four-year One Co-op

Term 1Credits
BIO 122Cells and Genetics4.5
CHEM 121Majors Chemistry I5.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits17.5
Term 2
CHEM 122Majors Chemistry II5.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
CHEM 123Majors Chemistry III5.5
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
MATH 123Calculus III4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
 Term Credits16.5
Term 4
CHEM 230*Quantitative Analysis4.0
CHEM 231 [WI] *Quantitative Analysis Laboratory2.0
CHEM 246Majors Organic I6.5
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
 Term Credits16.5
Term 5
CHEM 248Majors Organic II6.5
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
Electives6.0
 Term Credits16.5
Term 6
BIO 214Principles of Cell Biology3.0
CHEM 249Majors Organic III7.0
MATH 210
or 201
Differential Equations
Linear Algebra
4.0
Technical Elective***3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 7
Free Electives9.0
Liberal Studies Elective3.0
Technical Elective***3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
CHEM 253Thermodynamics and Kinetics4.0
CHEM 367Chemical Information Retrieval3.0
CHEM 421Inorganic Chemistry I3.0
CHEM 430Analytical Chemistry I3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience2.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
CHEM 270Software Skills for Chemists3.0
CHEM 357 [WI] Physical Chemistry Laboratory I2.5
CHEM 420Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory Applied Chemistry3.0
CHEM 431 [WI] Analytical Chemistry II4.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.5
Term 10
BIO 311
or 404
Biochemistry
Structure and Function of Biomolecules
4.0
CHEM 346Qualitative Organic Chemistry5.5
CHEM 355Physical Chemistry IV3.0
CHEM 493Senior Research Project3.0
 Term Credits15.5
Term 11
BIO 306Biochemistry Laboratory2.0
CHEM 359Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy3.0
CHEM 493Senior Research Project3.0
Free Elective3.0
Liberal Studies Elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 12
CHEM 358Physical Chemistry Laboratory II2.5
CHEM 422Inorganic Chemistry II3.0
CHEM 425Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory4.0
CHEM 493Senior Research Project3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.5
Total Credit: 190.5

*

CHEM 230 and CHEM 231 must be taken concurrently.

**

 Biochemistry Requirement: The American Chemical Society requires ACS-certified students to take a specified number of biochemistry courses. To fulfill this requirement in the BS curriculum, you should take a combination of one lecture and one lab course from the choice of: BIO 311, BIO 306 or BIO 404 to fulfill the biochemistry requirement. Students may also choose to take the two lecture courses (BIO 404 and BIO 311) rather than a lecture/laboratory combination. Note that the courses BIO 122 and BIO 214 are required in order to provide adequate background in biology for taking these upper-level biochemistry courses.

***

 Must be at a 200+ level.  See Degree Requirements for more information on acceptable classes.

 

 

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Opportunities for chemistry majors include working in research and development in corporate and government laboratories in the chemical, pharmaceutical and agricultural (e.g., U.S. Department of Agriculture) sectors. There is a remarkably high concentration of chemical and pharmaceutical companies in the Philadelphia region. Other options include entering medical, dental, law, or other professional schools.

The major in chemistry is sufficiently flexible to allow students to prepare to teach at the secondary level. With proper selection of electives, students can meet teacher certification requirements.

Sample Co-op Opportunities

A five-year co-op degree is offered. When students complete their co-op jobs, they are asked to write an overview of their experiences. These brief quotes are taken from some recent student reports:

Assistant chemist, pharmaceuticals manufacturer
: “My position involved the synthesis and characterization of target compounds in the endotheline project. Involved the development of synthetic roots to the prescribed target. This would include the investigation of reactions which were going to be used. . . .the position was very independent. . .great working environment. ”

Co-op chemist, petroleum refiner: “Performed synthesis of ligands and metal complexes. Operated FT-IR spectrometer for sample analysis. Submitted samples for analysis by mass spectrometer and NMR. . . .The position allowed me to develop the skills necessary for independent research in organic synthesis. ”

Assistant lab technician, pharmaceuticals manufacturer: “I was an assistant technician in a mass spectrometry lab. . . . I was responsible for the development of SDS-gel electrophoresis techniques for gels and gel membranes. . . . I developed the methods independently and my employer encouraged me to be an expert on the technique and explore any method I found that would benefit the lab. ”

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Minor in Chemistry

The academic minor program in chemistry is designed to expose students to each of the major sub-disciplines of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical). In order to accomplish this students take a total of at least 27.5 credits of chemistry past the freshman year (100 level courses).

As chemistry is an experimental science at least two laboratory courses must be included in the group of courses taken for the minor. Students should note that their academic major may require certain chemistry courses that can also be used to fulfill the requirements for a minor in chemistry.

Required Courses
CHEM 241Organic Chemistry I4.0
CHEM 230Quantitative Analysis4.0
CHEM 253Thermodynamics and Kinetics *4.0
CHEM 421Inorganic Chemistry I3.0
CHEM 244Organic Chemistry Laboratory I3.0
Chemistry Electives **9.5
Total Credits27.5

*

May substitute CHEC 352 Physical Chemistry and Applications II (4 credits) or CHEC 353 Physical Chemistry and Applications III (4 credits) for the CHEM 253 Thermodynamics and Kinetics requirement.

**

The 9.5 credits of chemistry electives must include at least one additional laboratory course. These electives are selected from any of the regularly offered chemistry department lecture or laboratory courses 200-level and above according to your specific interests. Note that existing course pre-requisites may affect which courses may be selected. The variable credit courses CHEM 493 Senior Research Project or CHEM 497 Research (Undergraduate) may also be used to fulfill either the lecture or laboratory requirements for the minor.



Facilities

There are nine undergraduate teaching laboratories in the department: three freshman Chemistry labs, three Organic Chemistry labs, a Physical Chemistry lab, an Analytical Instrumentation Laboratory and a combined Analytical/Inorganic Chemistry lab.

Mass Spectrometry Laboratory
The department maintains a professionally staffed mass spectrometry facility available to all members of the university community. Currently available instrumentation consists of a Waters Autospec M high resolution magnetic-sector mass spectrometer, a Bruker Autoflex III MALDI Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer, a Thermo LTQ-FT Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometer, a Sciex API-3000 triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer, and a Varian Saturn 2000 Gas Chromatograph/Ion-trap mass spectrometer system.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Laboratory
The professionally staffed Chemistry Department NMR facility is equipped with 300MHz and 500MHz Varian Unity INNOVA NMR systems; both instruments have multi-nuclear capability. The probe on the 500MHz instrument is a cryogenically cooled triple resonance model (1H {13C/15N}) suitable for protein analysis. A Varian X-band 12" EPR spectrometer is also available.

Analytical Instrumentation Laboratory
The open-access departmental Analytical Instrumentation Laboratory includes two Perkin-Elmer (PE) Spectrum One Fourier-transform infrared absorption spectrometers each with a universal diamond ATR accessory, a PE Lambda-35 UV/visible spectrometer, a PE Lambda-950 UV/visible/NIR spectrometer with a 60-mm-diameter diffuse reflectance integrating sphere, a PE model 343 polarimeter, a PE LS55B luminescence spectrometer, a PE Clarus 500 capillary-column GC with dual FID detectors, a Clarus 500 capillary-column GC/MS system (with electron impact capability), a PE Series 200 Quaternary HPLC development system with UV/visible photodiode array detector, a PE Series 200 binary HPLC system interfaced to a Sciex 2000 triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer, a PE Series 2000 binary Gel Permeation Chromatography system with refractive index detector, and a Varian AA240FS flame atomic absorption spectrometer equipped with a GTA 120 Graphite Furnace Accessory.

Organic Instrumentation Laboratory
The Organic Instrumentation Laboratory (co-located with the organic synthesis teaching laboratories in the Papdakis Integrated Sciences Building) is equipped with two Perkin-Elmer (PE) Spectrum Two Fourier-transform infrared absorption spectrometers each with a universal diamond ATR accessory, a PE Clarus 500 capillary-column GC with one FID and one TCD detector, and an Anasazi EFT-90 FT-NMR system.

Other Departmental Facilities
The department has a VEECO INNOVA N3 Multimode Scanning Probe Microscope and also maintains a computational chemistry laboratory equipped with nine Dell Optiplex 790 computers running Hyperchem v 8.0. Research laboratories for each of the department faculty members are located in Disque and Stratton Halls. Instrumentation available in the research laboratories is described on individual faculty web pages. Full-time professional support includes an electronic instrument specialist (for NMR and MS- Chemistry Department), a glassblower (Chemistry Department), two electronics specialists (College of Arts & Sciences Electronics Shop), and four machinists (Drexel University Machine Shop).

Courses

CHEM 050 Preparatory Chemistry 0.0 Credits

This online course covered general chemical principles, such as stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, and characterization of chemical reactions.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHEM 100 Chemistry 2.0 Credits

Chemistry and its significance to industry and life, with discussions revolving around synthesis and use of polymers and biologically significant molecules.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHEM 101 General Chemistry I 3.5 Credits

Covers fundamental principles of chemistry, stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, states of matter, thermochemistry, and periodicity.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: APCH 12 or CHEM 111 [Min Grade: D] or CHEM 050 [Min Grade: D]
Corequisite: EXAM 080

CHEM 102 General Chemistry II 4.5 Credits

Covers chemical equilibrium, including acid-base equilibria in solution; electrochemistry; organic chemistry; polymers; and petroleum.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHEM 101 [Min Grade: D] or CHEM 121 [Min Grade: D] or CHEM 161 [Min Grade: D]
Corequisite: EXAM 080

CHEM 103 General Chemistry III 5.0 Credits

Covers organic functional groups, biochemistry, inorganic and coordination compounds, chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, and nuclear chemistry.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHEM 102 [Min Grade: D] or CHEM 122 [Min Grade: D] or (CHEM 162 [Min Grade: D] and CHEM 164 [Min Grade: D])
Corequisite: EXAM 080

CHEM 108 Health Chemistry I 3.0 Credits

Covers physical and chemical properties of substances used in medical areas and related principles: atomic structure, bonding, gases, solutions, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction and the chemistry of hydrocarbon compounds and polymers. Examples are taken from pharmacology, nutrition and other allied health fields.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Corequisite: EXAM 080

CHEM 110 Environmental Chemistry 2.0 Credits

Chemistry of the environment; the ecological aspects. Discussion of problems related to the pollution of the atmosphere, natural waters, and soil from a chemist's point of view.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 4.0 Credits

Not open to engineering or science majors. Introduces the principles of general chemistry. Covers SI units, unit factor calculations, states of matter, elements and compounds, energy, atoms, electronic configurations, ionic and covalent bonds, Lewis dot structures, shapes of molecules, chemical equations, stoichiometry, molarity, gas laws, nuclear chemistry, equilibrium between different states of matter, and some colligative properties of solutions.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Corequisite: EXAM 080

CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4.0 Credits

Introduces organic chemistry. Covers some classes of organic compounds from alkanes to amines, basic reactions of important functional groups, uses of some compounds, stereochemistry, synthetic and natural polymers (carbohydrates, protein, DNA), and briefly acids and bases.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHEM 111 [Min Grade: D]

CHEM 113 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1.5 Credit

Covers chemical and physical properties and techniques for inorganic, organic, and polymeric compounds, including distillation, crystallization, chromatography, separation.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHEM 111 [Min Grade: D] (Can be taken Concurrently)

CHEM 114 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1.5 Credit

Continuation of CHEM 113.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHEM 112 [Min Grade: D] (Can be taken Concurrently)

CHEM 121 Majors Chemistry I 5.0 Credits

Part I in an introductory sequence for chemistry majors. Covers fundamental principles of atomic and molecular nature of matter, electronic structure, physic-chemical properties, periodicity, chemical reactions, stoichimoetry, thermochemistry, chemical bonding, properties of gases, and nuclear chemistry. Course includes weekly lab experiments.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CHEM.
Prerequisites: APCH 12 or CHEM 111 [Min Grade: D] or CHEM 050 [Min Grade: D]

CHEM 122 Majors Chemistry II 5.0 Credits

Part II in an introductory sequence for chemistry majors. Covers physical properties of liquids and solids, kinetics, equilibrium, solutions, acids and bases, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. Course includes weekly lab experiments.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CHEM.
Prerequisites: CHEM 101 [Min Grade: C-] or CHEM 121 [Min Grade: C-]

CHEM 123 Majors Chemistry III 5.5 Credits

Part III in an introductory sequence for chemistry majors. Course covers physical and chemical properties of substances used in consumer products through an introduction to fundamental structures, nomenclature and properties of hydrocarbons, organize functional groups, polymers and biomolecules. Course includes weekly lab experiments.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CHEM.
Prerequisites: CHEM 102 [Min Grade: C-] or CHEM 122 [Min Grade: C-]

CHEM 151 Applied Chemistry 3.0 Credits

For business majors. Covers physical and chemical properties of substances used in consumer products. Provides qualitative introduction to required principles, including atomic structure and the elements, bonding and compounds, and the chemistry of carbon compounds and polymers. Uses examples from the areas of food and nutrition, pharmacology, and the petrochemical industry.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Corequisite: EXAM 080

CHEM 161 General Chemistry I 3.0 Credits

Covers atomic structure, stoichiometry, gases, valence theory, and thermochemistry.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MATH 003 [Min Grade: D] or (MATH 001 [Min Grade: D] and MATH 002 [Min Grade: D])

CHEM 162 General Chemistry II 3.0 Credits

Covers solutions, colligative properties, chemical equilibrium, and electrochemistry. Introduces organic chemistry.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHEM 161 [Min Grade: D] or CHEM 101 [Min Grade: D]

CHEM 163 General Chemistry III 3.0 Credits

Continues organic chemistry. Introduces thermodynamics, molecular biology, inorganic chemistry, chemical kinetics, and nuclear chemistry.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHEM 164 [Min Grade: D] and CHEM 162 [Min Grade: D]

CHEM 164 General Chemistry Laboratory I 2.0 Credits

Involves experiments demonstrating the principles of gas behavior, thermochemistry, colligative properties, chemical equilibrium, and electrochemistry. Some or all pre-requisites may be taken as either a pre-requisite or co-requisite. Please see the department for more information.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHEM 162 [Min Grade: D] (Can be taken Concurrently)

CHEM 165 General Chemistry Laboratory II 2.5 Credits

Involves experiments illustrating the principles of organic separations, transition metal chemistry, complex ions, chemical kinetics, and qualitative analysis. Some or all pre-requisites may be taken as either a pre-requisite or co-requisite. Please see the department for more information.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHEM 163 [Min Grade: D] (Can be taken Concurrently)

CHEM 201 Why Things Work: Everyday Chemistry 3.0 Credits

Course will cover chemical explanations of everyday materials and phenomena. The focus will be conceptual understanding, as opposed to a detailed quantitative treatment.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHEM 230 Quantitative Analysis 4.0 Credits

Covers chemical analysis and data treatment, including chemical equilibrium, acid-base and redox reactions, and applications to gravimetric and titrimetric methods.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHEM 102 [Min Grade: D] or CHEM 122 [Min Grade: D] or (CHEM 162 [Min Grade: D] and CHEM 164 [Min Grade: D])

CHEM 231 [WI] Quantitative Analysis Laboratory 2.0 Credits

Provides laboratory studies in quantitative analysis. This is a writing intensive course. Some or all pre-requisites may be taken as either a pre-requisite or co-requisite. Please see the department for more information.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHEM 230 [Min Grade: D] (Can be taken Concurrently)

CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry I 4.0 Credits

Covers structure, reactions, and stereochemistry of organic compounds, especially alkanes, cycloalkanes, haloalkanes, and alkenes. Also covers SN1, SN2, E1, and E2 compound.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHEM 102 [Min Grade: D] or CHEM 122 [Min Grade: D] or (CHEM 162 [Min Grade: D] and CHEM 164 [Min Grade: D])

CHEM 242 Organic Chemistry II 4.0 Credits

Covers structure, reactivity, and stereochemistry of organic compounds, especially alkanes, alkynes, alcohols, ethers, dienes, and aromatic compounds. IR, MS, and NMR spectral techniques are introduced and applied to the identification of organic compounds.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHEM 241 [Min Grade: D]

CHEM 243 Organic Chemistry III 3.0 Credits

Covers structure, preparation, reactivity, and stereochemistry of organic compounds, especially substituted aromatics, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, carboxylic acid halides, anhydrides, amides, polypeptides, esters, amines, phenols, and carbohydrates.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHEM 242 [Min Grade: D]

CHEM 244 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 3.0 Credits

Introduces simple recrystallization, distillation, extraction, and chromatography techniques and applies them to several organic reactions illustrative of topics covered in CHEM 241. Provides opportunity to take and interpret IR and GC spectra.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHEM 241 [Min Grade: D]

CHEM 245 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 3.0 Credits

Provides experiments illustrating a number of organic reactions covered in CHEM 242 as well as more advanced organic techniques. Provides opportunity to take and interpret IR and GC scans. Some or all pre-requisites may be taken as either a pre-requisite or co-requisite. Please see the department for more information.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHEM 242 [Min Grade: D] (Can be taken Concurrently)CHEM 244 [Min Grade: D]

CHEM 246 Organic Chemistry for Majors I 6.5 Credits

This course offers a basic foundation for modern organic chemistry. Lecture topics include: the chemistry of alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkyl halides, alkenes, cycloalkenes, and alkynes, free radical substitution, nucleophilic substitution, elimination, ionic addition, and free radical addition reactions. Lab topics include recrystallization, distillation, chromatography, liquid-liquid extraction, and simple chemical reactions, including an elimination reaction to prepare an alkene and several substitution reactions to prepare alkyl halides. Introduction to the use of IR and 1-H NMR as structure identification tools.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CHEM.
Prerequisites: CHEM 103 [Min Grade: D] or CHEM 123 [Min Grade: D]

CHEM 248 Organic Chemistry for Majors II 6.5 Credits

This course continues developing the basic foundation of modern organic chemistry started in CHEM 246. Lecture topics include the chemistry of alcohols, ethers, conjugated systems, aromatic compounds and thiols. The principles of IR, MS, 1-H and 13-C NMR will be taught in lecture and put to use in identifying products in the lab. Other lab topics include the preparation of alcohols, a Grignard synthesis, an alkene addition reaction, an aromatic nitration, a Friedel-Crafts reaction, the preparation of ferrocene, and how to safely handle water-sensitive chemicals.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CHEM.
Prerequisites: CHEM 246 [Min Grade: D] or (CHEM 241 [Min Grade: D] and CHEM 244 [Min Grade: D])

CHEM 249 Organic Chemistry for Majors III 7.0 Credits

This course completes development of the basic foundation of modern organic chemistry started in CHEM 246. Lecture topics include the chemistry of aldehydes, ketones, amines, carboxylic acids & their derivatives, carbohydrates, organometallic compounds, and multi-step organic synthesis. Asymmetric synthesis and C,C-bond forming reactions will also be covered. Lab topics include the multi-step syntheses of benzocaine and DEET, stereochemical inversion, diazonium coupling, Aldol condensation, sequential Diels-Alder and lactonization reactions, and the principles of functional group protection.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CHEM.
Prerequisites: CHEM 248 [Min Grade: D] or (CHEM 242 [Min Grade: D] and CHEM 245 [Min Grade: D])

CHEM 251 Physical Chemistry I 3.0 Credits

Introduces physical chemistry. Topics include quantum chemistry, operators, the uncertainty principle, deBroglie wavelength, particle in a box, hydrogen-like atoms, aufbau principle, commutators, normalization, LCAO-MO, variation principle, diatomic molecules, Heckel approximation, harmonic oscillator, conjugated systems, electronic and vibrational spectroscopy, and selection rules.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (CHEM 102 [Min Grade: D] and MATH 200 [Min Grade: D]) or TDEC 121 [Min Grade: D] or (CHEM 162 [Min Grade: D] and CHEM 164 [Min Grade: D])

CHEM 253 Thermodynamics and Kinetics 4.0 Credits

Covers gas properties, gas laws, state functions, first, second, and third laws of thermodynamics, phase transformations, phase diagrams, chemical equilibrium, spontaneous reactions, Gibbs free energy, molecular motion, diffusion, rates of chemical reactions, rate laws, molecular reaction dynamics, transition states, electron transfer.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHEM 102 [Min Grade: D] or CHEM 122 [Min Grade: D] or (CHEM 162 [Min Grade: D] and CHEM 164 [Min Grade: D]) and MATH 200 [Min Grade: D]

CHEM 256 Physical Chemistry for Biological Sciences 4.5 Credits

Covers elementary chemical thermodynamics and homogeneous reaction kinetics as bases for experiment and phenomenology in biology and biochemistry, including properties of molecules in solution.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHEM 102 [Min Grade: D] or CHEM 122 [Min Grade: D] or (CHEM 162 [Min Grade: D] and CHEM 164 [Min Grade: D])

CHEM 270 Software Skills for Chemists 3.0 Credits

Course covers mathematical, computational, and professionals skills useful to chemists. Representation of chemical problems in mathematical language; use of software to: solve mathematical problems that arise in chemistry; process, analyze and present data; visualize and analyze molecular structures. Also covers the American Chemical Society guidelines for professionalism in chemistry.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHEM 102 [Min Grade: D] or CHEM 122 [Min Grade: D] and (PHYS 201 [Min Grade: D] or PHYS 211 [Min Grade: D])

CHEM 346 Qualitative Organic Chemistry 5.5 Credits

Covers identification of pure organic compounds, physical constants, solubilities by semi-micro techniques, infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and separation and identification of mixtures.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: CHEM 243 [Min Grade: D] and CHEM 245 [Min Grade: D]

CHEM 355 Physical Chemistry IV 3.0 Credits

Computational methods of modeling molecules; Covers potential energy functions and surfaces, molecular conformations, failures of classical physics, the quantum hypothesis, the classical wave equation and the origins of the Schrodinger equation, particle-in-a-box, linear variation functions, molecular orbitals from linear combinations of atomic orbitals, Pauli principle, molecular calculations and their interpretation.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (CHEM 252 [Min Grade: D] or CHEM 253 [Min Grade: D]) and (CHEM 270 [Min Grade: D] or PHYS 160 [Min Grade: D]) and (MATH 201 [Min Grade: D] or MATH 210 [Min Grade: D]) and CHEC 352 [Min Grade: D]

CHEM 356 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2.0 Credits

Provides experiments in physical chemistry for engineering students. Some or all pre-requisites may be taken as either a pre-requisite or co-requisite. Please see the department for more information.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHEM 241 [Min Grade: D] (Can be taken Concurrently)

CHEM 357 [WI] Physical Chemistry Laboratory I 2.5 Credits

Provides experiments illustrative of topics included in CHEM 251 and CHEC 352. This is a writing intensive course. Some or all pre-requisites may be taken as either a pre-requisite or co-requisite. Please see the department for more information.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: (CHEM 252 [Min Grade: D] or CHEM 253 [Min Grade: D]) and (PHYS 211 [Min Grade: D] or PHYS 201 [Min Grade: D]) or CHEC 352 [Min Grade: D]

CHEM 358 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II 2.5 Credits

Continues CHEM 357.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: CHEM 357 [Min Grade: D] and (CHEM 252 [Min Grade: D] or CHEM 253 [Min Grade: D] or CHEC 352 [Min Grade: D])

CHEM 359 Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy 3.0 Credits

Emission and absorption of light, laser principles, optical spectrometers, atomic spectroscopy. LS-coupling, Zeeman effect, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, EPR, NMR, ENDOR, molecular spectroscopy of diatomic and polyatomic molecules, rotational, vibrational and electronic, fluorescence spectroscopy, two-photon spectroscopy, time resolved spectroscopy, photo-electron spectroscopy.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHEM 355 [Min Grade: D]

CHEM 361 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2.5 Credits

Emphasizes experimental design, data collection, and interpretation in such areas as reaction mechanism and molecular structure determination. Not offered every year.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: CHEM 243 [Min Grade: D] and CHEM 245 [Min Grade: D]

CHEM 364 Spectroscopic Analysis 3.0 Credits

Covers interpretation of spectra for the determination of structure of organic molecules. Stresses use of infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance, and mass spectrometry. Fall. Not offered every year.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: CHEM 243 [Min Grade: D]

CHEM 367 Chemical Information Retrieval 3.0 Credits

This course examines methods for retrieving literature information, via standard tabulations, journals, and abstracts, using both hard-copy and electronic sources. Includes techniques for online searching of databases such as Chemical Abstracts, Beilstein, and crystallographic depositories.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHEM 371 Chemistry of Biomolecules 3.0 Credits

This course is a chemistry-based approach to understanding the basic structure, chemical reactivity, and biological function of biomolecules – including amino acids, peptides, proteins, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, and lipids. A special emphasis will be given to topics in the frontiers of biomolecular research at the interface between chemistry and biology.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHEM 243 [Min Grade: D]

CHEM 420 Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory Applied Chemistry 3.0 Credits

Applies the principles of simple group theory to molecular structure and to electronic and motional properties of molecules, including crystal field and molecular orbital methods.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: CHEM 421 [Min Grade: D]

CHEM 421 Inorganic Chemistry I 3.0 Credits

Covers crystal, atomic, and molecular structure; modern chemical bonding; and magnetic properties of inorganic systems.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: CHEM 253 [Min Grade: D] (Can be taken Concurrently)CHEM 252 [Min Grade: D] or ENGR 210 [Min Grade: D]

CHEM 422 Inorganic Chemistry II 3.0 Credits

Covers organometallic and coordination compounds, substitution mechanisms, and bio-inorganic chemistry.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: CHEM 420 [Min Grade: D]

CHEM 424 Special Chemistry Problems 0.5-12.0 Credits

Allows theoretical and laboratory investigations of a particular problem of interest to the individual student. A written report may be required.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

CHEM 425 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 4.0 Credits

Covers synthesis of properties of inorganic compounds, magnetic measurements, spectroscopic properties, and interpretations of complex ion structure. Some or all pre-requisites may be taken as either a pre-requisite or co-requisite. Please see the department for more information.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: CHEM 422 [Min Grade: D] (Can be taken Concurrently)

CHEM 430 Analytical Chemistry I 3.0 Credits

Provides an introduction to statistics (particularly the development and use of analytic calibration curves), basic electronics, and the principles of spectroscopic methods of analysis, including the interaction of light with matter and basic instrument design.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: CHEM 253 [Min Grade: D] (Can be taken Concurrently)CHEM 230 [Min Grade: D] and CHEM 242 [Min Grade: D] and (CHEM 252 [Min Grade: D] or CHEC 352 [Min Grade: D])

CHEM 431 [WI] Analytical Chemistry II 4.0 Credits

Continues CHEM 430. Covers principles of chromatographic methods of analysis. Lab includes experiments on atomic absorption, fluorescence, infrared absorption, UV/visible absorption, gas chromatography, high performance liquid chromatography, basic electronics, and potentiometry/coulometry. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: CHEM 430 [Min Grade: D] or ENGR 210 [Min Grade: D]

CHEM 465 Synthetic Polymer Chemistry 3.0 Credits

Explores scope of polymer science; structure-property relations; step, free radical, cationic, group-transfer, metathesis, coordination, and ring-opening polymerizations; and stereochemistry of polymerizations and reactions of polymers.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: CHEM 242 [Min Grade: D]

CHEM 466 Physical Chemistry of Polymers 3.0 Credits

Covers kinetics and thermodynamics of polymerizations; control of polymerization processes; gelation theory; copolymerization; and determination of polymer molecular weight and distribution by membrane osmometry, light-scattering, solution viscosity, and other techniques.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: CHEM 242 [Min Grade: D] and (CHEM 252 [Min Grade: D] or CHEM 253 [Min Grade: D])

CHEM 467 Polymer Chemistry III 3.0 Credits

Covers spectroscopy of polymers; rubber elasticity; morphology; viscoelasticity; thermal analysis; computational methods; testing, fabrication, and processing; and magnetic and mechanical properties of polymers.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: CHEM 252 [Min Grade: D] or CHEM 253 [Min Grade: D] or CHEC 352 [Min Grade: D] or ENGR 210 [Min Grade: D]

CHEM 480 Special Topics in Chemistry 5.0 Credits

This course covers a selected special topic in chemistry. May be repeated three times for credit.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 15 credits

CHEM 493 Senior Research Project 0.5-12.0 Credits

Provides individualized research with a faculty member in any number of chemical disciplines. Requires written report. May be repeated three times for credit.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 12 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CHEM and classification is Junior or Senior.

CHEM 497 Research 0.5-12.0 Credits

Covers research problems in several areas of chemistry. Requires written report.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CHEM.

Chemistry Faculty

Anthony W. Addison, PhD (University of Kent at Canterbury, England). Professor. Design and synthesis of novel biomimetic and oligonuclear chelates of copper, nickel, iron, ruthenium and vanadium; their interpretation by magnetochemical, electrochemical and spectroscopic methods, including electron spin resonance; CD and ESR spectroscopy and kinetics for elucidation of molecular architecture of derivatives (including NO) of oxygen-binding and electron-transfer heme- and non-heme iron metalloproteins of vertebrate and invertebrate origins; energy-transfer by Ru, Ir and lanthanide-containing molecules and assemblies.
Jean-Claude Bradley, PhD (University of Ottawa). Associate Professor. The synthesis of novel anti-malarial agents from virtual combinatorial libraries of Ugi products.
Joe P. Foley, PhD (University of Florida) Associate Department Head. Professor. Separation science, especially the fundamentals and biomedical/pharmaceutical applications of the following voltage- or pressure-driven separation techniques: capillary electrophoresis (CE), electrokinetic chromatography, supercritical fluid chromatography, and high-performance and two-dimensional liquid chromatography (LC). Within these techniques, we explore novel separation modes (e.g., dual-opposite-injection CE and sequential elution LC), novel surfactant aggregate pseudophases, and chiral separations.
Monica Ilies, PhD (Polytechnic University of Bucharest). Assistant Teaching Professor.
Haifeng Frank Ji, PhD (Chinese Academy of Sciences). Associate Professor. Micromechancial sensors for biological and environmental applications; nanomechanical drug screening technology; drug discovery; nanotechnology for energy applications.
Daniel B. King, PhD (University of Miami). Associate Professor. Assessment of active learning methods and technology in chemistry courses; incorporation of environmental data into chemistry classroom modules; development of hands-on activities and laboratory experiments.
Daniel A. Kleier, PhD (University of Notre Dame). Associate Teaching Professor.
Kevin G. Owens, PhD (Indiana University). Associate Professor. Mass spectrometry research, including the development of sample preparation techniques for quantitative analysis and mass spectrometric imaging using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOFMS) techniques for both biological and synthetic polymer systems, the development of laser spectroscopic techniques for combustion analysis, and the development of correlation analysis and other chemometric techniques for automating the analysis of mass spectral information.
Lynn S. Penn, PhD (Bryn Mawr College). Professor. Surface modification for specific applications: chemically derivatize metal and ceramic solid surfaces; designing and executing sequential chemical processes, building complex and layered structures on surfaces, with specific focus on behavior of polymer brushes (investigating the fundamental transport-selective behavior of polymer brushes because of potential in drug delivery, biomedical devices and as an explanation of some biological processes).
Carey M. Rosenthal, PhD (Harvard University). Associate Professor. Studies in optimum control theory, with particular emphasis on understanding the landscape of the parameter space. Current work includes extension of results for unconstrained problems, where the landscape is well understood, to problems with constraints. In the unconstrained case, there are no suboptimal solutions, so numerical procedures do not encounter "traps." To what extent does this feature apply to constrained problems?
Susan A. Rutkowsky, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor.
Louis Scerbo, PhD (Oregon State University at Corvallis). Associate Professor. Membrane structures and function.
Dora Schnur, PhD (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor.
Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner, PhD (Universitat Bremen) Department Head, Chemistry. Professor. Exploring conformational ensembles of unfolded or partially folded peptides and proteins; determining the parameters governing peptide self-aggregation; structure and function of heme proteins; investigating protein-membrane interactions; use of IR, VCD, Raman, NMR and absorption spectroscopy for structure analysis.
Karl Sohlberg, PhD (University of Delaware). Associate Professor. Computational and theoretical materials-related chemistry: (1) complex catalytic materials; (2) mechanical and electrical molecular devices.
Peter A. Wade, PhD (Purdue University). Associate Professor. Exploration of a newly discovered [3,3]-sigmatropic rearrangement in which O-allyl nitronic esters are thermally converted to γ,δ-unsaturated nitro compounds; development and exploitation of a carbon-based hemiacetal mimic; and exploration of cycloaddition reactions involving nitroethylene derivatives and novel nitrile oxides.
Anthony Wambsgans, PhD (Rice University). Associate Teaching Professor.
Bryan M. Wong, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Assistant Professor. Computational chemistry: time-dependent density functional theory for photovoltaic materials, electronic properties of functionalized carbon nanotubes, quantum confinement effects in semiconductor nanowires, first-principles calculations for nanomaterials, and large-scale ab initio calculations to predict growth of graphene nanostructures.
Jun Xi, PhD (Cornell University). Associate Teaching Professor.
  • Schedule of Classes
  • All Course Descriptions
  • Co-op
  • Academic Advising
  • Admissions
  • Tuition & Fees
LEARN MORE