Chemistry

Major: Chemistry
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: BA -184.5; BS - 190.5
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 40.0501
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-2031

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 Department of Chemistry. 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 Bachelor's/Master's 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 190.5 undergraduate quarter credits are required. The co-op experience may be adjusted; the student may take two rather than three co-op 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

Interested applicants 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. Applications 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 Master's program is elected. Master's 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: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
UNIV S101The Drexel Experience1.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV S201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
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 246Organic Chemistry for Majors I6.5
CHEM 248Organic Chemistry for Majors II6.5
CHEM 249Organic Chemistry for Majors 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 Credits184.5

*

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: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
 Term Credits17.5
Term 3
BIO 126Physiology and Ecology4.5
CHEM 123Majors Chemistry III5.5
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
MATH 123Calculus III4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
CHEM 230*Quantitative Analysis4.0
CHEM 231 [WI] *Quantitative Analysis Laboratory2.0
CHEM 246Organic Chemistry for Majors I6.5
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.5
Term 5
CHEM 248Organic Chemistry for Majors II6.5
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
 Term Credits14.5
Term 6
CHEM 249Organic Chemistry for Majors 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 S201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
 Term Credits15.0
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: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
UNIV S101The Drexel Experience1.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV S201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
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 246Organic Chemistry for Majors I6.5
CHEM 248Organic Chemistry for Majors II6.5
CHEM 249Organic Chemistry for Majors 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: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
CHEM 123Majors Chemistry III5.5
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and 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 246Organic Chemistry for Majors I6.5
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
 Term Credits16.5
Term 5
CHEM 248Organic Chemistry for Majors II6.5
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits13.5
Term 6
BIO 214Principles of Cell Biology3.0
CHEM 249Organic Chemistry for Majors 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 S201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
 Term Credits13.0
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: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
CHEM 123Majors Chemistry III5.5
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and 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 246Organic Chemistry for Majors I6.5
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
 Term Credits16.5
Term 5
CHEM 248Organic Chemistry for Majors II6.5
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
Free elective6.0
 Term Credits16.5
Term 6
BIO 214Principles of Cell Biology3.0
CHEM 249Organic Chemistry for Majors 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 S201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
 Term Credits14.0
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 S101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits17.5
Term 2
CHEM 122Majors Chemistry II5.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
CHEM 123Majors Chemistry III5.5
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and 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 246Organic Chemistry for Majors I6.5
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
 Term Credits16.5
Term 5
CHEM 248Organic Chemistry for Majors II6.5
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
Electives6.0
 Term Credits16.5
Term 6
BIO 214Principles of Cell Biology3.0
CHEM 249Organic Chemistry for Majors 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 S201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
 Term Credits14.0
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.


Additional Information

For more information about the minor in chemistry, contact:

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

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).

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.
Jason Cross, PhD (University of Surrey (UK)). Assistant Teaching Professor. Luminescent lanthanide complexes
Peter DeCarlo, PhD (University of Colorado). Assistant Professor. Outdoor air quality, particulate matter size and composition instrumentation and measurements, source apportionment of ambient particulate matter, climate impacts of particulate matter.
Aaron Fafarman, PhD (Stanford University). Assistant Professor. Photovoltaic energy conversion; solution-based synthesis of semiconductor thin films; colloidal nanocrystals; electromodulation and photomodulation spectroscopy.
Fraser Fleming, PhD (University of British Columbia (Canada)) Department Head, Chemistry. Professor. Nitriles, Isonitriles, Stereochemistry, Organometallics
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.
Lee Hoffman, PhD (Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia). Assistant Teaching Professor. Interfacial studies on the self-assembly of natural organic materials, understanding the nature of each component, and development of a mechanism describing this process;Dendrimer/metal nanocomposite design and synthesis hosting metal nanoparticles, utilizing the multivalent dendritic polymer architecture for further exploitation with other molecules such as antibodies and other targeting species.
Monica Ilies, PhD (Polytechnic University of Bucharest). Assistant Teaching Professor.
Haifeng Frank Ji, PhD (Chinese Academy of Sciences). Professor. Chemistry Micromechancial sensors for biological and environmental applications; Nanomechanical drug screening technology.
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.
Molly O'Connor, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Synthesis and characterization of chiral and achiral metal complexes with novel multidentate ligands.
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).
Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner, PhD (Universitat Bremen (Germany)). 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. Chemistry 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.
Jun Xi, PhD (Cornell University). Associate Teaching Professor. Biomacromolecular interactions both in solution and in confined environment; mechanisms of DNA replication and DNA repair; structure and function of molecular chaperones; drug target identification and new therapeutic development; single molecule enzymology; DNA directed organic synthesis.

Emeritus Faculty

Amar Nath, PhD (Moscow State University, Moscow USSR). Professor Emeritus.
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