Programs

Chemistry

The curriculum provides basic education in chemistry with sufficient breadth and flexibility to meet the needs of students who wish to pursue careers in chemistry and related scientific areas, prepare for admission into professional health science programs, or pursue a liberal arts education. The sequence of chemistry courses and their contents are based on the criteria recommended by the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training. The courses underscore modern aspects of chemistry with particular attention given to instrumentation, modern concepts and methods, and use of computers. Additionally, courses offered by the chemistry department help fulfill requirements for our B. S. in Health Sciences, our B. A. in Environmental Studies, and our B. A. in Psychology.

CHE 110 Introduction to Forensic Chemistry (f)
Intended for non-science majors. Presents chemical principles at an introductory level and explores selected topics in forensic chemistry. Introduces basic chemistry concepts of atoms and molecules, stoicheometry, chemical reactions, solution chemistry and thermochemistry, and concepts related to the identification and analysis of fingerprints, accelerants and explosives, fiber, paint, and DNA. This course may not be taken by students who have received credit for CHE 120, CHE 130 or CHE 210. 3 credits
Corequisite: CHE 111 Intro to Forensic Chemistry Lab


CHE 111 Introduction to Forensic Chemistry Laboratory (f)
Introduces basic chemistry laboratory work with experiments designed to show applications of chemistry to the investigation and analysis of crime scenes. Exposes students to instrumental analysis utilized in forensic investigations including emission, absorption, and X-ray spectroscopies; mass spectrometry; and gas and liquid chromatographies. 1 credit.
Corequisite: CHE 110 Intro to Forensic Chemistry


CHE 120 Introduction to Chemistry (s)
Presents chemical principles at an introductory level with an emphasis on the use of these principles to understand and describe chemical processes that occur in our body. Covers fundamentals including atomic and molecular structure, measurement and stoichiometry, solutions, acid-base chemistry, nuclear chemistry, gases, and organic and biomolecules. Not open to students with credit in CHE 110, CHE 130 or CHE 103 (CHE 210). 3 credits
Corequisite: CHE 121 Introduction to Chemistry Lab


CHE 121 Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory (s)
Introduces chemical laboratory work with experiments to show applications of chemistry to everyday life. 1 credit
Corequisite: CHE 120 Introduction to Chemistry


CHE 130 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry (f)
Presents chemical principles at an introductory level with an emphasis on the use of these principles to understand and describe chemical processes that occur in the environment. Covers fundamentals including atomic and molecular structure, measurement and stoichiometry, solutions, acid-base chemistry, nuclear chemistry, energy, and behavior of gases. Not open to students with credit in CHE 110, CHE 120, or CHE 103 (CHE 210). 3 credits
Corequisite: CHE 131 Intro to Environmental Chem Lab


CHE 131 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry Laboratory (f)
Introduces basic chemistry laboratory work with experiments designed to show applications of chemistry to the investigation and analysis of the environment. 1 credit
Corequisite: CHE 130 Intro to Environmental Chemistry


CHE 210 General Chemistry 1 (f)
Teaches basic chemical principles that are foundation for future chemistry and related courses. Atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, properties of solids, liquids and gases, acid-base theory and solutions. 4 credits
Prerequisite: Strong secondary-school preparation in mathematics and laboratory science
Corequisite: CHE 211 General Chemistry Laboratory


CHE 211 General Chemistry Laboratory (f)
Modern laboratory methods including computer-interfaced experiments are studied with safety emphasized. Teaches basic techniques in quantitative study of chemical processes. Three hours per week. 1 credit
Corequisite: CHE 210 General Chemistry


CHE 212 General Chemistry 2 (s)
Emphasizes chemical thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, electrochemistry, kinetics and mechanisms of chemical reactions and the relationship of structure to physical and chemical properties. 4 credits
Prerequisite: CHE 210 General Chemistry 1
Corequisite: CHE 213 General Chemistry 2 Laboratory


CHE 213 General Chemistry 2 Laboratory (s)
Quantitative analysis experiments, synthesis experiments and qualitative analysis of common cations. Three hours per week. 1 credit
Corequisite: CHE 212 General Chemistry 2


CHE 310 Principles of Analytical Chemistry (y)
Rigorous treatment of equilibria important to analytical chemistry. Discussion of volumetric and gravimetric techniques. Introduction to spectrophotometry, electroanaytical methods, and separation techniques. 3 credits
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Prerequisite: CHE 212 General Chemistry 2


CHE 311 Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (y)
Techniques of quantitative analysis with emphasis on instrumental methods. Includes electroanalytical, spectrophotometric, chromatographic, gravimetric, and volumetric methods. Calculations are made using spreadsheets. Laboratory safety is stressed. Six hours per week. 2 credits
Prerequisite: CHE 310 Principles of Analytical Chemistry


CHE 320 Organic Chemistry 1 (f)
Studies chemical principles underlying aliphatic and aromatic compounds. Syntheses and reactions of these compounds are discussed. Modern theory, mechanisms, stereochemistry,
and spectral methods are stressed to illustrate logic inherent in subject matter and to demonstrate predictability of many chemical transformations. 3 credits
Prerequisite: CHE 212 General Chemistry 2
Corequisite: CHE 321 Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory


CHE 321 Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory (f)
Utilized integrated macroscale-microscale approach to organic laboratory instruction. Emphasis on techniques of separation and purification, including gas chromatography, distillation extraction, and thin layer chromatography, followed by synthesis and purification of compounds. Hands-on experience is provided in gas chromatography, infrared spectroscopy, and ultraviolet spectroscopy. Six hours per week. 2 credits
Corequisite: CHE 320 Organic Chemistry 1


CHE 322 Organic Chemistry 2 (s)
Discusses chemistry of variety of functional groups. Theory is employed extensively to demonstrate coherence among underlying seemingly diverse transformations. Qualitative organic analysis is introduced, with particular emphasis on spectroscopic methods. 3 credits
Prerequisite: CHE 320 Organic Chemistry 1
Corequisite: CHE 323 Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory


CHE 323 Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory (s)
Utilizes integrated macroscale-microscale approach to organic laboratory instruction. Emphasizes methods employed in qualitative organic analysis. Student identifies “unknown” organic compounds. Includes multistep syntheses which require identification of products by spectral methods with emphasis on applications to research. Hands-on experience with applications in proton nuclear magnetic resonance and high pressure liquid chromatography. Six hours per week. 2 credits
Corequisite: CHE 322 Organic Chemistry 2


CHE 330 Environmental Chemistry and Social Justice (xs)
An interdisciplinary course focused on the specific ways that human activity can lead to the accumulation, depletion, and alteration of chemicals in the environment, and the resulting effects of changed chemical levels on both the environment and the people who live in the environment. The intersection of environmental chemistry and social justice will be explored through an examination of the disparate ways in which members of different groups, both nationally and internationally, experience acute and/or chronic negative effects from living in degraded and contaminated environments.
Supporting topics will include activism, environmental remediation, law, and policy. 3 credits
Prerequisite: BIO 120 Environmental Science, CHE 130/131


CHE 340 Biochemistry (f)
Introduces the basics of biochemistry including structure and function of biomolecules, enzyme kinetics, bioenergetics, and metabolic pathways. Three hours per week. 3 credits
Prerequisite: CHE 320, with a grade of C- or better
Corequisite: CHE 331 Biochemistry Laboratory


CHE 341 Biochemistry Laboratory (f)
Utilizes biochemical laboratory techniques including spectroscopy, enzymology, chromatographic separations, and electrophoresis. Three hours per week. 1 credit
Corequisite: CHE 331 Biochemistry


CHE295 – Research in Chemistry

Required Core 15
CHE 210/211 General Chemistry I/Lab 5
CHE 212/213 General Chemistry II/Lab 5
CHE 320/321 Organic Chemistry I/Lab 5
Electives 7-10
Select two from the following
CHE 310/311 Principles of Analytical 5 Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory 5
CHE 322/323 Organic Chemistry II/Lab 5
CHE 330 Environmental Chemistry & Social Justice 3
CHE 340/341 Biochemistry/Laboratory 4
Total Credits 22–25

Ganga Fernando, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
201 Grantham
ext. 2180
gfernando@cottey.edu

Brenda Ross, Ph.D
Professor of Chemistry
220 Grantham
ext. 2215
bross@cottey.edu

Catherine Burke Volle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Biochemistry
208 Grantham
ext. 2213
cvolle@cottey.edu

Richard Biesterveld
Laboratory Manager
rbiesterveld@cottey.edu

Everything in the environment, whether naturally occurring or of human design, is composed of chemicals. Chemistry majors study the composition, structure and properties of matter, as well as the reactions that transform one form of matter into another. Students learn to design and perform the investigations that will lead to a better understanding of the physical world. Chemical research has led to the discovery and development of new and improved synthetic fibers, paints, adhesives, drugs, cosmetics, electronic components, lubricants, and thousands of other products. Chemists also develop processes such as improved oil refining and petrochemical processing that save energy and reduce pollution. Research on the chemistry of living things spurs advances in medicine, agriculture, food processing, and other fields.

Is This Major For You?

You might like this major if you also like: solving problems; lab experiments; using math; and working independently

Consider this major if you are good at: research; math; attention to detail; critical reading and thinking; and quantitative analysis

Employment Settings

  • Colleges and universities
  • Secondary schools
  • Forensic labs
  • Hospitals
  • Government and non-profit agencies
  • Public and private research groups
  • Pharmacies
  • Food companies

Sample Occupations

  • Chemist
  • Physician
  • Researcher
  • Pharmacist
  • Engineer
  • Educator
  • Forensic Scientist

Academic Assistance Center Resources

Great Jobs for Chemistry Majors
Opportunities in Chemistry Careers
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Courses In This Major

  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Analytical Chemistry

Other Majors You Might Like

  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmacy
  • Soil Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Forensic Science

Websites To Visit

American Chemistry Society
www.chemistry.org

Women in Chemistry
www.chemheritage.org/women-in-chemistry

American Oil Chemists’ Society
www.aocs.org

Society for Environmental Toxicology and and Chemistry
www.setac.org

North American Membrane Society
www.membranes.org

For more information on this and other majors, visit the Transfer and Career Planning Office located in the Academic Assistance Center, RBAC 164, ext. 2132.

The department possesses modern equipment typically available in undergraduate chemistry laboratories. Major equipment includes: Varian Saturn 2000 bench top gas chromatograph mass spectrometer (GC/MS), Varian EM360 nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer with Anasazi Eft-60 computer interface (NMR), Perkin Elmer Spectrum 1000 Fourier transform – infrared spectrometer (FT/IR), Varian Cary 100 ultraviolet – visible spectrophotometer (Uv-Vis), Perkin Elmer AAnalyst 200 Single Lamp Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS), Beckman high-performance liquid chromatograph, gas chromatographs, rotary evaporators, vacuum manifold system, analytical balances and digital pH meters.

American Chemical Society: http://www.acs.org/
Journal of Chemical Education: http://pubs.acs.org/toc/jceda8/current
REU – National science Foundation: link: http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/list_result.cfm?unitid=5048