Chemistry

Chemistry

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You want to better understand the composition, structure, and changes in matter.

And you want to use that understanding to become a doctor, pharmacist, veterinarian, or teacher.

 

Program Description

The chemistry major, which is housed in the Department of Natural Sciences, combines a broad education in chemistry with courses in physics and mathematics to support the study, and all material is presented within the context of the liberal arts.

 

Through coursework and laboratory experiences, students study the atom as the basic unit of matter, how the bonding of atoms creates chemical compounds, the interactions of substances through intermolecular forces that give matter its properties, and the interactions between substances through chemical reactions that form different substances.

 

Emphases

Students working toward their degree in chemistry have multiple options beyond their foundational chemistry curriculum.

 

 

 

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Inorganic Chemistry

This course is designed to provide an advanced approach to the properties of inorganic chemical systems beyond the quintessential biological species (C, H, O, etc.) including studies of chemical bonding theories, molecular structure, solid state structures, and molecular symmetries.

Physical Chemistry

This course focuses on thermochemistry; enthalpy, and entropy; the laws of thermodynamics; kinetic theory of gases; and chemical kinetics.

Biochemistry

A study of fundamental biological processes in the context of chemical principles. Topics include: the foundations of biochemistry; structure and catalysis of water, amino acids, and peptides; the structure of proteins; functions of proteins, enzymes; carbohydrates; lipids; and nucleic acids.