[Catalog Icon]

Department of Chemistry

Dr. Gary P. Crowther, Acting Department Head

See page 5 for information regarding curricular changes.


Professors

Atkins, Crowther, DeGraff, DeVore, Leary, F. Palocsay, Voige

Associate Professors

D. Amenta, Downey

Adjunct Professor

J. Sullivan

The Department of Chemistry offers the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Arts degrees for a major in chemistry with concentrations in the following areas:

The programs are designed to provide the student with theoretical and practical instruction in chemistry and related areas leading to careers in chemistry, medicine, dentistry, paramedical areas, forensic sciences, chemical engineering and other technology based careers. The department also recognizes its responsibility in providing courses for the non-scientist who needs some basic understanding of the principles of chemistry that apply to his or her chosen field.

Upon graduation a chemistry major is expected to have a basic mastery of four of the five principal divisions of chemistry - analytical, inorganic, organic and physical. An understanding of biochemistry, the fifth division, is strongly encouraged. In addition to this broad foundation, the well-prepared student should have taken advanced chemistry courses and upper-level courses in the other sciences and mathematics. It is particularly important that the formal course work be augmented with non-classroom experience via independent study or research projects.

Freshmen who intend to major in chemistry take a placement test in mathematics to determine the mathematics course in which they should enroll. Entering freshmen with a good background in high school chemistry are encouraged to take the department's exemption exam in general chemistry.

Program Options

The basic chemistry curriculum consists of a core of courses which is required of all majors. In addition to the core, each student should select the courses listed under the concentration which most closely corresponds to his or her career objectives. These three concentrations and other options are listed below. Additional information can be obtained from the department head or the student's departmental adviser.

Please note that all chemistry majors have calculus, physics and technical writing requirements which must be fulfilled.


                                                  Credit
Core Courses                                       Hours
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II                   6
CHEM 135L. Special General Chemistry Lab               1
CHEM 136L. Special General Chemistry Lab               2
CHEM 270. Inorganic Chemistry I                        3
CHEM 331. Physical Chemistry I                         3
CHEM 341-342. Organic Chemistry Lecture                6
CHEM 351. Analytical Chemistry                         4
CHEM 387L-388L. Integrated Inorganic/                  4
  Organic Laboratory
CHEM 481-482. Literature and Seminar I-II              2
                                                    ____
                                                      31

Concentration I:
American Chemical Society Accredited Programs

The American Chemical Society (ACS) certifies graduates in three programs.

ACS Certified Degree Requirements

CHEM 352. Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 352L. Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
CHEM 432. Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 438L. Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Chemistry core courses

Program-Specific Courses

  CHEM 470. Inorganic Chemistry II
  BIO 380. General Microbiology
  BIO 480. Molecular Biology
  CHEM 361-362. Biochemistry I-II
  CHEM 366L. Biochemistry Laboratory
This program also meets the recommended undergraduate degree requirements of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for a major in biochemistry.
  CHEM 361. Biochemistry I
  Courses described under "Initial Secondary Teaching 
    License"
The well-prepared student is encouraged to take as many of the additional departmental offerings as possible as electives with particular attention being given to junior and/or senior research projects. In addition, a sound background in physics, mathematics and technical writing is encouraged and includes, as a minimum, the following courses:

                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
ENG 398. Technical Writing                             3
MATH 235-236. Analytic Geometry and                    8
  Calculus I-II
PHYS 240. Principles of Mechanics                      4
PHYS 250. Principles of Electricity and Magnetism      4
These courses may not be taken credit/no-credit.

Concentration II: General

Students with the following career goals may consider this concentration. Students following the general concentration must take, in addition to the core courses, the following:

                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
CHEM 336L. Applied Physical Chemistry Laboratory       1
CHEM 352. Instrumental Analysis                        3
CHEM 352L. Instrumental Analysis Laboratory            2
CHEM 361. Biochemistry I                               3
ENG 398. Technical Writing                             3
MATH 235-236. Analytic Geometry                        8
  and Calculus I-II [1]
PHYS 240. Principles of Mechanics [1]                  4
PHYS 250. Principles of Electricity and Magnetism [1]  4
________
Notes:
[1]
Students electing the general concentration are encouraged to take the same physics and mathematics courses as recommended under Concentration I; however, in special cases, MATH 205-206 and PHYS 130-135 can be substituted with the approval of the student's department adviser.

Concentration III: Chemistry/Business

This program is designed for business-oriented chemistry students preparing for careers in patent law, technical sales, technical service and related areas. Students following the chemistry/business concentration must take, in addition to core courses, the following:

                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
ACTG 241. Financial Accounting                         3
ACTG 242. Managerial Accounting                        3
CHEM 336L. Applied Physical Chemistry Laboratory       1
CHEM 361. Biochemistry I                               3
ECON 131. Principles of Economics (Micro)              3
ECON 132. Principles of Economics (Macro)              3
ENG 398. Technical Writing                             3
FIN 345. Managerial Finance                            3
MATH 205-206. Introductory Calculus I-II               6
MGT 300. Management Principles                         3
MKTG 380. Principles of Marketing                      3
PHYS 130-135. General Physics I-II                     8
Chemistry or approved science courses                  5
Although business electives may be taken by students in this concentration, the total number of business credit hours may not exceed 27.

Applied Chemistry/
Chemical Engineering Program

Students who supplement a B.S. degree program in chemistry with additional courses in mathematics, computer science and physics can enter a fast track program at a collaborating engineering school and receive the Master of Science in chemical engineering in 18 to 24 months.

The chemistry department has an adviser specifically to help students with this option. Interested students should check with the department head for referral.

Chemistry Minor

The requirements for a chemistry minor are 24 credit hours in chemistry distributed as follows:
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II
CHEM 131L-132L. General Chemistry Laboratories          
Choose from the following:
  CHEM 221-221L. Concepts of Organic Chemistry 
    with Laboratory
  CHEM 341-342-346L. Organic Chemistry Lecture 
    with Laboratory 
CHEM 331. Physical Chemistry I
Choose from the following:
  CHEM 336L. Applied Physical Chemistry 
    Laboratory
  CHEM 432. Physical Chemistry II with
    CHEM 438L. Physical Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 351. Analytical Chemistry
An approved elective such as:
  CHEM 270. Inorganic Chemistry I
  CHEM 355. Geochemistry of Natural Waters
  CHEM 361. Biochemistry I
In order to complete this program, prerequisite courses in mathematics and physics are required.

Biochemistry Minor

See page 163 for the description of the interdisciplinary biochemistry minor.

Initial Secondary Teaching License

In addition to the liberal studies and academic major requirements, chemistry majors desiring secondary teacher licensure must complete the following as a part of their program:

                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education            3
  (junior year)
EDUC 370. Instructional Technology (junior year)       3
EDUC 410. Multicultural Education (senior year)        1
EDUC 416. School Discipline and Classroom              1
  Management (senior year)
HTH 370. The School Health Program                     2
  (any appropriate time)
PSYC 270. Psychology for Teachers of the               3
  Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Child [1]
  (sophomore year)
READ 414. Reading and Writing in the                   1
  Content Areas (senior year)
SEED 371I. Clinical Techniques, Natural Science        3
  Methods (normally in first semester 
  of senior year)
SEED 381. Field Experience (Practicum) in              3
  Secondary Education (normally in first semester 
  of senior year)
SEED 480. Student Teaching (senior year)              12
SPED 402. Teaching Mildly Disabled Students            1
  in Regular Classes (senior year)
________
Notes:
[1]
PSYC 160 is a prerequisite for PSYC 270.
Chemistry majors must also complete a course in biology and a course in geology.

It is necessary to be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in professional education courses. See pages 111-113 in this catalog for admission procedures to the teacher education program.

Students seeking licensure are encouraged to consult regularly with the Department of Secondary Education, Library Science and Educational Leadership.

Credit by Examination

The chemistry department offers credit by examination for CHEM 131 and 132, General Chemistry I-II. Students who want permission to take the examination must apply to the department head. Details regarding approval to take the examination and examination dates will be provided when the application is received.

Typical Program for a Major in Chemistry (B.S. Degree)


                                                  Credit
Freshman Year                                      Hours
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II                   6
CHEM 135L-136L. Special General Chemistry              3
  Laboratory
CS 100. Introduction to BASIC                          1
MATH 235-236. Analytic Geometry and                    8
  Calculus
Liberal studies courses                               12
                                                    ____
                                                      30

                                                  Credit
Sophomore Year                                     Hours
CHEM 270. Inorganic Chemistry I                        3
CHEM 341-342. Organic Chemistry Lecture                6
CHEM 387L-388L. Integrated Inorganic/                  4
  Organic Laboratory
PHYS 240. Principles of Mechanics                      4
PHYS 250. Principles of Electricity and                4
  Magnetism
Liberal studies courses                                9
                                                    ____
                                                      30

                                                  Credit
Junior Year                                        Hours
CHEM 331. Physical Chemistry I                         3
CHEM 351. Analytical Chemistry                         4
CHEM 352-352L. Instrumental Analysis                   5
  with Laboratory
CHEM 481. Literature and Seminar I                     1
ENG 398. Technical Writing                             3
Liberal studies courses                               14
                                                    ____
                                                      30

                                                  Credit
Senior Year                                        Hours
CHEM 432. Physical Chemistry II                        3
CHEM 438L. Physical Chemistry Laboratory               2
CHEM 482. Literature and Seminar II                    1
Liberal studies courses                                6
Chemistry electives                                    4
Electives                                             14
                                                    ____
                                                      30


Catalog Table of Contents

JMU Home Page

Last reviewed: Sept. 10, 1994
Information Publisher: Academic Services