Catalogue: Traditional Program:
Associate Professor Bishop; Chair
Assistant Professor Carlson
Modern chemistry is an interdisciplinary subject with roots in physics and mathematics and with relevance to every branch of science and technology. It is truly a manifestation of the beauty and orderliness of God's creation.
This department emphasizes the fundamental principles of chemistry while developing experimental skills. A major in chemistry prepares the student for graduate studies, for industry, and for entry into the health professions. The mastery of analytical and problem-solving techniques also provides an excellent basis for a wide range of service, management, and leadership roles in society.
Chemistry Major: (1) 31-32 hours (16 of which must be earned at Belhaven University) to include 111-112, 113-114, 211-212, 214, 321, 372, 441-442 and 431 or 432. (2) MAT 207; (3) PHY 241-242, 243-244; (4) 6 hours of foreign language (German or French recommended).
Chemistry majors will be required to take the Educational Testing Service Major Field Test in Chemistry during the second semester of the senior year at a time to be determined by the departmental chairman.
Those students who desire to attend a graduate school in chemistry should take 40 hours of chemistry, additional courses in physics, and MAT 304.
Chemistry Minor: 20 hours to include 111-112, 113-114, and 211-212, 214. 12 hours must be earned at Belhaven University.
|111-112||General Chemistry (3-3). Prereq: MAT 101 or consent of the instructor.
A two-semester sequence that includes a study of topics such as stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, the states of matter, phase equilibria, kinetics, thermodynamics, ionic equilibria, and electrochemistry. (Lecture 3) (111, fall only; 112, spring only)
|113-114||General Chemistry Laboratory (1-1). Prereq. or Coreq.: CHE 111-112.
A two-semester sequence emphasizing fundamental chemical operations and the study of a selection of exercises demonstrating those principles discussed in CHE 111-112. The second semester includes a study of qualitative analysis. (Lab 3) (113, fall only; 114, spring only)
|211-212||Organic Chemistry (3-3). Prereq: CHE 111-112, 113-114. Coreq. or prereq. CHE 221-222.
A two-semester sequence that is a study of compounds of carbon including the functional roups, their nomenclature, synthesis, chemical reactivity, reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, spectroscopy, and methods of structure determination. (Lecture & Lab 4) (211, fall only; 212, spring only)
|214||Quantitative Analysis (4). Prereq: CHE 111-112, 113-114.
A study of the quantitative aspects of acid-base, solubility, and oxidation-reduction equilibria. An introduction to chemical instrumentation using colorimetric analysis. (Lecture 2, Lab 6)
|313-314||Special Topics in Organic Chemistry (3,3). Prereq: CHE 212.
A study of current topics of interest taken from the areas of medicinal, synthetic, theoretical, heterocyclic chemistry, and stereochemistry. (Lecture 3)
|321||Physical Chemistry (4). Prereq: CHE 214 (may be taken concurrently), PHY 241-242, PHY 243-244 and MAT 208.
A two-semester sequence that includes a study of theoretical principles of gases, liquids and solids, atomic and molecular structure, solutions, reaction kinetics, chemical equilibria, phase rule, catalysis, electrochemistry, and radiochemistry. (Lecture & Lab 4)
|323-324||Physical Chemistry Laboratory (1-1). Prereq. or Coreq.: CHE 321-322.
A two-semester laboratory study of phase equilibria, solution phenomena, reaction kinetics, chemical equilibria, catalysis, electrochemistry, and radiochemistry. (Lab 3)
|372||Biochemistry (4). Prereq: CHE 111-112, 113-114, 211-212.
An introductory course in biochemistry including the chemistry of proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates as well as the topics of enzymology, metabolism, and endocrine control of mechanisms. (Lecture 3) (Fall only)
|431-432||Special Problems in Chemistry (1 or 2, 1 or 2). Prereq: Advanced standing in chemistry and consent of the instructor.
A course designed for individual advanced students that involves a library search and laboratory investigation of a topic or topics of current interest.
|441-442||Seminar (1-1). Prereq: Senior standing.
The senior chemistry major will research a topic of his particular interest and present it before a group of his or her peers.