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Chemistry (CHE)

Associate Professor Bishop; Chair
Assistant Professor Carlson
Specialty Instructor Walker

Modern chemistry is an interdisciplinary subject with applications to medicine, industry, and technology. Known as the “central science,” chemistry has either roots or application to every branch of science. This department emphasizes the fundamental principles of chemistry, biochemistry and chemical physics while developing experimental, analytical and problem solving skills. All of the courses in the Chemistry Department are grounded in a foundation of Christian ethics and stewardship for the development of sustainable modern communities.

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. Students will work hands-on with chemical instrumentation in our modern laboratories and may elect to increase the breadth and depth of their studies by choosing a concentration in either Biochemistry or Chemical Physics.

Chemistry Major: (1) 31-34 hours (16 of which must be earned at Belhaven University) to include 111-112, 113-114, 211-212, 214, 321 or 322, 371 or 372, 2 hours total from 441 and/or 442, and 1-3 hours from the following: 351, 352, 431, 432, 441, 442, 451 and 452. (2) MAT 207; (3) PHY 241-242, 243-244; (4) 3 hours of Global Culture (IST 201) or 6 hours of foreign language.

Chemistry Major with a Concentration in Biochemistry: (1) 36-38 hours (16 of which must be earned at Belhaven University) to include 111-112, 113-114, 211-212, 214, 321,or 322, 371 and 372, 2 hours total from 441 and/or 442, and 2- 4 elective hours from the following: 351, 352, 431, 432, 441, 442, 451 and 452. Elective topics must be in subjects related to biochemistry and/or medicinal chemistry. (2) MAT 207; (3) PHY 241-242, 243-244; (4) BIO 105-106, 107-108, and 370. A minor in Biology is recommended but not required. (5) 3 hours of Global Culture (IST 201) or 6 hours of foreign language.

Chemistry Major with a Concentration in Chemical Physics: (1) 36-38 hours (16 of which must be earned at Belhaven University) to include 111-112, 113-114, 211-212, 214, 321,and 322, 371 or 372, 2 hours total from 441 and/or 442, and 2- 4 elective hours from the following: 351, 352, 431, 432, 441, 442, 451 and 452. Elective topics must be in subjects related to chemical physics. (2) MAT 207 and 208. A minor in Mathematics is recommended but not required; (3) PHY 241-242, 243-244; (4) 3 hours of Global Culture (IST 201) or 6 hours of foreign language.

All Chemistry majors will be required to take the American Chemical Society standardized tests in General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry areas during their graduating semester at a time to be determined by the departmental chairman. Students electing for concentrations in Biochemistry or Chemical Physics (see below) will take an additional test in their subject area.

Those students who desire to attend a graduate school in chemistry should plan to take 36-38 hours of chemistry as well as additional courses in biology, physics, and mathematics depending upon the chosen area of specialization.

Chemistry Minor: 20 hours to include 111-112, 113-114, and 211-212, and one additional 4 hour laboratory course chosen from 214, 321, 322, 371, or 372. 12 hours must be earned at Belhaven University. Students majoring in sciences other than Chemistry requiring some combination of 111-112, 113-114, and 211-212 as part of their degree may be required to take additional coursework for the minor.

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 Chemical 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, and potentiometric analysis. Statistical methods of data analysis using spreadsheats are also covered. (Lecture 2, Lab 2)
321 Physical Chemistry: Chemical Thermodynamics & Kinetics (4). Prereq: CHE 214 (may be taken concurrently), PHY 241-242, PHY 243-244 (may be taken concurrently) and MAT 207.
A course exploring the theoretical and experimental principles of gases, liquids and solids, solutions, reaction kinetics, chemical equilibria, phase rule, and catalysis. In the laboratory, students will explore chemical thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, bulk properties of solutions, and selected topics in molecular modeling and data analysis. (Lecture & Lab 4). (spring, odd years)
322 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics & Spectroscopy (4). Prereq: CHE 214 (may be taken concurrently), PHY 241-242, PHY 243-244 (may be taken concurrently) and MAT 207. A course exploring the development of the quantum mechanical view of atomic and molecular structure, spectroscopy, electrochemistry and radiochemistry. The laboratory includes topics related to exploring the application of quantum theory to modern spectroscopic and computational methods. (Lecture & Lab 4). (spring, even years).
351-352 Chemical Research (1-2). Prereq: Instructor Approval.
A guided but independent exploration of a research topic decided on by the instructor and the student together. Students will explore the chemical literature and conduct original research on an approved project on and/or off campus. Students will be expected to present results of their work as a seminar to a group of faculty and students. This course may be repeated. (offered as needed).
371 Biochemistry: Biomolecular Structure & Function (4). Prereq: CHE 111-112, 113-114, 211-212.
An introductory course focused on the structures and reactions of biomolecules including; proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, lipids, and vitamins. The function, thermodynamics, kinetics, mechanism, and regulation of enzymes, structural proteins, and transport proteins are covered in detail as is an introduction to basic glucose metabolism as a model biochemical pathway. The laboratory covers methods in the preparation of biological buffers, concentration determination, protein and nucleic acid purification, enzyme kinetics, molecular modeling, bioinformatics, protein stability, and equilibrium binding. (Lecture & Lab 4) (fall, even years).
372 Biochemistry: Metabolism & Bioenergetics (4). Prereq: CHE 111-112, 113-114, 211-212.
An introductory course focused on catabolic and anabolic reaction pathways utilized in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Topics include the process, regulation and integration of glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, the citric acid cycle, oxidative phosphorylation as well as selected topics in the metabolism of amino acids, lipids, and nucleotides. The structures of biological molecules are introduced. The laboratory emphasizes methods in organismal and cellular biochemistry, clinical correlations, biological and chemical informatics, and computer-based modeling of biological pathways. (Lecture & Lab 4) (fall, odd years).
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 combination of independent library-and internet research, lectures, and laboratory investigations of a topic or topics of current interest. (offered as needed)
441-442 Chemistry Seminar (1-1). Prereq: Senior standing.
The senior chemistry major will research a topic of assigned or particular interest and present it before a group of peers. Emphasis is placed on the primary chemical literature and how to successfully present. (441, fall only and 442, spring only)
451-452 Advanced Topics in Chemistry (3,3). Prereq: Advanced Standing in Chemistry or Instructor Approval.
A study of current topics taken from the areas including but not limited to: environmental, medicinal, clinical, theoretical, polymer, education, instrumental, or biological chemistry. This course may be renamed to reflect the nature of the course being offering in a given semester. (Lecture 3) (offered as needed).