Chemistry Major or Minor

BS Degree — Chemistry Major

In addition to the essential education requirements, majors in Chemistry must complete the following:


In addition to the Chemistry course requirements, the following courses are also required for majors in Chemistry:


It is strongly recommended that majors in Chemistry also take the following courses, which are required for acceptance into many graduate schools and professional programs:

  • BIOL1400 Unity of Life 3 s.h.
  • CSIT1010 Microcomputer Business Applications 3 s.h.
  • or all of the following:
  • CSIT1020 Microsoft Word & Powerpoint 1 s.h.
  • CSIT1030 Microsoft Excel 1 s.h.
  • CSIT1040 Microsoft Access 1 s.h.

(A math minor is highly recommended.)

 

Chemistry Minor

A minor in Chemistry consists of 17 semester hours or more of course work in Chemistry and includes the following courses:

  • CHEM1430 Principles of Chemistry I 3 s.h.
  • CHEM1431 Principles of Chemistry I Lab 1 s.h.
  • CHEM1440 Principles of Chemistry II 3 s.h.
  • CHEM1441 Principles of Chemistry II Lab 1 s.h.
  • CHEM3110 Chemistry Seminar I 1 s.h.
  • CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I 3 s.h.
  • CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1 s.h.
  • CHEM3420 Organic Chemistry II 3 s.h.
  • CHEM3421 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1 s.h.

Teacher Certification in Chemistry

  1. FOR CHEMISTRY MAJORS WHO WANT A SECONDARY ENDORSEMENT (5-12): Students majoring in Chemistry who desire Iowa Teacher Certification with a Chemistry secondary endorsement must complete the major requirements above and the Secondary Education Program (with SCIE3360 Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics as the appropriate methods course).
  2. OPTION 1: FOR NON-CHEMISTRY MAJORS WHO WANT A SECONDARY CHEMISTRY ENDORSEMENT (5-12): Non-Chemistry majors desiring a secondary Chemistry endorsement (5-12) in Iowa must complete the Secondary Education Program (with SCIE3360 Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics as the appropriate methods course), a major in a secondary teaching field, and 24 semester hours in chemistry including the following courses:
    CHEM1430 Principles of Chemistry I 3 s.h.
    CHEM1431 Principles of Chemistry I Lab 1 s.h.
    CHEM1440 Principles of Chemistry II 3 s.h.
    CHEM1441 Principles of Chemistry II Lab 1 s.h.
    CHEM3110 Chemistry Seminar I 1 s.h.
    CHEM3300 Analytical Chemistry 4 s.h.
    CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I 3 s.h.
    CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1 s.h.
    CHEM3420 Organic Chemistry II 3 s.h.
    CHEM3421 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1 s.h.
    OPTION 2: FOR NON-CHEMISTRY MAJORS WHO WANT A SECONDARY CHEMISTRY ENDORSEMENT (5-12): Non-Chemistry majors desiring a secondary Chemistry endorsement (5-12) in Iowa must complete the Secondary Education Program (with SCIE3360 Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics as the appropriate methods course), a major in a secondary teaching field, and 30 semester hours in the broad area of Science (BIOL, CHEM, SCIE) to include the following 17 semester hours in Chemistry:
    CHEM1430 Principles of Chemistry I 3 s.h.
    CHEM1431 Principles of Chemistry I Lab 1 s.h.
    CHEM1440 Principles of Chemistry II 3 s.h.
    CHEM1441 Principles of Chemistry II Lab 1 s.h.
    CHEM3110 Chemistry Seminar I 1 s.h.
    CHEM3300 Analytical Chemistry 4 s.h.
    CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I 3 s.h.
    CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1 s.h.

 

Courses in Chemistry

The number of lecture hours and lab hours are noted next to the titles of courses which have labs (lecture hours-lab hours). 

CHEM1310 Matter Matters: An Introduction to Chemistry 3 s.h.
Surveys the basic principles of chemistry, ranging from atomic structure and chemical bonding to chemical and nuclear reactions. Covers key scientific discoveries—and the people behind those breakthroughs—that are responsible for our current understanding of chemistry and for today’s emerging technologies. Does not apply toward the Chemistry major or minor. Prerequisite: One year of high school algebra or MATH1280. ELO6 Science - Innovation

CHEM1330 Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry 3 s.h.
An introduction to the principles of inorganic, organic and biochemistry, including a study of atoms, chemical bonding, types of chemical reactions (focusing on ones in the cell), solution chemistry, introduction of biological molecules (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids). This course is intended for students desiring a general education in chemistry, those majoring in nursing or allied health fields and those that need it to fulfill the chemistry requirement for fundamentals of cell biology and genetics course. Course will not count for credit in the Chemistry and/or Biology majors or minors. Prerequisite: MATH1280 or one year of high school algebra (C or better strongly recommended). Goal 1A

CHEM1340 Forensic Chemistry 3 s.h.
This course will expose students to the field of forensic science primarily using chemical forensics and testing. Topics include evidence collection and preservation, drugs and drug chemistry, heat and explosions, poisons and others. The course will cover basic chemical concepts needed to plan, execute, and interpret forensic results. All necessary scientific concepts will be developed in the context of forensic science. Two 50-minute class sessions and a 75-minute laboratory per week. ELO6 Science - World Citizenship

CHEM1430 Principles of Chemistry I (3-0) 3 s.h.
A study of the general principles, theories, and methods of chemistry. Emphasis is placed on the solving of mathematical problems. Intended for natural science majors and others who require a strong background in chemistry. Prerequisite: Two years of high school mathematics or MATH1280, and one year of high school chemistry or CHEM1330. Corequisite: CHEM1431 Principles of Chemistry I Lab. Goal 1A

CHEM1431 Principles of Chemistry I Lab (0-3) 1 s.h.
Additional fee required. Corequisite: CHEM1430 Principles of Chemistry I. Goal 1A

CHEM1440 Principles of Chemistry II (3-0) 3 s.h.
A continuation of CHEM1430. Includes semimicro methods of qualitative analysis and common gravimetric and volumetric methods of quantitative analysis. Prerequisite: CHEM1430/1431. Corequisite: CHEM1441 Principles of Chemistry II Lab. Goal 1A

CHEM1441 Principles of Chemistry II Lab (0-3) 1 s.h.
Additional fee required. Corequisite: CHEM1440 Principles of Chemistry II. Goal 1A

CHEM2000 Individual Study Goal 1A 1-3 s.h.

CHEM3000 Individual Study Goal 1A  1-3 s.h.

CHEM3110 Chemistry Seminar I 1 s.h.
Presentation and discussion of current topics from the chemical literature and chemical world. Prerequisite: 16 s.h. of chemistry. Goal 1A

CHEM3120 Internship in Chemistry 1-3 s.h.
Developed in conjunction with and approved by an appropriate faculty member in Chemistry. This internship will be with professionals who are in career areas relating to majors in the department and may be pursued abroad. The student is responsible for arranging their internship. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 semester hours. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent. Goal 1A

CHEM3300 Analytical Chemistry (3-3) 4 s.h.
Study of theory and practice of modern separation and analytical techniques. Includes use of electrochemical, spectrometric and chromatographic instruments. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM1440/1441 with a . grade of C or better is strongly recommended. Goal 1A

CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I (0-3) 3 s.h.
An in-depth study of modern organic chemistry including nomenclature, structure and bonding, synthesis, reaction mechanisms, and important functional groups and families of both aliphatic and aromatic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM1440/1441 with a grade of C or better.  is strongly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab. Goal 1A

CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab (0-3) 1 s.h.
Additional fee required. Corequisite: CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I. Goal 1A

CHEM3420 Organic Chemistry II (3-0) 3 s.h.
A continuation of CHEM3410 which is a prerequisite. With a grade of C or better is strongly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM3421 Organic Chemistry II Lab. Goal 1A

CHEM3421 Organic Chemistry II Lab (0-3) 1 s.h.
Additional fee required. Corequisite: CHEM3420 Organic Chemistry II. Goal 1A

+ CHEM3610 Physical Chemistry I (3-3) 4 s.h.
A study of thermodynamics, thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, atomic and molecular structure, electrochemistry, and quantum chemistry. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: CHEM1440/1441 with a grade of C or better is strongly recommended, PHYS1420, and MATH1520. Goal 1A

+ CHEM3620 Physical Chemistry II (3-3) 4 s.h.
Additional fee required. Continuation of CHEM3610, which is a prerequisite. Goal 1A

CHEM3900 Special Topics in Chemistry 1-3 s.h.
A study of special topics in chemistry not available to the student in the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. Goal 1A

CHEM4000 Individual Study Goal 1A  1-3 s.h.

CHEM4110 Chemistry Seminar II 1 s.h.
Continuation of CHEM3110. Prerequisite: 17 s.h. of chemistry including CHEM3110. Goal 1A

CHEM4120 Research I (also BIOL4120) 1 s.h.
Covers the basic elements of scientific research. Brief lectures on research methodologies and design will be provided. The student will develop a research schedule and write a research proposal in cooperation with a faculty mentor. The student will be expected to begin any initial research indicated in the research schedule. Prerequisite: BIOL2100, CHEM3410, and senior standing or consent of instructor. Goal 1A

CHEM4130 Research II (also BIOL4130) 1 s.h.
The student completes the research that was started in BIOL/CHEM4120. Highlights of the research will be presented orally and through a poster presentation. A final thesis manuscript is required for submission. Prerequisite: BIOL/CHEM4120. Goal 1A

CHEM4310 Biochemistry (also BIOL4310) (3-3) 4 s.h.
An introduction to biologically important molecules and metabolic pathways and the laboratory techniques used to study and characterize them. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM3420/3421 and BIOL2100. Goal 1A

+ CHEM4330 Instrumental Analysis (3-3) 4 s.h.
A study of the analysis and identification of organic compounds and mixtures by modern instrumental techniques and traditional wet chemical methods. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM3420/3421 with a grade of C or better is strongly recommended. Goal 1A

+Denotes alternate year course.

Support Courses for Chemistry Major

BIOL1400 Unity of Life (3-0) 3 s.h.
A study of the key characteristics of life that unite all living organisms, including humans. Emphasis will be placed on comparing how humans and other organisms fulfill basic life needs. Will not count for credit in the Biology major or minor. Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Equality

CSIT1010 Microcomputer Business Applications 3 s.h.
A proficiency-based course to develop intermediate level skills in Microsoft’s Windows® and Office Suite®. Does not count towards the CSIT major.

CSIT1020 Microsoft Word® & PowerPoint® 1 s.h.
A proficiency-based course to develop intermediate level word processing and presentation skills using Microsoft Word® and PowerPoint®. Not available to students who have taken CSIT1010. Does not count towards the CSIT major.

CSIT1030 Microsoft Excel® 1 s.h.
A proficiency-based course to develop intermediate level spreadsheet skills using Microsoft Excel®. Not available to students who have taken CSIT1010. Does not count towards the CSIT major.

CSIT1040 Microsoft Access® 1 s.h.
A proficiency-based course to develop intermediate level database skills using Microsoft Access®. Not available to students who have taken CSIT1010. Does not count towards the CSIT major.

MATH1510 Calculus I 3 s.h.
Limits, continuity, derivative, mean-value theorem, simple integration, fundamental theorem of calculus. Prerequisite: 2 years high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

MATH1520 Calculus II 3 s.h.
Calculus of exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, hyperbolic and inverse functions; techniques of integration and applications. Prerequisite: MATH1510 and trigonometry. Goal 3A

PHYS1410 Elements of Physics I (3-2) 4 s.h.
An elementary physics course emphasizing the fundamental concepts associated with the physical universe. Topics include Newtonian mechanics, fluids, heat thermodynamics, wavemotion, and sound. Designed to meet the needs of biology majors and students preparing for the medical profession and related fields. Prerequisites: Two years high school algebra and one year geometry; plane trigonometry recommended. Goal 1A

PHYS1420 Elements of Physics II (3-2) 4 s.h.
A continuation of PHYS1410. Topics included are electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, light, relativity, quantum mechanics, and nuclear physics. Prerequisite: PHYS1410. Goal 1A

SCIE3360 Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics (Also MATH3360) 3 s.h.
A study of the objectives, methods, techniques, materials, and activities related to teaching science and mathematics in the secondary schools. Prerequisite: 20 hours in science or mathematics and Prerequisites:  admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program. Goal 1A