Chemistry

The chemistry major gives students the opportunity to study the major areas of chemistry:  inorganic, organic, analytical, physical, and biochemistry. The major is designed as preparation for fields related to chemistry, such as medicine, dentistry, teaching, and law. The major will also prepare students for graduate study or careers in chemistry such as research and development, chemical engineering, organic chemistry, and toxicology.

B.S. Degree — Chemistry Major

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

  • 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.
  • CHEM3610 Physical Chemistry I 4 s.h.
  • CHEM3620 Physical Chemistry II 4 s.h.
  • CHEM4110 Chemistry Seminar II 1 s.h.
  • BIOL/CHEM4310 Biochemistry 4 s.h.
  • CHEM4330 Instrumental Analysis 4 s.h.
  • BIOL/CHEM4120 Research I 1 s.h.
  • BIOL/CHEM4130 Research II 1 s.h.


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

  • PHYS1410 Elements of Physics I 4 s.h.
  • PHYS1420 Elements of Physics II 4 s.h.
  • MATH1510 Calculus I 3 s.h.
  • MATH1520 Calculus II 3 s.h.


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 Fundamentals of Biological Science 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.
  • CSIT1050 Computer-based Academic Research 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). 

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

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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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. Prerequisites: CHEM1440/1441 with a grade of C or better is strongly recommended, PHYS1420 or PHYS2560, and MATH1520. Goal 1A

+ CHEM3620 Physical Chemistry II (3-3) 4 s.h.
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: 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. Prerequisite: BIOL1400 or BIOL2100. CHEM3420/3421 with a grade of C or better is highly recommended. Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Genetics (3-2) BIOL2100 with a grade of C or better is highly recommended. 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. Prerequisite: CHEM3420/3421 with a grade of C or better is strongly recommended. Goal 1A

+Denotes alternate year course.