Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011

Chemistry & Biochemistry

 

Faculty

T. R. Burkholder, Chair; J. V. Arena, G. A. Brown-Wright, G. A. Crundwell, N. M. Glagovich,  C. A. Jones, S. P. Watton, B. L. Westcott, Jr.; Staff: L. Clancy Kelley, Science Technical Specialist (Dept. phone: 860-832-2675)

 

Department Overview

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is committed to excellence in undergraduate instruction and to counseling students to help reach their personal and professional goals. The faculty have a variety of research interests and encourage student involvement in research projects. The department has been approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Committee on Professional Training.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides undergraduate and graduate courses in the five major areas of chemistry (analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry). The department offers the following BS degrees: chemistry, certified by the American Chemical Society; an interdisciplinary degree in biochemistry (administered jointly with the Department of Biomolecular Sciences); and a degree in chemistry certifiable for secondary teaching.

The department facilities are located in Copernicus Hall and include five instructional laboratories, three research laboratories, and two major instrument rooms. All research and many teaching laboratories are equipped with networked computers. Four large computer facilities are available for chemistry majors; all are equipped with state-of-the-art chemistry software packages, including chemical drawing and molecular modeling software.

Chemistry students are introduced to the major research instruments typically found in academic and industrial laboratories, including gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer; 300 MHz Fourier transform nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer; two Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometers; two UV/visible spectrophotometers; three high-performance liquid chromatographs; an atomic absorption spectrophotometer; a spectrofluorometer; an electrochemical analyzer; a petrographic microscope; three stand-alone gas chromatographs; a polarimeter; a single crystal x-ray diffractometer capable of powder, fiber, and low temperature data collection; and additional instrumentation. For more information, interested students should visit the department's website at www.chemistry.ccsu.edu or contact the department's secretary, Catherine Olson-Garuti, at 860-832-2675.

 

Programs

Major in Chemistry, BS

(Accredited by the American Chemical Society)

This program is designed for students wishing to go on to graduate-level studies in chemistry, or those who expect to enter professional chemistry at the bachelor's level.

Chemistry Core (47 credits)

CHEM 161 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 162 General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 163 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 164 General Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 213 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 301 Analytical Chemistry 4
CHEM 316 Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds 3
CHEM 321Physical Chemistry of Thermodynamics & Kinetics3
CHEM 322 Physical Chemistry of Quantum & Statistical Mechanics 3
CHEM 323 Physical Chemistry Lab 1
CHEM 354 Biochemistry 3
CHEM 402 Instrumental Methods in Analytical Chemistry 4
CHEM 432 Chemistry Seminar 2
CHEM 455 Biochemistry Lab 1
CHEM 460 Inorganic Symmetry & Spectroscopy 3
CHEM 461 Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 462 Inorganic Chemistry Lab 1

Related Requirements

PHYS 125 University Physics I 4
PHYS 126 University Physics II 4
MATH 152 Calculus I 3
MATH 221 Calculus II 3

The student must also complete one additional course from the following approved list:

MATH 218 Discrete Mathematics 4
MATH 222 Calculus III 4
MATH 226 Linear Algebra and Probability for Engineers 4
MATH 228 Introduction to Linear Algebra 4
CS 151 Computer Science I 3

A minor is not required for this major.

 

Major in Biochemistry, BS

The BS program in biochemistry provides a strong foundation in both chemistry and molecular biology and is based on faculty, facilities, and research resources in both the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Department of Biomolecular Sciences. In addition to in-class laboratory instruction, this interdisciplinary program emphasizes independent student research carried out under the guidance of a faculty member from either department. This program is designed to prepare students for careers or advanced study in biochemistry, molecular biology, or health-related fields. For more information, see the Biochemistry page linked here.

 

Major in Chemistry, BS (Certifiable for secondary teaching)

This program is designed for those students seeking state certification for teaching chemistry at the secondary level, and includes a student-teaching component in the senior year at an area school.

Chemistry Core (34 credits)

CHEM 161 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 162 General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 163 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 164 General Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 213 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 301 Analytical Chemistry 4
CHEM 321Physical Chemistry of Thermodynamics & Kinetics3
CHEM 322 Physical Chemistry of Quantum & Statistical Mechanics 3
CHEM 323 Physical Chemistry Lab 1
CHEM 402 Instrumental Methods in Analytical Chemistry 4
CHEM 460 Inorganic Symmetry & Spectroscopy 3

Related Requirements

BIO 121 General Biology I 4
   or

BMS 102 Introduction to Biomolecular Science 3
and

BMS 190 Introduction to Research I 3
PHYS 125 University Physics I 4
PHYS 126 University Physics II 4
SCI 420 History of Nature and Science 3
MATH 152 Calculus I 3
MATH 221 Calculus II 3
Science electives approved by the chair 3

30 credits also must come from the following courses, which require prior acceptance into the Professional Program in the School of Education and Professional Studies:  

SPED 315Introduction to Educating Learners with Exceptionalities3
EDTE 315 Principles of Learning: Elementary 4
EDF 415 Educational Foundations 3
EDSC 425 Principles of Secondary Education 3
EDSC 435 Secondary Education Student Teaching 3-9
RDG 440 Literacy in Secondary School 3
SCI 416 Educational Technology in Secondary Science 1
SCI 417 Teaching of Science in the Secondary School 3
SCI 419 Student Teaching Seminar 1

For students contemplating graduate work, a year of German or Russian is recommended. Students who major in chemistry are not required to complete a minor, but are urged to minor in general science.

 

Minor in Chemistry (Non-teaching, 21 credits)

CHEM 161 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 162 General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 163 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 164 General Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 213 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 301 Analytical Chemistry 4

and one chemistry elective selected from courses numbered 300 or above

 

Minor in Chemistry (Certifiable for secondary teaching)

20 credits in chemistry if the student majors in biology, biomolecular sciences, physics, or earth science

CHEM 161 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 162 General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 163 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 164 General Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 213 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 301 Analytical Chemistry 4

Related Requirements

PHYS 121 General Physics I 4
PHYS 122 General Physics II 4
BIO 121 General Biology I 4
   or

BMS 102 Introduction to Biomolecular Science 3
and

BMS 190 Introduction to Research I 0.5

 

SCI 417 Teaching of Science in the Secondary School 3
MATH 121 Pre-Calculus Mathematics 3
   or

MATH 119 Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry 4

For other majors, a certifiable minor in chemistry requires 30 credits planned with the approval of the chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

 

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