Degrees and Requirements

Chemistry - Comprehensive

This major is designed for the student who wishes to study chemistry in more depth. It is particularly appropriate for students who wish to pursue a graduate degree in chemistry. Students preparing for careers in academic or industrial laboratories will also benefit from this major. This program is constructed using the guidelines prepared by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society. This group of courses provides the 500 hours of laboratory instruction recommended by the A.C.S.

To complete the Comprehensive Chemistry major, a minimum of 120 credits is required, the last 30 of which must be completed at La Roche College. The required course work consists of:

  • 50 credits Chemistry Required courses, which include a Chemistry elective at the 3000- or 4000-level
  • 33 credits of other Science and Mathematics
  • 34 credits of CORE Curriculum courses
  • 3 credits of general electives selected with the approval of the academic advisor.

Summary of Requirements

Chemistry Required Courses: 50 credits

  • CHEM1001
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY I |

    CHEM1001
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the basic principles governing matter, energy and matter-energy interaction. Topics include atomic structure, bonding theory, aggregated states of matter, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium and electrochemistry.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Concurrent: CHEM1003

  • CHEM1002
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY II |

    CHEM1002
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the basic principles governing matter, energy and matter-energy interaction. Topics include atomic structure, bonding theory, aggregated states of matter, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium and electrochemistry.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Concurrent: CHEM1004

  • CHEM1003
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY I-LAB |

    CHEM1003
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY I-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    A series of experiments related to the content of CHEM1001 emphasizing laboratory techniques and familiarization with basic laboratory equipment. Open to all science majors and non-science majors with a strong interest in chemistry or a professional need.|

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  • CHEM1004
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY II-LAB |

    CHEM1004
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY II-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    A series of experiments related to the content of CHEM1002, emphasizing laboratory techniques and familiarization with basic laboratory equipment. Open to all science majors and non-science majors with a strong interest in chemistry or a professional need.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • CHEM2015
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I |

    CHEM2015
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the classification and characterization of organic compounds, their preparation, properties and reactions. The application of modern organic theories to these subjects is stressed. Topics include nomenclature, bond theory, stereochemistry, synthesis, mechanisms, and structure determination by instrumental methods. Lecture and laboratory course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM1002 concurrent: CHEM2015L

  • CHEM2015L
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I-LAB |

    CHEM2015L
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Laboratory for CHEM2015|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • CHEM2016
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II |

    CHEM2016
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the classification and characterization of organic compounds, their preparation, properties and reactions. The application of modern organic theories to these subjects is stressed. Topics include nomenclature, bond theory, stereochemistry, synthesis, mechanisms, and structure determination by instrumental methods. Lecture and laboratory course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM2015 concurrent: CHEM2016L

  • CHEM2016L
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II-LAB |

    CHEM2016L
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Lab for CHEM2016 Organic Chemistry|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM2015L

  • CHEM3011
    ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY I |

    CHEM3011
    ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the application of theoretical principles to quantitative analysis. The concept of chemical equilibrium is thoroughly discussed. Current analytical techniques are presented both in lecture and laboratory. Topics include the theory and practice of gravimetric analysis, volumetric analysis, spectrophotometric analysis and gas chromatography. Lecture and laboratory course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM1002 concurrent: CHEM3011L

  • CHEM3011L
    ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY I-LAB |

    CHEM3011L
    ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY I-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Laboratory for CHEM3011 Analytical Chemistry I|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • CHEM3012
    ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY II: INSTRUMENTAL METHODS OF ANALYSIS |

    CHEM3012
    ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY II: INSTRUMENTAL METHODS OF ANALYSIS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The fundamental principles and instrumentation used in optical spectroscopy, chromatography, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry, mass spectrometry, and electroanalytical chemistry are explored. Practical aspects such as data acquisition and analysis, operating characteristics, sensitivity and selectivity of instrumentation used by physical and biological scientists are examined. Lecture and laboratory course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM3011 concurrent: CHEM3012L

  • CHEM3012L
    ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY II-LAB |

    CHEM3012L
    ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY II-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Laboratory for CHEM3012 Analytical Chemistry II|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM3011L

  • CHEM3026
    INORGANIC CHEMISTRY |

    CHEM3026
    INORGANIC CHEMISTRY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course addresses structure and bonding in inorganic compounds, with an emphasis on the transition metals. It includes an introduction to group theory and related symmetry studies. The spectroscopy of inorganic compounds is also explored. A discussion of semiconductors is included.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM2016

  • CHEM3036
    BIOCHEMISTRY I(BIOL3036) |

    CHEM3036
    BIOCHEMISTRY I(BIOL3036) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An introduction to the biochemical metabolism of the living cell. Cellular structure, macromolecules, metabolic pathways, energy transformations, regulatory mechanisms and molecular genetics are discussed. Cross-listed with BIOL3036 |

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM2015

  • CHEM3037
    BIOCHEMISTRY I-LAB(BIOL3037) |

    CHEM3037
    BIOCHEMISTRY I-LAB(BIOL3037) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    An introduction to current biochemical techniques including thin layer and column and gas chromatography, electrophoresis, spectrophotometry, and DNA technology.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM3036 concurrent: CHEM2015L

  • CHEM4032
    PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I |

    CHEM4032
    PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the physical properties of matter, the structure of matter and the theories of chemical interactions. Topics include ideal and real gases, liquids, solids, thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, phase equilibria, chemical kinetics, quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure and spectroscopic methods. Lecture and laboratory course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM2016 concurrent: CHEM4032L

  • CHEM4032L
    PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I-LAB |

    CHEM4032L
    PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Laboratory for CHEM4032 Physical Chemistry I|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • CHEM4033
    PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II |

    CHEM4033
    PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the physical properties of matter, the structure of matter and the theories of chemical interactions. Topics include ideal and real gases, liquids, solids, thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, phase equilibria, chemical kinetics, quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure and spectroscopic methods. Lecture and laboratory course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM4032 concurrent: CHEM4033L

  • CHEM4033L
    PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II-LAB |

    CHEM4033L
    PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Laboratory for CHEM4033 Physical Chemistry|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM4032L

  • CHEM4055
    SEMINAR IN CHEMISTRY I |

    CHEM4055
    SEMINAR IN CHEMISTRY I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    The course consists of meetings for discussion of special topics selected from various areas of scientific investigation of recent or historical origin. Reports are given on results of literature studies. One hour per week.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Reserved for JR/SR Only

  • CHEM4056

    CHEM4056

    Credits (Min/Max): /

    PREREQUISITES:

  • CHEM4059
    SEMINAR IN CHEMISTRY II |

    CHEM4059
    SEMINAR IN CHEMISTRY II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    The course consists of meetings for discussion of special topics selected from various areas of scientific investigation of recent or historical origin. Reports are given on results of literature studies. One hour per week.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Reserved for JR/SR only

  • CHEMXXXX

    CHEMXXXX

    Credits (Min/Max): /

    PREREQUISITES:

Other Science & Mathematics Courses: 33 credits

  • BIOL1003
    GENERAL BIOLOGY I |

    BIOL1003
    GENERAL BIOLOGY I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A presentation of a comprehensive survey of the major area within modern biology with emphasis placed on unsolved problems and the nature of scientific evidence. The course explores the properties of living matter on the molecular, cellular and organismic level. Open to all science majors and non-science majors with a strong interest in biology or a professional need.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Concurrent: BIOL1005

  • BIOL1004
    GENERAL BIOLOGY II |

    BIOL1004
    GENERAL BIOLOGY II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A presentation of a comprehensive survey of the major area within modern biology with emphasis placed on unsolved problems and the nature of scientific evidence. The course explores the properties of living matter on the molecular, cellular and organismic level. Open to all science majors and non-science majors with a strong interest in biology or a professional need.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL1003 & BIOL1005, Concurrent: BIOL1006

  • BIOL1005
    GENERAL BIOLOGY I-LAB |

    BIOL1005
    GENERAL BIOLOGY I-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Selected experiments chosen to emphasize principles presented in the General Biology lecture courses.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    coreg: BIOL1003

  • BIOL1006
    GENERAL BIOLOGY II-LAB |

    BIOL1006
    GENERAL BIOLOGY II-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Selected experiments chosen to emphasize principles presented in the General Biology lecture courses.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • CSCIXXXX

    CSCIXXXX

    Credits (Min/Max): /

    PREREQUISITES:

  • MATH1032
    ANALYTIC GEOMETRY & CALCULUS I |

    MATH1032
    ANALYTIC GEOMETRY & CALCULUS I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 4/4

    The first semester of a three-semester integrated course in the elements of analytic geometry and differential and integral calculus. Included are the concept and applications of the derivative of a function of a single variable, differentiation of polynomials and the trigonometric functions, the chain, product and quotient rules, implicit differentiation, and differentials. Concludes with anti-differentiation, integration, area under graphs of functions and applications.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    MATH1010

  • MATH1033
    ANALYTIC GEOMETRY & CALCULUS II |

    MATH1033
    ANALYTIC GEOMETRY & CALCULUS II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 4/4

    A continuation of MATH1032 including applications of the definite integral, area, arc length, volumes and surface area, centroids, average value and theorem of the mean for definite integrals. Derivatives and integrals of transcendental functions are followed by techniques of integration, L'Hopital's Rule and indeterminate forms and improper integrals. Also included are conic sections and polar coordinates.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    MATH1032

  • MATH1040
    PROBABILITY & STATISTICS |

    MATH1040
    PROBABILITY & STATISTICS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The study of the fundamentals of probability theory with applications to natural and social sciences as well as to mathematics. Discrete and continuous distributions, sampling theory, linear correlation, regression, statistical inference, estimation and analysis of variance are included.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    MATH1010

  • PHYS1032
    GENERAL PHYSICS I |

    PHYS1032
    GENERAL PHYSICS I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This is the first of a three-semester introduction to calculus-based physics stressing experimental and problem-solving techniques. Concepts covered are mechanics, kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion, conservation laws, rotational motion, gravitation, oscillation, and wave/acoustics.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    MATH1032, Coreq: PHYS1032L

  • PHYS1032L
    GENERAL PHYSICS I-LAB |

    PHYS1032L
    GENERAL PHYSICS I-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Laboratory for PHYS1032 General Physics I|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PHYS1033
    GENERAL PHYSICS II |

    PHYS1033
    GENERAL PHYSICS II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The second of a three-semester introduction to calculus-based physics. Concepts covered are thermal properties and electromagnetism: thermo dynamics, electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic wave, geometrical optics, and physics optics.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    PHYS1032, Coreq: PHYS1033L

  • PHYS1033L
    GENERAL PHYSICS II-LAB |

    PHYS1033L
    GENERAL PHYSICS II-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Laboratory for PHYS1033 General Physics II|

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