Chemistry (CHEM)

CHEMISTRY (CHEM)

Chemistry is the study of the principles that govern matter and the  chemical transformations of matter. This fundamental discipline plays a pivotal role in all of the sciences. In fact, life itself is essentially a complicated system of interrelated chemical processes. In the study of Chemistry, the student is exposed to atomic and molecular structure, properties of matter, chemical reactions, and spectroscopy.

A student who successfully completes the Chemistry Major gains basic theoretical knowledge and practical experimental skills in areas of inorganic, organic, analytical, physical, and biochemistry. Courses in the supporting areas provide a basic foundation in calculus, physics, and subjects necessary to understanding modern chemical concepts. Coordinated laboratory experiences reinforce concepts presented in lecture classes. Students also benefit from “hands-on” use of modern chemical instrumentation and from student research, a requirement of every student majoring in Chemistry.

Knowledge of chemistry is necessary for all health and allied health professional programs, geochemistry, environmental science, and molecular biology. Students seeking entrance into professional and graduate programs in these areas are well-prepared as Chemistry majors. Employment opportunities (academic and research laboratories, governmental agencies, hazardous materials  management,  sales,  environmental  testing, and remediation) remain good for students possessing  undergraduate  degrees  in Chemistry. Opportunities expand exponentially for those students who continue their training for a masters or doctoral degree. Chemistry graduates from Western have been successful in their careers because of the theoretical and practical training received in their areas of emphasis.

The Chemistry Major at Western consists of a comprehensive program offering three areas of emphasis selected according to the interests and  career goals of the student. These emphases are: general chemistry, biochemistry, and secondary licensure.

The Secondary Licensure Emphasis in Chemistry qualifies students for the State of Colorado License in Science Education. Other Chemistry emphases may also be used for licensure but may require additional classes. In addition, the student must fulfill the requirements of the Secondary Licensure Program (see description under Education).

 

FACULTY

Professors Jason E. Mullins, Dale L. Orth and Anne W. Ryter;

Senior Lecturer Jarral W. Ryter; Lecturer Michelle Watt.

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAMS

All Chemistry Majors require the 23-credit Chemistry Nucleus.

Chemistry Nucleus

CHEM 111  General Chemistry I

3 cr

CHEM 112  General Chemistry Laboratory I

1 cr

CHEM 113  General Chemistry II

3 cr

CHEM 114  General Chemistry Laboratory II

1 cr

CHEM 306  Analytical Chemistry (with laboratory)

4 cr

CHEM 331  Organic Chemistry I

3 cr

CHEM 332  Organic Chemistry II

3 cr

CHEM 334  Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

1 cr

CHEM 335  Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

1 cr

CHEM 451  Physical Chemistry I

3 cr

 

Chemistry Major: Comprehensive Programs

GENERAL CHEMISTRY EMPHASIS

A minimum of 60 credits is required including the 23-credit Chemistry Nucleus and the following:

CHEM 401  Instrumental Analysis

2 cr

CHEM 402  Instrumental Laboratory

2 cr

CHEM 452  Physical Chemistry II

3 cr

CHEM 454  Physical Chemistry Laboratory

2 cr

CHEM 461  Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

3 cr

CHEM 494  Research Problems in Chemistry

2-4 cr

Required supporting courses:

MATH 151  Calculus I

4 cr

MATH 251  Calculus II

4 cr

MATH 252  Calculus III

4 cr

PHYS 200  General Physics I (with laboratory)

4 cr

PHYS 201  General Physics II (with laboratory)

4 cr

SCI 202  Scientific Writing

3 cr

 

BIOCHEMISTRY EMPHASIS

A minimum of 67 credits is required including the 23-credit Chemistry Nucleus and the following supporting courses:

BIOL 150  Biological Principles (with laboratory)

4 cr

BIOL 151  Diversity and Patterns of Life (with laboratory)

4 cr

BIOL 310  Cell Biology

3 cr

BIOL 312  Genetics (with recitation)

4 cr

CHEM 471  Biochemistry I

4 cr

CHEM 472  Biochemistry II

4 cr

CHEM 494  Research Problems in Chemistry

2-4 cr

MATH 151  Calculus I

4 cr

MATH 251  Calculus II

4 cr

PHYS 200  General Physics I (with laboratory)

4 cr

PHYS 201  General Physics II (with laboratory)

4 cr

SCI 202  Scientific Writing

3 cr

Note: BIOL 420 Molecular Biology I, may substitute for CHEM 472 Biochemistry II, with permission of your advisor.

 

SECONDARY LICENSURE EMPHASIS

Students interested in pursuing this comprehensive program should consult with the Teacher Education Program advisor in addition to the advisor in their major as soon as possible. A minimum of 67 credits is required including the 23-credit Chemistry Nucleus, the requirements for the Secondary Licensure Program (described under Education) and the following:

BIOL 150  Biological Principles (with laboratory)

4 cr

BIOL 151  Patterns and Diversity of Life (with laboratory)

4 cr

BIOL 301  General Ecology

3 cr

GEOL 101  Physical Geology

3 cr

GEOL 105  Physical Geology Laboratory

1 cr

GEOL 201  Historical Geology (with laboratory)

4 cr

MATH 151  Calculus I

4 cr

MATH 251  Calculus II

4 cr

PHYS 110  Introductory Astronomy

3 cr

PHYS 120  Meteorology

3 cr

PHYS 200  General Physics I (with laboratory)

4 cr

PHYS 201  General Physics II (with laboratory)

4 cr

SCI 202  Scientific Writing

3 cr

 

Chemistry Minor

The Chemistry Minor requires a minimum of 19 credits including the following:

CHEM 111  General Chemistry I

3 cr

CHEM 112  General Chemistry Laboratory I

1 cr

CHEM 113  General Chemistry II

3 cr

CHEM 114  General Chemistry Laboratory II

1 cr

And either Plan A, B, or C (below)

Plan A:

 

CHEM 331  Organic Chemistry I

3 cr

CHEM 332  Organic Chemistry II

3 cr

CHEM 334  Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

1 cr

CHEM 335  Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

1 cr

Chemistry elective (300-level or above)

3 cr

Plan B:

 

CHEM 451  Physical Chemistry I

3 cr

CHEM 452  Physical Chemistry II

3 cr

CHEM 454  Physical Chemistry Laboratory

2 cr

Chemistry elective (300-level or above)

3 cr

Plan C:

 

CHEM 306  Analytical Chemistry (with laboratory)

4 cr

CHEM 401  Instrumental Analysis

2 cr

CHEM 402  Instrumental Laboratory

2 cr

Chemistry elective (300-level or above)

3 cr

 

Capstone Course Requirement. The following courses fulfill the capstone course requirement for the Chemistry Major: CHEM 494 Research Problems in Chemistry, or EDUC 409 Secondary Student Teaching (Secondary Licensure Emphasis).