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http://www.whitworth.edu/chemistry

The Whitworth Chemistry Department strives to develop confident, well-prepared students who are able to contribute to the world community on issues relating to modern chemistry. Our students are expected to develop strong oral and written communication skills, to engage in critical thinking, to develop excellent laboratory skills, to work on independent research, and to prepare for vocations in industrial, academic and professional areas.

ChemistryThe learning outcomes of this major prepare the student to:

  • understand the development of chemical theory and apply current chemical content to solving problems;
  • communicate scientific issues in writing;
  • communicate scientific issues orally;
  • use and critically analyze the chemical literature;
  • know and use standard lab techniques;
  • apply independent research skills learned through research experiences and/or independent projects within courses.

Requirements for a Chemistry Major, B.A. (47)

One of the following:3
General Chemistry I
Advanced General Chemistry I
CH 161LGeneral Chemistry I Lab1
CH 181General Chemistry II3
CH 181LGeneral Chemistry II Lab1
CH 271Organic Chemistry I3
CH 271LOrganic Chemistry I Lab1
CH 278Organic Chemistry II3
CH 278LOrganic Chemistry II Lab1
CH 315Survey of Chemical Literature1
One of the following:1
Chemistry Seminar
Chemistry Seminar
One of the following:1
Chemistry Seminar
Chemistry Seminar
Approved upper-division chemistry electives *12
*One writing-intensive course and at least 2 credits of lab required
(No more than two credits of internship and two credits of teaching assistantship)
MA 171Calculus I4
MA 172Calculus II4
PS 151General Physics I3
PS 151LGeneral Physics I Lab1
PS 153General Physics II3
PS 153LGeneral Physics II Lab1
For teacher certification, the following courses are required:
Analytical Chemistry
Analytical Chemistry Lab (1)
Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)
Science in Secondary School (2)

(All endorsements subject to change; see School of Education for updated requirements.)

 

Requirements for a Chemistry Major, B.S. (65)

One of the following:3
General Chemistry I
Advanced General Chemistry I
CH 161LGeneral Chemistry I Lab1
CH 181General Chemistry II3
CH 181LGeneral Chemistry II Lab1
CH 271Organic Chemistry I3
CH 271LOrganic Chemistry I Lab1
CH 278Organic Chemistry II3
CH 278LOrganic Chemistry II Lab1
CH 335Analytical Chemistry3
CH 335LAnalytical Chemistry Lab1
CH 336Spectroscopic Analysis3
CH 336LSpectroscopic Analysis Lab1
CH 351Inorganic Chemistry3
CH 351LInorganic Chemistry Lab1
CH 401Biochemistry I3
CH 401LBiochemistry I Lab1
CH 421Thermochemistry3
CH 421LThermochemistry Lab1
CH 423Quantum Chemistry3
CH 423LQuantum Chemistry Lab1
CH 315Survey of Chemical Literature1
CH 496LResearch in Chemistry1
CH 497Dissemination of Chemistry Research1
Complete one writing-intensive course
One of the following:1
Chemistry Seminar
Chemistry Seminar
One of the following:1
Chemistry Seminar
Chemistry Seminar
MA 171Calculus I4
MA 172Calculus II4
PS 151General Physics I3
PS 151LGeneral Physics I Lab1
PS 153General Physics II3
PS 153LGeneral Physics II Lab1
One of the following:4
Calculus III
General Physics III
For teacher certification, the following additional courses are required
Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)
Science in Secondary School (2)

All endorsements subject to change; see School of Education for updated requirements.

 

Requirements for a Chemistry Major B.S. with a Track in either Biochemistry or Physical Chemistry*

Each track requires the following foundational courses37
One of the following3
General Chemistry I
Advanced General Chemistry I
CH 161LGeneral Chemistry I Lab1
CH 181General Chemistry II3
CH 181LGeneral Chemistry II Lab1
CH 271Organic Chemistry I3
CH 271LOrganic Chemistry I Lab1
CH 278Organic Chemistry II3
CH 278LOrganic Chemistry II Lab1
CH 315Survey of Chemical Literature1
CH 496LResearch in Chemistry1
CH 497Dissemination of Chemistry Research1
One of the following1
Chemistry Seminar
Chemistry Seminar
One of the following1
Chemistry Seminar
Chemistry Seminar
MA 171Calculus I4
MA 172Calculus II4
PS 151General Physics I3
PS 151LGeneral Physics I Lab1
PS 153General Physics II3
PS 153LGeneral Physics II Lab1

*

 All tracks require the completion of a writing-intensive course


Biochemistry Track (67-68)

Foundational courses37
CH 401Biochemistry I3
CH 401LBiochemistry I Lab1
CH 403Biochemistry II3
CH 421Thermochemistry3
CH 421LThermochemistry Lab1
Two of the following 8
Analytical Chemistry (plus lab)
Spectroscopic Analysis (plus lab)
Inorganic Chemistry (plus lab)
Topics in Chemistry
Quantum Chemistry (plus lab)
BI 140General Biology I: Genes, Cells and Evolution4
BI 141General Biology II: Organismal Biology4
One of the following3-4
Microbial Physiology
Developmental Biology
Genetics
Neurophysiology
Advanced Cell Biology

Physical Chemistry Track (67-69)

Foundational courses37
CH 421Thermochemistry3
CH 421LThermochemistry Lab1
CH 423Quantum Chemistry3
CH 423LQuantum Chemistry Lab1
Two of the following8
Analytical Chemistry (plus lab)
Spectroscopic Analysis (plus lab)
Inorganic Chemistry (plus lab)
Topics in Chemistry
MA 273Calculus III4
PS 251WGeneral Physics III4
Approved upper-division math or physics courses6-8

Requirements for a Chemistry Minor (20)

CH 161General Chemistry I3
or CH 162 Advanced General Chemistry I
CH 161LGeneral Chemistry I Lab1
CH 181General Chemistry II3
CH 181LGeneral Chemistry II Lab1
CH 271Organic Chemistry I3
CH 271LOrganic Chemistry I Lab1
Approved chemistry electives8

Requirements for a Chemistry Minor for Endorsement* (37)

CH 161General Chemistry I3
or CH 162 Advanced General Chemistry I
CH 161LGeneral Chemistry I Lab1
CH 181General Chemistry II3
CH 181LGeneral Chemistry II Lab1
CH 271Organic Chemistry I3
CH 271LOrganic Chemistry I Lab1
CH 278Organic Chemistry II3
CH 278LOrganic Chemistry II Lab1
CH 335Analytical Chemistry3
CH 335LAnalytical Chemistry Lab1
PS 151General Physics I **3
PS 151LGeneral Physics I Lab1
PS 153General Physics II **3
PS 153LGeneral Physics II Lab1
MA 171Calculus I4
MA 256Elementary Probability and Statistics3
EDU 455Science in Secondary School2

*

All endorsements subject to change; see School of Education for updated requirements.

**

Note: PS 151 has a prerequisite of MA 171 (Calculus I) and PS 153 has a prerequisite of MA 172 (Calculus II).


Requirements for a Science Endorsement for Majors in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics* (32)

BI 140General Biology I: Genes, Cells and Evolution4
BI 141General Biology II: Organismal Biology4
CH 161General Chemistry I3
or CH 162 Advanced General Chemistry I
CH 161LGeneral Chemistry I Lab1
CH 181General Chemistry II3
CH 181LGeneral Chemistry II Lab1
PS 151General Physics I **3
PS 151LGeneral Physics I Lab1
PS 153General Physics II **3
PS 153LGeneral Physics II Lab1
PS 141Introduction to Astronomy4
One of the following4
Understanding Earth
Environmental Geology
Earth and Sky

*

All endorsements subject to change; see School of Education for updated requirements.

**

 Note: PS 151 has a prerequisite of MA 171 (Calculus I) and PS 153 has a prerequisite of MA 172 (Calculus II).

Courses

CH 101 Introduction to Chemistry3
An exploration of fundamental concepts in chemistry for nursing majors and other selected allied health fields. Recommended for science majors whose chemistry background is not adequate for initial placement in CH 161. Fall semester.
CH 101L Introduction to Chemistry Lab1
Basic laboratory practices, titration, radioisotope measurement, simple synthesis. Corequisite: concurrent enrollment in CH 101. Fall semester.
CH 102 Bioorganic Chemistry3
Fundamentals of organic chemistry and biochemistry for nursing students. Organic structure, isomerism, nomenclature. Properties and reactions of lipids, carbohydrates, proteins. Prerequisite: CH 101 or CH 161. Spring semester.
CH 102L Bioorganic Chemistry Lab1
Simple quantitative analysis, separation techniques, enzyme studies. Corequisite: concurrent enrollment in CH 102. Spring semester.
CH 111 Green Chemistry3
The focus will be on environmentally friendly chemistry (green chemistry) applied to the design, development, and implementation of chemical processes and products that are not harmful to humans or the environment. Basic math and algebra skills will be used. For non-majors. Periodic Jan Term offering.
CH 112 Chemistry and Health3
Applications of chemical principles to concepts of health and disease. Overview of chemistry discoveries and their contributions to understanding current health issues. For non-majors. Periodic Jan Term offering.
CH 120H The Chemistry in Art3
Chemistry applied to understanding art media, color, and form as well as art appreciation, history, analysis and conservation. Explore chemistry concepts through arts & crafts projects. Appropriate for non-science students. No pre-requisites. Meets honors course criteria. Periodic Jan term offering.
CH 122 Chemistry in Modern Living3
Overview of current chemical issues, for the non-science student. Topics may include air pollution, global warming, ozone layer, acid rain, nuclear energy, solar energy, plastics, nutrition and/or pharmaceutical drugs. Basic math and algebra skills will be used. For non-majors. Periodic Jan Term offering.
CH 161 General Chemistry I3
Foundational course in chemistry. Treatment of measurement concepts, atomic and molecular theories, chemical reactions, chemical bonding, basic calculations. Prerequisite: one year of high school chemistry and demonstrated mathematics proficiency. Students without this prerequisite must take CH 101 before electing CH 161. Fall and spring semesters.
CH 161L General Chemistry I Lab1
Basic laboratory techniques, simple synthesis, titration, qualitative analysis. Prerequisite: CH 161, CH 162, or concurrent enrollment. Fall and spring semesters and occasional Jan Term offering.
CH 162 Advanced General Chemistry I3
An advanced treatment of topics covered in CH 161, with emphasis on environmental applications. Fall semester.
CH 181 General Chemistry II3
Properties of solutions, introduction to kinetics, acid-base concepts, equilibrium, nuclear radioactivity, electrochemistry, and thermochemistry. Prerequisite: CH 161 or CH 162. Spring semester.
CH 181L General Chemistry II Lab1
Titrations, equilibrium constant determination, reaction kinetics, electrochemical studies. Prerequisites: CH 161L and concurrent enrollment in CH 181. Spring semester.
CH 191 Independent Study1-4
See information on Directed Studies page.
CH 192 Foreign Study/Exchange1-17
CH 196 Topics in Chemistry1-3
Selected lower-division topics in chemistry. Periodic offering.
CH 271 Organic Chemistry I3
Detailed treatment of basic organic chemistry concepts. Nomenclature, conformational and structural analysis, basic reaction mechanisms. Prerequisite: CH 181. Fall semester.
CH 271L Organic Chemistry I Lab1
Preparation, purification and identification of organic compounds. An introduction to organic synthesis. Prerequisites: CH 181L and concurrent enrollment in CH 271. Fall semester.
CH 278 Organic Chemistry II3
Reactions of organic molecules, mechanisms of reactions, and how such reactions may be employed in the synthesis of new compounds. Prerequisite: CH 271. Spring semester.
CH 278L Organic Chemistry II Lab1
Synthetic techniques for organic compounds, design of multi-step synthesis, introduction to chemical literature, and spectroscopy. Prerequisites: CH 271L and concurrent enrollment in CH 278. Spring semester.
CH 280 Field Studies1-4
See information on Directed Studies page.
CH 290 Internship1-4
See information on Directed Studies page.
CH 291 Independent Study1-4
See information on Directed Studies page.
CH 315 Survey of Chemical Literature1
An examination of current scientific literature. Students will gain skills in searching, reading and analyzing chemical literature. The course should be taken in the fall semester of junior year. Prerequisite: CH 278. Fall semester.
CH 325L Community Chemistry Outreach1
Promotion of science education through service-learning opportunities in the community, such as the presentation of fun chemistry experiments/demos as part of departmental outreach efforts to local K-12 students. Prerequisite: CH 101 or CH 161. Jan Term.
CH 335 Analytical Chemistry3
Approaches to analyte separation and quantification including sampling, quality control, basic statistics, advanced treatment of equilibrium and electrochemistry, spectroscopic instrumentation, and chromatography. Prerequisites: CH 181 and CH 271 (CH 278 suggested). Fall semester, odd years.
CH 335W Analytical Chemistry3
Approaches to analyte separation and quantification including sampling, quality control, basic statistics, advanced treatment of equilibrium and electrochemistry, spectroscopic instrumentation, and chromatography. Prerequisites: CH 181 and CH 271 (CH 278 suggested). Fall semester, odd years.
CH 335L Analytical Chemistry Lab1
Statistical analysis of data, separation techniques, use of instrumentation in solving analytical problems. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in CH 335W. Fall semester, odd years.
CH 336 Spectroscopic Analysis3
Advanced treatment of the most common spectroscopic techniques including UV-Vis, IR, NMR, and GC-MS. Prerequisites: CH 181 and CH 278. Spring semester, even years.
CH 336L Spectroscopic Analysis Lab1
Use of instrumentation in solving analytical problems. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in CH 336. Spring semester, even years.
CH 351 Inorganic Chemistry3
Bonding, crystal-field theory, coordination compounds, organometallics, symmetry, group theory and descriptive inorganic chemistry. Prerequisites: CH 181 and MA 171. Spring semester, even years.
CH 351W Inorganic Chemistry3
A study of the elements (especially metals) and their compounds. Bonding, crystal field theory, coordination compounds, organometallics, symmetry, group theory, and descriptive inorganic chemistry. Prerequisites: CH 181 and MA 171. Spring semester, even years.
CH 351L Inorganic Chemistry Lab1
Approaches to synthesis of inorganic compounds. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in CH 351. Spring semester, even years.
CH 380 Field Studies1-4
See information on Directed Studies page.
CH 381 Chemistry Seminar1
Discussion of current chemical topics. Listen to and discuss student presentations, guest lectures; attend local scientific meetings. Fall semester.
CH 383 Chemistry Seminar1
Discussion of current chemical topics. Listen to and discuss student presentations, guest lectures; attend local scientific meetings. Spring semester.
CH 386 Readings1-4
See information on Directed Studies page.
CH 390 Internship1-4
See information on Directed Studies page.
CH 391 Independent Study1-4
See information on Directed Studies page.
CH 391L Independent Study1-4
See information on Directed Studies page.
CH 392 Foreign Study/Exchange1-17
CH 395 Teaching Assistantship1-4
See information on Directed Studies page.
CH 396 Topics in Chemistry3
Selected upper-division topics in chemistry. Periodic offering.
CH 401 Biochemistry I3
Structure and function of major classes of biomolecules. Overview of enzyme catalysis and kinetics. Prerequisites: CH 271 and CH 278. Fall semester.
CH 401W Biochemistry I3
Structure and function of major classes of biomolecules. Overview of enzyme catalysis and kinetics. Prerequisites: CH 271 and CH 278. Fall semester.
CH 401L Biochemistry I Lab1
Separations, assays and kinetic studies in biochemical systems. Primary focus is on amino acids, peptides, and protein enzymes. Prerequisites: CH 271L and CH 401. Spring semester.
CH 403 Biochemistry II3
Metabolic pathways and biochemical energy conversions. Overview of gene transcription, translation, and cellular controls. Prerequisite: CH 401. Spring semester, odd years.
CH 403W Biochemistry II3
Metabolic pathways and biochemical energy conversions. Overview of gene transcription, translation, and cellular controls. Prerequisite: CH 401. Spring semester, odd years.
CH 421 Thermochemistry3
Kinetics, thermodynamics, liquids and solids, changes of state, phase diagrams. Prerequisites: CH 181, PS 153, and MA 172. Fall semester, even years.
CH 421W Thermochemistry3
Kinetics, thermodynamics, liquids and solids, changes of state, phase diagrams. Prerequisites: CH 181, PS 153 and MA 172.
CH 421L Thermochemistry Lab1
Energetic, kinetic and thermodynamic studies. Primary focus is on phase transitions, mixtures, and gases. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in CH 421W. Fall semester, even years.
CH 423 Quantum Chemistry3
Basic quantum mechanical theories, and its application to lasers, magnetism, molecular structure, and vibrational and electronic spectroscopy. Prerequisites: CH 181, PS 153 and MA 172. Spring semester, even years.
CH 423W Quantum Chemistry3
Basic quantum mechanical theories, and its application to lasers, magnetism, molecular structure, and vibrational and electronic spectroscopy. Prerequisites: CH 181, PS 153 and MA 172. Spring semester, even years.
CH 423L Quantum Chemistry Lab1
Infrared and electronic spectroscopy, laser spectroscopy and computer modeling of quantum chemistry problems. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in CH 423W. Spring semester, odd years.
CH 480 Field Studies1-4
See information on Directed Studies page.
CH 481 Chemistry Seminar1
Discussion of current chemical topics. Student presentations, guest lectures; attend local scientific meetings. Oral scientific presentation required. Fall semester.
CH 483 Chemistry Seminar1
Discussion of current chemical topics. Student presentations, guest lectures; attend local scientific meetings. Oral scientific presentation required. Spring semester.
CH 486 Readings1-4
See information on Directed Studies page.
CH 490 Internship1-4
CH 491 Independent Study1-4
See information on Directed Studies page.
CH 491L Independent Study1-4
See information on Directed Studies page.
CH 493 Literature Preparation for Research1
This course should be taken during the term preceding the one in which the student plans to carry out a research project. After selecting a research project with a faculty member, the student will perform a literature search and initiate ordering of any necessary chemical supplies and/or equipment needed to perform the research. By permission.
CH 494 Research in Chemistry2
Student pursuit of a laboratory problem of fundamental interest, under direct guidance of a faculty member. At the conclusion of the research, students will be required to submit their notebook for evaluation, write a paper and undertake one of the following: make a poster display, present a seminar on the research findings, or to create a computer web site of their research. By permission.
CH 495 Teaching Assistantship1-4
CH 496 Off-campus Research in Chemistry3-4
Students may perform a research project at an off-campus facility such as another university, an industry site or a national laboratory. Forty hours of research experience are expected to be completed for each semester-credit granted. Thus, 120 hours of research work must be performed in order to earn three credits. During the semester in which the student returns to campus, he or she will be evaluated based on faculty conversations with the student's field supervisor. The student will also be expected to write a paper, and to undertake one of the following: present a seminar on the research findings, create a poster display, or create a website on the research. This course can be taken only with prior faculty approval.
CH 496L Research in Chemistry1
Student pursuit of a laboratory problem of fundamental interest to chemistry. Students may complete the laboratory research on campus, under direct guidance of a faculty member or off campus at another university, an industry site or a national laboratory. By permission. Prerequisite: CH 315. Jan Term.
CH 497 Dissemination of Chemistry Research1
Research performed on campus or off-campus will be shared with others. Students are expected to complete a research paper and give a presentation to a conference audience. The course should be taken in the Spring semester after completion of chemistry research. By permission. Prerequisite: CH 496L. Spring semester.
Dean of Arts and Sciences

NOELLE WIERSMA

Chair

DEANNA OJENNUS

Professor

KAREN STEVENS

Associate professors

KERRY BRENODEANNA OJENNUS

Assistant professor

TRISHA RUSSELL