Chemistry

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 students to do the following:

  • 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.
  • Understand the connections between students' faith and/or worldview and the theory and practice of chemistry, ethical decision-making and vocation.

Courses

CH 101 Introduction to Chemistry3
Introduction to the fundamental concepts in Chemistry for nursing majors, select allied health fields, and those who have not previously taken a Chemistry course. 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. Lab fee.
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. Lab fee.
CH 104 Prep Course for History of Chemistry and Art Study Program in Europe1
Preparatory course for students accepted to the History of Chemistry and Art Study Abroad course. Students will study chemical theory, learn about art history, and ties between chemistry and art. Students will also examine the culture of the European countries to be visited.
CH 105 Chemistry History and Art in Europe3
This course will examine how chemical ideas have developed over time, how social, cultural and historical factors have influenced the development of science and chemistry and conversely, how chemistry and science have contributed to society and human culture. The course traces the historical development of chemistry from ancient to modern times on site in London, Paris, and Munich. Students will "meet" the chemists, read from their original writings, and see where they lived and what they created. Periodic offering.
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. Also listed as ENS 112. 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. Also listed as ENS 113. 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. Also listed as ENS 122. 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. One year of high school chemistry recommended. Passing score on placement test and demonstrated mathematics proficiency required. Students without this prerequisite must take CH 101 before electing CH 161. Fall and spring semesters.
CH 161H General Chemistry I Honors3
Foundational course in chemistry. CHEM 161H differs from the regular CHEM 161 offering in its small class size, its emphasis on active, collaborative, and problem-based learning, and a more rigorous, process-oriented approach. The dominant theme of the course is the connection between the molecular-level attributes of matter (elemental composition, atomic structure and electronic configurations, bonding, molecular structure and intermolecular forces) and the observable physical and chemical properties of individual substances as applied in the real world. One year of high school chemistry recommended and math proficiency required. Fall semester.
CH 161L General Chemistry I Lab1
Basic laboratory techniques, simple synthesis, titration, qualitative analysis. Prerequisite: CH 161, CH 161H, or concurrent enrollment. Fall and spring semesters. Lab fee.
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 161H. Fall and spring semesters.
CH 181L General Chemistry II Lab1
Titrations, equilibrium constant determination, reaction kinetics, electrochemical studies. Prerequisites: CH 161L and concurrent enrollment in CH 181. Fall and spring semesters. Lab fee.
CH 271 Organic Chemistry I3
Detailed treatment of basic organic chemistry concepts. Nomenclature, conformational and structural analysis, basic reaction mechanisms. Prerequisite: CH 181. Fall and Spring semesters.
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 and spring semesters. Lab fee.
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. Lab fee.
CH 304 Prep Course for History of Chemistry and Art Study Program in Europe1
Preparatory course for students accepted to the History of Chemistry and Art Study Abroad course. Students will study chemical theory, learn about art history, and ties between chemistry and art, in addition to doing an in-depth literature research review of a historical chemist. Students will also examine the culture of the European countries to be visited.
CH 305 Chemistry History and Art in Europe3
This course will examine how chemical ideas have developed over time, how social, cultural and historical factors have influenced the development of science and chemistry and conversely, how chemistry and science have contributed to society and human culture. The course traces the historical development of chemistry from ancient to modern times on site in London, Paris, and Munich. Students will "meet" the chemists, read from their original writings, and see where they lived and what they created. Periodic offering.
CH 310 Chemical Entrepreneurs3
This class will examine in detail the role a chemist plays in bringing products to market, and how Chemistry interfaces with the many facets of modern companies. Be your own boss and explore your entrepreneurial instincts as you and your team "startup" your own company and design a "virtual" chemistry-based product, modelling it by computer. Actual synthesis/building of the product will not be required. Prerequisite: CH 271. Also listed as CH 310W. Periodic offering.
CH 315 Chemical Literature1
An examination of current scientific literature and writing in chemistry. Students will gain skills in searching, reading and analysis of chemical literature. Students will practice writing using conventions found in chemistry. Prerequisite: CH 278. Fall and spring semesters.
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 331 Environmental Chemistry3
Study of the environment from a systems approach. Includes study of the hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), and geosphere (earth) and interactions with the anthrosphere (humans). Prerequisites: CH 271. Also listed as ENS 331.
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). Also listed as CH 335W. Fall and spring semesters, even years.
CH 335L Analytical Chemistry Lab1
Statistical analysis of data, separation techniques, use of instrumentation in solving analytical problems. Corequisite: concurrent enrollment in CH 335 or 335W. Fall and spring semesters, even years. Lab fee.
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. Also listed as CH 336W. Fall semester, even years.
CH 336L Spectroscopic Analysis Lab1
Use of instrumentation in solving analytical problems. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in CH 336 or CH 336W. Fall semester, even years. Lab fee.
CH 351 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. Also listed as CH 351W. Fall semester, odd years.
CH 351L Inorganic Chemistry Lab1
Approaches to synthesis of inorganic compounds. Corequisite: concurrent enrollment in CH 351 or CH 351W. Fall semester, odd years. Lab fee.
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 390H Honors Internship1-4
CH 391H Honors Independent Study1-4
CH 392H Honors Study Abroad1-12
This course enables honors students who participate in regular study abroad programs to receive honors credit toward their program. This course concentrates on cultural competency and reflections on critical moments in their study abroad experiences. Letter-graded.
CH 394L Chemistry Research0
Research in chemistry, first semester. By permission.
CH 401 Biochemistry I3
Structure and function of major classes of biomolecules. Overview of enzyme catalysis and kinetics. Prerequisites: CH 271 and CH 278. Also listed as CH 401W. 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. Lab fee.
CH 403 Biochemistry II3
Metabolic pathways and biochemical energy conversions. Overview of gene transcription, translation, and cellular controls. Prerequisite: CH 401. Also listed as CH 403W. Spring semester.
CH 421 Thermochemistry3
Kinetics, thermodynamics, liquids and solids, changes of state, phase diagrams. Prerequisites: CH 181, PS 153, and MA 172. Also listed as CH 421W. Fall and spring semesters, odd years.
CH 421L Thermochemistry Lab1
Energetic, kinetic and thermodynamic studies. Primary focus is on phase transitions, mixtures, and gases. Corequisite: concurrent enrollment in CH 421 or CH 421W. Fall and spring semesters, odd years. Lab fee.
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. Also listed as CH 423W. Spring semester, even years.
CH 423L Quantum Chemistry Lab1
Infrared and electronic spectroscopy, laser spectroscopy and computer modeling of quantum chemistry problems. Corequisite: concurrent enrollment in CH 423 or CH 423W. Spring semesters, even years. Lab fee.
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 488L Chemistry Research1
Student pursuit of a laboratory problem of fundamental interest to chemistry. By permission. Prerequisite: CH 315. Jan Term.
CH 490H Internship1-4
CH 491H Honors Independent Study1-4
CH 494L Chemistry Research1
Research in chemistry, second semester, or for students completing research off campus at another university, an industry site or a national laboratory. By permission.
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 494L or CH 488L. Spring semester.

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

One of the following:3
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry I Honors
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 315Chemical 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.)

Chemistry Core for B.S. Requirements (37)

One of the following3
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry I Honors
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 315Chemical Literature1
CH 494LChemistry Research1
or CH 488L Chemistry Research
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
Complete one writing-intensive course
For teacher certification, the following additional courses are required:
Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)
Science in Secondary School (2)
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Lab (4)
All endorsements subject to change; see School of Education for updated requirements.

General Track for Chemistry, B.S. (65)

Core Requirements37
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
One of the following:4
Calculus III
General Physics III

Biochemistry Track for Chemistry, B.S. (66-68)

Core Requirements37
CH 401Biochemistry I3
CH 401LBiochemistry I Lab1
CH 403Biochemistry II3
CH 421Thermochemistry3
CH 421LThermochemistry Lab1
Two of the following 7-8
Analytical Chemistry (plus lab)
Spectroscopic Analysis (plus lab)
Inorganic Chemistry (plus lab)
Quantum Chemistry (plus lab)
Note: CH-396 courses will apply toward this requirement. See advisor for details.
BI 140General Biology I: Genes, Cells and Evolution4
BI 141General Biology II: Organismal Biology4
One of the following3-4
Developmental Biology
Genetics
Molecular Genetics
Neurophysiology
Cell Physiology
Microbial Physiology

Physical Chemistry Track for Chemistry, B.S. (66-69)

Core requirements37
CH 421Thermochemistry3
CH 421LThermochemistry Lab1
CH 423Quantum Chemistry3
CH 423LQuantum Chemistry Lab1
Two of the following7-8
Analytical Chemistry (plus lab)
Spectroscopic Analysis (plus lab)
Inorganic Chemistry (plus lab)
Note: CH-396 courses will apply toward this requirement. See advisor for details.
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 161H General Chemistry I Honors
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 161H General Chemistry I Honors
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 161H General Chemistry I Honors
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).

Interdisciplinary Courses

STEM 115 Preparing for a STEM Career1
Students will learn about the type of scientific work they would enjoy, explore scientific careers, hear guest speakers, and understand the preparation necessary at the undergraduate level in order to succeed in their chosen career. Spring semesters. Recommended standing: Freshman.
STEM 151 Seminar for Health Professions1
A seminar to introduce students to the pre-health fields. Visiting speakers will represent medical, dental and veterinary fields. Course will also cover specifics of courses, majors, and other issues related to pre-health fields. Spring semester.
STEM 351 Preparatory Seminar: Health Professions1
A cross-disciplinary course focusing on synthesis of general biology, general chemistry, general physics, organic chemistry, physiology, NMR and IR spectroscopy. Strategic course for learning to apply introductory science/math knowledge to questions involving higher-order content. Intended for students planning to take the Medical College Admissions Test, Dental Aptitude Test, or veterinary-school entrance exams. Intended primarily for students in their junior or senior year. Students will prepare for health professions both in terms of the entrance exams and by researching each school's focus and prerequisites. Prerequisites: BI 140, BI 141, CH 161, CH 181, CH 271, CH 278, PS 151, and PS 153.
Dean of Arts and Sciences

NOELLE WIERSMA

Chair

DEANNA OJENNUS

Professor

KAREN STEVENS

Associate professors

KERRY BRENODEANNA OJENNUS

Assistant professors

WILLIAM NTOWTRISHA RUSSELL