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B.S. in Chemistry
Minor in Chemistry (TU)

The chemistry program covers four general areas of chemistry: inorganic, organic, physical and analytical. The first half of a student’s chemistry curriculum involves courses which present the fundamentals of the various areas. The second half of the curriculum consists of advanced courses which cover specialized topics in chemistry. In addition to factual knowledge about chemistry, the student gains an understanding about the scientific method and a systematic approach to research. A large portion of the chemistry curriculum includes laboratory courses. These courses teach the techniques and skills used in chemical experimentation.

A student who has completed the Bachelor of Science program in chemistry has several career options. These options include technical or analytical work in a chemical laboratory and non-research positions in the chemical industry such as sales or marketing. Another option is to enter a graduate or professional school. Graduates interested in doing chemical research should pursue the Master of Science or Doctoral degrees. Those interested in professions such as medicine or dentistry would enter the appropriate professional school after receiving the Bachelor of Science degree. Lastly, the chemistry major is an excellent preparation for careers as diversified as patent law and teaching.

Students interested in pursuing careers in biomedical sciences and allied health studies (that is, those wishing to eventually attend schools of nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, clinical laboratory science, etc.), or those interested in medical school or other similar healthcare professional school (dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, etc.) should immediately familiarize themselves with Secs. and of the Oglethorpe University Bulletin, and should seek the specialized advising that is recommended in those sections.

Students interested in pursuing careers in scientific illustration with a physical science emphasis should immediately familiarize themselves with Sec. of the Oglethorpe University Bulletin, and should seek the specialized advising that is therein encouraged.

All introductory-level science (biology, chemistry, physics) lecture courses have mathematics prerequisites, and some also have mathematics co-requisites. Several of these introductory-level science courses are required for the Chemistry major and minor. While the mathematics prerequisites can be satisfied in a variety of ways, the most efficient way for most students is to take the mathematics placement examination no later than the start of a student’s first semester at Oglethorpe. The mathematics placement exam will diagnose if a student has sufficient mathematical acuity to exempt any (or all) of the mathematics prerequisites and, if not, will also diagnose an action plan for preparing the student to satisfy prerequisites in the shortest possible time. Please consult Sec. 5.4.1. and Sec. 5.4.2.of the Oglethorpe University Bulletin for additional information. Students who satisfy the relevant mathematics proficiency prerequisites their first semester at Oglethorpe are urged to register for science courses right away. Students needing additional math preparation must acquire the needed expertise in time to begin science courses in their sophomore year in order to graduate within four years. This urgency is particularly amplified given the fact that many science courses are not offered every year.

Please consult the University Bulletin for degree requirements.

The following is a sample of courses offered in Chemistry:

CHM 101, CHM 102. General Chemistry I, II 4 plus 4 hours
An introduction to the fundamental principles of chemistry, including a study of the theories of the structure of atoms and molecules and the nature of the chemical bond; the properties of gases, liquids, and solids; the rates and energetics of chemical reactions; the properties of solutions; chemical equilibria; electro-chemistry, and the chemical behavior of representative elements. Prerequisites: MAT 102 and MAT 103 with a grade of "C-" or higher in each course. Corequisites: CHM 101L and CHM 102L. A grade of "C-" or higher must be earned in CHM 101 before taking CHM 102.
CHM 101L, CHM 102L. General Chemistry Laboratory I, II 1 plus 1 hour
The laboratory course is designed to complement CHM 101 and CHM 102. Various laboratory techniques will be introduced. Experiments will demonstrate concepts covered in the lecture material. Corequisites: CHM 101 and CHM 102.

CHM 201, CHM 202. Organic Chemistry I, II 4 plus 4 hours
An introductory course in the principles and theories of organic chemistry. The structure, preparation, and reactions of various functional groups will be investigated. Emphasis will be on synthesis and reaction mechanisms. Prerequisites: CHM 101 and CHM 102 with a grade of "C-" or higher in each course. Corequisites: CHM 201L and CHM 202L. A grade of "C-" or higher must be earned in CHM 201 before taking CHM 202.
CHM 201L, CHM 202L. Organic Chemistry Laboratory I, II 1 plus 1 hour
The laboratory course is designed to complement CHM 201 and CHM 202. Various techniques, such as distillation, extraction, and purification, are studied in the first semester. The second semester involves synthesis and identification of a variety of organic compounds. Corequisites: CHM 201 and CHM 202.

CHM 301, CHM 302. Physical Chemistry I, II 4 plus 4 hours
A systematic study of the foundations of chemistry. Particular attention is paid to thermodynamics, including characterization of gases, liquids, solids, and solutions of electrolytes and nonelectrolytes; the First, Second, and Third Laws; spontaneity and equilibrium; phase diagrams and one- and two-component systems; electrochemistry; and an introduction to the kinetic theory and statistical mechanics. Additionally, both phenomenological and mechanistic kinetics are presented, as is a brief introduction to quantum mechanics. Prerequisites: MAT 233, CHM 202, and PHY 102 with a grade of "C-" or higher in each course.
CHM 301L, CHM 302L. Physical Chemistry Laboratory I, II 1 plus 1 hour
Intended to complement the physical chemistry lecture courses, these courses provide the student with an introduction to physico-chemical experimentation. Corequisite: CHM 301, 302.
CHM 310. Elementary Quantitative Analysis 4 hours
An introduction to elementary analytical chemistry, including gravimetric and volumetric methods. Emphasis is on the theory of analytical separations, solubility, complex, acid-base, and redox equilibria. Intended for both chemistry majors and those enrolled in pre-professional programs in other physical sciences and in the health sciences. Prerequisite: CHM 201 with a grade of "C-" or higher.
CHM 310L. Elementary Quantitative Analysis Laboratory 1 hour
Analyses are carried out in this course which illustrate the methods discussed in CHM 310. Corequisite: CHM 310.

CHM 422. Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis 4 hours
A discussion of the principles and applications of modern instrumentation used in analytical chemistry. Methods discussed are primarily non-optical, including an overview of electrochemistry; potentiometric methods, including use of pH and other ion meters; electrogravimetry; coulometry; polarography; amperometry; and gas- and liquid-chromatography. Course is offered on alternate years. Prerequisite: CHM 310 with a grade of "C-" or higher.
CHM 422L. Instrumental Methods Laboratory 1 hour
This laboratory accompanies CHM 422 and will consider the practical applications of modern instrumentation in analytical chemistry. Corequisite CHM 422.
CHM 424. Advanced Organic Chemistry 4 hours
A discussion of selected reactions and theories in organic chemistry. Emphasis is placed on reaction mechanisms and reactive intermediates encountered in organic synthesis. Prerequisite: CHM 202 with a grade of "C-" or higher.
CHM 424L. Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1 hour
Intended to complement Advanced Organic Chemistry, this course will investigate general reactions and mechanistic principles in organic synthesis. The study will require the multistep synthesis of various organic molecules. Corequisite: CHM 424
CHM 432. Inorganic Chemistry 4 hours
A study of the principles of modern inorganic chemistry, including atomic structure; molecular structure; ionic bonding; crystal structures of ionic solids, a systematic study of the behavior of inorganic anions; coordination chemistry, including structure and mechanisms of aqueous reactions; and acids and bases. Course is offered on alternate years. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHM 302.
CHM 432L. Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 1 hour
Intended to complement Inorganic Chemistry, this course provides experience in the methods of preparation and characterization of inorganic compounds. Corequisite: CHM 432.
CHM 434. Organic Spectroscopy 4 hours
A course dealing with several spectroscopic methods as applied to organic molecules. The principles and interpretation of ultra-violet, visible, infrared, mass, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectra will be studied. Course is offered on alternate years. Prerequisite: CHM 202 with a grade of "C-" or higher.
CHM 434L. Organic Spectroscopy Laboratory 1 hour
Students enrolled in this course use various spectrometers for qualitative and quantitative analysis. Corequisite: CHM 434.
CHM 490. Special Topics in Chemistry 1-5 hours
Advanced topics will be offered in the following fields: Organic Chemistry, Organic Qualitative Analysis, Biochemistry, Theoretical Chemistry, and Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
CHM 499. Independent Study in Chemistry 1-5 hours
This course is intended for students of senior standing who wish to do independent laboratory and/or theoretical investigations in chemistry. Prerequisite: Submission of a proposed outline of study that includes a schedule of meetings and assignments approved by the instructor, the division chair, and the Provost and Senior Vice President prior to registration.
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