Get ready to look beneath the surface of all life, and experience the living machine at scales much too small to see with the naked eye. The biochemistry concentration provides students a chance to not only study living things, but to understand the chemistry of those organisms-the molecular compounds, substances and physiology that make them tick.
2013-2014 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions. Requirements for Departmental Major with Biochemistry Concentration
CHEM1101 Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM1102 Principles of Chemistry II
CHEM2101 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM2102 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM2104 Analytical Chemistry
CHEM2111 Biochemistry I
CHEM3105 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM3106 Physical Chemistry II
CHEM4160 Senior Seminar in Chemistry
MATH1111 Calculus I
MATH1112 Calculus II
PHIL2201 Existentialism and the Meaning of Life
PHYS2202 General Physics II (Calculus based)
Three electives: two selected from upperlevel chemistry courses; one selected from upper-level biology courses except CHEM3211, CHEM4178, CHEM4194-4195
Learning Goals + Outcomes
At the completion of the Chemistry degree, the student will have:
Working knowledge of the mole, stoichiometry, periodic table, atomic and molecular structure, introductory acid-base theory, and heat content.
Working knowledge of organic functional group interconversions and carbon-carbon bond formation in relation to synthesis, and basics of organic reaction mechanisms.
Working knowledge of laws of thermodynamics, kinetic-molecular theory of gases, phase transitions, basics of quantum mechanics and spectroscopy.
Working knowledge of chemical techniques including: solution preparation, thin layer and column chromatography, distillation, titration, melting point determination, chemical synthesis, spectroscopy.
Working knowledge of laboratory safety including: collection of data safely, safe disposal of chemicals, and good laboratory practice.
Working knowledge of experimental design, data and error analysis, methods of chemical analysis, computer technology used by chemists, and the types/uses of scientific search engines.