Warren Wilson College Catalog 07-08

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Chemistry

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Faculty: John W. Brock, Victoria P. Collins (Chair), Dean C. Kahl

Chemistry is the central science. Chemistry touches every aspect of life, and chemists interact with biologists, physicists, and environmental and agricultural specialists. Warren Wilson College offers courses in all standard areas of chemistry: organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical, as well as applied courses in biochemistry and environmental chemistry. All Chemistry majors complete an original research project and present their results in public seminars.

A carefully planned major in Chemistry can prepare students for graduate school, medical, dental, pharmacy, or veterinary school, careers in sales or in secondary education, as well as a good job as a traditional "bench chemist.'' Chemists have always had excellent employment opportunities.

The Biochemistry concentration is suitable for students preparing for graduate programs in biochemical or biomedical fields, human or veterinary medicine, and all health areas. Opportunities for exciting careers in these areas should be abundant in the 21st century.

Major in Chemistry

Grades: All CHM courses require a grade of C- or better for credit toward the major.

Requirements:

A minimum of 57.5 credits as follows will qualify a student for a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry:

CHM 116 General Chemistry I
CHM 117 General Chemistry II
CHM 225 Organic Chemistry I
CHM 226 Organic Chemistry II
CHM 240 Inorganic Chemistry
CHM 321 Analytical Chemistry
CHM 331 Thermodynamics: Physical Chemistry I
CHM 332 Quantum Chemistry and Chemical Dynamics
CHM 333 Physio-Chemical Measurement
MAT 241 Calculus I
MAT 242 Calculus II
PHY 251 Physics I
PHY 252 Physics II
SCI 390 Research Design
SCI 486-489 Natural Sciences Seminar Research
SCI 491 or 492 Natural Sciences Seminar Attendance
SCI 493 Natural Sciences Research Communication

Students are strongly encouraged to take the following courses:

BIO 407 Biochemistry
CHM 450 Advanced Environmental Chemistry

See Sciences (SCI) listing for requirements for the National Science and Mathematics Seminars.

Honors Program: Graduation in Chemistry with honors is possible for qualified students. See description under Natural Sciences and Mathematics listings.

Chemistry with a Program in Secondary Education 9-12: In 2007-08 the current Teacher Education Program will be phased out. Beginning in the fall of 2008 we plan to offer an innovative licensure program, a high-quality model for teaching based on what makes Warren Wilson College a special place. Although still in planning stages, the program is expected to be a focused professional year completed in addition to a bachelor’s degree earned at Warren Wilson College or elsewhere. Please see page 78 for more information on plans for the new program. For further information, contact the Education Department.

Total Credit Hours for Program in Secondary Education K-12: A minimum of 22 credit hours in chemistry must be earned, with an additional 29 credit hours in physics, biology, math, and environmental studies. Licensure also requires professional education coursework, as below.

Concentration in Biochemistry

Requirements: a minimum of 70.5 credits as follows will qualify a student for a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry:

CHM 116 General Chemistry I
CHM 117 General Chemistry II
CHM 225 Organic Chemistry I
CHM 226 Organic Chemistry II
CHM 240 Inorganic Chemistry
CHM 321 Analytical Chemistry
CHM 331 Thermodynamics: Physical Chemistry I
CHM 333 Physio-Chemical Measurements
BIO 116 General Biology
BIO 208 Cell Biology
BIO 322 Genetics
BIO 347 Microbiology
BIO 407 Biochemistry
MAT 241 Calculus I
PHY 251 General Physics I
PHY 252 General Physics II
SCI 390 Research Design
SCI 486-489 Natural Sciences Seminar Research
SCI 491 or 492 Natural Sciences Seminar Attendance
SCI 493 Natural Sciences Research Communication

Minor in Chemistry

Requirements: a minimum of 23.5 credits as follows:

CHM 116 General Chemistry I
CHM 117 General Chemistry II
CHM 321 Analytical Chemistry
PHY 251 Physics I
SCI 390 Research Design
SCI 486-489 Natural Sciences Seminar Research
SCI 491 or 492 Natural Sciences Seminar Attendance
SCI 493 Natural Sciences Research Communication