Chemistry


Chemistry (CHM) Courses of Study

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3.2.04.1

Program Overview

The mission of the Warren Wilson College Department of Chemistry is to provide a high quality liberal arts education in Chemistry and Biochemistry promoting solid technical knowledge, reasoned discourse, creative thought, problem solving, and experiential learning framed within a triad of academics, service, and work.

This mission is accomplished with the following goals:

  1. To provide a supportive environment for students with convenient access to professors and peer tutors.
  2. To emphasize the connections between chemistry, biology, and environmental science.
  3. To encourage students to become life-long learners and scientifically responsible citizens.
  4. To promote creative collaborations and research between students, staff, and faculty.
  5. To maintain a collection of state-of-the-art instruments for use by chemistry students and faculty members as well as for use as a college-wide resource.
  6. To train and support students on the chemistry work crew, promoting a strong work ethic, professional demeanor, and safe laboratory practices.
  7. To promote collaborations between the department members and members of other academic departments.
  8. To provide service and outreach to various groups external to the College.
  9. To prepare students for meaningful careers as scientists, medical and health care professionals, and as science educators.
  10. To provide a productive and fulfilling environment for faculty and staff members.

The B.S. track in Chemistry or Biochemistry prepares students for graduate school, for medical, dental, pharmacy, or veterinary school, as well as for good jobs as a traditional “bench chemist.” The B.A. track in Chemistry is a suitable track for those students who have an interest in careers that emphasize teaching or technical work. It is also an excellent track for students who wish to double-major, or who desire flexibility for taking a wider-variety of liberal arts courses. The B.A. provides the knowledge-base to enter the workforce as an entry-level “bench chemist,” teach math or science at the secondary level or pursue post-graduate studies in the health sciences at the bachelors or masters level. The Biochemistry major 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 remain abundant in the future.


3.2.04.2

Major in Chemistry, B.A.

Grades: Students must pass courses with a grade of C- or better to count toward fulfillment of the major.

Requirements: Students must earn a minimum of 48 credit hours, as follows, to fulfill the major requirements.

  1. Core Requirements: all of the following courses (43 credit hours):
    1. CHM 116 General Chemistry I
    2. CHM 117 General Chemistry II
    3. CHM 225 Organic Chemistry I
    4. CHM 321 Quantitative Chemical Analysis
    5. CHM 331 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
    6. 	OR
    7. CHM 332 Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy
    8. MAT 241 Calculus I
    9. MAT 242 Calculus II
    10. PHY 251 Physics I
    11. PHY 252 Physics II
    12. SCI 390 Research Design
    13. SCI 486-489 Natural Science Research (minimum 2 credit hours)
    14. SCI 493 Communication: Natural Science Seminar
  2. Elective Credits: minimum of 5 credit hours from the following list:
    1. CHM 226 Organic Chemistry II
    2. CHM 331 Thermodynamics and Kinetics **
    3. 	OR
    4. CHM 332 Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy **
    5. CHM 333 Physical Chemistry Laboratory
    6. CHM 407 Biochemistry I
    7. ENS 431 Toxicology
    8. MAT 243 Multivariable Calculus *
    9. MAT 250 Linear Algebra *
    10. MAT 251 Differential Equations *
    11. Any physics (PHY) course, level 290 or above
    12. Select special topics courses in chemistry (400 level)

* Only one mathematics (MAT) course may be counted toward the elective credits requirement.

** CHM 331 Thermodynamics or Kinetics and CHM 332 Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy may be taken to fulfill the elective requirements only if not taken to fulfill the core requirements.


3.2.04.3

Major in Chemistry, B.S.

Grades: Students must pass courses with a grade of C- or better to count toward fulfillment of the major.

Requirements: Students must earn a minimum of 58 credit hours, as follows, to fulfill the major requirements.

  1. Core Requirements: all of the following courses (52 credit hours):
    1. CHM 116 General Chemistry I
    2. CHM 117 General Chemistry II
    3. CHM 225 Organic Chemistry I
    4. CHM 226 Organic Chemistry II
    5. CHM 321 Quantitative Chemical Analysis
    6. CHM 331 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
    7. CHM 332 Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy
    8. CHM 333 Physical Chemistry Laboratory
    9. MAT 241 Calculus I
    10. MAT 242 Calculus II
    11. PHY 251 Physics I
    12. PHY 252 Physics II
    13. SCI 390 Research Design
    14. SCI 486-489 Natural Science Research (minimum 2 credit hours)
    15. SCI 493 Communication: Natural Science Seminar
  2. Elective Credits: minimum of 6 credit hours from the following list:
    1. CHM 407 Biochemistry I
    2. MAT 243 Multivariable Calculus *
    3. MAT 250 Linear Algebra *
    4. MAT 251 Differential Equations *
    5. Any physics (PHY) course, level 290 or above
    6. Selected special topics courses in chemistry (400 level)

* Only one mathematics (MAT) course may be counted toward the elective credits requirement.


3.2.04.4 – Major in Biochemistry, B.S.

The Biochemistry Major follows the curriculum recommended by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, stressing critical thinking, teamwork, and ethics in addition to solid knowledge and skills in the biological and chemical sciences. This major includes all academic requirements for admission to medical schools, veterinary schools, and graduate schools as well as strong preparation for a professional career.

Grades: Students must pass courses at a grade of C- or better to count toward fulfillment of the major.

Requirements: Students must earn a minimum of 68 credit hours, as follows, to fulfill the major requirements in Biochemistry.

  1. Core Requirements: all of the following courses (60 credit hours):
    1. CHM 116 General Chemistry I
    2. CHM 117 General Chemistry II
    3. CHM 225 Organic Chemistry I
    4. CHM 226 Organic Chemistry II
    5. CHM 321 Quantitative Chemical Analysis
    6. CHM 331 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
    7. CHM 407 Biochemistry I *
    8. CHM 408 Biochemistry II
    9. CHM 409 Biochemistry Laboratory
    10. BIO 116 General Biology
    11. BIO 208 Cell Biology
    12. BIO 322 Genetics
    13. MAT 241 Calculus I
    14. PHY 251 Physics I
    15. SCI 390 Research Design
    16. SCI 486-489 Natural Science Research (minimum 2 credit hours)
    17. SCI 493 Natural Science Presentation
  2. Elective Credits: minimum of 8 credit hours from the following list:
    1. Any CHM or PHY 200-400 level course not listed above
    2. Any BIO 300 or 400 level course not listed above
    3. MAT 253 Statistics for Natural Sciences**
    4. 	OR
    5. MAT 242 Calculus II**
    6. ENS 431 Toxicology
    7. ENS 432 Epidemiology
    8. PSY 310 Biopsychology I
    9. PSY 324 Sensation and Perception
    10. PSY 325 Cognition

* Students must complete the core set of 100-200 level Chemistry and Biology courses with the exception of CHM 226 Organic Chemistry II before registering for CHM 407 Biochemistry I, or obtain the permission of the instructor to do so.

** Only one mathematics (MAT) course may be counted toward the elective credits requirement.


3.2.04.5

Honors Program

Graduation in Chemistry with honors is possible for qualified students. See description under “Honors Program Natural Sciences” (Section 3.2.08.2.2).


3.2.04.6

Minor in Chemistry

Grades: Students must pass courses at a grade of C- or better to count toward fulfillment of the minor.

Requirements: Students must earn a minimum of 27 credit hours, as follows, to fulfill the minor requirements:

  1. Core Requirements (23 minimum credit hours):
    1. CHM 116 General Chemistry I
    2. CHM 117 General Chemistry II
    3. CHM 225 Organic Chemistry I
    4. PHY 251 Physics I
    5. SCI 390 Research Design
    6. SCI 486-489 Natural Science Research (minimum 2 credit hours)
    7. SCI 493 Communication: Natural Science Seminar
  2. Elective Credits: 4 minimum credit hours from the following list:
    1. CHM 321 Quantitative Chemical Analysis
    2. CHM 407 Biochemistry I

Note: Biology and Psychology majors seeking a Minor in Chemistry are encouraged to take CHM 407 Biochemistry I. All other majors seeking a Minor in Chemistry are encouraged to take CHM 321 Quantitative Chemical Analysis. Permission of Department Chair is required for student enrollment in either course towards fulfillment of Minor requirements.