The Hendrix College Chemistry Department offers foundation and specialty courses that prepare students for many different professional paths. The curriculum provides core courses not only for students seeking Chemistry degrees but also for those majoring in Biochemistry / Molecular Biology, Chemical Physics, and Environmental Studies-Chemistry Emphasis. Laboratory experiences range from our novel, green, experiments in General and Organic Chemistry, to the advanced laboratory experience, Advanced Techniques in Experimental Chemistry (ATEC), a two-semester twice per week integrated lab experience that draws upon aspects of Physical, Advanced Inorganic, and Advanced Analytical Chemistry, and culminate in undergraduate research experiences available for all graduates. Instrumentation is an important component of the laboratories and hands-on experience is a crucial part of upper-level and research laboratories.
Requirements for the Chemistry major and minor as well as the other majors listed can be found in the Hendrix Catalog.
Chemistry Department Courses
CHEM 100 Concepts of Chemistry (NS)
The theories, models, structures, and reactions of modern chemistry are introduced to the non-science major. Historical antecedents in the development of current concepts of matter are explored. Mathematical problem-solving in a chemistry context is included.
CHEM 101 Chemistry of the Environment (NS-L)
Environmental issues are used as a basis to introduce the theories, models, structures, and reactions of modern chemistry to the non-science major. The states of matter are studied in the contexts of air pollution, ozone depletion, global warming, acid rain, and energy sources and consumption. Mathematical problem solving in a chemical context is included.
CHEM 110 General Chemistry I: Chemical Structure & Properties (NS-L)
Theories of matter with emphasis on environmental applications. Laboratory includes separations and spectroscopy.
CHEM 120 General Chemistry II: Chemical Analysis & Reactivity
Reactions and equilibria of environmental significance. Laboratory involves analysis of environmental samples. Prerequisite: CHEM 110.
CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I
The compounds of carbon with an emphasis on structure, nomenclature, and stereochemistry. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 120.
CHEM 250 Organic Chemistry II
The compounds of carbon with an emphasis on reaction mechanisms and spectroscopy. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 240.
CHEM 280 Environmental Analysis (NS-L, CW)
Study of environmental chemistry will be united with the practical analytical methods necessary to understand and analyze environmental systems. Chemical cycles of the atmosphere, soil, and water will be studied in class while effective sampling, preparation, and modern analysis methods are learned in the laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 240 or consent of instructor. Cross-listed as EVST 280.
CHEM 310 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy (W2)
Application of physical principles and mathematical descriptions to chemical systems: quantum theory, atomic structure, molecular structure and bonding, interactions of matter with electromagnetic radiation. Prerequisites: MATH 140, PHYS 220 or 240, and CHEM 250 or consent of instructor. Corequisite: CHEM ATC.
CHEM 320 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics
Application of physical principles and mathematical descriptions to chemical systems: chemical and statistical thermodynamics, chemical kinetics and dynamics.Prerequisites: MATH 140, PHYS 210 or 230, and CHEM 250 or consent of instructor. Corequisite: Students taking CHEM 320 after CHEM 310 must take CHEM ATC lab. Students taking CHEM 320 but not CHEM 310 must take CHEM 320L.
CHEM 330 Biological Chemistry
Fundamental biochemistry with emphasis on cellular constituents and molecular structure and function. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 250.
CHEM 335 Advanced Biological Chemistry
Advanced Biological Chemistry will demonstrate how biomolecules interact with one another through various metabolic pathways. The course will cover metabolism of carbohydrates, fatty acids, amino acids and nucleotides, metabolic integration of major biochemical pathways, and hormones and signal transduction. Prerequisite: CHEM 330.
CHEM 340 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
The elements and the periodic table with emphasis on modern structural theory.Prerequisite: CHEM 310.
CHEM 350 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Theory and practice of modern instrumental techniques, including chromatographic, spectroscopic and electroanalytical methods, sample handling, and organic structural analysis. Prerequisite: CHEM 240 and PHYS 220 or 240, or consent of instructor.
CHEM 410 Advanced Physical Chemistry (NS-L, QS, W2)
Cross-listed as PHYS 315 Modern Physics. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 320.
CHEM 430 Integrated Biochemical Topics
Current topics in biochemistry, biochemical reactions and mechanisms, and macromolecular structure and function will be discussed. Prerequisite: CHEM 330.
CHEM 450 Directed Research [UR]
Independent laboratory research conducted in conjunction with a specific faculty member. Research topics are selected on an individual basis. The results of the research are typically presented at a national scientific meeting in the spring and a final research report is written.
CHEM 497 Seminar
No credit. Seminars by invited speakers, students, and faculty. Prerequisite: senior standing.
CHEM ATC Advanced Techniques in Experimental Chemistry (ATEC Lab)
No Credit. Unified laboratory experience combining physical, inorganic, and analytical chemistry techniques, including data analysis and computational modeling. Corequisite: CHEM 310 or 320.