Guide to Academic Planning 2018-2019

Chemistry

The course of study in the Chemistry Department is designed to help students become effective scientists: creators of new knowledge, rather than just passive acceptors of information. Chemistry majors leave Hendrix prepared to begin technical careers or to continue on to the profession of chemistry through graduate study. Chemistry is a typical gateway major to the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, environmental science, and engineering. Courses and laboratories are designed to enable students to learn science by doing real science, including opportunities for team projects, independent learning, peer teaching, scientific writing, and hands-on laboratory activities without prescribed results. In keeping with this philosophy, all Chemistry majors are encouraged to engage in original laboratory research while at Hendrix.

Course Planning

  • CHEM 110 and 120 (or CHEM 150) should be taken in the first year, although these courses can be taken in the second year and still allow time to complete the major.
  • Calculus I and II should be completed during the first year, and Physics I and II during the second year under normal circumstances.
  • CHEM 240 and 250 are usually taken in the sophomore year.
  • CHEM 310 and 320 are usually taken in the junior year along with the ATEC laboratory (two afternoons per week, both semesters). Prerequisites are
    • CHEM 250 Organic Chemistry II
    • MATH 140 Calculus II and
    • General Physics II (PHYS 245 is recommended).
  • CHEM 440 is usually taken in the senior year.
  • One of the following courses is also required: 
         CHEM 330 Biological Chemistry 
         CHEM 350 Advanced Analytical Chemistry 
         CHEM 410 Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Chemistry majors must take CHEM 280 Environmental Analysis or BIOL 150 Cell Biology.
  • The Chemistry Senior Capstone is a two-part requirement in the fourth year:  a comprehensive standardized chemistry exam, and the composition and oral presentation of a literature-based research paper written under the direct supervision of a faculty member.

Pre-health science students will need more biology courses and should confer with their advisor or an appropriate faculty member for ideas on proper courses and their sequencing.

Four-Year Course Schedule for the Chemistry Major

A typical sequence of required courses for a four-year chemistry major appears below. A number of variations are possible. CHEM 280 may be taken any time after CHEM 120 or 150, but preferably no later than the third year; students who choose to take BIOL 150 instead should take it during the first two years.

Fall Spring
First Year CHEM 110 General Chemistry I
or
CHEM 150 Accelerated General Chem
MATH 130 Calculus I
CHEM 120 General Chemistry II
or
CHEM 280 Environmental Analysis (if student has completed CHEM 150)
MATH 140 Calculus II
Second Year  CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I
PHYS 210 General Physics I
or
PHYS 230 General Physics I (Calculus-based)
or
PHYS 235 General Physics I Workshop (recommended)
CHEM 250 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 280 Environmental Analysis
PHYS 220 General Physics II
or
PHYS 240 General Physics II (Calculus-based)
or
PHYS 245 General Physics II Workshop (recommended)
Third Year CHEM 310 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
with
CHEM ATC ATEC Laboratory
CHEM 330 Biological Chemistry
or
CHEM 350 Advanced Analytical Chemistry

or
CHEM 410 Advanced Physical Chemistry

CHEM 320 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics
with
CHEM ATC ATEC Laboratory
Fourth Year  CHEM 440 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 497 Chemistry Seminar
Senior Capstone Experience
CHEM 497 Chemistry Seminar
Senior Capstone Experience

Compressed Three-Year Course Schedule for  Chemistry Major

One possible sequence of required courses for a three-year chemistry major appears below. This sequence is common for students starting the major in their second year or interrupting their Hendrix studies to study abroad. Several variations are possible. CHEM 280 Environmental Analysis should be taken during the second or third year; students who choose to take BIOL 150 Cell Biology instead should take that sometime during the first two years.

Fall Spring
First Year  CHEM 110 General Chemistry I 
or 
CHEM 150 Accelerated General Chem
MATH 130 Calculus I
CHEM 120 General Chemistry II 
or 
CHEM 280 Environmental Analysis (if student has completed CHEM 150)
MATH 140 Calculus II
Second Year CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I
PHYS 210 General Physics I
or
PHYS 230 General Physics I (Calculus-based)
or
PHYS 235 General Physics I Workshop (recommended)
CHEM 250 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 280 Environmental Analysis
PHYS 220 General Physics II
or
PHYS 240 General Physics II (Calculus-based)
or
PHYS 245 General Physics II Workshop (recommended)
Third Year CHEM 310 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy 
with 
CHEM ATC ATEC Laboratory
CHEM 320 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics 
with 
CHEM ATC ATEC Laboratory
  CHEM 330 Biological Chemistry 
or 
CHEM 350 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
or
CHEM 410 Advanced Physical Chemistry
CHEM 440 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 497 Chemistry Seminar
Senior Capstone Experience
CHEM 497 Chemistry Seminar
Senior Capstone Experience

Four-Year Course Schedule for the American Chemical Society Certified Degree

A typical sequence of required courses for a four-year chemistry major certified by the American Chemical Society appears below. There is flexibility in the placement of some courses so a number of variations are possible.

Along with the required coursework laid out below, students must choose one additional advanced course:

  • CHEM 335 Advanced Biological Chemistry
  • CHEM 350 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 410 Advanced Physical Chemistry
  Fall Spring 
First Year CHEM 110 General Chemistry I
or
CHEM 150 Accelerated General Chemistry
MATH 130 Calculus I
CHEM 120 General Chemistry II
or
CHEM 280 Environmental Analysis (if student has completed CHEM 150)
MATH 140 Calculus II 
Second Year  CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I
PHYS 210 General Physics I
or
PHYS 230 General Physics I (Calculus-based)
or
PHYS 235 General Physics I Workshop (recommended) 
CHEM 250 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 280 Environmental Analysis
PHYS 220 General Physics II
or
PHYS 240 General Physics II (Calculus-based)
or
PHYS 245 General Physics II Workshop (recommended) 
Third Year  CHEM 310 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
with
CHEM ATC ATEC Laboratory
CHEM 330 Biological Chemistry 
CHEM 320 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics
with
CHEM ATC ATEC Laboratory 
Fourth Year  CHEM 440 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 497 Cheministry Seminar
Senior Capstone Experience 
CHEM 450 Directed Research
CHEM 497 Chemistry Seminar
Senior Capstone Experience