Guide to Academic Planning 2017-2018

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.

Major

Requirements for the major are:

  • CHEM 110 General Chemistry I: Chemical Structure and Properties and CHEM 120 General Chemistry II: Chemical Analysis and Reactivity or CHEM 150 Accelerated General Chemistry
  • CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 250 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 280 Environmental Analysis or BIOL 150 Cell Biology
  • CHEM 310 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
  • CHEM 320 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics
  • CHEM 340 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • One course from
    • CHEM 330 Biological Chemistry
    • CHEM 350 Advanced Analytical Chemistry, or CHEM 410 Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM ATC Advanced Techniques in Experimental Chemistry (two semesters)
  • CHEM 497 Seminar (two semesters)
  • MATH 130 and 140 Calculus I and II
  • One course from
    • PHYS 210 General Physics I
    • PHYS 230 General Physics I (Calculus‐based) (recommended)
    • PHYS 235 General Physics I (Workshop) (recommended)
  • One course from
    • PHYS 220 General Physics II
    • PHYS 240 General Physics II (Calculus based) (recommended)
    • PHYS 245 General Physics II (Workshop) (recommended)

Requirements for the American Chemical Society Certified Degree in Chemistry

Requirements for the Chemistry Major as well as

  • CHEM 280 Environmental Analysis
  • CHEM 330 Biological Chemistry
  • CHEM 450 Directed Research
  • One additional course from
    • CHEM 335 Advanced Biological Chemistry
    • CHEM 350 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
    • CHEM 410 Advanced Physical Chemistry

Minor

Requirements for the Chemistry minor are 6 courses distributed as follows:

  • CHEM 110 and 120 General Chemistry I and II OR CHEM 150 Accelerated General Chemistry
  • CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I
  • Additional courses in Chemistry numbered above 240 for a total of 6 Chemistry courses.

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 240 or 245 is recommended over PHYS 220).
  • CHEM 340 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.

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 (w/Lab)
CHEM 120 General Chemistry II
or
CHEM 280 Environmental Analysis
  MATH 130 Calculus I MATH 140 Calculus II
Second Year  CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I (w/Lab) CHEM 250 Organic Chemistry II (w/Lab)
  PHYS 210 General Physics I
or
PHYS 230 General Physics I (Calculus-based) (recommended)
or
PHYS 235 General Physics I Workshop (recommended)
PHYS 220 General Physics II
or
PHYS 240 General Physics II (Calculus-based) (recommended)
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
 
Fourth Year  CHEM 340 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry CHEM 497 Chemistry Seminar
  CHEM 497 Chemistry Seminar  

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. A number of 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 (w/Lab)
CHEM 120 General Chemistry II 
or 
CHEM 280 Environmental Analysis
  MATH 130 Calculus I MATH 140 Calculus II
Second Year CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I (w/Lab) CHEM 250 Organic Chemistry II (w/Lab)
  PHYS 210 General Physics I 
or 
PHYS 230 General Physics I (Calculus-based) (recommended) 
or 
PHYS 235 General Physics I Workshop (recommended)
PHYS 220 General Physics II 
or 
PHYS 240 General Physics II (Calculus-based) (recommended) 
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
 CHEM 497 Chemistry Seminar
  CHEM 340 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
 
  CHEM 497 Chemistry Seminar  

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 Chem (w/Lab)
CHEM 120 General Chemistry II
or
CHEM 280 Environmental Analysis
  MATH 130 Calculus I MATH 140 Calculus II
Second Year  CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I (w/Lab) CHEM 250 Organic Chemistry II (w/Lab)
  PHYS 210 General Physics I
or
PHYS 230 General Physics I (Calculus-based) (recommended)
or
PHYS 235 General Physics I Workshop (recommended)
PHYS 220 General Physics II
or
PHYS 240 General Physics II (Calculus-based) (recommended)
or
PHYS 245 General Physics II Workshop (Recommended)
  CHEM 280 Environmental Analysis
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    
Fourth Year  CHEM 340 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry CHEM 497 Chemistry Seminar
  CHEM 497 Chemistry Seminar CHEM 450 Directed Research

Senior Capstone Experience

The Senior Capstone Experience is intended to consolidate the student’s development into an effective scientist through integration of chemistry knowledge and practice in finding, evaluating, and synthesizing information into new understanding. The Chemistry Capstone consists of two parts. The first part is a comprehensive standardized chemistry exam. The second part is the composition of a literature-based research paper written under the direction of a faculty member, and delivery of an oral presentation based on that paper. The grade for the Senior Capstone Experience is the average of grades based on the two parts of the experience.