Chemistry Department

Chemistry Department Courses

Facilities ATECThe 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.


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 (w/Lab) (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. Includes laboratory.

CHEM 110 General Chemistry I: Chemical Structure & Properties (w/Lab) (NS-L)

Theories of matter with emphasis on environmental applications. Laboratory includes separations and spectroscopy.

CHEM 120 General Chemistry II: Chemical Analysis & Reactivity (w/Lab)

Reactions and equilibria of environmental significance. Laboratory involves analysis of environmental samples. Prerequisite: CHEM 110.

CHEM 150 Accelerated General Chemistry (w/Lab) (NS-L)

Molecular structure and properties, chemical reactions, equilibria, kinetics, and thermodynamics. Appropriate for students with a strong background in chemistry. Students receiving credit for this course may not also receive credit in CHEM 110 and CHEM 120. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: Qualification by a standardized chemistry examination (AP 4 or higher, IB 5 or higher) previous chemistry experience with equivalent of ACT 30 or higher in mathematics, or consent of instructor.)

CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I (w/Lab)

The compounds of carbon with an emphasis on structure, nomenclature, and stereochemistry. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 120 or CHEM 150.

CHEM 250 Organic Chemistry II (w/Lab)

The compounds of carbon with an emphasis on reaction mechanisms and spectroscopy. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 240.

CHEM 280 Environmental Analysis (w/Lab) (NS-L)

Quantitative chemical analysis techniques and skills are developed and applied to the analysis of environmental systems.  Methods of sample collection, preparation and data analysis are learned in the classroom and in the laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 120 or CHEM 150.

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, and interactions of matter with electromagnetic radiation. Prerequisites: MATH 140, PHYS 220, 240 or 245, 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, 230, or 235, 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 (w/Lab)

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 350 Advanced Analytical Chemistry

Fundamental theory and practice of modern instrumental techniques, including atomic and molecular spectroscopic methods and spectral analysis.  Prerequisite: CHEM 240 and PHYS 220, 240, or 245, or consent of instructor.

CHEM 410 Advanced Physical Chemistry (w/Lab) (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 440 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

This course is a study of inorganic material with a focus on synthesis, molecular structure, and bonding.  Students expand their knowledge of symmetry, catalysis and solid state structures.  This course integrates material from the previous chemistry curriculum. Prerequisite: CHEM 310 or instructor permission.

CHEM 450 Directed Research [UR]

Independent laboratory research conducted across two semesters in conjunction with a specific faculty member whose approval is required prior to enrollment. A student receives one course credit after the two semesters of research. Research topics are selected on an individual basis. The results of the research are written as a final research report.  To receive Odyssey UR credit for this course students must present their results in a public forum.

CHEM 497 Chemistry: Senior 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.