“The chemistry department has terrific faculty members who not only teach but also care about the students. The labs, research and challenging courses have given me great hands-on experience and preparation for graduate school. I am very fortunate to be part of this learning environment at Bridgewater College." - Andrew Veenis, Class of 2014
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“The chemistry major allows you experiment and manipulate elements that most people will never be exposed to in their life time. Classes such as Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Computational Chemistry not only solidify the fundamentals of chemistry, but also provide an explanation for all the reactions and phenomena that occur in nature." - Miesca McFarland, Class of 2015
Principles of chemistry including stoichiometry states of matter atomic and molecular structure chemical bonding periodicity energy relationships and equilibria acid-base chemistry electrochemistry kinetics solubility thermodynamics kinetic molecular theory of gases and the systematic study of families of elements. Three hours of lecture and one four-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite MATH 110 MATH 115 or MATH 118 General Education natural and physical sciences Credit may not be received for both CHEM 125 and 161
Principles of chemistry including stoichiometry states of matter atomic and molecular structure chemical bonding periodicity energy relationships and equilibria acid-base chemistry electrochemistry kinetics solubility thermodynamics kinetic molecular theory of gases and the systematic study of families of elements. Three hours of lecture and one four-hour lab per week. Prerequisites CHEM 161 or permission of the instructor General Education natural and physical sciences Credit may not be received for both CHEM 125 and 161
Structure nomenclature reaction mechanisms synthesis and identification of organic molecules. Three hours of lecture and one four-hour lab per week. Prerequisite CHEM 162 or permission of the instructor Credit cannot be earned for both CHEM 250 and 305
A continuation of organic chemistry started in CHEM 305 including a study of the interpretation of infrared spectroscopy proton and carbon NMR UV-visible spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. The lab will be an introduction to chemical research that includes research methods and techniques through a series of experiments. Prerequisite CHEM 305 Credit may not be received for both 306 and 310 or for both CHEM-308 and CHEM-310
The chemistry and quantitative aspects of environmentally important cycles (C N O P S) in the context of the atmosphere hydrosphere and lithosphere. Major environmental issues will be discussed such as acid rain sewage treatment ozone destruction anthropogenic climate change air pollution and eutrophication. Laboratories will involve sampling quantitative detection and data analysis. Three hours of lecture and one four-hour lab per week. Prerequisites CHEM 162 Credit may not be received for both CHEM-120 and ENVRCHEM-320
Physical properties electronic structure and reactivity of transition metal compounds. Three hours of lecture and one four-hour lab per week. Prerequisite CHEM 306 or 310 Alternate years offered 2016-2017
Exposure to methods of quantitation signalto- noise enhancement instrumental design and function methods of spectroscopy chromatography electroanalytical analysis and mass spectrometry. Three hours of lecture and one four-hour lab per week. Prerequisite CHEM 250 or 305 Alternate years offered 2016-2017
Thermodynamics equilibrium chemical structures and reaction rates as applied to biological systems and macromolecules. Three of lecture per week. Prerequisites CHEM 306 or 310 MATH 130 or 131 or permission of instructor Alternate years offered 2017-2018
Introduction to the major biomolecular compound classes including carbohydrates proteins lipids and nucleic acids along with a survey of enzyme kinetics and the overall regulation of key metabolic pathways. Three lectures per week. Prerequisite
Overview of the functional groups and reactivity of organic molecules using biological examples. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour lab per week. Prerequisites CHEM 125 or 162 Credit may not be received for both CHEM 250 and 305
Differential and integral calculus for the student who needs a working knowledge of the subject but does not plan to pursue more advanced study in mathematics. Includes theory and application of limits derivatives and integrals. Prerequisite MATH 120 or satisfactory performance on placement test Credit may not be received for both MATH 130 and MATH 131
Study of differential calculus of a single variable. Applications of the derivative are made to curve sketching max-min problems and linear approximation and IHopitals Rule. Also included are applications of the Intermediate Value Theorem and Mean Value Theorem. Credit may not be received for both MATH 130 and 131. Prerequisites MATH 120 or satisfactory performance on placement test
Basic descriptive statistics probability hypothesis testing correlation and regression. Statistical computer software is used to analyze data. Prerequisites MATH 118 MATH 110 MATH 115 or satisfactory performance on placement test
Activities and Clubs
Conduct independent research projects like these under the supervision of faculty:
“Hydroformylation of Alkenes with Iron Catalysts”
“A Study of the Leaching of Bisphenol A”
“A Study of Suspect Drug Components in Bacterial Growth”
“Graywater Recycling Using a Biological Treatment System”
“Caution! The Danger of Heating Before Eating”
And as a senior, present your research at the undergraduate research symposium sponsored by the Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society.
Network with your fellow students and faculty as part of the Chemistry Club.
Careers and Graduate Schools
What can you do with your applied chemistry degree?
Like our recent graduates, you might enter graduate schools such as: