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Chemistry Major

Division of Natural Sciences

Earn your degree in chemistry at Bridgewater College. Build on an understanding of general principles to specialize in the different areas of chemistry. Perform research and present your findings. You have a world of opportunities waiting for you.

Chemistry Major

Consists of 53-54 credit hours including the following courses:

Principles of chemistry including stoichiometrystates of matter atomic and molecular structurechemical bonding periodicity energyrelationships and equilibria acid-basechemistry electrochemistry kineticssolubilitythermodynamics kinetic molecular theory ofgases and the systematic study of families ofelements. Three hours of lecture and onefour-hourlaboratory per week.Prerequisite MATH 110 MATH 115 or MATH 118General Education natural and physicalsciencesCredit may not be received for both CHEM 125 and161

Unit(s): 4

Principles of chemistry including stoichiometrystates of matter atomic and molecular structurechemical bonding periodicity energyrelationships and equilibria acid-basechemistryelectrochemistry kinetics solubilitythermodynamics kinetic molecular theory ofgasesand the systematic study of families of elements.Three hours of lecture and one four-hourlab per week.Prerequisites CHEM 161 or permission of theinstructorGeneral Education natural and physicalsciencesCredit may not be received for both CHEM 125 and161

Unit(s): 4

Structure nomenclature reaction mechanismssynthesis and identification of organicmolecules. Three hours of lecture and onefour-hour lab per week.Prerequisite CHEM 162 or permissionof the instructorCredit cannot be earned for both CHEM250 and 305

Unit(s): 4

A continuation of organic chemistry startedin CHEM 305 including a study of theinterpretation of infrared spectroscopy protonand carbon NMR UV-visible spectroscopy and massspectrometry. The lab will be an introduction tochemical research that includes research methodsand techniques through a series of experiments.Prerequisite CHEM 305Credit may not be received for both 306 and310 or for both CHEM-308 and CHEM-310

Unit(s): 5

Physical properties electronic structure andreactivity of transition metal compounds. Threehours of lecture and one four-hour lab per week.Prerequisite CHEM 306 or 310Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 4

Exposure to methods of quantitation signalto-noise enhancement instrumental design andfunction methods of spectroscopychromatographyelectroanalytical analysis and massspectrometry. Three hours of lecture and onefour-hour lab per week.Prerequisite CHEM 250 or 305Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 4

Thermodynamics equilibrium chemical structuresand reaction rates as applied to biologicalsystems and macromolecules. Three of lecture perweek.Prerequisites CHEM 306 or 310 MATH 130 or 131or permission of instructorAlternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Physical states of chemical systems-thermodynamics equilibria reactionrates electrochemistry and photochemistry- withlab examination of reactions in multicomponentsystems. Three hours of lecture and four hours oflab work per week.Prerequisites for CHEM 415 MATH 132 and PHYS222 or permission of instructor.Alternate years offered 2017-2018Credit may not be received for both CHEM 425 and427

Unit(s): 4

A year-long project in collaboration with a memberof the Chemistry faculty. One hour lecture and aminimum of eight hours of lab per week.Prerequisite Senior standing or permission of thedepartment (CHEM 451 is required for CHEM 452)

Unit(s): 2

A year-long project in collaboration with a memberof the Chemistry faculty. One hour lecture and aminimum of eight hours of lab per week.Prerequisite Senior standing or permission of thedepartment (CHEM 451 is required for CHEM 452)

Unit(s): 2

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An Honors Project is one in which a studentresearches a subject by examination of relevantliterature or by experimentation or both thestudent reports the results in an accuratelydocumented and well-written paper or appropriaterepresentation of the work. Whenever the studydeals with the subject of an established coursethe student is expected to go well beyond theusual work of the course in research and inassimilation of the results as revealed in thereport. Juniors and seniors with a cumulativegrade point average of 3.40 or above may registerfor an Honors Project. One desiring to pursue anHonors Project must submit a written descriptionof his or her proposed work to the chair of theappropriate department and to the Vice Presidentand Dean for Academic Affairs by the first day ofthe semester in which the study is to beconducted. At the conclusion of the HonorsProject the supervising professor files with theRegistrar a grade for the student and adescription of the work accomplished and withtheLibrary Director a copy of the written paper orappropriate representation of the work. It isthestudents responsibility to provide the materialsfor the library in compliance with specificationsapproved by the Council on Education. TheLibraryDirector arranges for binding and storage.

Unit(s): 3

Study of differential calculus of a singlevariable. Applications of the derivative are madeto curve sketching max-min problems and linearapproximation and IHopitals Rule. Alsoincludedare applications of the Intermediate ValueTheoremand Mean Value Theorem. Credit may not bereceivedfor both MATH 130 and 131.Prerequisites MATH 120 or satisfactoryperformance on placement test

Unit(s): 3

Study of integral calculus of a single variable.Included are techniques of integration andnumerical methods of integration. Applications ofthe integral are made to computing area volumearc length and selected topics.Prerequisite MATH 131

Unit(s): 3

During the first term Kinematics Newtons lawsof motion conservation laws rotational motionperiodic motion and fluid mechanics. During thesecond term Thermodynamics electricitymagnetism optics and modern physics. Acombination of lectures and learning by inquiryare employed. Computers are used for dataacquisition data analysis and mathematicalmodeling. Three hours in class one hour inrecitation and two hours in lab per week.Prerequisite MATH 130 or 132 or concurrentenrollment in MATH 131 132 respectively.

Unit(s): 4

During the first term Kinematics Newtons lawsof motion conservation laws rotational motionperiodic motion and fluid mechanics. During thesecond term Thermodynamics electricitymagnetism optics and modern physics. Acombination of lectures and learning by inquiryare employed. Computers are used for dataacquisition data analysis and mathematicalmodeling. Three hours in class one hour inrecitation and two hours in lab per week.Prerequisite MATH 130 or 132 or concurrentenrollment in MATH 131 132 respectively. PHYS221 is prerequisite to PHYS 222.General Education Natural & Physical Science

Unit(s): 4

One additional CHEM course selected from the following:

This course is an introduction to quantum theoryand statistical mechanics with an emphasis ontheir application to spectroscopy andthermodynamic properties. Students will beintroduced to and perform relevant calculations. The results of these calculations will then beused to introduce and develop the theory behindvarious spectroscopic techniques as well asdevelop the relationships between statisticalmechanics and thermodynamic properties. Studentswill also gain hands-on experience working withseveral spectroscopic instruments.Prerequisites CHEM-162 and
Differential and integral calculus for thestudentwho needs a working knowledge of the subjectbut does not plan to pursue more advanced studyin mathematics. Includes theory and applicationof limits derivatives and integrals.Prerequisite MATH 120 or satisfactoryperformance on placement testCredit may not be received for both MATH 130 andMATH 131

Unit(s): 3
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Study of integral calculus of a single variable.Included are techniques of integration andnumerical methods of integration. Applications ofthe integral are made to computing area volumearc length and selected topics.Prerequisite MATH 131

Unit(s): 3


Unit(s): 3

BIOL/
Introduction to the major biomolecular compoundclasses including carbohydrates proteinslipids and nucleic acids along with a survey ofenzyme kinetics and the overall regulation of keymetabolic pathways. Three lectures per week.Prerequisite CHEM-250 or CHEM-306310

Unit(s): 3

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BIOL/
Introduction to the major biomolecular compoundclasses including carbohydrates proteinslipids and nucleic acids along with a survey ofenzyme kinetics and the overall regulation of keymetabolic pathways. Three lectures and one labper week.Prerequisite CHEM-250 or CHEM-306310

Unit(s): 4

Molecular orbital theory reaction kinetics andorganic name reactions. Three hours of lectureper week.Prerequisite CHEM 306 or 310Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Designed to introduce students to the fundamentalprinciples and techniques of computationalchemistry. Approaches to be discussed includemolecular mechanics molecular dynamics anddensity functional theory among others.Discussion will focus on supporting notreplacing the work of traditional syntheticchemists and particular attention will be paidto the strengthslimitations of each techniquefor one or more specific purposes. Students willlearn to model molecular systems and tocritically analyze a potential energy surfaceidentifying local and global minima and thetransition states between them. The applicationof these tools in ligand design and drugdiscovery will be a key component.Prerequisites CHEM 306 or 310Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Atomic structure and chemical bonding basedon applications of Schroedingers Equation tostructures of chemical interest. Three hours oflecture per week.Prerequisite CHEM 425 or 427 or permission ofthe instructorAlternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

CHEM/
A continuation of the topics covered inBiochemistry I with special attention paid tothe classic chemical reactions at work inbiological systems. The intersection ofbiochemical principles with such applications asdrug discovery and computational modeling will beemphasized as a mechanism for understanding thefundamental relationship between structure andfunction. Three lectures per week.Prerequisite BIOL
Introduction to the major biomolecular compoundclasses including carbohydrates proteinslipids and nucleic acids along with a survey ofenzyme kinetics and the overall regulation of keymetabolic pathways. Three lectures per week.Prerequisite CHEM-250 or CHEM-306310

Unit(s): 3
or 356

Unit(s): 3

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 chemistry degree?

Like our recent graduates, you might enter graduate schools such as:

  • Boston University
  • George Mason University
  • Georgetown University
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Shenandoah University
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Virginia
  • West Virginia University

Or pursue a career in:

  • Environmental protection
  • Field analysis
  • Government
  • Higher education
  • Industry
  • Law
  • Secondary education
  • Technical writing and editing
  • Water and wastewater studies

Learn more about career paths, employment and advancement in the field of chemistry from the American Chemical Society.

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Questions? Contact us!

Dr. Kenneth Overway Department Chair
540-828-5727
koverway@bridgewater.edu