Chemistry & Biochemistry

Shinquin Program in Chemistry and Biochemistry

Professors Mary Hoppe, and Michael McGinnis; Associate Professors Joseph Rizzolo, Natalia Blank, Seth Frisbie and Ethan Guth; Assistant Professor Thomas Shell; Lecturers Richard Milius (Chair), Amy Hoeltge, Anthony Rutkowski and Page Spiess

Majors:

Mission:

Within the mission of Norwich University and the College of Science and Mathematics, the mission of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department is to offer laboratory-intensive courses that provide an understanding of the chemical and biochemical aspects of the physical environment and to prepare students majoring in the discipline for careers in chemistry  and biochemistry related fields as well as for further educational opportunities.

The progress of all students majoring in chemistry and biochemistry will be evaluated by the department at the end of the first and second years. Students receiving an unsatisfactory evaluation will be requested to change majors.

Goals:
  • Graduates will have a good understanding and broad knowledge of chemistry in all five areas of the discipline: analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical.
  • Graduates will be capable of performing independently and competently in the laboratory.
  • Graduates will be prepared for successful employment in a profession employing chemistry and will be prepared for graduate or professional school.

Outcomes:
  • Chemistry and biochemistry majors will complete the ETS standardized chemistry major field exam and score on average in the 50th percentile or above.
  • Chemistry and biochemistry majors will develop the ability to read the primary literature; to follow procedures found in the literature; to perform a variety of modern laboratory techniques and produce quality results, and to communicate results orally and in writing.
  • Ninety percent of graduates who wish to pursue graduate or professional education will be accepted into programs; 100% of graduates desiring employment or commissioning directly from the undergraduate programs will be employed or commissioned within six months of graduation.

Careers for these Majors:

A degree in chemistry or biochemistry serves as an excellent foundation for careers both in and out of science. It can be of particular benefit to students interested in pursuing any of the following careers:

  • Agricultural Chemist
  • Air Pollution Monitor
  • Bio-Analyst or DNA Analyst
  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Biostatistician
  • Brewmaster
  • Clinical Chemist
  • Crime Lab Assistant, Forensic Chemist,
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Epidemiologist
  • Food and Drug Inspector, Food Safety Auditor
  • Food Chemist or Food Scientist
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist
  • Patent Agent
  • Pest Control Technician
  • Petroleum Chemist
  • Pharmaceutical Chemist
  • Pharmacist, Pharmacologist
  • Quality Control Specialist
  • Regulatory Affairs Specialist
  • Research Assistant
  • Sales Representative
  • Science Teacher, University Professor
  • Toxicologist
  • Water Purification Chemist or Water Quality Analyst

B.S. in Biochemistry Curriculum Map 2017-2018 Catalog

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Freshman
FallCr.SpringCr.
CH 103 General Chemistry I (General Education Lab Science)4CH 104 General Chemistry II (General Education Lab Science)4
BI 101 Principles of Biology I4BI 102 Principles of Biology II4
EN 101 Composition and Literature I3EN 102 Composition and Literature II3
MA 107 Precalculus Mathematics14-3MA 121 Calculus I (General Education Math)4
Semester Total Credits15-14Semester Total Credits15
Sophomore
FallCr.SpringCr.
CH 214 Communication in Chemistry (or in 3rd year)1-0CH 226 Organic Chemistry II4
CH 225 Organic Chemistry I4EN 202 World Literature II3
BI 303 Genetics4MA 122 Calculus II (General Education Math)4
EN 201 World Literature I (General Education Literature)33PS 202 General Physics II24
PS 201 General Physics I24 
Semester Total Credits16-15Semester Total Credits15
Junior
FallCr.SpringCr.
CH 204 Quantitative Analysis (or Free Elective)4CH 314 Instrumental Methods (or Free Elective)3
CH 214 Communication in Chemistry (or in 2nd year)0-1CH 315 Analysis Laboratory (taken with CH 314)1-0
CH 327 Physical Chemistry I (or Free Elective)3CH 328 Physical Chemistry II (or Free Elective)3
CH 324 Biochemistry I4BI 226 Cell Biology ( or CH 325 Biochemistry II)4
General Education History3General Education Social Science3
Free Elective (or BI 304 Physiology)3 
Semester Total Credits17-18Semester Total Credits14-13
Senior
FallCr.SpringCr.
CH 413 Chemistry Seminar (Capstone)1CH 422 Chemical Synthesis and Examination II (Capstone)3
BI 304 Physiology (or Free Elective)4-3CH 325 Biochemistry II (or BI 226)4
General Education Arts & Humanities3Free Elective (or CH 314 / CH 315 Instrumental Analysis)3-4
General Education Ethics3Free Elective (or CH 328 Physical Chemistry II)3
Free Elective (or CH 204 Quantitative Analysis)3-4 
Free Elective (or CH 327 Physical Chemistry I)3 
Semester Total Credits17Semester Total Credits13-14
Total Credits For This Major: 122-121
1

MA 107 can be substituted with a Free Elective credit if Math Placement Test places a student into MA 121

2

 PS 211 - PS 212 may be substituted for PS 201 - PS 202

3

EN 112 or EN 204 may be substituted for one semester of EN 201 - EN 202

B.S. in Chemistry - Curriculum Map 2017-20187 Catalog

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Freshman
FallCr.SpringCr.
CH 103 General Chemistry I (General Education Lab Science)4CH 104 General Chemistry II (General Education Lab Science)4
EN 101 Composition and Literature I3EN 102 Composition and Literature II3
MA 121 Calculus I (General Education Math)4MA 122 Calculus II (General Education Math)4
General Education Arts & Humanities3Free Elective OR MA 241 Mathematical Computation & Modeling13
Semester Total Credits14Semester Total Credits14
Sophomore
FallCr.SpringCr.
CH 225 Organic Chemistry I44CH 226 Organic Chemistry II44
CH 214 Communication in Chemistry (or in 3rd year)41-0EN 202 World Literature II3
BI 101 Principles of Biology I4MA 224 Differential Equations4
EN 201 World Literature I (General Education Literature)23PS 212 University Physics II4
PS 211 University Physics I4 
Semester Total Credits16-15Semester Total Credits15
Junior
FallCr.SpringCr.
CH 204 Quantitative Analysis (or CH 324 Biochemistry I)4CH 314 Instrumental Methods ( or Free Elective)3
CH 214 Communication in Chemistry (or in 2nd year)0-1CH 315 Analysis Laboratory (taken with CH 314)1-0
CH 327 Physical Chemistry I (or Math/Science elective)3CH 328 Physical Chemistry II (or Free Elective)3
CH 337 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I (taken with CH 327)1-0CH 338 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II (taken with CH 328)1-0
General Education Social Science3MA 241 Mathematical Computation and Modeling ( or Free elective)13
General Education History3Math/ Science elective (or CH 438 Advanced Inorganic)3
Free Elective3General Education Ethics3
Semester Total Credits17Semester Total Credits17-15
Senior
FallCr.SpringCr.
CH 413 Chemistry Seminar (Capstone)1CH 422 Chemical Synthesis and Examination II (Capstone)3
CH 421 Chemical Synthesis and Examination I3CH 438 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (or Math/Science Elective)3
CH 324 Biochemistry I (or CH 204 Quantitative Analysis)4Free Elective (or CH 314/CH315 Instrumental Analysis)3-4
Math/Science elective (or CH 327/CH 337 Physical Chemistry I)3-4Free Elective (or CH 328/CH 338 Physical Chemistry II) 3-4
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Semester Total Credits14-15Semester Total Credits15-17
Total Credits For This Major: 122
1

MA 241 may be substituted for  EG 110

2

EN 112 or EN 204 may be substituted for one semester of EN 201 - EN 202

Chemistry Minor Curriculum Map 2017-2018 Catalog

This minor is not available to students majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry.

CH Elective3
CH Elective3
CH Elective (200 level or higher)3
CH Elective (200 level o higher)3
CH Elective (200 level or higher)3
CH Elective (200 level or higher)3
Total Cr.18

Courses

CH 100 Introduction to Forensic Science 4 Cr.

An introductory survey course of Forensic Science/Criminalistics. The course will focus on scientific principles behind the recognition, collection, preservation, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence found at a crime scene. The emphasis will be put on providing students with an understanding of the capabilities and limitations of forensic science as it is currently practiced. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Recommended for students not majoring in science and engineering. Offered fall and spring semesters.

CH 101 Introduction to General Chemistry 4 Cr.

CH 101 is the first of a two semester course series in chemistry covering topics in General, Organic and Biochemistry (GOB). It is a fundamental course in general chemistry, introducing students to the principles of chemical structure and reactivity. Topics include accuracy and precision in measurement, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding and reactions, and chemical equilibrium. The laboratory element compliments the lecture material with emphasis placed on collaborative problem solving. Prerequisite: Math placement score of 001 or higher. Not more than one of CH 101 or CH 103 may count as degree credit. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Offered spring semesters.

CH 102 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 4 Cr.

CH 102 is the second part of a two semester course series in chemistry covering topics in General, Organic and Biochemistry (GOB). This course introduces students to the nomenclature, structure and reactivity of organic compounds and the structure and function of the major classes of biological compounds and their role in metabolic pathways. Laboratory exercises compliment the lecture material. Prerequisites: CH 101 or CH 103. Not more than one of CH 102 or CH 104 may count as degree credit. CH 102 may not be taken for credit after successful completion of CH 205. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Offered fall semesters.

CH 103 General Chemistry I 4 Cr.

Introduction to chemical characteristics and behavior, stressing atomic structure, stoichiometry, chemical equilibrium and kinetics, and descriptive chemistry of important elements. Laboratory includes qualitative and quantitative exercises, and syntheses. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Credit will not be granted for more than one of the following sequences: CH 103 - CH 104, CH 101 - CH 102, or CH 103 - CH 102. Prerequisites: One year of high school chemistry and a score of 2 or higher on the Norwich University Mathematics Placement Test or a "C" or higher in MA 095. Offered fall semesters.

CH 104 General Chemistry II 4 Cr.

Continuation of the study of chemical characteristics and behavior, stressing atomic structure, stoichiometry, chemical equilibrium and kinetics, and descriptive chemistry of important elements. Laboratory includes qualitative and quantitative exercises, and syntheses. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Credit will not be granted for more than one of the following sequences: CH 103 - CH 104, CH 101 - CH 102, or CH 103 - CH 102. Prerequisites: CH 103. Offered spring semesters.

CH 1XL Chemistry Lab Transfer Elective 4 Cr.

CH 1XX Chemistry Transfer Elective 3 Cr.

CH 204 Quantitative Analysis 4 Cr.

A course on the general principles and laboratory practices of quantitative analysis, applied principally in colorimetric and volumetric determinations. Studies of theory and practical procedures associated with gravimetric analysis, potentiometric titrations, and use of pH-meters. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 4 hours. Prerequisites: CH 103, CH 104. Offered fall semesters of even numbered years.

CH 205 Survey of Organic Chemistry 4 Cr.

An Introcution to the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds and the instrumentation of organic chemistry An introduction to the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds and the instrumentation of organic chemistry. Laboratory work involves elementary manipulation of organic laboratory equipment, preparation and identification of typical organic compounds, and the characteristics of the major functional groups. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours. Prerequisites: CH 104. Offered spring semesters of even numbered years.

CH 214 Communication in Chemistry 1 Cr.

This course illustrates the organization of the chemical literature, the efficient search of the literature and a formal introduction to scientific writing. Offered fall semesters.

CH 225 Organic Chemistry I 4 Cr.

An introduction to the study of carbon compounds; preparation and identification of typical compounds. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisites: CH 104 or by petition. Offered fall semesters.

CH 226 Organic Chemistry II 4 Cr.

A continuation of the study of carbon compounds; preparation and identification of typical compounds. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: CH 225. Offered spring semesters.

CH 2XX Chemistry Transfer Elective 3 Cr.

CH 314 Instrumental Methods 3 Cr.

A course on the Theory of Modern Instrumental Methods. Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisites: CH 204. Offered spring semesters of odd numbered years.

CH 315 Analysis Laboratory 1 Cr.

A course that provides upper class laboratory experience in chemical methods of measurement and analysis. Laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: CH 204. Offered spring semesters of odd numbered years.

CH 324 Biochemistry I 4 Cr.

A course on the chemical phenomena and energy effects in life processes. Topics include structure and function of biomolecules, metabolism (catabolism and anabolism), photosynthesis and recombinant DNA technologies. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisites: BI 101, CH 226. Offered fall semesters.

CH 325 Biochemistry II 4 Cr.

A continuation of the study of the chemical phenomena and energy effects in life processes. Topics include structure and function of biomolecules, metabolism (catabolism and anabolism), photosynthesis and recombinant DNA technologies. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: CH 324. Offered even numbered spring semesters.

CH 327 Physical Chemistry I 3 Cr.

A course on the physical properties and structure of matter; general principles and theories of chemical interaction. Major areas studied are chemical applications of thermodynamics; phase equilibria; electrochemistry; reaction kinetics; description of electronic structure of atoms and molecules. Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisites: CH 104; MA 122 (required) college physics (recommended). Offered even numbered fall semesters.

CH 328 Physical Chemistry II 3 Cr.

A continuation of the study of the physical properties and structure of matter; general principles and theories of chemical interaction. Major areas studied are chemical applications of thermodynamics; phase equilibria; electrochemistry; reaction kinetics; description of electronic structure of atoms and molecules. Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisite: CH 327. Offered odd numbered spring semesters.

CH 337 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I 1 Cr.

Laboratory investigations with written formal reports on the physical properties and chemical behavior of substances. Laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite or co-requisite: CH 327. Offered fall semesters of even numbered years.

CH 338 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II 1 Cr.

Laboratory investigations with written formal reports on the physical properties and chemical behavior of substances. Laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite or co-requisite: CH 328. Offered spring semesters of odd numbered years.

CH 413 Chemistry Seminar 1 Cr.

Part of a capstone experience that provides individual assignments, written reports, oral reports, and class discussions on chemical topics of current interest. Reading, writing, speaking and critical thinking skills are emphasized. Lecture 1 hour. Prerequisites: Junior 2 Chemistry and Biochemistry majors only.

CH 421 Chemical Synthesis and Examination I 3 Cr.

A capstone experience in which organic, inorganic and compounds of biological interest are synthesized and examined with respect to purity and properties. The objectives are to develop an integrated perspective on the general field of chemistry and to develop proficiency in practical laboratory procedures and in reporting results. Laboratory and occasional lectures 8 hours. Prerequisites: open to senior CH and BCH students. Offered fall semesters.

CH 422 Chemical Synthesis and Examination II 3 Cr.

A capstone experience in which organic, inorganic and compounds of biological interest are synthesized and examined with respect to purity and properties. The objectives are to develop an integrated perspective on the general field of chemistry and to develop proficiency in practical laboratory procedures and in reporting results. Laboratory and occasional lectures 8 hours. Prerequisites: open to senior CH and BCH students. Offered spring semesters.

CH 425 Thesis 1-3 Cr.

This course allows the student to conduct research on a project approved by the faculty of the chemistry and biochemistry programs. The student can be expected to perform the necessary experiments, organize and interpret the data and to communicate the results of the project with a comprehensive report. Prerequisites: CH 226 and permision of the department. The student may re-enroll in CH 425 for up to 6 credits.

CH 438 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3 Cr.

A course on the chemistry of the elements: properties, characteristics, and behavior. Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisites: CH 327 - CH 328. Offered spring semesters of even numbered years.

CH 439 Advanced Organic Chemistry 3 Cr.

An advanced and thorough development of topics introduced in CH 226. Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisites: CH 226. Offered on occasion.

CH 450 Topics in Chemistry 3 Cr.

A course in which a selected limited topic in advanced chemistry is covered in depth. Offered on occasion. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.