Department of Chemistry, Physics and General Science

Chair: Dr. Lindsay Kane-Barnese

 The study of Chemistry, Physics and General Science endeavors to develop students who possess high-level numerical, computational, experimental and analytical abilities seeking to prepare students to formulate, investigate, analyze and articulate solutions to major scientific, technological, environmental and health problems in chemical context. In concert with the Great Commission, the study of chemistry embraces the idea that its curricula should actively encourage and prepare students to develop theologically sound and scientifically solid connections between the Christian faith and the discipline.

Chemistry, Physics and General Science Program Learning Outcomes

Chemical Knowledge

  • Describe and utilize key facts and concepts in chemistry.

Literature Awareness

  • Read and critique peer-reviewed scientific literature.

Scientific Method

  • Apply scientific methods to investigate, formulate, analyze and solve problems involving chemistry.

Problem Solving

  • Articulate and validate strategies and processes necessary to solve numerical and logical problems.

Chemistry Writing

  • Construct a written cogent and logical scientific argument that adheres to an appropriate scientific style.

Articulate Chemistry Concepts

  • Use multiple tools (e.g., graphs, numerical data and mathematical/symbolic notation) to represent chemical ideas.

Chemistry Presentation

  • Give a succinct oral presentation on a topic in chemistry.

Faith-Science Integration

  • Identify and develop theologically sound and scientifically rigorous connections between the Christian faith and chemistry.

Community Service

  • Collaborate on chemistry-themed, community service projects.

Undergraduate Majors

Bachelor of Arts Degree:

Chemistry

Emphases:

  • Chemical Research

  • Pre-Medical

  • Secondary Teacher Education

Bachelor of Science Degree:

Physics

Chemistry: Bachelor of Arts Degree

Note: Students who select the Chemistry major must take CHE 221 in Enduring Questions & Ideas (GE).

Core
CHE 222Chemistry II4
CHE 321Organic Chemistry I4
CHE 322Organic Chemistry II4
CHE 354Inorganic Chemistry4
CHE 421Introduction to Biochemistry4
CHE 424Analytical Chemistry4
CHE 431Physical Chemistry I4
MTH 271Calculus I5
PHY 211Physics I4
or PHY 221 Calculus-based Physics I
Emphasis
Choose 1 of the following emphases13-15
Total Units50-52

Emphases

Chemical Research

CHE 418Molecular Spectroscopy4
CHE 432Physical Chemistry II4
CHE 496Research in Chemistry2
CHE 499Senior Thesis1
SCI 455History and Philosophy of Science3
SCI 495Research Methods1
Total Units15

Pre-Medical

BIO 350Molecular and Cellular Biology4
CHE 432Physical Chemistry II4
CHE 496Research in Chemistry2
CHE 499Senior Thesis1
ESS 306Nutritional Sciences3
SCI 495Research Methods1
Total Units15

Secondary Teacher Education

CHE 401Chemical Education for the Secondary Teacher3
MTH 265Introduction to Statistics3
PHY 212Physics II4
or PHY 222 Calculus-based Physics II
SCI 455History and Philosophy of Science3
Total Units13

Physics: Bachelor of Science Degree

The Physics major strongly encourages dialog and scholarly interaction with mathematics, the other natural sciences and theology. All physics majors must carry out a faculty-approved independent research project involving Physics as a part of their degree requirements and is designed to produce graduates who are equipped intellectually and experientially to excel in graduate and professional degree programs in the sciences and/or in the scientific/technical workplace.

Core
CHE 222Chemistry II4
MTH 271Calculus I5
MTH 272Calculus II4
MTH 373Calculus III4
PHY 221Calculus-based Physics I4
PHY 222Calculus-based Physics II4
PHY 231Astronomy I4
or PHY 232 Astronomy II
PHY 311Modern Physics4
PHY 315Electronics I: Analog Electronics3
PHY 316Electronics II: Digital Electronics3
PHY 325Scientific Equipment Design and Fabrication3
PHY 340Optics4
PHY 350Mechanics and Lab4
PHY 405Math and Computational Physics3
PHY 410Electrodynamics3
PHY 420Quantum Mechanics3
PHY 425Thermodynamics3
PHY 496Research in Physics2
PHY 499Senior Thesis1
SCI 495Research Methods1
Choose 2 of the following courses:6-8
Astronomy I *4
Astronomy II
Solid State Physics and Chemistry3
Advanced Topics in Physics3
Relativity and Cosmology3
Advanced Astronomy4
Medical Imaging Physics4
Total Units72-74

Undergraduate Minor

Chemistry

Chemistry Minor

So that students are compliant with the policy pertaining to unique units between a major and minor, there are 3 options for the Chemistry minor.  Please see the policy in the Special Requirements for Majors, Minors and Emphases section of the catalog.

Option 1:  For students not seeking a BS in Biology or a BA in Biology

CHE 222Chemistry II4
CHE 321Organic Chemistry I4
CHE 421Introduction to Biochemistry4
CHE 424Analytical Chemistry4
Choose 8 units from the following courses:8
Organic Chemistry II4
Inorganic Chemistry4
Chemistry Seminar2
Molecular Spectroscopy4
Physical Chemistry I4
Physical Chemistry II4
Research in Chemistry2
Senior Thesis1
Research Methods1
Total Units24

Option 2:  For students seeking a BA in Biology

CHE 424Analytical Chemistry4
Choose 7 of the following courses:20-23
Organic Chemistry II4
Inorganic Chemistry4
Chemistry Seminar2
Molecular Spectroscopy4
Physical Chemistry I4
Physical Chemistry II4
Research in Chemistry2
Senior Thesis1
Research Methods1
Total Units24-27

Option 3:  For students seeking a BS in Biology

Choose 23 units from the following:23
Inorganic Chemistry4
Chemistry Seminar2
Molecular Spectroscopy4
Analytical Chemistry4
Physical Chemistry I4
Physical Chemistry II4
Research in Chemistry2
Senior Thesis1
Total Units23