Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Chemistry majors explore, experiment, and learn about chemical properties through classroom instruction and laboratory analysis. At Westminster College the first two years introduce students to the four basic types of chemistry—analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical—so they can make informed decisions about summer internships, research projects, and career goals. Juniors participate in unique laboratory experiences where instead of a standard “cookbook” experiment, they investigate and discover individually and in teams, proposing solutions to chemical problems and presenting results. Along with this experimentation, students and faculty meet weekly in an engaging seminar series to socialize and discuss ideas and issues in the field. In the seminar, students develop, practice, and polish professional skills in an environment that prepares them for real-world chemistry careers. Seniors conduct a Capstone experiment, playing off of previous investigations, and write a thesis, which they present regionally or nationally. This American Chemical Society-accredited course of study creates independent thinkers and collaborative researchers.

THE CHEMISTRY MAJOR IN PHOTOS

Requirements for the Major

Chemistry and Required Supporting Courses:

  • CHE 117 Principles of Chemistry
  • CHE 180 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHE 230 Chemical Analysis
  • CHE 261 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHE 330 Elements of Physical Chemistry
  • CHE 335 Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHE 351, 352 Advanced Laboratory
  • CHE 380 Principles of Biochemistry
  • CHE 600 Senior Project OR CHE 660 All-College Honors Program
  • CHE 601 Chemistry Capstone I
  • CHE 602 Chemistry Capstone II
  • PHY 151 Principles of Physics I
  • PHY 152 Principles of Physics II

And one of the two following calculus sequences:

  • MTH 150 Calculus I AND MTH 152 Calculus II
  • MTH 152 Calculus II AND MTH 250 Calculus III

And ten semester hours from the following courses:

  • CHE 262 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHE 332 Physical Chemistry in Depth
  • CHE 340 Instrumental Analysis
  • CHE 375 Green Chemistry
  • CHE 382 Metabolic Biochemistry
  • CHE 385 Biochemistry Laboratory
  • CHE 391 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHE 590-594 Field Experience/Internship
  • CHE 610, 611 Advanced Topics
  • CHE 620-624 Independent Study
  • MTH 250 Calculus III
  • PHY 221 Electronics

Requirements for the Secondary Education Teacher Certification

Students seeking secondary education teacher certification in chemistry or general science with a major in chemistry must take the following courses and complete all of the requirements for a minor in Secondary Education.

Chemistry and Required Supporting Courses:

  • CHE 117 Principles of Chemistry
  • CHE 180 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHE 230 Chemical Analysis
  • CHE 261 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHE 330 Elements of Physical Chemistry
  • CHE 335 Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHE 351, 352 Advanced Laboratory
  • CHE 380 Principles of Biochemistry
  • CHE 600 Senior Project OR CHE 660 All-College Honors Program
  • CHE 601 Chemistry Capstone I
  • CHE 602 Chemistry Capstone II

And two one of the two following calculus sequences:

  • MTH 150 Calculus I AND MTH 152 Calculus II
  • MTH 152 Calculus II AND MTH 250 Calculus III

And ten semester hours from the following courses:

  • CHE 262 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHE 332 Physical Chemistry in Depth
  • CHE 340 Instrumental Analysis
  • CHE 375 Green Chemistry
  • CHE 382 Metabolic Biochemistry
  • CHE 385 Biochemistry Laboratory
  • CHE 391 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHE 590-594 Field Experience/Internship
  • CHE 610, 611 Advanced Topics
  • CHE 620-624 Independent Study
  • MTH 250 Calculus III
  • PHY 221 Electronics

Requirements for the Minor

Chemistry Courses:

  • CHE 117 Principles of Chemistry
  • CHE 180 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHE 230 Chemical Analysis
  • CHE 261 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHE 330 Elements of Physical Chemistry*
  • CHE 380 Principles of Biochemistry

*Note: The following courses are prerequisites for CHE 330:

  • MTH 150 Calculus I
  • PHY 141 Foundations of Physics I OR PHY 151 Principles of Physics I
  • PHY 142 Foundations of Physics II OR PHY 152 Principles of Physics II

Research and Internship Opportunities

As a chemistry or biochemistry major, it is important to gain additional experience in the laboratory through independent research or internships. The following links provide ideas and opportunities for expanding your educational experience.

  • On-Campus Opportunities
  • Off-Campus Opportunities

Outreach

Science in Motion

A program that provides elementary, middle and high school students with laboratory experiences with modern instrumentation and offers their teachers professional development opportunities through workshops and mentoring links with college faculty.

Sustainability in Motion

This outreach program, established in 2010, educates students of all ages about the benefits of sustainable technologies. Westminster College faculty and students are working together to establish laboratory activities and teacher workshops to promote sustainability.

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A CHEMISTRY DEGREE?

Imagine yourself a professional chemist, forensic scientist, high school chemistry teacher, or pre-chemical engineering student.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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