Chemistry (CHE)

Jeffrey CardonCharles LiberkoBrian Nowak-ThompsonCynthia StrongCraig Teague (chair)

The Department of Chemistry has been approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for the professional training of chemists at the undergraduate level.

Major: A minimum of 10 course credits in Chemistry (9 courses if CHE 161 is taken), which include the following: CHE 121, 122, 202, 225, 323, 324, 326, 327, and two additional courses at the 300 level, excluding 380; mathematics through MAT 122 (Calculus of Several Variables); and either PHY 161, 162, and 263 (General Physics I, II, and Laboratory) or, with permission of the Department, PHY 141, 142, and 263 (Introductory Physics I, II, and Laboratory).

ACS Certification: A minimum of 12 course credits in Chemistry (11 courses if CHE 161 is taken), which must include CHE 121, 122, 202, 225, 323, 324, 326, 327, 333, 334, 335, one additional course at the 300 level, excluding 380, and a major research experience. Also required are PHY 161, 162, and 263; and mathematics through MAT 221 (Linear Algebra). Students seeking certification should confer with the Department chair to make certain that they will satisfy all the requirements.

Teaching Major: A minimum of 8 courses in chemistry (7 courses if CHE 161 is taken), to include the following: CHE 121, 122, 202, 225, 323, 326, 327, and one of the following advanced chemistry courses: 324, 328, 333, 334, or 335; either ENV 202 (Environmental Chemistry) or PHY 263 (Laboratory Physics); mathematics through MAT 122 (Calculus of Several Variables); and either PHY 161 and 162 (General Physics I and II) or PHY 141 and 142 (Introductory Physics I and II).

In addition to the foregoing requirements, prospective teachers must also apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (preferably at the start of their sophomore year) and complete coursework leading to secondary certification described under EducationProspective teachers should request a current list of the specific course requirements from the Education Office.

Minor: A minimum of five course credits in Chemistry, excluding 280 and 380, which include CHE 202 and at least three additional courses numbered 200 or higher.

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology majors desiring to minor in Chemistry must complete at least two appropriate courses in Chemistry beyond those counted for the Biochemistry/Molecular Biology major.  See the discussion of minors in the Declaration of Degree Candidacy, Majors, and Minors section of this Catalogue.

Concentration: Students should consult with the Department concerning major programs which lead to graduate work in chemistry, chemical physics, biochemistry, and medicine, or to industrial employment.

Note: The Summer Research Program of the Department of Chemistry provides an opportunity to spend a summer at Cornell College working on a research project with a member of the Chemistry faculty. Interested students should consult a faculty member in the Department.

103. Investigations in Chemistry
Hands-on investigation of selected topics in chemistry with an emphasis on contemporary topics with practical, real-world applications. Topics vary each term. Intended for non-science majors. (Laboratory Science)

108. Topics in Chemistry
Selected topics in chemistry with an emphasis on contemporary topics with practical, real-world applications. Topics vary each term. See Topics Courses. Intended for non-science majors. (Science)

111. Chemistry in the Natural World
Basic concepts of chemistry and their implications for a technological society. Emphasis on quantitative and qualitative aspects of chemistry as they apply to topics of importance today. Intended for non-science majors. No previous study of chemistry required. (Laboratory Science) PIONEK

121. Chemical Principles I
Fundamental concepts of chemistry, mole concept, energy, theories of the atom and the chemical bond, and molecular geometry. This course is intended primarily for those considering a major in science. (Laboratory Science)

122. Chemical Principles II
Rates of chemical reactions, equilibrium, acids and bases, electrochemistry, and an introduction to thermodynamics. Reactions and properties of selected elements and their compounds. Prerequisite: CHE 121. (Laboratory Science)

161. Accelerated General Chemistry
Fundamental concepts of chemistry: atomic theory, quantum theory, bonding, states of matter, thermodynamics, equilibrium, and kinetics. The course is designed for students who have a good understanding of atoms, molecules, and mole calculations. This course is the equivalent of CHE 121 and 122. Credit may be given for either 161 or 121-122, but not both. Prerequisite: placement exam or permission of instructor. (Laboratory Science)

202. Analytical Chemistry
Concepts of analysis, volumetric techniques, and an introduction to instrumental techniques. Prerequisite: CHE 122 or 161. (Laboratory Science) STRONG or TEAGUE

225. Organic Chemistry I Lecture
Chemistry of carbon compounds. Determination of molecular constitution and configuration and the chemistry of common functional groups. Prerequisite: CHE 122 or 161. (Science) CARDONINAGAKI or LIBERKO

260-266. Topics in Chemistry
Study of a selected topic in chemistry. See Topics Courses.

280/380. Internship: see Courses 280/380
Does not fulfill major or minor requirement.

290/390. Individual Project: see Courses 290/390.

323. Physical Chemistry I
Concepts of physical chemistry, including the kinetic-molecular theory of gases, kinetics, quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure and energetics, and an introduction to classical and statistical thermodynamics. Prerequisites: CHE 122 or 161, and MAT 122. Recommended prerequisite: PHY 263. (Laboratory Science) TEAGUE

324. Physical Chemistry II
Thermodynamics and descriptions of systems of equilibria from both classical and statistical perspectives, molecular spectroscopy, quantum mechanics, and rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions. Prerequisites: CHE 323. (Laboratory Science) TEAGUE

326. Organic Chemistry II Lecture
Continuation of CHE 225. Methods of synthesis and the reactions of organic compounds. Prerequisite: CHE 225. (Science) INAGAKI or LIBERKO

327. Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Practical laboratory aspects of organic chemistry. Isolation and purification of substances; one-step transformations of substances; and, possibly, synthesis projects. Prerequisite: CHE 326. (Laboratory Science) CARDONINAGAKILIBERKO or NOWAK-THOMPSON

328. Advanced Organic Chemistry
Selected advanced topics of reaction mechanisms or syntheses of organic compounds. Prerequisite: CHE 327. Not offered every year. (Laboratory Science) LIBERKO

333. Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Theory of analytical chemistry with an emphasis on instrumental methods. Prerequisites: CHE 202, 323, and 327. Not offered every year. (Laboratory Science) STRONG

334. Biochemistry
Cellular metabolism, including the oxidative degradation and biosynthesis of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. The approach is primarily mechanistic with a quantitative discussion of kinetics, free-energy changes, and the electrochemistry of electron transport chains. Prerequisites: CHE 202, CHE 327 and BIO 205. (Laboratory Science) CARDON or NOWAK-THOMPSON

335. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Properties of inorganic compounds with emphasis on theories of bonding and the chemistry of coordination compounds. Prerequisites: CHE 323 and 327. Not offered every year. (Laboratory Science) STRONG

339. Advanced Physical Chemistry
Quantum mechanics, symmetry and group theory, and selected topics. Study of current research literature in physical chemistry. Prerequisite: CHE 324. Not offered every year. (Science) TEAGUE

485. Chemical Research
Research in selected areas of chemistry. Prerequisite: a 300-level course in Chemistry and permission of instructor.

511. Extended Research in Chemistry (1/4)
Reading coupled with research on a specialized topic. This adjunct course must be taken over four successive terms. Prerequisites: departmental gpa of 3.0 or higher, prior completion of one course in the Department at or above the 200 level, and permission of instructor. (CR)

512. Reading and Conversation in Chemistry (1/4)
Reading and discussion of current articles, historical texts, or general interest books about chemistry. Readings are selected in consultation with the participating students. Course meets weekly for one semester. (CR)

963. Oak Ridge Science Semester: see Cornell-Approved Domestic Off-Campus Programs.