Major in Chemistry

The major in chemistry consists of 55 to 58 hours, including

  • CHEM 101-101L, 102-102L*, 221-221L, 222-222L, 311, 312, 380, 401-401L, 402-402L, and 450;
  • MATH 201, 202;
  • PHYS 1500, 1510

Select seven hours from the following:

  • BCHE 307-307L**
  • BCHE 308**
  • CHEM 322-322L,
  • CHEM 332,
  • CHEM 342,
  • CHEM 345,
  • CHEM 352,
  • or CHEM 458;

Select zero to three hours from the following:***

  • CHEM 398, 440, 444****, or 448

*All students must complete the American Chemical Society General Chemistry Exam with a grade of 60% or higher to receive credit for Chemistry 102.
**Only one semester of Biochemistry may count toward the major.
***Students enrolling in less than 3 hours of research (and accumulating less than 58 hours of major requirements) are required to take CHEM 440.
****CHEM 444 must be a departmentally approved research internship.

Major in Chemistry: Pharmacy Concentration (Dual Degree)

Students participating in this program will be expected to complete all Presbyterian College general education requirements. The major in chemistry with pre-pharmacy concentration consists of 82 to 87 hours, including

  • CHEM 101-101L, 102-102L*, 221-221L, 222-222L, 311, 401-401L;

Required Related Courses:

  • BIOL 1150-1150L, 1151-1151L;
  • MATH 202
  • PHYS 1500, 1510
  • SPCH 201

Select 1 course from the following:

  • BCHE 308,
  • BIOL 234,
  • CHEM 312,
  • CHEM 322-322L,
  • CHEM 332,
  • CHEM 342,
  • CHEM 345,
  • CHEM 352,
  • or CHEM 402-402L

Select 1 course from the following:

  • BIOL 302
  • BIOL 303-303L

Pharmacy Area Courses

  • BIOL 306
  • BIOL 311-311L

Select 1 course from the following:

  • ECON 201 or 202

Select 1 course from the following:

  • MATH 210
  • or STAT 320

Select 1 course from the following:

  • PSYC 201
  • or SOC 201

Capstone Experience:

  • To be approved by Chemistry Department

To satisfy this major, the following courses must be completed once enrolled as a student at the PC School of Pharmacy:

  • PHRM 5104
  • PHRM 5105
  • PHRM 5107
  • PHRM 6103

*All students must complete the American Chemistry Society General Chemistry Exam with a grade of 60% or higher to receive credit for CHEM 102.

All courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for admission to the Pharmacy program.

Major in Biochemistry

Students who major in biochemistry must complete 66 to 70 hours, including

  • BCHE 307-307L, 308
  • BIOL 1150-1150L*, 1151-1151L*, and 234;
  • CHEM 101-101L, 102-102L, 221-221L**,
  • MATH 201, 202
  • PHYS 1500, 1510

Research (Each project requires directors’ approval)

  • BIOL or CHEM 398, 440 (Research), 444*** (Internship), or 448

Select 6 to 8 hours of Electives – 2 courses, at least 1 Biology

  • BIOL 209
  • BIOL 304
  • BIOL 306
  • BIOL 311-311L
  • BIOL 312
  • BIOL 318
  • BIOL 458 ***
  • CHEM 312
  • CHEM 332
  • CHEM 342
  • CHEM 345
  • CHEM 352
  • CHEM 402-402L****
  • CHEM 458***

*All students should take BIOL 1151-1151L. A grade of ‘C’ or higher in BIOL 1150-1150L or its approved equivalent course is required to enroll in BIOL 1151-1151L. A grade of ‘C’ or higher in BIOL 1151-1151L or its approved equivalent is required to enroll in any upper division biology course.

**All students must complete the American Chemical Society General Chemistry Exam with a grade of 60% or higher to receive credit for Chemistry 102.

***Requires unanimous departmental approval. 

****Students planning to attend graduate school in Biochemistry or Chemistry should take CHEM 402-402L

Minor in Chemistry

Students who minor in chemistry must complete 20 hours, including

  • CHEM 101-101L, 102-102L*, 221-221L, 222-222L,

and a minimum of four semester hours selected from

  • BCHE 307-307L,
  • BCHE 308,
  • CHEM 311,
  • CHEM 322-322L,
  • CHEM 332,
  • CHEM 342,
  • CHEM 345,
  • CHEM 352,
  • or CHEM 401.

Notes: All students must complete the American Chemical Society General Chemistry Exam with a grade of 60 percent or higher to receive credit for Chemistry 102.

CO = Co-requisite, POI = Permission of Instructor, PR = Prerequisite, RE = Recommended, XL = Cross-listed

100 Chemistry: A Human Experience (4)

(3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab weekly • Students may not earn credit for both CHEM 100 and CHEM 101) Using common experience and issues of contemporary human life (air, water, energy sources, plastics, polymers, and nutrition) as points of departure, this course will develop fundamental chemical principles and relate those principles to personal, social, and environmental concerns. Features of this course are liberal use of in-class demonstrations, development of a set of demonstrations that could be used in a classroom, class discussion based in part on assigned media searches, and minimization of mathematics and theory. (Spring)

101 General Chemistry (3)

(3 hrs. lecture weekly • PR/CO: CHEM 101L) Designed to give a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles and theories of chemistry. While stress is laid upon the class behavior of the elements, descriptive chemistry and historical perspective are not neglected. (Fall)

101L General Chemistry Laboratory (1)

(3 hrs. lab weekly • PR/CO: CHEM 101) The laboratory work develops the student’s lab technique, powers of observation, and ability to draw conclusions as it adds insight to the topics introduced in Chemistry 101. (Fall)

102 General Chemistry (3)

(3 hrs. lecture weekly • PR: CHEM 101-101L; PR/CO: CHEM 102L) Continuation of the study of general chemistry with introduction of kinetics, equilibria phenomenon, and organic chemistry. (Spring)

102L General Chemistry Laboratory (1)

(3 hrs. lab weekly • PR: CHEM 101-101L; PR/CO: CHEM 102) Once-a-week lab designed to emphasize concepts from CHEM 102 as well as continue the development initiated in CHEM 101L. The laboratory work consists of quantitative and qualitative studies of equilibria. (Spring)

221 Organic Chemistry I (3)

(3 hrs. lecture weekly • PR: CHEM 102-102L • CO: CHEM 221L) A study of carbon-based molecules with an emphasis placed on their structure, stereochemistry, reactions, reaction mechanisms, and spectroscopy. Coverage of functional groups includes alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, and alcohols. Also introduced is multi-step synthesis involving these functional groups. The foundation of structure and reactivity prepares 115 students for understanding other related fields such as biochemistry. (Fall)

221L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)

(3 hrs. lab weekly • PR: CHEM 102-102L • CO: CHEM 221) Students are introduced to the common organic laboratory techniques used in setting up, running, and working up reactions. Also covered are techniques involving the isolation, purification, and analysis of organic molecules. Some labs are designed to teach techniques while others are used to illustrate material covered in the CHEM 221 lecture. (Fall)

222 Organic Chemistry II (3)

(3 hrs. lecture weekly • PR: CHEM 221-221L) A continuation of CHEM 221 in which aromatic, conjugated, carbonyl, and amine functional groups are studied in terms of their structure, stereochemistry, reactions, and reaction mechanisms. Multi-step synthesis involving reactions covered in CHEM 221 and 222 reinforces material from CHEM 221.Time permitting, biological molecules such as carbohydrates, nucleic acids, amino acids, peptides, proteins, and lipids are discussed. (Spring)

222L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1)

(3 hrs. lab weekly • PR: CHEM 221-221L; PR/CO: CHEM 222) A continuation of CHEM 221L where students practice their organic laboratory techniques on reactions that illustrate material covered in the lecture portion of the course. Lab concludes with students using techniques covered in CHEM 221L and 222L in identifying an unknown compound. (Spring)

258 Special Topics (1-6)

311 Quantitative Analysis (4)

(3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab weekly • PR/CO: MATH 201) An introduction to the theory and methods of quantitative analysis. Designed to fit the needs of chemistry majors, pre-medical students, and biology majors. Although volumetric methods are emphasized, gravimetric and instrumental methods also are utilized. (Fall)

312 Instrumental Analysis (4)

(3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab weekly • PR: CHEM 311 • PR/CO: PHYS 1510 or 1610) An introduction to instrumental analysis. Topics taken up in class and in lab normally include atomic and molecular spectroscopy (absorption, fluorescence, phosphorescence, Raman), electrochemistry (potentiometry, coulometry, voltammetry), chromatography (gas, liquid, electrophoresis) and mass spectrometry. (Spring)

322 Inorganic Chemistry (3)

(3 hrs. lecture weekly • PR: CHEM 222-222L) A survey of inorganic chemistry that includes a study of the electronic structure of atoms and the resultant periodicity of the elements; an introduction to coordination chemistry and ligand field theory; and a review of the descriptive chemistry of selected main group and first transition series elements.

322L Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (1)

(3 hrs. lab weekly • PR/CO: CHEM 322) The laboratory work will consist of inorganic synthetic techniques, methods of purification, and methods of characterization of inorganic compounds.

332 Advanced Organic Chemistry (5)

(3 hrs. lecture, 6 hrs. lab weekly • PR: CHEM 222-222L) A course in the identification of organic molecules by use of both chemical and physical methods. (Alternate years)

342 Spectroscopy (4)

(3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab weekly • PR: CHEM 222-222L; PR/ CO: PHYS 1510 or 1610) The application of spectroscopic techniques is the main focus of this course, along with the corresponding theoretical background. Course coverage includes methodologies such as infrared spectroscopy (IR), nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), and mass spectrometry (MS) and how they may be employed as powerful tools in structural determination. The laboratory work will involve the student using these instruments to elucidate chemical structures. (Alternate years)

345 Forensic Science (3)

(PR: CHEM 222-222L) An exploration of forensic techniques that would be encountered in a typical crime lab: evidence collection, trace analysis (glass, soil, fiber, hair, etc.), latent fingerprints, ballistics, arson, drug testing, blood typing, and DNA fingerprinting. (Spring, Alternate years)

352 Chemistry and Art (4)

(PR: CHEM 221) Chemistry and Art explores the chemical composition, physical properties, and chemical properties of a variety of artists’ materials, with emphases placed on paints, patinas, and dyes. In addition, the biochemistry of vision and color perception as well as instrumental techniques used to analyze art will be introduced. (Spring, Alternate years)

380 Introduction to Research (1)

(PR: CHEM 102-102L) Each student will learn the process of performing searches in the chemical literature. Projects ranging in difficulty from straightforward to complex will be assigned, culminating in a research proposal for research to be carried out during the junior/senior years. (Fall) 398 Honors Research (3-6)

401 Physical Chemistry I (3)

(PR: CHEM 102-102L, MATH 202, and PHYS 1510 or 1610) A study of theoretical chemistry, designed to teach the understanding and use of laws of chemistry and physics. Emphasis is placed on thermodynamics. (Fall)

401L Physical Chemistry I Laboratory (1)

(PR: CHEM 102-102L, MATH 202, and PHYS 1510 or 1610 • CO: CHEM 401) Selected experiments investigating thermodynamic, statistical mechanical, and kinetic properties of chemical systems. Emphasis is placed on laboratory problem solving in the lab. (Fall)

402 Physical Chemistry II (3)

(3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab weekly • PR: CHEM 102102L; PHYS 1510 or 1610; MATH 202 • CO: CHEM 402L • RE: MATH 302) An introduction to quantum mechanics.The historical development of quantum mechanics, atomic structure, molecular structure, and spectroscopy are presented. Applications in biospectroscopy and photobiology are highlighted. (Spring)

402L Physical Chemistry II Laboratory (1)

(3-hr lab weekly • CO: CHEM 402) A theoretical and experimental investigation into the structures of atoms, molecules, and nanoparticles. Special emphasis is placed on atomic and molecular spectroscopy. (Spring) 440 Research Experience (0) This course provides a mechanism for awarding completion of the major’s research requirement for students participating in a summer research program or research internship without awarding institutional credit.

442 Directed Studies (1-3)

(PR: JR or SR status and permission of the department) Designed to allow the student an opportunity for individual study of topics of special interest. This may range from off-campus projects to self-paced study of advanced topics related to the student’s specific goals.

444 Internship (1-6)

446 Readings (1-9)

448 Research (3-6)

Considerable latitude allowed in choice of subject matter and type of approach. Ordinarily restricted to students of unusual promise who wish to undertake suitable research problems under staff guidance. Use of library as well as lab required.

450 Seminar (1-9)

452 Special Projects (1-9)

458 Special Topics (1-6)

CO = Co-requisite, POI = Permission of Instructor, PR = Prerequisite, RE = Recommended, XL = Cross-listed

307 Biochemistry I (3)

(PR: BIOL 1151 with a grade of “C” or higher and CHEM 221-221L • CO: BCHE 307L • RE: CHEM 222) This course will provide an introduction to biochemistry, building on the fundamental concepts from biology and chemistry. The structure and function of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, nucleotides, and lipids will be covered. Fundamental concepts of cellular structure and function will be reinforced. The concepts of acid-base equilibrium and oxidation-reduction will be extended to biological systems. Bioenergetics, enzyme kinetics, and thermodynamics will be covered. (Fall)

307L Biochemistry I Lab (1)

(3 hrs. lab weekly • PR: BIOL 1151 with a grade of “C” or higher and BCHE 307 and CHEM 221-221L • CO: BCHE 307) This laboratory course will provide a practical foundation of fundamental biochemical techniques. Experiments will include isolation, quantitation, and characterization of proteins, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, and lipids. Bioinformatics, buffers, protein crystallization, molecular biology, and enzyme kinetics will be introduced. Maintenance of accurate experimental records and lab safety are reinforced. (Fall)

308 Biochemistry II (4)

(3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab weekly • PR: BCHE 307/307L with a grade of “C” or higher) This course will build on concepts covered in BCHE 307 as well as introduction of new topics. Quantitative aspects of biochemistry, bioenergetics, and biochemical reactions will be reinforced, as well as protein function, targeting, and degradation. Nucleic acid metabolism, biological membrane function, transport, and signaling processes will be introduced. Hormone regulation and the integration of metabolism will be covered in detail. Projects may involve, but are not limited to, using yeast as a model for type-2 diabetes or using myocyte tissue culture as a model of cachexia in cancer. (Spring)