A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Department of Chemistry

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Karen E. Torraca, chair | Mark E. Yuly, Interim Associate Dean

585.567.9280
Overview

Majoring in chemistry at Houghton College is a great way to prepare for a career in one of the health professions or for a career in chemistry!  Our alumni include medical doctors (allopathic MD, osteopathic DO), optometry doctors (OD), podiatrists (DPM), chiropractic doctors (DC), medical missionaries, nurses, physicians’ assistants, dentists, veterinarians, clinical chemists, medical technologists, physical therapists, and nutritionists.  In addition, our graduates have become research chemists, forensic scientists, pharmaceutical researchers, medicinal chemists, environmental analysts, science writers, college professors, high-school teachers and technology managers and executives, among other professionals. Chemistry students interested in nursing have earned a Houghton undergraduate chemistry degree, and then entered an advanced accelerated nursing curriculum to complete an additional degree in fewer than two more years. (For more information on the Pre-Health Professions, see that section of this catalog under “Biology Department.”)

Faculty
Fasil Abebe John M. Rowley Karen E. Torraca
Courses
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BIOCHM 480 Capstone Seminar in Biochemistry

1-S

Biochemistry Seminar, the capstone course for the biochemistry major, allows students and professors the occasion to think together about biochemistry: its current topics, history, and issues of science and faith. Liberal Arts. For seniors, except by permission.

CHEM 113 Elements of Biochemistry

4-WSP

Forms and functions of chemicals in life. Fundamentals of inorganic, organic, and biological chemistry with contemporary applications. Also designed for pre-nursing students. Three lecture, three laboratory hours per week. Liberal Arts.

CHEM 121 Impact: Science on Society

3-S

Interrelationships between science, modern society, and Christianity. Nature and limitations of science. Political and social decisions with a scientific component. In-depth analysis of several areas where science plays a critical role in contemporary life. 2nd Science. Liberal Arts.

CHEM 151 General Chemistry I

4-F

Theories and principles of modern chemistry: stoichiometry, atomic theory and structure, bonding, properties of matter, descriptive chemistry of some important elements. Laboratory devoted to synthesis, analysis, and experiments based upon principles developed in lecture. Three lecture, three laboratory hours per week. Lab Science or 2nd Science. Liberal Arts.

CHEM 152 General Chemistry II

4-S

Continuation of CHEM 151; description and control of chemical reactions (equilibrium, thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry, coordination compounds, nuclear, and organic chemistry). Laboratory designed to illustrate principles developed in lecture. Three lecture, three laboratory hours per week. Liberal Arts.

CHEM 187 Introduction to Nutrition

3-F & S

Digestion, metabolism, nutrition of normal individuals. Essentials of adequate diets and food sources of nutrients; nutritional comparison of food in relation to normal and modified diets. Does not count for major or minor credit. If taken with CHEM 188, meets lab science and Health & Wellness: Point 1. Without CHEM 188, 2nd Science and Health & Wellness: Point 1. Liberal Arts.

CHEM 188 Introduction to Nutrition Laboratory

1-F & S

This laboratory is designed to parallel the structure of CHEM 187, demonstrating at a hands-on level the components, concepts, and stewardship of contemporary nutrition. Three lab hours per week. With CHEM 187, Lab Science.

CHEM 221 Contemporary Organic Chemistry

4-WSP

For pre-nursing, pre-medical technology, BA biology, and general science majors. Fundamentals of organic chemistry; emphasis on structure, reactions, properties of organic molecules. Three lecture, three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 151 or CHEM 113. Liberal Arts.

CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry I

4-F

Modern organic chemistry: relationships between organic molecular structure and chemical reactivity; mechanisms of molecular transformations; synthesis and spectroscopy. Three lecture, four laboratory hours per week. Liberal Arts.

Prerequisite Courses: CHEM 152

CHEM 242 Organic Chemistry II

4-S

Modern organic chemistry: relationships between organic molecular structure and chemical reactivity; mechanisms of molecular transformations; synthesis and spectroscopy. Three lecture, four laboratory hours per week. Liberal Arts.

Prerequisite Courses: CHEM 241

CHEM 277 Analytical Chemistry

4-F

Principles of gravimetric, volumetric, and electroanalytical methods of analysis. Acid base, precipitation, complexometric, redox titrimetry. Quantitative methods based on absorption of radiation. Statistical treatment of data. Laboratory: analysis of unknown samples. Three lecture, four laboratory hours per week. Liberal Arts.

Prerequisite Courses: CHEM 152

CHEM 278 Chemical Instrumentation in Research

4-S

Instrumental methods of analysis. Principles and application of various types of spectroscopy (including UV-VIS, IR, NMR), atomic absorption and emission, mass spectrometry, thermal and electrochemical methods of analysis, etc. Three lecture, four laboratory hours per week. Liberal Arts.

Prerequisite Courses: CHEM 277

CHEM 286 Special Topics in Chemistry

2-F

An introduction to areas of chemistry not treated in other courses. Topics have included the following: medicinal, forensic, nutritional, environmental, and clinical chemistries. Consult the department for the topic offered in any given year. Liberal Arts.

Prerequisite Courses: CHEM 241

CHEM 291, 292, 391, 392; 491, 492 Research in Chemistry

1, 2, 3, or 4-WSP

Liberal Arts.

CHEM 332 Biochemistry

3-S

Structures, functions, and metabolic relationships of representative compounds involved in life processes; brief introduction to enzymology, inborn errors, regulation of metabolism, nutritional implications, clinical applications. Prerequisite: CHEM 221 or CHEM 241. Liberal Arts.

CHEM 334 Bioanalytical Laboratory

1-S

The practice of analytical chemistry as applied to biochemical systems. Qualitative and quantitative laboratory experience in gravimetric, volumetric, potentiometric, and spectrometric techniques. Must be taken with CHEM 332. Liberal Arts.

CHEM 343 Advanced Organic Chemistry

4-WSP

Theoretical and physical organic chemistry. Interrelationship of structure and reactivity; dynamics of organic reactions; methods of synthesis; current topics of special importance to organic chemistry and introduction to current original publications in organic chemistry. Liberal Arts.

Prerequisite Courses: CHEM 242

CHEM 352 Physical Principles of Chemistry

3-WSP

For students whose major interests lie in medicine, biology or secondary education. A one semester, less mathematically oriented, introduction to physical chemistry offering a core of concepts related to life-processes. Three lecture hours per week. Liberal Arts.

Prerequisite Courses: CHEM 242

CHEM 361 Physical Chemistry I

4-F

Theoretical aspects of principles of chemistry: derivation and application, with emphasis on thermodynamics, kinetics, and molecular structure. Practical applications in laboratory. Three lecture, four laboratory hours per week. Co-requisite: MATH 241 or MATH 225. Liberal Arts.

Prerequisite Courses: CHEM 152 , PHYS 151, PHYS 152

CHEM 362 Physical Chemistry II

4-S

Theoretical aspects of principles of chemistry: derivation and application, with emphasis on thermodynamics, kinetics, and molecular structure. Practical applications in laboratory. Three lecture, four laboratory hours per week. Co-requisite: MATH 241 or MATH 225. Liberal Arts.

Prerequisite Courses: CHEM 152 , PHYS 151, PHYS 152

CHEM 393 Summer Collaborative Research in Chemistry

1, 2, 3, or 4-May/Summer

Summer program of doing research in chemistry with a member of the chemistry faculty. Students work individually or together to explore the literature, perform analyses, design and perform syntheses, and report their results orally and in writing. Liberal Arts.

Prerequisite Courses: CHEM 152

CHEM 453 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

4-F

Theories of atomic and molecular structure, bonding; emphasis on organometallic chemistry; descriptive chemistry of the elements; current topics of special importance. Liberal Arts.

Prerequisite Courses: CHEM 152

CHEM 482 Senior Capstone: Chemistry Seminar

1-S

Journal reports and discussion of recent developments in chemistry and issues of science and faith. For seniors, except by permission. Liberal Arts.

CHEM 496 Honors in Chemistry

4-S

A special individual research project, completed in a chemistry-major's senior year, resulting in a publishable undergraduate thesis. Liberal Arts.

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