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CURRICULUM

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The Chemistry department is designed for students with a wide variety of interests and needs and is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Students who are planning graduate work in chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, or for those pursuing a career as a practicing industrial chemist, the ACS-certified major in chemistry is highly recommended. Students interested in this program should plan their programs with the department chair as early as possible.

Students who are planning to enter medical or dental schools are advised to take the following courses in chemistry: 110 and 120 or 190; 240, 241, 320, and 348.

Chemistry offers two disciplinary majors, a B.A. and a B.S., and a disciplinary minor.

COURSE LIST

If you'd like to view a full listing of our course options in Chemistry or any other subject, please visit the Online Course Catalogue.

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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

(all departmental and cognate courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR IN CHEMISTRY (B.A.)

disciplinary, 12 courses (11 courses if CHEM 190 is taken instead of 110 and 120) 

CHEM 110 and 120 (or 190), 240, 241, 310, 318, 320, 360, 460; one additional 300- or 400-level chemistry course, which may include CHEM 450, 490,or 495; MATH 130  Calculus I and MATH 131 Calculus II; and PHYS 150 Introductory Physics I. At least 6 courses must be unique to the major.  All courses for the major must be completed with a grade of C- or better. Students who enter HWS with credit for MATH 130 will be required to take another MATH class (above 131) or PHYS 160 to replace this requirement. CHEM 360 and 460 are 0.5 credit each.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR IN CHEMISTRY (B.S.)

disciplinary, 16 courses for the Standard track (15 courses if CHEM 190 is taken instead of 110 and 120)

CHEM 110 and 120 (or 190), 240, 241, 310, 318, 320,360, 460; four additional chemistry courses, two of which must be 400-level chemistry electives, one of which may include CHEM 450, 490, or 495; MATH 130 Calculus I and MATH 131 Calculus II; and PHYS 150 Introductory Physics I; one additional natural science course. At least 6 courses must be unique to the major.  All courses for the major must be completed with a grade of C- or better. Students who enter HWS with credit for MATH 130 will be required to take another MATH class (above 131) or PHYS 160 to replace this requirement. CHEM 360 and 460 are 0.5 credit each.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR IN CHEMISTRY (ACS B.S.)

disciplinary, 18 courses for the Standard track (17 courses if CHEM 190 is taken instead of 110 and 120)

CHEM 110 and 120 (or 190), 240, 241, 310, 318, 320, 348, 360, 437, 460; three additional chemistry courses, two of which must be from 422, 445, or 436, chemical research (may be CHEM 450, 490, 495 or summer research); MATH 130 Calculus I and MATH 131 Calculus II; PHYS 150 Introductory Physics I and PHYS 160 Introductory Physics II. At least 6 courses must be unique to the major.  All courses for the major must be completed with a grade of C- or better. Students who enter HWS with credit for MATH 130 will be required to take another MATH class (above 131) or PHYS 160 to replace this requirement. CHEM 360 and 460 are 0.5 credit each.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR IN CHEMISTRY

disciplinary, 6 courses (5 courses if CHEM 190 is taken instead of 110 and 120)

CHEM 110 and 120 (or 190), 240; one additional chemistry course at the 200-level; two additional chemistry courses from the 300 or 400 level, only one of which may include CHEM 450, 490, or 495. At least 3 courses must be unique to the minor.  All courses for the minor must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

 


COURSES

Our students choose from a variety of introductory and advanced courses, each designed with classroom and lab components that build a strong foundation in modern chemistry techniques and methods.

Below, you'll find a sampling of some of our most popular classes, as well as suggestions for making Chemistry a part of your larger interdisciplinary experience at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I

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Discover the structure, mechanism, reactions, synthesis and practical methods for structure determination by studying organic molecules. The lab portion of this course emphasizes learning modern techniques and the identification of compounds using spectroscopic methods.

CHEM 302 Forensic Science

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Experience the connection between the law and chemistry first hand. Students will start by learning how evidence is collected from a crime scene and how important the role of chemical techniques are in processing the evidence. Once you learn this, you will put theory into practice and investigate a crime scene. Are you ready to challenge your skills?

CHEM 448 Biochemistry I

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Learn about the chemical processes that explain life at the cellular and molecular level. You will begin by studying biological macromolecules and their structure, function, and physical properties. Once you learn these you will investigate metabolic pathways, bioenergetics and electron transport within the body. This is the science that has been used to provide explanations for the cause of many diseases and ways in which to fight them.

 

Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.