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Program Requirements

Students who complete the major requirements for a bachelor of arts (BA) or bachelor of science (BS) in chemistry will develop an appreciation for the role chemistry plays in the world and will be prepared for graduate school or careers as responsible citizens in chemical industry, health sciences, or education.

Major Requirements (BA)

Course descriptions for all CHEM courses are available at the bottom of this page.
Prerequisites and supporting courses:

  • MATH 1150 (required)
  • PHYS 1210 and 1220 OR PHYS 1110 and 1120 (recommended)
  • MATH 1510 and 1520 (recommended)
34 semester hours (sh) of major courses:
  • Required core courses (22 sh) — CHEM 1150, 1160, 2310, 2320, 2410, 3010
  • Electives (12 sh) — An additional 8 sh in chemistry courses numbered 2000 and higher, and an additional 4 sh additional in chemistry courses numbered 3000 and higher

Major Requirements (BS)

Course descriptions for all CHEM courses are available at the bottom of this page.
Prerequisites and supporting courses:

  • PHYS 1210 and 1220 OR PHYS 1110 and 1120 (required)
  • MATH 1510 and 1520 (required)
38 semester hours (sh) of major courses:
  • Required core courses (30 sh) — CHEM 1150, 1160, 2310, 2320, 2410, 3010, 3250, 3260
  • Electives (8 sh) — Additional chemistry courses numbered 2000 and higher.

Notes:

  • For Departmental Honors in Chemistry, students are required to take CHEM 4000 (4 sh) in addition to the degree requirements listed above.
  • CHEM 4910 or 4970, or a summer research experience, is recommended for students interested in a research career or graduate school.

Minor Requirements

24 semester hours (sh)
  • Required core courses: CHEM 1150, 1160, 2310, 2320
  • Elective courses: Any additional 8 sh in chemistry courses numbered 2000 or higher.

Course Descriptions

Click on the links below for course descriptions of all chemistry courses. For a complete list of all North Park's programs and course offerings, review the academic catalog.

CHEM 1011 – Survey of Chemistry
Basic laws and concepts of chemistry, applications are directed primarily to inorganic compounds. Designed for non-physical science majors. Does not fulfill chemistry requirements for biology majors or the prerequisites for medical schools. Four hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

CHEM 1021 – Survey of Organic Chemistry
A survey of the major functional classes of organic compounds including structure, nomenclature, properties, and reactions. Includes an introduction to the classes of natural products. Four hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week. Student must have completed one year of high school general chemistry.

CHEM 1031 – Survey of Biochemistry
A survey of chemistry of cellular compounds. Introduction to the different classes of biochemicals. Introduction to bioenergetics and enzymology and to the major pathways of cellular chemical events. Four hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

CHEM 1150 – General Chemistry I
A presentation of the basic laws of chemistry with emphasis on stoichiometry, atomic and electronic structure, bonding, and the states of matter (gas, liquid, solid, and solution). Properties and reactions of some elements and simple compounds are used to exemplify the principles. Chemistry I and II form a year's sequential study of the principles of chemistry with applications describing elements and compounds and their reactions. This sequence meets the needs of students majoring in the physical and biological sciences. Four hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: MATH 1005 or higher.

CHEM 1160 – General Chemistry II
Continuation of Chemistry I with emphasis on the energy changes associated with transformations of matter, kinetics of reactions, and the equilibrium considerations associated with reactions. General reactions of metals and non-metals and their compounds are also considered (includes an introduction to coordination compounds). Four hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

CHEM 2160 – Inorganic Chemistry
A study of the periodic trends and relationships of the elements and their compounds. Discussion of the atomic and molecular structures, and how these give rise to the periodic relationships. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.

CHEM 2310 – Organic Chemistry I
The chemistry of carbon compounds. Properties, synthesis, and reactions of saturated, unsaturated, and aromatic hydrocarbons, with emphasis on modern theoretical, mechanistic interpretations. Introduction to oxygen containing compounds. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.

CHEM 2320 – Organic Chemistry II
Continuation of organic Chemistry I, emphasizing carbonyl and nitrogen containing compounds. Determination of molecular structure via IR, UV, NMR, and mass spectral methods. Introduction to the structure and properties of natural products and biomolecules. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.

CHEM 2410 – Analytical Chemistry
A study of equilibrium with special emphasis on acid-base, oxidation-reduction, and heterogeneous ionic equilibria. The laboratory is aimed primarily at developing quantitative, laboratory skill. Three hours lecture and six hours laboratory per week.

CHEM 2510 – Introductory Environmental Chemistry
A survey of the chemistry of the earth's environment, including atmospheric chemistry, pollution and the greenhouse effect, renewable energy, hazardous and nuclear waste and water pollution. The ethical and moral responsibilities of humans to the environment are also discussed. Four hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

CHEM 3010 – Chemistry Ethics, Skills & Professional Practices
A seminar designed to help students acquire: 1) essential chemistry information technology skills, including use of electronic databases and mastery of chemistry-related software; 2) an understanding of how chemistry research is funded, conducted, and published; and 3) an appreciation of the ethics, responsibilities, and expectations of professional chemists in a global society.

CHEM 3250 – Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics
Kinetic theory of gases and the elements of thermodynamics applied to physical and chemical systems, including solutions and reactions. Fundamentals of reactions kinetics, including the study of catalysis, reaction mechanisms, and transition state theory applied to unimolecular and bimolecular reactions. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.

CHEM 3260 – Physical Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
A study of the fundamentals of quantum mechanics applied to atoms and molecules. Applications to spectroscopy, including the study of lasers. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.

CHEM 3330 – Biochemistry
A study of the chemistry of biological compounds. Structure and properties of all classes of biomolecules. Interaction of biomolecules via catabolic generation of phosphate bond energy, and the utilization of this energy in biosynthesis. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.

CHEM 3910 – Topics in Chemistry
A study of selected topics in chemistry. Format may be an in-depth study of a selected area of chemistry or coursework off campus through Associated Colleges of Chicago Area (ACCA) chemistry cooperative courses. Laboratory work may be included, depending on topic. Student must be advanced standing in the department or have consent of instructor.

CHEM 4000 – Departmental Honors in Chemistry
Honors study in chemistry. Involves completion of a special project and submission of a formal, oral report at the Spring Honors Symposium and/or ACCA chemistry seminar. Open to Chemistry B.S. and Honors majors only.

CHEM 4020 – Chemistry Seminar Series
A series of seminars by chemical professionals, faculty, and students participating in undergraduate research. Provides students with exposure to current research topics in chemistry. One hour biweekly seminar, repeatable. Pass/fail or graded if student is giving a presentation. Cannot be used as a major elective course.

CHEM 4910 – Research
An introduction to chemical research. Involves completion of a special project and submission of a report in journal form. Recommended for graduate school aspirants. Open to Chemistry majors only.

CHEM 4970 – Internship in Chemistry
An on-site experience in industry. Recommended for BS Chemistry students interested in obtaining placement in the field after graduation.

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