Chemistry at Waynesburg University

The Waynesburg University chemistry major is approved by the American Chemical Society for professional training in chemistry. Our program provides a strong foundation of modern theory and laboratory skills for chemistry options including teaching, research and development, and management and for advanced study in chemistry or medicine.

As a chemistry student, you can focus on a variety of options including:

  • Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental
  • Secondary Education
  • Chemical Management
  • Engineering
  • Forensic Science or
  • Forensic Chemistry

Programs Offered

The Chemistry Program at Waynesburg University is approved for training in the chemical sciences by the American Chemical Society. Future employers and graduate schools know that when you complete the program at Waynesburg University you will have the skills and background necessary to succeed.

In all of our chemistry options,

  • Classes and laboratories are taught by Ph.D. faculty trained in the chemical sciences
  • Students work directly with modern equipment and instrumentation starting at the freshman level
  • Research and inquiry-based activities are incorporated in a variety of classes to prepare you for real-world problem solving

Chemistry

The Chemistry major provides excellent preparation to work as a chemist in an industrial, pharmaceutical, or government lab setting or to enter graduate school.

Biochemistry

Our Biochemistry major is a great blend of chemistry and biology if you like both sciences. This program is extremely versatile. Graduates find positions in pharmaceuticals, biomedical labs, or even the traditional chemical industry. This degree also prepares you for pre-professional programs (Medical, Dental, Veterinary, Pharmacy schools) or graduate study in a number of related fields.

CHE 105. Contemporary Topics in Chemistry 4 credits

A lecture and laboratory appreciation course specifically designed to introduce chemical topics that affect our everyday lives. In addition, the impact (hazards as well as benefits) on society of many modern day chemical products will be discussed. A brief treatment of measurement, atoms, bonding, and structure will be presented. Topics such as the chemistry of personal care products, plastics, pesticides, fertilizers, food additives, soaps and detergents, fossil and nuclear energy, air and water pollution, medicinals, nerve gases, and some important chemicals of commerce will be discussed. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory period each week. This course is intended for non-science majors.

CHE 106. Practical Chemistry for Life 4 credits

A lecture and laboratory course designed to include inorganic, organic and biochemical topics directly related to the health professions. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory period each week. This course is intended for Athletic Training majors and is also open to non-science majors.

CHE 121. General Chemistry 4 credits

A treatment of the states of matter and the laws governing chemical and physical changes (including kinetics and equilibria), founded on modern concepts of atomic structure and chemical bonding. First semester. Three hours of lecture/recitation, and one three-hour laboratory period each week. Co-requisite: MAT 108 or a satisfactory score on the Mathematics Placement Examination. This course is intended for science majors. Fall

CHE 122. General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis 4 credits

The course centers on a systematic study of the chemical elements and their compounds, with emphasis on reactions and equilibria in aqueous solution and includes classification and anion separation and identification. The course includes three hours of lecture/recitation and one three-hour laboratory period each week. The laboratory contains inorganic synthesis and characterization experiments. Second Semester. Prerequisite: CHE 121 with a grade of C- or better; MAT 205 taken concurrently. Spring

CHE 205. Environmental Chemistry 4 credits

A lecture and laboratory course that applied chemical principles to the study of sources, reactions, transport, effects, and fates of chemical species in water, soil, and air environments. Topics covered will be environmental chemistry and chemical cycles, fundamentals of aquatic chemistry, oxidation/reduction, phase interactions, water pollution and treatment, atmospheric chemistry, gaseous inorganic and organic air pollutants, soil chemistry, and nature and sources of hazardous wastes. The laboratory will involve documentation, environmental sampling techniques, and analysis of chemical species in soil and water samples. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory period each week. Prerequisites: CHE 121 and 122 or equivalent. (Spring 2015 and alternate years)

CHE 206. Inorganic Chemistry 5 credits

This course provides the student with an introduction to fundamental concepts in inorganic chemistry as well as a more comprehensive study of typical general chemistry topics such as acids and bases, kinetics, equilibrium, and electrochemistry. More advanced topics that will be covered include molecular orbital theory, coordination chemistry, and a systematic review of inorganic compounds. Special topics such as nanotechnology and inorganic materials will also be introduced. Four hours of lecture each week and one three-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: CHE 121. Spring

CHE 207. Organic and Biochemical Concepts 4 credits

(formerly CHE 112, Organic and Biochemical Concepts)

A survey of organic and biochemical concepts. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory period each week. Prerequisite: CHE 122. (Fall 2013 and alternate years)

CHE 211-212. Organic Chemistry I and II 5-5 credits

(formerly CHE 201-202, Organic Chemistry I and II)

A modern course in organic chemistry, employing recent theoretical concepts and current techniques; laboratory emphasis on techniques, synthesis, and qualitative organic analysis. Fall and Spring  semesters. Three hours of lecture and two three-hour laboratory periods each week. Prerequisites: CHE 121 and 122 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better in each course. CHE 211 is a prerequisite for CHE 212.

CHE 301. Physical Chemistry I 4 credits

A detailed and quantitative study of the nature of molecules and chemical phenomena. Topics of in-depth exploration include the application of kinetics and thermodynamics to describe the behavior, flow, and interaction of energy with matter in a wide variety of systems. Prerequisites: CHE 121 and 122 or equivalent with grade of C- or better in each course; MAT 212; PHY 202 or 212. (Fall 2013, Spring 2015 and alternate years)

CHE 302. Physical Chemistry II 4 credits

A detailed and quantitative study of the nature of molecules and chemical phenomena. Topics of in-depth exploration include materials, statistical mechanics, spectroscopy, and quantum mechanics. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory period each week. Prerequisite: CHE 301; MAT 213. (Spring 2014, Fall 2015 and alternate years)

CHE 305. Materials Chemistry – Forensic Application 3 credits

A course designed to provide a fundamental understanding of materials science and the techniques available to the forensic/materials science chemist for the analysis of different types of materials. The role of chemical analysis in materials science and its importance in the judicial system and industry at large as well as the role and responsibilities of the forensic/materials science chemist is discussed. Three 158 hours of lecture each week. The course includes field trips to an industrial analytical laboratory and a forensic laboratory. Prerequisite: CHE 212. (Fall 2014 and alternate years)

CHE 311. Quantitative Analysis 5 credits

Volumetric, gravimetric, electrochemical, separation, and some instrumental methods, such as analysis of blood by spectroscopic and electrophoretic procedures. First semester. Three hours of lecture and two three-hour laboratory periods each week. Prerequisite: Chemistry 122 or equivalent. Fall

CHE 312. Instrumental Analysis (Cross-listed as FSC 312 and PHY 312) 4 credits

Theory and practice of modern analytical techniques emphasizing spectrophotometric, chromatographic, and electrochemical methods. Second semester. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory period each week. Prerequisite: CHE 311. Spring

CHE 321. Biochemistry I 3 credits

(Cross-listed as BIO 321)

A survey of the fundamentals of biochemistry including such topics as lipids, carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acids, enzymes and cellular metabolism. Three hours of lecture each week. The laboratory (CHE 321L) contains qualitative and quantitative laboratory experiments on the nature and properties of biological materials. Prerequisite: CHE 212. Fall

CHE 321L. Biochemistry Lab 1 credit

(Cross-listed as BIO 321L)

The laboratory compliments CHE 321 (Biochemistry I) and contains qualitative and quantitative laboratory experiments on the nature and properties of biological materials. Co-requisite: CHE 321. Fall

CHE 322. Biochemistry II 3 credits

A continuation of Biochemistry I. Metabolic processing and their conservation among widely divergent organisms. Cellular processes, their interrelation and regulation. Biochemical techniques and their applications to a variety of current biological problems. Three hours of lecture. Prerequisite: CHE 321. (Spring 2015 and alternate years)

CHE 399. Undergraduate Research (Cross-listed as FSC 399) 1-6 credits

A course requiring a literature search and original laboratory work on a selected research topic. Work to be arranged with the individual faculty member.

CHE 406. Advanced Organic Chemistry 3 credits

Selected advanced topics from such areas as heterocyclics, natural products, reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, physical organic chemistry, and kinetics. Second semester. Three hours of lecture each week. Prerequisite: CHE 212; CHE 301 taken concurrently. (Spring 2015 and alternate years)

CHE 407. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3 credits

This is an Advanced Inorganic Chemistry course that explores advanced topics of coordination chemistry, complexes, ligand types and organometallic chemistry. Topics include transition metal carbonyls and derivatives pi-bonded organometallic compounds and substitution reactions of metal ion and organometallic complexes. The chemistry and physical properties of transition metal compounds including their spectral and magnetic properties will be treated. This course will include transition state theory, chemical kinetics, reaction mechanisms and rate expressions. Special topics of homogeneous catalysis, heterogeneous catalysis and an introduction to the biological significance of inorganic compounds are discussed. First semester. Three hours of lecture each week. Prerequisite: CHE 206; CHE 302 taken concurrently. (Spring 2014 and alternate years)

CHE 408. Analytical and Physical Methods in Forensic Analysis 1 credit

(Cross-listed as FSC 408)

A self-paced laboratory course involving physical and instrumental analysis of a range of solid and fluid materials for major and minor components. This course provides additional laboratory experience in forensic and chemical analysis beyond the traditional instrumental analysis course. Students will practice proper sample handling, establish instrumental parameters and protocol, and meet legal and scientific standards of analyses of unknown materials. Detailed reports are required for each unknown including the instrumental data, results, and conclusions. Prerequisite: CHE 312 or FSC 312. This course may be taken in both the first and second semesters for credit.

CHE 409. Advanced Physical Chemistry 3 credits

This course examines at an advanced level quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics and their application to the study of molecular bonds and properties. The course is mathematically demanding and requires a thorough knowledge of calculus, as well as an understanding of the solution of differential equations, vector and matrix notation and probability theory. The course includes a computational “laboratory” in which the student will use computational software to predict the properties and behavior of a selected molecule. First semester. Three hours of lecture each week. Prerequisite: CHE 302. (Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.)

CHE 465. Internship 3-6 credits

The internship is a program in which senior chemistry majors gain practical chemical experience with cooperating industries or governmental agencies. All internships (summer or one academic semester) will continue for at least 10 weeks. A minimum of 200 hours experience is required for 3 semester hours of credit and a minimum of 400 hours experience is required for 6 semester hours of credit. The exact duration and weekly hours of the assignment will vary with the cooperating agency; however, the total hours indicated above will normally translate to a program of 20 or 40 hours per week for 10 weeks. The student must submit a written internship request to the department chair at least 6 months prior to the anticipated starting date. The request must be approved by the instructor and the department before formal application to the cooperating agencies is initiated. Pass-fail grade. First semester, second semester, or summer.

CHE 475. Advanced Faith and Learning Integration 3 credits

In the spirit of the mission of Waynesburg University, this course intends to provide junior and senior level students with an unparalleled opportunity to integrate the Bible materials and its history of interpretation to the academic disciplines. Students who wish to engage in this level of theological reflection on vocation should consult with both their academic advisors and with the Chair of the Biblical and Ministry Studies Major Program. See page 116 of the academic catalog for further information. This course will not substitute for senior capstone/research courses required in the majors. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing; three credits in BMS courses; 3.0 minimum grade point average. (Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.)

CHE 499. Capstone Research (formerly CHE 499, Senior Research) 1 credit

A course requiring the completion of an original research project and oral presentation of this work. Upon completion of the project, a comprehensive and well-documented research report written in the style of an ACS chemistry journal article is also required.

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Chemistry

Heidi Fletcher

Assistant Professor of Chemistry


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Evonne Baldauff

Chairperson for the Chemistry and Forensic Science Department- Associate Professor of Chemistry


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