Chemistry

Bachelor of Science, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Students in Chemistry class

Department Overview

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry develops students’ foundations in the chemical sciences that are integral to many disciplines in today’s high-technology society. Successful completion of a chemistry or biochemistry degree prepares students for entry into many different fields including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, materials science, medicinal chemistry, synthesis, environmental, forensics, drug discovery, biotechnology, molecular biology, and research.

Degree Objectives

Prepare students for professional careers in the chemical sciences; for graduate studies in the chemical sciences; or for professional studies in medicine, law, or the allied health sciences.

Career Opportunities*

  • Analytical chemist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Healthcare scientist, clinical biochemistry
  • Forensic scientist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Research scientist (physical sciences)
  • Toxicologist

* Prospects, What can I do with my degree? (Chemistry)

Contact

Paul Steinbach, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Contact by Email
913.360.7613

Westerman Hall

Department Website

  • Gail Blaustein, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
  • Patrisha Bugayong, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
  • Mehdi Masjedi, Ph.D.
    Visiting Instructor
  • Paul Steinbach, Ph.D.
    Professor & Department Chair
  • Larry Sutton, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor

Freshman Year

CHEM-1200General Chemistry I3
CHEM-1201General Chemistry I Lab1
MATH-1300Calculus I4
ENGL-1010English Composition3
GNST-1000BC Experience1
Foreign Language4
Total16
CHEM-1210General Chemistry II3
CHEM-1211General Chemistry II Lab1
MATH-1350Calculus II4
THEO-1100Introduction to Theology3
Foreign Language3
EXSC-1115Wellness for Life1
Total15

Sophomore Year

CHEM-2200Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM-2201Organic Chemistry I Lab1
PHYS-2100Classical Physics I4
Historical Foundation3
Aesthetic Foundation3
PHIL-1750Principles of Nature3
Total17
CHEM-2210Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM-2211Organic Chemistry II Lab1
CHEM-3300Quantitative Analysis3
CHEM-3301Quantitative Analysis Lab2
PHYS-2110Classical Physics II4
Historical Foundation3
Total16

Junior Year

CHEM-3500Biochemistry I3
CHEM-3501Biochemistry I Lab1
CHEM-3400Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM-3401Inorganic Chemistry Lab1
CHEM-4900Chem/Biochem Colloq.1
Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
Person and Community Foundation3
Total15
CHEM-3800Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM-3801Physical Chemistry I Lab1
CHEM-4901Chem/Biochem Colloq.1
Advanced Chemistry Elective3
Faith Foundation3
Electives6
Total17

Senior Year

Advanced Chemistry Elective3
CHEM-4801Research1
CHEM-4200Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM-4201Physical Chemistry II Lab1
CHEM-4902Chem/Biochem Colloq.1
Aesthetic Experience Foundation3
Elective3
EXSCFitness course1
Total16
CHEM-4811Research1
CHEM-4903Chem/Biochem Colloq. (w/ Senior Sem. Presentation)1
CHEM-COMPSenior Comprehensivecr
Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
Electives9
Faith Foundation3
Total17

Other Department Offerings

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
  • Prospective High School Teacher Course Track
  • Minor in Chemistry

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