Learn Chemistry

Chemistry is at the root of all science courses, since all matter is composed of atoms and molecules. A chemistry minor would serve to strengthen and broaden a biology major and enhance a student’s ability to think more interdisciplinary across all areas of science technology engineering and mathematics (STEM). Chemistry classes are offered at all levels, beginning with two semesters of General Chemistry and continuing with two semesters of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry.

An individualized major can be put together for students interested in majoring in chemistry and the chemistry minor is available in the general curriculum.

Preparing You for a Variety of Chemistry Careers

Beyond simply reading a textbook and test-taking, you’ll get hands-on experience, professional-level research opportunities, and personalized interaction in our small, open classrooms that will prepare you to be a creative problem-solver for the scientific age. Learn chemistry from our faculty members, who hold terminal degrees in their field and have diverse experience in education, research and industry.

Chemistry Major

While not offered in the general curriculum, a major in Chemistry can be put together through various consortium agreements and individualized customization.  If you are considering a chemistry major contact us today to discuss your options at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Chemistry Minor - (20 credit hours)

The College offers a strong minor in Chemistry which is supportive of the pre-professional studies majors. In addition, an individualized major may be developed in Chemistry utilizing the consortium agreement with Indiana State University.

Required Courses

20 credit hours required; all courses listed.

Introduces the basic chemical concepts of atomic structure, periodicity, and the chemical reactions of both gases and solutions, and the thermodynamics of these reactions. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: one year of high school chemistry or consent of professor.

A continuation of the concepts presented in CH 115 as they pertain to reaction thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium of acid-base and precipitation reactions as well as redox chemistry. The concepts behind solids, both salts and metallic, are also presented. A brief introduction to organic chemistry is included in the course topics. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: CH 115.

Studies the reactivity of functionalized hydrocarbons through the use of mechanism and orbital considerations. Unsaturated hydrocarbons as well as functional groups containing oxygen and sulfur are considered. Laboratory offers instruction in technique. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: CH 116.

Continuation of CH 222 considering additional functional groups such as aromatics, carboxylic acids, esters, and amines. In addition to synthesis, the interpretation of organic spectra is used as a tool for critical thinking. Biochemistry topics that pertain to organic spectra are used as tools for critical thinking. Biochemistry topics that pertain to organic topics are introduced. Laboratory offers instruction in synthesis. Three one-hour lectures and laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: CH 222.

One semester introductory course designed to give students an appreciation of the dynamic nature of life processes. Chemistry of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids and enzymes are studied and considered in their role in the metabolism. Some modern biochemical reactions and isolation of compounds from natural sources are included. Three lectures and one three-hour lab. Course fee applies. Prerequisites: CH 115 and CH 116, or consent of instructor.

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Students who minor in chemistry along with biology, math or pre-professional studies will find themselves marketable to a broader area of graduate and professional schools as well as many industries such as those related to pharmaceuticals, food science, manufacturing or refining, forensics and crime labs. From quality assurance or testing to research lab settings, a solid background in chemistry will benefit all students’ skill sets and resumes.