Overview

Chemistry is at the root of all science courses because all matter is composed of atoms and molecules. When you study chemistry at SMWC, you will not only be familiarizing yourself with an important field but also benefiting from small class sizes and hands-on experience.

Chemistry classes at SMWC are offered at  several levels, beginning with two semesters of general chemistry and continuing with two semesters of organic chemistry and biochemistry. A chemistry minor, which we offer as part of the general curriculum, 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).

Interested in majoring in Chemistry? An individualized major is available for you.

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.

Minor

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.

CH 115 General Chemistry I
Campus & Online | 4 Credits
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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 lab per week. Fall, every year. Course fee. Prerequisite: One year of high school chemistry or consent of instructor.

Campus & Online 4 Credits
CH 116 General Chemistry II
Campus & Online | 4 Credits
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A continuation of the concepts presented in CH 115 as they pertain to reaction kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium and acid-base and precipitation, and redox reactions. The concepts behind solids and liquids are also presented. A brief introduction to organic chemistry is included in the course topics. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab per week. Spring, every year. Course fee. Prerequisite: CH 115.

Campus & Online 4 Credits
CH 222 Organic Chemistry I
Campus | 4 Credits
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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 lab per week. Fall, every year. Course fee. Prerequisite: CH 116.

Campus 4 Credits
CH 322 Organic Chemistry II
Campus | 4 Credits
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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 one three-hour lab per week. Spring, every year. Course fee. Prerequisite: CH 222.

Campus 4 Credits
CH 323 Biochemistry
Campus | 4 Credits
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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 metabolism. Some modern biochemical reactions and isolation of compounds from natural sources are included. Three lectures and one three-hour lab. Course fee. Prerequisites: CH 222 and CH 322, or consent of instructor.

Campus 4 Credits

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.

Career Paths

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.