(See also Joint Major in Chemistry and Biology)
Professors Van Ryswyk (Chair), Baker, Cave, Daub, de Jesus (2008-2009), Haushalter, Hill (2006–2009), Johnson, Karukstis, Kubota (emeritus), Maloney (beginning Fall 2009), Myhre (emeritus), Van Hecke and Vosburg.
The central program in chemistry is designed to provide instruction that prepares graduates for careers and advanced study in chemistry and related fields. Following the core courses in chemistry, the chemistry program consists of a set of intermediate lecture and laboratory courses that provide necessary breadth. The advanced courses and experimental research or project work in the senior year provide opportunities for in-depth study of selected areas.
A second program, administrated jointly by the departments of chemistry and biology, is the Joint Major in Chemistry and Biology. This joint major provides an opportunity for students interested in study at the interface between chemistry and biology. Students wishing to study such interdisciplinary areas as biochemistry, molecular biology, biological chemistry and chemical biology will find this new program well tailored to their post graduate plans. Details on this program are listed in the “Interdisciplinary Programs” section of the catalogue.
The chemistry faculty believe that research or project work on a significant chemical problem is such a valuable educational experience that all majors must participate in such a project. The department is exceptionally well equipped with the instrumentation necessary for this research work and has a strong record of research productivity.
Students completing the chemistry major have an exceptionally strong and broad background for immediate employment, professional school (business, law or medicine), or graduate work in chemistry or a wide range of allied fields. Our alumni work not only in chemistry, but in materials science, chemical engineering, biochemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology, genetics, oceanography, teaching, publishing and viticulture. All chemistry graduates are certified by the American Chemical Society.
Students completing the Joint Major in Chemistry and Biology graduate with a clear view of the science in both disciplines. Such a degree will prepare the graduate for advanced study in molecular biology, biological chemistry, biochemistry or chemical biology. This degree is not an ACS certified chemistry major.
CHEMISTRY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS. A chemistry major must satisfactorily complete the following courses: Chemistry 51, 52, 53, 56, 58, 103, 104, 105, 109, 110, 111, 112, 114, four to six hours of Chemistry 151–152, Chemistry 182 and four semesters of Chemistry 199.
Students can, in consultation with their adviser, build upon the chemistry degree by taking additional courses tailored to their interests. Sample programs supporting a broad array of career paths are listed:
Applied Chemistry or Graduate Study in Chemical Engineering: Chemistry 166, Engineering 82, Engineering 131 or 132, Engineering 136 and Engineering 133. Engineering 112–113 (Clinic) may be substituted for Chemistry 151–152.
Biological Chemistry: Chemistry 184, Biology 54, Biology 111, Biology 113, one biology elective or two courses selected from Chemistry 168 (Biophysical Chemistry), Chemistry 172, Joint Science (JS) Chemistry 134, JS Chemistry 175, PO Chemistry 174, PO Chemistry 180, or PO Chemistry 184. Completion of this course of study leads to American Chemical Society certification in biochemistry.
Chemical Education: CGU Education 170G and Chemistry 197–198 as a 3-unit teaching internship under the supervision of a local K–12 teacher involving a minimum of 3 hours per week of classroom contact. Completion of this course of study leads to American Chemical Society certification in chemical education.
Chemical Physics: One additional physics course beyond the core, plus 6 credit hours of study selected from Chemistry 161 or Physics 117, Chemistry 168, Physics 111, Physics 116, Physics 151, Math 115, Math 136, or other advanced courses in chemistry, physical chemistry or mathematics. Completion of this course of study leads to American Chemical Society certification in chemical physics.
Computational Chemistry: Three courses selected from Chemistry 161 or Physics 117, Chemistry 168 (Electronic Structure Theory), JS Chemistry 134 (Modeling), Computer Science 60, Math 164, Math 167, Physics 111, Physics 116, or another advanced course in computer science, physics or chemistry.
Graduate Study in Chemistry: Chemistry 161, a half-course emphasizing synthetic chemistry (Chemistry 165, 171, 173 or 176), and a technical elective. It is recommended that students acquire a reading knowledge of German, Russian or French.
Geochemistry: PO Geology 50 and three courses selected from PO Geology 103, PO Geology 106, PO Geology 108, PO Geology 130 or PO Geology 159.
Materials Chemistry: Engineering 98, Chemistry 168 (Surface Spectroscopy), Physics 178 (Physics of Stuff), and one course selected from Engineering 176, Engineering 189 or Physics 162.
Medical School: There is no specific premedical track at HMC. However, an excellent premedical preparation can be obtained at HMC. In fact, the college’s emphasis on the humanities and the social sciences is an asset for premedical studies. A premedical program can be arranged through any of the majors, if supplemented by appropriate biology and chemistry course work. Students should consult with the premedical adviser, Professor Karl Haushalter, for more information.
Students are encouraged to discuss professional options and opportunities with members of the chemistry department.
21-22. General Chemistry. Staff. Stoichiometry, kinetic theory, phase behavior, equilibrium, bonding, thermodynamics, kinetics and descriptive chemistry. 3 credit hours per semester.
25–26. Chemistry Laboratory. Staff. Laboratory taken concurrently with Chemistry 21–22. 1 credit hour per semester.
51. Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics. Karukstis. Phase equilibria, thermodynamics and chemical kinetics. Prerequisites: Chemistry 21–22 and 25–26. 3 credit hours. (Fall.)
52. Physical Chemistry: Group Theory, Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy. Van Hecke. Introduction to quantum mechanics with application to atoms and molecules. Group theory. Survey of spectroscopic techniques. Prerequisites: Chemistry 21–22 and 25–26. 3 credit hours. (Spring.)
53. Physical Chemistry Laboratory. Karukstis, Van Hecke. Physical chemical measurements of molecular properties. Prerequisite: Chemistry 51 or taken concurrently. 2 credit hours. (Fall.)
56. Carbon Compounds. Vosburg, Haushalter, Maloney. A systematic study of the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds, emphasizing synthesis, reaction mechanisms, and the relation of structure to observable physical and chemical properties. Prerequisites: Chemistry 21–22 and 25–26. 3 credit hours. (Spring.)
58. Carbon Compounds Laboratory. Vosburg, Haushalter, Hill. Laboratory taken concurrently with Chemistry 56. Prerequisite: one year of college chemistry. 1 credit hour. (Spring.)
103. Chemical Analysis. Johnson, Van Ryswyk Applications of chemical equilibria in qualitative and quantitative analysis with emphasis on inorganic systems. Introduction to electrochemistry. Prerequisites: Chemistry 21–22 and 25–26. Chemistry 109 should be taken concurrently. 3 credit hours. (Fall.)
104. Inorganic Chemistry. Johnson. Systematic study of the preparation, properties, structures, analysis and reactions of inorganic compounds. Prerequisites: Chemistry 51, 52, 56, and 105, or equivalents. 3 credit hours. (Spring.)
105. Organic Chemistry. Vosburg. A continuation of the chemistry of carbon compounds. Prerequisite: Chemistry 56. Chemistry 111 should be taken concurrently. 3 credit hours. (Fall.)
109. Chemical Analysis Laboratory. Johnson, Van Ryswyk. Chemical analysis. Prerequisites: Chemistry 103 or taken concurrently. 1 credit hour. (Fall.)
110. Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory. Johnson. Synthesis, characterization and analysis of inorganic compounds. Prerequisites: Chemistry 104 or taken concurrently. 1 credit hour. (Spring.)
111. Organic Chemistry Laboratory. Vosburg, Maloney. Synthesis, characterization and analysis of organic compounds. Prerequisites: Chemistry 58, Chemistry 105 or taken concurrently. 1 credit hour. (Fall.)
112. Instrumental Analysis Laboratory. Van Ryswyk. Instrumental methods of analysis. Prerequisites: Chemistry 114, or taken concurrently. 1 credit hour. (Spring.)
114. Advanced Analytical Chemistry. Van Ryswyk. Special topics in analytical chemistry including instrumental analysis, Electrochemistry. Prerequisites: Chemistry 51 and 103. 3 credit hours. (Spring.)
151–152. Research Problems. Staff. Two oral reports and a written thesis are required. 2 or 3 credit hours per semester. (2 credit hours = a minimum of 6 hours of laboratory per week, 3 credit hours = a minimum of 10 hours of laboratory per week: additional library time is required.) Topics in chemical literature will be covered in the first three weeks of the fall semester.
161. Classical and Statistical Thermodynamics. Staff. Equilibrium thermo-dynamics with applications to chemistry Prerequisites: Chemistry 51 or equivalent. 2 credit hours. (Offered in Fall 2008–2009.)
165. Organometallic Chemistry. Johnson. Reactions, structure catalysis. Pre-requisite: Chemistry 56 or equivalent. 2 credit hours.
166. Industrial Chemistry. Van Hecke. Elements of chemical engineering for chemists. Organization and goals of industrial research. Readings, case studies and seminar discussions. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. 2 credit hours. (Offered in Fall 2008–2009.)
168. Special Topics in Physical Chemistry. Staff. An introduction to an area in physical chemistry not covered in other chemistry courses, changes each year at the discretion of the chemistry department. Prerequisites: Depends upon the topic offered. 2 credit hours. (Lasers in Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry, Electronic Structure Theory, Surface Spectroscopy, X-Ray Crystallography.)
171. Advanced Organic Chemistry. Vosburg. Organic Synthesis. Prerequisite: one year of organic chemistry. 2 credit hours. (Spring 2009 at HMC.)
172. NMR Spectroscopy. Staff. Special topics in magnetic resonance. Prerequisite: one year of organic chemistry. 2 credit hours. (Spring at Pomona.)
173. Advanced Organic Chemistry. Daub. Pericyclic reactions. Prerequisite: one year of organic chemistry. 2 credit hours. (Offered in Fall 2008.)
176. Advanced Organic Chemistry. Staff. Physical organic chemistry. Prerequisite: one year of organic chemistry. 2 credit hours. (Offered alternate years.)
182. Chemistry in Living Systems. Haushalter, Vosburg. Relation of molecular structure and energy flow to reactions in living systems. Prerequisite: Chemistry 105. 3 credit hours. (Spring.)
184. Methods in Biochemistry. Haushalter, Vosburg. Experiments in biochemistry. Prerequisite: Chemistry 182 or concurrently. 1 credit hour. (Spring.)
189. Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Haushalter. Advanced topics at the interface between chemistry and biology. 3 credit hours. (Fall.)
197, 198. Chemistry. Staff. Special readings in chemistry. Open to seniors only. 1–3 credit hours per semester. (Fall and Spring.)
199. Seminar. Staff. Discussions of contemporary research by students, faculty and visiting scientists. Attendance by majors is required. No credit. (Fall and Spring.)