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Academic Catalog '12-'13 | Chemistry/Biochemistry

Chemistry and Biochemistry Program

Faculty

Dr. Shizuka Hsieh, Visiting Associate Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Patrice Moss, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Description

The Chemistry/Biochemistry Program gives students a solid foundation in analytical, organic, and physical chemistry, and emphasizes the central roles that chemistry plays in biology and the global environment. The biochemistry major provides additional insight into the relationship of chemistry to living organisms. Throughout the programs in chemistry and biochemistry, students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in fields in which women are still underrepresented, and they gain the opportunity to explore options such as graduate school, medical school, or employment in the industrial and non-profit sectors.

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences may elect to pursue a B.S. degree in chemistry or biochemistry or a minor in either field.

Prospective science majors should be aware that most upper-level science courses are offered every other year, and it may not be possible to complete the requirements for the major in one academic year, regardless of the number of credits transferred in. It is suggested that any student transferring in with more than 64 credits who plans to major in chemistry or biochemistry meet with a chemistry faculty member before registering for any courses in order to plan an appropriate program and to determine how long it will take her to complete the degree requirements.

All students should note that MATH 123 is a pre-requisite for (or can be taken concurrently with) CHEM 111, the Fundamentals of Chemistry course.

Students who elect to major in biochemistry may not minor in either biology or chemistry.

Major Requirements

Major Requirements: Chemistry

ALL of the following chemistry courses:

CHEM 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry I
CHEM 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry II
CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 223 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 224 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 341 Physical Chemistry
CHEM 350 Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 351 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory

ALL of the following mathematics and physics courses:

MATH 125 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
MATH 225 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
PHYS 111 General Physics I
PHYS 112 General Physics II

TWO or THREE science electives from the following, totaling at least 7 credits and including one laboratory:

BIOL 220 Introductory Forensic Science
CHEM 310 Science in the Media
CHEM 431 Molecular Biochemistry I
CHEM 432 Molecular Biochemistry II
CHEM 435 Methods of Biochemistry

ONE Senior Seminar:

NSCM 499 Divisional Seminar

Other recommended courses:

CMSC 111 Introduction to Programming
MATH 325 Multi-Variable Calculus
CHEM 491 Internship
CHEM 497 Directed Research

Students planning to attend graduate school in chemistry should also take a second semester of Physical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry I Laboratory, and course in Inorganic or Materials Chemistry. 

Major Requirements: Biochemistry

ALL of the following biology courses:

BIOL 112 General Biology II
BIOL 241 Introductory Genetics
BIOL 341 Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 441 General Microbiology

ALL of the following chemistry courses:

CHEM 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry I
CHEM 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry II
CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 223 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 224 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 341 Physical Chemistry
CHEM 431 Molecular Biochemistry I
CHEM 432 Molecular Biochemistry II
CHEM 435 Methods of Biochemistry

ALL of the following mathematics and physics courses:

MATH 125 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
MATH 225 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
PHYS 111 General Physics I
PHYS 112 General Physics II

ONE Senior Seminar:

NSCM 499 Divisional Seminar

Other recommended courses:

MATH 301 Linear Algebra
MATH 325 Multi-Variable Calculus
CHEM 491 Internship
CHEM 497 Directed Research

Minor Requirements: Chemistry

ALL of the following courses:

CHEM 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry I
CHEM 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry II
CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 223 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

EIGHT additional credits in chemistry above the 100-level

Minor Requirements: Biochemistry

ALL of the following courses:

CHEM 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry I
CHEM 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry II
CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 223 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 431 Molecular Biochemistry I
CHEM 432 Molecular Biochemistry II
CHEM 435 Methods of Biochemistry

Program Policies

Advanced Placement:
A grade of 4 or 5 on the Chemistry AP exam will be accepted in lieu of CHEM 111.

CLEP Policy:
A satisfactory score on the CLEP exam in general chemistry will be accepted in lieu of CHEM 111.

Grades in Major Courses:
Students are required to earn a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in all courses counted to fulfill requirements for the major.

Pass/No Pass:
The pass/no pass option is not acceptable for courses taken to fulfill major or minor requirements.

Senior Assessment
The senior assessment in chemistry or biochemistry consists of a written report and oral presentation.

TELL Policy:
Because of the importance of the laboratory experience, TELL credits may not be applied toward the chemistry major.

Transfer Credits:
All chemistry and biochemistry majors are required to complete successfully a minimum of 15 credits in chemistry at Trinity College. With the approval of the program chair, courses in biology or other relevant areas of study offered at Trinity may be used to satisfy the 15 credit requirement. All chemistry/biochemistry majors must take NSCM 499 Divisional Seminar at Trinity (NSCM 499 may count toward the 15 credit hours taken at Trinity). Biochemistry majors must take CHEM 431 and CHEM 432 at Trinity.

Course Descriptions

CHEM 310 Science in the Media
CHEM 499 Senior Seminar
CHEM 491 Internship
CHEM 497 Directed Research
CHEM 498 Independent Study
CHEM 435 Methods of Biochemistry
CHEM 484 Topics in Biochemistry
CHEM 101 Chemistry in a Changing World
CHEM 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry I
CHEM 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry II
CHEM 113 Chemistry for the Health Sciences
CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 223 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 224 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 225 Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 321 Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM 332 Chemical Analysis
CHEM 341 Physical Chemistry
CHEM 350 Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 351 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
CHEM 431 Molecular Biochemistry I
CHEM 432 Molecular Biochemistry II


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