ACADEMICS

  • Chemistry 

    The chemistry program provides education and training in chemistry to students who wish to pursue careers in chemistry, biotechnology, medicine, dentistry, allied health fields, science teaching, environmental science, materials science and engineering. Chemistry is considered the central science because it is required for full understanding of many other sciences as well as medicine. The Chemistry Department offers courses for general education as well as for majors in chemistry, biology, biotechnology, and nursing. Besides the chemistry major and minor programs, the department also offers concentrations in nuclear medicine technology, biochemistry, green chemistry and environmental chemistry, materials science and inorganic chemistry, and bioinformatics. Majors in chemistry may also be eligible for the Accelerated Pharmacy Program with the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The department has a chapter of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Honor Society in chemistry. The department offers opportunities for undergraduate research in organic chemistry, bioanalytical chemistry, nanoscience and molecular modeling. The Chemistry Department promotes green chemistry in its curriculum and research.

    Requirements for a Major in Chemistry
    : 45 credits
    Core: 33 credits

    • CH 120 General Chemistry I
    • CH 121 General Chemistry II
    • CH 201 Organic Chemistry I (Lecture)
    • CH 202 Organic Chemistry II (Lecture)
    • CH 203 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
    • CH 204 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
    • CH 301 Physical Chemistry I (Lecture)
    • CH 302 Physical Chemistry II (Lecture)
    • CH 303 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
    • CH 210 Chemical Analysis: An Introduction to Modern Methods
    • CH 475 Chemistry Seminar

    Plus a minimum of 12 credits at the 300 level or above, at least one of which must be a lab course. Internships and Independent Study may contribute no more than 3 credits toward this requirement.

    In addition, majors are expected to complete the following ancillary courses: MA 200 & MA 201 Calculus I and II, or PY 241 & PY 242 Physics I and II.

    Requirements for a Major in Chemistry, Concentration in Nuclear Medicine Technology: See program description under Biology.

    Requirements for a Major in Chemistry, Concentration in Biochemistry:
    All of the courses listed above as required for the major in chemistry plus both CH 410 Biochemistry I and CH 350 Medicinal Chemistry and any two of the following:

    • CH 330 Environmental Toxicology
    • CH 355 Molecular Pharmacology
    • CH 411 Biochemistry II
    • BI 375 Molecular Biology
    • CH 495 Fundamentals of Chemical Research (in appropriate topic for concentration)

    Three credits of CH 480 (Chemistry Internship) or CH 490 (Independent Study) in an appropriate topic for the concentration may be substituted for one of the electives with departmental approval.

    Requirements for a Major in Chemistry, Concentration in Green Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry:
    All of the courses listed above as required for the major in chemistry plus both CH 320 Environmental Chemistry and CH 335 Green Chemistry and any two of the following:

    • CH 330 Environmental Toxicology
    • CH 336 Environmental and Chemistry Lab
    • CH 410 Biochemistry I
    • CH 470 Instrumental Analysis
    • CH 495 Fundamentals of Chemical Research (in appropriate topic for concentration)

    Three credits of CH 480 (Chemistry Internship) or CH 490 (Independent Study) in an appropriate topic for the concentration may be substituted for one of the electives with departmental approval.

    Requirements for a Major in Chemistry, Concentration in Materials Science and Inorganic Chemistry:
    All of the courses listed above as required for the major in chemistry plus both CH 340 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry and CH 360 Introduction to Materials Science and any two of the following:

    • CH 304 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
    • PY 310 Modern Physics
    • CH 470 Instrumental Analysis
    • CH 495 Fundamentals of Chemical Research (in appropriate topic for
    • concentration)

    Three credits of CH 480 (Chemistry Internship) or CH 490 (Independent Study) in an appropriate topic for the concentration may be substituted for one of the electives with departmental approval.

    Requirements for a Major in Chemistry and to meet the prerequisites for the Accelerated Pharmacy Program with Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences: (Please see program description in this catalog.)
    All of the courses listed for the chemistry major core, plus:

    • BI 140 Introduction to Organismal Biology
    • BI 141 Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
    • PY 241 Physics I
    • MA 200 Calculus
    • MA 201 Calculus II
    • BI 204 Microbiology
    • PY 242 Physics II

    Requirements for a Major in Chemistry, Concentration in Bioinformatics:
    The purpose of this interdisciplinary concentration is to prepare students to enter computer intensive fields of bioinformatics, computational biology, computational chemistry and molecular modeling including genomics and proteomics. With the advent of the Human Genome Project, an explosion of genomics information has occurred, and databases such as GenBank and EMBL have grown at a rate that now requires storage, organizing and indexing of the information. Questions of gene expression have led to computational biology, the process of analyzing genomic sequences and to the field of proteomics, the understanding of protein structure and function. The information obtained by computational biology and computational chemistry is used in the design of new drugs to treat a variety of diseases. Major drug and biotechnology companies are seeking people trained in bioinformatics.

    In addition to the requirements for the Major in Chemistry:

    • BI 201 Cell Biology or BI 203 Genetics+ (4)
    • BT 378 Bioinformatics (4)
    • CS 140 Introduction to Programming (4)
    • CS 242 Data Structures (3)
    • CS 135 Programming for Non-CS Majors (3)
    • CS 265 Database Applications (3)

    One course from:

    • BI 201 Cell Biology (4)
    • BI 203 Genetics+ (4)
    • BI 204 Microbiology (4)
    • BI 306 Developmental Biology+ (4)
    • BI 353 Tree of Life: Evolutionary Systematics (4)
    • BI 371 Molecular Biology+ (4)
    • BI 375 Virology+ (4)
    • BT 376 Biotechnology (4)

    +requires additional prerequisite courses beyond those required for the major and concentration.

    Chemistry Honors Program:
    The Chemistry Honors Program is an upper-level program designed to challenge students majoring in chemistry to excel in their course work, to encourage them to extend their program beyond the basic requirements of the major, and to reward and recognize them for so doing. Students are required to have a 3.5 GPA in chemistry and ancillary courses and a 3.2 GPA overall.

    Students would need to complete the following courses in chemistry:

    • CH 120 & CH 121 General Chemistry I and II
    • CH 201 & CH 202 Organic Chemistry I and II (Lectures)
    • CH 203 & CH 204 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I and II
    • CH 210 Chemical Analysis: An Introduction to Modern Methods
    • CH 301 & CH 302 Physical Chemistry I and II (Lectures)
    • CH 303 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
    • CH 475 Chemistry Seminar

    The following two courses must be taken as part of the required 12 credits of 300 and 400-level electives:

    • CH 340 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
    • CH 410 Biochemistry I

    Students would need to complete at least 6 semester hours of research under CH 490 (Independent Study) leading to the writing of a thesis. In addition, students would be expected to complete the ancillary requirements for the chemistry major in calculus and physics.

    Requirements for a Minor in Chemistry: 18 credits

    • CH 120 & CH 121 General Chemistry I and II
    • Ten (10) additional credits in 200- or higher level chemistry courses