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2018-2019 Course Catalog

Required for the major in chemistry

Students who major in chemistry will explain and practice theories, concepts, and models from each of the disciplines within chemistry, and they will demonstrate depth of expertise in a particular chemical discipline or topic. They will also demonstrate safe and effective laboratory techniques and conduct experiments using both classical and instrumental analysis methods, and they will analyze and interpret chemical data and draw sound conclusions. And by implementing the scientific method, they will apply foundational and advanced chemical concepts in new areas of inquiry. As they develop their knowledge and skills, students will search, comprehend, summarize, discuss, and critically analyze the primary literature, and they will clearly communicate scientific concepts and reasoning in both written and oral forms to multiple audiences. They will also work effectively and inclusively as part of a group to complete a scientific task or project through project management, cooperative action, and positive interpersonal interactions, and they will explain and adhere to the relevant professional standards (ACS, NIH, OSHA, etc.) of safety, honesty, and integrity in scientific work.

The major in chemistry requires the following:

  1. Introductory principles
    1. CHEM 115 and 116 or the equivalent
    2. MATH 140 and 150, or the equivalent
    3. PHYS 141 and 151
  2. Core competencies
    1. CHEM 210 and 211: Analytical Chemistry
    2. CHEM 250: Organic Chemistry I
    3. CHEM 252: Organic Chemistry II
    4. CHEM 320: Inorganic Chemistry
    5. CHEM 340: Biochemistry
    6. CHEM 370: Physical Chemistry I
    7. Four additional classes. At least three must be chemistry classes at or above the 400 level, and at least one of those three must be a class in physical chemistry. One class in another natural science department, if it has significant chemistry content (such as a course in molecular biology), may be counted as one of the four electives with departmental approval.
  3. Six units of credit earned in chemistry Senior Experience courses numbered 380, 480, and 680

Required for the interdisciplinary major in natural sciences in chemistry and physics or geology

Chemistry students who have strong secondary interests in physics or geology may construct a major involving chemistry and geology or physics using the interdisciplinary major in the natural sciences. Previous interdisciplinary combinations of biology and chemistry have been replaced by the biochemistry major.

The requirements for the interdisciplinary major with chemistry as the primary discipline are:

  1. Introductory course sequences in chemistry, physics, and geology, chosen to include the discipline of secondary interest. The introductory sequences are:
    1. CHEM 115 and 116 or the equivalent
    2. GEOL 110 and 210
    3. PHYS 141 and 151
  2. Intermediate/advanced requirement: At least 10 six-unit courses in the sciences (biology, chemistry, geology, physics) numbered 200 or above, with at least five in chemistry and at least three in the secondary discipline.
  3. Six units of credit earned in chemistry seminar courses numbered 380, 480, and 680, which constitute the chemistry Senior Experience.

Senior Experience in chemistry

The chemistry department's capstone sequence consists of a series of three seminars:

  1. CHEM 380: Seminar: Perspectives on Chemistry (Fall Term, 1 unit) Taken optimally by sophomores or juniors, this is a series of presentations by visiting chemists and Lawrence students, faculty, and staff, featuring current issues in chemistry, important applications of chemistry, and professional development topics appropriate to chemistry majors or minors.
  2. CHEM 480: Seminar: Chemical Literature (Winter Term, 2 units) A seminar course for chemistry majors and minors, taken optimally during the junior year, in which students learn how to educate themselves about the chemical literature in fields of interest to them. In this seminar, they learn the character and organization of the chemical literature and become familiar with search strategies. Students select topics and, guided by the instructor, conduct a literature search for key papers, construct a bibliography, and prepare presentations highlighting key research findings. Students are encouraged to correlate their activities in this seminar with research projects that they undertake at Lawrence or elsewhere, which form the basis of the senior seminar.
  3. CHEM 680: Senior Seminar (Spring Term, 3 units): The culminating course in our capstone sequence asks each major to present an individual seminar presentation based on research they have done at Lawrence or elsewhere. 3 units.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisors and relevant department chairs to plan and negotiate their overall capstone experience as early as possible.

Required for the minor in chemistry

  1. Introductory principles
    1. CHEM 115 and 116 or the equivalent
  2. Core competencies
    1. CHEM 210 and 211: Analytical Chemistry
    2. CHEM 250: Organic Chemistry I
    3. CHEM 320: Inorganic Chemistry
    4. CHEM 370: Physical Chemistry I
    5. Two additional chemistry classes, one of which must be at or above the 400 level.
  3. At least three units of credit earned in chemistry seminar courses numbered 380, 480, and 680
  4. C average in the minor

Teacher certification in chemistry or broad-field science

Students can seek teacher certification to teach chemistry at the secondary level. Certification requires a major in chemistry with courses in other science subjects. Students also have the option of seeking broad-field science certification by completing a minimum of two courses in each of two other science disciplines and at least one course in each of the remaining sciences. Students who plan to seek teacher certification should review the requirements in the Education section of the catalog and meet with the director of teacher education, preferably before the end of the sophomore year.