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CHEMISTRY.

B.A. or B.S. Degree in Chemistry
Minor in Chemistry
Secondary Teacher Licensure

Chemistry Major – Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (BA, BS)

Learn the science of chemistry in the context of work-world applications.

If you are naturally curious and good at math, physics, and biology, pursuing one of Catawba College’s bachelor’s degree programs in Chemistry may be a perfect academic fit for you. Chemistry is a challenging discipline involving the study of matter, its properties, and why and how various substances combine or separate to create other substances, and how these substances interact with energy.

co-chem.pngInspiring Catawba College faculty who love chemistry as much as their students are accessible thanks to small classes. This assures Catawba’s Chemistry majors receive personal attention and guidance as they navigate challenging coursework to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. Partnerships with the North Carolina Research Campus, local laboratories, and chemical-related businesses allow Chemistry undergrads to put their classroom skills to work in real-world settings.

Catawba’s Chemistry bachelor’s degree programs are offered at an institution that U.S. News ranks as #4 among Best Regional Colleges in the South and that The Princeton Review perennially includes in its annual Best Colleges guide.


Minor in Chemistry

Catawba offers a minor in Chemistry.


Secondary Teacher Licensure

Your college years are a perfect time to prepare for your future career, and not just for your first job, but for all of the jobs you may hold.  If you want to teach Chemistry in high school grades 9-12, you should pursue a Secondary Teacher Licensure as a minor at Catawba College in addition to a B.A. or B.S. degree in Chemistry. Students interested in Comprehensive Science licensure should consult with the Department of Teacher Education for additional required coursework.


Chemistry Program Highlights

As a Chemistry major, you’ll use math, theory and experimentation to study physical substances. Your coursework will include plenty of science and advanced level math courses, along with supporting courses in biology and physics. You’ll perform experiments and work with your hands. You’ll also prepare and present research at scientific conferences. In short, your undergraduate Chemistry major from Catawba College will prepare you for entry-level employment related to chemistry or for additional chemistry study in graduate school.

Catawba College Student Interning
Internships in Chemistry.

Internships in Chemistry are an ideal way to pump up your resume while acquiring real-world, professional skills.  Previous internships involving Catawba College Chemistry majors have included summer experiences at the North Carolina Research Campus and Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) through the National Science Foundation.

Catawba College Student presenting research.
Undergraduate Research in Chemistry.

Catawba College Chemistry majors regularly conduct and present their research at the annual campus Interdisciplinary Creativity and Research Symposium, at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Research Symposium, and at state, regional and national conferences of American Chemical Society.

Catawba’s Chemistry majors, as well as declared majors in Biology and Environment & Sustainability may apply to receive the James M. Beard Student Science Travel Award.  This travel scholarship provides a maximum of $500 that a student recipient can use for fall or spring semester scientific conference travel to present their research.

Related Bachelor Degree Programs

Outcomes

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JOBS FOR CHEMISTRY MAJORS.

Chemistry majors from Catawba College have found their element in the following positions:

    • Organic Chemist
    • Chemistry Teacher
    • Renewable Fuels Researcher
    • Pharmacist
    • Director of Product Development
    • Chiropractor
    • Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Physician
    • Forensic Scientist

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GRADUATE SCHOOLS.

Many Catawba College Chemistry alumni have gone on to pursue graduate degrees at the following institutions:

    • Florida International University
    • University of Notre Dame
    • Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University
    • School of Pharmacy, University of South Carolina
    • UNC-Chapel Hill
    • Wake Forest University
    • New England College of Optometry
    • Albany Medical College
    • Clemson University

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“Chemistry at Catawba not only prepares you for a career in chemistry but it also lays a firm foundation for those pursuing the medical field.”

Justin Burroughs '17
Chemistry Graduate; Biology Minor; Currently a Ph.D. candidate studying Polymer Chemistry at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. While at Catawba, he was active in the Student Government Association and a member of the Tri-Beta, Gamma Sigman Epsilon, and Phi Epsilon honor societies. He was also in the College Honors Program and the recipient of the 2017 Whitener Medal. 

Chemistry Facilities

60 MHz FT-NMR with Proton, Carbon-13
and Multi-element Capability
 Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer with Diamond ATR Accessory
GC-MS
Atomic Absorption Spectrometer

Automated Data Collection Through
CBL and LabPro Systems

Two High Performance Liquid
Chromatographs with UV/Vis Detectors

Two Ultraviolet-Visible Spectrophotometers

Fluorescence Spectrophotometer

 Eight Spectronic
20D Spectrometers

LC

ICP

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PARTICIPATE.

Chemistry majors bond with fellow students and faculty through membership in the American Chemical Society (ACS) participating in a wide range of programs and activities that enhance their college experience and prepare them for successful careers. Or high-achieving chemistry majors may be invited to join Catawba’s chapter of Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society.

Faculty

Dr. Carol Ann Miderski

Dr. Carol Ann Miderski, professor and chair of Chemistry, specializes in physical chemistry. She often collaborates to teach interdisciplinary courses with faculty in other departments.  Most recently, she co-taught an Honors course, Aesthetic Alchemy, with Studio Art Instructor Ashley Pierce which culminated with a spring break spring break trip to Arizona and the Grand Canyon. The course explored the science behind art, focusing on nature and art as well as local culture and history.

Dr. Richard V. Macri

Dr. Richard V. Macri is an assistant professor of Chemistry.  His professional interest is "in the synthesis and testing of new drugs, specifically towards treatment of diabetes and fibromyalgia." He spent four years in the Marine Corps as an aviation electronics technician and says graduating from Marine Corps boot camp was one of his greatest achievements.

Dr. ChaMarra K. Saner

Dr. ChaMarra K. Saner is an assistant professor Chemistry and serves as faculty advisor to Catawba’s chapter of the American Chemical Society.  She recently co-taught an Honors class that explored science and art, specifically dance, in the form of a STEAM (science technology, engineering and mathematics) course.  The capstone experience for that course was a spring break trip to Cuba.          

Curriculum

Required Courses for B.A. in Chemistry
Required Courses for B.A. in Chemistry

CHEM 1501, 1502 General Chemistry I, II

8

CHEM 2501 Analytical Chemistry

4

CHEM 2601, 2602 Organic Chemistry I, II

4

CHEM 3501 Instrumental Analysis

4

CHEM 3511 Thermodynamics and Kinetics

4

CHEM 4100 Chemistry Research Seminar

3

Electives, selected from the following:               
- CHEM 2570 Environmental Chemistry               
- CHEM 3552 Biochemistry             
- Biology elective (3000 level or above)

6-8

MATH 1801 Calculus

4

MATH 1802 Intermediate Calculus

4

PHYS 2521, 2522 General Physics I, II

8

 

Total:

53-55

Required Courses for B.S. in Chemistry
Required Courses for B.S. in Chemistry

CHEM 1501, 1502 General Chemistry I, II

8

CHEM 2501 Analytical Chemistry

4

CHEM 2601, 2602 Organic Chemistry I, II

8

CHEM 3501 Instrumental Analysis

4

CHEM 3511 Thermodynamics and Kinetics

4

CHEM 3512 Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy

4

CHEM 3521 Inorganic Chemistry

4

CHEM 3552 Biochemistry

4

CHEM 4100 Chemistry Research Seminar

3

MATH 1801 Calculus

4

MATH 1802 Intermediate Calculus

4

PHYS 2521, 2522 General Physics I, II

8

 

Total:

59

Required Courses for Minor
Required Courses for Minor

CHEM 1501, 1502 General Chemistry I, II

8

Electives in Chemistry (2000 level or above)

12

 

Total:

20

Requirements for Teacher Licensure
Requirements for Teacher Licensure

Students seeking licensure to teach secondary subjects (grades 9-12) must complete the minor and in addition complete student teaching. These components are designed to meet program approval standards established by the North Carolina State Board of Education.

EDUC 2000 Introduction to Teaching and Educational Technology

3

*EDUC 3100 Theories of Teaching and Learning

3

*EDUC 3101 Learning Environments and Professional Practice

3

*EDUC 3108 Multiliteracies in the Content Areas

3

PSYCH 1350 Adolescent Psychology

3

PSYCH 2940 Psychology of Exceptionalities

3

*+Methods course appropriate for subject area

3

 

Total:

18-21

*Student Teaching

12

*EDUC 4500 Professional Leadership Seminar

3

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

1102 CHEMISTRY AND SOCIETY: LECTURE ONLY (3 hours)
Same as CHEM 1101 except for laboratory; student may not receive credit for both courses.

1104 PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY (4 hours)
A study of the principles of general, organic and biological chemistry with an emphasis on physiological applications. Students may not receive credit for CHEM 1501 and CHEM 1104. This course is intended primarily for nursing students and is not suitable for students who will need a full year of chemistry for admission to medical school or similar programs.

1110 TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY (1-4 hours)
A study of selected topics.

1125 CHEMISTRY AND THE ENVIRONMENT (3 hours)
A study of environmental chemistry to include discussions of basic chemistry, toxins, meterology, air pollution, ozone depletion, global warming, water supply, water pollution, solid waste management, and hazardous was management. Same as ENV 1125.

1135 FORENSIC SCIENCE: LECTURE ONLY (3 hours)
A study of forensic science to include the investigation of physical evidence (e.g., petroleum products, accelerant residue, blood, DNA, and glass) encountered at crime scenes. Lecture only. Same as Chem 1136 except for laboratory; students may not receive credit for both courses. For non-science majors only.

1136 FORENSIC SCIENCE (4 hours)
A study of forensic science to include investigation of physical evidence (e.g. petroleum products, accelerant residue, blood, DNA, and glass) encountered at crime scenes. Lecture and laboratory. Same as Chem 1135 except for laboratory; students may not receive credit for both courses. For non-science majors only.

1501 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (4 hours)
Astudy of the fundamental principles of chemistry, including atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, gases, bonding, and periodicity. Lecture and Laboratory.

1502 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (4 hours)
A study of the fundamental principles of chemistry, including liquid/solid states, solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, thermodynamics, oxidation-reduction, and electrochemistry. Lecture and Laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 1501.

2110 INTERMEDIATE TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY (1-4 hours)
A study of selected topics in chemistry at the intermediate level.

2501 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY (4 hours)
A study of theory and practice of quantitative chemical analysis, to include gravimetric and volumetric methods and elementary spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques with emphasis on solution equilibrium. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 1502.

2601 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I (4 hours)
A study of the structure, classification, properties, and reactions of hydrocarbons (both aliphatic and aromatic), organic halides and alcohols. The stereochemistry of organic compounds will also be studied. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 1502.

2602 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II (4 hours)
A study of the structure, classification, properties, and reactions of oxygen- and nitrogen-containing organic compounds. The spectroscopic behavior of organic compounds will also be studied. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 2601.

3501 INSTRUMENTAL ALANALYSIS (4 hours)
A study of the theory and practice of modern instrumental methods of analysis to include sample preparation, UV-Vis, IR, Raman, fluorescence, atomic absorption and emission, gas and liquid chromatography, electro-analytical techniques, and mass spectrometry. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: CHEM 2501 and CHEM 2602.

3511 THERMODYNAMICS AND KINETICS (4 hours)
A study of concentration, time, and energy changes in chemical systems and reactions. Includes theory and applications in chemical kinetics, reaction dynamics, thermodynamics, and equilibria. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: CHEM 1502, MATH 2651, PHYS 2521.

3512 QUANTUM MECHANICS AND SPECTROSCOPY (4 hours)
A study of the quantum behavior of chemical systems. Includes theory and applications in quantum mechanics and spectroscopy. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: CHEM 1502, MATH 2652, PHYS 2522.

3521 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (4 hours)
A study of the structure, properties, and reactions of inorganic and organometallic compounds. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: CHEM 2602 and CHEM 3512.

3552 BIOCHEMISTRY (4 hours)
Same as BIOL 3552. An introduction to the chemistry of cellular processes, to include protein conformation and function, the generation and storage of metabolic energy, and the biosynthesis of important cellular structures as the main themes. The course will include a seminar emphasizing representative case studies involving the clinical application of biochemical knowledge. Prerequisite: CHEM 2602.

3560 ADVANCED TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY (1-4 hours)
Study of a topic selected by the department focusing on a specialized area of study of chemistry.

4100 CHEMISTRY RESEARCH SEMINAR (3 hours)
Skills in the area of chemical research will be developed. The student will be exposed to the chemical literature, research techniques, research safety, development of research questions, and approaches to research. The student will be expected to product both written and oral research reports. Lecture and laboratory.

4201 CHEMISTRY PRACTICUM (1-6 hours)
A participatory study of a subject under the supervision and guidance of persons in an off-campus situation. Prerequisites: Junior standing and departmental approval. Application must be approved in the semester preceding the one in which the practicum is to be undertaken.

4301 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-6 hours)
A research project carried out by a student under the direction of one of the members of the chemistry department faculty. This course may be repeated for credit (subject to the college-wide limit of 9 hours of independent study).