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Chair, Associate Professor Whitney King
Professor Mundy and Thomas Shattuck; Associate Professors King and Julie Millard; Assistant Professors Rebecca Conry, Shari Dunham, Stephen Dunham, and Dasan Thamattoor; Visiting Instructor Margaret Hennessy; Senior Teaching Associate Jean McIntyre; Teaching Associate Brenda Fekete; Teaching Assistants Tina Beachy and Lisa Miller.
Students in the Chemistry Department are provided a firm foundation in the fundamental principles of the discipline. The student major has access to a wide range of instruments for course work and research projects under supervision of a faculty that includes teaching specialists in analytical, environmental, inorganic, organic, physical chemistry, and biochemistry. Many students go on to graduate school in chemistry or biochemistry or to careers in medicine, dentistry, health-related fields, and industrial research. Other career choices in recent years have included patent law, chemical engineering, environmental studies, computer sciences, and molecular biology.
The department offers several programs: (1) the chemistry major, (2) the chemistry-ACS major (accredited by the American Chemical Society), (3) the chemistry-biochemistry major, (4) the chemistry major with a concentration in cell and molecular biology/biochemistry, (5) the chemistry-environmental sciences concentration, and (6) the chemistry minor. Of the majors, the ACS major is focused most sharply toward graduate work in chemistry. It should be noted that chemistry majors who intend to apply for admission to medical, dental, or veterinary schools must take a biology course with laboratory. For maximum flexibility, students are encouraged to take Chemistry 141 and 142, or 145 in their first year. Students with an exceptionally good background in chemistry may elect an accelerated sequence, Chemistry 145 (Honors General Chemistry), which is offered in the fall semester. All prospective majors should meet with the chair of the department as early as possible to plan their full chemistry programs.
Students interested in teaching, private and public, are urged to read the "Education" section of the catalogue and to contact a member of the Education Program.
Requirements for the Major in Chemistry
Requirements for the Major in Chemistry-ACS
Requirements for the Major in Chemistry-Biochemistry
Requirements for the Major in Chemistry with a Concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology/Biochemistry
Requirements for the Concentration in Chemistry-Environmental Sciences
Additional Requirements for All Majors in Chemistry Department
The Seminar Program (Chemistry 493, 494) is an opportunity for students to interact with chemists from other schools. All chemistry majors are expected to attend the departmental seminar, and seniors are required to participate.
The point scale for retention of the major applies to all required courses and all elected chemistry courses. No requirement for the major may be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory.
Honors Project in Chemistry
Requirements for the Minor in Chemistry
112s Chemistry for Citizens Basic chemical principles and their application to topics of current concern, such as environmental problems, energy, nuclear reactions, recycling, health, and consumerism. Intended as a course for nonscience majors. Students with prior credit for Chemistry 141 may not receive credit for Chemistry 112. Lecture and laboratory. Four credit hours. N. MUNDY
118j Chemistry of Life Basic chemical principles applied to the study of living organisms and their environment, including such topics as nutrition, disease, drugs, exercise, pollution, criminology, and household chemicals. Intended as a course for nonscience majors. Students with prior credit for Chemistry 141 may not receive credit for Chemistry 118. Lecture and laboratory; satisfies the laboratory science distribution requirement. Three credit hours. N. MILLARD
141f General Chemistry Fundamental principles, with examples selected from inorganic chemistry; stoichiometry; atomic theory; chemical bonding; thermochemistry; gases, liquids, and solids; solutions; chemical equilibria; electrochemistry; chemistry of certain important elements; radioactivity. Lecture, discussion, and laboratory. Four credit hours. N. MUNDY
142s General Chemistry Fundamental principles, with examples selected from inorganic chemistry; stoichiometry; atomic theory; chemical bonding; thermochemistry; gases, liquids, and solids; solutions; chemical equilibria; electrochemistry; chemistry of certain important elements; radioactivity. Lecture, discussion, and laboratory. Prerequisite: Chemistry 141. Four credit hours. N. HENNESSY, MILLARD
145f Honors General Chemistry Introductory chemistry for students with strong precollege chemistry preparation. An accelerated course covering topics similar to those in Chemistry 141 and 142 with an additional focus on modern bonding theory. Lecture, discussion, and laboratory. Four credit hours. N. KING
217s Environmental Chemistry Application of chemical principles to the environment with an emphasis on the interaction among chemical, physical, geological, and biological processes. Current topics such as acid deposition, global warming, atmospheric ozone loss, and the fate and toxicity of heavy metals will be discussed in the context of natural environmental processes. Prerequisite: Chemistry 142. Three credit hours. KING
241f, 242s Organic Chemistry Theories encountered in Chemistry 141, 142 are used as the basis for a detailed study of the relationships among structure, reactivity, and synthesis of organic compounds. Lecture, discussion, and laboratory. The laboratory explores the use of separation techniques, synthesis, and spectral techniques in organic chemistry. Prerequisite: Chemistry 142; Chemistry 241 is prerequisite for 242. Five credit hours. THAMATTOOR
 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance The theory and practice of one- and two-dimensional NMR. Spectral interpretation, the theory of pulsed techniques, and Fourier transformation will be discussed for solution spectroscopy. Examples include complex organic species and biological macromolecules, including proteins. Laboratory exercises include sample preparation and common two-dimensional experiments, including polarization transfer (INEPT), chemical shift correlation (COSY, HETCOR), and nuclear overhauser effect (NOESY) spectroscopy. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Chemistry 241. Three credit hours.
331f Chemical Methods of Analysis A study of fundamentals of analytical chemistry. Lectures devoted to principles underlying chemical analysis; acid/base, redox, and complex equilibria; and quantitative treatment of data. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Chemistry 142. Four credit hours. KING
332s Instrumental Methods of Analysis Instruction in instrumental methods, including modern electroanalytical methods, absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence, Raman spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and chromatography. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Chemistry 331. Chemistry 342 is recommended. Four credit hours. SH. DUNHAM
341f, 342s Physical Chemistry The laws and theories of chemical reactivity and the physical properties of matter. Emphasis is placed on chemical equilibrium, molecular bonding, and the rates of chemical reactions. Major topics: thermodynamics, solutions, and reaction kinetics. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Chemistry 142 (or 145), Physics 142, Mathematics 122 or 162; Chemistry 341 is prerequisite for 342. Five credit hours. HENNESSY
367f, 368s Biochemistry of the Cell Listed as Biochemistry 367, 368 (q.v.). Four credit hours. ST. DUNHAM, MILLARD
372s Advanced Cell Biology Listed as Biochemistry 372 (q.v.). Four credit hours. GREENWOOD
378s Molecular Biology Listed as Biochemistry 378 (q.v.). Four credit hours. R. JOHNSON
394f Topics in Cell and Molecular Biochemistry Listed as Biochemistry 394 (q.v.). One credit hour. ST. DUNHAM, GREENWOOD
411f Inorganic Chemistry Current models and concepts in inorganic chemistry, with emphasis on both structural and reaction aspects. Topics include bonding and structure, periodic properties, acid-base theories, nonaqueous solvents, applications of thermodynamics, coordination compounds, and selected areas of descriptive chemistry of current interest. Lecture only. Prerequisite: Chemistry 142 (or 145) and permission of instructor. Chemistry 342 is recommended. Three credit hours. CONRY
413f Inorganic Laboratory Studies Synthesis and characterization of inorganic and organometallic compounds of both the representative and transition elements. Discussion and laboratory. Corequisite: Chemistry 411. Two credit hours. CONRY
431f Physical Organic Chemistry Computational methods for examining organic reaction mechanisms are explored. Molecular orbital theory is used to study the effects of orbital symmetry on the course of pericyclic reactions. Lecture only. Prerequisite: Chemistry 342. Three credit hours. THAMATTOOR
432s Advanced Organic Chemistry The logic and methods of organic synthesis are explored. The elementary organic reactions studied in Chemistry 241, 242 are augmented and used in the synthesis of biologically and chemically important molecules. Lecture only. Prerequisite: Chemistry 242 or equivalent. Three credit hours. MUNDY
434s Symmetry and Spectroscopy Use of principles of symmetry and group theory as an aid in understanding chemical bonding, interpreting molecular vibrational and electronic spectroscopy, and rationalizing symmetry control of reactions. Lecture only. Prerequisite: Chemistry 411. Three credit hours. CONRY
481f, 482s Special Topics in Environmental Chemistry Primarily a laboratory course with emphasis on independent studies of environmentally related topics. A paper and oral presentation are required. Prerequisite: Chemistry 217 and permission of the department. One to three credit hours.
483f, 484js Honors in Research in Chemistry Laboratory and library work involving a senior and one or more chemistry faculty members on a clearly defined project that results in an honors thesis. Prerequisite: Permission of the department and recommendation of the faculty sponsor. Two or three credit hours. FACULTY
491f, 492s Independent Study Laboratory work of a research nature may be arranged with the instructor. One to three credit hours. FACULTY
493f, 494s Senior Seminar Discussion of topics of current interest in all areas of chemistry. Presentations from invited speakers from other colleges, universities, and industries. One credit hour. CONRY, ST. DUNHAM
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Colby is a four-year, residential, liberal arts college in Waterville, Maine. Colby offers undergraduate courses during fall and spring semesters and grants bachelors of arts degrees.