Chemistry

Professors: Arlene Courtney, Patricia Flatt, Pete Poston

Assistant Professors: Feier Hou

Mission

Provides preparation for professional work in chemistry or forensic science; graduate work in chemistry, environmental or forensic science; or pre-professional training in the health sciences or secondary education. Coupling the program with an appropriate minor prepares students to enter related fields such as biochemistry, oceanography, pharmacy, toxicology and the atmospheric sciences. Through the study of general, organic, analytical and physical chemistry, students gain an understanding of the world around them.

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of major concepts, theoretical principles and experimental findings in chemistry.

2. Employ critical thinking and quantitative analytical skills to solve problems and evaluate scientific data.

3. Use and application of laboratory methods and scientific instrumentation to investigate a scientific hypothesis, conduct experiments, analyze data and interpret results.

4. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills including the ability to transmit complex scientific or technical information in a clear and concise manner.

5. Gather, comprehend, apply and communicate credible information on scientific and technical topics and recognize the proper use of scientific data, principles and theories to assess the quality of stated conclusions.

6. Demonstrate ethical awareness and conduct with regards to: (1) honesty in data reporting; (2) the

safety of practitioners, test subjects and the local community/environment; and (3) their social responsibility to recognize the impact that our actions have on the natural and human world.

Natural Science Major (88 – 90 credits):

The Natural Science Major has been designed for students that are interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary course of study between physics and chemistry. Students selecting this major option should highly consider a minor in mathematics or computer science. All students completing this degree program will earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Natural Science. Students pursuing this degree are required to maintain a C average in their major coursework and must complete the course curriculum listed below:

CH221 General Chemistry Credits: 5

CH222 General Chemistry Credits: 5

CH223 General Chemistry Credits: 5

CH312 Quantitative Analysis Credits: 4

CH313 Instrumental Analysis Credits: 4

CH334 Organic Chemistry Credits: 3

CH335 Organic Chemistry Credits: 3

CH336 Organic Chemistry Credits: 3

CH337 Organic Chemistry Lab I Credits: 1

CH338 Organic Chemistry Lab II Credits: 2

CH340 Elementary Physical Chemistry Credits: 4

CH350 Chemical Literature Credits: 1

CH407 Seminar Credits: 1

MTH251 Calculus I Credits: 4

MTH252 Calculus II Credits: 4

PH211 General Physics with Calculus Credits: 4

PH212 General Physics with Calculus Credits: 4

PH213 General Physics with Calculus Credits: 4

PH311 Introduction to Modern Physics Credits: 4

PH312 Introduction to Modern Physics Credits: 4

Upper Division Electives in the Natural Sciences or Math Credits: 17-19

Choose 1 Credits: 2

CH461 Experimental Chemistry Credits: 2

CH462 Experimental Chemistry Credits: 2

Contact

Department of Chemistry

(503) 838-8644 | or e-mail: flattp@wou.edu