As a chemistry student, you will learn modern theories of chemistry and familiarize yourself with the laboratory techniques that are fundamental to its practice. Students may also take advantage of the programs offered by the unique Women in Science and Mathematics Program, including lectures and special study and research opportunities.

Salem College's Chemistry Department combines an emphasis on real-world experience in professional laboratory settings with a foundation in the liberal arts. When you major or minor in chemistry, you will be equipped with both knowledge of the practice of chemistry as well as skills in critical thinking, analysis, and communication.

Overview

Your Program

As a chemistry student, you will learn modern theories of chemistry and familiarize yourself with the laboratory techniques that are fundamental to its practice. Salem offers two chemistry majors:

  • BS in Chemistry

Students completing the bachelor of science degree will be equipped for graduate or medical school or for a professional occupation. The course of study is distributed over all four years.

  • BA in Chemistry

The bachelor of arts degree in chemistry provides the student with a basic understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry. The degree is designed to provide the student with the flexibility to combine her interests in chemistry with interests in other areas. 

Your Faculty

As chemistry practitioners, Salem's faculty members, all of whom hold doctorates in the field, are able to convey the importance of learning through hands-on experience. Salem's intimate size means you will receive one-on-one training from the chemistry faculty, who will assist you in gaining extensive hands-on experience in our newly renovated labs and will encourage you to take advantage of the programs offered by the unique Women in Science and Mathematics Program, including lectures and special study and research opportunities.

Your Results

As a chemistry major, you will join other Salem majors who have been very successful in graduate programs, medical schools, and other professional programs. The personal connections made through internships and research projects will be invaluable to you when you enter a career in science.

Major/Minor

Chemistry Major (BA)

The bachelor of arts degree in chemistry provides the student with a basic understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry. The degree is designed to provide the student with flexibility to combine her interests in chemistry with interests in other areas. The major requires the completion of a minimum of thirty-six semester hours:

Required courses:

  • CHEM 110. General Chemistry (5 hrs)
  • CHEM 120. General Chemistry with Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis (5 hrs)
  • CHEM 201. Organic Chemistry I (5 hrs)
  • CHEM 202. Organic Chemistry II (5 hrs)
  • CHEM 207. Solutions (4 hrs)
  • CHEM 390. Senior Seminar (4 hrs)


In addition, select a minimum six semester hours of CHEM electives.

At least three of the classes must be taken at Salem.

Chemistry Major (BS)

The bachelor of science degree in chemistry prepares students for a career in chemistry or a related field.

Required Courses:

  • CHEM 110. General Chemistry (5 hrs)
  • CHEM 120. General Chemistry with Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis (5 hrs)
  • CHEM 201. Organic Chemistry I (5 hrs)
  • CHEM 202. Organic Chemistry II (5 hrs)
  • CHEM 207. Solutions (4 hrs)
  • CHEM 309. Physical Methods Laboratory I (2 hrs)
  • CHEM 310. Physical Methods Laboratory II (2 hrs)
  • CHEM 311. Physical Chemistry I (4 hrs)
  • CHEM 312. Physical Chemistry II (4 hrs)
  • CHEM 313. Inorganic Chemistry (4 hrs)
  • CHEM 390. Senior Seminar (4 hrs)
  • MATH 102. Calculus III (3 hrs)
  • PHYS 210. General Physics I (5 hrs)
  • PHYS 220. General Physics II (5 hrs)

In addition, select a minimum of two semester hours of CHEM electives.

At least four of the chemistry classes must be taken at Salem.

Students who have taken the advanced placement examination in chemistry may receive advanced placement and/or credit in CHEM 110 and 120. Students with scores of three on the AP examination will receive advanced placement into CHEM 120, while a score of four or five merits advanced placement and credit in CHEM 110 and 120. The department reserves the right to require students deficient in laboratory skills to complete the laboratory portions of CHEM 110 and 120.

Chemistry Minor

The minor in chemistry requires completion of the following:

Required Courses:

  • CHEM 110. General Chemistry (5 hrs)
  • CHEM 120. General Chemistry with Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis (5 hrs)
  • CHEM 201. Organic Chemistry I (5 hrs)
  • CHEM 202. Organic Chemistry II (5 hrs)

In addition, select a minimum of four semester hours of CHEM electives.

Students must take two of the chemistry courses at Salem. 

Courses

Chemistry Courses (CHEM)

Each course lists the number of lectures and laboratories per week.

CHEM 050. Modern Chemistry and Society (4 hrs)

This course is designed for the non-science major. Emphasis is placed on the presentation of those concepts which will enable the student to understand the role of chemistry in society. Topics are selected which illustrate the impact of chemistry on the individual as well as society as a whole. Not included in the major or minor. Students who have taken one semester of general chemistry cannot take this course for credit. Three lectures and one laboratory. (LS)

CHEM 110. General Chemistry (5 hrs)

Introduction to stoichiometry, thermochemistry, the gas laws, atomic structure, and ionic bonding. Four hours of lecture, one laboratory. Prerequisite: MATH 020 equivalent or placement in a higher level math course. (LS)

CHEM 120. General Chemistry with Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis (5 hrs)

A continuation of CHEM 110 with emphasis on chemical bonding, thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, oxidation and reduction, and an introduction to chemical kinetics and electrochemistry. The laboratory emphasizes the techniques associated with qualitative and quantitative analysis. Four hours of lecture, one laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 110.

CHEM 200. Independent Study in Chemistry (1-4 hrs)

Independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor with permission from the department chair. Open to students with a 2.0 cumulative average. Independent study may take the form of readings, research, a conference, project, and/or field experience. Independent study may be taken for a total of twelve semester hours, no more than six semester hours in any term. Prerequisite: previous study in chemistry or permission of the department.

CHEM 201. Organic Chemistry I (5 hrs)

The chemistry of carbon compounds with an emphasis on structural theory, reactions, and energetics. The laboratory stresses synthesis, separation, and identification techniques typical for organic compounds, including chromatography, spectrometry, and molecular modeling. Four hours of lecture, one laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 120.

CHEM 202. Organic Chemistry II (5 hrs)

The continuation of CHEM 201 with emphasis on the reactions and reaction mechanisms characteristic of various functional groups. The laboratory stresses synthesis, separation, and identification techniques (chromatography and spectrometric) and kinetic measurements. Four hours of lecture, one laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 201.

CHEM 207. Solutions (4 hrs)

The course introduces the student to the computational techniques used in quantitative analysis. This includes an introduction to the statistical methods used in evaluating the reliability of experimental and calculated data as well as the methods used in the manipulation of this data. The course specifically treats data obtained through gravimetric and titrimetric analyses and the chemical equilibria associated with these analytical methods. Three lectures. Prerequisite: CHEM 120 and MATH 025 or equivalent. (QI)

CHEM 220. Special Topics in Chemistry (1-4 hrs)

A study of an area, topic, application, or issue related to chemistry that will offer the student a broader, deeper, more practical, or alternative view of the field. To be offered as needed. The topic will be announced in the semester prior to the semester in which it will be offered.

CHEM 270. Internship in Chemistry (1-5 hrs)

An opportunity to use the knowledge and skills the student has learned in coursework to solve problems in an applied laboratory setting. The apprenticeship aspect of the internship implies that the student has some base of knowledge and will increase her knowledge and skills by direct contact with an experienced, knowledgeable mentor. Open to juniors and seniors with a 2.0 cumulative average; maximum credit per term is one course; admission by application only.

CHEM 290. Honors Independent Study in Chemistry (3-4 hrs)

Advanced independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Normally open to juniors and seniors with a 3.5 average in chemistry. Subject to approval of the chair of the department. Honors work may be taken for a maximum of two courses per term.

CHEM 308. Spectroscopy (4 hrs)

Basic principles of infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance, and mass spectroscopy and their use in the identification of organic compounds. Three lectures. Prerequisite: CHEM 202.

CHEM 309. Physical Methods Laboratory I (2 hrs)

Methods of chemical analysis based on spectroscopy and laboratory computers. One lecture, one three-hour lab. Prerequisite: CHEM 202 and PHYS 220.

CHEM 310. Physical Methods Laboratory II (2 hrs)

A continuation of CHEM 309 with emphasis on chromatography and electrochemistry. One lecture, one three-hour lab. Prerequisite: CHEM 309 and PHYS 220.

CHEM 311. Physical Chemistry I (4 hrs)

Thermodynamics, gas laws, and colligative properties. Four hours of lecture. Prerequisite: four chemistry courses, PHYS 220, and MATH 102 or permission of instructor.

CHEM 312. Physical Chemistry II (4 hrs)

Kinetics, quantum mechanics, and spectroscopy. Four hours of lecture. Prerequisite: CHEM 311.

CHEM 313. Inorganic Chemistry (4 hrs)

An introduction to the chemistry of inorganic compounds. Topics covered are: atomic structure, molecular structure, molecular shape and geometry, the structures of solids, acids and bases, dmetal complexes and oxidation and reduction. Additional topics may be selected based on student interest. Three lectures. Prerequisite: CHEM 202 or CHEM 207.

CHEM 314. Environmental Chemistry (4 hrs)

An introduction to the chemistry of the environment with special emphasis on the chemical mechanisms of reactions occurring in the atmosphere. Topics to be covered include: the ozone layer and its maintenance; ground-level air pollutants and their effects on the environment; the enhanced greenhouse effect and the molecules that support it; global warming and its relationship to the use of fossil fuels; and alternative sources of energy sources. Three lectures. Prerequisite: CHEM 201 or equivalent.

CHEM 390. Senior Seminar (4 hrs)

Discussion of special topics in chemistry with emphasis on current research culminating in a research paper and oral presentation. Cross-listed with BCHM 390

Internships
Success Stories
Salem gave me interpersonal skills that few schools will ever offer. Women seeking careers in STEM fields will inevitably find that the culture has historically been male-dominated, and learning science in a single-sex environment eliminates a perceived inadequacy towards science material by the student. I gained immense leadership skills through the American Chemical Society on campus and participating in the Lehman Scholar program.
Rynne Ambrose

Class Year:

2012
 

Major:

Chemistry
 

Internships:

  • Studied global positioning systems in the Caribbean Sea as a sophomore.
  • Worked as a chemist for Texas Pete Hot Sauce in junior year.
  • Researched organic synthesis at the Autonomous University of Madrid in senior year.
  • Worked as a chemist for local pharmaceutical company during the school year

Graduate Studies:

  • PhD in chemistry, University of Texas, with a full fellowship
  • Received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue her research of designing molecules to inhibit cancer tumor growth.

Additional professional involvement:

Works as the research coordinator for Endeavorist, a scientific start-up, and as an active entrepreneur through her recently started consulting company.

Your Program

As a chemistry student, you will learn modern theories of chemistry and familiarize yourself with the laboratory techniques that are fundamental to its practice. Salem offers two chemistry majors:

  • BS in Chemistry

Students completing the bachelor of science degree will be equipped for graduate or medical school or for a professional occupation. The course of study is distributed over all four years.

  • BA in Chemistry

The bachelor of arts degree in chemistry provides the student with a basic understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry. The degree is designed to provide the student with the flexibility to combine her interests in chemistry with interests in other areas. 

Your Faculty

As chemistry practitioners, Salem's faculty members, all of whom hold doctorates in the field, are able to convey the importance of learning through hands-on experience. Salem's intimate size means you will receive one-on-one training from the chemistry faculty, who will assist you in gaining extensive hands-on experience in our newly renovated labs and will encourage you to take advantage of the programs offered by the unique Women in Science and Mathematics Program, including lectures and special study and research opportunities.

Your Results

As a chemistry major, you will join other Salem majors who have been very successful in graduate programs, medical schools, and other professional programs. The personal connections made through internships and research projects will be invaluable to you when you enter a career in science.

Chemistry Major (BA)

The bachelor of arts degree in chemistry provides the student with a basic understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry. The degree is designed to provide the student with flexibility to combine her interests in chemistry with interests in other areas. The major requires the completion of a minimum of thirty-six semester hours:

Required courses:

  • CHEM 110. General Chemistry (5 hrs)
  • CHEM 120. General Chemistry with Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis (5 hrs)
  • CHEM 201. Organic Chemistry I (5 hrs)
  • CHEM 202. Organic Chemistry II (5 hrs)
  • CHEM 207. Solutions (4 hrs)
  • CHEM 390. Senior Seminar (4 hrs)


In addition, select a minimum six semester hours of CHEM electives.

At least three of the classes must be taken at Salem.

Chemistry Major (BS)

The bachelor of science degree in chemistry prepares students for a career in chemistry or a related field.

Required Courses:

  • CHEM 110. General Chemistry (5 hrs)
  • CHEM 120. General Chemistry with Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis (5 hrs)
  • CHEM 201. Organic Chemistry I (5 hrs)
  • CHEM 202. Organic Chemistry II (5 hrs)
  • CHEM 207. Solutions (4 hrs)
  • CHEM 309. Physical Methods Laboratory I (2 hrs)
  • CHEM 310. Physical Methods Laboratory II (2 hrs)
  • CHEM 311. Physical Chemistry I (4 hrs)
  • CHEM 312. Physical Chemistry II (4 hrs)
  • CHEM 313. Inorganic Chemistry (4 hrs)
  • CHEM 390. Senior Seminar (4 hrs)
  • MATH 102. Calculus III (3 hrs)
  • PHYS 210. General Physics I (5 hrs)
  • PHYS 220. General Physics II (5 hrs)

In addition, select a minimum of two semester hours of CHEM electives.

At least four of the chemistry classes must be taken at Salem.

Students who have taken the advanced placement examination in chemistry may receive advanced placement and/or credit in CHEM 110 and 120. Students with scores of three on the AP examination will receive advanced placement into CHEM 120, while a score of four or five merits advanced placement and credit in CHEM 110 and 120. The department reserves the right to require students deficient in laboratory skills to complete the laboratory portions of CHEM 110 and 120.

Chemistry Minor

The minor in chemistry requires completion of the following:

Required Courses:

  • CHEM 110. General Chemistry (5 hrs)
  • CHEM 120. General Chemistry with Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis (5 hrs)
  • CHEM 201. Organic Chemistry I (5 hrs)
  • CHEM 202. Organic Chemistry II (5 hrs)

In addition, select a minimum of four semester hours of CHEM electives.

Students must take two of the chemistry courses at Salem. 

Chemistry Courses (CHEM)

Each course lists the number of lectures and laboratories per week.

CHEM 050. Modern Chemistry and Society (4 hrs)

This course is designed for the non-science major. Emphasis is placed on the presentation of those concepts which will enable the student to understand the role of chemistry in society. Topics are selected which illustrate the impact of chemistry on the individual as well as society as a whole. Not included in the major or minor. Students who have taken one semester of general chemistry cannot take this course for credit. Three lectures and one laboratory. (LS)

CHEM 110. General Chemistry (5 hrs)

Introduction to stoichiometry, thermochemistry, the gas laws, atomic structure, and ionic bonding. Four hours of lecture, one laboratory. Prerequisite: MATH 020 equivalent or placement in a higher level math course. (LS)

CHEM 120. General Chemistry with Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis (5 hrs)

A continuation of CHEM 110 with emphasis on chemical bonding, thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, oxidation and reduction, and an introduction to chemical kinetics and electrochemistry. The laboratory emphasizes the techniques associated with qualitative and quantitative analysis. Four hours of lecture, one laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 110.

CHEM 200. Independent Study in Chemistry (1-4 hrs)

Independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor with permission from the department chair. Open to students with a 2.0 cumulative average. Independent study may take the form of readings, research, a conference, project, and/or field experience. Independent study may be taken for a total of twelve semester hours, no more than six semester hours in any term. Prerequisite: previous study in chemistry or permission of the department.

CHEM 201. Organic Chemistry I (5 hrs)

The chemistry of carbon compounds with an emphasis on structural theory, reactions, and energetics. The laboratory stresses synthesis, separation, and identification techniques typical for organic compounds, including chromatography, spectrometry, and molecular modeling. Four hours of lecture, one laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 120.

CHEM 202. Organic Chemistry II (5 hrs)

The continuation of CHEM 201 with emphasis on the reactions and reaction mechanisms characteristic of various functional groups. The laboratory stresses synthesis, separation, and identification techniques (chromatography and spectrometric) and kinetic measurements. Four hours of lecture, one laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 201.

CHEM 207. Solutions (4 hrs)

The course introduces the student to the computational techniques used in quantitative analysis. This includes an introduction to the statistical methods used in evaluating the reliability of experimental and calculated data as well as the methods used in the manipulation of this data. The course specifically treats data obtained through gravimetric and titrimetric analyses and the chemical equilibria associated with these analytical methods. Three lectures. Prerequisite: CHEM 120 and MATH 025 or equivalent. (QI)

CHEM 220. Special Topics in Chemistry (1-4 hrs)

A study of an area, topic, application, or issue related to chemistry that will offer the student a broader, deeper, more practical, or alternative view of the field. To be offered as needed. The topic will be announced in the semester prior to the semester in which it will be offered.

CHEM 270. Internship in Chemistry (1-5 hrs)

An opportunity to use the knowledge and skills the student has learned in coursework to solve problems in an applied laboratory setting. The apprenticeship aspect of the internship implies that the student has some base of knowledge and will increase her knowledge and skills by direct contact with an experienced, knowledgeable mentor. Open to juniors and seniors with a 2.0 cumulative average; maximum credit per term is one course; admission by application only.

CHEM 290. Honors Independent Study in Chemistry (3-4 hrs)

Advanced independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Normally open to juniors and seniors with a 3.5 average in chemistry. Subject to approval of the chair of the department. Honors work may be taken for a maximum of two courses per term.

CHEM 308. Spectroscopy (4 hrs)

Basic principles of infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance, and mass spectroscopy and their use in the identification of organic compounds. Three lectures. Prerequisite: CHEM 202.

CHEM 309. Physical Methods Laboratory I (2 hrs)

Methods of chemical analysis based on spectroscopy and laboratory computers. One lecture, one three-hour lab. Prerequisite: CHEM 202 and PHYS 220.

CHEM 310. Physical Methods Laboratory II (2 hrs)

A continuation of CHEM 309 with emphasis on chromatography and electrochemistry. One lecture, one three-hour lab. Prerequisite: CHEM 309 and PHYS 220.

CHEM 311. Physical Chemistry I (4 hrs)

Thermodynamics, gas laws, and colligative properties. Four hours of lecture. Prerequisite: four chemistry courses, PHYS 220, and MATH 102 or permission of instructor.

CHEM 312. Physical Chemistry II (4 hrs)

Kinetics, quantum mechanics, and spectroscopy. Four hours of lecture. Prerequisite: CHEM 311.

CHEM 313. Inorganic Chemistry (4 hrs)

An introduction to the chemistry of inorganic compounds. Topics covered are: atomic structure, molecular structure, molecular shape and geometry, the structures of solids, acids and bases, dmetal complexes and oxidation and reduction. Additional topics may be selected based on student interest. Three lectures. Prerequisite: CHEM 202 or CHEM 207.

CHEM 314. Environmental Chemistry (4 hrs)

An introduction to the chemistry of the environment with special emphasis on the chemical mechanisms of reactions occurring in the atmosphere. Topics to be covered include: the ozone layer and its maintenance; ground-level air pollutants and their effects on the environment; the enhanced greenhouse effect and the molecules that support it; global warming and its relationship to the use of fossil fuels; and alternative sources of energy sources. Three lectures. Prerequisite: CHEM 201 or equivalent.

CHEM 390. Senior Seminar (4 hrs)

Discussion of special topics in chemistry with emphasis on current research culminating in a research paper and oral presentation. Cross-listed with BCHM 390

Salem gave me interpersonal skills that few schools will ever offer. Women seeking careers in STEM fields will inevitably find that the culture has historically been male-dominated, and learning science in a single-sex environment eliminates a perceived inadequacy towards science material by the student. I gained immense leadership skills through the American Chemical Society on campus and participating in the Lehman Scholar program.
Rynne Ambrose

Class Year:

2012
 

Major:

Chemistry
 

Internships:

  • Studied global positioning systems in the Caribbean Sea as a sophomore.
  • Worked as a chemist for Texas Pete Hot Sauce in junior year.
  • Researched organic synthesis at the Autonomous University of Madrid in senior year.
  • Worked as a chemist for local pharmaceutical company during the school year

Graduate Studies:

  • PhD in chemistry, University of Texas, with a full fellowship
  • Received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue her research of designing molecules to inhibit cancer tumor growth.

Additional professional involvement:

Works as the research coordinator for Endeavorist, a scientific start-up, and as an active entrepreneur through her recently started consulting company.