Course Requirements

CHM 101: General Chemistry I

The first semester of a two-semester sequence intended for students majoring in the sciences. The course focuses on the study of atomic structure, nomenclature, stoichiometry, energy, bonding and coordination chemistry. The laboratory work reinforces lecture topics. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in MAT 103 or placement above MAT 103. High school chemistry or an introductory chemistry course is strongly recommended. Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory. NSL

CHM 102: General Chemistry II

The continuation of General Chemistry I with emphasis on solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, thermodynamics and electrochemistry. The laboratory work reinforces lecture topics and includes qualitative analysis. Prerequisites: CHM 101 and MAT 103. Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory. NSL

CHM 201: Organic Chemistry I

The first course of a two-semester sequence that introduces structure, bonding and reactivity of organic (carbon-based) compounds. The lecture focuses on properties and reactivity of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, aldehydes and ketones, with an emphasis on reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry. The laboratory introduces basic purification and synthetic techniques, and analytical methods including polarimetry, IR and NMR spectroscopy. Prerequisite: 102. Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory. NSL

CHM 202: Organic Chemistry II

A continuation of CHM 201 with an added emphasis on molecules with biological importance. The lectures include a discussion of carboxylic acids and their derivatives, enolates, aromatics, amines, lipids, carbohydrates and amino acids. The laboratory work includes more advanced synthetic methods and an independent research project. Prerequisite: 201. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory. NSL

CHM 205: Analytical Chemistry

A study of the fundamental principles of statistical analysis of data, theory and quantitative methods of spectrophotometry and analytic separations. The laboratory work integrates classical and instrumental techniques in the analysis of real-life samples. Prerequisite: 102. Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory. NSL

CHM 301: Physical Chemistry I

Introduction to thermodynamics and equilibrium. Topics include the laws of thermodynamics, ideal equilibrium, ideal and nonideal solutions, electrochemistry and surface chemistry. The laboratory work reinforces lecture topics and emphasizes physical-analytical methods. Three hours lecture and three hours lab. Prerequisites: 205 or concurrent enrollment, MAT 140 and PHY 102. NSL

CHM 302: Physical Chemistry II

Introduction to kinetics and quantum chemistry. Topics include transport processes, reaction rates, molecular spectroscopy and quantum mechanics. Prerequisite: 301. NS

CHM 303: Inorganic Chemistry

Chemistry of inorganic and organometallic complexes with a focus on structure, bonding, molecular orbital theory and spectroscopic properties. Laboratory will focus on synthesis of inorganic and organometallic complexes emphasizing inert atmosphere techniques and spectroscopy. Prerequisite: 202. Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory. NSL


CHM 310: Fundamentals of Biochemistry

Introduction to the major classes of biomolecules: proteins, lipids, nucleic acids and carbohydrates. Study of select biochemical processes with a focus on enzyme-controlled reactions. Topics include: amino acid chemistry, protein structure and function, enzymatic mechanisms, kinetics and regulation, membrane structure and function, biochemical basis of transcription and translation, bioenergetics, glycolysis, citric acid cycle, electron transport and oxidative phosphorylation. Prerequisite: 202. Three hours lecture. NS


CHM 318: Biochemistry I

This course will introduce students to the major classes of biomolecules: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids. The course emphasizes the chemistry that dictates the structure and functions of biological molecules. Biochemistry I will also involve detailed study of proteinacous enzymes, models of enzyme activity and enzymatic regulation. Nucleic acid enzymes and current topics in nucleic acid biochemistry will be discussed. The combination of the major classes of biological molecules to form biological membranes and the transport through such complex structures will be discussed. Prerequisite: 202. Three hours lecture.

MAT 130: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

Review of functions and introduction to the concepts of limits, differentiation and integration. Use of the derivative and analytic geometry for sophisticated graphing of functions and relations. Application of the derivative and definite integral to the study of problem-solving techniques in the physical sciences. Prerequisite: 110 or Mathematics Placement Exam results. NS

MAT 140: Calculus and Analytic Geometry II

Continuation of the study of the derivative and definite integral for problem-solving, involving more challenging functions. Topics include techniques of integration, improper integrals, numerical approximation techniques, conics, sequences and series, and polar coordinates. Prerequisite: 130. NS

PHY 101: Physics I

The first course of a two-semester, algebra- based sequence designed primarily for students pursuing a premedical or science program. The topics include mechanics, fluids, sound and thermodynamics. An emphasis is placed on problem-solving and medical applications of physics. The laboratory experiments serve to supplement and reinforce the lecture topics. Prerequisite: MAT 110 or equivalent. Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory. NSL.

PHY 102: Physics II

A continuation of PHY 101 covering the general topics of electricity magnetism, optics and atomic/nuclear physics. Prerequisite: 101. Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory. NSL

CHM 398: Design and Methods of Scientific Research

Students learn to explore primary scientific literature, develop a research project, and, depending upon student and faculty interest, learn advanced laboratory skills. The course will result in a research proposal. .5 credits. Prerequisite: at least four courses above the 200 level in chemistry.

CHM 400, 402: Senior Research Seminar I, II

The second course in the three-semester research sequence for biology and chemistry majors, with a focus on research and oral presentations. Seminar based on original research and/or recent scientific literature following the proposal developed in 39 8. Seminar presentations and a draft research paper are required. Specific research topics selected based on interests and background of faculty and students. 1 course credit. Prerequisite: 398.

The third course in the three-semester sequence for biology and chemistry majors, with the focus on the analysis of research results, the research paper and a poster presentation. .5 course credits. Completion of this course will fulfill one writing-intensive credit. Prerequisite: 400. WI.


EDU 326: Student Teaching - Secondary

A 14-week clinical experience in local schools for majors in the College for Women and the Adult Learning Programs who pursue instructional certification for elementary education or a specific discipline at the secondary level. Student observes school calendar, not college calendar. Supplemented with the appropriate practicum seminar. Prerequisites: all professional coursework; adviser approval. (Three course credits).

Contact Information

Deborah Austin, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemsitry
Associate Dean of Advising
1015 Philadelphia Avenue
Chambersburg, PA 17201

717-264-4141 x 3284

Department Members:

Joseph O'Brien, M.S.

Catherine T. Santai, Ph.D.