Department of Chemistry
Professor Shaun Schmidt, Chair, PhD
Professor Sam Leung, PhD
Associate Professor Seid Adem, PhD
Assistant Professor Allan Avella, PhD
Assistant Professor Hoang Long Nguyen, PhD
Assistant Professor Holly O’Neill, MS
Washburn Chemistry Department strives to create a supportive, diverse, and inclusive environment to promote life-long learning, to develop analytical and critical thinking skills, and to grow the body of knowledge for our students, faculty, and community.
Consistent with the mission of the University and the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Chemistry is committed:
- to provide a broad spectrum of undergraduate students with a supportive environment in which to develop the necessary understanding of chemical principles, and analytical and critical thinking skills,
- to engage in scientific research,
- to serve the scientific and local communities.
Student Learning Outcomes
Chemistry majors at Washburn University, upon graduation, will:
- Demonstrate a mastery of a broad set of chemical knowledge concerning the fundamentals in the basic areas (analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry) of the discipline as appropriate for the individual major.
- Demonstrate an operating knowledge of a variety of modern scientific instrumentation and computational methods to analyze chemicals and chemical processes.
- Demonstrate safe chemical practices, including waste handling and safety equipment.
In addition at the Bachelor’s Level chemistry majors, upon graduation, will:
- Demonstrate an ability to define scientific problems, develop testable hypotheses, design and execute experiments, analyze data using appropriate statistical methods, and draw appropriate conclusions both individually and in collaboration with others.
- Demonstrate the use of modern library search tools to locate and retrieve scientific information and the ability to communicate scientific knowledge both verbally and in writing to peers and the scientific community.
- Discuss the application of the standards of professional ethics and how these affect the scientific endeavor.
Additional Requirements for all Chemistry Bachelor Degrees ― Research (CH 390 Undergraduate Chemical Research) must be initiated at least one semester prior to the semester of graduation. A written report of research or internship is required of all majors. An oral presentation of CH 390 Undergraduate Chemical Research results is required of all BS majors. All majors shall present a portfolio of results obtained with departmental instrumentation prior to the semester of graduation.
Required Natural Science Concentration for the BS degree is limited to these disciplines and courses ―
- Biology: BI 102 General Cellular Biology and courses with BI 102 General Cellular Biology or higher as prerequisite;
- Computer Information Sciences: CM 111 Introduction to Structured Programming and courses with CM 111 Introduction to Structured Programming or higher as prerequisite;
- Physics: PS 281 General Physics I and above for the ACS certified major, PS 261 College Physics I or PS 281 General Physics I and above for the non-certified major;
- Mathematics: MA 116 College Algebra and courses with MA 116 College Algebra or higher as prerequisite.
Students are eligible to receive departmental honor upon graduation if they fulfill the minimum requirements:
- A grade point average of 3.5 in the major, including a 3.5 in upper division work in the major.
- Successful completion of research with presentation or internship in Chemistry.
- Service to the Department, or to the community relevant to the Chemistry major.
- The recommendation of the Department.
- Chemistry, BA
- Chemistry, BS - Certified by the American Chemical Society
- Chemistry, BS - Not Certified by the American Chemical Society
- Biochemistry, BA
- Biochemistry, BS
- Forensic Chemistry, BS
- Chemistry Major for Secondary Education Teachers, BA or BS
- Chemistry, Minor
- Forensic Chemistry, Minor
- Laboratory Science, AA
CH 100 Science Success Strategies (2)
CH 101 Chemistry in Context (3)
This course introduces and applies major laws, concepts, and theories of chemistry in relation to environmental and energy issues confronting contemporary society. Prerequisite: None.
CH 103 Introduction to Forensic Chemistry (3)
This course emphasizes the history, philosophy and major theories of chemistry as they apply to current forensic analytical techniques. Prerequisite: None.
CH 121 General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (5)
Designed for those students who need only a one-semester survey of the principles of chemistry or for nursing students. Includes vocabulary, laws, and applications of the basic concepts of chemistry. Laboratory work includes preparations, illustrations of laws and typical quantitative experiments. Chemistry 121 will not count towards a major or minor in chemistry. High school or on-line courses will not be considered equivalent to this course. Three one-hour lectures, one hour of recitation, and one three-hour laboratory period a week. Prerequisite: Equivalent or higher of MA 116 or MA 112 with a grade of C or better.
CH 126 RN-BSN General, Organic, Bio Chemistry (3)
Designed to fulfill the degree requirement in chemistry for the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, this course introduces measurements, atomic theory, compounds, solutions, and reactions. Prerequisite: The student must be a registered nurse and enrolled in or received a C or better in MA 116, its equivalent or higher.
CH 151 Fundamentals of Chemistry I (5)
Designed for those students who need one year of general chemistry. This course discusses vocabulary and basic laws that are necessary as a foundation for future studies in chemistry. Topics covered will include such subjects as atomic structure, states of matter, chemical bonding and solutions. The emphasis in the laboratory is on quantitative work. Credit for CH 151 precludes subsequent earning of credit in CH 121. High school or on-line courses will not be considered equivalent to this course. Three class periods, one hour of recitation, and one three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: MA 116 or concurrent enrollment.
CH 152 Fundamentals of Chemistry II (5)
A continuation of Chemistry 151. Includes a study of equilibrium, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, thermochemistry, and kinetics. Laboratory work deals with experimental studies on the theories of chemistry, qualitative analysis and independent laboratory projects. High school or on-line courses will not be considered equivalent to this course. Three one-hour lectures, one hour of recitation, and one three-hour laboratory period a week. Prerequisite: CH 151 with a grade of C or better.
CH 202 Professional Forensic Science Seminar (2)
Students will be introduced areas of forensic science not covered in traditional science coursework through seminars as presented by professionals in the field. These areas will include topics that pertain to every field in forensics such as courtroom testimony, ethics and professionalism and government reporting on forensics. Additional topics may include arson investigation, digital evidence, gunshot residue analysis, firearms and toolmarks analysis and fraud investigation. Prerequisite: None
CH 212 Chemistry of Food and Cooking (3)
This course will introduce students to advanced chemistry topics through examples of food and cooking. One two-hour lecture and one threee-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: CH 101 or higher.
CH 300 Special Topics/Chemistry (1-3)
Topics will vary from semester to semester and will be announced in advance. May be taken for more than one semester. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
CH 317 Chemistry for STEM Educators I (3)
Designed to introduce concepts and applications of chemistry to STEM educators. This includes chemical safety, vocabulary, atomic structure, states of matter, gases, chemical interactions, bonding, solutions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and thermochemistry. Composed of three hours of lectures/demonstrations/laboratory exercises each week. This course does not satisfy any chemistry prerequisite/requirement outside of the STEM program. Prerequisites: MA 112 or MA 116 and PS 108 with a letter grade of a “C” or higher; concurrent enrollment in ED 317 Chemistry for STEM Educators II
CH 320 Analytical Chemistry (3)
The theoretical and practical fundamentals of classical and physiochemical methods of analysis, with special emphasis on the relationship between physical and analytical chemistry. Prerequisites: a score of at least the 40th percentile on the American Chemical Society full-year General Chemistry Exam, and CH 152 with a grade of C or better.
CH 321 Analytical Chemistry Lab (1)
CH 323 Advanced Forensic Chemistry (0-4)
Advanced Forensic Chemistry will familiarize students with the most common laboratory equipment and techniques found in a forensic chemistry lab, allowing them to apply the principles learned in the lecture portion to analyze mock evidence, correctly interpret data and effectively communicate results. At the end of the course, there will be a mock case that students will work from start to finish, ending with a testimony in a mock courtroom. Prerequisites – CH 340 Organic Chemistry I with a C or better
CH 340 Organic Chemistry I (3)
The principles of organic chemistry and their application to the preparation, properties, and reaction of aliphatic, aromatic, and a few heterocyclic compounds. Prerequisites: a score of at least the 40th percentile of the American Chemical Society full-year General Chemistry Exam, and CH 152 with a grade of C or better.
CH 341 Organic Chemistry II (3)
A continuation of Chemistry 340. Three class periods per week. Prerequisite: CH 340 with a grade of C or better.
CH 342 Organic Chemistry Lab I (2)
CH 343 Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)
CH 345 Inorganic Chemistry Lab (2)
CH 346 Instrumental Analysis (2)
CH 347 Physical Chemistry Concepts Lab (1)
Techniques and interpretation of physical systems measurements. One three-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CH 343 with a grade of C or better.
CH 350 Biochemistry I (3)
Basic principles of the structure and chemistry of biochemical molecules, such as proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, lipids, enzymes, and vitamins. Prerequisites: a score of at least the 40th percentile on the American Chemical Society full-year General Chemistry Exam, and CH 340 with a grade of C or better.
CH 351 Biochemistry Lab (2)
Biochemistry from the laboratory aspect, with special emphasis on modern techniques and instruments. One four-hour laboratory period a week, one hour lecture and one three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CH 342 and CH 350 with a grade of C or better or concurrent enrollment and consent of instructor.
CH 352 Biochemistry II (3)
CH 353 Biochemistry Laboratory II (2)
CH 355 Medicinal Chemistry (2)
A brief history of the development of medicinal chemistry and its social and political implications. Major emphasis will be placed on the methods of discovery and development of drugs. Examples will be drawn from natural products, including plants, animal, and microbiological sources, from organic synthesis, and from modern physicochemical approaches. The mechanism of action, metabolism, and proof of structure of representative drugs will be presented. Prerequisite: CH 341 with a grade of C or better.
CH 360 Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry (3)
Descriptive chemistry of the inorganic elements based on the principles learned in freshman chemistry. Prerequisite: CH 152 with a grade of C or better.
CH 362 Spectroscopy (2)
An introduction to the interpretation of the spectra of organic compounds. Prerequisite: CH 343 with a grade of C or better.
CH 371 Advanced Topics in Chemistry (1)
The specific course content will depend on the instructor. At least two of the following four topics will be introduced: synthetic polymers, biological macromolecules, supramolecular aggregates, meso or nanoscale materials. Introduction to these topics will include preparation, characterization, and physical properties. Thirty hours of chemistry or consent of instructor(s)is required.
CH 380 Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry (3)
CH 381 Physical Chemistry I (3)
Covers the properties of gases, kinetic principles, thermodynamics, state changes, equilibrium, and properties of solution. Prerequisites: a score of at least the 40th percentile on the American Chemical Society full-year General Chemistry Exam, and CH 152 with a grade of C or better, PS 282 (highly recommended) or PS 262, and MA 151 or concurrent enrollment.
CH 382 Physical Chemistry II (3)
CH 383 Physical Chemistry III (3)
Application of quantum theory in spectroscopy, gas and solution phase molecular reaction dynamics, surface chemistry, and electrochemistry are investigated. Prerequisite: CH 382 with a grade of C or better.
CH 385 Physical Chemistry Lab (1)
Experimental measurements and data analysis emphasize the physics of chemical systems. One three hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CH 381 with a grade of C or better or concurrent enrollment.
CH 386 Inorganic Chemistry (3)
Modern theories in inorganic chemistry, including atomic structure, molecular structure and bonding, symmetry and point groups, acid/base definitions, and oxidation/reduction concepts. These topics are applied to main groups, coordination compounds, and organometalic compounds and their respective reactions. Prerequisite: A score of at least the 40th percentile on the American Chemical Society Full-year General Chemistry Exam, and CH 340 with a grade of C or better.
CH 390 Undergraduate Chemical Research (1-5)
Laboratory or theoretical computational research in any of the fields of chemistry, a typed formal report is required. Students may enroll for more than one semester of research. No more than five credit hours may be applied toward meeting departmental or graduation requirements. Prerequisite: departmental permission.
CH 391 Chemistry Seminar (1)
Students must enroll for one credit of seminar and give oral and written presentations on subjects chosen from a list of supplied topics to meet the requirement of the major in chemistry. Prerequisite: departmental permission.
CH 393 Internship (3)
Experience training in a professional forensic laboratory. Prerequisites: Chemistry, 25 credits; Biology, 12 credits; chair approval.