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University Bulletin: Undergraduate Programs The George Washington University  



Professors M. King (Chair), J.H. Miller, A. Vertes, S. Licht, J.A. Tossell (Research), C.L. Cahill

Associate Professors M.J. Wagner, H.H. Teng, V. Sadtchenko, M.A. Massiah, M.G. Zysmilich

Assistant Professors C.S. Dowd, S. Gillmor, A.M. Voutchkova, H. Chen, S.R. Daly, L.M. McClary

Professorial Lecturers C. Woytowicz, E. Libelo

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science with a major in chemistry—The department offers four undergraduate majors, all designed to give students a broad background in the basic divisions of chemistry: analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical. Major I permits a wider selection of electives to meet the needs of students preparing to enter medicine, dentistry, law, or related fields. Major II is for students preparing for graduate study in chemistry or those planning to enter the chemical profession and wishing to be certified by the American Chemical Society as having met the minimum requirements for professional training. Major III is in forensic chemistry, preparing students to meet the needs of federal and state forensic sciences laboratories. Major IV fulfills the American Chemical Society requirement for a certified degree program in chemistry with a biochemistry option.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

1. The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

2. Prerequisite courses for the Bachelor of Arts degree for all majors—Chem 1111-12; Chem 2122 and 2123; Math 1231 and 1232; Phys 1021-22. Majors intending a Bachelor of Science degree must take two additional semesters of approved course work in the natural sciences or mathematics, such as BiSc 1111-12 or Geol 1001 and 1005.

3. (a) Required courses for Major I—Chem 2151-52, 2153-54, 3171-72, 31733165, 4122, 4134.

(b) Required courses for Major II—Chem 2151-52, 2153-54, 3171-72, 3173, 3165, 4122, 4123, 4134, 4195 (for a total of 3 credits). A course in a structured computer programming language, such as Stat 1129 or CSci 1011, 1041, 1121, or 1131, is recommended.

(c) Required courses for Major III—Chem 2151-52, 2153-54, 3171-72, 3173, 3165, 4122, 4134; BiSc 1111-12; ForS 6211, 6221, and three courses from ForS 6206, 6234, 6235, 6238, 6239, 6240.

(d) Required courses for Major IV—Chem 2151-52, 2153-54, 3171-72, 3173, 3165-66, 3262, 4122, 4123, 4134, 4195; BiSc 1111-12. BiSc 2202, 2207, and 2322 are recommended. Bioc/BiSc equivalents of Chem 3165-66 and 3262 may be substituted.

An entering student who is considering chemistry as a major should consult a department advisor regarding the program of study for the first two years. In general, the following sequence of courses is recommended for those students considering Major II: first year—Chem 1111-12, Math 1231 and 1232 (or 1220-21 if necessary); second year—Chem 2122, 2151-52, and 2153-54, Phys 1021-22, Math 1232 if not taken in first year; third year—Chem 2123, 3171-72, 3173; fourth year—Chem 3165, 4122, 4123, 4134 (if not taken in the junior year), 4195. Students in Majors I, III, and IV should follow this sequence in general and are urged to consult with the chemistry and premedical advisors concerning their academic programs.

Special Honors—In addition to meeting the general requirements stated under University Regulations, a candidate for graduation with Special Honors in chemistry must maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average in chemistry courses and take Chem 4195 for at least 3 credits over two semesters. In addition to the final report for Chem 4195, a poster or oral presentation is required.

Combined Bachelor of Science with a major in chemistry/Master of Forensic Sciences with a concentration in forensic chemistry—A program leading to the B.S. in the field of chemistry and M.F.S. with a concentration in forensic chemistry is available. Interested students should consult the Chemistry Department in the sophomore year.

Minor in chemistry—Required: Chem 1111-12, 2122, 2123, 2151-52, 2153-54, and one course chosen from Chem 3170, 3171, 3165, or 4134.

With permission, a limited number of graduate courses in the department may be taken for credit toward an undergraduate degree. See the Graduate Programs Bulletin for course listings.

The green leaf indicates that the course addresses environmental, social or economic sustainability.


1003-4 Contemporary Science for Nonscience Majors (3-3) Zysmilich and Staff
  Contemporary topics in physical, biological, and medical science. Chem 1003 is not prerequisite to Chem 1004. Laboratory fee. (Academic year)


1111-12 General Chemistry (4-4) Cahill, Miller, Gillmor, McClary, Daly
  Atomic structure and properties; stoichiometry; gas, liquid, and solid state; chemical bonding; solutions; chemical kinetics and equilibria; thermodynamics; acids and bases; electrochemistry; descriptive chemistry. Prerequisite to Chem 1111: one year of high school algebra. Prerequisite to Chem 1112: Chem 1111. Laboratory fee. (Chem 1111 and 1112—fall and spring)
2085 Environmental Chemistry (3) Miller, Libelo
  Chemistry and physics of the environment, with emphasis on water and air pollution; environmental analysis and modeling and their limitations. (Fall)
2122 Introductory Quantitative Analysis (3) Licht, Vertes
  Theory and practice of quantitative analysis by modern methods; evaluation of analytical data emphasizing detection and correction of experimental errors. Correlated with Chem 2123. Prerequisite: Chem 1112. (Spring)
2123 Introductory Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (1) Staff
  Laboratory complement to Chem 2122. Prerequisite or concurrent registration: Chem 2122. Laboratory fee. (Fall and spring)
2151-52 Organic Chemistry (3-3) King, Dowd, Voutchkova, and Staff
  Systematic treatment of the structure, preparation, properties, and reactions of the principal classes of organic compounds. Fundamental principles of stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms, and spectroscopic methods of analysis. Prerequisite to Chem 2151: Chem 1112. Prerequisite to Chem 2152: Chem 2151. (Academic year)
2153-54 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1-1) King and Staff
  Laboratory complement of Chem 2151-52. Introduction to and practice in basic skills of synthesis, separation, purification, and identification of organic compounds. Prerequisite or concurrent registration: Chem 2151-52. Prerequisite to Chem 2154: Chem 2153. Laboratory fee. (Academic year)
3140 Geochemistry (3) Teng
  Same as Geol 3140.
3165-66 Biochemistry I–II (3-3) Massiah
  Introduction to the chemistry of living cells; structure and function of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids; enzyme structure, mechanism, and regulation. Prerequisite: Chem 2151-52; Chem 3165 is prerequisite to Chem 3166. Credit toward the degree cannot be earned for Chem 3165-66 and for Bioc 3261/BiSc 3261 and 3263. (Academic year)
3170 Introduction to Physical Chemistry (3) Gillmor
  Thermodynamics, chemical and physical equilibria, kinetics, and spectroscopy. Examples taken from biological systems. Prerequisite: Chem 1111-12; Math 1231; Phys 1012 or 1022; or permission of instructor. Not open to chemistry majors. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for Chem 3171-72 or an equivalent course. (Fall)
3171-72 Physical Chemistry (3-3) Wagner, Miller, Chen
  Gas laws, chemical thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, kinetics, quantum chemistry, atomic and molecular spectra, structure of solids, liquids, and macromolecules. Prerequisite to Chem 3171: Chem 1112; Math 1231; Phys 1022; or permission of instructor. Prerequisite to Chem 3172: Chem 3171. (Academic year)
3173 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (2) Miller, Wagner, Gillmor
  Laboratory complement to Chem 3171. Prerequisite or concurrent registration: Chem 2123, 3171. Laboratory fee. (Spring)
3262 Biochemistry Laboratory (2) Vanderhoek
  Prerequisite: Chem 3165 or Bioc 3261/BiSc 3261. Laboratory fee. Same as Bioc 3262/BiSc 3262. (Spring)
3564 Lipid Biotechnology (2) Vanderhoek
  Prerequisite: Chem 3165 or Bioc 3261/BiSc 3261. Laboratory fee. Same as Bioc 3564/Chem 3564.
4113 Chemical Instrumentation (3) Staff
  Electronic analog measurements and control of electrical quantities in chemical instrumentation; digital and analog data conversion and optimization of electronic measurements in chemical instrumentation; computer interfacing and programming using PC-based systems. Prerequisite: Chem 3172 and 4122. Laboratory fee. (Fall)
4122 Instrumental Analytical Chemistry (3) Vertes
  Theory of instrumental methods in qualitative and quantitative analysis, determination of structure, with emphasis on atomic and molecular spectrophotometry, infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, chromatography, and electroanalysis. Correlated with Chem 4123. Prerequisite or concurrent registration: Chem 3171 or permission of instructor. (Fall)
4123 Instrumental Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (2) Wagner, Sadtchenko
  Laboratory complement to Chem 4122. Prerequisite or concurrent registration: Chem 3171 and 4122. Laboratory fee. (Fall)
4134 Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry (3) Cahill, Daly
  Emphasis on periodic trends and structure and reactivity of transitional metal complexes. Prerequisite: Chem 2122. (Spring)
4195 Undergraduate Research (1 or 2) Staff
  Research on problems approved by the staff. Approval must be obtained prior to registration. A final written report on the work is required. For students requesting Special Honors in chemistry, a poster or oral presentation is also required. May be repeated for credit. Majors are encouraged to take the course for two semesters. Laboratory fee. (Fall and spring)

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Information in this bulletin is generally accurate as of fall 2012. The University reserves the right to change courses, programs, fees, and the academic calendar, or to make other changes deemed necessary or desirable, giving advance notice of change when possible.