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Overview

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The challenges of the future—developing sustainable energy, discovering miracle medicines, feeding a crowded planet—are being tackled today by professional chemists. If you like to solve puzzles and want to have a far-reaching impact on the world we live in, the Chemistry program at Quincy University is designed for you.

At Quincy the classic curriculum of Chemistry provides the foundation for specialized applications. Through expert lectures and guided lab explorations, you'll explore organic and inorganic matter, biochemistry, and physical chemistry. An interdisciplinary approach emphasizes mastery of key concepts from biology, mathematics, and physics, as well.

Our Chemistry program offers a bachelor of science in Chemistry; concentrations in Forensic Science and Pre-Professional (pre-medical, pre-pharmacy, pre-dental, and pre-physical therapy); and minors in Chemistry and Forensic Science. If you are considering a career in a health profession, Chemistry's Pre-Professional Concentration offers a proven path to your future. This major is carefully articulated with coursework in Biology to enable students to complete majors Biology and Chemistry in four years. The result? Graduates who have achieved admission placement rates which consistently reach or near 100 percent to schools of medicine, dentistry, optometry, and pharmacy or to advanced education in chemistry.

Our Forensic Science Concentration combines the study of forensic chemistry with investigative techniques from criminal justice to provide distinctive preparation in applying science to legal questions. Students apply the tools of chemical analysis, biology, physics, and statistics to the puzzles underlying criminal and civil cases.

Small class sizes and mentoring by professionals with the highest degrees in the field mean that you'll have feedback and guidance at every point in your academic career. Whether it's a tricky lab experiment, a difficult career decision, or a recommendation for graduate school, your advisor and professors will be ready to share advice and lend a hand. In the competitive world of admission to medical, dental, and other professional schools, the strategic insight of a skilled professional will give you a valuable edge.

Contact Us

For more information about the Chemistry program, feel free to contact:

Dr. Lee Enger
Chair, Division of Science & Technology/Associate Professor of Biochemistry
217-228-5432 ext. 3261
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Courses

CHE 100     Introduction to Chemical Principles
Credit Hours: 3
A one-semester survey of the fundamental principles of chemistry. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, inorganic nomenclature, quantitative relationships involving chemical substances and chemical reactions, aqueous ionic and molecular solution theory, and acid-base theory. Two lecture periods and one 2-hour lab per week.

CHE 124  General, Organic, and Biochemistry
Credit Hours: 3
A study of general, organic, and biochemistry emphasizing applications to health sciences. Three lecture periods per week and a 3-hour lab per week. Prerequisites: high school algebra and chemistry.

CHE 125 General, Organic, and Biochemistry with Lab
Credit Hours: 4
A study of general, organic, and biochemistry emphasizing applications to health sciences. Three lecture periods per week and a 3-hour lab per week. Prerequisites: high school algebra and chemistry.

CHE 150  General Chemistry I
Credit Hours: 5
A first year course for science majors. Includes measurement, atoms and molecules, chemical reactions, gas laws, thermochemistry, quantum theory, electron configurations, ionic and covalent bonding, molecular geometry, states of matter and solutions. Four hours lecture and a 3-hour lab per week.

CHE 151    General Chemistry II
Credit Hours: 5
A continuation of CHE 150. Includes topics in kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, solubility, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, coordination compounds, intro to organic chemistry and biochemistry. Four hours lectures and a 3-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: CHE 150.

CHE 205    Forensic/Quantitative Chemistry
Credit Hours: 4
This course will cover types of samples and how they are prepared, solubility, presumptive testing, detailed discussion on microscopy, extensive coverage of drug analysis and broad coverage of chemical analysis of physical evidence. Three lecture periods and one 3-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CHE 150.

CHE 302  Organic Chemistry I
Credit Hours: 5
A comprehensive coverage of the basic principles of organic chemistry. Topics include nomenclature, structure, sterochemistry, chemical reaction mechanisms, nucleophilic substitution and elimination, structure, synthesis, and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, and alkyl halides. Also IR, mass spectrometry, and NMR. Four hours lecture and a 3-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: CHE 151 or CHE 125.

CHE 303    Organic Chemistry II
Credit Hours: 5
A continuation of CHE 302. Topics include structure, synthesis, and reactions of ethers, epoxides, alkynes, aromatic compounds, ketones, aldehydes, amines, carboxylic acids, enols and enolates. Also UV spectroscopy. Four hours lecture and a 3-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: CHE 302.

CHE 309     Laboratory Safety
Credit Hours: 1
Topics include flammable and explosive hazards, gas cylinders, oxygen balance, toxicity, carcinogens, handling hazardous substances, waste disposal, and electrical hazards. One lecture per week. Prerequisite: CHE 151.

CHE 311     Organic Mechanisms & Spectroscopy
Credit Hours: 4
Mechanisms: study of electron flow and writing arrow pushing mechanisms for organic reactions. Spectroscopy: study of IR, NMR, UN-Vi and Mass spectroscopy. Three lecture periods and one 3-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CHE 302.

CHE 321     Biochemistry
Credit Hours: 4
The basic concepts of biochemistry. Chemistry and metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. Chemistry of respiration; bioenergetics. Three lecture periods per week and one 3-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CHE 302.

CHE 349     Inorganic/Organometallic Chemistry
Credit Hours: 4
First half of the semester topics include VSEPR, symmetry, HSAB, CFT, and CFSE. Second half of semester topics include the eighteen electron rule, survey of ligands, geometry, Pi back bonding, metal-metal bonds, and catalytic cycles. Three lecture periods and one 3 hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CHE 151.

CHE 401     Physical Chemistry I
Credit Hours: 4

Topics include properties of gases, thermodynamics, equilibrium, electrochemistry, and chemical kinetics. Three lecture periods and one 3-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CHE 151.

CHE 402     Physical Chemistry II
Credit Hours: 4
Continuation of CHE 401. Modern chemistry: quantum mechanical treatment of atomic and molecular structure and statistical thermodynamics. Three lecture periods and one 3-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: CHE 401.

CHE 470-9  Special Topics
Credit Hours: 1-4
Special topics in chemistry depending upon demand and staff.

CHE 497 Seminar
Credit Hours: 1
Required of all Chemistry majors. Prerequisite: Senior standing and faculty approval.

Program Requirements

Chemistry

  • Completion of the Bonaventure Program and requirements for undergraduate degrees
  • The technological literacy requirement will be fulfilled through conducting computerized labs and learning how to use the computer for scientific research in all laboratory courses.
  • CHE 150, 151, 205, 302, 303, 309, 311, 321, 349, 401, and 497.
  • PHY 211-212 or PHY 223-224.
  • MAT 150, 242, 243, and 244.
  • BIO 150

Forensic Science Concentration

  • Completion of the Bonaventure Program and requirements for undergraduate degrees
  • CHE 150, 151, 205, 302, 303, 309, 311, 321, 349, 401, and 497.
  • BIO 150, 250, 350.
  • MAT 150 and 242.
  • PHY 211-212 or PHY 223-224.
  • CRJ 101, 150, 242, 340, 343, 347, and 450.

Pre-Professional Concentration (pre-medical, pre-pharmacy, pre-dental, and pre-physical therapy)

  • Completion of the Bonaventure Program and requirements for undergraduate degrees
  • CHE 150, 151, 205, 302, 303, 309, 311, 321, 349, 401, and 497.
  • PHY 211-212 or PHY 223-224.
  • MAT 150 and 242.
  • BIO 150 plus two 3-hour BIO electives at the 200-400 level.

Requirements for a Minor (must meet minimum university requirements for a minor):

  • Chemistry: 24 semester hours consisting of CHE 150, 151, 205, 302, 303, and at least one elective at the 200-400 level.
  • Forensic Science: 26 semester hours consisting of CHE 150, 151, 205, plus 2 hours Biology electives at the 200-400 level; and CRJ 450.


Advanced Placement Opportunity
Consult with the Dean of Science and Technology.

Active Learning Opportunities

Chemists influence the world in so many ways that you may find yourself considering a variety of career options. The experience of a paid or unpaid internship can help you decide which one appeals to you most. At the same time, you'll be building an impressive portfolio to demonstrate your abilities and creating a network of professionals who recognize your strengths. Quincy Chemistry majors have interned in a variety of fields, including health professions, on both a credit and a non-credit basis. Organizations welcoming Quincy interns include:
  • Blessing Hospital
  • Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc.
  • Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)
  • Prince Manufacturing

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