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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2009

August 26-30 Wolfpack Welcome
August 31 Classes begin
September 4
Add deadline
October 30 Last day to withdraw & last day
to apply for graduation
December 11 Last day of classes
December 12-18 Final Exams

Spring Term 2010

January 8 New Student Orientation
January 11 Classes begin
January 15 Add deadline
March 12 Last day to withdraw & last day to apply for graduation
April 28 Last day of classes
April 30 - May 6 Final Exams
May 8 Commencement - all colleges

*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin

CHAIR: Thomas G. Spence, Ph.D., Office: 425 Monroe Hall
PROFESSORS: Kurt R. Birdwhistell, Lynn V. Koplitz
ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS: Thomas G. Spence, William F. Walkenhorst
DIRECTOR OF LABORATORIES: Thorsten Schmidt
EXTRAORDINARY FACULTY: Kathleen T. Crago
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR: Joelle S. Underwood
WEB PAGE: chn.loyno.edu/chemistry/

The chemistry department has a broad spectrum of undergraduate programs leading to the bachelor’s degree. They are described below under the headings of ACS certified chemistry program, biochemistry/pre-health program and chemistry-forensic science program.

ACS CERTIFIED CHEMISTRY PROGRAM

The chemistry department is on the approved list of the American Chemical Society for professional training in chemistry. Students who graduate with the bachelor of science in chemistry will have a degree certified by the American Chemical Society as having met the standards of the Committee on Professional Training. The salient points of the curriculum are as follows:

  1. Two semesters of introductory chemistry with quantitative analysis.
  2. Two semesters of organic chemistry.
  3. Two semesters of physical chemistry.
  4. Two semesters of integrated laboratory which includes physical, analytical, and inorganic chemistry along with training in the chemical literature.
  5. One semester of inorganic chemistry.
  6. One semester of modern analytical chemistry.
  7. total of 500 hours of laboratory and 440 hours of classroom work.

The curriculum also includes 1) two semesters of calculus, 2) a year of foreign language, 3) a year of physics, 4) a year of math/science electives, and 5) one credit in Oral Presentation.

BIOCHEMISTRY/PRE-HEALTH PROGRAM

This track serves both students interested in pursing careers in health fields such as medicine and dentistry, as well as those interested in attending graduate school in biochemistry or working in the pharmaceutical industry. The required chemistry courses are:

  1. Two semesters of general chemistry lecture and lab.
  2. Two semesters of organic chemistry lecture and lab.
  3. One semester of inorganic chemistry lecture.
  4. One semester of physical chemistry lecture.
  5. One semester of biochemistry lecture and lab.
  6. One semester of integrated lab.
  7. One semester of Oral Presentation.
  8. Two advanced chemistry electives.

The required adjunct courses are:

  1. Two semesters of biology lecture and lab.
  2. Two semesters of physics lecture and lab.
  3. Two semesters of calculus.

CHEMISTRY-FORENSIC SCIENCE PROGRAM

Forensic science applies chemical and biochemical methods of analysis to problems of a forensic nature. The science of forensics is becoming more technically demanding and as a result, there is a demand for better educated forensic personnel at local, state, and national law enforcement agencies.

The Loyola chemistry department program in forensic science provides a B.S. degree in chemistry with a forensic science emphasis within the chemistry department for students at Loyola University. The new degree program started in 2000 includes: 1) a basic degree in chemistry; 2) focused coursework in biology and criminal justice; and 3) finishes with an internship at a forensics lab.

RESEARCH AND ORAL PRESENTATION

The faculty encourage students to do research in chemistry under the supervision of one of the faculty members. The student can receive chemistry credits for engaging in such research. Undergraduate research is a valuable experience for students. The research experience 1) teaches critical thinking skills, 2) allows students to develop a deeper understanding of one area of chemistry, 3) develops a student’s confidence in his or her abilities as a chemist, and 4) provides good work experience in chemistry.

Oral Presentation will provide a capstone experience for all chemistry majors. Each student will write a paper on either his or her research results or a chemistry related topic. The student will then present the paper orally to the faculty and to the other students participating in the Chemistry Seminar course.

HONORS THESIS

In order to receive the bachelor of science in chemistry with departmental honors, the student must:

  1. Earn an overall grade point average of 2.5 and a chemistry course grade point average of 3.0 while completing the requirements for either the ACS chemistry or pre-health chemistry degree program.

  2. Engage in and do satisfactory independent work on a chemistry research project under the supervision of a faculty member. The results will be written up as an honors thesis.

  3. Earn five honors credits by enrolling in Research (CHEM A498) for at least four semesters of credit and by enrolling in Oral Presentation (CHEM A493) and presenting a departmental seminar on the results of your research project. The four credits in CHEM A498 shall be in addition to the 120 credit hours required for graduation.

MINOR IN CHEMISTRY

The minor in chemistry consists of 22 hours of chemistry which includes General Chemistry with lab (eight hours), Organic Chemistry with lab (eight hours), and six additional hours in chemistry at or above the 300 level. CHEM A496 credits will not count toward the minor.

MINOR IN FORENSIC CHEMISTRY

The minor in forensic chemistry consists of 22 hours of chemistry which includes General Chemistry with lab (eight hours), Organic Chemistry with lab (eight hours), Introduction to Forensic Methods (CHEM A315, three hours), and a three-credit-hour internship at a crime lab (CHEM A497).

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE–CHEMISTRY

Freshman  
F
S
Major CHEM A105 — A106 General Chemistry I & II Lecture
3
3
Major CHEM A107 — A108 General Chemistry I & II Lab
1
1
Adjunct MATH A257 — A258 Calculus I & II
4
4
Foreign Language A100 — A101/First Year
3
3
Common Curriculum  
3
6
   
14
17
     
31
Sophomore  
F
S
Major CHEM A300 — A301 Organic Chemistry I&II Lecture
3
3
Major CHEM A302 — A303 Organic Chemistry I&II Lab
2
2
Adjunct PHYS A110 — A111 Basic Physics I&II and Lab I&II
5
5
Adjunct MATH A310, A200, or A260 or PHYS A117
0
3
Elective  
3
3
Common Curriculum  
3
0
   
16
16
     
32
Junior  
F
S
Major CHEM A306 — A307 Physical Chemistry Lecture
3
3
Major CHEM A320 — A330 Integ Lab I & II
3
2
Major CHEM A350 Inorganic Lecture
0
3
Major CHEM A498 — A498 Research
(1)*
(1)*
Major CHEM A493 Oral Presentation
0
1
Adjunct Science/Math Elective
3
0
Common Curriculum  
6
6
   
15 (16)*
15 (16)*
     
30 (32)*
Senior  
F
S
Major CHEM A415 Modern Analytical Chemistry
0
3
Major CHEM A400 Biochemistry Lecture I
3
0
Major CHEM A400 Level Electives**
3
2
Major CHEM A498 — A498 Research
(1)*
(1)*
Common Curriculum  
9
6
Elective  
0
1
   
15 (16)*
12
(13)*
     
27 (29)*
TOTAL: 120 (124)* cr. hrs.    

Students seeking ACS Certification must complete adjunct courses. Specific Common Curriculum requirements are given in the beginning of this chapter under Curriculum Design. Refer to Common Curriculum in the index for page number.

(View Common Curriculum Requirements.)

* Honors requirements in parentheses.
** Restricted to a maximum of three hours of CHEM A498 and/or CHEM A496.

B.S. CHEMISTRY (BIOCHEMISTRY/PRE-HEALTH Program) *

Freshman  
F
S
Major CHEM A105 — A106 General Chemistry I&II Lecture
3
3
Major CHEM A107 — A108 General Chemistry I&II Lab
1
1
Adjunct MATH A257 — A258 Calculus I&II
4
4
Foreign Language A100 — A101/First Year
3
3
Common Curriculum  
3
6
   
14
17
     
31
Sophomore  
F
S
Major CHEM A300 — A301 Organic Chemistry I&II Lecture
3
3
Major CHEM A302 — A303 Organic Chemistry I&II Lab
2
2
Adjunct PHYS A110--A111 Basic Physics I & II and Lab I&II
5
5
Adjunct BIOL Electives
4
4
Common Curriculum  
3
0
   
17
14
     
31
Junior  
F
S
Major CHEM A350 Inorganic Lecture
0
3
Major CHEM A320 Integrated Lab I
3
0
Major CHEM A306 Physical Chemistry I Lecture
3
0
Elective  
3
0
Common Curriculum  
6
12
   
15
15
     
30
Senior  
F
S
Major CHEM A400 Biochemistry I
3
0
Major CHEM A402 Biochemistry I Lab
0
1
Major CHEM A402 Biochemistry II
0
3
Major CHEM A493 Oral Presentation
0
1
Major Advanced Chemistry Elective    
  300 or 400 Level**
3
2
Elective — Adjunct Math/Science Elective
3
0
Elective  
3
0
Common Curriculum  
3
6
   
15
13
     
28
TOTAL: 120 cr. hrs.      

Specific Common Curriculum requirements are given in the beginning of this chapter under Curriculum Design. Refer to Common Curriculum in the index for page number.

(View Common Curriculum Requirements.)

* Students considering the Tulane early acceptance program for medical school should consult their advisers.
** Restricted to a maximum of three hours of CHEM A498 and/or CHEM A496.

FORENSIC SCIENCE PROGRAM IN CHEMISTRY

Freshman  
F
S
Major CHEM A105 — A106 General Chemistry I&II Lecture
3
3
Major CHEM A107 — A108 General Chemistry I&II Lab
1
1
Adjunct MATH A257 — A258 Calculus I&II
4
4
Foreign Language A100 — A101 First Year
3
3
Adjunct BIOL A108 — A109 Biology of Organisms Lec/Lab
0
5
Adjunct BIOL A106 Cells and Heredity
3
0
   
14
16
     
30
Sophomore  
F
S
Major CHEM A300 — A301 Organic Chemistry I&II Lecture
3
3
Major CHEM A302 — A303 Organic Chemistry I&II Lab
2
2
Adjunct FRSC C201 Criminalistics: Crime Lab
3
0
Adjunct MATH A241 Statistics
3
0
Adjunct PHYS A110 — A112
5
0
Adjunct PHYS A111 — A113
0
5
Elective  
0
6
   
16
16
     
32
Junior  
F
S
Major CHEM A320 Integ Lab I
3
0
Major CHEM A315 Intro to Forensic Methods
0
3
Common Curriculum  
12
12
   
15
15
     
30
Senior  
F
S
Major Chemistry Elective (300 — 400 Level)**
3
2
Major CHEM A400 Biochemistry Lecture
3
0
Major CHEM A402 Techniques in Biochemistry
0
1
Major CHEM A493 Oral Presentation
0
1
Major CHEM A497 Internship
3
0
Common Curriculum  
6
9
   
15
13
      28
TOTAL 120 cr. hrs.      

View Chemistry Course Descriptions

(View Common Curriculum Requirements.)

** CHEM A498 will not apply to these hours.