CHEMISTRY


Division of Molecular, Health & Life Sciences
Fred B. Schnee, Ph.D., Chair

The Chemistry and Biochemistry programs provide students with the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in chemical principles and to apply them to laboratory applications. This foundation enables Chemistry and Biochemistry graduates to pursue a wide range of careers in chemical industry, research, education, engineering, or in interdisciplinary fields such as medicine, dentistry, other health professions, forensic science, or patent law. Students have the opportunity to major in: Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Chemistry/Secondary Teaching.

The required and supporting courses for the Chemistry majors must be completed with a cumulative 2.0 GPA. At least 12 credits of required chemistry courses, numbered 300 or above, must be completed at Loras College. L.CHE-490 must be included in these 12 credits. Students will be required to satisfactorily complete a thesis and should see their faculty advisor for details.

Requirements for the major in Biochemistry (B.S.):
This major is intended for students interested in careers in medicine and other health sciences, biochemistry and biotechnology laboratories, and graduate studies in biochemistry.

L.CHE-389 or 490 will be taken each semester during the junior and senior years. Satisfactory completion of a thesis in a biochemical area is also required. L.BIO-420 is strongly recommended for those planning to go on to medical school. Those planning to go on to graduate school should plan to take L.PHY-223/224, and L.MAT- 160, as recommended by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

The required and supporting courses for the Biochemistry major must be completed with a cumulative 2.0 GPA. At least 12 credits of required Chemistry or Biology courses, numbered 300 or above, must be completed at Loras College. L.CHE-490 must be included in these 12 credits.

Req Course Cr's
1   L.BIO-115: Principles of Biology I 4
2   L.BIO-250: Genetics 4
3   L.BIO-410: Cell and Molecular Biology 4
Select one from Req 4
4   L.BIO-279: Experimental Design & Biostatistics-AH 3
4   L.BIO-348: Immunology 3
4   L.BIO-420: Vertebrate Physiology 4
4   Elective: Other L.BIO-300+ Division Chairperson approved course 3 to 4
5   L.CHE-111: General Chemistry I 4
6   L.CHE-112: General Chemistry II 4
7   L.CHE-200: Intensive Science Research Experience 3
8   L.CHE-225: Quantitative Analysis 4
9   L.CHE-233: Organic Chemistry I 4
10   L.CHE-234: Organic Chemistry II 4
11   L.CHE-350: Biophysical Chemistry 4
12   L.CHE-335: Introductory Biochemistry 3
13   L.CHE-335L: Introductory Biochemistry Lab 1
14   L.CHE-448: Advanced Biochemistry 4
15   L.CHE-389: Junior Seminar (5th semester) 1
16   L.CHE-389: Junior Seminar (6th semester)
17   L.CHE-489: Senior Seminar: Portfolio-PJ 1
18   L.CHE-490: Senior Seminar: Thesis 1
19   L.MAT-150: Calculus of One Variable I-FM 4
Select both from Req 20a, or both from Req 20b
20a   L.PHY-210: Elements of Physics I 4
20a   L.PHY-211: Elements of Physics II 4
20b   L.PHY-223: Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 5
20b   L.PHY-224: Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 5
65 to 68 total required credits

Requirements for the major in Chemistry (B.S.):
An ACS certified degree is intended for those who plan careers in industry, graduate study.

Req Course Cr's
1   L.BIO-115: Principles of Biology I 4
2   L.CHE-111: General Chemistry I 4
3   L.CHE-112: General Chemistry II 4
4   L.CHE-200: Intensive Science Research Experience 3
5   L.CHE-225: Quantitative Analysis 4
6   L.CHE-233: Organic Chemistry I 4
7   L.CHE-234: Organic Chemistry II 4
8   L.CHE-335: Introductory Biochemistry 3
9   L.CHE-335L: Introductory Biochemistry Lab** 1
Select one from Req 10
10   L.CHE-350: Biophysical Chemistry 3
10   L.CHE-351: Physical Chemistry 4
11   L.CHE-352: Quantum Chemistry 4
12   L.CHE-446: Instrumental Analysis 3
13   L.CHE-455: Inorganic Chemistry 4
Select one from 14a, or all three from 14b
14a   L.CHE-381: Polymer Chemistry 3
14a   L.CHE-448: Advanced Biochemistry 4
14a   L.CHE-454: Theories of Organic Chemistry 3
14b   L.CHE-491: Research 1
14b   L.CHE-491: Research 1
14b   L.CHE-491: Research 1
15   L.CHE-389: Junior Seminar (5th semester) 1
16   L.CHE-389: Junior Seminar (6th semester)
17   L.CHE-489: Senior Seminar: Portfolio-PJ 1
18   L.CHE-490: Senior Seminar: Thesis 1
Select one from Req 19
19   L.MAT-160: Calculus of One Variable II 4
19   L.MAT-170: Accelerated Calculus of One Variable I-FM 4
Select both from Req 20a, or both from Req 20b
20a   L.PHY-210: Elements of Physics I 4
20a   L.PHY-211: Elements of Physics II 4
20b   L.PHY-223: Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 5
20b   L.PHY-224: Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 5
63 to 66 total required credits
**may not be required for major – contact faculty advisor
 
Requirements for the major in Chemistry/Secondary Teaching (B.S.):
This major is intended for those planning to teach chemistry at the secondary level.

Req Course Cr's
1   L.CHE-111: General Chemistry I 4
2   L.CHE-112: General Chemistry II 4
3   L.CHE-200: Intensive Science Research Experience 3
4   L.CHE-225: Quantitative Analysis 4
5   L.CHE-233: Organic Chemistry I 4
6   L.CHE-234: Organic Chemistry II 4
Select one from Req 7
7   L.CHE-350: Biophysical Chemistry 4
7   L.CHE-351: Physical Chemistry 4
Select one from Req 8
8   L.CHE-335: Introductory Biochemistry 3
8   L.CHE-352: Quantum Chemistry 4
8   L.CHE-381: Polymer Chemistry 4
8   L.CHE-446: Instrumental Analysis 3
8   L.CHE-455: Inorganic Chemistry 4
9   L.CHE-389: Junior Seminar (5th semester) 1
10   L.CHE-389: Junior Seminar (6th semester)
11   L.CHE-489: Senior Seminar: Portfolio-PJ  1
12   L.CHE-490: Senior Seminar: Thesis 1
13   L.PHY-210: Elements of Physics I 4
14   L.PHY-211: Elements of Physics II 4
Select one from Req 15
15   L.MAT-160: Calculus of One Variable II 4
15   L.MAT-170: Accelerated Calculus of One Variable I-FM 4
16   L.EDU-200: Foundations of Education 2
17   L.EDU-205: Foundations of Special Education 2
18   L.PSY-121: Developmental Psychology 3
Select one from Req 19
19   L.EDU-203: Teaching for Social Justice 3
19   L.EDU-265: Multicultural Education-AC 3
20   L.EDU-339: Differentiated Instruction, Grades 5-12 2
21   L.EDU-350: General Secondary Curriculum & Instruction 3
22   L.EDU-350L: Intermediate Clinical, Grades 5-12 1
23   L.EDU-354: Special Secondary Curriculum & Methods-Science 3
24   L.EDU-357: Reading in Middle & Secondary School 3
25   L.EDU-452: Student Teaching in Secondary School 10
26   L.EDU-490: Capstone Seminar & Portfolio-PJ 2
82 to 83 total required credits
 
Requirements for the minor in Chemistry:

No more than six credits from among those already being used to satisfy the requirements for a major or another minor may be applied to the minimum of 18 credits required for the minor in chemistry.

Req Course Cr's
1   L.CHE-111: General Chemistry I 4
2   L.CHE-112: General Chemistry II 4
Select three from Req 3
3   L.CHE-225: Quantitative Analysis 4
3   L.CHE-233: Organic Chemistry I 4
3   L.CHE-234: Organic Chemistry II 4
3   L.CHE-335: Introductory Biochemistry 3
3   L.CHE-350: Biophysical Chemistry 4
3   L.CHE-352: Quantum Chemistry 4
3   L.CHE-381: Polymer Chemistry 4
3   L.CHE-446: Instrumental Analysis 3
3   L.CHE-448: Advanced Biochemistry 4
3   L.CHE-454: Theories of Organic Chemistry 3
3   L.CHE-455: Inorganic Chemistry 4
17 to 20 total required credits

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