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Studying Chemistry at Regis

The Chemistry Department is accredited by the American Chemical Society and offers majors in Chemistry and Biochemistry, as well as a Chemistry Minor. Our curriculum is designed to teach foundational and advanced courses in all disciplines of chemistry, all within the framework of a liberal arts education.
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B.S. in Chemistry

Degree Overview

The Chemistry Department is accredited by the American Chemical Society and offers majors in Chemistry and Biochemistry, as well as a Chemistry Minor. Our curriculum is designed to teach foundational and advanced courses in all disciplines of chemistry, all within the framework of a liberal arts education. In addition to coursework, students have the opportunity to conduct independent research with faculty. Graduates from our department have found employment at government labs and in industry, some have continued on to graduate school for Ph.D.’s in chemistry and biochemistry, and others entered medical school and dental school for further studies.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 128.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Regis College: Core Requirements

Economics

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(3-6 SH)
Take 1 of the following groups:
Group 1: EC 200 - Intro to the American Economy
Group 2: EC 320 - Principles of Macroeconomics
and
EC 330 - Principles of Microeconomics

EN 250 - Literature Matters

Introduces the literary genres of poetry, fiction, and drama, with an emphasis on works that have had a profound influence on our world. Students will write a series of analytical essays, including at least one research essay.

Pre-requisite: TAKE RCC*200

Fine Arts

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(3SH)
Take three (3) semester hours of Fine Arts
from the following courses:
any 200-level FAC course, FAHS 211, FAHS 212

Foreign Language

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(6-8SH)
Take two classes in one language

Foundational

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(6 SH)
Take 1 of the following groups:
Group 1: RCC 200 - Writing Analytically (Fall)
Communicative Intensive (Spring)
Group 2: Commitment Program Students
RCC 200A - Writing Analytically A (Fall)
RCC 200B - Writing Analytically B (Spring)
Group 3: Honors Program Students
RCC 200H - Honors Writing Seminar (Fall)
RCC 300H - Honors Trad & Innovation (Spring)

History

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(3SH)
Three (3) credits from any 200-level History course

Integrative

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(12SH)
Take all of the following courses:
RCC 400D (Group 1), RCC 410E (Group 2),
RCC 420J (Group 3), RCC 430M (Group 4)

Mathematics

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(3-4SH)
Take one of the following Mathematics course:
MT 201, MT 204, MT 270, MT 270C, MT 272, MT 272C
MT 360A, MT 360B

Natural Science

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(4SH)
Take one Natural Science course (Group 1) with the
accompanying lab (Group 2).
Eligible courses include:
BL( 204/5E-W, 208/9, 216/17, 260/1, 262/3), ENVS 250/1,
GE 208/9, PH (202A, 205A, 304A, 305A),
AS 250/1 (Non-Science majors),
NS 260/1 (cannot be counted for Psychology Majors)

Philosophy

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(3SH)
Take one of the following Philosophy courses:
PL 270, PL 270C, PL 270H, PL 270P

Public Speaking

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(3SH)
Speech Communication

Religious Studies

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(3SH)
Any 300 level RT course

RT 201 - Religion and the Human Quest

Considering human existence in relation to the sacred and drawing on Eastern and Western religious traditions, this course explores religious perspectives on human questions about life, suffering, goodness, and ultimacy.

Cross listing(s): RT 201C.

Social Science

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(3SH)
Take three (3) semester hours from the following course list
ED 204, POL 215, POL 231, POL 241, PY 250, PY 250C, PY 250H,
SO 200, SO 200C, SO 203, AN/SO 204, PJ 200

RC: Chemistry Major-Lower Division

CH 210 - General Chemistry I

Introduces chemical and physical properties of matter, atomic structure, stoichiometry, periodicity, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, thermodynamics and aqueous chemistry.

CH 211 - General Chemistry I Lab

Introduces fundamental laboratory techniques including chromatography, chemical synthesis, spectroscopy and acid/base chemistry.

CH 230 - Principles of Chemistry II

Continuation of CH 210. Examines the following fundamental chemical principles: equilibrium theory; acid-based chemistry; chemical kinetics; thermodynamics; and electrochemistry. Additional special topics may include transition metal chemistry, the chemistry of new materials, nuclear chemistry, and geochemistry.

Pre-requisite: CH*210

CH 231 - Principles of Chemistry II Lab

A continuation of fundamental lab techniques including chromatography, chemical synthesis, spectroscopy, and acid/base chemistry.

Pre-requisite: CH*211

CH 250 - Organic Chemistry I

Studies the molecular structure of organic compounds, their functional groups, physical properties, and the relationship between structure and reactivity. Introduces the principles of reaction thermodynamics and kinetics.

Pre-requisite: TAKE CH*230 AND CH*231;

CH 251 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

Investigates techniques used to separate, purify and identify organic compounds. Laboratory fee required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE CH*230 AND CH*231;

MT 360A - Calculus I

Treats standard topics of single variable calculus including limits, continuity, derivatives, applications of derivatives, and elements of integration.

MT 360B - Calculus II

Continues treatment of single variable calculus including definite and indefinite integrals, applications of integrals, transcendental functions, techniques of integration and infinite series.

Pre-requisite: MT*360A

PH 304A - General Physics with Calculus I

Discusses fundamental concepts of motion, including Newton's Laws and the conservation of energy, momentum, and angular momentum. Focuses on the development of quantitative and qualitative problem-solving skills.

Pre-requisite: MT*360A

PH 304B - Gen Physics with Calculus II

A continuation of PH 304A,focusing on electricity, magnetism, and waves. Includes an introduction to quantum mechanics.

Pre-requisite: PH*304A

PH 305A - General Physics with Calculus I

Compliments PH 304A, providing practical, hands-on experience primarily with experiments related to mechanics.

PH 305B - General Physics Lab with Calculus II

Compliments PH 304B, providing practical, hands-on experience primarily with experiments related to mechanics.

RC: Chemistry Major-Upper Division

CH 420 - Organic Chemistry II

Comprehensive survey of organic chemical reactions and their mechanisms. Covers spectroscopic techniques including NMR, IR, and MS. Introduces biomolecules such as peptides, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Includes multi-step organic synthesis.

Pre-requisite: CH*250

CH 421 - Organic Chemistry II Lab

Synthesis of selected organic compounds and identification by spectroscopic methods. Includes multi-step organic synthesis.

Pre-requisite: CH*251

CH 424 - Analytical Chemistry

Emphasizes the principles and methodologies of modern chemical analysis, including aqueous equilibria, electrochemistry and chromatography.

Pre-requisite: TAKE CH*420 CH*421;

CH 426 - Quantitative Analytical Laboratory

A laboratory-based course covering the theory and practice of modern analytical chemistry. Emphasis is placed on contemporary instrumental techniques, especially spectroscopic and chromatographic methods of chemical analysis.

Pre-requisite: TAKE CH*420 CH*421;

CH 428 or CH 431 - Synthesis and Characterization Lab

Laboratory-based course devoted to synthetic methods used in inorganic and organic chemistry together with standard chemical characterization methods, such as gas chromatography, infrared, ultraviolet, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

Pre-requisite: TAKE CH*424 CH*426;

CH 430A - Thermodynamics and Kinetics

Formal development of classical thermodynamics with applications to chemical equilibria, phase equilibria, active and passive ion transport across cell membranes, and protein folding; application of kinetic molecular theory to gas-phase chemical reactions.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*304B CH*230 MT*360B;

CH 466 - Modern Inorganic Chemistry

Surveys the chemistry of metals and their compounds. Topics include advanced concepts in periodic behavior, the study of bonding models used for transition metals and their complexes; the symmetry of and spectroscopic characterization of transition metal complexes; and the kinetic and mechanisms of transition metal complex reactions. Additional topics may include metals in biological systems and medicine; geochemistry; the chemistry of modern materials; and organometallic compounds as catalysts.

Pre-requisite: CH*420 AND CH*421

CH 495 - Senior Chemistry Seminar

Addresses advances in analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Requirements may include literature search, oral presentations and written exams and papers.

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the available courses offered at Regis University within this respective degree program. The courses below include the degree program requirements as well as subject related courses. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

CH 204 Drugs of Use and Abuse (3.00)

Provides an introductory survey of general, organic, and biological chemistry principles as they relate to prescribed, over-the-counter, and recreational drugs. Specific topics may vary each semester.

CH 205 Drugs of Use and Abuse Lab (1.00)

Involves laboratory exercises accompanying and reinforcing CH 204 lecture topics, including observations, demonstrations, and student experimentation.

CH 209 Introductory College Chemistry (3.00)

Introduction to general chemistry with an emphasis on developing quantitative problem solving skills. For students without high school chemistry or with limited mathematics background.

CH 210 General Chemistry I (4.00)

Introduces chemical and physical properties of matter, atomic structure, stoichiometry, periodicity, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, thermodynamics and aqueous chemistry.

CH 211 General Chemistry I Lab (1.00)

Introduces fundamental laboratory techniques including chromatography, chemical synthesis, spectroscopy and acid/base chemistry.

CH 220 Honors Prin of Chemistry (4.00)

An honors-level course for students with strong skills in math and/or chemistry. Topics are similar to CH 210, but with more in-depth coverage. Intended for students considering a major in chemistry, biochemistry or pre-medicine.

CH 221 Honors Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1.00)

Inquiry based examination of fundamental chemical concepts in context of their impact on research, humanity and the environment using modern laboratory techniques and instrumentation. NOTE: Minimum score of 28 on the math ACT or permission of the instructor required.

CH 230 Principles of Chemistry II (4.00)

Continuation of CH 210. Examines the following fundamental chemical principles: equilibrium theory; acid-based chemistry; chemical kinetics; thermodynamics; and electrochemistry. Additional special topics may include transition metal chemistry, the chemistry of new materials, nuclear chemistry, and geochemistry.

Pre-requisite: CH*210

CH 231 Principles of Chemistry II Lab (1.00)

A continuation of fundamental lab techniques including chromatography, chemical synthesis, spectroscopy, and acid/base chemistry.

Pre-requisite: CH*211

CH 250 Organic Chemistry I (4.00)

Studies the molecular structure of organic compounds, their functional groups, physical properties, and the relationship between structure and reactivity. Introduces the principles of reaction thermodynamics and kinetics.

Pre-requisite: TAKE CH*230 AND CH*231;

CH 251 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1.00)

Investigates techniques used to separate, purify and identify organic compounds. Laboratory fee required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE CH*230 AND CH*231;

CH 420 Organic Chemistry II (3.00)

Comprehensive survey of organic chemical reactions and their mechanisms. Covers spectroscopic techniques including NMR, IR, and MS. Introduces biomolecules such as peptides, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Includes multi-step organic synthesis.

Pre-requisite: CH*250

CH 421 Organic Chemistry II Lab (2.00)

Synthesis of selected organic compounds and identification by spectroscopic methods. Includes multi-step organic synthesis.

Pre-requisite: CH*251

CH 424 Analytical Chemistry (3.00)

Emphasizes the principles and methodologies of modern chemical analysis, including aqueous equilibria, electrochemistry and chromatography.

Pre-requisite: TAKE CH*420 CH*421;

CH 426 Quantitative Analytical Laboratory (2.00)

A laboratory-based course covering the theory and practice of modern analytical chemistry. Emphasis is placed on contemporary instrumental techniques, especially spectroscopic and chromatographic methods of chemical analysis.

Pre-requisite: TAKE CH*420 CH*421;

CH 428 Synthesis and Characterization Lab (2.00)

Laboratory-based course devoted to synthetic methods used in inorganic and organic chemistry together with standard chemical characterization methods, such as gas chromatography, infrared, ultraviolet, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

Pre-requisite: TAKE CH*424 CH*426;

CH 430A Thermodynamics and Kinetics (3.00)

Formal development of classical thermodynamics with applications to chemical equilibria, phase equilibria, active and passive ion transport across cell membranes, and protein folding; application of kinetic molecular theory to gas-phase chemical reactions.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*304B CH*230 MT*360B;

CH 430B Quantum Theory & Spectroscopy (3.00)

Formal development of the theory of quantum mechanics with applications to electronic, vibrational, and rotational structure of molecules, spectroscopic techniques, and chemical bonding.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*304B CH*230;

Cross listing(s): PH 460.

CH 431 Physical/Computational Chemistry Lab (2.00)

Laboratory-based course focusing on the use of modern spectroscopic and computational techniques for studying chemical equilibria, reaction kinetics, and molecular structure.

Pre-requisite: TAKE CH*430A CH*424 CH*426;

CH 448 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3.00)

Explores advanced topics in physical and synthetic organic chemistry including: kinetic isotope effects, reaction mechanisms, biomolecules and their structure, and multi-step syntheses.

Pre-requisite: CH*420

CH 452A Biochemistry I (3.00)

Introduces the structure and function of proteins. Includes an in depth study of enzyme kinetics and specificity, the thermodynamics of biological systems and introduces metabolic processes.

Pre-requisite: TAKE CH*420;

Cross listing(s): BL 452A.

CH 452B Biochemistry II (3.00)

Surveys metabolism and regulation, including glycolysis, electron transport, photosynthesis and oxidative phosphorylation. Includes fatty acid breakdown, lipid biosyntheses, nucleic acid structure and molecular evolution.

Pre-requisite: CH*452A

Cross listing(s): BL 452B.

CH 453 Biochemistry Laboratory (2.00)

Introduces fundamental biochemical techniques and instrumentation, including the isolation and purification of biomolecules, three dimensional modeling and biophysical experiments.

Pre-requisite: CH*452A

CH 466 Modern Inorganic Chemistry (3.00)

Surveys the chemistry of metals and their compounds. Topics include advanced concepts in periodic behavior, the study of bonding models used for transition metals and their complexes; the symmetry of and spectroscopic characterization of transition metal complexes; and the kinetic and mechanisms of transition metal complex reactions. Additional topics may include metals in biological systems and medicine; geochemistry; the chemistry of modern materials; and organometallic compounds as catalysts.

Pre-requisite: CH*420 AND CH*421

CH 495 Senior Chemistry Seminar (1.00)

Addresses advances in analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Requirements may include literature search, oral presentations and written exams and papers.

CH 498E-W Internship/Chemistry (3.00)

Provides a working environment in which practical experience in the application of chemistry is obtained under appropriate supervision.

CH 499E Capstone Research Experience (1.00)

Students perform experimental research, theoretical research, or a critical review of literature at either Regis or another laboratory under the supervision or sponsorship of a chemistry faculty member. The student submits a proposal of study to a Departmental committee that includes the student's supervisor. At the end of the semester the student must submit a formal research report. NOTE: Regular attendance at Chemistry Department seminars is expected and encouraged.

Pre-requisite: CH*420 CH*421

CH 499E-W Capstone Research Experience (1.00)

Students perform experimental research, theoretical research, or a critical review of literature at either Regis or another laboratory under the supervision or sponsorship of a chemistry faculty member. The student submits a proposal of study to a Departmental committee that includes the student's supervisor. At the end of the semester the student must submit a formal research report. NOTE: Regular attendance at Chemistry Department seminars is expected and encouraged.

Pre-requisite: CH*420 CH*421

MT 360A Calculus I (4.00)

Treats standard topics of single variable calculus including limits, continuity, derivatives, applications of derivatives, and elements of integration.

MT 360B Calculus II (4.00)

Continues treatment of single variable calculus including definite and indefinite integrals, applications of integrals, transcendental functions, techniques of integration and infinite series.

Pre-requisite: MT*360A

PH 304A General Physics with Calculus I (3.00)

Discusses fundamental concepts of motion, including Newton's Laws and the conservation of energy, momentum, and angular momentum. Focuses on the development of quantitative and qualitative problem-solving skills.

Pre-requisite: MT*360A

PH 304B Gen Physics with Calculus II (3.00)

A continuation of PH 304A,focusing on electricity, magnetism, and waves. Includes an introduction to quantum mechanics.

Pre-requisite: PH*304A

PH 305A General Physics with Calculus I (1.00)

Compliments PH 304A, providing practical, hands-on experience primarily with experiments related to mechanics.

PH 305B General Physics Lab with Calculus II (1.00)

Compliments PH 304B, providing practical, hands-on experience primarily with experiments related to mechanics.

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