Chemistry

Chemistry Department

Angela R. Sherman, Ph.D., Chair
Alfred T. D'Agostino, Ph.D.
M. Kristine Kirk, Ph.D.
Jocelyn McKeon, Ph.D.

Degrees offered

Major
Minor

Campuses

Main Campus

The chemistry program at Notre Dame is designed to give students a broad view and deep understanding of the chemical sciences. Introductory courses offer the student a solid foundation in chemical principles, while laboratory experiences introduce her to the techniques and practices of modern chemistry. Advanced courses focus on important areas and methods of chemistry such as chemical identification and analyses, data reduction and interpretation, experiment design, synthesis, physicochemical measurements, instrumentation, quantum mechanics, computational chemistry, simulation and modeling, technical writing, and the chemical literature.

The chemistry department of the School of Arts and Sciences offers a major and minor in chemistry to students in the Women's College. It also offers Women's College students preparation for pharmacy, medical, dental, veterinary and graduate schools, as well as for secondary teaching certification. Chemistry, the study of matter and energy, is a challenging discipline that prepares students for many different careers, such as research, pharmaceutical sciences, biotechnology, medicine, engineering and education. Interdisciplinary opportunities may be created by using the chemistry degree in the context of other fields (including law, business, technical and science writing, and information science).

Juniors and seniors are encouraged to integrate their course experiences by conducting original research under the supervision of one of the faculty. In addition, students are advised to explore chemical work experience through an internship in a government, industrial or medical laboratory in the area.

Students may be invited to be inducted into the Gamma Theta chapter of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society or they may join the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society. The activities available to students include pursuing internships at institutions in the region, contributing to professional conferences and symposia, attending meetings of the Maryland Section of the American Chemical Society (held on campus and locally), participating in chemistry department seminars and other events, and sponsoring social events. Special opportunities exist for students to work as student lab assistants and in the department’s prep and stockrooms. Scholarships and awards include the Sister Denise Dooley Scholarship, Anne Dulea Award, CRC Press Chemistry Achievement student award, and American Chemical Society student award.


Students interested in the chemistry major, including those who would like to transfer from another institution, should contact a department representative prior to arrival on campus. Students should declare the major and indicate choice of program by the beginning of the second semester of study.

For students interested in a career in pharmacy, Notre Dame's School of Pharmacy offers the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program and a 3-4 (B.A./Pharm.D.) program for chemistry majors. A 3-2 dual degree program in engineering is also available. Chemistry majors may pursue the B.A. or B.A./M.A.T. program in secondary education as well.

Chemistry majors and minors must complete all courses required for the major/minor with a minimum grade of C.

Required Courses for a Major in Chemistry   

CHM-110 and CHM-111 General Chemistry I and II (8)
CHM-210 and CHM-211 Organic Chemistry I and II (8)
CHM-301 and CHM-302 Physical Chemistry I and II (8)
CHM-303 Analytical Chemistry (4)
CHM-305 Instrumental Analysis (4)
CHM-350 Chemical Literature (1)
CHM-411 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (4)
CHM-450 Chemistry Seminar (1)
MAT-211 and MAT-212 Mathematics through Calculus II (8)
PHY-101 and PHY-102 General Physics I and II (8)

Two courses chosen from

CHM-325 Survey of Biochemistry (4)
CHM-401 Advanced Topics in Chemistry (4)
CHM-407, CHM-408 Chemical Research I, II (8)
CHM-425, CHM-426 Biochemistry I, II (8)
CHM-463 Independent Study in Chemistry (4)

Special advanced courses offered at cooperating colleges/universities may be allowed with permission of department advisor and chair. No more than two 300- and/or 400-level chemistry courses (with a minimum grade of C) from a cooperating institution may be used to fulfill requirements for the major.

One course chosen from
MAT-213 Calculus III (3)
MAT-315 Differential Equations (3)
PHY-201 Modern Physics (3)
CST-295 C++ Object-oriented Programming (3)

Another advanced math/physics or computer course may be substituted with permission of the chair.

Minor in Chemistry

CHM-110 and 111 General Chemistry I and II (8)
CHM-210 and 211 Organic Chemistry I and II (8)
Choice of two courses with laboratory (with prerequisite) from the following
CHM-301 Physical Chemistry I, CHM-302 Physical Chemistry II, CHM-303 Analytical Chemistry, CHM-305 Instrumental Analysis, CHM-325 Survey of Biochemistry, CHM-401 Advanced Topics in Chemistry, CHM-425 Biochemistry I or CHM-426 Biochemistry II. 300- and 400-level courses must be taken at Notre Dame.

Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental and Pre-Veterinary Programs

The chemistry department's pre-professional program coordinator will assist the student in selecting courses appropriate to her area of interest. Students take all chemistry courses listed under the chemistry major. Students may substitute one advanced science course (approved by the faculty advisor and program coordinator) for CHM-302, CHM-305 or one of the option courses. Additional requirements:

BIO-111 Fundamentals of Biology (4)
Three 4-credit courses from the following list:
BIO-Vertebrate Anatomy, Microbiology, Animal Physiology, Biochemistry I and/or II, or Developmental Biology.

Students following this program of study should consider the minor in biology.

Students should consult the American Medical Association Bulletin, the admission requirements of American dental schools, and individual medical, dental and veterinary school bulletins or admission officers for more specific requirements. Students also should contact the Pre-Professional Advisory Committee early in their course of studies.

Secondary Education Certification—Approved Program in Chemistry

Students who wish to prepare for teaching in secondary schools take the courses listed under the chemistry major along with BIO-111 Fundamentals of Biology and PHY-155 Introduction to Astronomy. In their senior year, pre-service teachers are encouraged to take CHM-407 Chemical Research I as one of the option courses. Either CHM-411 or one of the option courses is waived with consent of the program coordinator and faculty advisor. One other course substitution may be made when appropriate. In addition, students take the professional education courses offered by the education department for the B.A. or B.A./M.A.T. program.

Dual Degree Program in Chemistry and Engineering

Qualified students with an interest in one of the engineering disciplines, especially chemical engineering or materials science, may obtain a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from Notre Dame and a bachelor's degree in engineering from Columbia University, The Johns Hopkins University or the University of Maryland. Students spend the first three years of study at Notre Dame taking general and advanced courses toward the chemistry degree. See the engineering section for specific program information.

Liberal Arts

The student follows the program of study that is outlined in the liberal arts section of the catalog

B.A. Chemistry — Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Options

Students may wish to complete a degree in chemistry prior to entering a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program. This option allows the student to present a strong application and provides a second degree. Many applicants to Pharm.D. programs already hold an undergraduate degree. Students may improve their prospects for admission by using this option and it provides additional career path options. To do so, students take the required courses for the chemistry major as indicated (including Calculus II and Physics II). Students prepare for applying to a school of pharmacy by taking the necessary additional prerequisites in sciences (e.g. biology courses) and other specific courses in the liberal arts. Students take these courses based on the admission requirements of the pharmacy school to which they will apply.

Students wishing to apply to the Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy must take the additional courses as indicated in the pharmacy studies section. The student consults with her academic advisor or the pre-pharmacy coordinator by junior year to assess academic readiness to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) exam. The student follows the appropriate application procedure. If a student is interested in a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences, she may apply to a graduate program.

Accelerated B.A./Pharm.D. Program (3 + 4)

The department of chemistry offers Women's College students an opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree on an accelerated basis in combination with their pursuit of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the School of Pharmacy. Consult the pharmacy studies section of the Catalog for more information.

Four-Year Plan

Sample program of study for the chemistry major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.
See course descriptions for a list of required courses and description of course and program options.

Fall

 

Spring

 

First year

 

 

IDS-100 Perspectives in Education

3

ENG-101 College Writing 

3

BIO-111 Fundamentals of Biology
(recommended for certain programs)

4

RST-201 Introduction to Biblical Studies

3

CHM-110 General Chemistry

4

CHM-111 General Chemistry II

4

MAT-211 Calculus I

4

MAT-212 Calculus II

4

[15 credits]

 

[14 credits]

 

Second year

 

 

CHM-210 Organic Chemistry

4

CHM-211 Organic Chemistry II

4

PHY-101 Physics I

4

PHY-102 Physics II

4

COM-106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3

Religious Studies (300/400)

3

History

3

Philosophy (200)

3

Foreign Language

3

Physical Education

1

 [17 credits]

 

 [15 credits]

 

Third year

 

 

CHM-301 Physical Chemistry I

4

CHM-302 Physical Chemistry II

4

CHM-350 Chemical Literature

1

CHM-401/408/426 Advanced Topics/Research/Biochemistry II

4

CHM-325/407/425 Survey of Biochemistry/Research/Biochemistry I

4

Literature

3

Philosophy (300/400)

3

Fine Arts

3

General Education/Electives

6

General Education/Electives

3

[18 credits]

 

[17 credits]

 

Fourth year

 

 

CHM-303 Analytical Chemistry

4

CHM-305 Instrumental Analysis

4

MAT-213/315/PHY-201or CST-295

3

CHM-411 Advanced Inorganic

4

Social Science

3

CHM-450 Chemistry Seminar

1

General Education/Electives

6

Electives/Internship

6

[16 credits]

 

[15 credits]

Courses

CHM-111L Lab: General Chemistry II

CHM-120L Lab: Chemical Principles I

CHM-121L Lab: Chemical Principles II

CHM-199 DA Natural Science-Chemistry

Degree Audit

CHM-211L Lab: Organic Chemistry II

CHM-301L Lab: Physical Chemistry I

CHM-302L Lab: Physical Chemistry II

CHM-302L Lab: Physical Chemistry II

CHM-305L Lab: Instrmntl Analysis

CHM-311 Physical Chemistry

CHM-315 Physical Chemistry Lab

CHM-325 Survey of Biochemistry

Provides an overview of biochemistry. Includes the study of proteins, enzymatic mechanisms and kinetics, energy production, and basic metabolic pathways. Three lectures and one laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: CHM-211 with minimum grade of C or permission of instructor. [ 4 credits ]

CHM-325L Lab:

CHM-407L Lab: Chemical Research I

CHM-408L Lab: Chemical Research II

CHM-411L Lab: Adv Inorganic Chemistry

CHM-426L Lab: Biochemistry II

CHM-461 Biotechnology Practicum

Provides opportunities to advance laboratory skills. During the summer semester, students will be placed in a community laboratory setting with the assistance of the program coordinator and will participate in biotechnology related research and/or training. A satisfactory grade and positive evaluation from the research mentor is required for the practicum to be used to fulfill concentration requirements. Prerequisites: biotechnology emphasis student; CHM-110, 111, 210, 211, CHM-102 and CHM-200; a minimum grade if C must be obtained in the prerequisite courses. [ 1 to 3 credits ]