Chemistry Major - Undergraduate Degree Program | Briar Cliff University

Chemistry Program

Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science
Program(s) Offered: Major, Minor, Teaching Endorsement

Explore the fascinating world of chemistry inside revamped, state-of-the-art chemistry laboratories and with professors who know you by name (not a number). You’ll have the opportunity to grow as a professional chemist, or to prepare for professional careers in other areas, such as medicine or teaching.

Bachelor of Arts or Science?

You decide. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree stresses the biological aspects of chemistry and is a good choice if you're preparing for the medical or paramedical professions.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.), on the other hand, stresses more mathematical and scientific applications and is better if you plan to enter industry or to pursue graduate study in chemistry.

Either degree choice works if you plan to teach high school chemistry.

Get hands-on experience.

Conduct professional experiments and research side-by-side with faculty members, in their respective fields. Even earn a stipend doing it! The practical experience is a great résumé booster, especially for graduate school.

Learn in state-of-the-art labs.

Our facilities include new organic and general chemistry labs with state-of-the-art renovations, and a revamped molecular biology workshop with equipment unparalleled by any institution our size.

Become a STEM Scholar.

Major in chemistry at Briar Cliff, and you might be eligible to become a STEM Pathways Scholar — a scholarship opportunity worth thousands of dollars!

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Chemistry Program Courses

CHEM 111 - Principles of Chemistry I

A presentation of the basic principles of chemistry including stoichiometry, thermochemistry, atomic and molecular properties, and properties of gases, liquids and solids. Read more »

CHEM 111L - Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I

An introduction to experimental chemical methods of synthesis and characterization by quantitative and qualitative procedures. Experiments will include investigations of stoichiometry, gas properties and calorimetry. Read more »

CHEM 112 - Principles of Chemistry II

A utilization of the basic principles of chemistry learned in CHEM 111 in complex chemical systems. Included are solution properties, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium and descriptive inorganic chemistry. Read more »

CHEM 112L - Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II

An introduction of experimental chemical methods of synthesis and characterization by quantitative and qualitative procedures. Experiments will include investigations of acids and bases, redox reactions, equilibrium and kinetics. Read more »

CHEM 235 - Quantitative Analysis

This integrated lecture and laboratory course in analytical chemistry develops the theory and experimental procedures necessary to determine exact amounts of analytes present in commonly occurring situations. Read more »

CHEM 301 - Instrumental Analysis

An integrated lecture and laboratory experience, this course will focus on the use of modern instrumentation for chemical analysis. The theory and practice of common modes of chemical separations are examined along with various forms of spectroscopy culminating in an integrated hands-on study using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Read more »

CHEM 337 - Organic Chemistry I

An examination of the structures, properties and reactions of aliphatic hydrocarbons, alcohols and ethers. General reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry are also discussed. Read more »

CHEM 337L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

Experimental work involving the synthesis, separation and identification of organic compounds, including the use of gas-liquid chromatography. Read more »

CHEM 338 - Organic Chemistry II

An examination of the structures, properties and reactions of aromatic compounds and organic compounds containing oxygen, nitrogen and sulfur. Biological applications and multistep synthesis are also studied. Read more »

CHEM 338L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

A continuation of CHEM 337L, spectrophotometric methods are included. Read more »

CHEM 339 - Inorganic Chemistry

A study of inorganic systems including atomic structure, bonding theories, acid-base phenomena, transition-metal chemistry, periodicity and solvent systems. Read more »

CHEM 442 - Biochemistry I

A study of the molecules found in living organisms, emphasizing the relationship of their structure to their function. Also examined are the methods used to separate and characterize these molecules. Read more »

CHEM 442L - Biochemistry I Laboratory

Experimental treatment of topics covered in CHEM 442. Read more »

CHEM 443 - Biochemistry II

A study of the major metabolic pathways in the body with emphasis on the regulation of such pathways and the relationship among various pathways. Also explored are some of the practical applications of biochemical studies in the treatment and diagnosis of bodily dysfunction. Read more »

CHEM 445 - Physical Chemistry I

A study of the theoretical treatment of the physical processes which govern chemical behavior. Topics include thermodynamics and equilibrium. Read more »

CHEM 445L - Physical Chemistry Laboratory I

CHEM 445L Physical Chemistry Laboratory I 1 sem. hr. Experimental treatment of those topics which are covered in CHEM 445. Read more »

MATH 200 - Elementary Statistics

An introduction to the theory and applications of statistics intended for students in business, nursing and the social sciences, but also recommended for students in the liberal arts. Topics include measures of central tendency and variability, probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear regression, correlation, analysis of variance and nonparametric statistics. This course is not open to those in a mathematics major. Prerequisite: MATH 10 or recommendation of the department chairperson based upon mathematics assessment Read more »

PHYS 121 - Basic Physics I

An introductory physics course for students of moderate mathematical ability. Topics include vectors, motion, force, energy, momentum, mechanical waves, oscillations, fluids and thermal physics. Recommended for pre-medics, pre-dental, biology majors, psychology majors, medical technologists and liberal arts students interested in science. An elementary understanding of algebra and trigonometry is required. Three lectures, one lab. Read more »

PHYS 122 - Basic Physics II

A continuation of PHYS 121. Topics include electricity, magnetism, circuits, optics, relativity, quantum physics, atomic physics and nuclear physics. Three lectures, one lab. Prerequisite: PHYS 121 Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

 Students with a chemistry major must also take a total of three one-hour courses via the "Research Track" (CHEM 05 IS, 13 IS & 35 IS) or the "Academic Track" (CHEM 04 IS, 35 IS & 36 IS).

 All chemistry lab courses include a fee for supplies, which is billed at the time of registration.

 For additional requirements and curriculum information, download the latest University academic catalog.

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“I had never even considered research as a career option until I started working on a research project and realized how much I enjoyed the challenge that research presents,” she said. “Since I had this experience at Briar Cliff, it was an easier transition into my current job.”

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