Chemistry

Students may complete a major or minor in Chemistry. Within the major, students may complete a minor in computational methods or education. Concentrations in biological chemistry, environmental studies or geochemistry may be completed within the major. Students may complete an M.A. in the combined A.B./M.A. program.

Faculty

Sharon Burgmayer, Dean of Graduate Studies and the W. Alton Jones Professor of Chemistry

Michelle Francl, Professor of Chemistry (on leave semester I)

Jonas Goldsmith, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Olga Karagiaridi, Lecturer in Chemistry

Yan Kung, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Krynn Lukacs, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry (on leave semester I)

Bill Malachowski, Chair and Professor of Chemistry

Maryellen Nerz-Stormes, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry

Silvia Porello, Lecturer in Chemistry

Jason Schmink, Assistant Professor of Chemistry (on leave semesters I and II)

Lisa Hernandez Cuebas Watkins, Laboratory Lecturer

Susan A. White, Professor of Chemistry

Chemistry Program Requirements and Opportunities

The Chemistry major is offered with several different options:

  • American Chemical Society Certified A.B., recommended for graduate school
  • Chemistry major, A.B. Only
  • Chemistry minor
  • Chemistry major with concentration in biochemistry
  • Chemistry major with concentration in geochemistry

For all degree options, merit level work is expected in every chemistry, math, biology, geology, and physics course.

See also:

More Information About Majors/ Concentrations: www.brynmawr.edu/chemistry/documents/MajorRequirements.pdf

FAQ About The Chemistry Major
www.brynmawr.edu/chemistry/undergraduate/FAQ.html

ACS Certified A.B. Major Requirements

A student may qualify for a major in chemistry by completing a total of 13 units in chemistry with the distribution

  • Chem 103, 104
  • Chem 211, 212
  • Chem 221, 222
  • Chem 231
  • Chem 242
  • Chem 251, 252
  • Chem 398, 399
  • two other Chem 3xx
  • Other required courses: Math 101, 102, 201. Students who plan to do graduate work in chemistry should also consider taking Physics 121/122 (preferred) or 101/102 and Physics 201.

Students majoring in Chemistry fulfill the disciplinary writing requirement by satisfactorily completing Chem 251 and 252, which are writing attentive courses.

Major, A.B. only

A non-ACS certified major requires all of the above coursework except Chem 398, 399.

Timetables for Meeting Major Requirements

Students may follow various schedules to meet their major requirements. However, a fairly typical one is:

  • freshman year: Chem 103 and 104, Math 101 and 102
  • sophomore year: Chem 211 and 212, Math 201
  • junior year: Chem 221, 222, 231, 242, 251, 252
  • senior year: two or more Chem 3xx

In particular note that

  • Math 201 must be completed before taking Chem 221. Math 201 is offered at Bryn Mawr only in the fall, but an equivalent course is offered at Haverford in the spring term.
  • Chem 221/222 can be taken concurrently with Chem 211/212 and this arrangement allows for the completion of all major requirements in three years.
  • The required 300x courses all have prerequisites that generally include Chem 212 and/or Chem 222.

Students who wish to deviate from the usual schedule should consult with the major adviser as early as possible to devise an alternative.

Honors

The requirements for departmental honors are:

  • Complete one of the major plans.
  • Maintain a chemistry GPA of 3.7 or better.
  • Complete Chem 398 and 399 with a grade of 3.3 or better each semester.
  • Participate in research oral/poster presentations.
  • Write an acceptable thesis, and meet all department deadlines for submission of the thesis.
  • Complete an additional unit of Chem 3xx (for a total of three 300-level chemistry units). With department approval, one unit of 300-level work in certain fields may be substituted.

Minor

A student may qualify for a minor in chemistry by completing a total of 7 units in chemistry with the distribution:

  • Chem 103, 104
  • Chem 211, 212
  • Chem 221* or 222*
  • Chem 231 or 242**
  • Chem 251 or 252

*Pre-requisite: Math 201
**Biol 375 may be substituted for Chem 242

  • Other required courses: Math 101, 102

At least two of the seven courses must be taken at Bryn Mawr.

Major with Concentration in Biochemistry

  • Chem 103, 104
  • Chem 211, 212
  • Chem 221*, 222*, 231 or 242** (choose 3 of 4)
  • Chem 251, 252
  • Chem 345
  • Chem 3xx
  • Biol 201
  • Biol 376***

*Pre-requisite: Math 201
**Biol 375 may be substituted for Chem 242
***Chem 242 satisfies the pre-requisite for this course

  • Other required courses: Math 101, 102

Equivalent biology courses at Haverford may be substituted.

Major with Concentration in Geochemistry

  • Chem 103, 104
  • Chem 211, 212
  • Chem 221*, 222*, 231 or 242** (choose 3 of 4)
  • Chem 251, 252
  • Chem 322 or 332
  • Chem 3xx
  • Geol 101
  • Geol 202
  • Geol 302, 305, 350 (choose 2 of 3; Geol 350 requires Geology major adviser approval)

*Pre-requisite: Math 201
**Bio 375 may be substituted for Chem 242

  • Other required courses: Math 101, 102

The Chemistry Major can also be combined with any of the Minors offered in the College. In particular, the Minors in Environmental Studies, Education and Computational Science offer attractive combinations with a Chemistry Major for future career paths that require competency in those allied fields. Detailed information about these Minors can be found in the appropriate section of the catalog. Students may double major in Chemistry and Biology, but are not permitted to double major in Biology and Biochemistry or Chemistry and Biochemistry.

A.B./M.A. Program

  • Chemistry major A.B. requirements
  • four units of 5xx*
  • two units of 7xx
  • M.A. thesis
  • written final exam

*two units may be 3xx

3-2 Program in Engineering and Applied Science

The 3-2 Program in Engineering and Applied Science is offered in cooperation with the California Institute of Technology and awards both an A.B. at Bryn Mawr and a B.S. at Cal Tech. For more information, see 3-2 Program in Engineering and Applied Science. Chemistry students considering this program should contact Senior Laboratory Lecturer in Chemistry, Krynn Lukacs or Chemistry Chair, Bill Malachowski.

4+1 Program in Engineering at UPenn

The University of Pennsylvania 4+1 engineering program allows students to earn an A.B. at Bryn Mawr and an M.S. in Engineering (M.S.E) at UPenn. Students apply between the beginning of the sophomore year and end of the junior year. For more information, see Four Plus One Partnership with Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. Chemistry students considering this program should contact Senior Laboratory Lecturer in Chemistry, Krynn Lukacs or Chemistry Chair, Bill Malachowski. See also the description of the 4+1 Program in Engineering at UPenn.

COURSES

CHEM B103 General Chemistry I

For students with some back ground in chemistry. Topics include aqueous solutions and solubility; the electronic structure of atoms and molecules; chemical reactions and energy; intermolecular forces. Examples discussed in lecture and laboratory workshop include environmental sciences, material sciences and biological chemistry. Lecture three hours and Chemistry workshop three hours a week. The laboratory workshop period will be used for traditional chemical experimentation or related problem solving. The course may include individual conferences, evening problem or peer-led instruction sessions. Prerequisite: Quantitative Readiness Required;
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): White,S., Goldsmith,J., Watkins,L.
(Fall 2015)

CHEM B104 General Chemistry II

A continuation of CHEM B103. Enriched section for students interested in science. Topics include chemical reactions; introduction to thermodynamics and chemical equilibria; acid-base chemistry; electrochemistry; chemical kinetics. Lecture three hours, recitation one hour and laboratory three hours a week. May include individual conferences, evening problem or peer-led instruction sessions. Prerequisite: CHEM B103 with a grade of at least 2.0 or chemistry department placement or permission of the instructor. Students interested in the intensive section of CHEM B104 must have earned at least a 3.7 in CHEM B103.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Francl,M., Kung,Y., Watkins,L.
(Spring 2016)

CHEM B206 The Science of Renewable Energy

In this course the chemistry and physics of renewable energy, including solar, wind, geothermal and others, will be explored. Methodologies for energy storage will also be discussed. Quantitative tools will be developed to enable students to make effective and accurate comparisons between various types of energy generation processes. Prerequisites: completion of CHEM 103 and CHEM 104 with merit grades in both, or permission of instructor.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

CHEM B211 Organic Chemistry I

An introduction to the basic concepts of organic chemistry, including acid-base principles; functional groups; alkane and cycloalkane structures; alkene reactions; alkynes; dienes and aromatic structures; substitution and elimination reactions; alcohol reactivity; and radical reactions. The laboratory course introduces basic operations in the organic chemistry lab, spectroscopy, and reactions discussed in lecture. Lecture three hours, recitation one hour and laboratory five hours a week. Prerequisite: CHEM 104 with a grade of at least 2.0.
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Nerz-Stormes,M., Krasley,A., Karagiaridi,O.
(Fall 2015)

CHEM B212 Organic Chemistry II: Biological Organic Chemistry

The second semester (biological organic chemistry) is broken into two modules. In the first module, the reactivity of carbonyl carbon is discussed, including ketones, aldehydes, carboxylic acids and derivatives, saccharides and enolate chemistry. Traditional biochemistry coverage begins with the second module. Amino acids (pI, electrophoresis, side chain pKa), protein structure (1°, 2°, 3°, 4°), and enzymatic catalysis, kinetics and inhibition are introduced. The reactivity of the co-enzymes (vitamins) is also covered as individual case studies in bio-organic reactivity. Lecture three hours, recitation one hour and laboratory five hours a week. Prerequisite: CHEM 211 with a grade of at least 2.0.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Nerz-Stormes,M., Malachowski,B., Porello,S.
(Spring 2016)

CHEM B221 Physical Chemistry I

Introduction to quantum theory and spectroscopy. Atomic and molecular structure; molecular modeling; rotational, vibrational, electronic and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Lecture three hours. Prerequisites: CHEM B104 and MATH B201. May be taken concurrently with CHEM B211 or B212.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Francl,M.
(Spring 2016)

CHEM B222 Physical Chemistry II

Modern thermodynamics, with application to phase equilibria, interfacial phenomena and chemical equilibria; statistical mechanics; chemical dynamics. Kinetic theory of gases; chemical kinetics. Lecture three hours. Prerequisite: CHEM B104 and MATH B201. May be taken concurrently with CHEM B211 or B212.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Goldsmith,J.
(Fall 2015)

CHEM B231 Inorganic Chemistry

Bonding theory; structures and properties of ionic solids; symmetry; crystal field theory; structures, spectroscopy, stereochemistry, reactions and reaction mechanisms of coordination compounds; acid-base concepts; descriptive chemistry of main group elements. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: CHEM 212.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Burgmayer,S.
(Spring 2016)

CHEM B242 Biological Chemistry

The structure, chemistry and function of amino acids, proteins, lipids, polysaccharides and nucleic acids; enzyme kinetics; metabolic relationships of carbohydrates, lipids and amino acids, and the control of various pathways. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: CHEM B212 or CHEM H222.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kung,Y.
(Fall 2015)

CHEM B251 Research Methodology in Chemistry I

This laboratory course integrates advanced concepts in chemistry from biological, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. Students gain experience in the use of departmental research instruments and in scientific literature searches, quantitative data analysis, record-keeping and writing. Attendance at departmental colloquia is expected of all students. Prerequisite: CHEM B212. Co-Requisite: CHEM B221 or B231 or B242.
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Burgmayer,S., White,S.
(Fall 2015)

CHEM B252 Research Methodology II

This laboratory course integrates advanced concepts in chemistry from biological, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. Students will gain experience in the use of departmental research instruments and in scientific literature searches, quantitative data analysis, record-keeping, and writing. Attendance at departmental colloquia is expected of all students. Course Prerequisites: CHEM B212. Course Co-requisites: CHEM B222 or CHEM B231 or CHEM B242.
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Porello,S., Goldsmith,J.
(Spring 2016)

CHEM B311 Advanced Organic Chemistry

A survey of the methods and concepts used in the synthesis of complex organic molecules. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisites: CHEM 212 and 222.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

CHEM B312 Advanced Organic Chemistry

Principles of physical organic chemistry with emphasis on reaction mechanisms, reactive intermediates, stereochemistry, and qualitative molecular orbital theory reasoning. Prerequisites: a standard two-semester course in organic chemistry (such as BMC Chemistry 211/212), and some coursework in physical chemistry.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

CHEM B321 Topics: Advanced Physical Chemistry

This is a topics course, course content varies. Lecture/seminar /laboratory three hours per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 221 and 222 or permission of the instructor. Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Goldsmith,J.

Spring 2016: Chemistry of Food. Focus will be on the physical/analytical chemistry of food with emphasis on advanced laboratory techniques.

CHEM B332 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

A survey of metals in biology illustrating structural, enzymatic and pharmaceutical applications of transition metals in biological chemistry and including discussion of structural themes and bonding, reaction types, and catalysis. Lecture three hours per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 231 and 242 or permission of the instructor.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

CHEM B334 Organometallic Chemistry

Fundamental concepts in organometallic chemistry, including structure and bonding, reaction types, and catalysis, and applications to current problems in organic synthesis. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: CHEM 212 and 231.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Malachowski,B.
(Fall 2015)

CHEM B345 Advanced Biological Chemistry

This is a topics course. Topics vary. Prerequisite: CHEM B242 or BIOL B375. Prerequisites: CHEM B242 or BIOL 375 or BIOL H200 with instructor permission.
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Kung,Y.

Fall 2015: Biochemical Pathways. Biochemical pathways involved in cellular metabolism and natural product biosynthesis are explored in molecular detail, including fatty acid metabolism and biosynthesis of antibiotics, anticancer agents, vitamins, and other secondary metabolites. Attention paid to biochemical mechanisms employed, the role of cofactors, coenzymes, and metals, and emerging applications to biotechnology and medicine.

CHEM B350 Selected Topics in Current Chemical Research

This is a topics course, course content varies. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisites: CHEM 221-222 or permission of instructor.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Francl,M.

Spring 2016: Physical Chemistry of Food. The physical chemistry of food. Topics will include chemical equilibrium, phase behavior of multi-component systems, and polymer chemistry.

CHEM B377 Biochemistry II: Biochemical Pathways and Metabolism

This course is a continuation of CHEM B242 or BIOL B375. Biochemical pathways involved in cellular metabolism will be explored in molecular detail. Energy producing, degradation, and biosynthetic pathways involving sugars, fats, amino acids, and nucleotides will be discussed with an emphasis on structures and mechanisms, experimental methods, regulation, and integration. Additional topics, drawn from the primary research literature, may be covered. Readings will be drawn from textbooks and from the primary literature and assessments may include oral presentations, problem sets, written examinations, and writing assignments. This is a second course in Biochemistry and assumes a strong foundation in the fundamentals of Biochemistry.
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Crosslisting(s): BIOL-B377
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): White,S.
(Spring 2016)

CHEM B398 Senior Seminar

Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Burgmayer,S., White,S., Malachowski,B., Goldsmith,J., Schmink,J., Kung,Y.
(Fall 2015)

CHEM B399 Senior Seminar

Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Burgmayer,S., White,S., Malachowski,B., Goldsmith,J., Schmink,J., Kung,Y.
(Spring 2016)

CHEM B425 Praxis III: Independent Study

Praxis III courses are Independent Study courses and are developed by individual students, in collaboration with faculty and field supervisors. A Praxis courses is distinguished by genuine collaboration with fieldsite organizations and by a dynamic process of reflection that incorporates lessons learned in the field into the classroom setting and applies theoretical understanding gained through classroom study to work done in the broader community.
Counts towards: Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

CHEM B511 Advanced Organic Chemistry I

A survey of the methods and concepts used in the synthesis of complex organic molecules. Lecture three hours a week.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

CHEM B512 Advanced Organic Chemistry

Principles of physical organic chemistry with emphasis on reaction mechanisms, reactive intermediates, stereochemistry, and qualitative molecular orbital theory reasoning. Prerequisites: a standard two-semester course in organic chemistry (such as BMC Chemistry 211/212), and some coursework in physical chemistry.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

CHEM B515 Topics in Organic Chemistry

This is a topics course. Topics may vary. Prerequisite: CHEM B242 or equivalent.
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

CHEM B521 Advanced Physical Chemistry

Quantum mechanics and its application to problems in chemistry. Topics will include molecular orbital theory, density functional theory. Readings and problem sets will be supplemented with material from the current research literature. Students will gain experience with programming in Mathematica. Prerequisites: CHEM 221 and 222 or permission of the instructor. Lecture/seminar three hours per week. Lecture/seminar/laboratory three hours per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 221 and 222 or permission of the instructor.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Goldsmith,J.

Spring 2016: Chemistry of Food. Spring 2016 focus will be on the physical/analytical chemistry of food with emphasis on advanced laboratory techniques.

CHEM B532 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

A survey of metals in biology illustrating structural, enzymatic and pharmaceutical applications of transition metals in biological chemistry and including discussion of structural themes and bonding, reaction types, and catalysis. Lecture three hours per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 231 and 242 or permission of the instructor.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

CHEM B534 Organometallic Chemistry

Fundamental concepts in organometallic chemistry, including structure and bonding, reaction types, and catalysis, and applications to current problems in organic synthesis. Lecture three hours a week. Course is open to graduate students and those undergraduates with CHEM B231 or permission from the instructor.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Malachowski,B.
(Fall 2015)

CHEM B535 Inorganic Seminar: Group Theory

Fundamental concepts of mathematical groups, their derivation and their application to problems in bonding, spectroscopy and chemical reactivity.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

CHEM B545 Advanced Biological Chemistry

This is a topics course. Topics vary. Prerequisite: Prerequisites: CHEM B242 or BIOL 375 or BIOL H200 with instructor permission.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kung,Y.

Fall 2015: Biochemical Pathways. Biochemical pathways involved in cellular metabolism and natural product biosynthesis are explored in molecular detail, including fatty acid metabolism and biosynthesis of antibiotics, anticancer agents, vitamins, and other secondary metabolites. Attention paid to biochemical mechanisms employed, the role of cofactors, coenzymes, and metals, and emerging applications to biotechnology and medicine.

CHEM B550 Selected Topics in Current Chemical Research

This is a topics course, content varies. A combination lecture/seminar course on physical, structural and spectroscopic properties of organic compounds, including oral presentations by students on very recently published research articles. Prerequisites: CHEM 221 and CHEM222 or Graduate Standing in Chemistry or permission of the instructor Lecture three hours a week.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Francl,M.

Spring 2016: Physical Chemistry of Food.The physical chemistry of food. Topics will include chemical equilibrium, phase behavior of multi-component systems, and polymer chemistry.

CHEM B701 Supervised Work

Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Burgmayer,S., White,S., Malachowski,B., Goldsmith,J., Schmink,J., Kung,Y.
(Fall 2015, Spring 2016)