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An instructor and students conducting an experiment Since the Fall of 1994, the Chemistry department has been housed in the Wold Physical Science Building.

Large, well-lighted laboratories have the latest in automated ventilation control and many other safety features. Classrooms are spacious and bright. Students benefit from small lecture sections of thirty or less. Laboratory sections are never larger than sixteen. Separate question and answer sessions are held in addition to lectures.

Faculty offer courses, with laboratories, in introductory, general, organic, and analytical chemistry to serve students majoring in numerous physical and biological sciences including engineering and pre-professional health sciences. Faculty are experienced full-time teachers who are not obligated to direct research programs and who are very accessible to students for out-of-class questions and consultations.

Contact Information:    

Renee Sietmann
Academic Assistant
(307) 268-2513
PS 132
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      Eric Mechalke
Department Head
(307) 268-2450
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  • Eric Mechalke
    • Phone: (307) 268-2450
    • Office: PS 312
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  • Mark Mehn
    • Phone: (307) 268-2370
    • Office: PS 311
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  • Mitchel Millan
    • Phone: (307) 268-3017
    • Office: PS 330
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CHEM 1005 Basic Chemistry I (3L,3CR)[E]:
Designed primarily for students who have not had high school chemistry or feel that they need a review, this course consists of a study of matter, atomic structure and bonding, the periodic table, chemical symbols, nomenclature and chemical equations, quantitative composition of compounds, calculations from chemical equations. Provides acceptable credit for students enrolled in agriculture, forestry, home economics, nursing, and petroleum technology. Not recommended for engineering, pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy, pre-veterinary medicine or any of the physical science majors. Students needing laboratory credit should enroll concurrently in CHEM 1006. (Taken with CHEM 1006, equivalent to UW CHEM 1000.)

CHEM 1006 Basic Chemistry Laboratory I (3LB,1CR)[E]:
Elementary chemical laboratory practice demonstrating the applications of chemical theory. This laboratory includes experiments on density, changes of state, physical and chemical properties, percent composition of hydrates, elementary qualitative analysis, chemical reactions, and empirical formulas. Not recommended for students who plan to take CHEM 1025 or CHEM 1035. Concurrent enrollment or credit in CHEM 1005 is required. (Taken with CHEM 1005, equivalent to UW CHEM 1000.)

CHEM 1025 Chemistry I (3L,*,3CR)[E]:
*One problem class per week. The first semester of a general course designed to meet the requirements of pre-professional, engineering, science, and liberal arts majors. Covers fundamental principles, atoms, subatomic particles, periodicity of elements, stoichiometry, bonding, oxidation states, states of matter, and solutions. Prerequisite: MATH 0930, or an ACT math score of 23 or better or an appropriate COMPASS exam within the past year, or permission of the instructor. High school chemistry strongly recommended. (CHEM 1025 with CHEM 1028 are equivalent to UW CHEM 1020.)

CHEM 1028 Chemistry Laboratory I (3LB,1CR)[E]:
Introductory chemistry laboratory used to introduce the student to laboratory equipment and technique and to demonstrate some of the chemical laws discussed in CHEM 1025. (CHEM 1025 with CHEM 1028 are equivalent to UW CHEM 1020.)

CHEM 1035 Chemistry II (3L,*,3CR)[E]:
*One problem class per week. The second semester of a general course designed to meet the requirements of pre-professional, engineering, science, and liberal arts majors. Covers thermodynamics, kinetics and mechanism of chemical reactions, equilibrium situations, complex equilibria, electrochemistry, descriptive chemistry, and organic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 1025 and MATH 1400, or permission of the instructor. (CHEM 1035 with CHEM 1038 are equivalent to UW CHEM 1030.)

CHEM 1038 Chemistry Laboratory II (3LB,1CR)[E]:
A continuation of CHEM 1028 used to introduce more advanced technique, qualitative analysis and simple organic chemistry. To be taken concurrently with CHEM 1035.

CHEM 2230 Quantitative Analysis (2L,6LB,4CR)[E]:
The study and practice of the principles and techniques of quantitative isolation and determination of some of the elements and their compounds. The applications and limitations of the theories and operations of analytical chemistry. The solutions of problems of all types are a major part of the two weekly class periods. Prerequisite: CHEM 1035 or permission of the instructor.

CHEM 2300 Introductory Organic Chemistry (4L,4CR)[E]:
A one-semester introduction to organic chemistry with a biological emphasis. Topics covered are bonding, structure, intermolecular attractions, common and systematic nomenclature, hydrocarbons, alcohols, phenols, mercaptans, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, amines, stereochemistry, carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, heterocycles, natural products, and polymers. Students needing organic laboratory credit should enroll concurrently in CHEM 2325. Prerequisite: CHEM 1005 or 1025.

CHEM 2320 Organic Chemistry I (3L,*,3CR)[E]:
*One problem class per week. First of a two-semester sequence in modern organic chemistry. Topics covered are bonding, structure, alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, kinetics, stereochemistry, cycloaliphatic compounds, aromaticity, and arenes. Prerequisite: CHEM 1035, or permission of the instructor. To be taken concurrently with CHEM 2325.

CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (3LB,1CR):
This laboratory involves instruction in fundamental organic laboratory techniques including simple synthesis and use of gas chromatography. To be taken concurrently with CHEM 2320 or 2300.

CHEM 2340 Organic Chemistry II (3L,*,3CR)[E]:
*One problem class per week. A continuation of CHEM 2320. Topics covered are spectroscopy (mass spectrometry, infrared, ultraviolet and nuclear magnetic resonance) haloalkanes, alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, phenols, carbohydrates, polymers, and natural products. Prerequisite: CHEM 2320. To be taken concurrently with CHEM 2345.

CHEM 2345 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (3LB,1CR):
Involves detailed synthetic preparations and spectral and chemical analysis of the products. To be taken concurrently with CHEM 2340.

The limits are endless with what you can do with a degree in chemistry.  You can work in just about any field from the research side all the way to the business side of things.   

Business
Environmental Consultant
Technical Sales Representative
Pharmaceutical Sales
Marketing Analyst
Food and Drug Inspector
Public Health Educator
Technical Writing
Research
Analytical Chemist
Forensic Chemist
Drug Design & Discovery
Environmental Science
Biotechnologist
Biochemist
Biophysicist
Geochemist
Pharmaceutical Chemist
Materials Scientist
Medicine
Organic Chemist
Pharmacist
Physical Chemist
Perfumer
Petrologist
Pharmacist
Polymer Chemist
Research and Development
Chemical Engineer
Art Conservation
Government Work
Department of Health
Patent Examiner
Analyst
Quality Control Technician
Water Purification Chemist
Pollution Control Technician
   
Education
Lab Instructor
Professor
Dietitian
 

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The School of Science houses more than a dozen strong programs in the physical and life sciences. The faculty in the School of Science include accomplished paleontologists, physicists, engineers, mathematicians and seasoned professionals from agricultural, nutrition and other industries. Students have access to modern and well-equipped laboratories in the Loftin Life Science Center and the Wold Physical Science Center.

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