The purpose of the Chemistry major is to prepare students in professional careers in industrial chemistry, medicine, forensic science, teaching, and graduate studies.  

We believe that God is revealed in both His Word and His world and a study of both is necessary to develop a healthy, biblical worldview.  We teach students to study the natural world in order to critically evaluate the results of their observations about the world, gain a deeper understanding of God as he is revealed in the world, develop a sense of responsibility to the world, and appreciate aesthetically the wonders of the world.  

Program Outcomes:

Students completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry will be able to:

  • compare favorably in content knowledge with those students completing similar programs
  • communicate scientific concepts orally
  • communicate scientific concepts in written form
  • conduct independent research by collecting and analyzing data and presenting the results in a formal presentation
  • analyze bioethical issues from a Christian worldview

Chemistry Major

All Chemistry Majors must take the Chemistry Core.  In addition, they must choose at least one area of emphasis:  Professional Chemistry, Pre-Medical, or Forensic Science.

Chemistry Core
Required Courses for General Education
CH 111General Chemistry I4
MA 121Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
Required Chemistry Courses
CH 112General Chemistry II4
CH 211Organic Chemistry I4
CH 212Organic Chemistry II4
CH 312Instrumental Analysis4
CH 320Biochemistry3
CH 340Laboratory in Chemistry1
CH 410Chemistry Seminar1
Required Physics Supporting Courses
PHY 111General Physics I4
PHY 112General Physics II4
Required Bioethics Supporting Courses (Choose One)3
Introduction to Bioethics
Undergraduate Bioethics Institute
Required Professional Experience (Choose One)1-4
Scientific Applications Professional Experience
Advanced Scientific Applications Professional Experience
Undergraduate Research
Scientific Applications Professional Experience
Advanced Scientific Applications Professional Experience
Undergraduate Research 1
Total Hours41-44

Professional Chemistry Emphasis

Requirements for the Chemistry major with Professional Chemistry emphasis total a minimum of 53 hours.  This includes 36 hours of required Chemistry courses, 12 hours in supporting courses and 5-6 hours of Bioethics courses.  An additional 7 hours fulfill general education requirements.

Required Chemistry Courses
CH 311Quantitative Analysis4
CH 411Inorganic Chemistry3
CH 412Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems4
CH 442Undergraduate Research 14
Required Mathematics Supporting Courses
MA 122Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4
Required Bioethics Supporting Courses (Choose One)2-3
Topics in Bioethics:
Undergraduate National Conference
Research Ethics
Total Hours21-22

Pre-Medical Emphasis

Students having a Chemistry major with a Pre-Medical emphasis should be aware of unique opportunities for conferences, internships, and experiences associated with the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity on Trinity's campus, as well as the MA in Bioethics Dual Degree through Trinity Graduate School.  Requirements for the Chemistry major with Pre-Medical emphasis total a minimum of 59-60 hours.  This includes 29 hours of required Chemistry courses, 27-28 hours in supporting courses and 3 hours of Bioethics courses.  An additional 11 hours fulfill general education requirements.

Required Courses for General Education
BIO 111General Biology4
Required Chemistry Courses
CH 311Quantitative Analysis4
CH 412Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems4
Required Biology Supporting Courses
BIO 340Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 341Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
Choose Three:11-12
Microbiology
Genetics
Immunology
Cell and Molecular Biology
Developmental Biology
Any of the above biology courses are strongly recommended as electives.
Electives (highly Recommended additional courses)
PSY 140Introduction to Psychology3
Choose One:3-4
Introductory Statistics
Statistics
Choose One:3
Child Development
Psychology of Adolescence
Adult Development
Total Hours40-42

Forensic Science Emphasis

Requirements for the Chemistry major with Forensic Science emphasis total a minimum of 61-62 hours.  This includes 28 hours of required Chemistry courses, 30-31 hours in supporting courses and 3 hours of Bioethics courses.  An additional 8 hours fulfill general education requirements.

Required Chemistry Courses
CH 105XIntroduction to Forensic Science3
CH 412Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems4
Required Biology Supporting Courses
BIO 340Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 341Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 315Genetics4
BIO 445Pathophysiology3
Choose two:7-8
Microbiology
Cell and Molecular Biology
Immunology
Electives (highly recommended additional courses):
HS 6401Pharmacology and Ergogenic Aids3
BIO 5340Gross Anatomy4
Total Hours36-37
1

 CH 442 also fulfills the professional experience requirement for graduation.