Chemistry
Chemistry-student

At Hanover, students use chemistry to better understand the issues faced by modern society. Maybe your interest is life-saving antibiotics or new kinds of synthetic fibers. Maybe you want to learn how to measure pesticides in drinking water or the antioxidants in food. It’s all possible to explore in the superbly equipped labs at your disposal.

You’ll begin with an introduction to the breadth of chemistry, followed by a deeper study of advanced subjects. Your program will culminate with a collaborative research project in which you’ll explore an area of interest to you, with the help from a member of Hanover’s highly specialized faculty. Along the way, you will become a person who speaks the language of chemistry, thinks critically and solves problems.

Learning in the lab... and beyond

As a student of chemistry, you want to learn in state-of-the-art labs without the need to share work stations. At Hanover, you'll make use of our incredible resources dedicated to undergraduate learning. You'll have full, individual access to sophisticated equipment, the kind seldom found in undergraduate programs even at large universities, such as:

  • HPLC mass spectrometer — can be used in drug discovery and natural product chemistry
  • Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy — can be used to determine low levels of lead, such as in water supplies
  • Infrared and ramon spectrophotometer — can be used to measure molecular vibrations in order to compare the chemical makeup of materials

What do chemistry majors study?

  • Principles of chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Advanced laboratory
  • Students pursuing a minor in biochemistry take related courses

Although pre-med is not a major, many chemistry students consider careers in medicine. Hanover’s pre-health science students have unique hands-on access to a human patient simulator and human cadaver dissection as undergraduates.

Careers

  • Medical doctor
  • Dentist
  • Biochemist
  • High school teacher
  • Environmental engineer
  • Geochemist
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Lab technician
  • Optometrist
  • Research assistant
  • Environmental specialist
  • Doctor of dental surgery
  • Scientific programmer/analyst
  • Doctor of osteopathic medicine
  • Environmental chemist

Recent Graduate School Placements

  • Indiana University
  • Stanford University
  • Ohio State University
  • Miami University
  • University of Virginia
  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of Louisville
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Minnesota
  • Kent State University
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Nebraska
  • Purdue University
  • Sample Employer Placements
  • Eli Lilly Company
  • Beck Meyer Company
  • Analytical Services Laboratory
  • Flowers Labs
  • Madison Chemical Company, Inc.
  • Indiana Kentucky Electric
  • Central Pharmaceuticals
  • Methodist Hospital
  • Safety-Kleen Corporation
  • Applied Laboratories
  • Atlantic Research Company
  • Marion County Health Department
  • Southern Analytical Laboratories

Recent Summer Fellowships

  • Harvard Medical School, biomedical medical research
  • Miami of Ohio, competitive government funded research
  • Riley Children’s Hospital, biomedical research
  • Madison Chemical, industrial research
  • Indiana State Police, forensics
  • University of Kentucky, research
  • University of Louisville, research
  • University of Cincinnati, research
  • Indiana University, summer medical program

Courses

Number
Name
Units
Description
CHE 161
Principles of Chemistry I
1
Presents current theory regarding the nature of matter from the nuclear scale to that of the molecule and a descriptive and theoretical introduction to the chemical reaction; organized around two central ideas: the atom and energy. Satisfies the SL CCR and partially satisfies the SM CCR.
CHE 185
Principles of Chemistry II
1
A continuation of 161. Prerequisite: 161.
CHE 210
Forensic Science
1
The study of various techniques and procedures that apply to the broad area of Forensic Science including for example, fingerprinting, trace analysis, DNA, etc. This course will include guest lectures, classroom, laboratory, and field trips to gain a basic understanding of the broad field of Forensic Science. There is an off-campus component for this course and an additional fee required.
CHE 221
Organic Chemistry I
1
Structure, nomenclature, and properties of organic and biomolecules. Common analytical methods for determining molecular identity are introduced. Includes laboratory work and a laboratory fee. Laboratory experiments focus primarily on common techniques in synthesis including recrystallization, extraction, distillation, and filtration. Prerequisite: Che 185.
CHE 222
Organic Chemistry II
1
A continuation of the study of organic reactions with an emphasis on the determination of reaction mechanisms. Components of this course include spectroscopy and theoretical applications. Laboratory components include synthesis, instrumental analysis, and kinetics. Prerequisite: Che 221.
CHE 311
Phys. Chem: Chemical Thermodynamics
1
An introduction to classical thermodynamics and its applications to phase relations, chemical reactivity, chemical equilibrium, and basic electrochemistry. Includes laboratory experience. Prerequisites: Che 185, Phy 185, Mat 122. Offered alternate years.
CHE 312
Phys. Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry
1
An introduction to wavemechanics and its applications to spectroscopy and molecular structure. Includes laboratory experience. Prerequisites: Che 185, Phy 185, Mat 122. Offered alternate years.
CHE 324
Inorganic Chemistry
1
Principles of atomic and molecular structure. A group theory approach to molecular bonding and vibrational spectroscopy. An introduction to d-group chemistry and metal-ligand interactions. Prerequisite: Che 222
CHE 325
Instrumental Analysis
1
Chromatography and spectrophotometric methods of analysis, including GC, LC, HPLC, UV-VIS, IR, NMR. Prerequisite: 222.
CHE 326
Quantitative Analysis
1
Classical and electrochemical methods of analysis with inorganic applications; chemical equilibria. Field trips. Prerequisite: 222. Offered alternate years.
CHE 341
Biochemistry I
1
Introduction to the application of fundamental chemical principles to the structure and function of proteins and cell membranes. Exploration of bioenergetics and metabolic pathways. Emphasis on protein structure, enzyme catalysis, and regulatory mechanisms. Includes laboratory work and a laboratory fee. Laboratory work includes enzyme kinetics and protein purification. Prerequisites: Che 222 and Bio 185.
CHE 342
Biochemistry II
1
Examination of carbohydrate, fatty acid, lipid, nucleotide, and amino acid metabolism. Additional topics include photosynthesis, nucleic acid chemistry, and protein synthesis. Prerequisite: Che 341.
CHE 351
Advanced Laboratory
1
A laboratory-intensive exploration of various techniques, which illustrate general aspects of inquiry in chemistry such as experimental design, use of literature sources, treatment of experimental uncertainty, and use of laboratory notebooks. The topic of this course will be dependent on the expertise of the instructor. Includes laboratory work and a laboratory fee. May include off-campus experiences with additional fee. Should be completed in the sophomore or junior year.
CHE 372
Communication in Chemistry
1
Instruction in the many forms of communication within chemistry including scientific literature research/comprehension, scientific writing, figure design, and oral presentations. The course concludes with the writing of a research proposal. Prerequisite: Che 222. Strongly recommended to complete S ACE prior to taking this class. Must be completed prior to senior year. Satisfies W2 ACE.

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