Chemistry

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
Credits
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. Partially satisfies Natural World LADR.
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
Sources, structure, nomenclature and properties of organic and biomolecules. Prerequisite: 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 308
Directed Research
0.25
Field or laboratory research performed under the direction of a professor. Prerequisite: permission of directing professor. Graded Pass/Fail. 0.25 unit. This course does not count toward fulfillment of the requirements of the Chemistry major.
CHE 309
Directed Research
0.5
Field or laboratory research performed under the direction of a professor. Prerequisite: permission of directing professor. Graded Pass/Fail. 0.50 unit. This course does not count toward fulfillment of the requirements of the Chemistry major.
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 and bonding in inorganic chemistry. Prerequisite: 325. Offered alternate years.
CHE 325
Analytical Chemistry I
1
Chromatography and spectrophotometric methods of analysis, including GC, LC, HPLC, UV-VIS, IR, NMR. Prerequisite: 222.
CHE 326
Analytical Chemistry II
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. Emphasis on protein structure, enzyme catalysis and kinetics, and special topics in protein chemistry. Laboratory work includes enzyme kinetics and protein purification. Includes student seminars. Prerequisites: Che 222 and Bio 185.
CHE 342
Biochemistry II
1
Examination of energy metabolism and its regulation. Includes carbohydrate, fatty acid, lipid, nucleic acid, and amino acid metabolism. Laboratory work includes protein electrophoresis, peptide mapping, and the interaction of proteins with other biomolecules. Prerequisite: 341.
CHE 351
Advanced Laboratory
1
A laboratory-intensive exploration of various techniques, which serve as vehicles to illustrate general aspects of inquiry in chemistry: experimental design, use of literature sources, treatment of experimental uncertainty, and use of laboratory notebooks. Team taught. Offered every Spring Term. Should be completed in the sophomore or junior year. Prerequisites: Che 222, Mat 111/112 or 121.
CHE 408
Senior Thesis
0.5
Prerequisite: Senior standing and consent of project advisor. May be offered in one term as the one-unit course 471. 0.50 unit each.
CHE 409
Senior Thesis
0.5
Prerequisite: Senior standing and consent of project advisor. May be offered in one term as the one-unit course 471. 0.50 unit each.

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