The chemistry program at New College encourages and develops independence, scientific judgment, and a high level of performance. From the beginning, students work closely with faculty in a non -competitive environment, learning the skills and techniques necessary for scientific work. Tutorials, Independent Study Projects, and the senior thesis provide opportunities for intensive study on specific topics and original laboratory research.
Laboratories are well equipped for organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry projects as well as for biochemistry and molecular biology. Students also have access to research grade instruments in laboratory courses and research projects. Research facilities include a 60 MHz and a 250 MHz NMR spectrometer, several FTIR and UV-visible spectrophotometers, a fluorimeter, high-pressure liquid chromatographs, an inert atmosphere glove box, electrochemical equipment, a GC-MS, a room-temperature microwave spectrometer, and a real-time PCR machine.
Courses offered in the core program in chemistry include General Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry - Structure and Reactivity I and II, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry I and II, and Biochemistry I. General, Organic, Inorganic, and Physical Chemistry are each accompanied by separate laboratory courses. Other courses offered include Chemistry and Society, Environmental Chemistry, Advanced Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry II, Biochemistry Laboratory, and Bioinorganic Chemistry. Recent tutorials have been conducted in Structure Elucidation, Green Chemistry, Transition Metal Organometallic Chemistry, Bioinorganic Chemistry, Atmospheric Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Virology, and Enzyme Kinetics. Many opportunities are available for laboratory research tutorials.
For program requirements, click here for the General Catalog.
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