Why Study Chemistry at New College?

The Chemistry program at New College encourages and develops independence, scientific judgment and a high level of performance. From the beginning, you will work closely with faculty learning the research, communications and analytical skills and techniques necessary to succeed in the field. Tutorials, Independent Study Projects and the senior thesis provide opportunities for intensive study on specific topics and original laboratory research.

Chemistry area of concentration

The chemistry program at New College encourages and develops independence, collaboration, and scientific judgment. From the beginning, students work closely with faculty in a noncompetitive 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 enjoy access to research grade instruments in laboratory courses and research projects. Research facilities include a 400 MHz NMR spectrometer, several FTIR and UV-visible spectrophotometers, a fluorimeter, high-pressure liquid chromatographs, inert atmosphere glove boxes, electrochemistry equipment, a GC-MS, a real-time PCR machine, a digital imaging system, and a state-of-the-art microwave spectrometer.

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 Environmental Chemistry, Advanced Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry II, Biochemistry Laboratory, Structure Elucidation, and Topics in Bioinorganic Chemistry. Recent tutorials have been conducted in Green Chemistry, Transition Metal Organometallic Chemistry, Atmospheric Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Virology, and Enzyme Kinetics. Many opportunities are available for tutorials on other topics, as well as laboratory research tutorials.

For students with little experience in the natural sciences, Chemistry and the Environment and Environmental Chemistry are occasionally offered. Both courses present chemistry within the context of society and the environment. Chemistry and the Environment and General Chemistry I satisfy the Natural Sciences Liberal Arts Curriculum requirement.

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Area of Concentration Requirements

  • General Chemistry I and II (or Compressed General Chemistry I and II), along with General Chemistry Laboratory during Spring Semester
  • Calculus I, II, and III
  • Two semesters of Organic Chemistry – Structure and Reactivity, along with the Chemistry Inquiry Laboratory in the fall and Organic Laboratory in the spring.
  • Physics I and II (with 2 semesters of physics lab)
  • Two semesters of Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Thermodynamics (with one semester of lab)
  • Inorganic Chemistry (with lab)
  • Biochemistry I
  • One additional advanced chemistry elective
  • One Independent Study Project in chemistry (plus 2 other ISPs)
  • A senior thesis on research carried out with a faculty mentor

Joint Disciplinary AOC Requirements

Joint and double areas of concentration may be accomplished by arrangement with the chemistry faculty. Joint areas of concentration with chemistry usually include the following requirements:

  • General Chemistry I and II (or Compressed General Chemistry I and II), along with General Chemistry Laboratory during Spring Semester
  • Calculus I and II
  • Two semesters of Organic Chemistry – Structure and Reactivity, along with the Chemistry Inquiry Laboratory in the fall and Organic Laboratory in the spring.
  • Physics I and II (with two semesters of physics lab)
  • Three upper level chemistry courses
  • One Independent Study Project, lab course, or lab tutorial in chemistry (plus 2 other ISPs)

Biochemistry: Students interested in the interface between chemistry and biology may choose an area of concentration in biochemistry. Requirements include:

  • General Chemistry I and II (or Compressed General Chemistry I and II), along with General Chemistry Laboratory during Spring Semester
  • Calculus I and II plus a third semester of math (Calculus III, Differential Equations, or Linear Algebra)
  • Foundations of Biology II
  • Two semesters of Organic Chemistry – Structure and Reactivity, along with the Chemistry Inquiry Laboratory in the fall and Organic Laboratory in the spring.
  • Physics I and II (with 2 semesters of physics lab)
  • Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics (with one semester of lab)
  • Biochemistry I and II
  • Biochemistry Lab
  • Two molecular-level Biology courses plus 2 labs (chosen from Genetics, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, or Microbiology)
  • One Independent Study Project in chemistry or biochemistry or molecular biology (plus 2 other ISPs)
  • A senior thesis on research carried out with a faculty mentor

The thesis prospectus must be signed by two chemists and one biologist. Since Biochemistry is already an interdisciplinary area of concentration, joint areas of concentration with Biochemistry are usually not possible.

Faculty

Recent Theses

  • Examination of RNA Helicase A function in small regulatory RNA pathways of the Caenorhabditis elegans germline
  • The Search for MicroRNAs Encoded by the Influenza A Virus
  • TACN and jibing toward synthetic models of oxalate degrading metalloenzymes
    Partial Synthesis of Fe(III) – Tetraamido Macrocyclic Ligands as Potential Green Oxidation Catalysts
  • Bdippza: Synthesis and Metal Complexes of a New Monoanionic [N20] Heteroscorpionate Ligand
  • Mn-doped (CdS)ZnS Quantum Dots as Sensitizers for Sensitized Solar Cells
  • The Microwave Spectroscopy of Small Molecules with Methyl Rotors

Careers of Chemistry Graduates

Chemistry Professor
Augusta University

Scientist
Luminex Corporation, Madison, Wisconsin

Associate Analytical Lab Technician
Pepsico

Professor of Biology
Valencia College

Conservation Scientist
The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland

SAMPLE PATHWAYS to complete AOC Requirements

These pathways show how you could complete the AOC requirements within four years at New College or within two years after earning an associate’s degree. Please consult with your academic adviser to determine the most appropriate courses for your area of concentration.

A Sample Four-Year Pathway for Chemistry

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 1General Chemistry I (LAC 1)ISP 1 (one of the three ISPs must be in Chemistry)General Chemistry II
Calculus I (LAC 2)General Chemistry Laboratory
LAC 3Calculus II (LAC 5)
LAC 4LAC 6
Year 2Organic Chemistry IISP 2Organic Chemistry II
Organic I (Inquiry) LaboratoryOrganic Lab
Calculus IIIPhysics II
Physics I (LAC 7)Physics II Laboratory
Physics I Laboratory (LAC 8)
Year 3Inorganic Chemistry ISP 3Physical Chemistry I
Inorganic Chemistry LaboratoryPhysical Chemistry Laboratory
Biochemistry IThesis
Year 4Advanced Chemistry (any)Continue thesis work if necessary
Physical Chemistry II Elective 1
ThesisElective 2

A Sample Two-Year Pathway for Chemistry

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 3Inorganic Chemistry Chemistry ISPPhysical Chemistry I
Inorganic Chemistry LaboratoryPhysical Chemistry I Laboratory
Biochemistry IElective course
Calculus IIIElective course
Year 4Advanced Chemistry (any)ISPThesis tutorial
Physical Chemistry II Elective 1
thesis tutorialElective 2
Elective course