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