Undergraduate
Major
Minor

Chemistry Catalog

College of Arts & Sciences
Chemistry (BS)

Chair: Phillip M. Sheridan, PhD

Introduction

Chemistry or Biochemistry graduates enter a variety of professions, including careers in research and industry, the health professions, teaching, technical writing, business, sales, patent law and civil service. A major in chemistry or biochemistry is an excellent preparation for entrance into medical, dental and pharmacy schools. It also prepares students to enter a range of graduate programs including chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, bioinformatics, medicinal chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental science, bioengineering, business and law.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers three tracks that lead to a BS degree in Chemistry and one track that leads to a BS degree in Chemistry with Business. The three tracks in Chemistry include the Chemistry track that is certified by the American Chemical Society (CHM ACS certified track), Chemistry Health Professions track, and Chemistry track designed for students who intend to pursue technical employment in industry.  Chemistry with Business is designed for students who want to pursue administrative or sales careers in the chemical industry.  It is also an excellent degree for students who what to pursue careers in patent law.

Advisors in the Department will help you choose the track that best fits your interests and career plans. Students in all program tracks will gain hands-on experience with a wide variety of modern, sophisticated laboratory instrumentation; this helps provide the experience necessary to be competitive in today’s job market and/or to gain entrance into highly ranked graduate programs.

All Chemistry tracks can be completed with a business minor. This option provides a very useful preparation for employment in sales, marketing, or other industrial professions, as well as preparing students for graduate studies in business or administration

Qualifications

Students must attain the grade of C or greater in General Chemistry II (CHM 112) and C- or greater in Organic Chemistry II (CHM 228) in order to progress into the major. Several two-semester courses (CHM 111 and CHM 112, CHM 227 and CHM 228, BCH 301 and BCH 302) have a requirement for a minimum grade of C- in the first course to continue with the second course.

ACADEMIC Advisement

All students have an academic advisor. For students who have declared a major, an advisor is assigned in their respective academic department. For students who are still deciding on a major, they will be assigned a staff member from the Griff Center for Student Success for advisement including course selection prior to registration.

Meetings with academic advisors are required prior to students receiving their PIN for course registration each semester. All students should work closely with their advisor in discussing career expectations, choosing their major electives, developing their entire academic program and planning their co-curricular or supplemental academic experiences.

Special Programs Offered by the Department

Early Assurance Program with University at Buffalo Medical School or Syracuse Medical School

Qualified students may apply to the University at Buffalo Medical School or Syracuse University Medical School during their sophomore year. Those accepted will be admitted into the Medical School freshman class after their graduation from Canisius.

Early Assurance Program with University at Buffalo Dental School

Qualified students may apply to the University at Buffalo Dental School during their sophomore year. Those accepted will be admitted into the Dental School freshman class after their graduation from Canisius.

Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental

The Chemistry and Biochemistry BS degrees are excellent preparations for entering into medical and dental schools, and a third of the graduates from this Department typically enter into these programs. Students applying to medical or dental schools must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or Dental Admission Test (DAT).

Pre-Pharmacy

For pre-pharmacy students we recommend the CHM Health Professions track, since students in this track can meet all pharmacy school entrance requirements. Students applying to most pharmacy schools must take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT).

Major Experiences

Following their freshman year, and sometimes earlier, chemistry and biochemistry majors are encouraged to become involved in research or other professional projects. Stipends for qualified students are often available so that work can be done on these projects during the summer and school year in the Department. Summer work in industrial laboratories and research institutions is also available. Our close relationship with local industries and institutions aids students in job placement before and after graduation. Students may also choose to undertake industrial internships for advanced elective course credit.

Double Majors

Students who wish to expand their educational opportunities may decide to declare a double major. This decision may be based on career goals, planned graduate studies, and/or other student interests. Before a student declares a double major, it is important to meet with the appropriate academic departments for advisement.  In order to declare a double major, the student must complete the Major/Minor Declaration form. This form will be submitted electronically and reviewed and approved by each department chairperson as well as the appropriate associate dean. 

Per college policy, each additional major requires a minimum of 15 credits that do not apply to the student's first or subsequent major.  Some double major combinations can be completed within the minimum 120 credit hour degree requirement, but in other cases additional course work may be required. Please note that students will receive only one degree, regardless of the number of majors they complete. Both (all) majors appear on a student’s transcript.

Minors in Other Disciplines

Minors provide students the opportunity to pursue additional interests but generally do not require as many courses as a major.  Minors generally range from five to eight required courses. To receive a minor, the student must complete at least 9 credit hours of coursework distinct from their other credentials (i.e., majors, other minors). The complete list of minors is available on the Canisius website and in the catalog and provides links to each minor. Some majors and minors can be completed within the minimum 120 credit hour degree requirement, but in some cases additional coursework may be required. Students must complete the appropriate minor request form.

Curriculum

An Ignatian Foundation

All undergraduate students must complete either the Canisius Core Curriculum or the All-College Honors Curriculum. Many schools refer to their college-wide undergraduate requirements as "general education" requirements. We believe that the core curriculum and the honors curriculum are more than a series of required classes; they provide the basis for a Jesuit education both with content and with required knowledge and skills attributes that are central to our mission.

Free Electives

Students may graduate with a bachelor's degree with more but not less than 120 credit hours. Free electives are courses in addition to the Canisius Core Curriculum or All-College Honors Curriculum and major requirements sufficient to reach the minimum number of credits required for graduation. The number of credits required to complete a bachelor's degree may vary depending on the student's major(s) and minor(s).

Major Requirements

For ACS-certified Chemistry Track

The ACS-certified Chemistry track is recommended for students intending advanced study (pursuing a graduate degree) in Chemistry.

CHM 111
111L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHM 112
112L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CHM 227
227L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHM 228
228L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CHM 230
230L
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHM 244Inorganic Chemistry3
CHM 301
301L
Fundamental Physical Chemistry
and Fundamental Physical Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHM 302
302L
Modern Physical Chemistry
and Modern Physical Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHM 334
334L
Spectrometric Analysis
and Spectrometric Analysis Lab
4
CHM 420
420L
Materials Chemistry
and Materials Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHM 430
430L
Instrumental Analytical Chemistry
and Instrumental Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHM 381Scientific Literature and Communication1
CHM 480Communicating Concepts in Chemistry1
CHM 481Communicating Research Literature1
Choose 2 Chemistry or Biochemistry Electives (any 300- or 400- level CHM or BCH course) 16
BCH 301Introduction to Biochemistry3
BIO 111
111L
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology Laboratory I
4
MAT 111Calculus I4
MAT 112Calculus II4
PHY 223
223L
General Physics for Physical Science Majors I
and General Physics for Physical Science Majors I Laboratory
4
PHY 224
224L
General Physics for Physical Science Majors II
and General Physics for Physical Science Majors I Laboratory
4
Total Credits75
1

Students may use PHY 332 or PHY 226 with lab as a Chemistry Elective.

For Chemistry Track

Chemistry track designed for students who intend to pursue technical employment in industry.

CHM 111
111L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHM 112
112L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CHM 227
227L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHM 228
228L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CHM 230
230L
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHM 244Inorganic Chemistry3
CHM 301
301L
Fundamental Physical Chemistry
and Fundamental Physical Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHM 334
334L
Spectrometric Analysis
and Spectrometric Analysis Lab
4
CHM 430
430L
Instrumental Analytical Chemistry
and Instrumental Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHM 381Scientific Literature and Communication1
CHM 480Communicating Concepts in Chemistry1
CHM 481Communicating Research Literature1
Choose 3 Chemistry or Biochemistry Electives (any 300- or 400- level CHM or BCH course) 19
BCH 301Introduction to Biochemistry3
BIO 111
111L
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology Laboratory I
4
MAT 111Calculus I4
MAT 112Calculus II 24
or MAT 141 Inferential Statistics and Computers for Science
PHY 201
201L
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
4
PHY 202
202L
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
4
Total Credits70
1

Students may use PHY 332 or PHY 226 with lab as a Chemistry Elective.

2

Students minoring in business may take ECO 255 in lieu of MAT 112 or MAT 141.

For Chemistry for Health Professions Track

The Health Professions Track is recommended for students preparing for a health-related profession (e.g. Medicine, Dentistry, Physician Assistant, etc.).

CHM 111
111L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHM 112
112L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CHM 227
227L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHM 228
228L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CHM 230
230L
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHM 244Inorganic Chemistry3
CHM 301Fundamental Physical Chemistry3
CHM 381Scientific Literature and Communication1
CHM 480Communicating Concepts in Chemistry1
CHM 481Communicating Research Literature1
Choose a Chemistry or Biochemistry Elective (any 300- or 400- level CHM or BCH course) with lab4
Science Elective (choose from CSC 111 or any 300- or 400-level course in CHM, BCH, BIO, or PHY)3
Science Elective with Lab (choose any 300- or 400-level course in CHM, BCH, BIO, or PHY)4
BCH 301Introduction to Biochemistry3
BCH 302Cellular Biochemistry3
BIO 111
111L
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology Laboratory I
4
BIO 112
112L
Introductory Biology II
and Introductory Biology Laboratory II
4
MAT 111Calculus I4
MAT 112Calculus II 14
or MAT 141 Inferential Statistics and Computers for Science
PHY 201
201L
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
4
PHY 202
202L
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
4
Total Credits70
1

Students minoring in business may take ECO 255 in lieu of MAT 112 or MAT 141.

For Chemistry with Business Track

Chemistry with Business is designed for students who want to pursue administrative or sales careers in chemical industry. It is also an excellent degree for students who want to pursue careers in patent law.

Required Science Courses
CHM 111
111L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHM 112
112L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CHM 227
227L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHM 228
228L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CHM 301Fundamental Physical Chemistry3
Choose one of the following:4
CHM 230
230L
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
CHM 334
334L
Spectrometric Analysis
and Spectrometric Analysis Lab
CHM 430
430L
Instrumental Analytical Chemistry
and Instrumental Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
Choose a Chemistry or Biochemistry Elective (any 300- or 400- level CHM or BCH course) 13
CHM 381Scientific Literature and Communication1
CHM 480Communicating Concepts in Chemistry1
BCH 301
301L
Introduction to Biochemistry
and Introduction to Biochemistry Laboratory
4
BIO 111
111L
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology Laboratory I
4
BIO 112
112L
Introductory Biology II
and Introductory Biology Laboratory II
4
MAT 111Calculus I4
MAT 112Calculus II 24
or MAT 141 Inferential Statistics and Computers for Science
PHY 201
201L
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
4
PHY 202
202L
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
4
Required Business Courses
ACC 201Financial Accounting3
ECO 101Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECO 102Principles of Microeconomics3
FIN 201Introduction to Corporate Finance3
MGT 101Introduction to Management3
MKT 201Principles of Marketing3
Elective
Select one course in business, law, or science 33
Total Credits77
1

CHM 481 does not satisfy this requirement.

2

Students in this track may take ECO 255 in lieu of MAT 112 or MAT 141.

3

Choose one course from the following: CSC 111, IBUS 301, PSC 320, PSC 321, ACC 202, any 200-level or higher ECO course, or any 300- or 400-level course in CHM, BCH, BIO, PHY, MGT, or MKT.

Additional Course Considerations

MAT 211 is highly recommended for students interested in pursuing a PhD degree. In addition, MAT 219 and MAT 222 are highly recommended for students interested in pursuing a PhD degree in physical, inorganic, or analytical chemistry.

Roadmap

Recommended Semester Schedule for Major Course Requirements

CHM ACS Certified Track

Freshman
FallSpring
CHM 111
111L
CHM 112
112L
BIO 111
111L
MAT 112
MAT 111 
Sophomore
FallSpring
CHM 227
227L
CHM 228
228L
CHM 244CHM 230
230L
PHY 223
223L
PHY 224
224L
Junior
FallSpring
CHM 301
301L
CHM 302
302L
CHM 381CHM 430
430L
 CHM 480
Senior
FallSpring
CHM 334
334L
CHM Elective
BCH 301CHM Elective
CHM 481CHM 420
420L

CHM ACS Certified Track with Business Minor

Freshman
FallSpring
CHM 111
111L
CHM 112
112L
BIO 111
111L
MAT 112
MAT 111 
Sophomore
FallSpring
CHM 227
227L
CHM 228
228L
ECO 101CHM 230
230L
CHM 244ECO 102
PHY 223
223L
MAT 141 or ECO 255
 PHY 224
224L
Junior
FallSpring
CHM 301
301L
CHM 302
302L
CHM 381CHM 430
430L
MKT 201CHM 480
 MGT 101
Senior
FallSpring
CHM 334
334L
CHM Elective
BCH 301CHM Elective
CHM 481FIN 201
ACC 201CHM 420
420L

CHM Track

Freshman
FallSpring
CHM 111
111L
CHM 112
112L
BIO 111
111L
MAT 112 or 141
MAT 111 
Sophomore
FallSpring
CHM 227
227L
CHM 228
228L
PHY 201
201L
PHY 202
202L
Junior
FallSpring
BCH 301CHM 230
230L
CHM 244CHM Elective
CHM 381CHM 480
Senior
FallSpring
CHM 301
301L
CHM 430
430L
CHM 334
334L
CHM Elective
CHM 481CHM Elective

CHM Track with Business Minor

Freshman
FallSpring
CHM 111
111L
CHM 112
112L
BIO 111
111L
MAT 141 or ECO 255
MAT 111 
Sophomore
FallSpring
CHM 227
227L
CHM 228
228L
PHY 201
201L
PHY 202
202L
 ECO 102
Junior
FallSpring
BCH 301CHM 230
230L
CHM 244CHM Elective
CHM 381CHM 480
ECO 101MGT 101
Senior
FallSpring
CHM 301
301L
CHM 430
430L
CHM 334
334L
CHM Elective
CHM 481CHM Elective
ACC 201FIN 201
MKT 201 

CHM Health Professions Track

Freshman
FallSpring
CHM 111
111L
CHM 112
112L
BIO 111
111L
BIO 112
112L
MAT 111MAT 112 or 141
Sophomore
FallSpring
CHM 227
227L
CHM 228
228L
PHY 201
201L
PHY 202
202L
Junior
FallSpring
BCH 301CHM 230
230L
CHM 244BCH 302
CHM 381CHM 480
Senior
FallSpring
CHM 301CHM Elective + Lab
CHM 481SCI elective
SCI Elective + Lab 

CHM Health Professions Track with Business Minor

Freshman
FallSpring
CHM 111
111L
CHM 112
112L
BIO 111
111L
BIO 112
112L
MAT 111MAT 141 or ECO 255
Sophomore
FallSpring
CHM 227
227L
CHM 228
228L
PHY 201
201L
PHY 202
202L
ECO 101ECO 102
Junior
FallSpring
BCH 301CHM 230
230L
CHM 381BCH 302
CHM 244CHM 480
MKT 201MGT 101
Senior
FallSpring
CHM 301CHM Elective + Lab
CHM 481SCI Elective
ACC 201FIN 201
SCI Elective + Lab  

CHM with Business Track

Freshman
FallSpring
CHM 111
111L
CHM 112
112L
BIO 111
111L
BIO 112
112L
MAT 111MAT 141 or 112
Sophomore
FallSpring
CHM 227
227L
CHM 228
228L
PHY 201
201L
PHY 202
202L
ECO 101ECO 102
Junior
FallSpring
BCH 301
301L
CHM 480
CHM 381MGT 101
ACC 201Analytical/Instrumental Chemistry with lab1
MKT 201 
Senior
FallSpring
CHM 301BCH or CHM Elective
FIN 201Major Elective2
1

 Choose one of the following analytical/instrumental courses with its associated laboratory: CHM 230, CHM 334, or CHM 430.

2

Choose one course in business, law, or science:  a 300 level course or higher in MGT, ACC 202, ECO 102 or a 200 level course or higher in ECO, IBUS 301, PSC 320PSC 321, a 300 or 400 level course in CHM, BCH, BIO, or PHY, or CSC 111.

Learning Goals & Objectives

Student Learning Goal 1:            

Knowledge; Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental chemical concepts. 

Students will:
  • Objective A  Demonstrate broad knowledge of chemical concepts.
  • Objective B  Analyze and predict the effects of chemical changes.

Student Learning Goal 2:

Professional Skills; Work effectively in a professional or laboratory setting.

Students will:     
  • Objective A  Carry out experiments (follow directions, manipulate materials and lab apparatus, record data).
  • Objective B  Use modern instrumentation (prepare samples, operate systems, troubleshoot common problems, organize and label data).
  • Objective C  Demonstrate knowledge of chemical, instrumental and workplace safety.

Student Learning Goal 3:   

Communication; Be proficient in the communication of chemical information.

Students will:   
  • Objective A  Construct and deliver an effective oral presentation.
  • Objective B  Write an effective, properly formatted scientific report.
  • Objective C  Identify, access and use chemical literature sources.

Minor

Students majoring in various disciplines such as biology, mathematics, physics, bioinformatics, computer science, psychology and business can benefit from pursuing a minor in chemistry. The chemistry minor requires a student to complete the following sequence of courses:

CHM 111
111L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHM 112
112L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CHM 227
227L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHM 228
228L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
4
Select one of the following:4
CHM 230
230L
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
CHM 334
334L
Spectrometric Analysis
and Spectrometric Analysis Lab
CHM 430
430L
Instrumental Analytical Chemistry
and Instrumental Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
Select one of the following:3
CHM 244
Inorganic Chemistry
CHM 301
Fundamental Physical Chemistry
Select one 300 level course or higher in CHM or BCH. 13
Total Credits26
1

CHM 381, CHM 480, or CHM 481 individually do not satisfy this requirement.

Minors are an important part of the undergraduate curriculum.  If students declare a minor by sophomore year, they can usually complete it in a timely manner.  Students should work with their advisor to determine if it is possible that the minor can be completed by graduation.  

To receive a minor, a student must complete at least 9 credit hours of coursework distinct from their major(s) and from other minors, and students must complete more than 50% of the coursework required for the minor at Canisius. Please note that “ancillary/supporting” courses required for a major may still count as distinct courses as long as the remaining coursework still meets the 30 credit-hours required for a major. For more information about minor policies, please see the Declaring Majors and Minors page in the catalog.

Courses

CHM 104 Energy, Environment, and Society 3 Credits

Designed to provide a better understanding of energy and our environment, including man's interaction with his environment and the consequences facing society today.

Fulfills College Core: Field 6 (Natural Sciences), Global Awareness

Offered: every fall.

CHM 109 General Chemistry I with Review - Part I 3 Credits

General Chemistry I for science majors, Part I. This course reviews some mathematical concepts, emphasizes dimensional analysis, inorganic nomenclature, stoichiometry, solutions, basic chemical reactions, and thermochemistry. Three lectures and one recitation per week.

Fulfills College Core: Field 6 (Natural Sciences)

Offered: every fall.

CHM 110 General Chemistry I with Review - Part II 3 Credits

General Chemistry I for science majors, Part II, three lectures, one laboratory, and one recitation per week. This course emphasizes atomic and molecular structure, periodic properties, gas laws, and states of matter. The CHM 109 and CHM 110 sequence is equivalent to CHM 111 and a free elective. Students completing the CHM 109 and CHM 110 sequence are eligible to take CHM 112.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C- in CHM 109. Corequisite: CHM 111L.

Offered: every spring.

CHM 111 General Chemistry I 3 Credits

General Chemistry I for science majors. Inorganic nomenclature, stoichiometry, solutions, basic chemical reactions, thermochemistry, atomic and molecular structure, periodic properties, gas laws, and states of matter. Three lectures and one recitation per week.

Corequisite: CHM 111L.

Fulfills College Core: Field 6 (Natural Sciences)

Offered: every fall.

CHM 111L General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 Credit

Covers techniques of measurements, decantation, and filtration; use of a data acquisition system with temperature probe, pressure sensor, and spectrophotometer; analysis of data and developing a conclusion based on data trends. One three-hour lab per week.

Corequisite: CHM 110 or CHM 111.

Offered: every fall.

CHM 112 General Chemistry II 3 Credits

General Chemistry II for science majors. Properties of solutions (including colligative properties), kinetics, chemical equilibrium concepts, calculations involving acid/base and precipitation equilibria, thermodynamics (second and third law), electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and chemistry of the environment. A minimum grade of C in CHM 112 is required for all chemistry and biochemistry majors. Three lectures and one recitation per week.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C- in either CHM 110 or CHM 111. Corequisite: CHM 112L.

Fulfills College Core: Field 6 (Natural Sciences)

Offered: every spring.

CHM 112L General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 Credit

Builds on techniques developed in CHM 111L and covers solution dilution, titration, pipetting, and use of a pH electrode and current probe. One three-hour lab per week.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C- in CHM 111L. Corequisite: CHM 112.

Offered: every spring.

CHM 227 Organic Chemistry I 3 Credits

Fundamental treatment of organic chemistry. Bonding, structure, nomenclature, and stereochemistry of organic functional groups. Mechanisms and reactivity in substitution and elimination reactions. Three lectures and one recitation per week.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C- in either CHM 110 or CHM 111. Corequisite: CHM 227L.

Offered: every fall.

CHM 227L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1 Credit

One four-hour lab per week. Techniques for synthesis, separation, purification, and analysis of organic compounds.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C- in CHM 111L. Corequisite: CHM 227.

Offered: every fall.

CHM 228 Organic Chemistry II 3 Credits

Continuation of organic chemistry. Chemistry and reaction mechanisms of unsaturated compounds, and oxygen and nitrogen-containing functional groups. Introduction to the organic chemistry of carbohydrates, lipids and peptides. Three lectures and one recitation per week.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C- in CHM 227. Corequisite: CHM 228L.

Offered: every spring.

CHM 228L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 1 Credit

One four hour lab per week. Expands on techniques for synthesis, separation, purification, and analysis of organic compounds.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C- in CHM 227L. Corequisite: CHM 228.

Offered: every spring.

CHM 230 Analytical Chemistry 3 Credits

Principles and methodology of modern analytical chemistry presented with particular emphasis on statistical error analysis, titrations, solution equilibrium, and potentiometry. Three lectures and one recitation per week.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in CHM 112. Corequisite: CHM 230L.

Offered: spring of even-numbered years.

CHM 230L Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 1 Credit

One four-hour lab per week. Fundamental techniques of quantitative analysis including titrations in multiple reaction paradigms, potentiometry, absorption spectrometry, and separation technologies.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C- in CHM 112L. Corequisite: CHM 230.

Offered: spring of even-numbered years.

CHM 232 Environmental Analytical Chemistry 3 Credits

Environmental applications of analytical chemistry. Sampling techniques and statistical analysis of data. Soil chemistry, aquatic chemistry and atmospheric chemistry. Trace analysis with electroanalytical, liquid and gas chromatography, atomic absorption spectroscopy and ion selective electrodes. Three lectures and one recitation per week.

Prerequisite: CHM 112. Corequisite: CHM 232L.

Offered: anticipated spring 2023.

CHM 232L Environmental Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 1 Credit

One four-hour lab per week.

Prerequisite: CHM 112L. Corequisite: CHM 232.

Offered: anticipated spring 2023.

CHM 244 Inorganic Chemistry 3 Credits

Electronic configuration of atoms, periodic classification of the elements, nature of chemical bonding, symmetry and application of group theory to molecular orbitals, structures and thermodynamics of solids, bonding in metals and semiconductors, acid/base concepts, electrochemistry, isomerism, bonding, reactions and spectroscopy of coordination compounds, and other aspects of modern inorganic chemistry. Three lectures and one recitation per week.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in CHM 112.

Offered: every fall.

CHM 301 Fundamental Physical Chemistry 3 Credits

Fundamental topics in thermodynamics, kinetics, and quantum chemistry. Three lectures and one recitation per week.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in CHM 112, successful completion of MAT 111 or MAT 110, and a year of physics (PHY 201 & PHY 202 or PHY 223 & PHY 224).

Offered: every fall.

CHM 301L Fundamental Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1 Credit

Selected experiments demonstrating principles of thermodynamics and chemical kinetics. One four-hour lab per week.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in CHM 230L & C in CHM 301 (or cuncurrent registration in CHM 301).

Fulfills College Core: Advanced Writing-Intensive

Offered: fall of even-numbered years.

CHM 302 Modern Physical Chemistry 3 Credits

Introduction to quantum chemistry with applications to the structure of atoms and molecules. Molecular spectroscopy. Three lectures and one recitation per week.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in CHM 112, CHM 244, successful completion of MAT 111 or MAT 110, MAT 112, a year of physics (PHY 201 & PHY 202 or PHY 223 & PHY 224).

Offered: spring of even-numbered years.

CHM 302L Modern Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1 Credit

Selected spectroscopy experiments with applications to molecular structure. One four-hour lab per week.

Prerequisite: CHM 302 (or concurrent registration in CHM 302) & minimum grade of C in CHM 230L, CHM 301L, CHM 334L or CHM 430L.

Offered: spring of even-numbered years.

CHM 334 Spectrometric Analysis 3 Credits

Spectrometric methods for the elucidation of chemical structures. Includes nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared, ultraviolet and mass spectrometry. Emphasis on organic compounds. Three lectures per week.

Prerequisite: CHM 228.

Offered: every fall.

CHM 334L Spectrometric Analysis Lab 1 Credit

One four-hour lab per week. Nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared, ultraviolet and mass spectrometry of organic compounds.

Prerequisite: CHM 228L.

Offered: every fall.

CHM 344 Metal Ions in Biological Systems 3 Credits

Chemical processes in biological systems, which include participation of metal ions, are covered. The course begins with the principles of coordination chemistry and structural biochemistry. The rest of the course is organized according to the functions performed by the metal centers: gene expression and signal transduction, digestion, bioenergetics and electron transfer, oxygen transport, liver functions and anticancer drugs.

Prerequisite: CHM 228.

Offered: occasionally.

CHM 381 Scientific Literature and Communication 1 Credit

First of three student-faculty seminars for majors. Introduces scientific literature, technical writing and oral communication in chemistry and allied fields.

Prerequisite: CHM 228 & junior standing.

Offered: every fall.

CHM 402 Advanced Physical Chemistry 3 Credits

Introduction to statistical thermodynamics. Applications of group theory to chemical bonding and molecular spectroscopy. Angular momentum coupling in atomic and molecular spectroscopy. Three lectures per week.

Prerequisites: MAT 111 & MAT 112; CHM 244; CHM 302 (may be taken concurrently); and either PHY 201 & PHY 202 or PHY 223 & PHY 224.

Offered: occasionally.

CHM 420 Materials Chemistry 3 Credits

A survey of topics and applications in modern materials chemistry including solid state materials, semiconductors, polymers, nanomaterials, and introductions to mechanical properties, device fabrication, and structure-activity relationships.

Prerequisite: CHM 228 & CHM 244 (or concurrent registration in CHM 244). Corequisite: CHM 420L.

Offered: anticipated spring 2023.

CHM 420L Materials Chemistry Laboratory 1 Credit

This laboratory develops concepts introduced in the lecture component of Materials Chemistry, CHM420, including solid-state structure, mechanical properties, semiconductors, polymers, and nanomaterials. The lab meets for four hours per week.

Prerequisite: CHM 228L (may be taken concurrently). Corequisite: CHM 420.

Offered: anticipated spring 2023.

CHM 430 Instrumental Analytical Chemistry 3 Credits

Advanced instrumental methods of analysis including spectroscopy, chromatography and various electrochemical techniques. Three lectures per week.

Prerequisite: CHM 112 & CHM 228 (or concurrent registration in CHM 228).

Offered: spring of odd-numbered years.

CHM 430L Instrumental Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 1 Credit

One four-hour lab per week. Atomic absorption spectroscopy, chromatography and various electrochemical techniques

Prerequisite: CHM 112L & CHM 228L (or concurrent registration in CHM 228L). Corequisite: CHM 430.

Offered: spring of odd-numbered years.

CHM 450 Research in Chemistry 3 Credits

Independent research under the direction of the chemistry faculty. Students are required to spend 9 hours per week conducting research. CHM 450 may be taken in place of a chemistry elective without lab. Research and consultation times to be arranged after approval of department chair.

Prerequisite: permission of department chair.

Offered: fall & spring.

CHM 451 Research in Chemistry 4 Credits

Independent research under the direction of the chemistry faculty. Students are required to spend 12 hours per week conducting research. CHM 451 may be taken in place of a chemistry elective with lab. Research and consultation times to be arranged after approval of department chair.

Prerequisite: permission of department chair.

Offered: fall & spring.

CHM 455 Medicinal Chemistry 3 Credits

Chemical principles are used to explain the interaction of drugs with biological targets. Strategies used in the design and development of medicines are discussed.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C- in both CHM 228 & BCH 301.

Offered: spring of even-numbered years.

CHM 480 Communicating Concepts in Chemistry 1 Credit

Second of three student-faculty seminars for majors. Students give a 25-minute presentation on an advanced coursework topic. Emphasis is placed on the process and the mechanics of constructing a scientific talk.

Prerequisite: CHM 228, CHM 381, & junior standing.

Offered: every spring.

CHM 481 Communicating Research Literature 1 Credit

Third of three student-faculty seminars for majors. Students give a 45-minute presentation on a scientific work from the chemical literature. Emphasis is placed on constructing a narrative and gaining a working understanding of the scientific issues in the presented paper.

Prerequisite: CHM 228, CHM 381, & junior standing.

Fulfills College Core: Oral Communication

Offered: every fall.

CHM 490 Chemistry Internship 3 Credits

Internships in chemical or biochemical industry under the direction of company and faculty supervisors.

Prerequisite: permission of department chair & associate dean.

Offered: fall & spring.

CHM 499 Independent Study 3-4 Credits

Independent study under the direction of the chemistry faculty. Independent studies require an application and approval by the associate dean.

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor, department chair, & associate dean.

Offered: fall & spring.

Chemistry/SWD Generalist Dual Degree Curriculum

The Dual Degree Program offers a BS in Chemistry as well as a MSEd in Adolescence 7-12 Teaching Students with Disabilities Generalist. This program leads to Initial Adolescence Certification in Chemistry as well as Initial Certification in Adolescence 7-12 SWD Generalist. Since it leads to two teaching certificates, candidates must meet the content requirements for both over the course of their curriculum.  In most cases, the content area major covers those requirements.  In some instances New York State has additional requirements. Please note, this dual degree program can be completed in as little as 5 years.

An Ignatian Foundation

All undergraduate students must complete either the Canisius Core Curriculum or the All-College Honors Curriculum. Many schools refer to their college-wide undergraduate requirements as "general education" requirements. We believe that the core curriculum and the honors curriculum are more than a series of required classes; they provide the basis for a Jesuit education both with content and with required knowledge and skills attributes that are central to our mission.

Free Electives

Students may graduate with a bachelor's degree with more but not less than 120 credit hours. Free electives are courses in addition to the Canisius Core Curriculum or All-College Honors Curriculum and major requirements sufficient to reach the minimum number of credits required for graduation. The number of credits required to complete a bachelor's degree may vary depending on the student's major(s) and minor(s).

Major Requirements

Undergraduate Courses

Required Science Courses
CHM 111
111L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHM 112
112L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CHM 227
227L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHM 228
228L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CHM 244Inorganic Chemistry3
CHM 301Fundamental Physical Chemistry3
CHM 230
230L
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHM 381Scientific Literature and Communication1
CHM 480Communicating Concepts in Chemistry1
BCH 301
301L
Introduction to Biochemistry
and Introduction to Biochemistry Laboratory
4
Chemistry or Biochemistry Elective 13
BIO 111
111L
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology Laboratory I
4
BIO 112
112L
Introductory Biology II
and Introductory Biology Laboratory II
4
MAT 111Calculus I4
MAT 141Inferential Statistics and Computers for Science4
PHY 201
201L
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
4
PHY 202
202L
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
4
Required Education Courses
EDS 101Human Growth and Social Development: Adolescence3
EDS 223Foundations of Adolescent Literacy3
EDS 360Evaluation and Teaching Strategies3
EDS 405Methods of Teaching Science: Adolescence3
EDU 250Foundations of Education3
EDU 356Assessment for Diverse Learners3
SPE 311Nature/Needs of Childhood Students with Intellectual Disabilities & Autism Spectrum Disorders3
SPE 341Inclusive Strategies3
Total Credits83

Please note, one math, one science, one English, and one history course are needed for SWD certification. 

Graduate Courses

The education curriculum is provided below for the graduate MSeD portion of the dual degree program. Several foundation courses are taken at the undergraduate level listed above with the requirements for the history major.  The graduate courses begin at the 500 level and continue until completion. These courses can be taken during a student's senior year. Refer to the roadmap for further details.

EDU 556Assessment for Diverse Learners 13
or EDU 356 Assessment for Diverse Learners
EDU 595Child Abuse Workshop0
EDU 596Prevention of School Violence Workshop 0
EDU 597Dignity for All Students Workshop0
EDU 615Research Methods3
SPE 580Classroom Management3
SPE 631Reading and Writing Process for Students with Learning and Behavioral Disorders3
SPE 640Learning and Behavioral Disabilities (LBD); Etiology and Research Based Interventions3
SPE 644Collaborative Practices on a Transdisciplinary Team3
SPE 649Transition Issues for Adolescents with Disabilities3
SPE 650Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Etiology & Educational Needs 13
or SPE 311 Nature/Needs of Childhood Students with Intellectual Disabilities & Autism Spectrum Disorders
SPE 652Functional Curriculum for Students with Severe Disabilities and ASD3
SPE 698Seminar in Teaching and Assessment3
SPE 693Student Teaching9
SPE 697Student Teaching Seminar0
Total Credits39
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These courses may be taken at either the undergraduate or graduate level. The graduate level courses are recommended for those students coming into this program during their junior year.

Chemistry/SWD Generalist Dual Degree Roadmap

Freshman
FallSpring
CHM 111
111L
CHM 112
112L
BIO 111
111L
BIO 112
112L
MAT 111MAT 141
 HIS
Sophomore
FallSpring
CHM 227
227L
CHM 228
228L
PHY 201
201L
PHY 202
202L
EDS 101SPE 341
EDU 250HIS
Junior
FallSpring
BCH 301
301L
CHM 230
230L
CHM 244CHM/BCH Elective
CHM 381CHM 480
EDS 223EDS 405
EDS 360 
Senior
FallSpring
CHM 301SPE 649
SPE 311EDU 615
EDU 356 
SPE 644 
Fifth Year
FallSpring
SPE 580EDU 595
SPE 631EDU 596
SPE 640EDU 597
SPE 698SPE 693
 SPE 697