At North Central you will conduct original chemistry research as early as your first year. At North Central you will conduct original chemistry research as early as your first year. At North Central you will conduct original chemistry research as early as your first year. At North Central you will conduct original chemistry research as early as your first year. At North Central you will conduct original chemistry research as early as your first year.

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Chemistry/Physics

Chemistry

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Why pursue a chemistry degree at North Central College?

Our chemistry major provides undergraduates with exceptional academic opportunities. As early as your first year, you’ll have the chance to conduct original research using advanced scientific instruments right here on campus. That kind of hands-on lab experience is often reserved for graduate students at larger institutions. And, thanks to Naperville’s proximity to Chicago, you’ll have easy access to BP, Nalco, Baxter Healthcare, Perkin-Elmer and other companies that value chemistry expertise. After completing our American Chemical Society-approved major, you will be prepared to pursue graduate studies with top-tier institutions.

You can also:

  • Take advantage of competitive science scholarship and grant opportunities.
  • Join the student members of the American Chemical Society student group.
  • Work with cutting-edge scientific equipment—right away.

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Chemistry, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Chemistry.

Major Requirements

At least 29 credit hours in chemistry, including:

  • At least 22 credit hours at the 200-level or above;
  • One of CHM 405, CHM 410, CHM 420, CHM 425, or BCM 465;
  • One course (3 credit hour minimum) in physical chemistry and one course (3 credit hour minimum) in each of three of the remaining four areas of chemistry (analytical, biological, inorganic, organic);
  • Research seminar - CHM 475 *;

Note: CHM 397 and CHM 497 may not be counted toward the minimum credit hours or the area requirement.

Required support courses for the B.A. Degree

Calculus

  • MTH 141 - Integrated Calculus II: Calculus of Derivatives -or-

    MTH 141 - Integrated Calculus II: Calculus of Derivatives

    3.00 credit hours

    An integrated calculus course which combines the study of exponential, logarithmic and inverse trigonometric functions with a formal development of the derivative. Students may not receive credit for MTH 141 and any of the following: MTH 122, MTH 130 or MTH 151.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 140.

    Core

    Mathematics.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MTH 151 - Calculus I

    MTH 151 - Calculus I

    3.00 credit hours

    Fundamental concepts of calculus including limits, continuity and differentiation with applications. The Calculus I, II and III sequence is recommended for students in science as well as for students in other divisions desiring a strong preparation in mathematics. Students may not receive credit for MTH 151 and any of the following: MTH 130, MTH 140 or MTH 141.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 121 and MTH 122; or four years high school math including algebra, geometry and trigonometry.

    Core

    Mathematics.
    IAI

    M1 900

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MTH 152 - Calculus II

    MTH 152 - Calculus II

    3.00 credit hours

    Continuation of Calculus I with emphasis on integration and its applications. Required for the B.S. degree in any department.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 141 or MTH 151.

    Core

    Mathematics.
    IAI

    M1 900

    Schedule Of Classes

Physics

  • PHY 141 - Physics I

    PHY 141 - Physics I

    3.00 credit hours

    The first in a sequence of introductory physics courses. The study of motion using Newton's Laws and the conservation laws for energy and linear momentum. Laboratory required. Credit may be earned for only one of the following sequences: PHY 115 and PHY 116 or PHY 141, PHY 142, and 143 (PHY 143A or PHY 143C).

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 141/MTH 151 or concurrent enrollment.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHY 142 - Physics II

    PHY 142 - Physics II

    3.00 credit hours

    A continuation of PHY 141. Static equilibrium, rotational motion, conservation of angular momentum, oscillatory and wave motion, sound, geometric and physical optics. Calculus is used. Laboratory required. May not take PHY 142 after PHY 116.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PHY 141 or PHY 115; MTH 141 or MTH 151.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHY 143A - Physics III (Algebra-Based) -or-

    PHY 143A - Physics III (Algebra-Based)

    3.00 credit hours

    A continuation of PHY 142. Electrical and magnetic forces and phenomena are described using the concept of the field. Introduction to electrical circuits. Other topics include fluid mechanics, heat, temperature, phases transitions and radioactive decay. Laboratory required. Credit may be earned for only one of the following sequences: PHY 115 and PHY 116 or PHY 141, PHY 142 and 143 (A or PHY 143C).

    Prerequisite(s)


    PHY 142.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHY 143C - Physics III (Calculus-Based)

    PHY 143C - Physics III (Calculus-Based)

    3.75 credit hours

    A continuation of the PHY 142. Electrical and magnetic forces and phenomena are described using the concept of the field. Coulombs law, the electric and magnetic fields, electric potential, electromagnetic induction, Maxwell's equations, DC electrical circuits, radioactive decay. Calculus is used. Laboratory required. Credit may be earned for only one of the following sequences: PHY 115 and PHY 116 or PHY 141, PHY 142 and 143 (PHY 143A or C).

    Prerequisite(s)


    PHY 142 and MTH 152.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • -or-

  • PHY 115 - College Physics I

    PHY 115 - College Physics I

    4.00 credit hours

    The first in a sequence of two algebra‐based physics courses. Topics include the study of motion using Newton's Laws and the conservation of energy principle, rotational motion, oscillations, waves and sound. Laboratory required. Credit may be earned for only one of the following sequences: PHY 115 and PHY 116 or PHY 141, PHY 142 and 143 (PHY 143A or PHY 143C). May not take PHY 115 after PHY 141 or PHY 142.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 121 and MTH 122; or high school algebra and trigonometry.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHY 116 - College Physics II

    PHY 116 - College Physics II

    4.00 credit hours

    The second in a sequence of two algebra-based physics courses. Topics include thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, electricity and magnetism, geometric and wave optics. Laboratory required. Credit may be earned for only one of the following sequences: PHY 115 and 116 or PHY 141, PHY 142 and 143 (PHY 143A or PHY 143C).

    Prerequisite(s)


    PHY 115.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

Licensure for Secondary Education in Science

Licensure for secondary education in science requires a degree in Biology, Chemistry or Physics as well as a supplemental major in Secondary Education. The B.A. degree in Biology or Chemistry is recommended for education students; in Physics, education students should choose the B.S. Teaching Track. A student will need over 120 total credit hours to complete this degree, although licensure requirements in anatomy, astronomy and geology may be met by successful completion of an exam, reducing the total number of credit hours required. Consult the Education Department Handbook for all licensure requirements.

Typical Course Sequence

  FALL WINTER SPRING
FIRST YEAR:
  • CHM 141 
  • MTH 140 or MTH 151 
  • CHM 142 
  • MTH 141 or MTH 152 
  • CHM 205 or CHM 210 
  • MTH 152 or MTH 153 
SECOND YEAR:
  • CHM 220 
  • PHY 141 
     
  • CHM 221 
  • PHY 142 
     
  • CHM 222 
  • CHM 475 
  • PHY 143A/PHY 143C 

Note: MTH 152 should be completed no later than the Winter term of the second year.

Chemistry, B.S.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Chemistry.

Major Requirements

At least 46.75 credit hours in chemistry, including:

Core Courses

Ten core courses covering the five areas of chemistry:

Analytical Chemistry
  • CHM 210 - Chemical Analysis

    CHM 210 - Chemical Analysis

    3.75 credit hours

    Quantitative analysis including theory and techniques for gravimetric, volumetric and spectrophotometric methods. Two laboratory sessions per week. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CHM 142.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 410 - Instrumental Analysis

    CHM 410 - Instrumental Analysis

    4.00 credit hours

    Theory and practice of instrumental analytical chemistry. Major topics include potentiometric and voltammetric methods, chromatography, spectrophotometry, mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry. Two laboratory sessions per week. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CHM 210; one of PHY 115, PHY 143A, or PHY 143C.

    Schedule Of Classes

Biological Chemistry
  • BCM 365 - Biochemistry

    BCM 365 - Biochemistry

    3.75 credit hours

    Survey of the major classes of biological molecules. Enzyme kinetics and the major metabolic pathways are discussed. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CHM 222 or CHM 216.

    Schedule Of Classes

Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHM 205 - Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry

    CHM 205 - Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry

    4.00 credit hours

    Theoretical concepts of bonding, acid/base and redox chemistry. Descriptive chemistry of the elements highlighting their relationship to the biological world. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CHM 142.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 405 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

    CHM 405 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

    3.75 credit hours

    Coordination chemistry of the transition metals including isomerism, symmetry, group theory, molecular orbital theory, crystal field theory, uv-visible spectroscopy and kinetics and mechanisms of ligand substitution reactions. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CHM 341.

    Schedule Of Classes

Organic Chemistry
  • CHM 220 - Organic Chemistry I

    CHM 220 - Organic Chemistry I

    2.75 credit hours

    Survey of the various classes of carbon compounds, emphasizing molecular structure, stereochemistry and mechanisms of chemical reactions. Techniques for isolating and purifying organic compounds are learned in the laboratory. Laboratory required. Students may not receive credit for both CHM 215 and CHM 220.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Seven credit hours in chemistry.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 221 - Organic Chemistry II

    CHM 221 - Organic Chemistry II

    2.75 credit hours

    Continuation of CHM 220, emphasizing the chemistry of aromatic compounds, carbonyl containing functional groups and alcohols. The synthesis and chemical transformations of organic molecules is studied in more depth. Laboratory work focuses on synthetic techniques as well as physical and spectroscopic methods for molecular structure determination. Laboratory required. Students may not receive credit for both CHM 215 or CHM 216 and CHM 221

    Prerequisite(s)


    CHM 220.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 222 - Organic Chemistry III

    CHM 222 - Organic Chemistry III

    3.00 credit hours

    Continuation of CHM 221, with emphasis on the synthetic transformations of carbonyl containing functional groups, nitrogen containing compounds, biomolecules and pericyclic reactions. Laboratory work involves an 8–9 week research project, poster presentation and formal written report. Laboratory required. Students may not receive credit for both CHM 216 and CHM 222.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CHM 221.

    Schedule Of Classes

Physical Chemistry
  • CHM 340 - Thermodynamics

    CHM 340 - Thermodynamics

    4.00 credit hours

    A study of the relationship of temperature to other properties of matter, using both macroscopic and microscopic viewpoints. Applications to chemical equilibrium, phase transitions and thermal properties of gases and solids. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 152; one of PHY 143A or PHY 143C.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 341 - Kinetics, Quantum Theory and Spectroscopy

    CHM 341 - Kinetics, Quantum Theory and Spectroscopy

    4.00 credit hours

    Survey of experimental and theoretical physical chemistry, including methods for determining rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions, quantum theory of atomic structure and chemical bonding and spectroscopic methods used to determine molecular structure. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Seven credit hours in chemistry; MTH 152; one of PHY 143A or PHY 143C.

    Schedule Of Classes

Research Seminar

  • CHM 475 - Seminar *

    CHM 475 - Seminar

    0.00-1.00 credit hours

    In this course, students, faculty and occasional guest presenters discuss research results in the format of a scientific meeting. Majors who have completed a research project (summer research, independent study, off-campus research program, research course, etc.) take the seminar course for one credit and present the results of their research. Any student can enroll in seminar for zero credit and participate as audience members; majors are required to do this twice in addition to the term that they present their work.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Completion of a research project, if taken for credit (presenters); no pre-requisite if taken for no credit (participants).

    Schedule Of Classes

Note(s):

*Chemistry majors must complete a research project by taking one of CHM 405, CHM 410, CHM 420, CHM 425, CHM 495 or BCM 465, or by participating in a non-credit research program (including off-campus programs). Each student presents the results of this research in the chemistry seminar course, CHM 475. CHM 475 is taken over three (usually nonconsecutive) terms. During the first two terms the student participates as an observer and questioner and enrolls in CHM 475 for no credit. CHM 190 may be substituted for one of these. During the third term the student gives the research presentation and enrolls in CHM 475 for one credit hour.

400-Level Chemistry Elective

At least three additional credit hours from the following:

  • CHM 420 - Advanced Organic Chemistry

    CHM 420 - Advanced Organic Chemistry

    3.75 credit hours

    Topics in organic chemistry which build on the principles covered in CHM 220 and CHM 221. The course explores one topic in depth, with emphasis on organic synthesis and natural products chemistry. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CHM 222 or CHM 216.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 425 - Organometallic Chemistry

    CHM 425 - Organometallic Chemistry

    3.75 credit hours

    Structure and bonding, ligands, reactions and catalysis in chemical industry and pharmaceuticals. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CHM 341.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 430 - Special Topics

    CHM 430 - Special Topics

    1.00-3.75 credit hours

    Advanced topics in chemistry. May be repeated with new content.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Varies with topic.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 495 - Research

    CHM 495 - Research

    0.50-3.00 credit hours

    Individual laboratory investigation of a problem in chemistry, undertaken with guidance of a faculty member. May be repeated up to a maximum of six credit hours.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BCM 465 - Advanced Biochemistry

    BCM 465 - Advanced Biochemistry

    4.00 credit hours

    Current topics in biochemistry are studied, allowing students to synthesize previous biology, chemistry and general education coursework. Ethical considerations in scientific research and recent primary literature are discussed. Laboratory required. Research course.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BCM 365 or BIO 360.

    Schedule Of Classes

Required Support Courses for the B.S. Degree

Introductory Physics

  • PHY 141 - Physics I

    PHY 141 - Physics I

    3.00 credit hours

    The first in a sequence of introductory physics courses. The study of motion using Newton's Laws and the conservation laws for energy and linear momentum. Laboratory required. Credit may be earned for only one of the following sequences: PHY 115 and PHY 116 or PHY 141, PHY 142, and 143 (PHY 143A or PHY 143C).

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 141/MTH 151 or concurrent enrollment.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHY 142 - Physics II

    PHY 142 - Physics II

    3.00 credit hours

    A continuation of PHY 141. Static equilibrium, rotational motion, conservation of angular momentum, oscillatory and wave motion, sound, geometric and physical optics. Calculus is used. Laboratory required. May not take PHY 142 after PHY 116.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PHY 141 or PHY 115; MTH 141 or MTH 151.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHY 143A - Physics III (Algebra-Based) -or-

    PHY 143A - Physics III (Algebra-Based)

    3.00 credit hours

    A continuation of PHY 142. Electrical and magnetic forces and phenomena are described using the concept of the field. Introduction to electrical circuits. Other topics include fluid mechanics, heat, temperature, phases transitions and radioactive decay. Laboratory required. Credit may be earned for only one of the following sequences: PHY 115 and PHY 116 or PHY 141, PHY 142 and 143 (A or PHY 143C).

    Prerequisite(s)


    PHY 142.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHY 143C - Physics III (Calculus-Based)

    PHY 143C - Physics III (Calculus-Based)

    3.75 credit hours

    A continuation of the PHY 142. Electrical and magnetic forces and phenomena are described using the concept of the field. Coulombs law, the electric and magnetic fields, electric potential, electromagnetic induction, Maxwell's equations, DC electrical circuits, radioactive decay. Calculus is used. Laboratory required. Credit may be earned for only one of the following sequences: PHY 115 and PHY 116 or PHY 141, PHY 142 and 143 (PHY 143A or C).

    Prerequisite(s)


    PHY 142 and MTH 152.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • -or-

    • Nine credit hours in physics in addition to CHM 340/PHY 340, at least two of which must be at the 200-level or higher

Mathematics

  • MTH 152 - Calculus II

    MTH 152 - Calculus II

    3.00 credit hours

    Continuation of Calculus I with emphasis on integration and its applications. Required for the B.S. degree in any department.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 141 or MTH 151.

    Core

    Mathematics.
    IAI

    M1 900

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MTH 153 - Calculus III

    MTH 153 - Calculus III

    3.00 credit hours

    Continuation of Calculus II with an emphasis on infinite series.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 152.

    Core

    Mathematics.
    IAI

    M1 900

    Schedule Of Classes

Statistics

One of the following:

  • PSY 250 - Statistics

    PSY 250 - Statistics

    3.00 credit hours

    A course stressing the methods, concepts and logic underlying the statistical evaluation of research data. The course stresses descriptive and inferential statistics, estimation and hypothesis testing and "why" as well as "when" to use various statistical methods. A working knowledge of basic algebraic techniques is necessary. Only one of PSY 250 and BUS 241/ECN 241 may be taken for credit.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 118 or higher.

    Core

    Mathematics.
    IAI

    M1 902

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MTH 342 - Probability and Statistics II

    MTH 342 - Probability and Statistics II

    3.00 credit hours

    A continuation of MTH 341 to include continuous distributions, central limit theorem, estimations, hypothesis testing and applications.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 341.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BUS 241 - Business and Economic Statistics

    BUS 241 - Business and Economic Statistics

    3.00 credit hours

    This course is designed to provide students with the ability to apply and interpret descriptive and inferential procedures, probability distributions, statistical sampling and design, hypothesis testing and regression. Primary objectives are to improve the statistical capabilities of students as well as their abilities to apply statistical concepts in a business setting.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 121 or higher or appropriate placement.

    Core

    Mathematics.

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirement

One additional math or physics course from the following:

  • MTH 254 - Calculus IV

    MTH 254 - Calculus IV

    3.00 credit hours

    Functions of two or more variables, partial derivatives, multiple integrals and line integrals. Vector analysis, divergence and Stokes's theorems.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 153.

    Core

    Mathematics.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MTH 300 - Linear Algebra

    MTH 300 - Linear Algebra

    3.00 credit hours

    Vector spaces, linear transformations, inner products, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, Gram-Schmidt process and orthogonal transformations.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 153; MTH 280 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHY 210 - Electronics

    PHY 210 - Electronics

    3.00 credit hours

    Survey of electronics with focus on application to scientific instrumentation. Topics include an overview of DC and AC circuits, diodes, transistors, operational amplifiers, logic gates and digital applications. The course focuses on applied learning in the laboratory. Two hours of lecture and two 3-hour laboratory sessions per week. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PHY 143A or PHY 143C; MTH 152.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHY 244 - Physics IV

    PHY 244 - Physics IV

    2.75 credit hours

    A continuation of PHY 143C. Fluid mechanics, thermal physics, kinetic theory, introduction to statistical mechanics, origins of quantum physics. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PHY 143C.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHY 245 - Physics V: Quantum Physics

    PHY 245 - Physics V: Quantum Physics

    2.50 credit hours

    An introduction to quantum physics. Statistical interpretation of the wave function, the Schrödinger equation, analysis of one-dimensional potentials, introduction to the hydrogen atom and the electronic structure of atoms. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PHY 244 and MTH 152.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHY 251 - Physics of Solids

    PHY 251 - Physics of Solids

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the electrical, thermal and magnetic properties of materials, with emphasis on the role played by quantum mechanics. Topics include quantum statistics, thermal properties of solids, band theory, electrical conduction, semiconductors, magnetic properties of solids.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PHY 245.

    Schedule Of Classes

Typical Course Sequence

  FALL WINTER SPRING
FIRST YEAR:
  • CHM 141 
  • MTH 140 or MTH 151 
  • CHM 142 
  • MTH 141 or MTH 152 
  • CHM 205 or CHM 210 
  • MTH 152 or MTH 153 
SECOND YEAR:
  • CHM 220 
  • PHY 141 
     
  • CHM 221 
  • PHY 142 
     
  • CHM 222 
  • CHM 475 
  • PHY 143A/PHY 143C 

Note: MTH 152 should be completed no later than the Winter term of the second year.

Chemistry Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Chemistry.

Minor Requirements

At least 22 credit hours in chemistry, which must include at least 15 credit hours at or above the 200-level, must include CHM 210, and must cover two areas of chemistry.

Chemistry Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Internship

  • Nanophase Technologies, Romeoville, IL

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in chemistry have been accepted at:

  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Iowa


Careers

Recent graduates in chemistry include:

  • Chemist, Exelon, Chicago, IL
  • Chemist, Downers Grove Wastewater Treatment, Downers Grove, IL
  • Chemistry teacher, Naperville North High School, Naperville, IL
  • Chemist, BP Amoco, Naperville, IL
  • Chemist, Dow AgroSciences, Indianapolis, IN
  • Chemist, Flavors of North America, Geneva, IL
  • Forensic chemist, American Institute of Toxicology, Indianapolis, IN
  • Chemist, Los Alamos National Lab, Santa Fe, NM
  • Research and development engineer, Honeywell, Des Plaines, IL
  • Universal Oil Products, Riverside, IL
     

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