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:

Required Support Courses for the B.S. Degree

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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