The Chemistry major at Tusculum College is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the four principle subdisciplines - organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry and inorganic chemistry.
The curriculum for the Chemistry major is designed to develop and maintain skills in critical thinking, analytical reading and writing, and public speaking. Service learning and community involvement are important components of the curriculum and are encouraged at every opportunity.
COURSEWORK IN CHEMISTRY
General Chemistry I
This course will cover general concepts and theories of chemistry. These topics will include atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, reactions in solution, gases, periodic table, covalent bonding molecular geometry, and thermo chemistry.
General Chemistry II
A continuation of CHEM 101. Topics will include liquids and solids, solution chemistry, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acid base reactions, spontaneity and introduction to organic chemistry.
Organic Chemistry I
A study of the structure, reactivity and synthesis of several classes of organic compounds including alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, aromatic hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, alcohols, phenols. Stereochemistry of organic compounds will also be covered.
Organic Chemistry II
A study of the structure, reactivity, and synthesis of several classes of organic compounds including ethers, epoxides, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives and amines. Some of the instrumental techniques used to identify and quantitative organic compounds will be discussed.
Theory and methods of volumetric and gravimetric analysis with an introduction to instrumental methods of analysis.
Theory and methods of instrumental analysis and separation.
Physical Chemistry I
A study of chemical thermodynamics, solutions, chemical equilibria, and reaction kinetics.
Physical Chemistry II
A continuation of Physical Chemistry II. A study of electrochemistry, solids, liquids, gases, and atomic and molecular structure.
The principles of inorganic chemistry are presented. Topics covered to include atomic structure, symmetry, bonding theories, acids and bases, coordination chemistry, and organometallic chemistry. Environmental Chemistry A course designed to acquaint students with the chemical mechanisms underlying environmental problems. Topics of study will include chemistry of natural waters and waste waters, inorganic water pollution, chemistry of soils and the atmosphere, toxicology and hazardous wastes.
Introduction to biological molecules and their chemistry in living systems. Topics include proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, metabolism, lipids and nucleic acids.