Chemistry

Bachelor of Science

Degree Type

Major, Minor, Secondary Licensure

Department

Natural & Environmental Sciences (NES) Department

Chemistry is the study of the principles that govern matter and the chemical transformations of matter. Students learn basic theories and gain practical experience in inorganic, organic, analytical and physical chemistry. Supporting courses provide a foundation in calculus and physics while coordinated lab work reinforces the concepts and ideas presented in lectures. Students learn to use state-of-the-art instruments and work with faculty on original research projects.

Program Overview

Synthesize new molecules and discover life-saving antibiotic compounds.

In the program, you’ll learn foundational theories in inorganic, organic, analytical and physical chemistry and gain practical experience in state-of-the-art labs using sophisticated technological systems. To customize your education, you’ll have the opportunity to take specialized courses in calculus and physics and apply your knowledge in coordinated lab work.

If you want to start building your resume, you can work as a lab assistant and help conduct original research projects. Through these unique opportunities, you’ll gain the dynamic knowledge you need to pursue a successful career in pharmaceuticals, forensic science and medicine.

Hands-on labs

Students participate in lab experiments that emphasize techniques, instrumentation, and solution chemistry.

Courses

At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

Code Title Credits Description
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I (GT-SC2) 3 View
CHEM 112 General Chemistry Laboratory I (GT-SC1) 1 View
CHEM 113 General Chemistry II 3 View
CHEM 114 General Chemistry Laboratory II 1 View
CHEM 302 Chemical Information Literacy and Communication 3 View
CHEM 306 Analytical Chemistry (with laboratory) 4 View
CHEM 331 Organic Chemistry I 3 View
CHEM 332 Organic Chemistry II 3 View
CHEM 334 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1 View
CHEM 335 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1 View
CHEM 406 Instrumental Analysis (with laboratory) 4 View
CHEM 451 Physical Chemistry I 3 View
CHEM 452 Physical Chemistry II 3 View
CHEM 454 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2 View
CHEM 461 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3 View
CHEM 494 Research Problem in Chemistry 1-4 View
MATH 151 Calculus I (GT-MA1) 4 View
MATH 251 Calculus II 4 View
MATH 252 Calculus III 4 View
PHYS 200 General Physics I (with laboratory) (GT-SC1) 4 View
PHYS 201 General Physics II (with laboratory) (GT-SC1) 4 View
Fall (odd years) Spring (even years)
CHEM 100 Contemporary Chemistry
CHEM 101 Intro to Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I
CHEM 112 General Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 231 Intro to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
CHEM 234 Intro to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Lab
CHEM 306 Analytical Chemistry w/Lab
CHEM 331 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 334 Organic Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 451 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 471 Biochemistry I
CHEM 474 Biochemistry Lab
CHEM 100 Contemporary Chemistry
CHEM 101 Intro to Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 113 General Chemistry II
CHEM 114 General Chemistry Lab II
CHEM 231 Intro to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
CHEM 234 Intro to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Lab
CHEM 302 Chemical Information Literacy and Communication
CHEM 332 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 335 Organic Chemistry Lab II
CHEM 452 Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 454 Physical Chemistry Lab II
CHEM 472 Biochemistry II
Fall (even years) Spring (odd years)
CHEM 100 Contemporary Chemistry
CHEM 101 Intro to Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I
CHEM 112 General Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 306 Analytical Chemistry w/Lab
CHEM 331 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 334 Organic Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 451 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 461 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 471 Biochemistry I
CHEM 100 Contemporary Chemistry
CHEM 101 Intro to Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 113 General Chemistry II
CHEM 114 General Chemistry Lab II
CHEM 231 Intro to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
CHEM 234 Intro to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Lab
CHEM 302 Chemical Information Literacy and Communication
CHEM 332 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 335 Organic Chemistry Lab II
CHEM 406 Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 472 Biochemistry II w/Lab

 

Spotlight

Chemistry

Ryan Belson

Alumni

“Western is the reason I got into graduate school; it helped build my confidence and knowledge in my field.”

Chemistry

Eric Loewen

Alumni

“It’s a wonderful thing about Western,” Eric Loewen says, “you learn early on that relationships make the difference.”

Chemistry

Dr. Sean Markey

Alumni

"From truck driver to neurosurgeon—thanks to Western and its nurturing professors."

Chemistry

Angela Fioretti

Alumni

“I felt like Western was full of people who were a lot like me, and I had a sense that I found my people.”

Chemistry

Jeshurun Small

Student

“I found that since the program is smaller, it allows for better interaction between the students and faculty.”

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

The data below is automatically collected by Burning Glass Technologies, a firm that sources job market data and provides analytics. The statistics illustrate general trends in U.S. careers, but do not precisely represent every job and salary.

Scholarships

Eligibility

  • Students majoring in Biology or Chemistry

Description

This scholarship is provided by the family and friends of Aubrey W. Lawrence who served as Professor of Chemistry and Chairman of the Division of Natural Science and Mathematics.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Science Scholarship Selection Committee.

Application:

Contact the Natural & Environmental Sciences Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.2015 | Hurst Hall 128

Eligibility

  • Full-time juniors or seniors (qualified juniors shall be given preference over seniors)
  • Must be declared major in the Natural and Environmental Sciences Department
  • Must maintain at least 3.2 GPA
  • Recipients must follow Casey’s example of academic promise, love for the outdoors and service to fellow students demonstrated by volunteering in the community and involvement in campus activities and service.

Description

this scholarship is provided by the gifts by Bill and Monica McKenny, Casey’s parents, as well as other family members and friends.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Natural & Environmental Sciences faculty in consultation with the Dean of Students and Bill and Monica McKenny.

Application:

Contact the Natural & Environmental Sciences Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.2015 | Hurst Hall 128

Eligibility

  • Full-time Colorado residents who have a major in a field within the Natural & Environmental Science Department
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 minimum
  • Demonstrate financial need

Description

This scholarship is provided by Dr. James Nauman, who attended Western from 1945-49.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Sciences Scholarship Selection Committee.

Application:

Contact the Natural & Environmental Sciences Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.2015 | Hurst Hall 128

Eligibility

  • Full-time students who have declared a major in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics

Description

This scholarship is provided by the gifts from members of the Walker family to perpetuate the memory and to commemorate the service and devotion of C. Ralph and Florence Walker, who both served Western and the Gunnison community in an exemplary manner for many years. Professor Walker was Chairman of Western’s then Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:Sciences Scholarship Selection Committee.

Application:

Contact the Natural & Environmental Sciences Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.2015 | Hurst Hall 128

Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.

Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.

  • This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
  • Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
  • GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).

Due date has been extended to April 15 for 2021. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Board, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.

Apply

Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).

Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:

  • This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
  • Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
  • The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
  • The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
  • GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).

The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.

Apply

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Description

The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western’s highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.

There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student’s GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

Get Involved

Apply your education to the real-world.

Take your education outside of the classroom—build your professional network, gain practical experience and jump-start your career.

  • Chemistry Club: Members share their love of chemistry with the community in an annual demonstration that draws hundreds.
  • Healthcare Advisory Board: Dedicated to connecting students to meaningful shadowing and mentoring opportunities with representatives from ten different healthcare positions.
  • Lab Assistantships: Students often work as lab assistants after their first year.
  • Thornton Biology Research Program: Helps undergraduates do high-quality, original research in biology and related fields—including chemistry.

Chemistry solutions

Senior Patricia Wheeler Larsen works in the Chemistry Lab with Dr. Anne Ryter.

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Department Chairperson

Robin A. Bingham, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Administrative Assistant

Samantha Siegfried

Administrative Assistant for NES

Contact Information

970.943.2015

rbingham@western.edu

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Hurst Hall 128
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231