CHEMISTRY

Deerfield, IL


WHY STUDY CHEMISTRY AT TIU?

We believe that God is revealed in both his Word and in his world. A study of both is necessary to develop a healthy, biblical worldview while studying the sciences, like chemistry.  We will teach you to scientifically study the natural world in order to critically evaluate what you observe and gain a deeper understanding of God as he is revealed in the world, develop a sense of responsibility to the world, and appreciate aesthetically the wonders of the world. 

WHERE YOU STUDY MATTERS

Trinity is located in a peaceful wooded setting, just 25 miles north of downtown Chicago. This prime location offers some of the nation’s best school districts, a variety of ministry organizations, and 12 Fortune 500 companies within 12 miles of campus to apply practically what you are learning in the classroom. In addition, Trinity is close to many coffee shops, restaurants, cultural experiences, and recreational activities when you need a break from the books!

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO EARN MY DEGREE?

Most chemistry majors finish their degree in 4 years. Major requirements total 53-62 hours, depending on which emphasis you choose. This includes 28-36 hours of required chemistry courses, 12-31 hours of supporting courses, and 3-6 hours of bioethics courses.

DID YOU KNOW?

Trinity offers the chance to pursue a Master’s degree in Bioethics while you are completing your bachelor’s degree!

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The purpose of the Chemistry major is to prepare you for a possible professional career in industrial chemistry, medicine, forensic science, teaching, or further graduate studies.  Chemistry majors take courses in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, bioethics, scientific applications, research and analysis as well as gain professional experience in a chemistry-related field.

PERSONAL. PRACTICAL. BIBLICAL.

At Trinity, you’ll be equipped to think critically and biblically in every area of life as you are challenged to apply your faith to your coursework and classroom conversations. And instead of approaching general education as a checklist of courses to be completed, Trinity’s distinctive educational approach gives you the freedom to choose courses that are most interesting and relevant to you. Working closely with your faculty advisor, you can select from electives to enhance your major, apply toward a minor, create a double major, or simply experience something new. The choices are yours! All along the way, you’ll be cared for and supported, ensuring that you make the most of your college experience.

COURSEWORK:

Major requirements total 53-62 hours, depending on which emphasis you choose. This includes 28-36 hours of required chemistry courses, 12-31 hours of supporting courses, and 3-6 hours of bioethics courses. You’ll take courses such as:

  • General, Organic, and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems
  • Scientific Applications Professional Experience

EMPHASES

Your chemistry degree at Trinity can take your career in different directions depending on which emphasis you choose to pursue. Choose between one of these three:

  • Professional Chemistry
  • Pre-Med
  • Forensic Chemistry

Chemistry

CORE
Course Title Credits
Required Courses for General Education
CH 111 General Chemistry I 4 hours
MA 121 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 4 hours
Required Chemistry Courses
CH 112 General Chemistry II 4 hours
CH 211 Organic Chemistry I 4 hours
CH 212 Organic Chemistry I 4 hours
CH 312 Instrumental Analysis 4 hours
CH 320 Biochemistry 3 hours
CH 340 Laboratory in Chemistry 1 hour
CH 410 Chemistry Seminar 1 hour
Required Physics Supporting Courses
PH 111 General Physics I 4 hours
PH 112 General Physics II 4 hours
Required Bioethics Supporting Course
Choose one:
BE 474X
OR
BE 476X
Introduction to Bioethics
OR
Undergraduate Bioethics Institute
3 hours
Required Professional Experience
Choose one: 1–4 hours
BIO 306 Scientific Applications Professional Experience
 BIO 406 Advanced Scientific Applications
Professional Experience
 BIO 470 Undergraduate Research
CH 306 Scientific Applications Professional Experience
CH 406 Advanced Scientific Applications
Professional Experience
CH 442 Undergraduate Research*
Total Hours 41–44 hours
* CH 442 also fulfills the professional experience requirement for graduation.
PROFESSIONAL CHEMISTRY EMPHASIS
Requirements for the Chemistry major with Professional Chemistry emphasis total a minimum of 53 hours. This includes 36 hours of required Chemistry courses, 12 hours in supporting courses and 5-6 hours of Bioethics courses. An additional 7 hours fulfill general education requirements.
Course Title Credits
Required Chemistry Courses
CH 311 Quantitative Analysis 4 hours
CH 411 Inorganic Chemistry 3 hours
CH 412 Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems 4 hours
CH 442 Undergraduate Research 4 hours
Required Mathematics Supporting Courses
MA 122 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 4 hours
Required Bioethics Supporting Course
Choose one: 2–3 hours
BE 475X Topics in Bioethics
BE 477X Undergraduate National Conference
BE 5200 Research Ethics
Total hours 21-22 hours
PRE-MEDICAL EMPHASIS
Students having a Chemistry major with a Pre-Medical emphasis should be aware of unique opportunities for conferences, internships, and experiences associated with the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity on Trinity’s campus, as well as the MA in Bioethics Dual Degree through Trinity Graduate School.  Requirements for the Chemistry major with Pre-Medical emphasis total a minimum of 59–60 hours. This includes 29 hours of required Chemistry courses, 27–28 hours in supporting courses and 3 hours of Bioethics courses. An additional 11 hours fulfill general education requirements.
Course Title Credits
Required General Education
BIO 111 General Biology 4 hours
Required Chemistry Courses
CH 311 Quantitative Analysis 4 hours
CH 412 Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems 4 hours
Required Biology Supporting Courses
BIO 340 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 hours
BIO 341 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 hours
Choose three: 11–12 Hours
 BIO 310 Microbiology
BIO 315 Genetics
BIO 320 Immunology
BIO 420 Cell and Molecular Biology
BIO 430 Developmental Biology
Electives (highly recommended additional courses)
PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 3 hours
Choose one: 3–4 hours
MA 280X Introductory Statistics
MA 285X Statistics
Choose one: 3 hours
PSY 335 Child Development
PSY 337 Psychology of Adolescence
PSY 339 Adult Development
Total hours 40–42 Hours
FORENSIC CHEMISTRY EMPHASIS
Requirements for the Chemistry major with Forensic Science emphasis total a minimum of 61–62 hours. This includes 28 hours of required Chemistry courses, 30-31 hours in supporting courses and 3 hours of Bioethics courses. An additional 8 hours fulfill general education requirements.
Course Title Credits
Required Chemistry Courses
CH 105X Introduction to Forensic Science 3 hours
CH 412 Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems 4 hours
Required Biology Supporting Courses
BIO 340 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 hours
BIO 341 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 hours
BIO 315 Genetics 4 hours
BIO 445 Pathophysiology 3 hours
Choose two: 7–8 hours
BIO 310 Microbiology
BIO 420 Cell and Molecular Biology
BIO 320 Immunology
Electives (highly recommended additional courses)
HS 6401 Pharmacology and Ergogenic Aids 3 hours
BIO 5340 Gross Anatomy 3 hours
Total Hours 36–37 Hours

CAREER OUTCOMES:

Analytical chemist Pharmacologist
Biotechnologist Research scientist
Chemical engineer Toxicologist
Chemistry teacher Forensic scientist

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