Chemistry

Chemists are the driving force behind advancing technology. At BVU, there are two tracks available in chemistry – professional and liberal arts – allowing students to customize their career path or continue on to graduate or professional school.

A foundation in research

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:

  • Healthcare
  • Ethanol industry
  • Semi-conductor industry
  • Academia
  • Food and pharmaceutical industries

BVU’s chemistry program gives students a solid base in the foundational areas of general, organic, and physical chemistry that allows them to springboard into an area of focus that appeals to them. Each student completes an undergraduate research project alongside faculty that culminates into a presentation and research paper. Many students also land internships in large research labs or clinical settings.

 

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State of the art Facility

The Estelle Siebens Science Center

The Estelle Siebens Science Center is a state-of-the-art facility where students can learn through intimate, dynamic classes and experience chemistry firsthand. The department’s equipment includes a recently acquired nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer and gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC/MS) as well as a high quality FT-IR. Because of the size and scope of the program, institution, students have easy access to use this equipment and can learn how to apply techniques to real-world problems.

 

Chemistry in Action

Immerse yourself in the community

The Chemistry in Action club (CIA) is dedicated to increasing scientific literacy and excitement in the local schools by involving students in hands-on learning experiences.

Internships

  • University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • Montana State University
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Buena Vista Regional Medical Center
  • Walgreen’s Pharmacy

Careers

  • CVS, Pharmacist
  • Mangold Labs, Lab Technician

Graduate School

  • University of Iowa College of Pharmacy
  • Creighton School of Pharmacy

Major in Chemistry (55 credit hours)

Support Work

  • MATH 160 Calculus I: Differential Calculus
  • MATH 161 Calculus II: Integral Calculus
  • PHYS 211 General Physics I
  • PHYS 212 General Physics II: Calculus-Based

Major Courses

  • CHEM 151 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 152 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 200 Chemistry Research Methods
  • CHEM 261 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 262 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 300 Chemistry Research
  • CHEM 311 Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 321 Spectroscopy
  • CHEM 322 Chemical Separations
  • CHEM 353 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics
  • CHEM 354 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics
  • CHEM 355 Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 400 Chemistry Seminar

Student must take sufficient chemistry electives at the 300/400 level to reach the 55 credit hours required by the major. ENVS 312 may be used to obtain 4 credit hours of chemistry electives. BCHM 401 (Biochemistry) may be used to obtain four of the hours of chemistry electives. No more than 3 credits total of CHEM 300 or 495 may be applied toward the chemistry major.

Major in Chemistry - Liberal Arts (42 credit hours)

Support Work

  • MATH 160 Calculus I: Differential Calculus
  • PHYS 201 General Physics I: Trigonometry-Based or PHYS 211 General Physics I: Calculus-Based
  • PHYS 202 General Physics II: Trigonometry-Based or PHYS 212 General Physics II: Calculus-Based

Major Courses

  • CHEM 151 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 152 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 200 Chemistry Research Methods
  • CHEM 261 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 262 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 300 Chemistry Research or CHEM 495 Chemistry Internship
  • CHEM 311 Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 353 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics
  • CHEM 400 Chemistry Seminar

Sufficient chemistry electives at the 300/400 level to reach the 42 credit hours required by the major. ENVS 312 may be used to obtain 4 credit hours of chemistry electives. BCHM 401 (Biochemistry) may NOT be used to obtain four of the hours of chemistry electives. No more than 3 credits total of CHEM 300 or CHEM 495 may be applied toward the chemistry major.

Major in Chemistry with Teaching Licensure (5-12) (30 credit hours)

Only science education students. Must have 12 credit hours at 300/400 level. 30 credit hours in science with 24 hours in chemistry including:

  • CHEM 151 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 152 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 200 Chemistry Research Methods
  • CHEM 261 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 311 Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 400 Chemistry Seminar
  • 6 credits of chemistry electives (numbered above CHEM 152) to reach 24 credits in chemistry
  • 6 additional credit hours in science to reach a total of 30 credits
  • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Minor in Chemistry with Teaching Licensure (5-12) (24 credit hours)

  • CHEM 151 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 152 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 261 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 311 Analytical Chemistry
  • 8 additional credit hours in chemistry
  • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Minor in Chemistry (20 credit hours)

  • CHEM 151 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 152 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 261 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 311 Analytical Chemistry
  • 4 credit hours of chemistry electives

Faculty

Dr.   Timothy  Ehler

Timothy Ehler

Associate Professor of Chemistry

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Dr.   Melanie  Hauser

Melanie Hauser

Associate Professor of Chemistry

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Dr.   Lisa  Mellmann

Lisa Mellmann

Assistant Professor of Physical Science

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