CHEMISTRY | Successful Reactions


Our chemistry majors say they feel better prepared in their careers or in graduate school than their peers from other schools. Why? Baker students have extensive opportunities to conduct research and get hands-on experience with the latest equipment. And small class sizes ensure close work with faculty in the classroom and laboratory.

PREPARATION FOR MEDICAL SCHOOL

Baker students are accepted into medical school at a 87% rate. The national average is around 40%.

GET READY FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL

Our chemistry students have earned scholarships to major research programs, including the University of Kansas and Vanderbilt University.

ORIGINAL RESEARCH

Our lab courses feature student-designed research projects, and most of our chemistry majors partner with a faculty member to pursue original projects.

INTERNSHIPS & SUMMER RESEARCH

Many students find internships or full-time summer work with doctors and professional chemists or in research programs at major universities.

SCIENCE AT BAKER UNIVERSITY

Baker science graduates go on to become doctors, researchers, educators, and even water slide engineers. How does Baker prepare students for success after graduation? What are some of our recent alumni doing now? Watch the video to find out!

ANDREW | Biology & Chemistry Major, Class of 2017

“The faculty do an excellent job in presenting difficult and abstract concepts in a way that is accessible to students, which translates directly into Baker’s outstanding acceptance rates into medical, dental, and pharmacy schools. Due to Baker University’s outstanding science curriculum and devoted faculty, I feel fully prepared for the MCAT and higher education in preparation for a career in the medical field.”

CLINT | Chemistry & Physics Major, Class of 2016

“My favorite part of the Chemistry Department here at Baker is the one-on-one attention you get from your professors. At larger schools in the difficult general chemistry and organic chemistry courses you would be one in several hundred students. Here at Baker you get the opportunity to form personal relationships with faculty members and this makes all the difference in being successful in these courses.”

RYAN | Chemistry Major, Class of 2017

“The opportunity to learn something new every day is a great part of the program because there are a variety of courses offered, and a wide range of information is covered. Plus, the faculty have a personal interest they display in their students’ education. They genuinely care that students are learning the course material and their ability to alter their lecture methods to adapt to their students’ learning styles is also pretty special. They’re very approachable and helpful when students need extra help on assignments.”

CAREERS

Need more proof that Baker’s chemistry program prepares students for the future? Check out some of the jobs our chemistry majors have gotten after graduating:

  • Chief scientist at Oncimmune, which develops technology for early cancer detection
  • Forensic chemist for the FBI
  • Analysts in environmental chemistry and chemical synthesis
  • Chemistry professors and teachers
  • Medical doctors
  • Researchers

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of graduates are employed full time or enrolled in graduate school within six months of receiving their diploma.

Course Descriptions

R: course can be repeated for credit; P/NC: course graded on a pass/no credit basis

Courses required for these programs are listed in the current catalog.

CH 120 – Basic Chemistry

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of chemistry. Topics include the structure and nature of atoms; chemical reactions and stoichiometry; gases; solutions; acids, bases, and salts; oxidation and reduction reactions; and nuclear chemistry. Prerequisite or co-requisite: Math Proficiency Phase II. (3 credit hours)

CH 121 – Basic Chemistry Laboratory

This course is an optional laboratory component for Basic Chemistry (CH 120). It is designed for students, such as pre-nursing, who require a one-semester laboratory introductory course and should not be taken by students intending to take additional courses in chemistry or to concentrate in the sciences. Permission to enroll will be granted only under these conditions. Prerequisites: CH 120 and permission of instructor. (1 credit hour)

CH 131 – Chemistry: Principles and Applications

This course is a one-semester application-based survey of chemistry. This course will survey some required chemistry background (atomic structure, molecular structure and bonding, thermochemistry, IMFs, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry) before applying this knowledge to various topics of interest. The goals for this course are to provide students with a solid foundation in both chemistry concepts and how chemistry applies to our everyday lives. (3 credit hours)

CH 137 – General Chemistry I

This course is an introduction to the principles and applications of inorganic chemistry. Topics include the structure of atoms and molecules; chemical stoichiometry; descriptive inorganic chemistry and the periodic table; properties of gases, liquids and solutions; elementary thermodynamic;, kinetics; and equilibrium. The laboratory includes the investigation of physicochemical principles and qualitative analysis. The course consists of three lectures and one laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: MA 145. Co-requisite: CH 137 Lab. (4 credit hours)

CH 138 – General Chemistry II

This course is a continuation and expansion of the material in CH 137. Topics include electrochemistry, atomic spectra and structure, chemical bonding and molecular structure, and a more detailed investigation of chemical periodicity and equilibria. Normally students enrolled in CH 138 should also be enrolled in CH 140, which is a prerequisite for all subsequent chemistry courses. Prerequisite: CH 137 or permission of the instructor. (3 credit hours)

CH 140 – Quantitative Analysis

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of standard methods of analysis. The concepts of stoichiometry and equilibrium are emphasized, and the laboratory provides practice in gravimetric, volumetric, potentiometric, and spectrophotometric procedures. The course consists of one lecture and one laboratory session per week. Prerequisite or co-requisite: CH 138. (2 credit hours)

CH 251, 252 – Organic Chemistry I, II

This course is an introductory study of the structure and reactivity of organic compounds. Topics include bonding, resonance, acid-base theory, spectroscopy, stereochemistry, nomenclature, and named reactions. Laboratory work includes basic techniques, organic qualitative analysis, kinetics, and basic reactions. The course consists of three lectures and one laboratory session per week. Prerequisites: CH 138 and 140 for CH 251; CH 251 for CH 252. (4 credit hours)

CH 341 – Instrumental Methods of Analysis

The theory and practice of physicochemical and instrumental methods of analysis are presented. Areas covered are spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, chromatography, electroanalytical methods, and areas of current interest. The course consists of three lectures and one laboratory session per week. Prerequisite: CH 252. (4 credit hours)

CH 350 – Environmental Chemistry

This course will examine the numerous relationships between chemistry and the environment. The course will investigate how chemistry can be used in the analysis and mitigation of current problems as well as the minimization of new ones. Students also will be introduced to some of the regulations and documentation required for environmental work. Prerequisite: CH 252. Recommended: CH 341. (3 credit hours)

CH 361 – Physical Chemistry I (Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry)

This course introduces the basic principles of physical chemistry. Principles of thermodynamics, equilibrium, classical kinetics, and quantum mechanics are developed. The course consists of three lectures per week. Prerequisites: PC 226 and CH 252. Co-requisite: CH 363 is strongly encouraged. (3 credit hours)

CH 362 – Physical Chemistry II (Applications of Physical Chemistry)

This course expands on the principles outlined in CH 361 and covers statistical thermodynamics, dynamics, transport phenomena, and spectroscopy. The course consists of three lectures per week. Prerequisite: CH 361. Co-requisite: CH 364. (3 credit hours)

CH 363 – Integrated Chemistry Lab I: Spectroscopy

Lab exercises will focus on the application of spectroscopic methods to chemical problems, especially those in inorganic chemistry. Application of spectroscopic methods of analysis to biochemical problems will also be incorporated. In addition to laboratory techniques, error analysis, report-writing, and data analysis will be emphasized. The course consists of one 4-hour lab per week. Pre-requisites: PC 226 and CH 252 or permission of instructor. Co-requisite: CH 361 or permission of instructor. (1 credit hour)

CH 364 – Integrated Chemistry Lab II: Materials

Lab exercises will focus on the study of materials, especially inorganic and polymeric materials. The principles of physical chemistry (kinetics, thermodynamics, and spectroscopy) will be applied to the characterization of materials. Rheological applications will also be introduced. In addition to laboratory techniques, error analysis, report writing, and data analysis will be emphasized. The course consists of one 4-hour lab per week. Prerequisites: CH 361 or permission of instructor. Co-requisite: CH 362 or permission of instructor. (1 credit hour)

CH 370 – Biochemistry

This is an introduction to the chemistry of biological compounds and their structure and reactions in living organisms. Topics include structures of amino acids, proteins, and enzymes; mechanisms of enzyme and coenzyme action; the structure and role of carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids; intermediary metabolic pathways; and the biosynthesis of proteins. Prerequisite: CH 252. (3 credit hours)

CH 381, 382 – Laboratory Teaching in Chemistry

This course provides practical experience in laboratory instruction. Students assist in teaching a laboratory section of a lower-level chemistry course. Students wishing to be certified to teach chemistry must complete at least one credit hour; the course is also recommended for students intending to go on to graduate school. These courses may be taken for a maximum of 3 credit hours. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (1-2 credit hours)

CH 397, 398 – Chemical Research

Qualified junior and senior students work closely with a faculty member in the program on a problem of current interest. The course is offered by individual arrangement, and the student must discuss the project with the appropriate faculty member well in advance of pre-registration. Prerequisites: CH 252 and permission of the instructor. (1-3 credit hours)

CH 440 – Advanced Topics in Analytical Chemistry

This course offers an advanced examination of selected topics in analytical chemistry. Prerequisite: CH 341. (3 credit hours)

CH 451 – Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry

This course offers an advanced examination of selected topics in organic chemistry. Prerequisite: CH 252. (3 credit hours)

CH 460 – Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry

This course offers an advanced examination of selected topics in physical chemistry. Prerequisite: CH 252 and 362. (3 credit hours)

CH 475 – Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry

This course offers an advanced examination of selected topics in inorganic chemistry. Prerequisite: CH 252. (3 credit hours)

CH 481, 482 – Laboratory Teaching in Chemistry

This course provides practical experience in laboratory instruction. Students assist in teaching a laboratory section of a lower-level chemistry course. Students wishing to be certified to teach chemistry must complete at least one credit hour; the course is also recommended for students intending to go on to graduate school. These courses may be taken for a maximum of 3 credit hours. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (1-2 credit hours)

CH 491 – Chemistry Seminar

This course is a survey of the chemical literature in which extensive use will be made of Chemical Abstracts and current journals. The student must select a topic of interest, research the literature, and present a paper. Prerequisite: Senior status. (2 credit hours)

CH 497, 498 – Chemical Research

Qualified junior and senior students work closely with a faculty member in the program on a problem of current interest. The course is offered by individual arrangement, and the student must discuss the project with the appropriate faculty member well in advance of pre-registration. Prerequisites: CH 252 and permission of the instructor. (1-3 credit hours)

Do you want to teach chemistry?
Baker University’s undergraduate education programs license teachers in chemistry (6-12). Students pursuing a degree in education and teacher licensure work closely with faculty advisors from the School of Education to fulfill the requirements for a degree from Baker University and teacher licensure in Kansas. Candidates are required to complete education course work and the required course work in at least one content area. Learn More >>

Scholarships

The Department of Biology and Chemistry gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Biology
  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Chemistry
  • Howard T. Bonnett Scholarship and Mrs. Ivan L. Boyd Memorial Scholarship
  • Margaret E. Scanlon Endowed Memorial Scholarship
  • E.J. Cragoe Scholarship
  • Chemical Rubber Company Press Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award
  • Sonia Browning Endowed Scholarship
  • Doris Cink and Kathryn Zimney Endowed Scholarship

Academic Recognition

  • Outstanding Senior in Biology
  • Outstanding Senior in Chemistry
  • Outstanding Junior in Biology
  • Outstanding Sophomore in Biology
  • Outstanding Freshman in Biology

STUDENT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

DIALOGOS RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
Dialogos creates opportunities for the free exchange of ideas among scholars. Students from every part of the academy present original works, in a variety of forms and mediums, and engage with an interdisciplinary community of peers, staff and faculty. The symposium also features a keynote address from a prominent Baker alum. Through open and critical discussion, participants learn from and contribute to the betterment of the whole. At Dialogos, to quote John Wesley, we "think and let think."
Dialogos creates opportunities for the free exchange of ideas among scholars. Students from every part of the academy present original works, in a variety of forms and mediums, and engage with an interdisciplinary community of peers, staff and faculty. The symposium also features a keynote address from a prominent Baker alum. Through open and critical discussion, participants learn from and contribute to the betterment of the whole. At Dialogos, to quote John Wesley, we "think and let think."
BOOK Program
Students are encouraged to participate in the BOOK Program (Baker Organizational Observation for Knowledge) to enhance their internship experiences. The program encourages students to look deeper into organizations by researching the history, mission, structure, products and services, finances and management of the company. At the conclusion of the program, presentations are given in front of a panel of judges who choose the winner of a cash prize.
BOOK Program
Students are encouraged to participate in the BOOK Program (Baker Organizational Observation for Knowledge) to enhance their internship experiences. The program encourages students to look deeper into organizations by researching the history, mission, structure, products and services, finances and management of the company. At the conclusion of the program, presentations are given in front of a panel of judges who choose the winner of a cash prize.

FACULTY

Molly AndersonMolly Anderson

Assistant Professor of Laboratory Instruction | molly.anderson@bakerU.edu

B.S. Baker University, M.S. Johns Hopkins University
Office: Boyd Science Center 303 | 785.594.4549

Michael Barbush

Dr. Michael Barbush

Professor of Chemistry, R. Milford White Chair in Chemistry | michael.barbush@bakerU.edu

B.S. Baker University; M.A., Ph.D. Washington University
Expertise: organic chemistry, biochemistry
Office: Boyd Science Center 301 | 785.594.8310

Dr. Jamin Perry

Assistant Professor of Chemistry | jamin.perry@bakerU.edu
B.S. Missouri Southern State University, Ph.D. University of Missouri at Columbia
Expertise: physical chemistry
Office: Boyd Science Center 302 | 785.594.8326

CONTACT US

Kathy Wright
Department Assistant
Biology & Chemistry
Math, Physics, & Computer Science
Office: Boyd Science Center 227
785.594.8419
kathy.wright@bakerU.edu