Office: Knott Hall, Room 306
Chair: Birgit Albrecht, Associate Professor
Professors: Timothy J. McNeese (emeritus); Melvin P. Miller (emeritus); David F. Roswell (emeritus); Norbert M. Zaczek (emeritus)
Associate Professors: Birgit Albrecht; Brian K. Barr; Elizabeth E. Dahl; Jesse D. More; Daniel M. Perrine (emeritus)
Assistant Professors: Courtney J. Hastings; Theresa P.T. Nguyen
Lecturer: John T. Hendrix
Affiliate Faculty: James F. Salmon, S.J., Heather R. Schmidt
The Loyola chemistry curriculum is designed to provide undergraduates with a sound education in the fundamental areas of modern chemistry. The curriculum prepares chemistry majors to comprehend and interpret concepts, ideas, and relationships within the broader field of chemistry. Students who complete all required courses in the Chemistry program receive a Bachelor of Science (BS) certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS).
Students planning to attend dental or medical school should take at least a minimum of BL 118 /BL 119 and BL 121 /BL 126 as elective courses. For students interested in graduate studies, MA 304 and MA 351 are recommended as elective courses. For students interested in biochemistry/molecular biology, the Biochemistry major is recommended. This specialized major provides students with a strong foundation for graduate/professional studies in areas such biochemistry, molecular biology, and the various health professions. A chemistry minor is also available. CH 110 and CH 114 may be elected in partial fulfillment of the natural science core requirement for the non-natural science major.
The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department has developed five learning aims for the chemistry major:
- Students will develop a firm understanding in the general principles of chemistry. This will take place through foundational chemistry courses, which are those typically taken by majors during their first two years at Loyola.
- Students will develop a firm understanding of detailed knowledge in specific areas of chemistry. Students take advanced courses in to each of the five major areas of chemistry: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. These advanced courses are typically taken by majors during their third and fourth years at Loyola.
- Students will develop and learn experimental techniques in the five major areas of chemistry.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of chemistry through written reports. The purposes of writing in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department are to determine what a student has learned; if the student can express that knowledge clearly; if the student can analyze what was read or studied; and if the student is capable of original thought.
- Students will learn to apply quantitative techniques and computational methods in the analysis of chemistry and chemical problems.