Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes it undergoes, and is relevant to all aspects of human life. Chemistry and the other natural sciences constitute (arguably) the dominant approach used by people to understand and manipulate our world. The knowledge we gain from scientific inquiry enables us to do many wonderful things in medicine, agriculture, engineering, and even in entertainment and play. Science is, and will continue to be, a key component of the quest to find solutions to problems of environmental degradation, disease, energy shortages, sustainable development, and food production.
Why study Chemistry at CMU?
CMU seeks to provide an opportunity for students to interact directly with chemists in order to expand their view of the world. CMU provides lab courses in Chemistry allowing students to complete the requirements of pre-professional training for education, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and other programs without leaving the CMU campus.
Scientific literacy is a necessary part of a modern education, but it is not sufficient in itself. At CMU, we aim to train skilled scientists who are also literate in theology, history, peace and justice, and the arts, and also to train theologians, historians, and artists whose thinking is scientifically informed. Science is a core component of all our B.A. programs. Above all, given that scientific inquiry is driven by curiosity about the world around us – God’s creation – we see science as a source of wonder, awe and inspiration as we encounter our world in all its beauty and its pain.
The following section contains a complete list of courses for its curriculum. For current course listings please see the Course Description section of our website.CHEM-1010/3 Structure and Modelling in Chemistry: An introduction to atomic and molecular structures, chemical bonding, chemical reactivity, to the bulk properties of matter, and the descriptive chemistry of the elements. Includes a laboratory requirement. A laboratory fee will be assessed.
Prerequisites: Applied Mathematics 40S or Pre-calculus Mathematics 40S, and Chemistry 40S (or equivalents).
CHEM-1020/3 Physical Chemistry: An introduction to topics including thermochemistry, chemical thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics. Includes a laboratory requirement. A laboratory fee will be assessed. Prerequisite: CHEM-1010.