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Chemistry

Often praised as the central science, chemistry serves as a bridge between other physical sciences, including biology, geology and physics. Chemistry is the study of matter, or the substance of physical objects, with a focus on composition, structure, properties and change. Atomic and molecular interactions and transformations are chemistry’s chief subject matter. Chemists are particularly interested in the properties of chemical bonds involved in the creation of chemical compounds.

Contact Information

Adam Prowatzke
Chemistry Instructor

aprowat@inverhills.edu
651-450-3415
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The Chemistry department at Inver Hills offers specialized and general courses, all with laboratory, that meet the requirements for two-year and four-year degrees in the physical and life sciences, including nursing.

If you have plans to major in chemistry, you should consider pursuing either an A.S. in Chemistry or an A.A. with an Emphasis in Chemistry. You should consult with an Inver Hills academic advisor or counselor when planning your academic career.


Degrees

Chemistry A.S. – 60 credits

Earning an Associate of Science in Chemistry will prepare you for transfer to a bachelor's degree program in chemistry, chemical engineering or pre-pharmacy.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Chemistry Curriculum – 30 credits

Course Number Title Credits
CHEM 1061 Principles of Chemistry I 5 cr
CHEM 1062 Principles of Chemistry II 5 cr
CHEM 2061 Organic Chemistry I 5 cr
CHEM 2062 Organic Chemistry II 5 cr
PHYS 1081 Calc-Based Physics I 1,2 5 cr
MATH 1133 Calculus I 2 5 cr
Total Credits: 30
1,2 Students may substitute PHYS 1041 to fulfill this requirement. Students should contact the college or university to which they plan to transfer.
2 Students should contact the college or university to which they plan to transfer for additional math and physics requirements.

Liberal Arts Curriculum – 30 credits

Course Number Title Credits
ENG 1108 Writing and Research Skills 4 cr
COMM 1100, 1110, 2230, or 2240 Communication 3 cr
Multiple History/Social Science/Behavioral Science
(See Goal 5 of MnTC)
3 cr
Multiple Humanities/Fine Arts/Literature
(See Goal 6 of MnTC)
3 cr
Multiple Goals 7-10, any course 3 cr
Multiple Liberal Arts Electives
(Restricted to MnTC courses)
14 cr
Total Credits: 30

A.A. with emphasis in Chemistry – 60 credits

This Associate of Arts program will introduce you to the field of chemistry as a whole. Your instructors will encourage you to discover your own favorite branch of study while preparing you to continue your education and earn a more advanced degree in chemistry, chemical engineering or pre-pharmacy.

As a student pursuing an A.A. with Emphasis in Chemistry, you will need to complete all requirements for a general A.A. degree and incorporate the specific requirements of the Chemistry emphasis. You are strongly advised to plan carefully with an Inver Hills academic advisor or counselor to tailor your emphasis to meet the requirements of your chosen four-year college or university.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Chemistry Curriculum – 18 credits

Course Number Title Credits
CHEM 1062 Principles of Chemistry II 5 cr
CHEM 2061 Organic Chemistry I 5 cr
CHEM 2062 Organic Chemistry II 3 cr
MATH 1133 Calculus I 5 cr
Total Credits: 18

MnTC Curriculum – 40 credits

Course Number Title Credits
MnTC Goal 1 Communication 3 courses
Recommended: ENG 1108 & 1111; COMM 1100 or 11100
9 cr
MnTC Goal 2 Critical Thinking 0 courses 0 cr
MnTC Goal 3a Natural Science 1 course
Recommended: BIOL 1114 or BIOL 1116
2-3 cr
MnTC Goal 3b Natural Science Required: CHEM 1061, 5cr & CHEM 2062, 2cr (3cr applied to emphasis above) 7 cr
MnTC Goal 4 Mathematical/Logical Reasoning 1 course
Recommended: MATH 1127
3-5 cr
MnTC Goal 5 History/Social Sciences/Behavioral Sciences 3 courses
Recommended: Choose courses satisfying 5/7, 5/8, 5/9 or 5/10
9 cr
MnTC Goal 6 Humanities/Fine Arts/Literature 3 courses (minimum of one course in each subcategory) 7-8 cr
MnTC Goal 7 Human Diversity 1 course (completed with recommendations)
MnTC Goal 8 Global Perspective 1 course (completed with recommendations)
MnTC Goal 9 Ethic and Civic Responsibility 1 course (completed with recommendations)
MnTC Goal 10 People and the Environment 1 course (completed with recommendations)
Total Credits: 40

Health and Physical Education – 2 credits

Course Number Title Credits
Required: Physical Education 1 cr
Required: Health 1 cr
Total Credits: 2
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Course Descriptions

CHEM 1010  Introductory Chemistry   4.0 cr

Introduces basic principles and concepts of chemistry to students who previously have had no chemistry or who desire a basic review of chemistry. This course is a lab science course designed for non-science majors and for students who need a basic chemistry course before enrolling in college chemistry. Approved safety goggles and a lab apron are required. Prerequisites: MATH 0820 or MATH 0840 with a grade of "C" or higher OR higher level math placement, either within the last 2 years.

CHEM 1061  Principles of Chemistry I   5.0 cr

Includes study of basic chemical theory and application with emphasis upon atomic theory and structure, chemical bonding, inorganic chemical nomenclature, chemical reactions, reaction stoichiometry, periodic relationships, molecular structure, properties of gases and the kinetic molecular theory. The lab component of this course provides the student with the opportunity to apply chemical concepts through observation, data collection, quantitative measurement, problem analysis, and mathematical applications to chemistry. Approved safety goggles and a lab apron are required. Prerequisites: MATH 0940 with a grade of "C" or higher OR higher level placement, either within the last 2 years. Recommended: CHEM 1010 or a full year of advanced high school chemistry within the last 2 years and with a grade of "C" or higher.

CHEM 1062  Principles of Chemistry II   5.0 cr

Continues CHEM 1061 with emphasis on thermochemistry, properties of liquids and solids, properties of aqueous solutions, principles of kinetics, acid-base concepts, solution chemistry applied to chemical equilibria of weak electrolytes, saturated aqueous solutions of slightly soluble salts and complex ions, and basic concepts of thermodynamics. The lab component of this course provides the student with the opportunity to apply chemical concepts through observation, data collection, quantitative measurement, problem analysis and mathematical applications to chemistry. Approved safety goggles and a lab apron are required. Prereq: CHEM 1061.

CHEM 2061  Organic Chemistry I   5.0 cr

Is intended for students pursuing a major in chemistry, biology, chemical or material science engineering, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and a variety of medical fields. The course includes a review of basic chemical concepts applied to organic compounds, the role of covalent bonding in organic compounds, functional groups, resonance, structural isomerism, an overview of organic nomenclature, chemical properties of alkanes, stereochemistry, substitution and elimination reactions, free-radical reactions, preparation and reactions of alcohols, ethers and epoxides. The lab component of the course provides the student experience with lab techniques applied to organic chemistry. Prereq: CHEM 1062.

CHEM 2062  Organic Chemistry II   5.0 cr

Is a continuation of CHEM 2061 that includes the study of IR and NMR spectroscopy, the chemistry of alkenes, alkynes, aromatic compounds, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, conjugate addition reactions, enolates and carbanions, amines and an introduction to some biochemical organic compounds. The lab component of the course provides the student experience with obtaining and interpreting IR spectra for reactants and products in organic reactions, synthesis and isolation of products from reaction mixtures, identification methods for selected families of organic compounds and analytic techniques used in the identification of organic compounds. Prereq: CHEM 2061.

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Careers in chemistry, the central science, are linked to a huge variety of subdisciplines, including biochemistry, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, agrochemistry, marine chemistry and many more. As a chemistry major, you will develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential for rewarding careers in scientific research and health care, including pharmacy.

As a chemistry major you will develop the following skills:

  • Understanding the scientific method
  • Setting up experiments
  • Using scientific equipment
  • Applying laboratory techniques and procedures
  • Gathering, organizing and analyzing data

The list of potential jobs in the chemistry field. The list below represents only a fraction of the careers available:

  • Agricultural chemist
  • Atmospheric chemist
  • Biochemistry research scientist
  • Clinical chemist
  • Environmental chemist
  • Food chemist
  • Forensic chemist
  • Industrial chemist
  • Medical chemist
  • Oceanographic chemist
  • Pharmaceutical chemist
  • Physical research chemist
  • Process control chemist
  • Standards chemist
  • Theoretical chemist
  • Water purification chemist

Below are just a few examples of possible career paths that can start with an A.S. in Chemistry or an A.A. with Emphasis in Chemistry from Inver Hills.

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Why Inver Hills?

Completing your freshman and sophomore chemistry obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. Discover ways to help society by developing innovative materials used in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, agriculture, textile, and engineering fields
  2.  Transform everyday raw materials into amazing compounds
  3. Examine the complexity and building blocks of everyday objects we take for granted
  4. Receive an excellent education with one-on-one interactions with chemistry faculty
  5. Get hands-on experience in superb chemistry labs
  6. Save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt *

* On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.2 trillion, which is greater than credit card debt and auto loan debt combined. In Minnesota, the average debt for four-year grads tops $30,000; 70 percent carry a student debt load.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars. It's a no-brainer.

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