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Skidmore College
Chemistry Department

Courses for Academic Year 20182019 

If you're interested in majoring in chemistry, please compare these courses offered with the recommended sequence of courses for a chemistry major to take each semester to satisfy all requirements of the chemistry major (with or without the biochemistry concentration) in a timely fashion.


Fall 2018

CH 115 Fundamentals of Chemistry with Lab

CH 125 Principles of Chemistry

CH 221 Organic Chemistry I

CH 222 Organic Chemistry II

CH 314 Inorganic Chemistry with Lab

CH 332 Physical Chemistry I with Lab or CH330 Physical Chemistry I without Lab

CH 341 Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function with Lab

CH 342 Biochemistry: Intermediary Metabolism

CH 343 Experimental Biochemistry Laboratory  

CH 351C Special Topics In Chemistry    

The Chemistry of Arts and Crafts   Instructor:  Kimberley Frederick

This course will be divided into two sections:  exploring the chemistry of art processes and analyzing the composition of art objects. As artists and craftspeople know well, it is critically important to understand their materials (paints, metals, fibers) in order to produce art.  We will begin with a molecular level approach and build up to understand the bulk level artistic effect.  With student input some art processes that we might investigate include fiber dyeing, metal redox processes (such as anodizing and patinas), ceramics and glazing, and synthesis and mixing of pigments into paints.  The other half of the course will involve analysis of art objects to determine their composition and authenticity.  Class meetings will be a combination of lecture, article discussion and experimentation with the art processes and analysis techniques.  3 credits.  Prerequisite:  CH125 Principles of Chemistry 

CH 377 Senior Seminar In Chemistry and Biochemistry

Research courses by special permission of instructors: CH 171 Introduction to Chemical Research, CH 271 Intermediate Chemical Research, and CH 371 Capstone in Chemistry

Professional Internship in Chemistry courses by faculty sponsorship and departmental approval: CH 299 and CH 399


Spring 2019

CH 126 Principles of Chemistry

CH 126 has the same course description as CH 125.   CH 126 is only offered in the Spring semester and has a prerequisite of CH 115.

CH 221 Organic Chemistry I

CH 222 Organic Chemistry II

CH 232 Analytical Methods in Chemistry

CH 333 Physical Chemistry II with Lab

CH 341 Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function with Lab

CH 342 Biochemistry: Intermediary Metabolism

CH 343 Experimental Biochemistry Laboratory  

CH 351C Special Topics In Chemistry    

Bioinorganic Chemistry  Instructor:  Steven Frey

This course explores the role of metal ions in biological systems.  Although biology is generally associated with organic chemistry, metallic elements are found naturally in biological systems and are known to be essential for life.  Additionally, metallic compounds are introduced artificially as probes of biomolecules or pharmaceuticals.  Specific topics will include properties of metal ions that influence their biological role, physical methods and spectroscopic techniques used in bioinorganic chemistry, transport and storage of metal ions, metalloproteins, the interaction of metal ions with nucleic acids, and metal ions in medicine.  Special emphasis will be given to the application of fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry in understanding the structure and function of metal ions serving biological roles.  3 credits.  Prerequisite: CH314 Inorganic Chemistry

CH 378 Senior Seminar In Chemistry and Biochemistry

Research courses by special permission of instructors: CH 171 Introduction to Chemical Research, CH 271 Intermediate Chemical Research, and CH 371 Capstone in Chemistry

Professional Internship in Chemistry courses by faculty sponsorship and departmental approval: CH 299 and CH 399