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Department of Chemistry

Keith Carron, Department Head
403 Physical Sciences Building
Phone: (307) 766-4363, FAX: (307) 766-2807
Website: http://www.uwyo.edu/chemistry/

Professors

DAVID T. ANDERSON, B.S. George Washington University 1987; Ph.D. Dartmouth College 1993; Professor of Chemistry 2012.
KEITH T. CARRON, B.A. Washington University 1980; M.S. Northwestern University 1981; Ph.D. 1985; Professor of Chemistry 1998, 1988.
EDWARD L. CLENNAN, B.S. University of Wisconsin-River Falls 1973; Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison 1977; Professor of Chemistry 1989, 1979.
BRUCE A. PARKINSON, B.S. Iowa State University 1972; Ph.D. California Institute of Technology 1977; Professor of Chemistry 2008.
DEAN M. RODDICK, B.S. University of California-Berkeley 1979; Ph.D. California Institute of Technology 1984; Professor of Chemistry 1997, 1986.

Associate Professors

FRANCO BASILE, B.S. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 1986; Ph.D. Purdue University 1992; Associate Professor of Chemistry 2009, 2003.
ROBERT C. CORCORAN, B.S. University of Chicago 1978; Ph.D. Columbia University 1983; Associate Professor of Chemistry 1992.
DEBASHIS DUTTA, B. Tech Indian Institute of Technology 1998; Ph.D. University of Notre Dame 2003; Associate Professor of Chemistry 2011, 2006.
JOHN O. HOBERG, B.A. Jamestown College 1984; Ph.D. Montana State University 1990; Associate Professor of Chemistry 2004.
JAN KUBELKA, M.S. Charles University of Prague 1996; Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago 2002; Associate Professor of Chemistry 2011.

Assistant Professors

MILAN BALAZ, M.S. Comenius University 1999; Ph.D. Université Louis Pasteur 2003; Assistant Professor of Chemistry 2012, 2008.
TERESA LEHMANN DELLA VOLPE, B.S. Universidad Central de Venezuela 1987; Ph.D. University of Minnesota 1997; Assistant Professor of Chemistry 2012, 2008.
BRIAN M. LEONARD, B.S. University of Nebraska at Kearney 2003; Ph.D. Texas A&M 2008; Assistant Professor of Chemistry 2012, 2010.
KRISZTINA VARGA, B.S. St. John's University 1996; M.A. Columbia University 2001; Ph.D. 2005. Assistant Professor of Chemistry 2010.
JING ZHOU, B.S. Xiamen University 1997; Ph.D. University of South Carolina 2004; Assistant Professor of Chemistry 2012, 2007.

Research Faculty

NAVAMONEY ARULSAMY, B.Sc. Madurai-Kamaraj University, India 1982; M.Sc. 1986; Ph.D. University of Hyderabad, India 1991; Associate Research Scientist 2008, 2005.
KEITH T. CARRON, B.A. Washington University 1980; M.S. Northwestern University 1981; Ph.D. 1983; Professor of Chemistry 1998, 1988.

Adjunct Professors

YURI DAHNOVSKY, Ph.D. Institute of Chemical Physics, Moscow 1983; Adjunct Professor of Chemistry 2001.
MAOHONG FAN, Ph.D. Osaka University 2003; Adjunct Associate Professor of Chemistry 2009.

Associate Lecturer

CARLA DEE BECKETT, B.S. University of Wyoming 1991; M.S. 2007; Associate Lecturer of Chemistry 2012, 2011.

Senior Lecturer

PATRICIA A. GOODSON, B.S. University of Alabama 1983; M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison 1986; Ph.D. University of Wyoming 1990; Senior Lecturer of Chemistry 2008, 1999.
MICHAEL S. SOMMER, B.A. Queens College, CUNY 1984; M.A. 1985; A.M. Harvard University 1987; Ph.D. 1996; Senior Lecturer of Chemistry 2011, 2001.

Professors Emeritus

Vernon Archer, Daniel A. Buttry, Geoffrey Coates, Clyde Edmiston, Anthony Guzzo, Suzanne Harris, Robert Hurtubise, David Jaeger, John Maurer, E.G. Meyer, David A. Nelson, Lewis Noe

Chemistry

Chemistry is one of the fundamental physi- cal sciences dealing with the structure and properties of matter, along with changes that matter undergoes. Chemistry's scope encompasses all substances, living and non-living. Its study and practice include (1) the theoretical and experimental aspects of chemical bonding and structure using computational, spectroscopic, and diffraction techniques; (2) the laboratory synthesis from simple starting materials of desirable compounds in the inorganic, organic and biological classes; and (3) the total analysis of complex mixtures using modern spectroscopic and electrochemical methods. Since we live in a material world, applications of chemical knowledge influence most areas of human endeavor: scientific, economic, political and social. Many of the advances in the areas of new materials, medicines, biotechnology, food production, new energy sources and semiconductor technology associated with the "computer revolution" are based on chemistry and chemical principles. Some unUnderstanding of these chemical principles should be part of every educated person's knowledge.

Because of the broad scope of this discipline, the Department of Chemistry offers a variety of courses and programs. These programs meet the needs of students planning professional careers in chemistry and those wishing to major in chemistry for other objectives. In particular, chemistry is a traditional preprofessional major for students interested in medicine and dentistry. Specific courses are offered to serve other major areas and as part of University Studies and A&S core requirements.

Students who have taken an AP examination and have received a score of 4 or 5 may receive credit for CHEM 1020 or 1030.

Undergraduate Major

The department offers both B.A. and B.S. degree programs. The B.A. degree includes a minimum of 32 hours of chemistry. The Plan 1 B.S. degree requires at least 38 hours. The Plan 2 B.S. requires 46 hours of chemistry courses. Since the chemistry required in the first two years of all programs is the same, students interested in pursuing a chemistry major can elect any program initially. Discussions with a departmental adviser will allow students to choose the most appropriate major for their career objectives. In general, students planning graduate work in chemistry should elect one of the B.S. programs. The B.A. program has a more liberal content with additional electives. It would support careers in business, law and advanced study in areas needing a strong chemistry background such as toxicology or forensic science.

A B.A. is suitable for students in the College of Education who wish to obtain an A&S degree, and may also be appropriate for some premedical tracks. The Plan 2 professional program is designed to meet standards set by the American Chemical Society (ACS). A student who completes the Plan 2 B.S. program will be certified by the Department of Chemistry to the ACS as having met the specific ACS requirements for undergraduate professional training in chemistry.

Plan 1 B.A. in Chemistry (32 hours of chemistry)

Course Requirements

Hours

Basic chemistry
1050 and 1060 (or 1020 and 1030), 2230, 2420 and 2440, 3550, or 4507, and 4110

26

Additional upper-level chemistry
(including one of the following: 4100, 4230, or 4530)

6

MATH 2200 and 2205

8

PHYS 1310 and 1320 (or 1110 and 1120 or 1210 and 1220)

8

Additional University Studies requirements: (assumes double count on Global Awareness course and CHEM 1001)

28

Additional A&S core requirements: (assumes double count on non-western courses)

17

Electives

27

Physical education

1

Total hours

121

Plan 1 B.S. in Chemistry (38 hours of chemistry)

Course Requirements

Hours

Basic chemistry
1050 and 1060 (or 1020 and 1030), 2230, 2420 and 2440, 4000 (1 hour), 4100, 4110, 4507, 4508 and 4530

33

CHEM 4930

2

Additional upper-level chemistry

3

MATH 2200, 2205, and 2210

12

PHYS 1310 and 1320 (or 1210 and 1220)

8

Additional University Studies requirements: (assumes double count on Global Awareness course and CHEM 1001)

28

Additional University Studies requirements:Additional A & S core requirements: (assumes double count on non-western course)(assumes double count on Global Awareness course and CHEM 1001)

17

Electives

17

Physical education

1

Total hours

121

Plan 2 Professional B.S. in Chemistry (46 hours of chemistry)

Course Requirements

Hours

Basic chemistry
1050 and 1060 (or 1020 and 1030), 2230, 2420 and 2440, 3610 (or MOLB 4600), 4000 (1 hour), 4100, 4110, 4230, 4507, 4508 and 4530

40-41

CHEM 4930

3

Additional upper-division chemistry

2-3

MATH 2200, 2205, and 2210

12

PHYS 1310 and 1320 (or 1210 and 1220)

8

Computer science (STAT 2050), CHEM 4515, COSC 1010)

3

Additional University Studies requirements: (assumes double count on Global Awareness course and CHEM 1001)

28

Additional A & S core requirements: Two upper-division courses outside chemistry or two semesters of a single foreign language. (Assumes double count on non-western course)

10-12

Program supporting courses: A group of courses selected to further the career objectives of the individual student. These are chosen after consultation with the departmental adviser and must subsequently be approved by the departmental Undergraduate Studies Committee

18

Electives

4-7

Physical education

1

Total hours

129

Suggested Program for a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry

(Freshman and Sophomore Years)

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year: Fall

Hours

CHEM 1050 or 1020

4

ENGL 1010

3

MATH 2200

4

A&S Core or University Studies requirements

3-4

CHEM 1001

1

Total Hours

15-16

Freshman Year: Spring

Hours

CHEM 1060 or 1030

4

MATH 2205

4

A&S Core or University Studies requirements

3-4

Total Hours

14-16

Sophomore Year: Fall

Hours

CHEM 2420

4

MATH 2210 (B.S. requirement)

4

PHYS 1310 or 1210 or 1110

4

A&S Core or University Studies requirements

3-4

Total Hours

15-16

Sophomore Year: Spring

Hours

CHEM 2440

4

CHEM 2230

4

PHYS 1320 or 1220 or 1120

4

A&S Core or University Studies requirements

3-4

Total hours

15-16

Undergraduate Minor

A minor is offered in the Department of Chemistry. Further information may be found at the web site http://www.uwyo.edu/chemistry/.

Teacher Education

Teacher certification requirements are available through the College of Education. Students preparing to teach chemistry in the secondary schools are advised to take a major in chemistry or a major composed of carefully selected courses in chemistry and related sciences.

A special interdisciplinary curriculum in chemistry and a related area may be arranged. (See department head for information.)

Graduate Study

The Department of Chemistry offers programs leading to the degrees of master of science and doctor of philosophy chemistry. The master's degree is offered mainly under Plan A with Plan B reserved for special circumstances.

The department also participates in the preparation of students for the degrees of master of science in natural science and master of science in teaching (M.S.T.), which are designed to improve the competence of those engaged in science teaching.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum requirements set forth in this Bulletin, the Department of Chemistry requires that a student have taken the following undergraduate courses: one year of general chemistry; one semester/quarter of quantitative analysis; one year of organic chemistry plus laboratory; one year of physical chemistry plus laboratory; one year of physics; and mathematics through multivariable calculus. As appropriate, one or more of these course requirements may be waived at the discretion of the department.

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Master's Program Plan A (thesis)

In addition to fulfilling the minimum university requirements, a student must take one 3 hour course in each of three of the four areas (inorganic, analytical, organic, and physical), excluding special topics and research courses. These courses must be graduate courses, 5000 and above.

A student may also take 9 credits of any combination of CHEM 5190, 5290, 5390, 5590, or 5790.

One departmental seminar is required to be presented on the thesis research.

Doctoral Program

In addition to fulfilling the minimum university requirements, a student must take one 3 hour graduate course (5000 and above) in each of the four areas (inorganic, analytical, organic, and physical), excluding special topics, tool courses 5130, 5320, 5760, and research courses.

A student may also take 12 credits of any combination of CHEM 5190, 5290, 5390, 5590, or 5790.

In the area selected as a major, the student will take the following as a minimum:

1. Analytical - 5250 plus 9 hours of graduate level analytical courses;

2. Inorganic - 12 hours of graduate level inorganic courses;

3. Organic - 5320, 5330, 5340 and 5350;

4. Physical - any three graduate level physical chemistry courses;

Students must obtain satisfactory performance on a series of written major field cumulative examinations, including special topics.

Students must obtain satisfactory performance on a preliminary examination, part written and part oral.

Students must present a seminar based on the dissertation research. Students must also obtain two additional credits of CHEM 5000 by presenting a divisional or departmental seminar or an oral presentation at a regional or national research meeting.  

Chemistry (CHEM) Courses

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