Chemistry and Physics Department

Chemistry Library Resources
Physics Library Resources 

Kelly Butler, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry

Lisa Domico, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology and Chemistry

Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, Ph.D., Professor of Physics

William Herron, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Sheldon Miller, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry 
Karen Wendling, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry 

 

Chestnut Hill College offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemistry; a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biochemistry; and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Forensic Chemistry (new major, Fall 2011). The Department also offers minors in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Interested students should contact Kelly Butler, Room 540, St. Joseph Hall. Telephone: 215/242-7988. Email: butler@chc.edu.

A minimum Career GPA of 2.00 and a minimum Major GPA of 2.00 are required for graduation. Courses Required in the Major comprise the Major GPA. Unless indicated, students must earn a grade of C- (1.70) or better in courses both Required in the Major and Also Required in order to successfully complete the requirements for the Majors. Students must earn a grade of C- (1.70) or better in courses required to successfully complete the requirements for the Minors.

Departmental Mission
The mission of the Chemistry and Physics Department is to engage students in critical and creative inquiry related to the concepts and practice of the Chemistry discipline. Chemistry students develop strong critical thinking and problem solving skills both in the classroom and the laboratory setting, particularly through the use of the scientific method. The Department also fosters creative inquiry: students are encouraged to design their own experiments and synthesize their understanding of Chemistry with other fields to develop unique approaches to solving scientific problems. The Chemistry and Physics Department offers majors in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Forensic Chemistry, as well as minors in Chemistry and Biochemistry. The flexibility in these majors and minors prepares students for graduate study, health professional programs, and research careers in industry, government and law enforcement laboratories.

Advanced Placement   

The policy for acceptance of Advanced Placement courses for college credit in Chemistry and Physics is detailed below; however, the final decision on the number of credits awarded rests with the Department and is based on the evaluation of evidence of laboratory experience. This evidence may consist of a detailed description, signed by the instructor, of the laboratory exercises performed or a detailed laboratory notebook.

Chemistry: A grade of 5 will be considered equivalent to completion of CHEM-131: Principles of Chemistry I and CHEM-132: Principles of Chemistry II and the student will be awarded 4 credits for CHEM-132. The student should then consult an advisor for registration.

A grade of 4 will be considered equivalent to completion of CHEM-131: Principles of Chemistry I and the student will be awarded 4 credits for CHEM-131. The student may then register for CHEM-132: Principles of Chemistry II. With a grade of 3 the student will be awarded either 3 or 4 credits (depending on whether the course had a laboratory component) as an elective that count towards fulfilling the Scientific Ways of Knowing requirement.

Physics: A grade of 3 or higher in Physics B: Mechanics will be considered equivalent to PHYS-121: Principles of Physics I. A grade of 3 or higher in Physics B: Electricity and Magnetism will be considered equivalent to PHYS-122: Principles of Physics II. The student will be awarded either 3 or 4 credits (depending on whether the course had a laboratory component).

Physics C exam is not equivalent to either PHYS-121 or PHYS-122; the student will be awarded either 3 or 4 credits (depending on whether the course had a laboratory component) as an elective that count towards fulfilling the Scientific Ways of Knowing requirement.

Honors and Honor Societies
Outstanding students may be invited to participate in the Departmental Honors program. Sophomores of high scholastic standing (a Career GPA of 3.50 or higher) may be invited by their major department to stand for Honors in their Junior and Senior years. The Departmental Honors program provides an opportunity for independent study and research culminating in an Honors thesis submitted in the spring of Senior year. All students who have successfully completed the Honors Program will be recognized with Honors in their major field at the annual Honors Convocation and on their academic transcripts. In addition, the title of the completed Honors Thesis will appear on the academic transcript.

Sigma Zeta is a national science and mathematics honor society founded in 1925. The society is dedicated to encouraging and fostering the attainment of knowledge in Mathematics, Computer Science, and the Natural Sciences. Membership in the society recognizes and honors scholarly achievement in the major field. Criteria for eligibility for membership include a minimum of 15 credits the major field, a grade point average of 3.00 in the major field, and a 3.00 grade point average overall. Students majoring in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Forensic Chemistry may be invited by the department to join Sigma Zeta.

Articulation Agreements
Chestnut Hill College and Arcadia University have entered into an articulation agreement concerning the early consideration for acceptance of Chestnut Hill College graduates into Arcadia’s Master’s program in Forensic Science and early consideration for financial aid in this program. Certain requirements must be met by the Chestnut Hill College graduate including, but not limited to: certain course requirements; GPA of 3.30 in Pre-Requisite courses; and a GRE combined total score on verbal and quantitative area of 1,050 and a 4.0 or higher on the analytic portion. Please note that the course requirements of this articulation agreement are met by successful graduation majoring in the Forensic Chemistry program at Chestnut Hill College. Further details of this agreement can be obtained from the Chemistry Department.

Teacher Certification Program/Secondary Education Minor
Teacher Certification in Chemistry (Grades 7 -12) is available to Chemistry majors. The undergraduate program in Secondary Education integrates educational theory and practice with field experiences that include practicum and student teaching, and includes opportunities to develop teaching competence through innovative and effective approaches to the educational process with focus on students at the secondary level of education. See the Education Department section of the catalog for additional information.

Students in the minor are expected to complete all courses for Secondary Certification including student teaching. Students may complete student teaching after graduation but the minor will not be included on the transcript unless student teaching is successfully completed. Students must earn a grade of C- (1.70) or better in courses required to successfully complete the requirements for the minor.

 

Following formal acceptance into the minor, students need to complete the following 12 courses (39 credits) in addition to all major requirements:

  • CHEM-317: Special Methods in Chemistry
  • EDSC-201: Adolescent Psychology and Development
  • EDSC-202: Educational Psychology (WOK: Behavioral)
  • EDSC-203: The Foundations of High School
  • EDSC-315: General Methods & Assessment
  • EDSC-316: Content Reading for Diverse Learners
  • EDSC-420: Student Teaching in Secondary School (6 credits)
  • EDSC-421: Student Teaching Seminar/Secondary School
  • EDSP-340: Introduction to Special Education
  • EDSP-345: Assessments and Adaptations
  • EDSP-355: Instruction in Inclusive Environment
  • EDSP-390: ESL Foundations and Methods

 

Course Options  

Chemistry and Physics courses are available to students in any major either looking to fulfill a Scientific Ways of Knowing or expand on interests without pursuing a minor. The following courses are open to students in any major; however, they may not be offered every semester and may have a Pre-Requisite. Courses are 3 credits unless indicated and a grade of C- or better is required in all Pre-Requisites. Check the Course Description section for information on the following courses, which may not be offered every semester:

  • CHEM-103: Chemistry and Public Policy (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)
  • CHEM-106: Introduction to Forensic Science (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)
  • CHEM-131: Principles of Chemistry I (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)
  • CHEM-132: Principles of Chemistry II (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)
  • PHYS-104: Astronomy (WOK: Scientific)
  • PHYS-107: The Science of Music (WOK: Scientific)
  • PHYS-121: Principles of Physics I (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)
  • PHYS-122: Principles of Physics II (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)