Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chairperson: Jennifer Shepherd
Dr. Scholl Distinguished Professor: D. Cleary
Professors: D. Cleary, D. Kelsh (Emeritus), D. McMinn (Emeritus), K. Nakamaye (Emeritus), J. Shepherd, J. Smieja
Associate Professor: J. Cronk, E. Ross
Assistant Professors: M. Cremeens, G. Gidofalvi, K. Hoffmann, S. Warren, J. Watson
G. D’Ambruoso, S. Siegel

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry and biochemistry and a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry. There are two different options available for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees.   The American Chemical Society (ACS) approved B.S. option requires a senior research thesis as a capstone experience.  Alternatively, students can complete a senior literature review for a B.S. degree that does not include a thesis.   A Bachelor of Arts is offered for those students seeking a strong background in chemistry but with less specialization than the Bachelor of Science program. A minor in chemistry is also offered.

Students are encouraged to visit the departmental website to learn more about careers in chemistry and biochemistry. For those interested in teaching chemistry at the secondary level, the department suggests the B.A. degree along with the teacher certification program of the School of Education. For students interested in environmental science, a B.A. degree in chemistry combined with a minor in environmental studies and supporting courses from biology and civil engineering is recommended.

Gonzaga University does not offer a program in chemical engineering. Students interested in chemical engineering should consider combining a B.S. degree in chemistry with supporting courses from the School of Engineering and Applied Science and an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from another institution.

The core curriculum or common body of knowledge of the College of Arts and Sciences consists of 59 to 62 credits which are common to and required of all degree programs in the College: the first 31 credits (of which there is a more complete description in the General Degree Requirements and Procedures section of this catalogue) form the University Core, while the remaining 28 to 31 credits are common to all Arts and Sciences degrees.
Students should attempt to spread the core curriculum over their entire fours years at Gonzaga.

  1. Thought and Expression (7 credits): ENGL 101, SPCO 101, and PHIL 101 (preferably in the same semester).
  2. Philosophy (9 credits): PHIL 201, PHIL 301, and  PHIL  400 level elective.
  3. Religious Studies (9 credits): RELI 100, 200, and 300 levels: one course from each level.
  4. Mathematics (3 credits): one MATH (not CPSC) course on the 100 level or above; NURS 320 is substituted for a MATH course for BSN students; MATH 203 fulfills this requirement only for students who graduate with certification in Elementary Education.
  5. English Literature (3 credits): ENGL 102 or 103H or 105 or 106.
  6. History (6 credits): HIST 101 and either HIST 102 or HIST 112 in their first year. If they are unable to complete all six 100-level HIST credits in their first year, HIST 201 or 202 may be substituted for one 100-level course after the first year.
  7. Fine Arts (3 credits): one course in either VART, MUSC, or THEA from courses approved by Dean of Arts and Sciences.
  8. Laboratory Science (4 credits): one course with laboratory in either BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS.
  9. Mathematics or Natural Science (3 credits): one course in either MATH, CPSC, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, or ITEC.
  10. Literature (3 credits): one British or American literature course (ENGL 201 - 285).
  11. Social Science (6 credits): CRIM 101, ECON, SOCI, POLS, or PSYC: two courses from these departments.
  12. Foreign Language or Culture (3 credits): one course in any foreign language (classical or modern) or one (foreign culture) course approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences.  Foreign-language speaking students from foreign cultures who have completed the nine English core credits at Gonzaga prior to their fourth year (last thirty credits) may petition the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences for a waiver of the foreign language or Culture requirement..
  13. Social Justice (3 credits): One course on Social Justice issues related to experiences of difference (like race, class, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation), from courses approved by the Dean of Arts & Sciences; (may be combined with other core or major requirements).