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
Lecturers:
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.

B.S. Major in Chemistry: 61-62 Credits
Lower Division
CHEM 101 General Chemistry 3 credits
CHEM 101L General Chemistry Lab 1 credit
CHEM 206 Inorganic Chemistry 3 credits
CHEM 206L Inorganic Chemistry Lab 1 credit
CHEM 230 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits
CHEM 230L Organic Chemistry I Lab 1 credit
MATH 157 and MATH 258 8 credits
PHYS 103, PHYS 103L and PHYS 204, PHYS 204L 8 credits
Upper Division
CHEM 310 & CHEM 310L Quantitative Analysis 5 credits
CHEM 320 Physical Chemistry I 3 credits
CHEM 321 Physical Chemistry II 3 credits
CHEM 331 Organic Chemistry II 3 credits
CHEM 331L Organic Chemistry Lab II 1 credit
CHEM 340 Unified Lab I 2 credits
CHEM 341 Unified Lab II 2 credits
CHEM 406 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3 credits
CHEM 410 Instrumental Analysis 3 credits
CHEM 440 Biochemistry I 3 credits
CHEM 471 Chemical Bibliography 1 credit
CHEM 485 Seminar 1 credit
CHEM 486 Seminar 1 credit
One of the following:
    CHEM 498A and CHEM 498B Thesis, ACS approved program
2 credits
   CHEM 488 Senior Literature Review 1 credit

B.S. Major in Biochemistry: 69-72 Credits
Lower Division
CHEM 101 General Chemistry 3 credits
CHEM 101L General Chemistry Lab 1 credit
CHEM 206 Inorganic Chemistry 3 credits
CHEM 206L Inorganic Chemistry Lab 1 credit
CHEM 230 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits
CHEM 230L Organic Chemistry I Lab 1 credit
BIOL 105 Information Flow in Biological Systems
3 credits
BIOL 105L Information Flow in Biological Systems Laboratory 1 credit
BIOL 106 Energy Flow in Biological Systems
3 credits
BIOL 207 Genetics 3 credits
BIOL 207L Genetics Lab 1 credit
MATH 157 and MATH 258 8 credits
PHYS 103, PHYS 103L and PHYS 204, PHYS 204L 8 credits
Upper Division
CHEM 310 and CHEM 310L Quantitative Analysis 5 credits
CHEM 331 Organic Chemistry II 3 credits
CHEM 331L Organic Chemistry Lab II 1 credit
CHEM 440 Biochemistry I 3 credits
CHEM 443L Biochemistry I Lab 2 credit
CHEM 445 Biochemistry II 3 credits
CHEM 450 Biophysical Chemistry
(or CHEM 320 / CHEM 321 Physical Chemistry I and II )
3 credits
(6 credits)
BIOL 456 Molecular Biology 3 credits
BIOL 456L Molecular Biology Lab 2 credits
CHEM 471 Chemical Bibliography 1 credit
CHEM 485 Seminar 1 credit
CHEM 486 Seminar 1 credit
One of the following:
    CHEM 498A and CHEM 498B Thesis, ACS approved program 2 credits
   CHEM 488 Senior Literature Review 1 credit

B.A. Major in Chemistry: 53 Credits
Lower Division
CHEM 101 General Chemistry 3 credits
CHEM 101L General Chemistry Lab 1 credit
CHEM 206 Inorganic Chemistry 3 credits
CHEM 206L Inorganic Chemistry Lab 1 credit
CHEM 230 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits
CHEM 230L Organic Chemistry Lab I 1 credit
MATH 157 and MATH 258 8 credits
One of the following two sets of courses:
   PHYS 101, PHYS 101L and PHYS 102, PHYS 102L
   PHYS 103, PHYS 103L and PHYS 204, PHYS 204L
8 credits
Upper Division
CHEM 310 and CHEM 310L Quantitative Analysis 5 credits
CHEM 320 or CHEM 321 Physical Chemistry I or II 3 credits
CHEM 331 Organic Chemistry II 3 credits
CHEM 331L Organic Chemistry Lab II 1 credit
One of the following two courses: 2 credits
    CHEM 340 Unified Lab I
    CHEM 341 Unified Lab II
CHEM 440 Biochemistry I 3 credits
CHEM 471 Chemical Bibliography 1 credit
CHEM 485 Seminar 1 credit
CHEM 486 Seminar 1 credit
CHEM 488 Senior Literature Review 1 credit
One of the following courses:
   CHEM 406 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
   CHEM 410 Instrumental Analysis
   CHEM 320 Physical Chemistry I
   CHEM 321 Physical Chemistry II
3 credits

Minor in Chemistry: 33 Credits
Lower Division
CHEM 101 General Chemistry 3 credits
CHEM 101L General Chemistry Lab 1 credit
CHEM 206 Inorganic Chemistry 3 credits
CHEM 206L Inorganic Chemistry Lab 1 credit
CHEM 230 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits
CHEM 230L Organic Chemistry Lab I 1 credit
MATH 157 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 4 credits
PHYS 101, PHYS 101L or PHYS 103, PHYS 103L 4 credits
Upper Division
CHEM 310 and CHEM 310L Quantitative Analysis 5 credits
CHEM 331 Organic Chemistry II 3 credits
CHEM 331L Organic Chemistry Lab II 1 credit
One of the following courses:
   CHEM 320 Physical Chemistry I (requires MATH 258)
   CHEM 321 Physical Chemistry II (requires MATH 258)
   CHEM 440 Biochemistry I
3 credits

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).