Welcome to the Grace College Chemistry program. Chemistry at Grace College seeks to bridge the gap between biology and physics, where the study of matter takes center stage, all while acknowledging God as Creator of the known and unknown universe and its elements. This program engages its students to serve as leaders within the discipline, both within and without the college. The chemistry program grows student leadership through a variety of spheres which include student membership in professional organizations such as the American Chemical Society, as well as the Indiana Academy of Science. Student led tutoring and laboratory teaching assistantships are also encouraged for all chemistry majors, each with a goal to serve their peers in chemical learning and to grow in their core chemical competencies.
Our curriculum provides opportunities to study many areas of chemistry, where the student is prepared, and encouraged to purse an advanced degree in chemistry once their major is completed at Grace. The chemistry program provides a variety of peer-reviewed research opportunities, connecting its majors to other university research chemists within Indiana as well as many other states (OH, KY, TN, etc), with the purpose of building networks within the scientific enterprise for each student. The over-arching goals of this program is to foster chemists through rigorous chemical training, to grow leadership within the discipline, to make positive contributions to chemistry through chemical research, and to serve as leaders, modeling Christ in the role of the chemist.
Examples of courses in this major:
CHM 1610/1620 is the General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I lab course designed to investigate all topics normally found within the American Chemistry Society recommended guidelines (i.e., atomic structure, physical measurements, chemical reactions and balancing equations, percent composition, solubility and precipitation, redox chemistry, gas laws, thermochemistry, quantum chemistry, VSEPR theory, molecular orbital theory, unit cells and unit cell calculation, and intermolecular forces) for a first-semester freshmen chemistry course.
This is the second part of a two semester sequence in General Chemistry. This course studies and problem solves topics in solution chemistry, chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, acid-base equilibria, electrochemistry, and an introduction to organic chemistry. CHM 1720 focuses on the Van’t Hoff factor and its effect on boiling point elevation, chemical kinetics of a combustion reaction, chemical equilibria and reaction rates, synthesis of biodiesel, electrochemical cells, oxidation-reduction, and testing functional groups of organic compounds.
This is a descriptive course covering the wide spectrum of current forensic chemistry and its application in criminal investigations. Drugs, drugs as physical evidence, seized drugs and their analysis, and selected drug classes are investigated. Drugs in the body, and the chemistry of combustion and arson, explosives, and firearms are also covered. Quantitative reasoning is utilized in the form of scientific units (e.g., dosage) and in oxygen balance calculations (i.e, explosives).
This is the first part of a two-part sequence in Organic Chemistry. Fundamentals of organic chemistry will be studied, which include atomic structure, functional groups, acid-base chemistry and their effects on Ka, alkane, alcohol, and halide nomenclature, alkane conformations, SN2/SN1/E2/E1 reactions and their mechanisms, alkene nomenclature and their reactions and mechanisms, radical chemistry, 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy, IR spectroscopy, and Mass Spectrometry. CHM 2710 focuses on melting point determination, TLC analysis, aqueous and organic extraction techniques, 1H and 13C NMR and IR analysis, and a synthesis/isolation/purification reaction of a dihalide. Organic Schlenck techniques are introduced and taught here.
This is the second part of a two-part sequence in Organic Chemistry. Reactions and mechanisms are covered for alcohols, ketones, aldehydes, carboxylic acids, carboxylic acid derivatives, aromatic EAS and NAS reactions, alpha-carbonyl chemistry, and amine chemistry. 1H and 13C NMR and IR spectroscopy and MS are heavily utilized. Special topics will include amino acid and nucleic acid chemistry. CHM 2720 will heavily utilize modern synthetic organic chemistry research techniques and practices such as rotary evaporation, Schlenk glassware, vacuum manifold work, TLC and silica purification techniques, and recrystallization. Purified organic compounds will be analyzed by 1H and 13C NMR and IR spectroscopy using instrument within our department as well as out-sourcing to an external research laboratory.
This is a three-credit hour, one semester course in Environmental Analytical Chemistry. The student will be introduced to environmental problems, sustainability, and green chemistry. Topics of interest will include air-pollution, global warming, fossil fuels, CO2 emissions, biofuels and renewable energy, water chemistry and eater pollution, use and misuse of nuclear energy, heavy metals, and pesticides and the problems they cause. Various global environmental disasters will be investigated within this course. The class will investigate the environmental disasters experienced by Chernobyl, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Three Mile Island. Statistical data analysis as well as analytical techniques and experiments in acid-base titration, buffer solutions, determining an equilibrium constant, potentiometry, electrochemistry, and liquid chromatography are investigated.
This one-semester course will cover topics that are essential in understanding physical chemistry. The Maxwell Distribution laws, molecular collisions and the mean free path, the first, second, and third laws of thermodynamics, heat capacities, and isothermal expansions, the Debye-Hückel theory of electrolytes, equilibrium, electrochemistry, bonds and spectroscopy will be investigated.
Pre-requisites: CHM 2710/2720 with a grade of “C” or better.
This is a three-credit hour, one semester course in upper-level inorganic chemistry. The goal of this course is to expose the student with advanced topics and problems in inorganic chemistry. This course begins with a review and more in-depth look into inorganic basics of bonding (VSEPR theory, Lewis structures, etc). Symmetry and group theory are also investigated as well as utilizing this work to predict IR and Raman bands for spectroscopic analysis. Molecular orbital theory, degenerate orbitals, homonuclear and heteronuclear diatomic molecular orbital diagrams will be studied, reproduced, and mastered to more fully understand the dual properties of electrons in bonding. Finally organometallic chemistry, the 18-electron rule, and organometallic mechanisms will be explored to predict and understand reactions with transition metal complexes.
Pre-requisites: CHM 2610/2620 with a grade of “C” or better or permission of the instructor.
This course is designed to train the student in relevant research investigation, problem solving, acquisition of scientific data, library research, and dissemination of research results to a broader public. The student is expected to become a member of a scientific society or academy and promote their science at local and/or regional/national venues. The student is expected to commit 5 hours of work per credit hour of research. This time commitment is fulfilled through laboratory and out-of-lab requirements.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
A.S., Owensboro Community College, Kentucky; B.S. Chemistry, Kentucky Wesleyan College; M.S. Analytical Chemistry, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green; Ph.D., Organometallic Chemistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington.
Chad Snyder joined the Grace science faculty in fall 2015. He brings 10 years of expertise to Grace in undergraduate and faculty research in synthetic organic and organometallic chemistry. Dr. Snyder's research interests include alternative energy and semiconductor materials synthesis, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and novel gun shot residue (GSR) analysis. Additionally, Dr. Snyder has formed a research partnership with the Ft. Wayne Children's Zoo in an effort to protect and preserve the health of the zoo's pond system, which is home to over 11 species of birds and mammals.