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Chemical and Physical Sciences

What is “Chemical and Physical Sciences”?

Chemical and Physical Sciences seeks answers to these fundamental questions: What are matter and energy? How can matter and energy be transformed? How do scientists study and measure matter and energy in complex systems?

Chemical and Physical Studies at Augustana

This program includes courses from Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Physics. Students will encounter a mixture of technical and theoretical learning in both the classroom and laboratory to unravel how the universe is put together and the impact of science on our everyday lives.

Program Information

Chemical and Physical Sciences is available as a:

  • Major in Bachelor of Science

Academic Innovations

All programs at Augustana include a wide-ranging liberal arts Core, taught within our unique “3-11” calendar

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Careers

Chemical and Physical Sciences is a great program for people wanting a diverse selection of careers after graduation such as:

  • Cancer Researcher
  • Food and Drug Inspector
  • Forensic Laboratory Analyst
  • Toxicologist
  • and many more!

Featured AlumnUS

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Ryan Schmidt
Optometrist

Ryan’s professors encouraged his love of science and passion for learning. “The science courses were an important foundation for my career: biology, chemistry, physics, and physiology are the backbone of healthcare.”

Course Highlights

220 - Analysis

Theoretical and practical aspects of chemical analysis. Topics include titrimetry, separations, acid-base equilibria, chromatography, and spectrophotometry. Examples emphasize the utility and limitations of analytical techniques.

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230 - Structure and Bonding

An introduction to the principles of molecular structure and chemical bonding. Topics include: the electronic structure of atoms, bonding models and Molecular Orbital Theory, symmetry and point groups, structure and bonding of ionic solids, structure and bonding of transition metal complexes, stereochemistry and conformational isomerism.

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250 - Synthesis

An introduction to bonding and functionality in organic compounds. Qualitative factors affecting acidity and basicity will be introduced, as well as the concept of aromaticity. A mechanistic approach to learning reactions will be emphasized, with discussion of the nucleophilic acyl additions and substitutions, nucleophilic reactions adjacent to carbonyls, simple substitutions, and electrophilic aromatic substitutions. The three-dimensional structure of molecules and the concept of stereochemistry will also be examined.

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341 - Environmental Chemistry

This course serves as an introduction to the chemical processes responsible for natural environmental phenomena and anthropogenic environmental sampling, climate change, pollution, waste management, fossil fuels and alternative energy technologies, toxic organic compounds and the principles of green chemistry.

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450 - Enzymes

Study of the mechanism of different classes of enzymes along with experimental techniques used in enzymology.

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More courses in the Course Catalogue: Chemistry, Physics

Faculty

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Ian Blokland, PhD

Dr. Blokland conducts research on theoretical particle physics, specifically on perturbative quantum field theory.

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James Kariuki, PhD

Dr. Kariuki teaches analytical, physical, and general chemistry courses. His research is focused on low-cost electrodes.

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Gerhard Lotz, PhD

Gerhard Lotz teaches courses in all areas of physics and some areas of mathematics. His research involves trying to better understand the nature of the atomic nucleus.

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Elizabeth McGinitie, PhD

Dr. McGinitie teaches general, physical, and inorganic chemistry courses. Her research focuses on catalyst development and continuous-flow chemistry.

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Brian Rempel, PhD

Dr. Rempel teaches in the areas of General and Organic chemistry. His research interests are in the synthesis and enzymatic evaluation of enzyme inhibitors and inactivators.

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