What you will study
As a chemistry major at Alverno, you will learn to not only know the answers to chemical problems, but also be able to develop a deep understanding of your solutions. In your learning you will have many opportunities to communicate this deep understanding in both written and spoken word, and you will gain skills in speaking on your feet to audiences with a wide variety of scientific backgrounds about real-world chemical issues and misconceptions. A chemistry major provides the skills and knowledge to be an informed citizen, effective advocate and community leader in addressing community health and environmental issues.
In our laboratory courses you not only learn the basic skills and knowledge inherent to chemistry, but also design, implement and evaluate your own investigations. This is true across the curriculum from the 100 to 400 level. You will have hands on experience with state of the art instrumentation such as nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Infrared, ultraviolet, fluorescence and visible spectroscopy, gas and high performance liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry. Chemistry majors have strong mentor relationships with faculty. And, chemistry majors at Alverno are interns across the Milwaukee area and beyond, applying their knowledge and abilities in a variety of settings. These internships lead to networking opportunities and in many cases employment in chemistry right out of college.
For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.
|Chemistry Major Beginning|
|Chemistry of Bioorganic Molecules|
and Chemistry of Bioorganic Molecules Lab
|MT-152||Calculus 1 1||4|
|Chemistry Major Intermediate|
|Organic Chemistry 1|
and Organic Chemistry 1 - Lab
|Analytical Chemistry/Quantitative Analys|
and Analytical Chem-Quant Analysis Lab
|Chemistry of Inorganic Materials|
and Chemistry/Inorganic Materials - Lab
and Biochemistry - Lab
|Organic Chemistry 2|
and Organic Chemistry 2 Lab
|CH-374||CH Assessment in Effective Citizenship||0|
|CH-399||Formal Introduction to Advanced Work||0|
|PH-241||Calculus-Based Physics 1||4|
|PH-242||Calculus-Based Physics 2||4|
|CH-337||Instrumental Methods of Analysis Lab||3|
|or CH-395||Biochemistry of Micronutrients|
|Chemistry Major Advanced|
|or CH-483||Advanced Internship Seminar|
|CH-441||Physical Chemistry 1||3|
|CH-442||Physical Chemistry 2||3|
|CH-450L||Physical Chemistry Lab||2|
|CH-414||Chemistry Professional Portfolio||0|
This major does not require a minor and follows the general education requirements for standard majors-science related.