Chemistry (major)

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-152Calculus 1 14
Chemistry Major Intermediate
MT-253Calculus 24
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-374CH Assessment in Effective Citizenship0
CH-399Formal Introduction to Advanced Work0
PH-241Calculus-Based Physics 14
PH-242Calculus-Based Physics 24
CH-337Instrumental Methods of Analysis Lab3
or CH-395 Biochemistry of Micronutrients
Chemistry Major Advanced
INTERN-383Internship Seminar2
or CH-483 Advanced Internship Seminar
CH-441Physical Chemistry 13
CH-442Physical Chemistry 23
CH-450LPhysical Chemistry Lab2
CH-414Chemistry Professional Portfolio0

MT-123, MT-124 and/or MT-148 are prerequisites for Calculus and some chemistry courses. Check with advisor.

This major does not require a minor and follows the general education requirements for standard majors-science related.