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Chemistry

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To minor in chemistry, you need four 300-level courses in the discipline, including Chemistry 313, 331, and 332. The remainder of your program will be developed in person with the chemistry faculty and your advisor.

Students majoring in biology and the pre-professional programs in health at MacMurray take a number of required chemistry classes. With that foundation, it doesn't take much additional coursework to make chemistry a minor.

Having a minor in chemistry can give you a leg up when seeking your first professional position or applying to graduate school. This is especially true for biology and the pre-medical, pre-pharmacy, pre-veterinary, or pre-physician assistant programs. With a chemistry minor, you will demonstrate an ability to handle the most challenging scientific information and have a foundation of the basic building blocks in those disciplines.

The laboratories are equipped with modern instrumentation including electronic balances, high-performance liquid chromatograph, gas chromatograph, spectrophotometers (ultraviolet, visible, and infrared), computer interfacing for experiments, pH meters, combustion bomb, and refractometers. A computer laboratory is also located within the chemistry facilities.

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Coursework

Learn more about Chemistry courses and how to pursue a minor in Chemistry through our catalog.

Faculty

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Nadine Szczepanski, Ph.D.

Lead Faculty for Natural Sciences
Horace A. Shonle Professor of Chemistry

"I love teaching at MacMurray because I love interacting with our students. I like helping them to learn chemistry and helping them to become successful in their chosen fields. I enjoy really getting to know them as people and watching them become confident adults by the time they graduate."

  • Areas of interest: Dr. Szczepanski has a special interest in applied chemistry. Currently she is collaborating with a Mac student on a research project with the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association. They are studying the chemistry of wines and the IGGVA is conducting a sensory analysis. They are trying to correlate the chemistry of wines with sensory appeal.
    Before Dr. Szczepanski came to MacMurray, she worked for the Illinois EPA as an analytical chemist, at Owens-Corning studying coatings for composites, at Avery International studying pressure sensitive adhesives, and at Mead Corporation studying carbonless copy papers. She has a US Patent for her invention of a novel carbonless copy coating.
    Dr. Szczepanski is also interested in how chemistry is taught internationally. She has served as a mentor for the US National Chemistry Olympiad team for several years and as a judge at the International Chemistry Olympiad in the Republic of Georgia in 2016.
  • Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry — University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.S. in Chemistry — University of Illinois at Chicago
  • B.S. in Chemistry and Psychology — MacMurray College
  • Courses taught: General Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, Quantative Analysis, Organic and Biological Chemistry
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Gwendowlyn S. Knapp, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

"I love teaching at MacMurray because I really get to see the evolution of my students as they become successful in their chosen careers."

  • Areas of interest: Dr. Knapp is interested in the genetic regulatory mechanisms of bacteria.
  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry — Texas A&M University
  • B.S. in Molecular Genetics — Purdue University
  • Courses taught: General Chemistry, Biochemistry, Organic and Biological Chemistry for Non-majors