Department of Chemistry Announces Four New Concentrations

New concentrations allow students to focus on the type of chemistry they want to pursue

“The new concentrations offer undergraduate chemistry students a pathway to pursue in-depth study of aspects of chemistry that they find personally interesting or inspiring,” said Christopher Ackerson, professor in the Department of Chemistry and member of the program committee. .

The Chemistry Department is pleased to introduce these new concentrations to our students and hopes that the interdisciplinary opportunities will help students find careers they are passionate about.

New classes for these new concentrations will be in the fall 2022 course catalog and will include:

  • Chem 333, Forensic Chemistry: In this course, students will learn basic knowledge related to the application of chemical principles in forensic science. The techniques discussed are the analysis of hair, soil, dyes, glass, ammunition, drugs and biological materials. These techniques are used to support evidence on and off the scene of the crime.
  • Chem 338, Environmental Chemistry: Students will learn about the processes that control the fate of chemicals in the environment. They will focus on the chemistry of the atmosphere, hydrosphere and soils, particularly with regard to the pollution of these environmental compartments. Topics covered in the course may include smog and air pollution, ocean acidification, acid mine drainage, pesticide chemistry, and heavy metal contamination.
  • Chem 448, Medicinal Chemistry: Students will gain a fundamental understanding of how drugs work and affect biological systems, an overview of the pharmaceutical industry, synthetic chemistry relevant to therapeutic compounds, an introduction to process chemistry (large scale) and will do case studies on drugs. development.
  • Chem 465, Chemistry of Sustainable Electronic Waste Management: A Chemistry Complement to a Transdisciplinary Overview of the Electronics Industry. Students will focus on the chemistry of the extraction, utilization, and toxicity of electronic materials.

For a complete list of new classes and to explore our new concentrations, see the Colorado State University Course Catalog.

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