Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions

Fall 2019
Winter 2020
Spring 2020
Sophomore - Senior
Class Size: 25
4 8 12 16 Credits per quarter
Variable credit options, see below
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This upper-division chemistry program offers advanced studies in chemistry to prepare students for graduate studies or careers in chemistry. Based on the theme "what do chemists do?", our classroom studies will be connected with the applications chemists encounter in their everyday work.

In the fall we will study topics in quantum mechanics and descriptive inorganic chemistry. We will study simple quantum mechanical systems, apply them to solve simple chemical problems, and investigate how they can be adapted for more complex systems. In inorganic chemistry, we will explore atomic structure, simple bonding models, molecular symmetry, group theory and its applications, molecular orbital theory, and acid-base chemistry.

In winter quarter we will continue our studies in quantum mechanics to include more complex systems and investigate the use of spectroscopy to validate the quantum mechanical theories. Inorganic chemistry topics will include the study of coordination compounds and the solid state. In addition, we will begin our study of thermodynamics by exploring the laws that lay the foundation in this field of study.

The spring quarter will find us doing in-depth investigations of the spectrometric methods including a detailed analysis of the high-resolution infrared spectrum of a diatomic molecule. We will continue our studies in thermodynamics with topics in chemical equilibria and kinetics.

In the laboratory, you will work with a selection of analytical instrumentation available at the college. This will include an exploration of the physical principles as well as analysis of samples. Students are strongly encouraged to work with individual chemistry faculty on research projects during the course of the year. The results of these projects will be presented at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium of the Puget Sound Section of the American Chemical Society and at the annual Evergreen Science Carnival & Research Exposition.


Enrollment Conditions

New students accepted in winter and spring  with signature . Students must demonstrate competency with material by passing the previous quarter's final exam. Contact faculty ( for more information.


One year of college-level general chemistry with laboratory and one year of college-level differential and integral calculus required. Some physics experience is helpful.

Fall 2019 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 10257
So - Sr (4): 10258
So - Sr (8): 10259
So - Sr (12): 10260
Winter 2020 Registration

Signature Required

Students must demonstrate competency with fall material by passing the fall quarter final exam. Contact faculty ( for more information.

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 20135
So - Sr (1 - 16): 20136
So - Sr (4): 20137
So - Sr (8): 20138
So - Sr (12): 20139
Spring 2020 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 30030
So - Sr (1 - 16): 30031
So - Sr (4): 30032
So - Sr (8): 30033
So - Sr (12): 30034

Academic details

Fields of Study
Preparatory For

chemistry, physics, instrumentation, environmental science, and science education

Variable Credit Options

Students can take quantum mechanics (4 credits, fall-winter-spring), inorganic chemistry (8 credits in fall and 4 credits in winter), or thermodynamics (8 credits, winter-spring) as individual components.

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing
Upper Division Science Credit

Students who achieve the expected level of competency will earn all upper-division science credits.


In Person or Remote
In Person (F)
In Person (W)
Remote (S)
Time Offered
Schedule Evergreen link
see Schedule Evergreen for detailed schedule

First Meeting

LAB 1 054A - Food Safe Lab
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