Chemistry

Chair or Program Director: 

Patrick L. Holt, Ph.D., Chair
Pasteur Hall 253, Phone 502.272.8220, pholt@bellarmine.edu

Faculty: 

Katherine Bulinski, Ph.D.; Wendy L. Burns, Ph.D.; Graham W. L. Ellis, Ph.D.; Joseph F. Sinski, Ph.D.; Natalie B. Richter, Ph.D.; Robert J. Bernauer, B.A.; Theresa A. Hahn, B.S.

The mission of the department is to educate our students through undergraduate courses that a) fulfill the natural science requirements in the general education curriculum, b) provide the chemical foundation for students in the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biology, Health Science, and Physics programs, and c) provide a coherent framework of experiences for those students majoring in chemistry. Through these courses and the rest of their Bellarmine experience, our students will develop the intellectual, moral, ethical, and professional competencies for successful living, work, leadership, and service to others.

The Bellarmine University Chemistry Department offers two distinct degree programs: (i) the Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry and (ii) the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.  Minors in chemistry and biochemistry are also offered. These programs and their requirements are described below.

Both degrees seek to provide students with a comprehensive and coherent view of the chemical sciences through examination of fundamental concepts and exploration of multi-disciplinary applications. Course offerings, laboratory experiments, and research opportunities with faculty mentoring (required for the B.S. degree) are tailored to the backgrounds and goals of individual students. At the upper level, program emphasis shifts from structured classroom and laboratory activities to experiences designed to develop increasing independence and creativity.

Learning Outcomes

The department has the following goals for its degree programs:

B.A. Degree
1. To provide our majors with a strong background in the major sub-disciplines of chemistry – organic, inorganic, physical, and analytical chemistry – with up-to-date course work in each area.
2. To provide our students with relevant laboratory experiences (including up-to-date instrumentation, computer software and methods of information retrieval) designed to deepen their understanding of chemical principles, while simultaneously teaching students safe and responsible laboratory practices.

B.S. Degree
1. To provide our majors with a strong background in the major sub-disciplines of chemistry – organic, inorganic, physical, analytical chemistry, and biochemistry – with up-to-date course work in each area.
2. To provide our students with relevant laboratory and research experiences (including up-to-date instrumentation, computer software and methods of information retrieval) designed to deepen their understanding of chemical principles, while simultaneously teaching students safe and responsible laboratory practices.
3. To provide our students with research experiences that allow them to practice active learning and to develop their critical thinking, communication, and technical skills.

Prospective high school teachers in chemistry: see Education.
Prospective medical and pharmacy school students: see Pre-Professional programs.

Degree Requirements

Course Listing