Welcome to the MSMS Chemistry Homepage! 

“What in the world isn’t Chemistry?”  Clothes, cell phones, pizza, cars, clouds, rocks, people—it’s ALL Chemistry! Any chemistry course helps students to “see” chemistry all around them in the world. At MSMS, hands-on investigations, demonstrations and lab experiences give students the opportunity to do chemistry in order to understand chemistry.

Figure 1 shows possible sequences of chemistry courses while attending MSMS.

Figure 1: This flowchart give a good idea of how a student might sequence his or her chemistry coursework while attending MSMS.

Figure 1: This flowchart give a good idea of how a student might sequence his or her chemistry coursework while attending MSMS.

For more information on the individual courses, click on a link below.

Advanced Chemistry I
Advanced Chemistry II
AP® Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Introduction to Biochemistry
Analytical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Special Topics in Chemistry

Notes about course sequence:

  • Juniors who have never taken Chemistry are enrolled in Advanced Chemistry I.

  • Juniors who have taken Chemistry will take a placement test to determine their level of proficiency. Students are placed in AP Chem or Advanced Chemistry I depending on their placement score. This procedure ensures that students have the best chance of being successful and learn the core principles needed to study higher levels of chemistry their senior year.

  • Seniors may enroll in Organic Chemistry, and/or Analytical Chemistry and/or Physical Chemistry and/or Biochemistry. Biochem requires teacher recommendation.

Requirements for Graduation: All students are required to successfully complete one full year of chemistry for 1 CU (two semesters) at MSMS. Students will complete either the two semester sequence of Properties of Matter (½ CU) and Chemical Reactions (½ CU) or AP® Chemistry (1 CU) to fulfill the requirement.

Requirements for Graduation with Concentration in Chemistry: The Concentration in Chemistry is designed for students who pursue an advanced plan of study in chemistry while attending MSMS. The Concentration in Chemistry helps colleges identify MSMS graduates with advanced preparation in chemistry and who might benefit from placement in higher level coursework at the college level. Students who shall have completed 2.5 approved chemistry Carnegie Units with a B-average in each course or higher while attending MSMS shall qualify. The Chemistry Department and Director for Academic Affairs shall determine which courses meet approval. The Concentration in Chemistry is awarded to qualified students whose applications are approved by the Director for Academic Affairs. The approved courses for the Concentration in Chemistry shall include:

• 1.0 Carnegie Unit AP® Chemistry

• Additional 1.5 Carnegie Units (three semesters), which must include three of the following courses: Organic Chemistry (0.5 CU), Introduction to Biochemistry (0.5 CU), Analytical Chemistry (0.5 CU), Physical Chemistry (0.5 CU).

Other course work may not be substituted. Students applying for the recognition and who meet the approved criteria will be awarded a seal on the MSMS Diploma indicating successful completion of the Concentration in Chemistry, and the final MSMS transcript will reflect Graduation with the Concentration in Chemistry.

Chemistry Instructors:  Elizabeth Morgan, Kaye Truitt, and Brian Burnes.

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Detailed Description of Chemistry Courses

SC 369 – Advanced Chemistry 1 (Fall only)

Properties of Matter is an in-depth study of the skills and theoretical frameworks of chemistry. Measurement, atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, bonding, periodicity and the periodic table, and nomenclature will be studied with an emphasis on the mathematics of chemistry including dimensional analysis and problem solving.

Prerequisite: None Credit: 1/2 (chemistry) Length: 1 semester

SC 370 – Advanced Chemistry 2 (Spring only)

Chemical Reactions studies the types of and laws governing the reactions of matter. In particular, students will study solubility and precipitation, gases and gas laws, acids and bases, intermolecular forces, solution chemistry, and a brief introduction to chemical kinetics and thermodynamics. Students entering SC 367 without credit from SC 366 must demonstrate basic proficiency with the topics in SC 366 via placement exam. A strong emphasis will be placed on problem solving and application of skills covered in SC 366.

Prerequisite: Properties of Matter SC 366 Credit: ½ (chemistry) Length: 1 semester

SC 355 – AP® Chemistry

This course provides an in-depth study of the principles of modern chemistry and should prepare the student for the AP® exam in chemistry. This course requires several hours of study time beyond that required in other courses as well as a laboratory assignment for each week.

Prerequisite: One year of Chemistry, appropriate score on the chemistry placement test, or ACT score of 25 or higher; Credit: 1 (chemistry) Length: 2 semesters

SC 357 – Organic Chemistry (Seniors)

This course is a senior level course designed to be an introduction to the basic principles of organic chemistry. Topics to be covered include nomenclature, elementary reactions of functional groups, stereochemistry, and isomerism.

Prerequisite: SC 366/367 or SC 355; One year of Chemistry; consent of instructor Credit: ½ (chemistry) Length: 1 semester

SC 360 – Introduction to Biochemistry (Seniors, Spring Only)

This is a senior-level course designed as an intensive survey of biological molecules-proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates and their interactions from a cellular level to an atomic description. The major emphasis will be on proteins, but a portion of the course will also be dedicated to nucleic acid, lipid and carbohydrate structure, and metabolism.

Prerequisite: SC 366/367 or SC 355 and consent of instructor; SC 357 is strongly recommended Credit: ½ (chemistry or biology) Length: 1 semester

SC 364 – Analytical Chemistry (Seniors)

This course is designed to introduce the student to the methods used in the quantitative analysis of chemical compounds. This includes classical gravimetric and volumetric methods as well as modern methods such as spectrometry and chromatography. The course also includes a brief overview of statistical methods used in data analysis. The class is primarily lab-based, but does include some out-of-class work. The class is a senior level course and is offered in the spring semester.

Prerequisite: SC 366/367 or SC 355; consent of instructor Credit: ½ (chemistry) Length: 1 semester

SC 365 – Physical Chemistry (Seniors)

This is a senior-level course designed to introduce the student to the laws of thermodynamics as they relate to chemical systems and chemical reactions. This includes considerations of enthalpy and entropy, with a primary focus on chemical and physical equilibria. The course includes both a lecture/discussion and a laboratory component. The course is offered in the spring semester.

Prerequisite: SC 366/367 or SC 355; and consent of instructor Credit: ½ (chemistry) Length: 1 semester

SC 325 – Special Topics in Chemistry (Seniors)

This course is designed to give the student an opportunity to for individualized learning in chemistry. The student will select faculty advisors and with their help, choose a particular problem of interest in chemistry and pursue the problem.

Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor Credit: ½ (elective credit beyond 13.0 required) Length: 1 semester (with option to repeat for another ½ credit)