A Tour of Lycoming Chemistry

Welcome to the
Department of Chemistry
at Lycoming College!

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This tour describes and shows some of the things you might experience as a student taking chemistry classes at Lycoming.


Click here for the current catalog description, so you can read more about the B.A. and B.S. majors in Chemistry, the minor, certification in education, and what each course involves. 


You can see the syllabi for the courses offered this semester and in past semesters here. Once you are at the Schedule page, click on the course name, and the link will take you to the syllabus.


The pictures on the right side show Lycoming Chemistry students and faculty using the laboratories and classrooms.

Mike Greenage and Dr. Bendorf discuss homework

in General Chemistry II 111 recitation in Heim G09


The Spectroscopy and Molecular Structure 442 class
and Dr. McDonald work on a problem in Heim 220.


Contacting us

Each professor's name is linked to their home page, so you can see what they are teaching this semester and what their interests are.


You can also contact us directly by e-mail:

Dr. Bendorf: bendorf@lycoming.edu

Dr. Mahler: mahler@lycoming.edu

Dr. McDonald: mcdonald@lycoming.edu

Dr. Ramsey: ramsey@lycoming.edu


We hope you enjoy this tour, but the best way to experience Lycoming College and the Department of Chemistry is to make a campus visit!

Quantitative Chemical Analysis 232 students and
Dr. Ramsey solve a calculation in
the Seminar Room, Heim 215.


Classrooms and Labs

All chemistry classes are offered in the Heim Building. The Department of Chemistry has occupied the $10 million Heim Biology and Chemistry building, one of the finest undergraduate science facilities in the East, since 1990. The three-level building has over 63,000 square feet and houses both the Biology and Chemistry Departments. 


The Ground floor of the Heim Building contains two large lecture halls, prep labs for each lecture hall, two smaller classrooms, the Department of Chemistry's Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility, a computer lab, an aquarium room, animal facilities, an electron microscope lab with a complete photography darkroom, three state-of-the-art chemical storage rooms, a radiation lab, a cell culture lab, and various storage and engineering areas.


The First floor of the Heim Building houses the Department of Biology and has offices, teaching and research labs, a museum, a reading room, and a greenhouse.


The Second floor of the Heim Building houses the Department of Chemistry and the Secretary for both Biology and Chemistry. This floor has a seminar room, a classroom, four faculty offices, four research labs, a central instrument lab, and five teaching labs. 


These labs are for General, either General or Organic, Organic, Physical and either Analytical or Inorganic Chemistry. There is also a Chemistry Reading room, a small kitchen, a computer room, balance rooms, and a stockroom. The Department possesses excellent instrumentation (and a hands-on policy for students from first semester general chemistry on!).


You can learn more about the Department's instrumentation and see more photos of Lycoming Chemistry students using their instruments here.

Sarah Hirst (the General Chemistry tutor) 
and Dr. Bendorf analyze a spectrum 
in Dr. Bendorf's office, Heim 209.

Adrianna Kuckla, Dr. Mahler, and Mary Ann 
Seltzer prepare a kinetics experiment in
Physical Chemistry II 331W Lab, Heim 204..

Steve Hoprich, Chris Micklitsch, and Dr. McDonald
take infrared spectra for Spectroscopy and Molecular Structure 442 in the Instrument Lab, Heim 223.




Chemistry Courses

Students usually start out in General Chemistry I 110, which is taught every Fall semester. The next course in the sequence is General Chemistry II 111, which is taught every Spring semester. All four chemistry faculty teach General Chemistry on a rotating basis. Students planning to major in Chemistry should take General Chemistry in their freshman year. Students entering with credit for General Chemistry may be able to enroll in Organic Chemistry I 220 as freshmen.


General Chemistry typically has 60 to 85 students. Each week there are three lectures, one recitation, and a three-hour lab. In recitation, students go over questions from lecture and homework with the professor (half of the lecture student are in each recitation section). Students put their chemistry knowledge to the practical test in one of several three-hour labs each week. Labs typically have 18 or fewer students and are taught by a professor (labs also have a student teaching assistant). 


Organic Chemistry I 220 and Organic Chemistry II 221 are taught each Fall and Spring semester, respectively. Enrollments are typically 40 to 50 students. Each week there are three lectures, one four-hour lab, and usually a review session. The lab typically has 16 students. Each has their own fume hood, two lab drawers, and bench space. Chemistry majors typically take this course in their sophomore year.

Mike McMonigal and Deb McClaine 
prepare to filter alum they have synthesized 
in General Chemistry I 110 lab, Heim 241.

Alysen Cornell and Andy Cardillo experimenting 
in Organic Chemistry I 220 lab, Heim 236.


The following upper-level courses are normally taken in the junior or senior years. Their enrollments are generally six to twelve students, and all (except 332W) meet for three lectures and one four-hour lab a week. 331W and 332W are writing intensive courses and help satisfy the college's writing requirement.


The following courses are required for all Chemistry majors:

Quantitative Chemical Analysis 232, which has two lectures, a recitation, and six hours of lab a week, and focuses on qualitative and quantitative analysis;

Physical Chemistry I and II, 330-331W, which focus on the energy and time involved in chemical reactions, as well as quantum mechanics; and

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 333, which focuses on the chemistry of all the elements except carbon; (232 and 330 are offered every Fall, and 331W and 333 every Spring semester). 


The following advanced courses are also offered (generally every other year) by the Department:

Advanced Organic Chemistry 440; Spectroscopy and Molecular Structure 442; Advanced Analytical Chemistry 443; and Organometallic Chemistry 446.

Tanzina Mirza, Tiffani Furman, Jen Shaible, Mary 
Ann Seltzer, Adrianna Kuckla, and Mike Sommer 
work in Physical Chemistry I 330 Lab, Heim 204.

Tiffani Furman, Lauren Mangeney, and 
Heather Wilt run titrations in Quantitative Chemical Analysis 232 Lab, Heim 207.




One of four courses which satisfies the Chemistry Capstone Experience is also required of every major. In these courses, students take the chemistry they have learned and apply it in an "out of classroom experience", usually involving research. 


Chemistry Research Methods 449 involves students in a research project with a chemistry professor and a weekly seminar.

In Chemistry Internship 470 students do research work in an industrial laboratory.

Chemistry Honors Project 490 students write a thesis on their research project and graduate with Departmental Honors.

Student Teaching (the Professional Semester, Education 446, 447 & 449) allows future teachers to use what they have learned teaching.

Students can also do paid summer research with members of the chemistry faculty or do research as part of a Chemistry Independent Study 480.

Jen Kowalchick, Leanne Shultz, and Jen Smith 
work in Spectroscopy and Molecular 
Structure 442 lab, Heim 239.

Melissa Marchetti and Dr. Bendorf distill a solvent
part of a Chemistry Honors Project 490, in Heim 211.


Chemistry Majors and Minor

A Chemistry major can receive either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Please see the catalog for details.


To earn the B.A. degree, a student must complete nine chemistry courses: 110-111; 220-221; 330-331; 332; 333; and one course satisfying the Capstone Experience (449, 470, 490, or Student Teaching); as well as two semesters each of calculus and physics. 


To earn the B.S. degree, a student must complete the B.A. requirements, and complete three additional courses: generally students take three 400 level Chemistry courses, but they can include one advanced course from the Physics, Biology, Math, or Computer Departments. 


Students may also earn American Chemical Society (ACS) certification. To earn ACS certification, a student must complete the requirements described above under the B.A. degree as well as CHEM 443, 444, and one additional course from CHEM 440, 442 or 446. Students completing this program of study may elect to receive either the B.A. or the B.S. degree.

A Chemistry Minor must complete 110-111 and four more Chemistry courses numbered 220 or higher (from two groups of courses). 

Joe Keane and Dr. Mahler monitor a liquid
ammonia synthesis as part of summer
 research, in Heim 201

 John Mazzullo (Honors Project) and Dr. McDonald
doing research in Heim 234.

Students using the Heim Computer Lab.

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