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Chemistry Major



The Majors and Minors section of the academic catalog explains graduation requirements. You can also read more about courses in the Undergraduate Course Listings section of the academic catalog.

Below are some of the courses offered for the Chemistry Major.

Courses Credits  
CHM 111 General Chemistry I 4 Info

Basic principles of chemical reactions and descriptive chemistry are integrated in terms of atomic structure, bonding theory, molecular geometry, reaction rates, equilibrium, and thermodynamics. (Three lecture hours and three lab hours per week.)

CHM 112 General Chemistry II 4 Info

A continuation of CHM 111. (Three lecture hours and three lab hours per week.)

MTH 115 Calculus I 4 Info

The first course in the regular calculus sequence. Basic techniques of differentiation and integration are covered. Topics from Analytic Geometry are introduced.

MTH 116 Calculus II 4 Info

Techniques of integration, sequences and series, parametric equations, vector valued functions.

PHY 120 University Physics I 4 Info

A calculus-based introductory physics course that covers kinematics and Newton's laws of motion; conservation laws for momentum, energy, and angular momentum; torques and static equilibrium; simple harmonic motion. (Three hours lecture, two hours of lab and one hour of tutorial per week.) Cross listed with PHY 120C.

CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I 4 Info

A two-tiered approach to organic chemistry is taken. CHM 201 is a one semester survey of the fundamentals of organic chemistry. Basic structure, bonding, nomenclature, stereochemistry, properties, and reactions of organic molecules are examined. The second course (CHM 301) covers the same topics but to a much greater extent and theoretical depth. Major emphasis is placed on reaction mechanisms and much new material is covered especially in the areas of spectroscopy, bonding theory, and structure/property relationships. (Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week.)

PHY 210 University Physics II 4 Info

Continuation of PHY 120 covering electric fields and forces, electric potential, resistors, capacitors and DC circuits; magnetic fields and forces, electromagnetic induction and inductors, electromagnetic waves and Maxwell's equations; and geometrical and physical optics. (Three hours lecture, two hours of lab and one hour of tutorial per week.) Cross listed with PHY 210C.

MTH 217 Multivariable Calculus 3 Info

The differential and integral calculus of multi-variate functions, line and surface integrals, Green's Theorem, Divergence Theorem, Stokes' Theorem.

MTH 218 Differential Equations 3 Info

First-order differential equations, linear equations, and linear systems, power series solutions, Laplace Transforms.

CHM 301 Organic Chemistry II 4 Info

A continuation of CHM 201. (Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week.)

CHM 305 Quantitative Chemical Analysis 4 Info

The study of acid-base, precipitation, redox, and complex-forming theory through titrations, gravimetric precipitations, and instrumental techniques. The uses of the more common analytical instruments are included in the laboratory. (Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week.)

CHM 321 Physical Chemistry 4 Info

An introduction to the basic principles of theoretical chemistry with emphasis on thermodynamics and kinetics. (Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week.) Cross listed with PHY 321 Thermodynamics.

CHM 322 Physical Chemistry (Modern Physics) 4 Info

A quantitative understanding of atomic, molecular, and nuclear physics is presented through the applications of introductory quantum mechanics. (Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week.) Cross listed with PHY 322 Modern Physics.

CHM 409 Seminar in Chemistry 2 (WI) Info

Introduction to research literature and exploration of new chemical frontiers. Reports on individual library research and discussion of them. Meets the general education writing intensive requirement.

Available Emphases

Pre-Dietetics and Pre-Pharmacy

Pre-Dietetics and Pre-Pharmacy require a strong chemistry component to the education. The biology courses should include cell biology, microbiology, and physiology. Courses that aid the student in communication are highly recommended. The dietitian needs several behavioral science courses since much of their role is often motivating people to change their life patterns of eating. Students will need to leave Greenville after a year or two, or plan to pursue that career in a graduate program.

Pre-Medical Technology

The pre-medical technology training must include courses in biology and microbiology, and 3 years of chemistry. Chemistry courses past the general chemistry should be organic, quantitative analysis, instrumental analysis, and possibly 1 semester of physical chemistry, a college math class and general education requirements for graduation.


If you are interested in medicine needs and have a heart for ministry, a desire to serve your fellow man in times of great stress, and a desire to give up personal rights for the good of your neighbor than Greenville is the place for you. Approximately 90% of our pre-med graduates are accepted to medical school on their first application. Greenville's program prepares students to excel in continued medical studies.

The Medical Career

Students interested in serving God and the world through the medical profession typically get specialty training to become a physician through either the doctor of medicine (MD) or a doctor of osteopathy (DO) degrees. Both training methods have the same licensing priveleges.

Enjoyment of problem solving is a must, for the good physician is foremost a problem solver. One must also be able to delay gratification for many years, since the average time of training from undergraduate through residency is 11-13 years. The rewards, however, are many for those willing to commit to the rigors of training.

Greenville gives the student a good start in the training process, through an educational program with proven success, and a faculty that supports and cares for the development of the whole student. Greenville is uniquely equipped to prepare you for a meaningful life and success in your career. An indication of the quality of Greenville's program is that, of those Pre-Med students graduating in the past 15 years, at least a half dozen have joined other alumni who are now medical school faculty members, including one who is a founding editor of the Journal of Maternal & Fetal Medicine.

The Greenville Education

Greenville College has had success preparing students for admission into medical school because of the following:

  • Strong academic preparation. In the laboratory, students are expected to use major pieces of equipment often found only at much larger institutions and reserved for graduate programs. The college has a strong and balanced science and math division. The pre-professional student takes courses designed for majors bound for graduate school in each of the disciplines. There are no abbreviated courses simply to meet minimum professional school requirements.
  • Supportive faculty. Faculty will take a personal interest in the student, both in and out of the classroom. Upper division classes are small, with much individual instruction. The pre-med advisor takes students to medical school seminars to learn about current admission procedures.
  • Personal growth. The college strives to educate servant leaders, encouraging participation in activities that will aid the student in understanding and preparing for a lifetime in a service profession.
  • A recent report of the "Council on Medical Education" encouraged medical schools to look for the broadly educated applicant. Greenville's liberal arts tradition gives that broad perspective for which medical schools are looking.

Medical Admission Requirements

Most pre-med students major in either biology, chemistry, or both. However, no particular major is necessary for entrance into medical school. The core of courses required are:

  • 1 year of biology
  • 1 year of general chemistry
  • 1 year of organic chemistry
  • Biochemistry recommended
  • Calculus
  • 1 year of physics
  • General education courses that give a broad understanding of life
  • Successful scores on the MCAT (medical college admission test)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • A strong GPA

We strongly recommend more biology; thus the biology major is a good preparation for entrance into medical school. Further courses which prove helpful are cell biology, microbiology, genetics, general physiology, and vertebrate morphogenesis. All of the courses recommended or required have successfully prepared many students in the past for medical schools all over the country.

Greenville's composite letter of recommendation is much appreciated by medical schools. The composite letter is written by professors who know the students personally and have counseled them in their health career. It is compiled by the science division and sent to each of the medical schools to which the student wishes to apply.

Greenville College BA in Biology degree with Pre-Med emphasis

In addition to the courses listed under medical admission requirements, the student will need to complete a biology major and general education requirements to graduate from Greenville College. Courses not previously listed that are required for the biology major are botany, cell biology, and senior seminar. A total of 32 credits are required for a major in biology. General education requirements for graduation in addition to previously listed courses are:

  • 1 year of English
  • 1 course in communication
  • 1 course in philosophy
  • 1 course in behavioral science
  • 1 course in history, and an additional history or behavioral science course
  • 1 course in fine arts
  • Language proficiency or equivalent to 3 semesters of college foreign language
  • 2 designated religion classes (Bible and Culture, Faith and Learning)
  • 4 credits in physical education


Greenville College is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as several other academic affiliations for teachers.

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Pre-Physician Assistant

The Physician Assistant (PA) is an academically and clinically prepared health practitioner. The PA provides services under the direction and supervision of a doctor of medicine or osteopathy in a variety of medical services and settings.

What is a Physician Assistant?

The Physician Assistant (PA) is an academically and clinically prepared health practitioner. The PA provides services under the direction and supervision of a doctor of medicine or osteopathy in a variety of medical services and settings.

The functions of the PA include performing diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventative activities and services to allow more effective use of the physician's knowledge, skills and abilities.

The PA will take medical histories, order laboratory tests, determine treatment, give medical advice, counsel patients, perform physical exams, diagnose common illnesses, assist in surgery and promote wellness.


Preparation for Entrance into PA Training

Most of the 80 PA training programs in the country that complete the educational and clinical preparation to be a PA are upper division 24-27 month programs. The student must fulfill entrance requirements and apply for entrance into the program the year prior to admittance. Greenville College is very able to provide the educational component necessary for entrance.

Greenville has a strong science division where required science classes provide a background necessary for future clinical training. Greenville tries to educate the whole person, which gives the student a better understanding of themselves and a broad understanding of people.

The liberal arts components of Greenville gives the student a world view and information that will enhance the patient/PA relationship. Our emphasis on building servant leaders provides good modeling and training for the PA. Jesus Christ, the greatest healer, is taught about and emulated on campus.


Requirements for Admission into most PA Training Programs:

General education requirements frequently include three classes in english and communication, four classes in humanities, religion, and philosophy and several classes in behavioral science.


Specific Requirements:

  • General Chemistry (with labs) - 8 credits
  • General Biology - 8 credits
  • Microbiology - 4 credits
  • Medical Terminology
  • Psychopathology - 4 credits
  • Statistics - 4 credits



  • Developmental Psychology - 4 credits
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology - 4 credits
  • General Physiology - 4 credits

Computer literacy is often expected and practical medical experience is always expected.

The student will need to be sure that the required courses for the PA school of their choice are taken.


PA School Admission Competition

The student should be aware of strong competition around the country for positions in PA schools. An average of seven applications exist for each opening. Therefore, students need to be certain that all the prerequisites for entrance into the school of their choice are completed.

Most schools have a requirement of hands-on medical experience, either volunteer or paid. So, students need to get CNA or emergency training or volunteer to help with patient care in some way before attempting to be admitted into a PA program. This training could be accomplished during the first two academic years.



Greenville College is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as several other academic affiliations.

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The purpose of the pre-nursing curriculum at Greenville College is to prepare you for admission into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or co-enrollment in an Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) to graduate with an ADN as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Biology.

The purpose of the pre-nursing curriculum at Greenville College is to prepare you for admission into a clinical program that will complete your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The prerequisites for a clinical nursing program can be completed at Greenville College.
Greenville College also has a partnership agreement with the Kaskaskia College of Nursing program, granting students co-enrollment in the Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology at GC and the Associate Degree in Nursing at Kaskaskia College. Students will receive personalized advising from both institutions to assist them in timely completion of both degrees. Additionally, students will have access to the resources and services of both institutions while pursuing their degrees. Both pre-nursing paths are 4-year degree programs granting graduates with two degrees.

The Nursing Career

The profession of nursing with the designation of registered nurse, can be attained by different educational levels. The Associate Degree of Nursing degree typically takes two years, and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree takes four years.


Purpose of Pre-Nursing Program

The purpose of the pre-nursing curriculum at Greenville College is to prepare students for admission into a clinical program that will complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The prerequisites for a clinical nursing program are completed at Greenville College.

The student then transfers to an upper division, two-year nursing school. Greenville College is affiliated with the Mennonite College of Nursing in Bloomington, Illinois, from which the student will receive a BSN degree. However, the student may apply to other nursing schools.

St. John's Hospital in Springfield has a service-oriented program which is similar to Mennonite. Another possibility would be an accelerated nursing program (12-15 months) designed for students who have already completed a college degree. St. Louis University is the closest school offering this type of training. 

Students interested in receiving an Associate of Nursing program alongside their Bachelor of Arts in Biology do so through co-enrollment at Greenville College and Kaskaskia College.  

Our pre-nursing program allows students to enter the nursing profession upon graduating with their selected nursing degree as well as their Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Greenville College.

Liberal Arts Education

Some of the advantages for getting the first two or three years of a nursing program at a liberal arts college are:

  • An education of the whole person gives a nurse a better understanding of themselves and their role in the world.
  • A better understanding of people from a broad perspective gives the nurse a better understanding of patients.
  • A liberal arts education gives the nurse windows of opportunity for relating with patients in areas other than their problem.
  • The science learned is broad-based science that can be used in areas other than the nursing field.
  • The Greenville emphasis on building servant leaders provides an excellent model for the nursing career.
  • The Christ who Greenville honors is the best model of a healer.



Greenville College is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as several other academic affiliations.

Kaskaskia College Nursing Program (Associate Degree of Nursing Program Partnership)

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is fully accredited by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation ( and by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ( The Associate Degree Nursing Program prepares recipients to become Registered Nurses (RNs).

Mennonite College of Nursing

Mennonite College of Nursing, to which Greenville is affiliated, is the oldest private college of Nursing in Illinois. MCN is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the National League of Nursing.

It is associated with a multi-faceted health care system named BroMenn Healthcare, which is owned by churches located in Central Illinois representing several denominations. It places students in three hospitals, three foundations, and three community health services, a wellness center and a consultant business in the Bloomington area.

MCN offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, and a Master of Science in Nursing degree, the Family Nurse Practitioner.


St. John's College Department of Nursing

St. Johns College originated as St. John's Hospital School of Nursing in 1886 and is the oldest Catholic hospital nursing school in the United States. It reorganized in 1991, establishing its present form. It is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to grant the Baccalaureate in Nursing (BSN).

The majority of the clinical training is at St. John's Hospital, which is also affiliated with the SIU Medical School, whose library facilities they share. St. John's College has its own well-equipped nursing training laboratories.


Usual requirements for entrance into the 3rd and 4th year BSN Nursing colleges:

  • ENG 101 - English composition
  • ENG 201 - Literature and Composition
  • COM 101 - Speech Communication (or other speech course with public speaking component)
  • PHL 201 - Major Issues in Philosophy (or other philosophy class)
  • BIO 110 - General Biology
  • BIO 250 - Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • BIO 260/360 - Microbiology
  • CHM 111 - General Chemistry
  • CS 101 - Introduction to Personal Computers
  • MTH 106 - Finite Mathematics
  • PSY 101 - General Psychology
  • PSY/SOC 202 - Statistics
  • PSY 212 - Developmental Psychology
  • SOC 101 - Principles of Sociology (or course of student's choice from Sociology Department)
  • Nutrition - offered every third interterm
  • Humanities & Fine Arts electives - 4 hrs.
  • Medical Terminology is highly recommended.

*In addition, St. Louis University requires a degree, and ethics (for Philosophy).

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Engineering Dual Degree

For nearly 50 years, our Engineering Dual Degree students have seen great success at two of the best engineering schools in the country. Greenville College offers a unique program that allows students to earn a Physics, Chemistry or Biology degree from Greenville College along with an Engineering degree from the University of Illinois or Washington University. Formalized Engineering Dual Degree (3-2) plans have been in place with the University of Illinois for over 45 years and with Washington University for over a decade. Almost every student who has transferred to either of these institutions under the Engineering Dual Degree program has successfully completed their engineering degree. A physics degree from GC is also awarded when the engineering degree is complete. Students attend school for five years, but earn two degrees. The pre-engineering student must complete the same general education credits as required for any science major. A foreign language is required.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, engineering is projected to be one of the top five areas of employment for the next decade. If you have been prepared by your high school education in writing, communications, mathematics and science, you should be ready to move into the college level courses. You will have to study a lot, but anything worth doing requires some effort. The payback occurs in career satisfaction. The engineering profession ranks in the upper 15% among the 250 types of work endeavors.

The following degree plan provides a glimpse of what your schedule may look like as you complete this program:

Benefits of the 3/2 Program

  1. Successful completion of Greenville's engineering program, with an appropriate GPA, guarantees admission to top quality engineering schools for the remaining two years.
  2. Receive personal attention in the math and physics courses that provide the backbone of any engineering program.
  3. Gain exposure to the many engineering opportunities before making a final commitment to a specific field.
  4. Remain flexible in your career options by starting with the practical, broad- natured pre-engineering courses that prepares one for many fields.
  5. Obtain two degrees -- a liberal arts degree in addition to an engineering degree. Employers seek graduates with a broad background to better adapt to our constantly changing society.
  6. Spend three years at a campus where Christian principles and values are taught and practiced.

International Students

Greenville College works alongside Yenching Elite Education as our premier partner in China for recruiting qualified Chinese students into its engineering dual-degree program. Yenching Elite Education focuses on providing access to our “Pathways Programs” designed to assist Chinese students upon graduating from high school. Students completing a one-year Pathway Program enjoy a curriculum focused on English language development and additional coursework to prepare them for attending the school’s four-year degree program. Yenching Elite Education also collaborates to find top students interested in pursuing our Engineering Dual Degree (3:2) partnerships with University of Illinois and Washington University

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Career Opportunities

  • Chemist
  • Chemistry Lab Assistant
  • Chemistry Professor