Course Catalog

It may seem that our course numbers are assigned on a random basis, but there is some method to our assignments! The course numbers are four digit numbers where the digits have some meaning:

First digit – indicates the level of the course:

  • A 1000 level course is an introductory course available to all students
  • A 2000 level course is typically taken by a second year student, and often requires taking the corresponding introductory course as a prerequisite
  • Courses with 3000 and 4000 numbers are upper level undergraduate courses
  • 7000 – 9000 level courses are taught at the graduate level

Second digit – indicates the subdiscipline of chemistry taught in the course:

  • 100 numbered courses are General Chemistry
  • 200 numbered courses are Organic Chemistry
  • 300 numbered courses are Inorganic Chemistry
  • 400 numbered courses are Physical Chemistry
  • 500 numbered courses are Analytical Chemistry
  • 600 numbered courses are Biochemistry.

Third digit – differentiates between courses at a similar level taught to different student audiences:

  • 00 numbered courses are typically laboratory courses
  • 10 numbered courses are general introductory courses
  • 20 or higher describes courses taught for a specific major
    For example, CHM 1131 is a General Chemistry course designed for Nursing majors, while CHM 1151 is a General Chemistry course designed for Biology or Engineering majors.

Fourth digit – In general, an odd number indicates the first course in a multiple course sequence, while an even number indicates the second course in that sequence.

Syllabi can be found here 

Villanova Chemistry at a Glance:

Degrees Offered: B.S., M.S.
Full Time Faculty: 25
Undergraduate Majors: 85
Graduate Students: 25
Equipment: an array of modern instrumentation for conducting research and instructional facilities
Building: Mendel Science Center houses research and instructional facilities for 6 scientific departments, including 17 chemistry research labs

Directions to Mendel Science Center

Software and Databases

ChemWatch is an MSDS database.
access ChemWatch (from campus)

access ChemWatch advanced functions page (login required)

Contact Eric Welsh for more information.

ChemTracker is a chemical inventory database.  Click here to obtain a username and password.  Your Villanova account login information is required.
Contact Dr. Kurchan for more information.

The Department of Chemistry has a site license for ChemDoodle, available for both Windows and Mac.
NOTE: You need to use your Villanova email address to start the process of obtaining the software.

Spartan P-Chem
The Department of Chemistry has a 15- concurrent user license for Spartan P-Chem. Please note this software is only available for Windows.
NOTE: You must be connected to the campus network in order to run the software.

Course Descriptions

Descriptions for courses offered by the Chemistry Department can be found by clicking on the below links:

Undergraduate Courses

Graduate Courses