Campus Location: 
College of Arts and Sciences


Majors Offered:  Chemistry and Biochemistry

Doane Chemistry offers students the chance to observe the small stuff: the molecules that make up the world around us, from the fuel we put in our gas tanks to the complex inner workings of our own bodies. 

We offer a wide range of chemistry experiences from all segments of campus. From classroom experiences like our "studio" general chemistry class and chances to use state-of-the-art chemistry technology in laboratories across the curriculum, to research experiences like designing sensors for abused narcotics like methamphetamine and delving into the molecular mechanisms through which bone tissue is created. 

With a well-designed, broadly based selection of courses, your chemistry education is not limited to the classroom and laboratory. We work hard to enhance your oral and written communication skills and encourage you to gain further experience through internships in a commercial lab or through research experience on our campus or elsewhere.   

Special Programs

Campus events include laboratory demonstrations in chemistry during Interterm sessions.

A significant number of Nebraska schools are challenged to provide even basic laboratory equipment to serve their limited curriculum. The science division of Doane University hosts a daylong program called Study Science that places high school students in the chemistry lab as part of a specialized campus recruiting experience. Additional outreach to middle school and high school students by the chemistry department includes the annual Chemistry Poker competition for beginning high school chemistry students. Doane created special playing cards for this game based on element placement in the periodic table.

Project SEED, funded by the American Chemical Society, sponsors high school students from underprivileged socio-economic backgrounds to conduct research in the chemistry department at Doane University.

Three-Year Graduation Program

Focused on a major – and a career – in Chemistry and motivated to move ahead at a faster pace? Doane offers a Three-Year Graduation Program backed with a three-year guarantee.

The three-year degree program isn't for everybody. Students must apply and eligibility and acceptance are based on GPA, ACT/SAT scores and credits earned prior to enrollment.

For those committed students who fit this option, faculty have created an intensive academic plan with a three-year course schedule.


Chemistry is the study of matter and its changes.  These changes affect everything we eat, wear, and touch.  Chemistry is the only science that studies the changes that involve both huge industries and the well-being of each of us.  Chemists are employed in almost ever sector of the economy.  The work called chemistry is incredible and varied.  Chemistry graduates pursue advanced degrees in chemistry, chemical engineering, pharmacy, medicine technology, law, and other areas.  Other graduates obtain jobs in the chemical or pharmaceutical industries. 

Requirements for the Chemistry major:
Complete 1 or 2.

  1. Complete the following:
    1. The following ten courses: CHM 125, 126, 205, 206, 303, 351, 411, 412, 495, and 496.  RES 495 and 496 for 2 credits each may be substituted for CHM 495 and 496.
    2. Two additional courses from CHM 322, 326, or 408
    3. The following cognates : MTH 235, 236 and PHY 107, 108.
  2. Students seeking certification for teaching in chemistry must complete:
    1. The following eight courses: CHM 125, 126, 205, 206, 303, 408, 411, and 412
    2. The following cognates from the natural sciences: PHY 107 and 108, BIO 120, and either AST 103 and 103L or GEO 103
    3. The following cognates in mathematics: MTH 235, 236.
    4. The following natural science methods courses: NSI 322, 324, 326, and 327.
    5. One additional teaching major.
    6. All requirements listed under the catalog section secondary education.


Requirements for the chemistry subject endorsement:
Students who are not chemistry majors and are seeking certification for teaching in chemistry must complete the following:

  1. A total of 24 credits in chemistry: CHM 125, 126, 205, 303, and eight credits from CHM 206, 322, 326, or 408
  2. Cognates BIO 120; GEO 101 or 103; NSI 322, 324, 326, 327; PHY 107
  3. A teaching major
  4. All requirements listed under the catalog section secondary education.


Requirements for the chemistry minor:

  1. Complete the following courses: CHM 125, 126, 205, 303.
  2. Complete eight credits from: CHM 206, 322, 326, or 408.


Requirements for the Biochemistry major:

  1. BIO 110, 111, 112, 335.
  2. CHM 110, 125, 126, 195, 205, 206, 210, 303, 330, and 430.
  3. Complete either the Biology research sequence (BIO 351, 495, 496) or the Chemistry research sequence (CHM 351, 495, 496).  Additionally, complete CHM 494 as a capstone course.
  4. Three additional courses are required:
    1. One course chosen from BIO 317, 331, 348, 349,  or 356.
    2. One course chosen from CHM 322, 326, 411.
    3. Complete the following cognates: PHY 107 (or 201) and MTH 235.

BIO 295, PHY 108 (or 202), and MTH 236 are strongly recommended. MTH 236 is a prerequisite for CHM 411. PHY 108 (or 202) is required for entrance into most medical schools.

Learning Environment


Chemistry Class

At Doane, you will experience the full benefits of a small, liberal arts environment.  Students taking classes and participating in research activities in the Chemistry Department will work closely with chemistry faculty and support staff. 

Our $10.2 million Lied Science and Mathematics Building provides an exceptional environment for study, research and interaction:

  • Five chemistry labs featuring state-of-the-art equipment
  • Hands-on access to high-tech instruments, such as a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer and gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer
  • Extensive group work
  • Individualized experiments challenge students to think on their own and provide the opportunity to learn from others at the same time


Instrumentation Center


Chemical instruments are vital to your education in chemistry, and Doane provides access to an outstanding array of modern instruments.  You will begin hands-on experience during your first year. 

The chemistry department has a noteworthy array of modern instruments, all for student use.  Laboratory facilities include:

    Lab Equipment

Jasco J-815 Circular Dichroism (CD) Spectrophotometer obtained in 2007.


Jasco P-1020 Polarimeter obtained in 2007.


Shimadzu RF -5301PC Fluorescence Spectrometer obtained in 2006.


Varian CP 3800 GC Chromatograph and Varian Saturn 2000 GC/MS/MS Spectrometer obtained in 2002.


Varian Avance III 400 MHz NMR Spectrometer obtained in 2011.


Varian Cary 50 Bio UV-Visible Spectrometer obtained in 2002.


Perkin Elmer Spectrum 100 FT-IR Spectrometer obtained in 2000.


Varian Pro Star HPLC Chromatograph obtained in 2004.

Other instruments available in the chemistry department: a Malvern Mastersizer X Particle Size Analyzer (obtained in 2007) and a Buck 210 VGP Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (obtained in 2005).

Also available to the project is the equipment maintained by the biology department, including auto active sterilizers, tissue processors, luminometers, biophotometer, fotodyne gel documentation systems, plate reader, micro centrifuges, CO incubator, inverted microscope with fluorescence and digital camera, electrode puller, electrode polisher, electrophoresis equipment, vibratome for sectioning, microtome for sectioning, micropipettes and a scanning electron microscope.



Specialized Program Opportunities

Video Demonstrations



The Purple Genie-The reaction between iodine and turpentine.  An undergraduate experiment that determines the actual products of the reaction and calculates ring strain energy and resonance energy. It illustrates the large amount of energy released during a kind of chemical reaction.

Amanda Lytle and David H. Smith
Department of Chemistry

The video is an eye-catching organic chemistry reaction, which should be presented as a classroom demonstration. It illustrates the large amount of energy released during a kind of chemical reaction. The reaction is taught in every organic chemistry course. A good reason for presenting the demonstration on video instead of "live" is that the reaction produces a cloud of toxic gas and has to be done in a good hood, usually not available in classrooms.  

Several videos of this demonstration are available on the web, including one at the Journal of Chemical Education website. 

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View detailed course information

CHM 110 - Professional Development and Careers in Chemical Sciences (1)
CHM 125 - General Chemistry I (4)
CHM 126 - General Chemistry II (4)
CHM 195 - Introduction to Chemical Research (1)
CHM 205 - Organic Chemistry I (4)
CHM 206 - Organic Chemistry II (4)
CHM 303 - Analytical Chemistry (4)
CHM 351 - Chemistry Research I (2)
CHM 411 - Physical Chemistry I (4)
CHM 412 - Physical Chemistry II (4)
CHM 494 - Communication of Chemical Research (0)
CHM 495 - Chemistry Research II (2)
CHM 496 - Chemistry Research III (2)
CHM 322 - Instrumental Analysis (4)
CHM 326 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (4)
MTH 235 - Calculus I (4)
MTH 236 - Calculus II (4)
PHY 107 - Introductory Physics I (4)
PHY 108 - Introductory Physics II (4)
BIO 111 - Energy of Life: Cells to Ecosystems (3)
BIO 112 - Information of Life: Genetics to Evolution (3)
AST 103 - Introductory Astronomy (3)
AST 103L - Astronomy Laboratory (1)
GEO 103 - Physical Geology (4)
SCI 322 - The Teaching of Laboratory Sciences I (0-1)
SCI 324 - The Teaching of Laboratory Sciences II (0-1)
SCI 326 - The Teaching of Laboratory Sciences III (0-1)
SCI 327 - The Teaching of Laboratory Sciences IV (4)
RES 495 - Research II (1-2)
RES 496 - Research III (1-2)

Program Overview
Three-Year Graduation Program
Learning Environment
Research & Video Demonstrations
Student Organizations
Special Programs

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