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Dr. Burgess holds the rank of full professor at Rivier University.
He received his BS degree from Brigham Young University with a major in chemistry and a minor in mathematics. He has a Ph.D. from Iowa State University in Physical Chemistry and has been teaching chemistry, physics and physical science for 30 years.
In addition he has collaborated with several faculty in the education department at Rivier University, doing online and face-to-face professional development, writing and editing a series of Discovery Books, and most recently investigating teaching and learning in elementary and middle school classrooms.
Dr. Fulton teaches Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry at Rivier University.
He received his BS degree from Missouri State University with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics. He has a Ph.D. from Iowa State University in Organic Chemistry.
Organic Chemistry (CHE201/202) is a two-semester sequence that provides a detailed study of the physical and chemical properties of carbon compounds. There is an accompanying laboratory.
Prerequisite: General Chemistry (CHE104 and CHE 105 or equivalent)
Biochemistry (CHE306/307) is a two-semester sequence that provides a detailed study of the chemistry of biological systems. Topics include: protein structure and function, enzymes and enzymes kinetics, nucleic acids, bio-chemical energetics, major catabolic and selected anabolic pathways, photosynthesis, nucleotide metabolism, and gene expression and regulation.
Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry (CHE201 and CHE 202 or equivalent)
To receive a chemistry minor students must complete two semesters of General Chemistry, both lecture and lab, two semesters of Organic Chemistry, both lecture and lab, and two more upper division chemistry courses. In the recent past only Biochemistry I and II have been offered. The new instrumental analysis course is a 300-level course and would count toward the minor (and replace one of the biochemistry courses). In addition the first semester of Physics is required for the chemistry minor. The catalog also requires that students take at least half of the chemistry minor courses at Rivier. The catalog lists it as:
A Minimum of Seven Courses Including:
"We live in a society where it's considered okay for intelligent people to be scientifically illiterate. Now, it wasn't always that way. At the beginning of the 20th century, you could not be considered an intellectual unless you could discuss the key scientific issues of the day."
- Lawrence M. Krauss, author of The Physics of Star Trek. Taken from an interview in the August 2004 issue of Scientific American, page 84.
The Chemistry Department offers the following general education core courses. These courses satisfy the Natural Science requirement in the new core.
Note: Those students preparing to teach K-8 should take either PHY101 or PHY107 to satisfy the physical science requirement for the New Hampshire State Standards.
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