Welcome to the Rivier University Chemistry Department Access Page!

Chair: Dr. David Burgess (dburgess@rivier.edu, 603-897-8264, STH239)

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Department Faculty

  • Dr. David Burgess

    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.

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  • Dr. Sajjat Hussoin

    Dr. Hussoin teaches Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry at Rivier University.

    He has a Ph.D. from Brandeis University in Organic Chemistry.


  • Physical Science (PHY101)
  • General Chemistry
  • Physics
  • EveryDay Science
  • Crazy Ideas and Scientific Theories
  • Investigating Our World
  • Principles of Chemistry
  • 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

    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)

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Chemistry Minor:

To receive a Chemistry Minor, students must complete two semesters of General Chemistry with laboratory, two semesters of Organic Chemistry with laboratory, and two 300 or 400 level upper division chemistry courses. In addition, the first semester of Physics with laboratory is required for the chemistry minor. The catalog also requires that students take at least 10 credits of the chemistry minor courses at Rivier. The catalog lists it as:

A Minimum of Seven Courses Including:

  • CHE 104 - General Chemistry I Credits: 3
  • CHE 104L - General Chemistry Laboratory I Credits: 1
  • CHE 105 - General Chemistry II Credits: 3
  • CHE 105L - General Chemistry Laboratory II Credits: 1
  • CHE 201 - Organic Chemistry I Credits: 3
  • CHE 201L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I Credits: 1
  • CHE 202 - Organic Chemistry II Credits: 3
  • CHE 202L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II Credits: 1
  • CHE 306 - Biochemistry I Credits: 3
  • CHE 307 - Biochemistry II Credits: 3
  • PHY 111 - Physics I Credits: 3
  • PHY 111L - Physics Laboratory I Credits: 1

"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.

Chemistry Department Core Courses
Rivier University

The Chemistry Department offers the following general education core courses. These courses satisfy the Natural Science requirement in the new core.

  1. Introduction to Physical Science (PHY101): Introduces students to an in-depth understanding of a specific piece of sophisticated science content augmented by short content focused experiences. Offered in the fall semester. See the PHY101 Homepage.

  2. Investigating Our World (PHY107): This course is a little broader in nature and focuses more on the process of investigation in science by having the students actually participate in, identify, and practice the process of investigating common scientific phenomena. The course is not so much content driven, but focuses on the way that we engage with and investigate the world around us. It is more concerned with how we learn and not so much on what we can learn. Offered in the spring semester. See the PHY107 Information Page.

  3. Everyday Science (PHY103): Focuses on modeling or developing theories in science using every day phenomena. This course is online only. Offered during the summer. See the PHY103 Information Page.

  4. Crazy Ideas and Scientific Theories (PHY105): Focuses on what constitutes a scientific theory and how to choose between competing theories. This course is online only. Offered during the first semester every other year and as needed. See the PHY105 Information Page.

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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