Faculty Profile

Amy Witter

Professor of Chemistry (1999)

Contact Information


Stuart Hall - Rector Complex Room 2109


Her long-term research interests lie in the field of environmental analytical chemistry. Her current research projects involve investigating the chemical effects of urbanization on stream sediment chemistry and the development of new analytical methods for studying plant secondary metabolites.


  • B.A., Wellesley College, 1987
  • Ph.D., University of California at Davis, 1996

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

CHEM 131 General Chemistry I with Lab
The first semester of intro chemistry for students majoring in the physical and biological sciences, who have completed one year of HS chemistry but do not place into Chemistry 141. Core principles and applications of chemistry will be covered that will aid students in understanding "Why Chemistry Matters" regardless of discipline. Topics will include: atomic and molecular structure (Lewis, VSEPR), stoichiometry, gas laws, energy and chemical reactions, periodicity, and solubility and intermolecular forces. Three hours of classroom and three hours of laboratory per week.

CHEM 490 Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy was a popular game show on the Cartoon Network in which two teams destroyed random stuff and built useful objects out of the wreckage for prize money. Much like the game show, Instrumental Analysis involves assembling disparate components into useful equipment to measure fundamental chemical properties. Although prize money will not be awarded in this course, participants will learn to build basic circuits and to employ these circuits in the creation of working chemical instrumentation, including a project of your own design. After learning the nuts and bolts of how various chemical instrumentation works, students will utilize commercial instrumentation in order to solve an authentic problem based on student interest. No prior experience with electronics is required.

CHEM 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

CHEM 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch