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

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

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 Environ.Tox.& Chem.
This course will examine the occurrence and fate of naturally-occurring and anthropogenic chemicals in the environment, especially those with bioactive properties. Topics will include the routes that chemicals follow into the environment, selected reactions they undergo once they are in the environment, and the impact on both human and non-human organisms. This course is suitable for those students who have an interest in how chemicals impact biological organisms and vice-versa.

CHEM 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

Spring 2016

CHEM 132 General Chemistry II with Lab
A continuation of Chemistry 131. Topics covered in the second semester will include: kinetics, equilibrium, acids, bases, and buffers, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and transition metal chemistry. Three hours of classroom and three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: 131.

CHEM 243 Modern Chemical Analysis
The theory of chemical equilibrium as it pertains to acid-base, metal-ligand, redox, and EDTA titrations. Topics such as experimental design, sampling, calibration strategies, standardization, and the optimization and validation of experimental results will be covered. Statistical analysis of data will also be included. This class is meant to aid students in developing both a sound knowledge of experimental protocols (i.e. How many samples do we need to collect? How do we extract our analyte from the matrix? How much sample must be extracted in order to obtain a measurable result? How do we measure what's present? and in the critical evaluation of experimental results (How much confidence do we have that our results are representative of the system under study?). Prerequisite: 132 or 141.