Faculty Profile

Amy Witter

Professor of Chemistry (1999)

Contact Information

witter@dickinson.edu

Stuart Hall - Rector Complex Room 2109
717.245.1681
http://blogs.dickinson.edu/amywitter/

Bio

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.

Education

  • 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. This course fulfills either the Lab Sciences (Division III) distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.

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.