Faculty Profile

Amy Witter

Professor of Chemistry (1999)

Contact Information


Stuart Hall - Rector Complex Room 2109


My long-term research interests lie in the field of environmental analytical chemistry. My 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

2018-2019 Academic Year

Fall 2018

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. Chem. & Tox.
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 how chemicals enter the environment, how they react once they are in the environment, and impacts on human and non-human organisms. This course is suitable for students having completed organic chemistry II.

CHEM 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

CHEM 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

Spring 2019

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?). Three hours classroom and four hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: 132 or 141.

CHEM 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

CHEM 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

CHEM 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch