Chemistry

Chemistry Course Descriptions

CHEM 101 Joy of Chemistry
Credit Hours:
3

An application of scientific methods of inquiry through a survey of fundamental chemical concepts as they relate to contemporary societal topics of interest. Examples of topics covered include food chemistry, chemistry of brewing, chemistry and your body, forensic chemistry, environmental chemistry, chemistry and art. It is designed for non-science majors to gain an appreciation for the natural sciences. This course is not open to those who already have credit for a 100-level chemistry course.

CHEM 105 Issues in the Chemical Sciences
Credit Hours:
4

Designed for non-science majors. Attention is directed to the dynamic and social nature of chemical science by relating contributions of individuals and groups to the advancement of chemical knowledge. Sections of the course are dedicated to exploring the role of chemistry in selected areas of importance to society through the presentation of a set of fundamental chemical concepts. This course is not open to those who already have credit for a 100-level chemistry course.

CHEM 108 General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry
Credit Hours:
4

The study and application of fundamental chemical concepts in the context of the allied health sciences. Special attention is paid to the areas of general chemistry that can be directly applied to the understanding of organic and biological chemistry.

CHEM 111 General Chemistry I
Credit Hours:
4

Serves as foundation courses for the areas of physical, analytical, inorganic, organic, and biochemistry. Emphasis is placed on the topics of atomic structure, periodicity, stoichiometry, bonding, thermochemistry, kinetics, equilibria, and electrochemistry. The companion laboratories focus on standard and instrumental laboratory methodologies with experiments chosen to illustrate key topics from lecture.

CHEM 112 General Chemistry II
Credit Hours:
4

Serves as foundation courses for the areas of physical, analytical, inorganic, organic, and biochemistry. Emphasis is placed on the topics of atomic structure, periodicity, stoichiometry, bonding, thermochemistry, kinetics, equilibria, and electrochemistry. The companion laboratories focus on standard and instrumental laboratory methodologies with experiments chosen to illustrate key topics from lecture.  Prerequisite: CHEM 111

CHEM 200 Laboratory Safety
Credit Hours:
1

Emphasizes “safety first” through experiment planning, including habitual attention to risk assessment and consideration of hazards for oneself, fellow workers, and the public. The course concentrates on developing a prudent attitude toward dealing with laboratory hazards and fosters a determination to make every effort to be informed about risks and reduce them to a minimum. Prerequisite: previous or concurrent enrollment in a laboratory science course.

CHEM 213 Organic Chemistry I
Credit Hours:
4

A study of the structure, properties, preparation, and reactions of different classes of organic compounds, including aliphatic hydrocarbons, alcohols, carbonyl compounds, amines, and aromatic compounds, with applications of this material to biological, environmental and industrial processes. Special emphasis is placed on reaction mechanisms and fundamental principles to gain an understanding of the basic principles of organic reactions. The laboratory stresses synthesis, isolation, and purification of carbon compounds along with qualitative organic analysis including different methods of spectroscopy. Prerequisite: CHEM 112.

CHEM 214 Organic Chemistry II
Credit Hours:
4

A study of the structure, properties, preparation, and reactions of different classes of organic compounds, including aliphatic hydrocarbons, alcohols, carbonyl compounds, amines, and aromatic compounds, with applications of this material to biological, environmental and industrial processes. Special emphasis is placed on reaction mechanisms and fundamental principles to gain an understanding of the basic principles of organic reactions. The laboratory stresses synthesis, isolation, and purification of carbon compounds along with qualitative organic analysis including different methods of spectroscopy. Prerequisite: CHEM 213

CHEM 230 Foundational Inorganic Chemistry
Credit Hours:
3

Presents a descriptive exploration of the chemistry of inorganic compounds including the structure, bonding, and reactions of main-group molecules, an introduction to the principles of coordination chemistry, and an examination of the structures and properties of extended solids.  Prerequisite: CHEM 112

CHEM 235 Environmental Chemistry
Credit Hours:
4

Focuses on the study of current environmental problems including acid rain, ozone depletion, global climate change, urban air pollution, and ground water contamination. Laboratory work emphasizes concepts of special importance in environmental chemistry as well as field sampling and analysis. Prerequisite: CHEM 112.

CHEM 240 Topics in Forensic Chemistry
Credit Hours:
1

A presentation and discussion of forensic chemistry topics of current interest and importance. This is a seminar-style course that provides the opportunity for students to gain an understanding of the field through general readings as well as the recent literature. Prerequisite: CHEM 111 or permission of the instructor.

CHEM 295 Chemistry Research
Credit Hours:
1-4

Provides the opportunity for investigation of research questions in the field of chemistry through laboratory and/or library research as supervised by a departmental faculty member. Four to five hours of work per week during the semester is equivalent to one credit hour. May be repeated for credit. Does not count toward the major. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: Permission of the department

CHEM 315 Physical Chemistry I
Credit Hours:
4

The study of the macroscopic, microscopic, and molecular phenomena in chemical systems. Concepts of thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, quantum chemistry, and spectroscopy are developed. Prerequisite: CHEM 112; Co-requisite: MATH 200, PHEN 121.

CHEM 316 Physical Chemistry II
Credit Hours:
3

The in-depth study of molecular phenomena in chemical systems. Concepts of atomic and molecular structure, quantum chemistry, and spectroscopy are developed. A working knowledge of computational chemistry is developed. Prerequisite: CHEM 315.

CHEM 335 Analytical Chemistry
Credit Hours:
4

A study of the modern methods of chemical separation and analysis. In the laboratory emphasis is placed on application of modern instrumentation to chemical problems. Prerequisite or co-requisite: CHEM 315.

CHEM 355 Advanced Laboratory in Chemistry
Credit Hours:
3

Emphasizes thermodynamics, kinetics, quantum chemistry, and analysis through the application of modern analytical and physical techniques. Prerequisite: CHEM 214, 315.

CHEM 418 Biochemistry I
Credit Hours:
4

The study of the chemistry of enzyme function and regulation, and the chemistry of metabolic pathways. Emphasis is placed on the structure-activity correlations and mechanisms of reactions, as well as on the thermodynamics and kinetics of the reactions involved. The lab portion of the course includes current techniques for isolation and analysis of biomolecules and the study of enzymatic processes. Prerequisite: CHEM 214.

CHEM 419 Biochemistry II
Credit Hours:
3

The study of the biosynthesis of amino acids and proteins, nucleic acids, and lipids, and carbohydrates. These are analyzed at the molecular and mechanistic level through a detailed study of structure, function, and reactions of the compounds involved. Prerequisite: CHEM 214.

CHEM 425 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Credit Hours:
4

The study of atomic, molecular, and crystalline solid state structures of the elements, inorganic compounds, and organometallic compounds. Bonding models and applications of molecular and solid state symmetry are considered. Properties and selected modern applications such as catalysis are investigated. The lecture and laboratory emphasize a variety of chemical synthesis methods and instrumental methods of analysis. Prerequisite: CHEM-230 Prerequisite or co-requisite: CHEM 315.

CHEM 440 Topics in Forensic Chemistry
Credit Hours:
1

A seminar-style course that examines important topics in the field in depth, through readings, discussions, and presentations. Prerequisite: CHEM 214, 240.

CHEM 441 Forensic Chemistry Laboratory
Credit Hours:
3

Focuses on the practical applications of instrumentation used in a forensic laboratory for the chemical analysis of various types of physical evidence such as accelerants, explosives, paints, fibers, glass, and suspected drug substances. Prerequisite: CHEM 240, Pre- or co-requisite: CHEM 214.

CHEM 445 Topics in Modern Chemistry
Credit Hours:
1-3

Focuses on selected special topics from the chemistry disciplines: analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, or biochemistry. The topics are chosen for their importance to modern chemistry. Prerequisite: Completion of all curricular requirements for the chemistry minor.

CHEM 454 Chemistry Seminar and Literature Research
Credit Hours:
2

Involves comprehensive literature research on a chemistry-related topic of the student’s choice, and writing of a detailed report on the findings. The course also features oral presentations, as well as the writing of a research proposal on the same topic researched in the literature. In addition, students are required to attend seminars by visiting scientists, organized by the department. All departmental faculty participate in this course. Co-requisite: CHEM 355.

CHEM 455 Chemistry Seminar and Laboratory Research
Credit Hours:
4

An independent experience under the guidance of one or more faculty members, designed to expose students to methods of investigation and inquiry, and enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The course also includes oral presentations and writing of a final scientific paper. In addition, to stay current in the field being researched, students continue the literature research begun in CHEM 454. Students are also required to attend a weekly seminar meeting. Prerequisites: CHEM 355, 454.

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