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Chemistry


Prerequisite/Corequisite Key

P = Course must be taken previously C = Course must be taken concurrently E = Course can be taken previously or concurrently
(RQ) = Required (RM) = Recommended  

CHEM 100

Chemistry of Everyday Things

3 credit hours

This course surveys basic concepts in chemistry as they apply to everyday life. Topics may include energy resources, the environment, food supplies, forensic tests, personal care products and pharmaceuticals.

CHEM 102

What's in Our Food

3 credit hours

This course surveys food science from a consumer perspective. It provides students with a foundational understanding of how science plays an integral role in the food industry from ingredient selection to final product quality. Topics include food sensory, food chemistry, health claims & nutrition, ingredient & process technology, food regulation, safety, and preservation, as well as consumer trends.

CHEM 103

Environmental Science

3 credit hours

This course surveys scientific laws, principles, models and concepts to help the students understand both environmental and resource problems and their possible solutions and how these concepts, problems and solutions are connected. Topics may include applied aspects of environmental chemistry, global warming, biomass energy, green chemistry and the effects on non-industrialized agricultural societies and industrialized societies on the environment.

CHEM 106

Chemistry Essentials

3 credit hours

This course reviews fundamental concepts in arithmetic and algebra, introduces basic concepts in chemistry and teaches problem-solving skills used in chemical calculations. Emphasis is on the use of dimensional analysis techniques. Offered fall. NOTE: Credit does not apply toward a minor in science.

CHEM 109

Survey of General, Organic and Bio-Chemistry

4 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) Completion of MATH-099 or concurrent enrollment in a 100-level Math course and C: CHEML-109 (RQ)

This course provides a survey of basic concepts in general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. Lecture and laboratory topics include atomic structure and chemical bonding, dimensional analysis, composition and reactions of some inorganic compounds, a survey of functional group structure and reactivity of organic compounds in general and in biochemical systems. Structure and function of biomolecules like carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, vitamins and nucleic acids will also be discussed. Lecture 3, Laboratory 3

CHEM 111

General Chemistry I

5 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) High school chemistry or CHEM 106 course with a grade of C or better and MATH 112 (can be taken concurrently) and P: CHEML-111 (RQ)

This course focuses on the study of atomic structure, periodicity, basic quantum theory, bonding, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, the gaseous state, physical changes and states of matter, properties of solutions, and acids and bases. Lecture 3, Laboratory 4.

CHEM 112

General Chemistry II

5 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) Passing grade in CHEM-111 and C: CHEML-112 (RQ)

This course focuses on the study of acid-base and solubility equilibria, kinetics, thermodynamics, electro-chemistry, coordination compounds, nuclear chemistry and descriptive topics in inorganic chemistry. Lecture 3, Laboratory 4.

CHEM 150

Chemistry-Connecting Dots to Community

3 credit hours

Students in this course will learn basic chemistry concepts that have relevance in daily life with an emphasis on developing activities to communicate those concepts to middle school kids. Students will work in groups to plan, design and deliver demonstrations, activities and handouts. Students will present these activities at planned events and may be expected to attend off campus presentations.

CHEM 150

Special Topics in Chemical Science

1 to 3 credit hours

This course focuses on the study of topics not regularly scheduled and not covered in other courses. Suggested topics concern nuclear science, forensic science and environmental science. Prerequisite: A high school or college chemistry course or consent of instructor.

CHEM 209

Survey of Organic Chemistry with Biological Applications

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: E (RQ) CHEML-209 and P: CHEM-112 (RQ)

This is a one-semester survey course in organic chemistry with biological applications designed for students in General Biology, Natural Science, Secondary Education, etc. This course explores the structure, bonding, physical properties and nomenclature of organic materials and biological systems along with stereochemistry and reaction mechanisms of organic compounds exemplified by biological reactions. Analysis of organic molecules using various spectroscopy: IR, NMR, UV, an MS, will be taught . Application of the organic reactions in biological systems will be covered through introduction to the following topics: Amino Acids, Lipids, Carbohydrates, Metabolism, Peptides, and Proteins. This course is not intended for Biology Pre-Health majors, as they need to take the CHEM 251/252 series. This course does not provide adequate preparation for Organic Chemistry II, CHEM 252. This course does not provide adequate preparation for Biochemistry I, CHEM 301.

CHEM 211

Analytical Chemistry

5 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) CHEM-112 and C: CHEML-211 (RQ)

This course involves theories and applications of analytical methods. Environmental, household and industrial samples are quantitatively assayed using gravimetric, volumetric, electroanalytical and spectrometric methods. Lecture 3, Laboratory 4. Offered fall.

CHEM 250

Special Topics in Chemistry

1 to 3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) CHEM-112 and consent of instructor

This course includes formal courses covering individual topics or groups of topics not regularly scheduled and not covered in other courses. Suggested topics include clinical, environmental, food, forensic, geochemistry, industrial and nuclear chemistry.

CHEM 251

Organic Chemistry I

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) CHEM-112 with a C or better, or equivalent as determined by the department and E: CHEML-251 (RQ)

This course discusses bonding, structure, reactivity, isomerism, nomenclature and stereochemistry of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons (saturated and unsaturated). Particular emphasis is placed on the mechanism of organic reactions (physical-organic chemistry) and spectroscopy. Lecture 4. Offered fall.

CHEML 251

Organic Chemistry I Lab

2 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RM) CHEM-112 with a C or better and C: CHEM-251 (RQ)

This course explores methods of purification and separation of organic compounds: distillation, extraction, crystallization, thin layer, column and gas-liquid chromatography and resolution. The preparation of several simple organic compounds is included. Laboratory 4. Offered fall.

CHEM 252

Organic Chemistry II

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) CHEM-251 and E: CHEML-252 (RQ)

This course discusses the structure and reactivity of a variety of functional groups (halides, alcohols, ethers, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aldehydes, ketones, and amines). Emphasis is placed on the mechanisms of reactions and the spectral properties of the various functional groups. The knowledge of functional group chemistry is extended to compounds of biological importance: fats, amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, alkaloids and organic pesticides. Lecture 4. Offered spring.

CHEML 252

Organic Chemistry II Lab

2 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) CHEML 251 and C: CHEM-252 (RM)

This course explores reactions and properties of typical organic functional groups. Preparation of typical classes of organic compounds is also included. Laboratory 4. Offered spring.

CHEM 301

Biochemistry I

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) CHEM-252 and C: CHEML-301 (RQ)

This course discusses structures and properties of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, enzymes, coenzymes and nucleic acids. Introductions to bioenergetics and metabolism are included. Offered fall.

CHEML 301

Biochemistry Laboratory I

1 credit hour

Pre-requisite: E (RQ) CHEM 301

This course is an introduction to biochemical laboratory techniques. Experiments include purification and characterization of various biomolecules and enzyme kinetics. Laboratory 3. Offered fall.

CHEM 302

Biochemistry II

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) CHEM-301

This course discusses metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins and nucleic acids. Biosynthesis of macromolecules and regulatory processes are included. Offered spring.

CHEML 304

Synthesis and Characterization Lab

2 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) CHEM-209 and E: CHEML-252 (RQ)

This course includes syntheses of a variety of organic and inorganic compounds. Products are characterized using both chemical and spectral techniques. Laboratory 4. Offered fall odd years.

CHEM 305

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: E (RQ) CHEM-209 or CHEML 252

Topics explored in this course include atomic structure, periodicity, bonding theory, acid-base concepts, coordination and organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry. Offered spring even years.

CHEM 311

Instrumental Methods of Analysis

4 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) CHEM-112, MATH-201, PHYS-201 or PHYS 211 and C: CHEML-311 (RQ)

This course covers spectrometric, electro-chemical, chromatographic and calorimetric methods of analysis. Lecture 2, Laboratory 4. Offered spring odd years.

CHEM 331

Physical Chemistry I

4 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) CHEM-112, MATH-202, PHYS-202 or PHYS-212 and C: CHEML-331 (RQ)

This course discusses the laws and applications of thermodynamics; reaction and phase equilibria; reaction kinetics. The laboratory component explores: thermochemical and cryoscopic studies phase diagrams, measurement of thermodynamics quantities and studies of surface phenomena. Lecture 3, Laboratory 4. Offered spring.

CHEM 332

Physical Chemistry II

4 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) CHEM-112, MATH-202, PHYS-202 or PHYS-212 and C: CHEML-332 (RQ)

This course discusses electrochemical systems; transport phenomena; atomic and molecular quantum mechanics; spectroscopy, statistical mechanics. The laboratory component explores: electrochemical measurements, macromolecular characterization, spectroscopic determination of physical properties of molecules, quantum mechanical computations with application of group theory to chemical symmetry. Lecture 3, Laboratory 3. Offered fall odd years.

CHEM 350

Special Topics: Chemistry

1 to 2 credit hours

This course includes formal courses covering individual topics or groups of topics not regularly scheduled and not covered in other courses. Suggested topics include advanced quantum, environmental, industrial, materials, medicinal, organometallic, physical-organic and polymer chemistry. NOTE: Consent of instructor required.

CHEM 351

Introduction to Research I

1 to 3 credit hours

This is the first part of a research course in the use of the chemical library and individual laboratory study of some problem in chemistry. Offered at the request of students. Note: Science majors with junior or senior status and/or consent of the department supervisor.

CHEM 352

Introduction to Research II

1 to 3 credit hours

This is the second part of a research course in the use of the chemical library and individual laboratory study of some problem in chemistry. Offered at the request of students. NOTE: Science majors with junior or senior status and/or consent of the department supervisor.

CHEM 353

Independent Study

1 to 3 credit hours

This course is an informal study of advanced topics in chemistry on a tutorial basis. Offered at the request of students. NOTE: Science majors with junior or senior status and/or consent of the department supervisor.

CHEM 357

Senior Seminar

1 credit hour

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) CHEM-356 and senior status

In this course students conduct library or laboratory research. A paper is written and a presentation is given to faculty and students.

CHEM 360

Internship

0 to 3 credit hours

The student will spend a specified number of hours in a chemical work setting, report regularly to an academic supervisor and receive assignments appropriate to his/her type of work. Offered by special arrangement.