The semesters listed after course descriptions indicate when courses are expected to be offered. Schedules are subject to change; students should confirm semester offerings with the department when planning degree programs. You can also jump directly to special and advanced courses.
101. The World of Chemistry (4) (NATURAL SCIENCE)
Intended for the non-science major, this course will introduce concepts of chemistry by relating them to their daily uses. Hands-on learning is emphasized through classroom and laboratory activities, showing the interplay of theory and experiment, and how they relate to the scientific method. (Does not count toward a Chemistry major or minor.) Three lectures, one 3-hour laboratory per week. OFFERED AS NEEDED.
102. Kitchen Chemistry (4) (NATURAL SCIENCE)
Introduction of chemistry and biochemistry concepts based on food and beverages, including topics associated with chemical changes that occur during cooking and baking. Specific topics will vary by semester. This class does not count towards Chemistry major or minor. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. OFFERED AS NEEDED.
105. General Chemistry I (3).
An introductory sequence for chemistry majors, students in biology, earth science, physics, chemical engineering, pre-medicine and pre-dentistry and others who want a comprehensive introduction. Topics include laws of chemical combination, gas laws, atomic structure, the periodic system, kinetics, chemical equilibrium and oxidation-reduction. Laboratory experiments are designed to illustrate these basic concepts and the use of modern chemical instrumentation. Three lectures, one discussion period per week. (Co-requisite: Mathematics 101, and CHEM 117). FALL.
106. General Chemistry II (3)
An introductory sequence for chemistry majors, students in biology, earth science, physics, chemical engineering, pre-medicine and pre-dentistry and others who want a comprehensive introduction. Topics include laws of chemical combination, gas laws, atomic structure, the periodic system, kinetics, chemical equilibrium and oxidation-reduction. Laboratory experiments are designed to illustrate these basic concepts and the use of modern chemical instrumentation. Three lectures, one discussion period, one 3-hour laboratory period per week. (Prerequisite: C- or better in CHEM 105 or CHEM 115 | Co-requisite: CHEM 118). SPRING.
115. Principles of Chemistry I (3)
An introductory sequence in chemistry. Topics include review of basic chemical concepts, quantum theory, electron configuration, atomic structure, energy, chemical bonding, physical properties, chemical equations and stoichiometry, aqueous solutions. Also includes discussions of current chemical research and an independent study of chemical literature. (Co-requisites: CHEM 117 and MATH 115). FALL.
116. Principles of Chemistry II (3)
An introductory sequence in chemistry. Topics include entropy and free energy, physical equilibria, chemical equilibria, acids and bases, electrochemistry and chemical kinetics. Also to include discussions of current chemical research and an independent study of chemical literature. (Prerequisite: C- or better in CHEM 105 or CHEM 106 | Co-requisite: CHEM 118). SPRING.
117. Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I (3) (NATURAL SCIENCE)
An introductory laboratory sequence for the chemistry program. Introduction to laboratory apparatus, lab skills, techniques, data collection, and note taking. One three hour laboratory per week. (Co-requsite: CHEM 105 or CHEM 115.) The "N" distribution credit will only be given for students receiving a passing grade in BOTH CHEM 105 or 115 and CHEM 117. FALL.
118. Introductory Chemistry Laboratory II (3)
An introductory laboratory sequence for the chemistry program. Continuation of laboratory technique and skill including writing laboratory reports. Topics will relate to material covered in CHEM 106 and CHEM 116 lectures. One three hour laboratory per week. (Co-requsite: CHEM 106 or CHEM 116). SPRING.
201. Sophomore Seminar (1)
Required of all sophomore Chemistry majors. Exploring topics in the chemical literature and career opportunities in Chemistry through discussion and oral presentation. (Prerequisites: CHEM 106 or 116 and 118). SPRING.
202. Issues in Science (3)
Explores the human side of science (biographies, diversity, ethics, history). Enriches the students' perspective on the role of science and technology in shaping society and prepares them for careers as respinsible scientists. OFFERED AS NEEDED.
205. Environmental Chemistry (3)
Application of basic concepts of chmeistry to issues of air, water, and soil pollution. The chemistry of energy generation and its environmental implications are also discussed. Three lectures per week. (Prerequisite: CHEM 106 or 116.) OFFERED AS NEEDED.
206. Environmental Chemistry Laboratory (1)
Laboratory to correspond to CHEM 204. Application of basic concpets of chemistry to issues of air, water, and soil pollution. The chemistry enegery generation and its environmental implications are also studied. One 3-hour laboratory per week. (Co-requsite: CHEM 205). OFFERED AS NEEDED.
214. Chemical Demonstrations (1)
The theory and practice of performing classroom demonstrations exhibiting chemical principles. Students are required to particpate in a community outreach program as part of their final evaluation. May be repeated. (Prerequisite: CHEM 106 or CHEM 116). SPRING.
222. Scientific Writing (4)
Focuses on skills necessary for writing in the social and physical sciences. Students will read and create a variety of documents, inlcuding lab notes, reports, summaries, and abstracts. Significant library and internet research, which students will use to write technical descriptions, literature reviews, instructions, and essays. (Prerequisite: ENGL 101). OFFERED AS NEEDED.
301. Junior Seminar (1)
A course designed to acquaint students with methods of searching the chemical literature and to provide them with an opportunity to prepare research material for scientific paper and poster presentation. Topics selected will depend upon the special interests of participating faculty members and students. (Prerequisite: CHEM 201). FALL.
303. Quantitative Analysis (3)
The study of chemical stoichiometry and equilibria, including elementary princples of volumetric, gravimetric, spectrophotometric and potentiometric analysis as applied to chemical analysis. Three lectures per week. (Prerequisites: CHEM 106 or 116, and MATH 115). FALL.
304. Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (2)
Laboratory experiments to develop skills and learn applications within the analytical chemistry laboratory. Two 3-hour laboratory sessions per week. (Prerequisite: CHEM 303). SPRING.
309. Special Problems (1)
An introduction to methods of chemical research. May be repeated. (Prerequisite: CHEM 303). SPRING.
311. Organic Chemistry I (3)
First course in a two semester sequence of organic chemistry. Topics include nomenclature, structure, isomerism, stereochemistry and reactivity of various classes of organic compounds. Mechanisms of substitution, addition, elimination, free radical, and acid-base reactions are included. Survey of other functional groups in organic compounds is also included. (Prerequisite: CHEM 106 or CHEM 116 | Co-requisite CHEM 313). FALL.
312. Organic Chemistry II (3)
The second course in a two semester sequence of organic chemistry. Additional classes of organic compounds and their reactions are studied including aromatic compounds, ketones, aldehydes, acetals, carbohydrates acids and their derivatives, amines and carbohydrates. Modern instrumental techniques for elucidation of structures of organic compounds are also discussed. (Prerequisite: CHEM 311 | Co-requisite CHEM 314). SPRING.
313. Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
Covers techniques of purification, separation and synthesis of organic compounds. Infrared spectral analysis and chromatographic separation instruments are introduced. (Prerequisite: CHEM 118 | Co-requisite CHEM 311). FALL.
314. Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1)
Focuses on the applications of the knowledge and skills acquired in CHEM 313 to prepare and identify organic compounds. Contains several weeks of qualitative organic analysis including the use of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass spectrometry (MS). (Prerequisite: CHEM 313 | Co-requisite CHEM 312). SPRING.
321. Thermodynamics (3)
Equilibrium properties of chemical systems related to reactions in gas and solution phases, and heat and energy transfer. Studies will move from ideal conditions to non ideal states to model the behavior of chemical systems. (Prerequisites: CHEM 303 and CHEM 304 | Co-requisite: MATH 205). FALL.
322. Quantum Mechanics (3)
Starting with a historical foundation into the deviations from Newtonian Physics, this course explores the quantum world and its relation to chemical systems. The behavior of systems with both wave and particle behavior and their importance in the development of modern spectroscopy and technology will be covered. (Prerequisites: CHEM 303 and 304, and MATH 205). FALL.
323. Thermodynamics Laboratory (3)
A study of phase, energy and heat transfer in chemical systems as related to thermodynamic changes. One 5-hour laboratory per week. (Co-requisite: CHEM 321). FALL.
324. Quantum Mechanics Laboratory (1)
Experiments to test and validate the theory of quantum mechanics will be carried out. All students will be required to submit an ACS-style manuscript formatted laboratory report as part of this course. One 4-hour laboratory per week. (Co-requisite: CHEM 322). SPRING.
341. Biochemistry I (3)
Coverage of the chemistry and biological significance of biological macromolecules including nucleic acids, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates. Special emphasis on macromolecular structure, function, and enzyme mechanisms and kinetics. (Prerequisite: CHEM 312). FALL.
342. Biochemistry II (3)
Coverage of the biosynthesis and metabolism of nucleic acids, proteins, cofactors, amino acids, lipids and carbohydrates. Special emphasis on cellular utilization of energy and the control of metabolism at the genetic and enzymatic level. (Prerequisite: CHEM 341). SPRING.
344. Biochemistry Laboratory (2)
The study of biochemical lab techniques with emphasis on isolation, purification, and characterization of biological macromolecules, electrophoresis, and enzyme kinetics using purified proteins. Course culminates with completion and presentation of a student-designed project. (Prerequisite: CHEM 341). SPRING.
401. Senior Seminar (1)
Continuing on the skills learned in CHEM 301, students will continue research in a narrow focus and present the material in an oral presentation like one that would be found in a professional conference setting. (Prerequisite: CHEM 301). FALL.
404. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)
Chemical theories and laws and their applications to inorganic systems, including quantum theory, wave mechanics, the periodic table, chemical bonding, inorganic stereochemistry, coordination compounds, acids and bases, non-aqueous solvents and the chemistry of selected elements. Three lectures per week. (Co-requisite: Chemistry 321). SPRING.
405 Advanced Physical Chemistry (3)
Quantum mechanics and statistical thermodynamics with applications to chemical systems. Three lectures per week. (Prerequisites: CHEM 322, MATH 215 and 303). OFFERED AS NEEDED.
406. Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)
Advanced theories of molecular structure and reactivity of organic compounds with attention to reaction mechanisms and the methods by which information is obtained about molecules and reactions. Three lectures per week. (Prerequisite: CHEM 312 and 321). OFFERED AS NEEDED.
407. Instrumental Analysis (3)
The theory of modern instrumental analysis techniques, including untraviolet and visible spectrophotometry, emission, atomic absorption, infraded and nuclear magnectic resonance spectroscopy, gas chromatography and electrochemical methods. Three lectures per week. (Prerequisites: CHEM 303 and 304 | Co-requsite: CHEM 408). FALL.
408. Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (1)
The application of modern instrumental analysis techniques, including ultraviolet and visible spectropotometry, emission, atomic absorption, infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, chromatography and electrochemical methods. One 5-hour laboratory per week. (Prerequisite: CHEM 303 and 304 | Co-requsite: CHEM 407). FALL.
410. Current Topics (1-3)
Recent developments in the field of chemistry. May be repeated. (Prerequisite: instructor's permission). OFFERED AS NEEDED.
411. Recent Advances in Biochemistry (3)
This course will focus on recent advances in biochemistry through detailed analysis of the current literature. Special emphasis will be placed on how biochemical discoveries improve our quality of life and how the study of biochemistry is used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. (Prerequisite: CHEM 342). OFFERED AS NEEDED.
199. Exploratory Internship (1-3)
299. Experimental Course (1-3)
399. Professional Internship (1-12)
450. Research in Chemistry (1-3)
Laboratory research on a topic agreed upon by the student and the faculty research director. A formal report of results is required. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours. (Prerequisite: department permission).
451. Independent Study (1-3)
A program of independent research. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours. (Prerequisite: department permission).
480. Capstone: Senior Thesis Defense (1)
In the capstone class for the Chemistry major, students will give an oral defense of their thesis based on previous research or internship experience. (Prerequisites: CHEM 401, either 399, 450 or 451 and senior status). SPRING.