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CHEM 100: Chemtech
4 CH   /  Offered Every Semester   /  Lab Fee

A course intended for the non-major who has little or no chemistry background. Included are semi-technical discussions of plastics, drugs, food additives, detergents, energy sources, air and water pollution and related chemical phenomena. Three 55-minute discussions and three hours of laboratory each week. (P: Permission of the instructor required for students who have credit for CHEM 140 or higher)

CHEM 140: General Chemistry I
4 CH   /  Offered Every Semester   /  Lab Fee

The first of a two-semester sequence that introduces the student to the principles of chemistry. Topics covered include stoichiometric calculations, introductory atomic theory, chemical bonding and molecular structure, oxidation-reduction, acids and bases, and the descriptive chemistry of selected main group elements. The laboratory emphasizes the development of manipulative skills. Three 55-minute lectures and three hours of laboratory each week. (Corequisite: MATH 141 or satisfactory performance on math placement examination.)

CHEM 160: General Chemistry II
4 CH   /  Offered Every Semester   /  Lab Fee

The second of a two-semester sequence that introduces the student to the principles of chemistry. Topics covered include chemical equilibrium, thermochemistry and introductory thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry and the descriptive chemistry of selected main group and transition elements. Three 55-minute lectures and three hours of laboratory each week. (P: CHEM 140)

CHEM 200: Organic Chemistry I
4 CH   /  Offered Every Fall   /  Lab Fee

Basic relationships between molecular structure and chemical reactivity are examined and applied to the selection of suitable synthetic procedures for aliphatic and aromatic compounds. Typical compounds are synthesized, isolated and characterized in the laboratory. Three 55-minute lectures and three hours of laboratory each week. (P: CHEM 160)

CHEM 210: Organic Chemistry II
4 CH   /  Offered Every Spring   /  Lab Fee

A continuation of CHEM 200, this course extends the study of representative functional groups and introduces organic spectroscopy, polymer chemistry and biomolecules. Three 55-minute lectures and three hours of laboratory each week. (P: CHEM 200)

CHEM 220: Forensic Science
4 CH   /  Lab Fee

Lecture and laboratory study of the fundamentals of forensic science. Scientific principles will be introduced by examining the techniques used to evaluate physical evidence such as that left at a crime scene. An integral part of the course will be case studies which will be used to introduce various topics in the field. The course is appropriate for the nonscience major provided that they have basic math and science skills. Three 55 minute lectures and one three-hour laboratory each week. (P: Math 107; sophomore status or above) Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

CHEM 240: Quantitative Analysis
4 CH   /  Offered Every Fall   /  Lab Fee

A survey of quantitative analytical methods applicable to inorganic and organic systems. Emphasis on the importance of equilibrium considerations of analytically useful reactions. Laboratory includes classical wet chemical procedures and a limited introduction to instrumental techniques. Three 55-minute lectures and four hours of laboratory each week. (P: CHEM 160)

CHEM 315: Physical Chemistry - Fundamentals
4 CH   /  Offered Every Fall   /  Lab Fee   /  WIC

An overview of the principles underlying quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics Discussion of elementary wave mechanics; electronic structure of atoms and molecules, including molecular orbital theory and spectroscopic methods of structure determination; laws of thermodynamics applied to physical and chemical equilibria; reaction kinetics, focusing on analyzing mechanistic rate laws. Three 55-minute lectures and three hours of laboratory each week. Prerequisites: CHEM 160, MATH 182, PHYS 184, and preferably CHEM 210.

CHEM 325: Physical Chemistry - Applications
4 CH   /  Offered Every Spring   /  Lab Fee   /  WIC

A sophisticated treatment of the quantum mechanical description of chemical bonding and molecular spectroscopy. Application of the laws of thermodynamics to physical and chemical equilibria, particularly focusing on nonideal behaviors of mixtures and electrolyte solutions. Detailed discussions of reaction kinetics, including molecular interpretations of rate law parameters. Three 55-minute lectures and three hours of laboratory each week. Prerequisites: CHEM 315, MATH 182, PHYS 184, and preferably CHEM 210.

CHEM 330: Environmental Chemistry
4 CH   /  Lab Fee

A study of the relationships between the fundamental principles of chemistry and the environment. This course provides an introduction to the chemistry of water, soil, sub-surface and atmospheric systems including physical and chemical transport processes. In addition to basic principles, the course will address current topics relating to the field. Three 55-minute lectures and three hours of laboratory each week. (P: CHEM 160) Offered spring of even-numbered years.

CHEM 345: Biochemistry I
4 CH   /  Offered Every Fall   /  Lab Fee

First of a two course sequence in Biochemistry. Lecture and laboratory study of the structure, function, and reactions of the fundamental molecules of biological systems including carbohydrates, amino acids, nucleotides, and lipids. Protein structure and function, enzyme kinetics, and enzyme mechanisms will also be discussed. Three 55 minute lectures and three hours of laboratory each week. (P: CHEM 210)

CHEM 348: Biochemistry II
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

Second of a two-course sequence in Biochemistry. Discussion of the various metabolic processes of amino acids , proteins, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, nucleotides and lipids. Three 55 minute lectures each week. (Prerequisite: CHEM 345). Offered every spring.

CHEM 370: Instrumental Analysis
4 CH   /  Lab Fee

A theoretical and applied examination of the principles of modern chemical instrumentation. Topics include spectroscopic, electrochemical and chromatographic instruments, plus computers and electronics in instrumentation. Laboratory includes specific applications directed toward qualitative and/or quantitative analyses. Three 55-minute lectures and four hours of laboratory each week. (P: CHEM 240; non-majors require permission of instructor) Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

CHEM 390: Inorganic Chemistry
4 CH   /  Offered Every Spring   /  Lab Fee   /  WIC

A consideration of periodicity, atomic structure and chemical bonding of main group elements and transition metals. Topics include acid-base theory, solvent theory, coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry and bioinorganic chemistry. Laboratory emphasizes advanced techniques of synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of compounds. Three 55-minute lectures and four hours of laboratory each week. (P: CHEM 320 and CHEM 370 or permission of the instructor)

CHEM 405: Junior Seminar
2 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

Presentation of written and oral reports on proposed research, laboratory safety practices, and career-related information, and attendance at two off-campus seminars.

CHEM 406: Capstone
2 CH

Written and oral reports on ethics, research, and career-related information. Emphasis on critical thinking, scientific writing, chemical literacy and presentation skills. Assessment of overall chemical knowledge and attendance at two off-campus seminars. Two 55-minute classes per week. (P: Junior Seminar)

CHEM 410: Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
3 CH

In-depth consideration of selected topics. Topics are announced prior to pre-registration and may include coordination chemistry, ligand field theory, catalysis, bioinorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, Lewis acid-base theory and others. Two 85-minute lecture-discussions each week. (P: CHEM 390 and permission of the instructor) Offered fall of even-numbered years.

CHEM 415: Biological Inorganic Chemistry
3 CH

Investigation of the role of metal ions in biological cells. Topics include coordination chemistry of metal ions with functional groups of proteins and nucleic acids, structure and reaction mechanisms of specific metalloenzymes, toxicity and essentiality of metal ions in organisms, mechanisms by which organisms obtain required metal ions from their environment, and the use of metal-containing compounds in treating and preventing disease. Three 55 minute lectures each week or two 85 minute lectures each week. (Prerequisite: CHEM 345 or permission of instructor. Offered every other fall.

CHEM 420: Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry
3 CH

In-depth consideration of selected topics. Topics are announced prior to pre-registration and may include symmetry and group theory, quantum mechanics, complex equilibria, mechanisms of chemical reactions and molecular thermodynamics. Two 85-minute lecture-discussions each week. (P: CHEM 310 or 320 and permission of the instructor) Offered on an irregular basis.

CHEM 430: Advanced Topics in Environmental Chemistry
3 CH

In-depth consideration of selected topics. Topics will be announced prior to pre-registration and may include chemical transport dynamics, effects of non-ideality on chemical processes of interest, hydrogeochemistry, atmospheric chemistry and topics drawn from the current literature. Three 55-minute lecture-discussions each week. (P: CHEM 330) Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

CHEM 440: Advanced Topics in Biochemistry
3 CH   /  WIC

In-depth consideration of selected topics. Topics will be announced prior to preregistration and may include enzymatic catalysis, regulation of metabolism, reaction mechanisms, thermodynamics of life, biochemical communication, molecular pharmacology and papers from Biochemistry and the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. Three 55-minute lectures each week. (P: CHEM 340) Offered spring of even-numbered years.

CHEM 450: Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry
3 CH

In-depth consideration of selected topics. Topics are announced prior to preregistration and may include organic condensation reactions, pericyclic reactions and papers from the Journal of Organic Chemistry. Two 85-minute lecture-discussions each week. (P: CHEM 210 or permission of the instructor). Offered on an irregular basis.

CHEM 455: Cooperative Education
Credit Hours Vary

CHEM 465: Advanced Topics in Analytical Chemistry
3 CH   /  WIC

In-depth consideration of selected topics from the Annual Reviews of Analytical Chemistry. Topics are announced prior to pre-registration and may include chemometrics, chromatography, computers and interfacing, electrochemistry, spectroscopy and radiochemistry with emphasis on research published in Analytical Chemistry. Two 85-minute discussions each week. (P: CHEM 370 and permission of the instructor) Offered on an irregular basis.

CHEM 495: Independent Study
2 CH

Independent conduct of an experimental or theoretical research project in consultation with a faculty member. Presentation of written and oral reports on the project. (P: Junior Seminar)