Course Descriptions 2014-2015
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CHEM 100 Contemporary Chemistry 3 credits
An introductory course which addresses the basic facts and principles of chemistry, as well as the history of chemistry, practical aspects of chemistry, and relevance of chemistry. Topics covered in the course are dependent on the instructor and contemporary events. This course is designed for non-science majors without a background in chemistry or mathematics and may not be counted toward the Chemistry Major or Minor.
CHEM 101 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry 3 credits
A survey of inorganic chemistry, with an emphasis on chemical principles, atomic theory, periodic law, chemical equilibrium, equations, solutions, and descriptive chemistry of the elements. This course is designed for non-majors without a background in chemistry or mathematics and may not be counted toward the Chemistry Major or Minor.
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 3 credits
An introductory course designed for science majors focusing on principles and applications of chemistry. Topics covered are stoichiometry, bonding models, intermolecular forces, and periodic trends. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 140 or Accuplacer college-level mathematics test score of 85 or above, ACT math score of 24 or above, or instructor permission.
CHEM 112 General Chemistry Laboratory I 1 credit
An introduction to basic laboratory techniques of inorganic chemistry correlating with CHEM 111. Experiments emphasize techniques, instrumentation, and solution chemistry. Laboratory notebook keeping and the safe handling and disposal of laboratory chemicals is also stressed. Corequisite: CHEM 111.
CHEM 113 General Chemistry II 3 credits
A continuation of CHEM 111. Topics covered are thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 111.
CHEM 114 General Chemistry Laboratory II 1 credit
A continuation of CHEM 112. An introduction to basic laboratory techniques of inorganic chemistry correlating with CHEM 113. Experiments emphasize techniques, instrumentation, and solution chemistry. Laboratory notebook keeping and the safe handling and disposal of laboratory chemicals are also stressed. Prerequisite: CHEM 112. Corequisite: CHEM 113.
CHEM 197 Special Topics 1-6 credits
CHEM 231 Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry 3 credits
A descriptive survey course which introduces the essential topics and applications of organic chemistry and biochemistry. The course is designed for non-majors who need the second semester of a one-year chemistry core that includes general, organic, and biochemistry. This course may not be counted for credit toward the Chemistry Major or Minor. Prerequisite: CHEM 101 or CHEM 113.
CHEM 234 Introductory Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory 1 credit
An introductory laboratory to accompany CHEM 231. Experiments focus on reactions of organic functional groups, organic synthesis, and the chemistry of biological molecules. This course may not be counted for credit toward the Chemistry Major or Minor. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 231.
CHEM 297 Special Topics 1-6 credits
CHEM 306 Analytical Chemistry (with laboratory) 4 credits
A lecture/laboratory course involving principles, techniques and calculations involved with quantitative analysis of substances. Includes solution chemistry, gravimetric, volumetric, redox, and pH determinations. Prerequisites: CHEM 113 and CHEM 114.
CHEM 331 Organic Chemistry I 3 credits
A study of saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons. Topics include their naming, electronic structure, bonding, radioactivity, stereochemistry, and reaction mechanisms. Prerequisite: CHEM 113.
CHEM 332 Organic Chemistry II 3 credits
A continuation of CHEM 331. This course discusses spectroscopic analysis, physical and chemical properties of organic functional groups. Emphasis includes synthesis, mechanisms, and reactions of aromatic compounds, carbonyl containing compounds, and amines. Prerequisite: CHEM 331.
CHEM 334 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1 credit
An accompanying laboratory course for CHEM 331, serving as an introduction to basic macro- and micro- scale organic techniques used to separate, isolate, and characterize organic compounds. Methods utilized include distillation, extraction, chromatography, Infrared (IR) spectroscopy. Prerequisite: CHEM 114. Corequisite: CHEM 331.
CHEM 335 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1 credit
A continuation of CHEM 334, with an expansion in scope that allows incorporation of more complex synthetic problems. The lab will employ the use of thin layer chromatography (TLC) to follow reaction progress along with NMR spectroscopy to determine reaction outcomes. Prerequisite: CHEM 334. Corequisite: CHEM 332.
CHEM 397 Special Topics 1-6 credits
CHEM 401 Instrumental Analysis 2 credits
An examination of the theory and techniques of instrumental methods of quantitative analysis, including spectrophotometric methods, electrochemical methods, and chromatography. Offered in alternate years, 2012-2013. Prerequisite: CHEM 306.
CHEM 402 Instrumental Laboratory 2 credits
An introduction to instrumental techniques, principles, calculations, and applications for qualitative, quantitative, and structural analysis. Offered in alternate years, 2012-2013. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 401.
CHEM 451 Physical Chemistry I 3 credits
A detailed study of thermodynamics, phase equilibria, kinetic theory and chemical kinetics. Offered in alternate years, 2013-2014. Prerequisites: CHEM 113, MATH 251, and PHYS 201.
CHEM 452 Physical Chemistry II 3 credits
A continuation of CHEM 451, which examines quantum chemistry, atomic, and molecular structure and spectra, photochemistry, and statistical mechanics. Offered in alternate years, 2013-2014. Prerequisites: CHEM 451.
CHEM 454 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2 credits
An experimental-techniques course in physical chemistry (including computer-assisted instruction), with emphasis on thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, quantum chemistry, statistical mechanics, and spectroscopy. Offered in alternate years, 2013-2014. Corequisite: CHEM 452 or PHYS 452.
CHEM 461 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3 credits
Inorganic chemistry based on principles of bonding, structure, and reaction mechanisms. Chemistry of representative and transition elements and their compounds are covered. Offered in alternate years, 2013-2014. Prerequisite: CHEM 113, SCI 202, and MATH 251.
CHEM 471 Biochemistry I 4 credits
A study of structural biochemistry and metabolism. The course begins with an overview of the aqueous environment and its effects on solutes, including biomolecules. Other subject matters include the chemistry of proteins, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, and lipids; the mechanisms and kinetics of enzymes; and the stoichiometry and chemistry underlying the core metabolic processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration. Prerequisite: BIOL 150, CHEM 332, and SCI 202.
CHEM 472 Biochemistry II (with laboratory) 4 credits
A continuation of CHEM 471. A study of the molecular mechanisms by which cellular processes are controlled in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Topics include the biochemistry of macromolecular processes, the structure of genes and chromosomes, the genetic and molecular techniques used to study gene expression, and the transcriptional and translational control of gene expression. The laboratory includes recombinant DNA techniques to manipulate the genome of a model organism. Prerequisites: BIOL 312 and CHEM 471.
CHEM 494 Research Problems in Chemistry 1-4 credits
An advanced, supervised laboratory or literature research experience involving methods of chemical research in an area of analytical, physical, organic, or biochemistry. A research paper and oral presentation of research results is required. Prerequisite: SCI 202.
CHEM 497 Special Topics 1-6 credits