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Chemistry 101 - General Chemistry

A study of the basic concepts of chemistry, including the structure of matter and the historical development that led to that understanding. Designed for students with no previous education in chemistry. Does not fulfill requirements for biology, chemistry or physics majors. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods. 4 credits. Fulfills General Education Goal 6.

Chemistry 111 - Fundamental Elements of Chemistry I

An introductory course that provides the foundation for further study in chemistry. Major topics include atomic and molecular structure, bonding, stoichiometry, periodic trends, gas laws, and thermochemistry. A grade of at least C- is required in order to continue to CHEM 112. 3 lecture, one 2-hour lab periods. 4 credits.

Chemistry 112 - Fundamental Elements of Chemistry II

A continuation of CHEM 111 that examines the mechanisms by which chemists obtain information about reacting systems. Major concepts include: chemical equilibrium, thermodynamics, kinetics, gas laws, and electrochemistry. 3 lecture, one 2-hour lab periods. Prerequisite: No grade lower than C- in CHEM 111 or permission of instructor. 4 credits.

Chemistry 270 - Inorganic Chemsitry and Qualitiative Inorganic Analysis

This course provides an extensive description of the chemical elements and their compounds, occurrences, manufacture, reactions, and relevance for society. How atomic and molecular electronic structure influence chemical properties will be discussed. Students will be introduced to theories of bonding, symmetry, group theory, and coordination chemistry. 3 lecture periods. Prerequisite: CHEM 112. 3 credits.

Chemistry 305 - Organic Chemistry I

First semester of a two-semester course designed to provide a sound foundation in the fundamental principles and basic reactions of organic chemistry. The course illustrates how three-dimensional structure effects the physical properties and the reactivity of organic compounds. Simple hydrocarbons (alkanes, alkenes, and alkynes) and alkyl halides are used to introduce the concepts of structural isomerism, stereoisomerism, reaction kinetics, thermodynamics, reaction mechanisms, and limited synthetic strategies. Prerequisite: No grade lower than C- in CHEM 112. The course consists of three 1-hour lecture periods per week. A one-credit laboratory class (CHEM 307) is also required to complete the organic chemistry requirement. 3 credits.

Chemistry 306 - Organic Chemistry II

Second semester of a two-semester course designed to provide foundation in the fundamental principles and basic reactions of organic chemistry. Increasingly complex compounds like alcohols, amines, substituted aromatic compounds, carboxylic acids, and carboxylic acid derivatives are used to provide heightened emphasis on reaction mechanisms and synthetic strategies. Structural elucidation techniques (1H NMR, 13C NMR, IR, and MS) are introduced and are used to identify organic compounds. A one-credit laboratory class (CHEM 308) is also required to complete the organic chemistry requirement. 3 lecture periods.  Prerequisite: No grade lower than C- in CHEM 305. 3 credits.

Chemistry 307 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

First semester of a two-semester laboratory course designed to provide a sound foundation in the basic methods of performing organic chemical reactions. The course introduces glassware and reaction techniques used in synthetic organic chemistry. The course further illustrates methods used for monitoring chemical reactions, and for isolation and purification of reaction products. Prerequisite: CHEM 112. The course consists of one 3-hour laboratory period per week. The course may be taken concurrently with or after CHEM 305. 1 credit.

Chemistry 308 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

Second semester of a two-semester laboratory course designed to provide a sound foundation in the basic methods of performing organic chemical reactions. The course strongly emphasizes NMR, IR and MS spectral analysis/identification of organic compounds and introduces multi-step chemical reactions. Prerequisite: CHEM 307 and concurrently or after 306. The course consists of one 3-hour laboratory period per week. 1 credit.

Chemistry 311, 312 - Studies Abroad

Primarily intended for transfer of credit earned abroad in courses in chemistry. 1-18 credits.

Chemistry 324 - Thermodynamics

A study of thermal properties of matter; phenomena involved in flow of heat and performance of work. Kinetic theory and statistical mechanics are included. 3 lecture periods. Prerequisites: PHYS 102 or PHYS 202. Prerequisite or co-requisite: MATH 262. 3 credits.

 

Chemistry 350 - Quantitative Analysis

This course is designed to provide a sound physical understanding of the principles of analytical chemistry and show how these principles are applied in chemistry and related disciplines. Topics covered include statistics, chemical equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, titrimetry, potentiometry, and introduction to analytical separations. The laboratory component of this course focuses on gravimetric and volumetric methods of chemical analysis. 2 lecture, one 4-hour laboratory periods. Prerequisite: CHEM 112. 4 credits.

Chemistry 351 - Instrumental Analysis I

The theory of instrumental techniques in analytical chemistry, including optical and electrochemical methods of analysis. Develops familiarity with both instrument physics and the physical chemistry of measurement. Prerequisite: CHEM 350, 3 lecture. 3 credits.

Chemistry 371 - Advanced Organic

An advanced study of organic reactions and mechanisms. 3 lecture periods. Prerequisites: CHEM 305 and 306. 3 credits.

Chemistry 372 - Environmental Chemistry

A study of the fundamental problems of chemistry pollution of the soil, water, and atmosphere. 2 lecture and one 3-hour laboratory periods. Prerequisite: CHEM 305 or permission of instructor. 3 credits.

Chemistry 373 - Advanced Inorganic

The structures, properties, reactions and uses of inorganic compounds. 3 lecture periods. Prerequisite: CHEM 270 or permission of instructor. 3 credits.

Chemistry 375 - Polymer

A study of chemical reactions used to synthesize modifications in polymer properties, techniques to characterize polymers, and natural polymers. 3 lecture periods. 3 credits.

Chemistry 401 - Quantum Mechanics

A study of elementary quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure, spectroscopy, and statistical mechanics. 3 lecture periods. Prerequisites: MATH 262 and PHYS 202; permission of instructor. 3 credits.

Chemistry 402 - Advanced Chemical Laboratory Problem Solving I

The first course of a two-semester capstone research sequence. This course is designed to instruct students in searching, reading, and using chemical literature in the preparation of research proposals. Problems will be presented that do not have an obvious method or solution. Students must research and develop their own path to solving each problem. Students will develop several mini-research proposals, which will be carried out in CHEM 403. 2 lecture periods. Prerequisite: CHEM 351. Co-requisite: CHEM 324. 2 credits. WR.

Chemistry 403 - Advanced Chemical Laboratory Problem Solving II

The second course of a two-semester capstone research sequence. Laboratory practice involving the use of instruments and other techniques to solve chemical problems. Students will conduct experiments based on the research plans they developed in CHEM 402. Two 3-hour laboratory periods. Prerequisite: CHEM 402. 2 credits. WR. SP.

Chemistry 412 (Biology 412) - Bio Chemistry

A study of the chemistry of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids in biological systems. 3 lecture and one 3-hour lab period. Prerequisite: CHEM 305 and CHEM 306 with a minimum grade of C- in both courses. 4 credits.

Chemistry 467 - Scientific Instrument Design and Fabrication

Design and actual fabrication of scientific instruments including glass, metal, wood, plastic, and electronic instruments. Course involves one or more of the following: glass working techniques, precision milling machine and lathe operations, machine shop techniques, electronic testing of circuits, and breadboard and hardwiring electronic circuits. Each semester course will emphasize different projects. May be repeated for credit. One 3-hour lab period per credit. 1-4 credits.

Chemistry 500 - Chemistry of the Environment

This course addresses the science of the complex interactions that occur among terrestrial, atmospheric, aquatic, living, and anthropological environments. Interactions are addressed from diverse perspectives including chemistry, biology, ecology, and governmental regulations. Emphasis is placed on the study of the sources, reactions, transport, effects and fates of chemical species in water, soil, air, and living environments. The role that technology plays in these systems is also discussed. Prerequisite: CHEM 551. 3 credits.

Chemistry 551 - Instrumental Analysis Projects

Theory of optical and electrochemical methods of chemical analysis applied to environmental, industrial, or medical problems. Practical laboratory methods emphasized. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 4 credits.

Chemistry 552 - Chromatographic Analysis Projects

Theory of chromatographic methods of separation and chemical analysis applied to environmental, industrial, or medical problems. Practical laboratory methods emphasized. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 4 credits.