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Curriculum

Chemistry Curriculum

Through lectures, laboratory work, research, and seminars, the program of the Department of Chemistry provides students with a basic knowledge and conceptual understanding of matter: its structure and properties and the nature, energetics, and dynamics of its transformations.

The Department maintains small lecture and laboratory sections to ensure that students have extensive access to its faculty and to its exceptional facilities and instrumentation.

Qualified majors have the opportunity of serving as laboratory assistants and tutors.

The Department encourages and aids in the placement of students into summer research programs, which can, with permission from the Department, be used to partially fulfill the requirements for the senior program.

Course Offerings

Below is a list of available courses offered by the Chemistry Department. Consult the Registrar’s Office and the College Catalog for registration information.

CHEM 1105 - General Chemistry

An introductory course presenting atomic and molecular structure and reactions, bonding, stoichiometry, the periodic table, energy relationships, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, and electrochemistry. Hours credit: 3. Corequisite: Chemistry 1105L. Prerequisite: MATH 1119 or equivalent or placement in a higher level math course. (NS,QR)

CHEM 1105L - General Chemistry Laboratory

Laboratory experiences that supplement and illustrate the concepts presented in Chemistry 1105. Hours credit: 1. Corequisite: Chemistry 1105. (NS)

CHEM 1106 - General Chemistry Ii

An introductory course presenting atomic and molecular structure and reactions, bonding, stoichiometry, the periodic table, energy relationships, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, and electrochemistry. Hours credit: 3. Corequisite: Chemistry 1106L. Prequisite: MATH 1119 or equivalent, or placement in a higher level math course. (NS,QR)

CHEM 1106L - General Chemistry Ii Laboratory

Laboratory experiences that supplement and illustrate the concepts presented in Chemistry 1106. Hours credit: 1. Corequisite: Chemistry 1106. (NS)

CHEM 1186 - Chem One Time Only

Hours credit: 4. One time only.

CHEM 2205 - Organic Chemistry

A systematic study of the compounds of carbon, with emphasis on modern electronic interpretations of reaction mechanisms and multistep organic synthesis. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Chemistry 1106 or the equivalent. Corequisite: Chemistry 2205L.

CHEM 2205L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Laboratory experiences that supplement and illustrate the concepts presented in CHEM 2205 including a survey of the techniques of organic chemistry, the preparation of representative organic compounds, and an emphasis on instrumental techniques including gas and high performance liquid chromatography, mass, infrared, magnetic resonance and ultraviolet spectroscopy. Hours credit: 1. Corequisite: CHEM 2205.

CHEM 2206 - Organic Chemistry

A systematic study of the compounds of carbon, with emphasis on modern electronic interpretations of reaction mechanisms and multistep organic synthesis. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Chemistry 2205 or the equivalent. Corequisite: Chemistry 2206L.

CHEM 2206L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Laboratory experiences that supplement and illustrate the concepts presented in CHEM 2206 including a survey of the techniques of organic chemistry, the preparation of representative organic compounds, and an emphasis on instrumental techniques including gas and high performance liquid chromatography, mass, infrared, magnetic resonance and ultraviolet spectroscopy. Hours credit: 1. Corequisite: Chemistry 2206.

CHEM 2235 - Environmental Chemistry & Analysis

This course focuses on the complex chemistry of soils, rivers, streams, and oceans. Important topics will include acid-base chemistry, complex equilibria, redox chemistry, pE-pH diagrams, pollution, and waste water systems. Hours Credit: 3. Prerequisites: CHEM 1106. Alternate years.

CHEM 2235L - Environmental Chemistry & Analysis Lab

This laboratory course is the companion course to CHEM 2235. In this course students will gain practical experience with the sampling and analytical techniques that are essential for the chemical analysis of the environment. Hours Credit: 1. Prerequisites: CHEM 1106. Corequisite: CHEM 2235. Alternate years.

CHEM 2245 - Environmental Chem Of Energy&atmosphere

In this course students will study the chemical composition and behavior of the Earth's atmosphere. Special attention will be given the chemical reactions involved in global warming, ozone depletion, smog formation, and the production and consumption of energy. Hours credit: 4. Prerequisites: CHEM 1106. Alternate years.

CHEM 2250 - Biochemical Nutrition

The biochemical basis of nutrient digestion and absorption will be examined. Students will study the major metabolic pathways as they relate to dietary intake. Current issues in nutrition will also be addressed. Hours credit: 4. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Alternate years.

CHEM 2285 - Chem One Time Only

Chemistry One Time only course

CHEM 2286 - Chem One Time Only

Chemistry one time only course

CHEM 2291 - Chemical Research

This course provides an opportunity for students to undertake an individual research project. The course will introduce students to current chemical literature, laboratory research methods, and presentation of experimental results. The research project will culminate in a written report following the guidelines of the ACS. Hours credit: 1 or 2. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of four hours.

CHEM 3307 - Molecular Quantum Mechanics

This course presents a survey of quantum mechanics including properties of particles and waves, wave mechanics, model quantum-mechanical systems, the hydrogen atom, and simple molecular system. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: CHEM 1106; MATH 1150R; PHYS 1116; or permission of the instructor. Students must complete both lecture and lab in order to receive writing intensive credit. (WI)

CHEM 3307L - Molecular Quantum Mechanics Lab

Laboratory experiments that supplement concepts presented in Chemistry 3307, with an emphasis on professional writing in ACS format. Hours credit: 1. Corequisite: CHEM 3307. Students must complete both lecture and lab in order to receive writing intensive credit. (WI)

CHEM 3312 - Topics In Organic Chemistry

A continuation of Chemistry 2205, 2206. Topics may include concerted reactions and reaction mechanisms, advanced nomenclature, linear free energy relationships, total synthesis, and organic spectroscopy. Hours credit: 4. Prerequisites: CHEM 2206. Offered alternate years.

CHEM 3335 - Biochemistry

The chemistry of substances of biological importance and reactions involved in biological processes, including protein structure and function, metabolic pathways, and an introduction to the chemistry of genetic material. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Chemistry 2206.

CHEM 3335L - Biochemistry Laboratory

Laboratory experiences that supplement and illustrate the concepts presented in Chemistry 3335, including basic biochemical techniques and procedures. Hours credit: 1. Corequisite or prerequisite: Chemistry 3335.

CHEM 3378 - Classical & Statistical Thermodynamics

An introduction to thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, including review of important topics from statistics and probability, statistical description of particle systems, calculation of thermodynamic quantities, quantum statistics of ideal gases, and other basic methods and results of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: MATH 1150R and PHYS 1116. Students must complete both lecture and lab in order to receive writing intensive credit.

CHEM 3378L - Classical & Statistical Thermo Lab

Laboratory experiments that supplement and illustrate concepts presented in Chemistry/Physics 3378. Hours credit: 1. Corequisite: CHEM/PHYS 3378. Students must complete both lecture and lab in order to receive writing intensive credit.

CHEM 3391 - Graduate And Prof Develop

Career development, webinars on a variety of topics, invited speakers, and student oral presentations. Credit hours: 1. Prerequisite: permission of the Department.

CHEM 3392 - Info List And Digital Competence

Literature searching techniques, digital age literacy, use of chemical software and electronic research tools. Credit hours: 1. Prerequisite: permission of the Department .

CHEM 4425 - Inorganic Chemistry

A survey of topics in inorganic chemistry, including the fundamentals of atomic structure, bonding theory, nomenclature, coordination chemistry, descriptive chemistry, and an introduction to the current literature in inorganic chemistry. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: CHEM 3307 and permission of the instructor. Offered second semester.

CHEM 4425L - Inorganic Chemistry Lab

Laboratory experiences that supplement and illustrate the concepts presented in Chemistry 4425, including the preparation and characterization of inorganic compounds. Hours credit: 1. Corequisite: Chemistry 4425.

CHEM 4491 - Seminar I

Literature searching techniques, use of chemical software, career development, webinars on a variety of topics, invited speakers, and student oral presentations. Hours credit: 1. Prerequisite: permission of the Department.

CHEM 4493 - Lab Research I

A senior paper, reflecting intensive laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member, will be presented for evaluation by all members of the Department. Students will also present their work orally, including a final public presentation before a group of faculty representing different area colleges. Hours credit: 1. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department. Required of all B.S. chemistry majors not reading for Honors.

CHEM 4494 - Research Project

A senior paper, reflecting library or laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member will be presented for evaluation by all members of the Chemistry Department. Students will also present their work orally, including a final public presentation before a group of faculty and students representing different area colleges. Hours credit: 2. Prerequisite: permission of the Department. Required of all B.A. chemistry majors not reading for Honors.

CHEM 4496 - Laboratory Research Ii

A senior paper, reflecting intensive laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member, will be presented for evaluation by all members of the Department. Students will also present their work orally, including a final public presentation before a group of faculty representing different area colleges. Hours credit: 4. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department. Required of all B.S. chemistry majors not reading for Honors.

CHEM 4497H - Honors In The Major

CHEM 4498H - Honors In The Major

CHEM 4499 - Senior Capstone

A senior paper summarizing the work of the senior project will be presented for evaluation by all members of the Department. Students will also present their work orally, including a final public presentatIon before a group of faculty representing different area colleges. Credit hours: 1. Prerequisite: permission of the Department.

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