Chemistry Courses

 

CHEM101 Chemistry in the Environment
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

An introduction to chemical principles as they apply to important issues in everyday life.  The American Chemical Society Program Chemistry in Context serves as the basis for the course.  The laboratory experience emphasizes the scientific method and is designed to reinforce the topics from the lecture.  Students make real world measurements as part of investigations of their environment and the applications of chemistry to their lives.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

CHEM103 The Chemistry of Art
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An exploration of the intersection of chemistry with the visual arts.  Basic principles of chemistry will be applied to the topics of color, paint, paper, clay, glass, metals, photography, and art restoration.  Important chemical concepts and safety concerns will be investigated to learn how to properly handle art materials.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

CHEM105 Forensic Chemistry

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to chemical principles as they apply to forensic investigations.  By applying the scientific method to these basic principles, students will investigate the role of chemistry in solving crimes.  The laboratory experience is designed to reinforce the scientific method and the topics from the lecture.  Students make real world determinations as they investigate and apply chemistry to their lives.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

CHEM110 Basic Chemistry (3.0 sh)

Introduces chemical principles as they apply to important issues in everyday life and incorporates chemical principles and problem solving into examples to help students gain an understanding of scientific and technological aspects of the contemporary world.  Topics may include the properties of matter, atomic theory, chemical bonding, molecular structure, and types of chemical reactions.

Prerequisites:  MATH100


 

CHEM111 Chemistry of Nutrition

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to the chemistry of nutrition emphasizing the chemical structure and function of nutrients as they relate to the body.  Emphasis is placed on the scientific basis for normal nutritional recommendations for humans.  The six major classes of nutrients are studied in detail including dietary needs and an analysis of human risk/benefit.

Prerequisite: CHEM110 or higher (excluding CHEM328)

Corequisite:   None


 

CHEM120 Principles of Chemistry 1

[Minimum Semester Hours: 4 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 4 sh]

The first of two semesters of a standard general chemistry sequence.  Topics include measurement and dimensional analysis, atomic and molecular structure, mole and stoichiometry calculations, gas laws, thermochemistry, introductory quantum mechanics, electron configuration and periodicity.  The chemistry laboratory work emphasizes introductory level techniques and follows several of the lecture topics.

Prerequisite: ( MATH112 ) OR ( MATH141 ) OR ( MATH142 ) OR ( MATH113 )

Corequisite:   None


 

CHEM121 Principles of Chemistry 2

[Minimum Semester Hours: 4 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 4 sh]

Second of two semesters of a standard general chemistry sequence.  Topics include solids and liquids, solutions and solubility, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, spontaneity and free energy, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry.  The chemistry laboratory work is introductory in nature and follows several of the lecture topics.  Qualitative analysis is included as part of the laboratory experience.

Prerequisite: ( CHEM120 )

Corequisite:   None


 

CHEM205 Introduction Organic Chemistry

[Minimum Semester Hours: 4 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 4 sh]

An integrated course covering the properties, reactions, and preparations of both aliphatic and aromatic compounds from the functional group approach with focus on their biological applications.  Explanations are given in terms of mechanisms, rearrangements, stereochemistry, and energy diagrams.  Laboratory exercises consist of key separation and purification techniques, representative preparations of simple biologically active molecules, and the identification of unknowns by their physical and chemical behavior.

Prerequisite: ( CHEM121 )

Corequisite:   None


 

CHEM220 Organic Chemistry 1

[Minimum Semester Hours: 4 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 4sh ]

An integrated lecture and lab course covering the properties, reactions, and preparations of both aliphatic and aromatic compounds.  The properties of organic compounds are explored from the combined perspectives of functional groups, chemical relativity, stereochemistry, energy changes, and reaction mechanisms. Lab consists of introduction to techniques of identification, purification, and preparation of organic compounds, and the use of instrumental analysis.

Prerequisite:  CHEM121

Corequisite:   None


 

CHEM221 Organic Chemistry 2

[Minimum Semester Hours: 4 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 4sh ]

An extension of CHEM220 concepts that underlie the reaction mechanisms and synthesis of the organic compounds encountered in CHEM221.  The chemistry of carbonyl compounds and aromatic compounds are major parts of the content.  Laboratory experiments emphasize the synthesis of organic compounds and their identification by their physical and chemical properties.  The design of experimental procedures is stressed, and students carry out multi-step processes.

Prerequisite:  CHEM220

Corequisite:   None


 

CHEM301 Inorganic Chemistry
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

CHEM301 Introduces fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry including atomic and molecular structure, bonding theories, group theory, coordination chemistry and descriptive chemistry of the elements.

Prerequisites:  CHEM205 OR CHEM221

Corequisite: None


 

CHEM302 Introduction to Computational Chemistry

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to the field of computational chemistry including molecular mechanical, semi-empirical, ab initio wavefunction, and density functional modeling of chemical systems. This course enables students to use computational chemistry in their studies and to be critical consumers of computational chemistry results in scientific literature.

Prerequisite: ( CHEM221 AND MATH141 )

Corequisite:   (CHEM221 ANDPHYS131 ) OR (CHEM221 ANDPHYS171 )


 

CHEM310 Food Chemistry

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An integrated course applying chemical principles to food systems and applications.  Chemical reactions of proteins, lipids, minerals, enzymes, food additives, vitamins, and other constituents are discussed with respect to food quality.  Processes which affect color, flavor, texture, nutrition, and safety of food are emphasized.  Lecture exercises contain activities focusing on activation and control enzymes, consequences of water migration on food quality, the thixotropic nature of carbohydrates, the generation of non-enzymatic browning, and food emulsification.

Prerequisite: ( CHEM221 )


 

CHEM315 Medicinal Chemistry

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A study of medicinal chemistry with major emphasis on organic chemistry as applied to the principles of drug discovery, drug development, drug-receptor interactions and structure-activity relationships.  Aspects of biochemistry and physical-organic chemistry will be covered as necessary to understand the chemistry of drug action and metabolism in the body.  Examples from the major classes of drugs will be used to facilitate discussion and examine the role of medicinal chemistry in Western medicine.

Prerequisite: ( CHEM221 )


 

CHEM316 Quantitative Analysis

[Minimum Semester Hours: 4 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 4 sh]

An introduction to statistical analysis of experimental data, validation of analytical methods, gravimetric analysis, potentiometric measurements, and electrodes.  In addition, advanced examination of stoichiometric calculations, chemical equilibrium, acid-base equilibria, acid-base titrations, and complexometric titrations will be undertaken.  Laboratory experimentation involves titrations, gravimetric analysis, electrochemical measurements, calibration of volumetric glassware, and statistical analysis.

Prerequisite: ( CHEM121 )

Corequisite:   None


 

CHEM317 Instrumental Analysis

[Minimum Semester Hours: 4 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 4 sh]

An integrated lecture and laboratory course covering the fundamentals of spectroscopy, chromatography, electrochemistry, and mass spectrometry.  Lecture topics include data treatment, data interpretation, theory of the underlying principles, and basic operating principles.  Special attention is given to how these techniques are used to solve analytical problems, examples being taken from other areas of science.  Laboratory experiments focus on the operation, maintenance, and optimization of instrumentation and interpretation of laboratory data.

Prerequisite: ( CHEM316 ) 

Corequisite:   None


 

CHEM320 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics (4.0 sh)

[Minimum Semester Hours: 4 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 4 sh]

A study of the content and transfer of energy in physical and chemical reactions. The laws of thermodynamics, and the concepts of work, enthalpy, entropy, and free energy are defined and given in a detailed quantitative treatment. The course also provides a detailed introduction to the topics of kinetics and reaction dynamics. The laboratory portion of the course is designed to provide students experience with a broad range of the topics covered during the course.

Prerequisite: (CHEM221 AND MATH141 AND PHYS171) OR (CHEM221 AND MATH141 AND PHYS131)

Corequisite: (CHEM316 ANDPHYS131 ) OR (CHEM316 ANDPHYS171)


 

CHEM321 Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy

[Minimum Semester Hours: 4 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 4 sh]

An exploration of the application of quantum mechanics to understanding chemical phenomena, with special emphasis on chemical structure and spectroscopy.

Prerequisite: ( MATH142 AND PHYS171 ) OR ( MATH142 AND PHYS131 )

Corequisite:   (CHEM221 )


 

CHEM328 Science Seminar

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

An exploration of various topics in chemistry with an emphasis on the impact of major chemical concepts, discoveries, inventions, and/or paradigms on global or international history, society, and/or culture.  Specific topic selection is based on the expertise and interest of the faculty.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

CHEM330 Chemical Literature
[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 1sh ]
Introduces students to important library resources in chemical research (i.e. handbooks, reviews, monographs, compendiums and abstracts). Emphasis will be given to development of systematic library search strategies and information retrieval from library resources. Special emphasis will be given to instruction in the hands-on use of computerized scientific databases. Pre- or Co-requisite: CHEM221 or permission of instructor.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   (CHEM221 )


 

CHEM350 Polymer Chemistry
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A course covering the properties, reactions, and preparations of both aliphatic and aromatic compounds from the functional group approach with focus on their biological applications.  Explanations are given in terms of mechanisms, rearrangements, stereochemistry, and energy diagrams.  Laboratory exercises consist of key separation and purification techniques, representative preparations of simple biologically active molecules, and the identification of unknowns by their physical and chemical behavior.

Prerequisite: ( CHEM221 )

Corequisite: None


 

CHEM404 Spectroscopic Methods of Molecular Structure Determination

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An in-depth analysis of spectral data for the purpose of determining the structure of an unknown compound.  The theory of each spectroscopic method, sample preparation, instrumentation, and application and limitations of each method will also be discussed.  Examples from both organic and inorganic chemistry will be used.

Prerequisite: ( CHEM220 )

Corequisite:  None


 

CHEM410 Biochemistry

[Minimum Semester Hours: 4 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 4 sh]

Provides an introduction to modern biochemistry at the molecular level. Emphasis will be given to the structure and function of the major classes of biomolecules (proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids) and the bioenergetics of metabolic pathways. The laboratory portion will include the application of modern biochemical methods of analysis to the problems of:   purification and characterization of biomolecules, quantitative measurement of enzyme activities, and the evaluation of metabolic processes.

Prerequisite: ( CHEM221 ) OR ( CHEM205 )

Corequisite:   None


 

CHEM415 Biochemistry 2

[Minimum Semester Hours: 4 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 4 sh]

Presents an overview of the metabolic transformations of fatty acids and the complex lipids, amino acids and the purine and pyrimidine nucleotides. Emphasis will be given to biological synthesis of the building blocks of the major classes of biomolecules. The course will also provide an introduction to cellular signaling and specialized topics in biochemistry. The laboratory portion will expand on the techniques learned in first semester with application to independent/small group projects.

Prerequisite: ( CHEM410 )

Corequisite:   None


 

CHEM430 Advanced Organic Chemistry

[Minimum Semester Hours: 4 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 4 sh]

An in-depth study of organic chemistry with major emphasis on physical aspects as applied to syntheses, spectroscopy, structure elucidation, and reaction mechanisms. The laboratory component will emphasize advanced experimental techniques used in synthesis, mechanism elucidation, and the characterization of organic compounds.

Prerequisite: CHEM221

Corequisite:   None


 

CHEM440 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

[Minimum Semester Hours: 4 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 4 sh]

Examines major topics in theoretical and descriptive inorganic chemistry including acid-base chemistry, oxidation and reduction, chemistry of transition metals, organometallic chemistry, catalysis, inorganic clusters, solid state and bioinorganic chemistry.   The laboratory component of this course emphasizes experimental techniques in the synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds.

Prerequisite: ( CHEM301 )

Corequisite:   None


 

CHEM628 Science Seminar

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

This seminar explores various topics in chemistry. Specific topic selection is based on the expertise and interest of the faculty.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None

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