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Fall and Spring Semester

Consumer Chemistry (General Education) - CHEM 100

General Chemistry I – CHEM 105

General Chemistry I lab - CHEM 107

General Chemistry II - CHEM 106

General Chemistry II lab -CHEM 108

Introductory to Environmental Chemistry (General Education) - CHEM 132

Organic Chemistry I - CHEM 205

Organic Chemistry I lab- CHEM 207

Organic Chemistry II - CHEM 206

Organic Chemistry II lab - CHEM 208

 

Fall Semester Only

Health Science General Chemistry -CHEM 101

Analytical Chemistry - CHEM 211

Physical Chemistry I - CHEM 301

Physical Chemistry I Lab – CHEM 303

Introduction to Polymer Science – CHEM 305

Environmental Chemistry – CHEM 312/512

Junior Seminar - CHEM 350

Environmental Toxicology - CHEM 356

Inorganic Chemistry - CHEM 411

Inorganic Chemistry Lab - CHEM 413

Advanced Organic – CHEM 425/525

 

 

Spring Semester Only

Elementary Organic and Biochemistry - CHEM 201

Computer Chemistry - CHEM 202

Physical Chemistry II - CHEM 302

Physical Chemistry II Lab - CHEM 304

Biochemistry - CHEM 331

Biochemistry lab - CHEM 333

Green Chemistry - CHEM 357

Instrumental - CHEM 416

Instrumental lab - CHEM 418

Spectroscopic Methods - CHEM 429

Senior Seminar - CHEM 450

 

Updated 03/11/2016

 

CHEMISTRY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

CHEM 100. Consumer Chemistry (3 credit hours)

A study of the basic rules of elements and their compounds is enough for an appreciation of the beauty of consumer chemistry. The course will involve a close look into the food we eat, the fuel we burn and the products we use as health and beauty aids. Includes laboratory work.

CHEM 100H. Consumer Chemistry (for Honors Students)

(3 credit hours)

An accelerated study of the basic rules of elements and their compounds is enough for an appreciation of the beauty of consumer chemistry. The course will involve a close look into the food we eat, the fuel we burn and the products we use as health and beauty aids. Includes laboratory work.


CHEM 101. Health Science General Chemistry (4 credit

hours)

This course provides an introduction to general chemistry with an emphasis on health relevance and applications. A three-hour laboratory is included each week to help with hands-on exposure to the concepts covered in the lecture portion of the courses. Prerequisite(s): Eligible for MATH 120.

CHEM 105. General Chemistry I (3 credit hours)

Designed for students desiring further studies in natural sciences, medicine and engineering. Contents include pertinent mathematics, periodicity of elements, stoichiometry, gas laws, energy changes, solutions, equilibria, acid-base theories and descriptive chemistry.  (High school chemistry is desirable and high school or college algebra is necessary for an understanding of the material covered in this course.) Three hours lecture and one recitation hour per week. Prerequisite(s): Concurrent MATH 120 or Math ACT of 23+.

CHEM 106. General Chemistry II (3 credit hours)

A continuation of Chemistry 105. Contents include chemical equilibria, atomic and electronic structure of atoms, chemical bonding, oxidation-reduction reactions and descriptive chemistry. Three hours lecture and one recitation hour per week. Prerequisite(s): C in CHEM 105; C in MATH 120 or Math ACT 23+.

CHEM 107. General Chemistry Laboratory I (2 credit hours)

An introduction to the principles of experimentation and laboratory techniques as applied to the experimental science of chemistry. Three hours per week. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 105 or current enrollment in CHEM 105.

CHEM 108. General Chemistry Laboratory II (2 credit hours)

A continuation of CHEM 107. Three hours per week. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 105, 106 and 107 (enrollment in CHEM 106 may be concurrent).


CHEM 132.  Introductory to Environmental Chemistry (3 CREDIT HOURS) 

Environmental chemistry is the study and appreciation of the phenomena in the environment.  In this course we look at various environmental issues from the viewpoint of a chemist but also look at the political implications as well.  The study of various environmental factors and pollutants in our water, soil, and air and their effects on the planet.  The understanding in how our environment works with the addition of anthropogenic materials.


CHEM 201. Elementary Organic Chemistry and
Biochemistry (4 credit hours)

A continuation of CHEM 101, which covers organic chemistry and biochemistry with an emphasis on health relevance and applications. The laboratory experience of two hours each week will help illustrate the principles and techniques used in organic chemistry and biochemistry. Prerequisite(s): C in CHEM 101 or CHEM 105.


CHEM 202. Computer Chemistry (2 credit hours)

This course is designed to provide exposure to the use of selected computer programs that are often used by modern chemists. These include programs for drawing chemical structures, programs for molecular mechanics calculations, spreadsheet programs for doing various types of repetitive chemical calculations, spectral simulation programs, and programs for technical computing and higher-level math. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 106; CHEM 205 or concurrent.


CHEM 205. Organic Chemistry I (3 credit hours)

The study of aliphatic compounds with special emphasis on the mechanism of their reactions. Modern nomenclature and use of spectroscopic methods in organic chemistry are discussed throughout the course. Designed for science majors. Three hour lecture and one recitation hour per week. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 106.


CHEM 206. Organic Chemistry II (3 credit hours)

A continuation of Chemistry 205. The chemistry of aromatic compounds and many modern methods of chemical synthesis are covered. The major classes of biological chemical compounds are discussed. Three hours lecture and one recitation hour per week. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 205.


CHEM 207. Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (2 credit hours)

An introduction to the fundamental laboratory techniques used in organic chemistry. Four hours per week. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 108 and CHEM 205 (enrollment in CHEM 205 may be concurrent).



CHEM 208. Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (2 credit hours)

A continuation of CHEM 207 with an emphasis on learning the basic methods used in preparing organic compounds and an introduction to qualitative organic chemistry. Four hours per week. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 205, 206 and 207 (enrollment in CHEM 206 may be concurrent).



CHEM 211. Introductory Analytical Chemistry (4 credit hours)

Volumetric, gravimetric, spectrophotometric and electrochemical methods of analysis. Two hours lecture and four hours lab. Prerequisite(s): C in CHEM 106, 108 and MATH 120; concurrent enrollment in MATH 102 or MATH 121.


CHEM 301. Physical Chemistry I (3 credit hours)

Fundamental principles and laws of chemistry, including thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and chemical kinetics. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 106, 202, 206, 208, MATH 206, and PHYS 201 or 231.
 

CHEM 302. Physical Chemistry II (3 credit hours)

Statistical mechanics, electrochemistry, quantum mechanics, molecular structure and spectroscopy. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 301, MATH 207 and PHYS 202 or 232.
 

CHEM 303. Physical Chemistry Laboratory I (2 credit hours)

Three class hours per week the course emphasizes both the experimental techniques and the theoretical concepts behind the experiments. The experiments include those involving the principles of chemical thermodynamics, introductory statistical thermodynamics and chemical kinetics. Both wet and dry experiments will be performed. The latter help explain important concepts such as probability, entropy and free energy, and make use of Excel and Mathematics. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 301 or concurrently.



CHEM 304. Physical Chemistry Laboratory II (2 credit hours)

Three class hours per week the course emphasizes both the experimental techniques and the theoretical concepts behind the experiments. The experiments include those involving the principles of quantum chemistry and spectroscopy. Both wet and dry experiments will be performed. The latter help

explain important concepts such as observables, precise and average value properties, wave functions and eigenvalues and make use of mathematics and Excel. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 302 or concurrent.

CHEM 305. Introduction to Polymer Science (4 Credit hours)

Polymer science is one of the most applicable fields to society. Very few consumer goods are brought to the market without the help of polymers at some point. This is an introduction to polymer science. It provides an overview of the synthesis, structure, and characterization of polymers.  Preq  CHEM 206


 CHEM 312. Environmental Chemistry (3 credit hours)

Environmental chemistry is the study of the chemical phenomena in the environment. In this course, the environmental problems are discussed from the viewpoint of the chemist. The study of the various environmental factors and pollutants in our water, soil and air and their effects on life and the environment are investigated. Available solutions for control and reduction of these pollutants are discussed. Three class hours per week. Prerequisite(s):

CHEM 206 or permission of instructor.


CHEM 331. Biochemistry (3 credit hours)

The goal of this course is to teach the principles of chemical reactions in biological systems. Topics include: protein chemistry, enzymology, genetic diseases, bioenergetics/respiration, metabolism and nucleic acid chemistry. Wherever possible applications of biochemistry to health and environment will be emphasized. It is recommended that CHEM 333 be taken concurrently. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 206.



CHEM 333. Biochemistry Laboratory (2 credit hours)

The purpose of this course is to teach the principles and techniques used in modern biochemistry. Protein isolation and characterization, enzyme kinetics,

carbohydrate chemistry and nucleic acid chemistry will be covered. Experimental methods include electrophoresis, gas chromatography/ mass spectrometry, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and spectrometry. Three class hours per week. Pre or co-requisite: CHEM 331.



CHEM 350. Junior Seminar (1 credit hour)

An introduction to chemical literature, including how to search topics and prepare presentations based on those searches. Both written and oral communication skills will be developed. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 206.



CHEM 356. Environmental Toxicology (3 credit hours)

This course is designed with the future industrial chemist in mind. The main focus is the discovery of how the chemicals we make today affect our health tomorrow. Topics to be discussed include the history of toxicology, absorption, distribution and excretion of toxicants, and nonorganic directed toxicity and target organ toxicity. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 206.



CHEM 357. Green Chemistry (3 credit hours)

Green chemistry or environmentally benign chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances.  The course will cover the history of science and its effect on the environment and the global population. Concepts and applications of green chemistry will be discussed and compared to other traditional methods. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 206



CHEM 411. Inorganic Chemistry (3 credit hours)

A systematic study of the principles of structure and reactivity of the chemical elements and their compounds. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 301 or concurrent.


CHEM 413. Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (2 credit hours)

The synthesis and characterizations of inorganic compounds. Three hours per week. Take concurrently with CHEM 411.



CHEM 416. Instrumental Analysis (3 credit hours)

Theoretical aspects of instrumental methods of chemical and structural analysis. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 211 and CHEM 301.


CHEM 418. Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (2 credit hours)

Characterization and analysis of materials using infrared, atomic absorption, UV-visible and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy; gas and high-performance liquid chromatography; and electroanalytical chemistry. Three class hours per week. Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 416.
 

CHEM 420. Undergraduate Library Research (1 credit hour)

An introduction to library research techniques and the chemistry literature. Staff assigns a topic and supervises the project. Prerequisite(s): Permission of chair and instructor.
 

CHEM 425. Advanced Organic Chemistry (3 credit hours)

A study of organic reactions applied to organic synthesis.  This course reviews functional groups, methods for forming carbon-carbon bonds, and surveys the more important reagents for functional grout transformations. Three class hours per week. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 206 and 301.

CHEM 429. Spectroscopic Methods (3 credit hours)

The use of UV, IR, NMR and mass spectroscopy for investigating molecular structures. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 206 and CHEM 301.



CHEM 450. Senior Seminar (1 credit hour)

Oral presentation of topics of current chemical interest, including the presentation of students’ research results. This course should be taken in the senior year. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 350 and permission of the department chair.
 

CHEM 459. Inquiry-Based Research for Education Majors (1 credit hour)

In this individualized, lab-based course, teacher education candidates will investigate, design and implement an inquiry/research project and communicate the results.  Prerequisite(s): Permission of the department chair.
 

CHEM 460. Directed Student Research (1 credit hour)

Designed for the chemistry student who desires to do research on a special chemical project in his/her junior or senior year. Prerequisite(s): Permission of the department chair.
 

CHEM 461. Directed Student Research (2 credit hours)

Designed for the chemistry student who desires to do research on a special chemical project in his/her junior or senior year. Prerequisite(s): Permission of the department chair.
 

CHEM 462. Directed Student Research (3 credit hours)

Designed for the chemistry student who desires to do research on a special chemical project in his/her junior or senior year. Prerequisite(s): Permission of the department chair.
 

Chemistry Graduate Course Descriptions

CHEM 512. Environmental Chemistry (3 credit hours)

Environmental chemistry is the study of the chemical phenomena in the environment. In this course, the environmental problems are discussed from the viewpoint of the chemist. The study of the various environmental factors and pollutants in our water, soil and air and their effects on life and the environment are investigated. Available solutions for control and reduction of these pollutants are discussed. Three class hours per week. Prerequisite(s):

CHEM 206 or permission of instructor; graduate status.



CHEM 525. Advanced Organic Chemistry (3 credit hours)
A study of organic reactions applied to organic synthesis.  This course reviews functional groups, methods for forming carbon-carbon bonds and surveys the more important reagents for functional group transformations. Three class hours per week. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 206 and 302 or permission of instructor; graduate status.


CHEM 531. Biochemistry (3 credit hours)

The goal of this course is to teach the principles of chemical reactions in biological systems. Topics include: protein chemistry, enzymology, genetic diseases, bioenergetics/respiration, metabolism and nucleic acid chemistry. Wherever possible, applications of biochemistry to health and environment will be emphasized. It is recommended that Chemistry 533 be taken concurrently. Three class hours per week. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 206.


CHEM 533. Biochemistry Laboratory (2 credit hours)

The purpose of this course is to teach the principles and techniques used in modern biochemistry. Protein isolation and characterization, enzyme kinetics, carbohydrate chemistry and nucleic acid chemistry will be covered.  Experimental methods include electrophoresis, gas chromatography/ mass  spectrometry, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and spectrometry. Three class hours per week. Pre or co-requisite: CHEM 531

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