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Fall and Spring Semester

Consumer Chemistry - CHEM 100

Health Science General Chemistry -CHEM 101

General Chemistry I – CHEM 105

General Chemistry I lab - CHEM 107

General Chemistry II - CHEM 106

General Chemistry II lab -CHEM 108

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

Computer Chemistry - CHEM 202

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

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 11/30/2015

 

CHEMISTRY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

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.

 

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: Eligible for MATH 120 or ACT 17.

 

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 hour lecture and one recitation hour per week.

PREREQUISITE: Concurrent for MATH 120 or Math ACT 23

 

106. GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (3 CREDIT HOURS)

A continuationof Chemistry 105. Contents include chemical equilibria, atomic and electronic structure of atoms, chemical bonding, oxidation-reduction reactions, and descriptive chemistry. Three hour lecture and one recitation hour per week.  PREREQUISITE: C in CHEM 105; C in Math 120 or Math ACT 23.

 

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: CHEM 105 or current enrollment in CHEM 105.

 

108. GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II (2 CREDIT HOURS)

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

 

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:C in CHEM 101 or CHEM 105.

 

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: CHEM 205 or equivalent.

 

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: CHEM 106.

 

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 hour lecture and one recitation hour per week.  PREREQUISITE: CHEM 205

 

207. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I (2 CREDIT HOURS)

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

 

208. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II (2 CREDIT HOURS)

A continuationof 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: CHEM 205, 206, and 207 (enrollment in CHEM 206 may be concurrent).

 

211. INTRODUCTORY ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY (4 CREDIT HOURS)

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

 

301. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I (3 CREDIT HOURS)

Fundamental principles and laws of chemistry, including thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and chemical kinetics. PREREQUISITE: CHEM 106, MATH 206, and PHYS 201 OR 231.

 

302. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II (3 CREDIT HOURS)

Statistical mechanics, electrochemistry, quantum mechanics, molecular structure, and spectroscopy. PREREQUISITE: CHEM 301, MATH 207 and PHYS 202 or 232.

 

303. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I (2 CREDIT HOURS)

Three class hours per week. PRE OR CO-REQUISITE: CHEM 301.

 

304. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II (2 CREDIT HOURS)

Three class hours per week. PRE OR CO-REQUISITE: CHEM 302

 

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.

 

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: CHEM 206 or permission of instructor.

 

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: CHEM 201 or 206.

 

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.

 

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: CHEM 206

 

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.

 

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

 

411. INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (3 CREDIT HOURS)

A systematic study of the principles of structure and reactivity of the chemical elements and their

compounds. PREREQUISITE: CHEM 302 or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 302.

 

413. INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY (2 CREDIT HOURS)

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

 

416. INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS (3 CREDIT HOURS)

Theoretical aspects of instrumental methods of chemical and structural analysis. PREREQUISITE: CHEM 301 & CHEM 211

 

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; electroanalytical chemistry. Three class hours per week. PREREQUISITE: CHEM 416 or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 416.

 

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.

 

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 group transformations. Three class hours per week. PREREQUISITE: CHEM 206 and 301.

 

429. SPECTROSCOPIC METHODS (3 CREDIT HOURS)

The use of UV, IR, NMR, and mass spectroscopy for investigating molecular structures. PREREQUISITE: CHEM 206 and CHEM 301.

 

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: CHEM 350

 

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.

 

460, 461, 462. SPECIAL PROJECTS IN CHEMISTRY (1-3 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: Permission of the department chair.

 

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: Permission of the department chair.

 

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: Permission of the department chair.

 

Chemistry (Graduate Courses)

 

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: CHEM 206 or permission of instructor; graduate status.

 

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: CHEM 206 and 302 or permission of instructor; graduate status.

 

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: CHEM 201 or 206. CHEM 531 has graduate status.

 

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 characteriza-tion, enzyme kinetics, carbohydrate chemistry, and nucleic acid chemistry will be covered. Experimental methods include electro-phoresis, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, high perform-ance liquid chromatography (HPLC), and spectrometry. Three class hours per week. PRE OR COREQUISITE: CHEM 531. CHEM 533 has graduate status.

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