Chemistry Courses

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (CHEM)
(Textbook Information)

Chemistry is a laboratory science, and the department views the laboratory experience as an essential component of those courses with an associated laboratory. Consequently, students must achieve a passing grade in both the lecture and laboratory portions of the course to obtain a passing grade in the course.

CHEM 1101 General Chemistry I.

(3 hrs. lec., 3 hrs. lab per week)
(4) Fall
A study of the foundations of chemistry, including stoichiometry, atomic structure and periodicity, molecular structure and bonding models, and thermochemistry.
Prerequisite: MATH 1101 (may be taken as co-requisite) or placement in MATH 2105 or higher

CHEM 1102 General Chemistry II.
(3 hrs. lec., 3 hrs. lab per week)
(4) Spring
A continuation of CHEM 1101; a study of the gas, liquid, and solid phases, chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibria, acid/base equilibria, oxidation-reduction reactions, and electrochemistry.
Prerequisites: CHEM 1101; MATH 1101 or placement in MATH 2105 or higher

CHEM 2201 Organic Chemistry I.

(3 hrs. lec., 3 hrs. lab per week)
(4) Fall
A study of the fundamentals of organic chemistry with respect to the bonding, structure, nomenclature, and reactivity of various classes of organic compounds, including aromatic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM 1102

CHEM 2202 Organic Chemistry II.

(3 hrs. lec., 3 hrs. lab per week)
(4) Spring
A continuation of CHEM 2201, including spectroscopy, synthesis, carbonyls, and biomolecules.
Prerequisite: CHEM 2201

CHEM 2251 Analytical Chemistry.
(3 hrs. lec., 3 hrs. lab per week)
(4) Fall (even years)
A study of the theory and practice of volumetric and gravimetric quantitative analysis, chemical equilibrium, and acid/base chemistry.
Prerequisite: CHEM 1102

CHEM 3301 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics.
(3 hrs. lec., 3 hrs. lab per week)
(4) Fall (odd years)
A study of the basic principles of physical chemistry, including the properties of gases, kinetic theory of gases, thermodynamics, thermochemistry, changes of state, phase rules, electrochemistry, and chemical dynamics
Prerequisites: CHEM 2202 or permission of instructor,MATH 2221, PHYS 1102 or PHYS 1122

CHEM 3302 Physical Chemistry: Chemical Dynamics and Quantum Mechanics.
(3 hrs. lec., 3 hrs. lab per week)
(4) Spring (even years)
The study of basic principles of physical chemistry, focusing on gas kinetics, chemical dynamics, quantum mechanics, and atomic and molecular spectroscopy.
Prerequisites: MATH 2222, PHYS 1102 or PHYS 1122

CHEM 3311 Biophysical Chemistry.
(3 hrs. lec. per week)
(3) Fall
An overview of thermodynamics, dynamics, and quantum chemistry.
Prerequisites: CHEM 2202 or permission of instructor, MATH 1114 or MATH 2105 or placement in MATH 2221.
PHYS 1101 is a prerequisite (preferred) or may be taken as a co-requisite.

CHEM 3371 Junior Seminar.
(2 hrs. class per week)
(2) Spring
A course that acquaints the student with the chemical literature as well as presentation and discussion of scientific data and information. In addition, students explore career opportunities, prepare a portfolio, and develop career plans. Note: Course is graded on a pass/no credit basis.
Prerequisite: junior standing

CHEM 4421 Biochemistry I.
(3 hrs. lec., 3 hrs. lab per week)
(4) Fall
An introductory course in the principles of biochemistry, with emphasis on the structure and function of biomolecules, membrane structure and function, and an introduction to metabolism and bioenergetics. Prerequisite: CHEM 2202 or permission of instructor
CHEM 4422 Biochemistry II . (3 hrs. lec., 3 hrs. lab per week) (4) Spring
A continuation of CHEM 4421, with emphasis on cellular metabolism, fundamentals of molecular genetics, and current topics in biochemistry.
Prerequisite: CHEM 4421

CHEM 4431 Inorganic.
(3 hrs. lec. per week)
(3) on demand
An in-depth examination of atomic and molecular structure. Symmetry concepts are introduced and used. Prerequisite: CHEM 3301 or consent of the instructor
CHEM 4441 Advanced Organic Chemistry. (3 hrs. lec. per week) (3) on demand
This course is concerned with the synthesis of organic compounds. Because synthesis requires a mastery of organic reactions, mechanisms, and stereochemistry, it is the ultimate consolidation of the student's expertise in organic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 2202

CHEM 4451 Instrumental Analysis.
(3 hrs. lec., 3 hrs. lab per week)
(4) Spring (odd years)
A study of instrumentation and advanced analytical techniques.

CHEM 4471 Senior Seminar.
(2 hrs. class per week) (2) Spring
A capstone course that is thematic. Emphasis is on integration of the student's experience in chemistry and the presentation of chemical literature in seminar and written form.
Prerequisite: senior standing

CHEM 4800 Special Topics.
(1-4 hours) on demand
A ?special topic? course that may be designed to provide the student with exposure to topics and concepts not covered in the regular course offerings.
CHEM 4900 Independent Study.
This course can vary and may be used to satisfy the research requirement for the B.S. major and provide research experience for B.A. majors.