Department of Chemistry

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

(Each course will be offered every semester unless otherwise noted)

CHEM 100 CHEMISTRY FOR THE CONSUMER
GL
4 u

A critical examination of those chemical products which have a significant impact upon the daily life of the consumer. Attention will be focused from the consumer viewpoint upon food additives, prescription and non-prescription drugs, fuels, pesticides, detergents, synthetic fibers and plastics. Meets General Education laboratory science requirements.

Coreq: MATH 140 or MATH 141 or consent of instructor.

CHEM 102 INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY
GL
5 u

An introduction to the general concepts of chemistry including matter and energy, atomic and molecular structure, bonding, reactions and stoichiometry, gas laws, changes of state, thermochemistry, acid-base theory, solutions, colloids, kinetics, equilibria and electrochemistry.

Prereq: MATH 141 with a grade of C or better or waiver thereof.

CHEM 104 INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY
GL
5 u

A continuation of CHEM 102.

Prereq: CHEM 102.

CHEM 112 CHEMISTRY FOR OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL APPLICATIONS

3 u

This course will explore the bonding, structure, properties and reactivity of the main classes of organic compounds focusing on acid/base, redox, and radical reactions. The safety concerns of these reactions will be discussed and predicted by using chemical information found in online and text sources.

Prereq: CHEM 102.

CHEM 150 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN SOCIETY
GM
3 u

This course examines basic scientific concepts, technological advances, and their impact upon society. Science processes will be examined to illustrate how knowledge is acquired. Advantages and limitations of the scientific method will be considered. The effect of science and technology on society will be a continuing theme.

Coreq: MATH 141 or MATH 140. Unreq: LSINDP 105.

CHEM 184 INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY

1 u

An introduction to career tracks and career opportunities in chemistry. This course will feature readings on different career possibilities in chemistry and visiting lectures by practicing chemists. Professional skills, identification of career tracks, and scientific and technical communication will be emphasized. One hour lecture per week.

CHEM 251 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

3 u

Introductory chemistry of the compounds of carbon, their structures and reactions. Taken primarily by chemistry majors and pre-professional students. The foundation for understanding organic reactions is established with an emphasis on bonding, functional groups, three dimensional structure of organic molecules, relationship between structure and reactivity, kinetics, and reaction mechanisms. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prereq: CHEM 104.

CHEM 252 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

3 u

A continuation of CHEM 251. The goal is to further examine the structure and reactivity relationship with emphasis on reactions and synthesis. It also illustrates how structural features considered in 251, combined with organic reactions learned in 252, can be sources of insight in the overall design of natural products and synthesized materials. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prereq: CHEM 251.

CHEM 260 INTRODUCTION TO INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

4 u

CHEM 260 is an introduction to inorganic chemistry with emphasis on descriptive chemistry, bonding theories, acid-based theories, coordination chemistry and solid state chemistry.

Prereq: CHEM 104

CHEM 261 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

2 u

Basic organic manipulative techniques and simpler syntheses are considered. Spectroscopic topics are introduced. Generally taken concurrently with CHEM 251. Two three-hour laboratories per week.

Coreq: CHEM 251.

CHEM 262 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

2 u

A continuation of CHEM 261. Includes more advanced synthetic work and kinetic and mechanistic investigations, and spectroscopic techniques. Generally taken concurrently with CHEM 252. Two three-hour laboratories per week. (Spring only)

Prereq: CHEM 261, CHEM 252 or con reg in CHEM 252.

CHEM 270 INTRODUCTION TO GREEN CHEMISTRY

3 u

A lecture course covering the principles and common methods of green chemistry. Topics will include: atom economy, reduction of amount and toxicity of waste from chemical processes, reduction of energy use in chemical processes, assuring safety in chemical processes.

Prereq: CHEM 251 or CHEM 112

CHEM 271 GREEN CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

1 u

The principles of green chemistry will be illustrated in this lab course. Topics will include atom economy, reduction of quantity and toxicity of waste, alternative solvents, renewable feedstocks, catalysts, and reaction monitoring.

Coreq: CHEM 270

CHEM 352 QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS

5 u

An introduction to volumetric, gravimetric and photometric techniques and fundamental methods of instrumental analysis. Three one-hour lectures and two three-hour laboratory periods per week. (Fall only)

Prereq: CHEM 104.

CHEM 370 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY

3 u

The general principles governing the behavior of matter are investigated. Topics include atomic structure and quantum machanics, spectroscopy and topics in solid state chemistry. Three hours of lecture weekly. (Fall only)

Prereq: CHEM 352.

Coreq: MATH 254 and PHYSCS 181 or PHYSCS 141.

CHEM 371 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY

3 u

The general principles governing the behavior of matter are investigated. Topics include the laws of thermodynamics, gases, phase diagrams, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry, and kinetics. Three house of lecture weekly. (Spring only)

Prereq: CHEM 352.

Coreq: MATH 254 and PHYSCS 181 or PHYSCS 141.

CHEM 454 BIOCHEMISTRY OF MACROMOLECULES

3 u

The chemistry of the major compounds of living organisms, e.g., proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids, are studied. Meets for 3 lectures/week, and is required for all Chemistry majors.

Prereq: BIOLOGY 120 or BIOLOGY 141 (or equivalent) with a "C" or better and CHEM 251 or consent of instructor.

CHEM 455 ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

3 u

Lectures on advanced topics in organic chemistry. (Fall only)

Prereq: CHEM 252 and consent of instructor.

CHEM 456 BIOCHEMISTRY OF METABOLISM AND SIGNALING

3 u

The chemistry of biological systems, focusing on metabolism and biochemical signaling. Three lectures/week. For Chemistry majors (Biochemistry emphasis), Biology majors (allied health focus) and students interested in Biochemistry postgraduate education. (Spring only)

Prereq: "C" or better in BIOLOGY 120 or BIOLOGY 141 (or equivalent) or instructor consent, both BIOLOGY 251 and BIOLOGY 253 or CHEM 454 and CHEM 251.

Unreq: BIOLOGY 456.

CHEM 458 RESEARCH IN BIOCHEMISTRY

2 u

A laboratory course that teaches biochemical research techniques through guided original research projects.

Prereq: BIOLOGY 120 or BIOLOGY 141 (or equivalent) with a C or better and CHEM 251 or consent of instructor. (Spring only)

Coreq: CHEM 454 or BIOLOGY/CHEM 456.

Unreq: BIOLOGY 458.

CHEM 460 ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

4 u

Atomic and molecular structures, chemical bonding and periodic properties of the elements. Synthesis, characterization and structures of the compounds involving both representative and transition elements, organometallic and bioinorganic compounds and their applications. Group theory and bonding theories. (Fall only)

Prereq: CHEM 252, CHEM 261 and CHEM 352.

Coreq: CHEM 371 or consent of instructor.

CHEM 470 EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY

1 u

A laboratory course in experimental physical chemistry. Experiments from various areas of physical chemistry will be performed. Four hours of laboratory per week. (Fall only)

Coreq: CHEM 370.

CHEM 471 EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY

1 u

Hands on experience with some experimental techniques of physical chemistry. Four hours of laboratory per week. (Spring only)

Coreq: CHEM 371.

CHEM 480 INSTRUMENTAL METHODS OF ANALYSIS

4 u

A survey of optical and electrometic determinations, separation methods and basic instrumentation as applied to chemical analysis. Two one-hour lectures and two three-hour laboratory periods per week. (Spring only)

Prereq: CHEM 252, CHEM 352.

CHEM 481 INSTRUMENTAL DESIGN AND MAINTENANCE

1 u

A laboratory course that provides hands-on experince in performing preventative maintenance on instrumentation. Students will study instrumental designs and gain troubleshooting skills. Laboratory instruments covered in this course include balances, IR, GC, GCMS, HPLC, AA, ICP, CVAFS, FS, NMR and UV-VIS.

Prereq: CHEM 480

CHEM 484 TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY

.5-1 u

A course where students will use chemical and scientific literature, introduction to the seminar concept, participation in studies and discussion of current developments in chemistry. The student will review a topic and present that topic orally and in writing. This course may not be used as part of the Chemistry minor.

Prereq: Junior/Senior standing and consent of instructor.

CHEM 488 SENIOR HONORS THESIS

1 u

The senior honors thesis is a requirement of the honors program which is designed to recognize a student’s exceptional dedication and ability. Students will complete a substantial research project in their senior year. Results must be written up as a thesis, presented in a seminar, and defended orally.

Prereq: Senior Standing and CHEM 498.

CHEM 490/690 WORKSHOP

1-4 u

Repeatable two times for a maximum of 8 units in degree.

CHEM 492 SUPERVISED TEACHING AIDE
Repeatable
1-2 u

This course provides students with teaching experience in a college-level chemistry laboratory course they have previously taken. It includes instruction on how to best operate as a teaching aide and in depth instruction on the experiments and instrumentation used in that chemistry course.

Prereq: Consent of instructor.

CHEM 494 CHEMISTRY SEMINAR

0-1 u

Repeatable for a maximum of 2 units in major. Units in this course may not be used to fulfill minor requirements in Chemistry.

Prereq: Consent of instructor.

CHEM 496/696 SPECIAL STUDIES

1-3 u

Repeatable two times for a maximum 6 units in degree.

CHEM 497 EXCHANGE STUDY
Repeatable
1-12 u

CHEM 498 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN CHEMISTRY

1-3 u

Repeatable for a maximum of 6 units in major/degree. Units in this course may not be used to fulfill minor requirements in Chemistry.

Prereq: Consent of instructor.

CHEM 498R RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY

1-3 u

Repeatable for a maximum of 6 units in major/degree. Units in this course may not be used to fulfill minor requirements in Chemistry.

Prereq: Consent of instructor.



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