CHEM 107 — General, Organic, and Biochemistry (4)
Chemistry 107 and the associated laboratory Chemistry 107L are intended for those entering health science and related fields such as Athletic Training and Exercise Science. The course will integrate the basic tenets of general, organic, and biological chemistry. Medical and health-related applications will be emphasized. 4 lecture and 3 laboratory hours per week.
CHEM 113, 114 — General Chemistry I, II (4, 4)
Fundamental concepts and principles common to the various branches of chemistry. This includes descriptive chemistry, which deals in a systematic way with the more important elements and the structures, properties, and reactions of their compounds. A balance between experiment and theory, between quantitative and qualitative aspects of the course material, and between rigor and simplification is sought. Laboratory work emphasizes learning basic techniques, learning to manipulate and interpret numerical data, and learning the relationship between experimental measurement and chemical theory through guided, independent work by the student. Primarily for students majoring in the natural sciences. Students who with-draw from CHEM 113/114 will automatically be removed from CHEM 113L/114L unless permission to remain in the lab is granted by the Department Chairperson. Prerequisite: CHEM 113 is a prerequisite for CHEM 114 and CHEM 114L. 4 lecture-recitation and 3 laboratory hours for two semesters
CHEM 197 — Early Research Experience in Chemistry (0-1)
An introduction to chemical research under the supervision of a department faculty member. A written report is required. Freshmen chemistry majors may begin chemical research if they earn at least a “B+” in CHEM 113 and a “B” in CHEM 113L. Permission of the faculty member and the Department Chairperson is required.
CHEM 241, 242 — Organic Chemistry I, II (4, 4)
study of elemental carbon and the properties, structures, reactions, and syntheses of carbon compounds. Nomenclature, structure determination by spectrometric methods, reaction mechanisms, and the relation-ship between structure and reactivity are among the topics covered along with the application of principles to the descriptive aspects of the subject. Laboratory work involves the synthesis of organic compounds, physical property measurements, separation and purification techniques, and the use of spectroscopic methods for compound identification. Students who withdraw from CHEM 241/242 will automatically be removed from CHEM 241L/242L unless permission to remain in the lab is granted by the Department Chairperson. Prerequisite: CHEM 114 is a prerequisite for CHEM 241, which is a prerequisite for CHEM 242. 3 lecture and 3 laboratory hours for two semesters..
CHEM 243 — Analytical Chemistry (5)
An application of the principles of equilibrium, electrochemistry, and basic statistics to quantitative chemi-cal analysis. The laboratory utilizes gravimetric, volumetric, potentiometric methods of analysis with an emphasis on data interpretation, accuracy, and precision. Students who withdraw from CHEM 243 will automatically be removed from CHEM 243L unless permission to remain in the lab is granted by the Department Chairperson. Prerequisite: CHEM 114. 3 lecture and 4 laboratory hours.
CHEM 244 — Instrumental Analysis (5)
The theory and practice of quantitative and qualitative chemical analysis using instrumental techniques. Topics include the theory of operation, data interpretation, and practical applications of several methods of chemical analysis including spectrophotometry, atomic spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and chromatography . Students who withdraw from CHEM 244 will automatically be removed from CHEM 244L unless permission to remain in the lab is granted by the Department Chairperson. Prerequisites: CHEM 241. 3 lecture and 4 laboratory hours.
CHEM 252 — Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences (4)
An introduction to the basic principles, theories, techniques, and methods of physical chemistry and their application to materials and processes occurring in living systems, but without the usual mathematical precision and rigor. Laboratory work emphasizes the quantitative acquisition of experimental data by classical and instrumental methods. Prerequisites: CHEM 114, PHYS 112, MATH 125, and permission of the Department Chairperson. 3 lecture and 3 laboratory hours.
CHEM 296, 297 — Chemical Research I, II (0-2, 0-2)
Research into a problem of current chemical interest under the supervision of a department member. A written report is required. Sophomore chemistry majors may participate if they have a 3.400 G.P.A. in their chemistry courses and an overall G.P.A. of 3.000. Permission of the faculty member and the Department Chair is required.
CHEM 351 — Chemical Information Science (1)
Students will learn about the different kinds of scientific journals and databases that contain reliable chemical information. This course will give students an understanding of how the literature is organized, extract useful information from a patent and search databases for references, spectral data, and molecular proper-ties. A professional development component of the course will assist students in developing a resume, cover letter and effective job search and interview skills. Students will explore a career path of interest to them and complete a career portfolio. 1 lecture and 1 library/computer practicum hour.
CHEM 353 — Biochemistry (4) (or BIOL 224/L (4))
An introduction to the major classes of biomolecules, enzymology, metabolism, and bioenergetics. Topics may include carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins, nucleotides, and nucleic acids; mechanism of enzyme action and regulation of enzymatic pathways; intermediary metabolism; lipid and nitrogen metabolism; physiochemistry of hemoglobin, the vitamins, and selected hormones. The lecture and laboratory are required for American Chemical Society Certification, but not for graduation with a Chemistry major. Prerequisites: CHEM 242. CHEM 353L has limited capacity and requires permission of the Department Chairperson and the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) Program Director, with priority going to BMB majors and chemistry majors wishing to obtain American Chemical Society Certification. 3 lecture and 4 laboratory hours.
CHEM 357, 358 — Physical Chemistry I, II (10)
A study of the macroscopic properties and principles of matter and energy that will be developed with appropriate rigor. Selected topics include the four laws of thermodynamics, phase and reaction equilibria, chemical kinetics, quantum mechanics, and statistical thermodynamics. Laboratories will closely correlate with topics discussed in lecture and will emphasize the completion of properly formatted and scientifically written laboratory reports. Students who withdraw from CHEM 357/358 will automatically be removed from CHEM 357L/358L unless permission to remain in the lab is granted by the Department Chairperson. Prerequisites: CHEM 114, PHYS 114; MATH 238 or permission of instructor. 3 lecture and 4 laboratory hours for 2 semesters.
CHEM 373 — Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)
Selected topics in organic, medicinal, or biochemistry. The choice of topics will be made by the instructor, depending on the mutual interests of the instructor and the students. Prerequisites: CHEM 242 and per-mission of the Department Chairperson. 3 lecture hours.
CHEM 396, 397 — Chemical Research I, II (0-2, 0-2)
Research into a problem of current Chemical interest under the supervision of a department member. A written report is required. Junior chemistry majors or minors may participate if they have a 3.400 G.P.A. in their chemistry courses and an overall G.P.A. of 3.000. Permission of the faculty member and the Department Chairperson is required.
CHEM 471 — Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (5)
The properties and reactivities of inorganic compounds will be explained, with an emphasis on independence and professionalism. The discussion will include rigorous treatment of molecular symmetry (group theory), advanced treatment of chemical bonding (molecular orbital theory), and a more in-depth look at chemical reaction types (acid-base and redox). The chemical and electronic properties of coordination and organometallic compounds will also be discussed. Finally, the class will end with the descriptive chemistry of the different families of elements from the periodic table. Laboratory work will involve the synthesis, purification, and characterization of inorganic compounds. The laboratory is required for American Chemical Society Certification, but not for graduation with a Chemistry major. Prerequisite: CHEM 114. 3 lecture hours and 4 laboratory hours.
CHEM 473 — The Organic Chemistry of Drug Design and Drug Action (3)
This course will look at the history of drug discovery, what makes drugs active in the body, how drugs are metabolized in the body, how drugs are synthesized and tested in a laboratory setting, and current topics in the field of drug design and testing. Laboratory techniques in chemical and biological analysis, media representation of disease and treatment, and government regulation of drugs will also be discussed. Prerequisites: CHEM242; CHEM353/BIOL353 or permission of the Department Chairperson. 3 lecture hours..
CHEM 475 — Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3)
Selected topics in analytical chemistry. The choice of topics will be made in accord with the mutual interests of the instructor and students. Possible categories include forensic chemistry, spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and other analytical methods. Prerequisites: CHEM 244 or CHEM 252 and permission of the Department Chairperson. 3 lecture hours.
CHEM 476 — Chemistry of Materials (3)
This course focuses on the relationship of structure to physical properties, with an emphasis on materials with everyday or industrial relevance. Methods of materials preparation along with the principles behind rational design of materials will be discussed. The analytical methods used to study materials will be surveyed. Among the classes of materials examined are crystalline inorganic solids, organic polymers, glasses, catalysts, and composites. Pre- or co-requisites: CHEM 357 and permission of the Department Chairperson. 3 lecture hours.
CHEM 477 — Advanced Physical Chemistry (3)
Selected topics in physical Chemistry. Building on the basic concepts of physical chemistry discussed in CHEM 357-358, Advanced Physical Chemistry will focus on 1) a postulational development of thermodynamics, 2) an in-depth discussion of phase transformations, specifically the differences between first and second order phase transitions and solid-solid or liquid-liquid phase transformations, 3) a rigorous treatment of the structure of solid state materials, beginning with the development of Bravais lattices and ending with the characterization of solid materials via x-ray diffraction, and 4) an advanced look at spectroscopic methods: infrared and Raman spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), laser techniques, and photochemical methods (fluorescence and phosphorescence). Prerequisites: CHEM 357, MATH 238, PHYS 112, and permission of the Department Chairperson. 3 lecture hours.
CHEM 479 — Solid State Chemistry (3)
This course surveys the wide variety of inorganic solid-state structures and their properties. Topics include solid-state structure, crystal symmetry, electronic structure from a band theory perspective, magnetism, defects and their effects on properties, phase diagrams, chemical and physical properties of solids, x-ray diffraction, other analytical methods, synthetic methods, and important uses of solid-state materials. Pre- or co-requisites: CHEM 357 and permission of Department Chairperson. 3 lecture hours.
CHEM 490 — Special Topics in Chemistry (3)
An upper-class forum for a variety of current topics in chemistry. Students will be expected to supplement the traditional classroom work with additional research material in order to become familiar with the selected topic. The topics are chosen to augment several major programs depending upon demand. Permission of the Department Chairperson is required. 3 lecture hours.
CHEM 493, 494 — Senior Colloquium I, II (1, 1)
The reading and synthesis of current research in the chemical literature. The student must prepare two seminars, one each semester, in two different areas of chemistry. These seminars are presented orally to the department faculty and students. The student is expected to answer questions based on material learned in completed courses but pertinent to the seminar topic. Typically 1 lecture hour, however; all senior Chemistry majors must attend seminars given by other students and visiting speakers.
CHEM 496, 497 — Senior Research I, II (0 or 3, 0 or 3)
An experimental or theoretical research project undertaken by the student under the supervision of a department member. The research requires the student to use advanced concepts and techniques to develop new knowledge that might be publishable. The interrelationship between laboratory work and literature searching is emphasized. A detailed written report describing the work must be submitted to the Department Chairperson upon completion of the course. A combined total of 10 laboratory and library hours is required. Only open to senior science majors. Permission of the faculty member and the Department Chairperson is required.