Chemistry (CHEM)

CHEM 100. Introductory Chemistry. (3 Credits)

Introductory Chemistry is a non-laboratory online course that introduces the student to the principles and concepts of chemistry. It also gives students practice with the mathematical techniques used in the sciences.

Prerequisite: None

CHEM 105. Elem of Gen & Biolog Chem. (4 Credits)

Elements of General and Biological Chemistry introduces the student to the chemistry of the body and is primarily for students aiming for careers in professional health care fields.

Prerequisite: MAT 121.

CHEM 141. General Chemistry I. (4 Credits)

General Chemistry I introduces the student to general concepts of chemistry including atomic and molecular structure, reaction stoichiometry, thermodynamics, periodic trends, and gas laws.

Prerequisite: None

CHEM 142. General Chemistry II. (4 Credits)

General Chemistry II is a continuation of Chemistry 141 including thermodynamics, equilibrium, acid-base theory, reaction kinetics, and electrochemistry.

Prerequisite: None

CHEM 215. Survey of Organic Chemistry. (4 Credits)

is meant for the student whose program requires one semester of organic chemistry. This course introduces the student to organic synthesis and reaction mechanisms, focusing primarily on aspects of structure that will result in given, predictable reactivity. The course will cover acid-base chemistry, stereochemistry, and reactivity of functional groups including hydrocarbons, alcohols, amines, and carbonyls. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab. 4 credits.

Prerequisites: "C-" or better in CHEM 142.

CHEM 225. Analytical Chemistry. (4 Credits)

Analytical Chemistry introduces the student to the application of chemical principles for the purpose of chemical analysis as well as the many associated skills such as sampling, sample preparation, treatment of data, etc. necessary to obtain valid information on the chemical composition of matter.

Prerequisite: None

CHEM 235. Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry. (4 Credits)

Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry introduces the student to the descriptive chemistry of the elements, with a focus on selected elements from within the representative or main groups. Topics to be covered include periodic trends, reactivity patterns, and structure as well as “real world” applications and some chemical history as it applies to the topics presented.

Prerequisite: None

CHEM 239. Organic Chemistry II. (3 Credits)

CHEM 241. Organic Chemistry I. (4 Credits)

Organic Chemistry I introduces the student to organic synthesis and reaction mechanism, focusing specifically on the chemistry of hydrocarbons along with acid-base chemistry and stereochemistry.

Prerequisite: None

CHEM 242. Organic Chemistry II. (4 Credits)

Organic Chemistry II is a continuation of Chemistry 241, covering instrumental analysis of organic compounds, chemistry of aromatic systems, carbonyl chemistry, and the chemistry of amines. Laboratory consists of several multi-week projects including multi-step synthesis and unknown identifications.

Prerequisite: None

CHEM 341. Physical Chemistry I. (4 Credits)

Physical Chemistry I introduces the student to the physical study of the states of matter, equilibrium, thermodynamics, the properties of solutions and the rates of chemical and physical processes.

Prerequisite: None

CHEM 342. Physical Chemistry II. (4 Credits)

Physical Chemistry II is a study of quantum theory, the electronic structure of atoms and molecules, group theory, and vibrational, electronic, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

Prerequisite: None

CHEM 361. Environmental Chemistry/Toxicology I. (3 Credits)

Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology is a study of how natural environmental processes are driven by chemical reactions and how these processes are affected by toxicants— natural as well as artificial. Specific areas of concentration include the atmosphere, hydrosphere, energy, toxicology, and disposal of dangerous wastes.

Prerequisite: None

CHEM 399. Chemistry Internship. (1-4 Credits)

The Chemistry Internship provides credit for chemistry majors who obtain laboratory or field experience outside of the typical academic environment. The experience must be approved in advance by the Department Chair. Students may enroll for credit more than once and may apply up to 4 credits of CHEM 399 to the requirements for the major.

Prerequisite: None

CHEM 425. Biochemistry. (4 Credits)

Biochemistry introduces the student to the ways in which atoms and molecules function to produce life processes. Topics include aqueous interactions and bioenergetics; structure and function of nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids; enzyme function and kinetics; and an overview of major metabolic pathways. Students will become familiar with and proficient in using molecular visualization, data fitting, and kinetic simulation software.

Prerequisite: None

CHEM 426. Advanced Biochemistry. (4 Credits)

Advanced Biochemistry deepens the student’s appreciation of life processes and the chemical concepts that underlie them. Topics include metabolic pathways involving carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids; photosynthesis; the flow of information in biological systems; and content that will be student chosen. Software programs will be utilized, including those introduced during CHEM 425.

Prerequisite: None

CHEM 435. Advanced Organic Chemistry. (4 Credits)

Advanced Organic Chemistry is an advanced survey of modern organic chemistry focusing on synthesis using the retrosynthetic approach. Selected topics include classical organic syntheses in addition to pharmaceutical drug applications and process development synthesis.

Prerequisite: None

CHEM 445. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. (4 Credits)

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry provides advanced treatment of the chemistry of transition metal compounds and organometallic compounds, including discussions of symmetry and group theory, bonding theory, structure of solids, kinetics and mechanisms for reactions, Lewis acid/base chemistry, and others. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.

Prerequisites: "C-" or better in CHEM 235 or consent of instructor.

CHEM 455. Instrumental Analysis. (4 Credits)

Instrumental Analysis is an in depth study of the use of instruments in chemical analysis. Topics include the basic theory and techniques of instrumental methods of analysis, with emphasis on spectrophotometry, NMR, and gas and liquid chromatography. 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab.

Prerequisites: "C-" or better in CHEM 225 or consent of instructor.

CHEM 490. Chemistry Senior Seminar. (1 Credit)

Reports and discussion of current chemical literature. Seminar is required of all senior chemistry majors.

Prerequisite: None

CHEM 499. Undergraduate Research. (1-4 Credits)

Undergraduate Research provides the student the opportunity to work on a research topic under the direction of a member of the chemistry faculty. The experience must be approved in advance by the Department Chair. Students may enroll for credit more than once and may apply up to 4 credits of CHEM 499 to the requirements for the major.

Prerequisite: None