Chemistry Courses

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This course is designed for science and engineering majors who need to strengthen their fundamental chemical and mathematical knowledge. Through active involvement with the course content, students are expected to develop a basic understanding of core models used in chemistry to describe, explain, and predict the properties of matter in qualitative and quantitative manners. This course serves to prepare students for CHEM 151.

A prelude to General Chemistry (CHEM 141, 151, or 161), this course will help you develop the skills and rigor necessary for success in a college science course. It provides foundational coverage of atomic and molecular structure, energy, stoichiometry, and other topics central to understanding chemical properties and reactions.

CHEM 130 is a one-semester lecture course, designed to introduce students in nursing and public health majors to the fundamentals of chemistry as a foundation of many central topics in allied health fields. It provides an overview of the principles of general and organic chemistry and elements of biochemistry, emphasizing medical, nutritional, and environmental aspects of the discipline. Current topics in health sciences are used to guide students in developing a solid background in chemistry that may be applied in their future careers. Critical thinking and pattern recognition are utilized with the goal of developing skills in problem solving, applying the foundations of chemistry to new concepts. Students are taught to integrate their conceptual and modeling skills with quantitative data to make predictions regarding the behavior of molecules in different environments. The course adopts a flexible pedagogical approach allowing students to combine live (in-person) instructor-guided and self-paced study formats, depending on their individual circumstances, needs, and learning styles. This course is designed for non-technical students with minimum science or math backgrounds.

An introduction to the chemical laboratory with emphasis on problems of interest to the pre-nursing and allied health majors. This course is designed for non-technical students and is not a pre-requisite for higher chemistry courses.

The first part of a two-semester lecture series introducing students to the central principles of modern chemistry using a quantitative atoms-first approach. The course is intended for students who require a strong foundation in general chemistry, rooted in a technical (mathematical) approach to the discipline. It specifically targets science and engineering majors and other students interested in a systematic development of modern chemistry.

 

The second part of a two-semester lecture series introducing students to the central principles of modern chemistry using a quantitative atoms-first approach. The course is intended for students who require a strong foundation in general chemistry, rooted in a technical (mathematical) approach to the discipline. It specifically targets science and engineering majors and other students interested in a systematic development of modern chemistry.

The first semester of a two-semester laboratory sequence designed to provide an introduction to the central principles and practices of modern quantitative chemical analysis.

The second semester of a two-semester laboratory sequence designed to provide an introduction to the central principles and practices of modern quantitative chemical analysis.

Integrated lecture-lab course designed to develop a basic understanding of the central principles of chemistry that are useful to explain and predict the properties of chemical substances based on their atomic and molecular structure. Additionally, students will be introduced to modern laboratory techniques and participate in experimental activities that promote the development of basic and advanced science-process skills. The course is designed for students who require a strong foundation in general chemistry, such as science and engineering majors, pre-medical and pre-pharmacy students.

Continuation of CHEM 151. Integrated lecture-lab course designed to develop a basic understanding of the central principles of chemistry that are useful to explain and predict the properties of chemical substances based on their atomic and molecular structure. Additionally, students will be introduced to modern laboratory techniques and participate in experimental activities that promote the development of basic and advanced science-process skills. The course is designed for students who require a strong foundation in general chemistry, such as science and engineering majors, pre-medical and pre-pharmacy students.

Fundamental concepts of modern chemistry, with emphasis on theoretical and physical principles; atomic and molecular structure and quantum theory; chemical bonding; properties of gases, liquids and solids; solutions; thermochemistry.

 

Fundamental concepts of modern chemistry, with emphasis on theoretical and physical principles; thermodynamics and equilibria, acid-base chemistry; electochemistry; kinetics; spectroscopy; nuclear chemistry; materials.

Advanced techniques in college chemistry; measurements, separations; identification; purification and analysis of organic and inorganic substances.

Advanced techniques in college chemistry; measurements, separations; identification; purification and analysis of organic and inorganic substances. Lab stresses individual studies and library research.

A university-level chemistry laboratory experience for Med-Start program students.

This course is designed to complement CHEM 151. Students enrolled in the course will participate in weekly problem sessions pertaining to material covered in CHEM 151.

This course is designed to complement CHEM 152. Students enrolled in the course will participate in weekly problem sessions pertaining to material covered in CHEM 152.

Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.

 

Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.

General principles of organic chemistry.

General principles of organic chemistry.

General principles of organic chemistry.

General principles of organic chemistry.

An introduction to the organic chemistry laboratory with an emphasis on development of laboratory skills and techniques, observation of chemical phenomena, data collection, and the interpretation and reporting of results in formal laboratory reports. Heavy emphasis on microscale techniques, laboratory safety and waste disposal. The experiments are designed to complement the principles concurrently presented in the corresponding lecture class and require knowledge of the lecture material.

An introduction to the organic chemistry laboratory with an emphasis on development of laboratory skills and techniques, observation of chemical phenomena, data collection, and the interpretation and reporting of results in formal laboratory reports. Heavy emphasis on microscale techniques, laboratory safety and waste disposal. The experiments are designed to complement the principles concurrently presented in the corresponding lecture class and require knowledge of the lecture material. Chemistry majors who take CHEM 243B instead of CHEM 247B or 244B, must take CHEM 243C in a subsequent semester.

An introduction to the organic chemistry laboratory with an emphasis on development of laboratory skills and techniques, observation of chemical phenomena, data ollection, and the interpretation and reporting of results in formal laboratory reports. Heavy emphasis on microscale techniques, laboratory safety, waste disposal and biochemical applications.

The combined courses 244A and 244B provide an introduction to the methods that are commonly encountered in the handling and analysis of chemical materials. Students gain experience using equipment and techniques for carrying out a range of reactions, separations, and purifications. Methods for the analysis and characterization of organic compounds are also investigated. Additionally, an introduction to exploring and using the chemical literature is provided. The skills gained in these courses are broadly applicable to many different areas of science involving the handling of chemical compounds/materials. The first semester course (244A) focused mainly on techniques and characterization; the second semester (244B) reinforces those skills, in the context of reactions and synthesis. Planning, using the chemical literature, is also an important part of working on the synthesis activities.

General principles of organic chemistry. Designed for students planning to take more advanced coursework in chemistry, especially chemistry, biochemistry and chemical engineering majors. Required for Chemistry majors.

General principles of organic chemistry. Designed for students planning to take more advanced coursework in chemistry, especially chemistry, biochemistry and chemical engineering majors. Required for chemistry majors.

Similar to 243A. Designed for chemistry and biochemistry majors and chemical engineers.

Similar to 243B. Designed for chemistry and biochemistry majors and chemical engineers.

Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of instruction and practice in actual service in a department, program, or discipline. Teaching formats may include seminars, in-depth studies, laboratory work and patient study. Requires faculty member approval, preceptor application on file with department.

Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of instruction and practice in actual service in a department, program, or discipline. Teaching formats may include seminars, in-depth studies, laboratory work and patient study. Requires faculty member approval preceptor application on file with department.

The course is designed to challenge preceptors to both refresh content knowledge of the courses and improve their depth of understanding to better prepare them for assisting students in and out of the classroom. Activities in the stock notes are presented to the preceptors, evaluated for their objectives, and assessed for the level of task difficulty. Preceptors are expected to strategize methods for guiding student learning through the challenges of different stages of the activities and how to push students further in their content knowledge.

Methods of design and construction of scientific glass apparatus.

Principles of modern quantitative analysis, including consideration of stoichiometry, equilibrium principles, treatment of experimental data, titrimetric and photometric analysis, potentiometric analysis, and analytical separation processes.

Experiments in modern quantitative analysis, including statistical analysis of data, acid/base equilibrium, gravimetric analysis, potentiometric analysis, analytical separations, spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry. Emphasis on data reporting and interpretation. Designed for chemistry majors.

This course covers the fundamentals and techniques of mathematics with applications to common problems in chemistry and chemical physics. CHEM 380 is designed to be a survey of applied math as encountered in chemistry. Application-oriented (rather than proof-driven), covering at an introductory level most types of math encountered in a typical chemistry curriculum. Mathematical tools are introduced and explored in a chemistry context.

Individual or small group research under the guidance of faculty.

Individual or small group research under the guidance of faculty.

Chemistry majors’ colloquium is designed to provide an array of information that will assist chemistry majors in the successful completion of the degree and in preparation for employment. The main objective of the course is to improve familiarity with the opportunities and tools available to chemistry majors, and thus to enhance the undergraduate experience and participation of chemistry majors in chemically related activities beyond the classroom.

Laboratory in modern chemical measurements and instrumentation, containing both quantitative and qualitative chemical analysis. Lab work includes electronic circuits in instrumentation, spectroscopy, chromatography, electrophoresis, electrochemical methods, and mass spectrometry. Focus on independent experimental design and data interpretation, and a student-designed analysis of a real-world sample.

This course concerns the teaching of modern experimental methods in physical chemistry. The goal is to illustrate concepts in thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, and chemical kinetics, taught in the lecture courses 480A and 480B, through experiments concerning heat capacities, liquid/vapor equilibria, surface tension, viscosity, quantum dots, and atomic and molecular spectroscopy. Practical training is provided in the use of vacuum systems, detection electronics, oscilloscopes, simple lasers, and other modern tools in the physical chemistry laboratory, as well as in quantitative error analysis and scientific writing.

A basic course in measurement science, intended to provide the student with an overall view of modern analytical chemistry and the instrumental methods of analysis used throughout industrial laboratories and research environments.

Fundamentals of inorganic chemistry, including quantum mechanical descriptions of bonding and structure in small molecules and solids, symmetry and group theory, and structure, bonding and electronic spectra of coordination compounds.

Utilizing the fundamental basis of 404A, this course provides an overview of the modern applications of inorganic chemistry. Core concepts such as catalysis, inorganic reaction mechanisms and reactivity will be presented in the context of relevance to renewable energy and fuels, inorganic materials, organometallics, biological applications, nanotechnology and the environment.

This course covers basic laboratory safety topics including chemical and physical hazards, risk assessment, methods of risk minimization, and emergency preparedness. Students will be equipped with essential tools to safely work in laboratory environments.

In this course we will examine advanced topics in laboratory safety. We will build on the foundation covered in CHEM 405A/505A by delving deeper into each of the four principles of RAMP: Recognizing hazards, Assessing risk, Minimizing risk and Preparing for emergencies. Topics will include the OSHA laboratory standard, hazard assessment, biological and radiation hazards, toxins, engineering controls, waste handling and regulations, emergency planning and response, and others.

In this course we will examine the laws and regulations pertaining to chemical and other laboratory environments and learn how to implement safe chemical hygiene in the workplace. Several government entities (including OSHA, EPA, DEA, and DHS) regulate various aspects of safe chemical use. Employers and safety personnel in workplaces where chemicals are used must be aware of and comply with these safety requirements. We will discuss how to manage a laboratory environment to ensure legal compliance as well as protect employees, community, and the environment. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be equipped to take the Chemical Hygiene Officer certification exam.

Standard inorganic laboratory preparations, including coordination compounds, isomeric, organometalic, bioinorganic, air sensitive compounds, and compounds typifying the groups of the periodic table. High temperature, inert atmosphere, materials synthesis, and characterization of products by various spectroscopic techniques.

Modern chemistry, biology and medicine in conjunction with the neuroscience revolution are providing tools which can modify basic human behaviors (learning, addictive, aggressive, feeding, etc.). An examination of the scientific, cultural, religious and ethical issues related to this emerging science will be examined. Basic knowledge of chemistry and biology (two years of each) and of social sciences (psychology, philosophy, religious studies, etc.) are useful prerequisites or consent of instructor.

Special experimental methods for the synthesis of organic compounds.

Determination of structure and composition of organic compounds and mixtures using modern spectroscopic and separation methods.

Commonly used reactions for organic synthesis will be discussed. Examples, limitations, and mechanistic considerations will be examined.

Fundamental principles of physical chemistry. The course is designed for undergraduate majors in chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry and the life sciences, and related majors. Topics covered include properties of solids, liquids, gases; thermodynamics; and chemical kinetics.

Fundamental principles of physical chemistry. Course design includes quantum mechanics; atomic and molecular structure; molecular spectroscopy; statistical mechanics and transport.

Fundamental principles of physical chemistry as applied to biological systems. Course design emphasizes physical theories and laws with applications to proteins, membranes, and nucleic acids. Topics include quantum mechanics and molecular structure; biomolecular spectroscopy; crystallography; biopolymers; statistical mechanics and transport.

Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of instruction and practice in actual service in a department, program, or discipline. Teaching formats may include seminars, in-depth studies, laboratory work and patient study. Requires faculty member approval, preceptor application on file with department.

Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of instruction and practice in actual service in a department, program, or discipline. Teaching formats may include seminars, in-depth studies, laboratory work and patient study. Requires faculty member approval, preceptor application on file with department.

Individual or small group research under the guidance of faculty.

Individual or small group research under the guidance of faculty.

Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.

A culminating experience for majors involving a substantive project that demonstrates a synthesis of learning accumulated in the major, including broadly comprehensive knowledge of the discipline and its methodologies. Senior standing required.

An honors thesis is required of all the students graduating with honors. Students ordinarily sign up for this course as a two-semester sequence. The first semester the student performs research under the supervision of a faculty member; the second semester the student writes an honors thesis.