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Chemistry Courses

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CHEM 100 – Preparatory Chemistry
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.
 
CHEM 100P – General Chemistry Primer
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 101A – Lectures in General Chemistry
An introduction to chemical principles designed for students with a minimal background in science and mathematics. This course is designed for nontechnical students and is not a prerequisite for higher level chemistry courses.
 
CHEM 101B – Lectures in General Chemistry
Application of chemical principles presented in CHEM 101A to problems of interest to prenursing and allied health majors, with an emphasis on organic and biochemical principles. This course is designed for nontechnical students and is not a prerequisite for higher level chemistry courses.
 
CHEM 102 – Laboratory in General Chemistry
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.
 
CHEM 141 – General Chemistry Lecture 1: Quantitative
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.
 
CHEM 142 – General Chemistry Lecture II: Quantitative
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.
 
CHEM 143 – General Chemistry Lab 1: Quantitative
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.
 
CHEM 144 – General Chemistry Lab II: Quantitative
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.
 
CHEM 151 – General Chemistry I
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.
 
CHEM 152 – General Chemistry II
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.
 
CHEM 161 – Honors Fundamentals of Chemistry
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.
 
CHEM 162 – Honors Fundamentals of Chemistry
Fundamental concepts of modern chemistry, with emphasis on theoretical and physical principles; thermodynamics and equilibria, acid-base chemistry; electochemistry; kinetics; spectroscopy; nuclear chemistry; materials.
 
CHEM 163 – Honors Fundamental Techniques of Chemistry
Advanced techniques in college chemistry; measurements, separations; identification; purification and analysis of organic and inorganic substances.
 
CHEM 164 – Honors Fundamental Techniques of Chemistry
Advanced techniques in college chemistry; measurements, separations; identification; purification and analysis of organic and inorganic substances. Lab stresses individual studies and library research.
 
CHEM 197A – Med-Start Chemistry Lab
A university level chemistry laboratory experience for Med-Start program students.
 
CHEM 197B – General Chemistry Chemical Thinking Supplemental Instruction
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.
 
CHEM 197C – General Chemistry Lecture II: Chemical Thinking Supplemental
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.
 
CHEM 199, 299, 399, 499 – Independent Study
Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
 
CHEM 199H, 299H, 399H, 499H – Honors Independent Study
Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
 
CHEM 241A – Lectures in Organic Chemistry
General principles of organic chemistry.
 
CHEM 241B – Lectures in Organic Chemistry
General principles of organic chemistry.
 
CHEM 242A – Honors Lectures in Organic Chemistry
General principles of organic chemistry.
 
CHEM 242B – Honors Lectures in Organic Chemistry
General principles of organic chemistry.
 
CHEM 243A – Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
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.
 
CHEM 243B – Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
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.
 
CHEM 244A – Honors Organic Chemistry Laboratory
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.
 
CHEM 246A – Lectures in Organic Chemistry
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.
 
CHEM 246B – Lectures in Organic Chemistry
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.
 
CHEM 247A – Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Similar to 243A. Designed for chemistry and biochemistry majors and chemical engineers.
 
CHEM 247B – Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Similar to 243B. Designed for chemistry and biochemistry majors and chemical engineers.
 
CHEM 291 – Preceptorship
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.
 
CHEM 291H – Honors Preceptorship
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.
 
CHEM 297 – General Chemistry Preceptor Content Preparation Workshop
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.
 
CHEM 302A – Scientific Glassblowing
Methods of design and construction of scientific glass apparatus.
 
CHEM 325 – Analytical Chemistry
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.
 
CHEM 326 – Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
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.
 
CHEM 380 – Mathematical Physics for Chemistry
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.
 
CHEM 392 – Directed Research
Individual or small group research under the guidance of faculty.
 
CHEM 392H – Honors Directed Research
Individual or small group research under the guidance of faculty.
 
CHEM 395A – Chemistry Majors Colloquium
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.
 
CHEM 400A – Chemical Measurements Laboratory
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.
 
CHEM 400B – Chemical Measurements Laboratory
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.
 
CHEM 401A – Instrumental Analysis
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.
 
CHEM 404A – Inorganic Chemistry
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.
 
CHEM 404B – Inorganic Chemistry II
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.
 
CHEM 405 – Chemical Safety
Fundamental principles of the safe handling, use, storage and disposal of hazardous chemical substances. Survey of protective and emergency equipment, hazard evaluation, laws and regulatory statutes and liability.
 
CHEM 412 – Inorganic Preparation
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.
 
CHEM 436 – Scientific and Ethical Aspects of Modifying Human Behavior
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.
 
CHEM 446 – Organic Preparations
Special experimental methods for the synthesis of organic compounds.
 
CHEM 447 – Organic Structural Analysis Laboratory
Determination of structure and composition of organic compounds and mixtures using modern spectroscopic and separation methods.
 
CHEM 450 – Synthetic and Mechanistic Organic Chemistry
Commonly used reactions for organic synthesis will be discussed. Examples, limitations, and mechanistic considerations will be examined.
 
CHEM 480A – Physical Chemistry
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.
 
CHEM 480B – Physical Chemistry
Fundamental principles of physical chemistry. Course design includes quantum mechanics; atomic and molecular structure; molecular spectroscopy; statistical mechanics and transport.
 
CHEM 481 – Biophysical Chemistry
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.
 
CHEM 491 – Preceptorship
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.
 
CHEM 491H – Honors Preceptorship
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.
 
CHEM 492 – Directed Research
Individual or small group research under the guidance of faculty.
 
CHEM 492H – Honors Directed Research
Individual or small group research under the guidance of faculty.
 
CHEM 493 – Internship
Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.
 
CHEM 498 – Senior Capstone
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.
 
CHEM 498H – Honors Thesis
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.