Chemistry Course Descriptions

Institutional Syllabi for all chemistry courses can be found in the menu at the right.

  • CHEM 111: Introductory Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisite: ACT Math Score 19 OR Accuplacer Score 85 OR S in Math 099

    A study of the fundamental concepts of chemistry. The course is satisfactory for nursing students, for biology majors who take only one year of chemistry, for EPLS advanced track, and for students preparing to take CHEM 131. It will not satisfy the requirements for a chemistry major or minor. It is not suitable for the pre-professional programs such as pre-med, pre-dental, pre-vet or medical technology. Four lectures, one lab lecture, and two hours of laboratory per week.

  • CHEM 112: Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 111

    A study of the fundamental concepts of organic chemistry and biochemistry. Will not satisfy requirement for a chemistry major, minor or pre-professional studies (pre-med, etc.) The course is satisfactory for biology majors who take only one year of chemistry, and for EPLS advanced track. Four lecture, one lab lecture, and two hours of laboratory per week.

  • CHEM 131: General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisite: ACT Math Score 19 OR Accuplacer Score 85 OR S in Math 099

    A study of the principles and applications of chemistry suitable for science majors who plan additional course work in biology, chemistry, geology, physics, or mathematics. Organic chemistry is briefly included. The laboratory work consists of learning basic techniques and studying chemical and physical principles discussed in the lecture. Four lectures, one lab lecture, and two hours of laboratory per week. This course is designed for students who have had high school chemistry, although it is not a prerequisite.

  • CHEM 132: General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 131

    A study of the principles and applications of chemistry suitable for science majors who plan additional course work in biology, chemistry, geology, physics, or mathematics. Organic chemistry is briefly included. The laboratory work consists of learning basic techniques and studying chemical and physical principles discussed in the lecture. Four lectures, one lab lecture, and two hours of laboratory per week. This course is designed for students who have had high school chemistry, although it is not a prerequisite.

  • CHEM 216: Glassblowing (3)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 111 or CHEM 131

    Demonstrations and practice in the fundamental operations involved in the construction of glass laboratory apparatus, including cutting, drawing, bending, flanging, annealing, joining, and modifying glass; also includes introduction to artistic glassblowing.

  • CHEM 321: Organic Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 132

    A study of the relationship between structure and reactivity of carbon-containing compounds. Laboratory time will be divided among techniques, preparation, and mechanistic studies. Four lectures, one lab lecture and three hours laboratory per week.

  • CHEM 322: Organic Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 321

    A study of the relationship between structure and reactivity of carbon-containing compounds. Laboratory time will be divided among mechanistic studies, introductory qualitative analysis, and independent project work. Lectures, one lab lecture and three hours laboratory per week.

  • CHEM 331: Analytical Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 132 AND Math 107

    The theory and application of classical and instrumental quantitative analysis with additional emphasis on the fate and analysis of chemicals in the environment. Three lectures per week and one four-hour laboratory period every week.

  • CHEM 332: Analytical Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 331

    A continuation of CHEM 331 with additional coverage of chemical equilibria and electrochemistry. Three hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory every week.

  • CHEM 334: Environmental Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 331

    A course that studies the sources, fate, and control of chemicals in the environment. Two lectures and three hours of laboratory per week.

  • CHEM 401: Biochemistry I (4)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 332

    A study of structural biochemistry. Course begins with a review of water, the lipophilic environment, noncovalent bonding, and bioenergetics. Topics include amino acids, peptides, proteins, neucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids. Enzymes are discussed with emphasis on mechanisms and and kinetics. Three lectures and three hours of laboratory per week.

  • CHEM 402: Biochemistry II (3)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 401

    A study of biochemical metabolism. Topics include catabolism, anabolism, and metabolic control. Three hours of lecture per week.

  • CHEM 424: Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 322

    A third semester course in organic chemistry, designed for students who wish to gain a better background in the subject. Topics include bioorganic chemistry, pericyclic reactions, and natural products synthesis. Offered in spring semesters, upon sufficient demand. Three hours of lecture per week.

  • CHEM 431: Physical Chemistry - Thermodyanics (3)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 132 AND Math 120 AND (Phys 226 or (Phys 232 AND Phys 233))

    Thermodynamics as applied to chemistry and physics. Specific topics include the laws of thermodynamics, thermochemistry, reaction and phase equilibrium, solutions, and electrochemistry. An introduction to chemical kinetics is included.

  • CHEM 432: Physical Chemistry - Quantum Mechanics (3)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 431

    Quantum mechanics with applications to atomic structure, bonding, solid state, and spectroscopy. An introduction to kinetic molecular theory of gas, transport properties, and statistical mechanics is included.

  • CHEM 433: Physical Chemistry Laboratory (2)
    Corequisite: CHEM 431

    The principles of physical chemistry applied in the laboratory. Four hours laboratory plus one hour lecture per week.

  • CHEM 434: Physical Chemistry Laboratory (2)
    Corequisite: CHEM 432

    The principles of physical chemistry applied in the laboratory. Four hours laboratory plus one hour lecture per week. CHEM 434 includes an independent project.

  • CHEM 445: Polymer Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 322 and CHEM 431

    Introduction to the chemistry of organic, inorganic, and bio-polymers, with an emphasis on synthesis, mechanism, and reaction kinetics. Modern methods of polymer characterization are also covered. Offered upon sufficient demand. Three hours of lecture per week.

  • CHEM 461: Inorganic Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 322 OR CHEM 332

    Theoretical aspects of inorganic chemistry based upon periodic relationships, symmetry, structure bonding, and reactivities. Three lectures per week. Offered fall semesters of odd-numbered years.

  • CHEM 462: Inorganic Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 461

    Descriptive inorganic chemistry utilizing theoretical concepts; practices of inorganic chemistry in the laboratory, including synthesis and characterization of compounds. Two lectures and one hours of laboratory per week. Offered spring semesters of even-numbered years.

  • CHEM 471: Chemistry Seminar (1)
    Prerequisite: Completion of sufficient degree requirements to be within three semesters of graduating with a chemistry major.

    Capstone course intended for senior chemistry majors consisting of seminars presented by guest speakers, staff, and students; an assessment exam for seniors; and job placement information.

  • CHEM 472: Chemistry Seminar - Continuation (1)
    Prerequisite: Completion of sufficient degree requirements to be within three semesters of graduating with a chemistry major.

    Capstone course intended for senior chemistry majors consisting of seminars presented by guest speakers, staff, and students; an assessment exam for seniors; and job placement information.

  • CHEM 476: Molecular Biology (4)
    Prerequisite: Biol 321 AND Biol 323 AND Biol 325 AND Biol 332 AND CHEM 401

    An introduction to the study of nucleic acids, genomes and molecular mechanisms with emphasis on genome organization, gene expression, and the techniques used in the study of molecular biology. Laboratory exercises will include standard methodologies such as restriction mapping, cloning, hybridization, DNA libraries, and PCR. Senior standing is recommended. Course includes 3 hours of lecture and 4 hours of laboratory per week.

  • CHEM 490: Research in Chemistry (1)
    Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

    Independent investigation in the field of chemistry offered to superior students upon arrangement with the instructor.