Course Offerings

100 Chemistry: A Human Experience (4) (3 hrs lecture, 3 hrs lab weekly Students may not earn credit for both CHEM 100 and CHEM 101)
Using common experience and issues of contemporary human life (air, water, energy sources, plastics, polymers, and nutrition) as points of departure, this course will develop fundamental chemical principles and relate those principles to personal, social, and environmental concerns. Features of this course are liberal use of in-class demonstrations, development of a set of demonstrations that could be used in a classroom, class discussion based in part on assigned media searches, and minimization of mathematics and theory.

101 General Chemistry (3) (3 hrs lecture weekly PR/CO: CHEM 101L)
Designed to give a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles and theories of chemistry. While emphasizing class behavior of the elements, descriptive chemistry and historical perspective are not neglected.

101L General Chemistry Laboratory (1) (3 hrs lab weekly PR/CO: CHEM 101)
The laboratory work develops the student’s lab technique, powers of observation, and ability to draw conclusions as it adds insight to the topics introduced in Chemistry 101.

102 General Chemistry (3) (3 hrs lecture weekly ● PR: CHEM 101-101L; PR/CO: CHEM 102L)
Continuation of the study of general chemistry with introduction of kinetics, equilibria phenomenon, and organic chemistry.

102L General Chemistry Laboratory (1) (3 hrs lab weekly PR: CHEM 101-101L; PR/CO: CHEM 102)
Once-a-week lab designed to emphasize concepts from CHEM 102 as well as continue the development initiated in CHEM 101L. The laboratory work consists of quantitative and qualitative studies of equilibria.

221 Organic Chemistry I (3) (3 hrs lecture weekly PR: CHEM 102-102L CO: CHEM 221L)
A study of carbon-based molecules with an emphasis placed on their structure, stereochemistry, reactions, reaction mechanisms, and spectroscopy. Coverage of functional groups includes alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, and alcohols. Also introduced is multi-step synthesis involving these functional groups. The foundation of structure and reactivity prepares students for understanding other related fields such as biochemistry.

221L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1) (3 hrs lab weekly PR: CHEM 102-102L CO: CHEM 221)
Students are introduced to the common organic laboratory techniques used in setting up, running, and working up reactions. Also covered are techniques involving the isolation, purification, and analysis of organic molecules. Some labs are designed to teach techniques while others are used to illustrate material covered in the CHEM 221 lecture.

222 Organic Chemistry II (3) (3 hrs lecture weekly PR: CHEM 221-221L)
A continuation of CHEM 221 in which aromatic, conjugated, carbonyl, and amine functional groups are studied in terms of their structure, stereochemistry, reactions, and reaction mechanisms. Multi-step synthesis involving reactions covered in CHEM 221 and 222 reinforces material from CHEM 221. Time permitting, biological molecules such as carbohydrates, nucleic acids, amino acids, peptides, proteins, and lipids are discussed.

222L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1) (3 hrs lab weekly PR: CHEM 221-221L; PR/CO: CHEM 222)
A continuation of CHEM 221L where students practice organic laboratory techniques on reactions that illustrate material covered in the lecture portion of the course. Lab concludes with students using techniques covered in CHEM 221L and 222L in identifying an unknown compound.

258 Special Topics (1-6) See Catalog.

307 Biochemistry I (3) (PR: BIOL 112 with a grade of “C” or higher and CHEM 221-221L RE: CHEM 222 XL: BIOL 307)
An introductory course in biochemistry. Starting with an overview of the cell, the structure and function of amino acids, proteins, lipids, membranes, and carbohydrates are covered. The remainder of the course involves a detailed discussion of the bioenergetics and metabolism of carbohydrates, amino acids, lipids, and steroids. Included is a limited discussion on diseases caused by inborn errors of metabolism.

307L Biochemistry I Lab (1) (3 hrs lab weekly PR: BIOL 112 with a grade of “C” or higher and BIOL/CHEM 307 and CHEM 221-221L RE: CHEM 222 XL: BIOL 307L)
Experiments in amino acid and protein analysis, protein purification, membrane lipid analysis, carbohydrates and cellular metabolism. Also included are the techniques of electrophoresis, chromatography, spectrometry, and cell fractionation.

308 Biochemistry II (4) (PR: BIOL 112 with a grade of “C” or higher and CHEM 221-221L XL: BIOL 308)
The function of enzymes, enzyme catalysis, and enzyme kinetics. Biosynthesis of nucleotides; DNA structure; the processes of replication, transcription and translation; DNA biotechnology; control of gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes; viruses; and oncongenes. Laboratory experiments including enzyme catalysis and kinetics and the techniques of recombinant DNA. (Alternate years)

311 Quantitative Analysis (4) (3 hrs lecture, 3 hrs lab weekly PR/CO: MATH 201)
An introduction to the theory and methods of quantitative analysis. Designed to fit the needs of chemistry majors, pre-medical students, and biology majors. Although volumetric methods are emphasized, gravimetric and instrumental methods also are utilized.

312 Instrumental Analysis (4) (3 hrs lecture, 3 hrs lab weekly PR: CHEM 311 PR/CO: PHYS 122 or 215)
An introduction to instrumental analysis. Topics taken up in class and in lab normally include atomic and molecular spectroscopy (absorption, fluorescence, phosphorescence, raman), electrochemistry (potentiometry, coulometry, voltammetry), chromatography (gas, liquid, electrophoresis) and mass spectrometry.

322 Inorganic Chemistry (3) (3 hrs lecture weekly PR: CHEM 222-222L)
A survey of inorganic chemistry that includes a study of the electronic structure of atoms and the resultant periodicity of the elements; an introduction to coordination chemistry and ligand field theory; and a review of the descriptive chemistry of selected main group and first transition series elements. (Alternate years)

322L Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (1) (3 hrs lab weekly PR/CO: CHEM 322)
The laboratory work will consist of inorganic synthetic techniques, methods of purification, and methods of characterization of inorganic compounds.

332 Advanced Organic Chemistry (5) (3 hrs lecture, 6 hrs lab weekly PR: CHEM 222-222L)
A course in the identification of organic molecules by use of both chemical and physical methods. (Alternate years)

342 Spectroscopy (4) (3 hrs lecture, 3 hrs lab weekly PR: CHEM 222-222L; PR/CO: PHYS 122 or 215)
The application of spectroscopic techniques is the main focus of this course, along with the corresponding theoretical background. Course coverage includes methodologies such as infrared spectroscopy (IR), nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), and mass spectrometry (MS) and how they may be employed as powerful tools in structural determination. The laboratory work will involve the student using these instruments to elucidate chemical structures. (Alternate years)

345 Forensic Science (3) (PR: CHEM 221-221L)
An exploration of forensic techniques that would be encountered in a typical crime lab: evidence collection, trace analysis (glass, soil, fiber, hair, etc.), latent fingerprints, ballistics, arson, drug testing, blood typing, and DNA fingerprinting. (Alternate years)

352 Chemistry and Art (4) (PR: CHEM 221)
Chemistry and Art explores the chemical composition, physical properties, and chemical properties of a variety of artists’ materials, with emphasis placed on paints, patinas, and dyes. In addition, the biochemistry of vision and color perception as well as instrumental techniques used to analyze art will be introduced. (Spring, alternate years)

380 Introduction to Research (1) (PR: CHEM 102-102L)
Each student will learn the process of performing searches in the chemical literature. Projects ranging in difficulty from straightforward to complex will be assigned, culminating in a research proposal for research to be carried out during the junior/senior years.

398 Honors Research (3-6) See Catalog.

401 Physical Chemistry I (3) (PR: CHEM 102-102L, MATH 202, and PHYS 122 or 215)
A study of theoretical chemistry, designed to teach the understanding and use of laws of chemistry and physics. Emphasis is placed on thermodynamics.

401L Physical Chemistry I Laboratory (1) (PR: CHEM 102-102L, MATH 202, and PHYS 122 or 215 CO: CHEM 401) 
Selected experiments investigating thermodynamic, statistical mechanical, and kinetic properties of chemical systems. Emphasis is placed on laboratory problem solving in the lab.

402 Physical Chemistry II (3) (3 hrs lecture, 3 hrs lab weekly PR: CHEM 102-102L; PHYS 122-122L or 215-215L; MATH 202 CO: CHEM 402L RE: MATH 302)
An introduction to quantum mechanics. The historical development of quantum mechanics, atomic structure, molecular structure, and spectroscopy are presented. Applications in biospectroscopy and photobiology are highlighted.

402L Physical Chemistry II Laboratory (1) (3-hr lab weekly CO: CHEM 402)
A theoretical and experimental investigation into the structures of atoms, molecules, and nanoparticles. Special emphasis is placed on atomic and molecular spectroscopy.

440 Research Experience (0)
This course provides a mechanism for awarding completion of the major’s research requirement for students participating in a summer research program or research internship without awarding institutional credit.

442 Directed Studies (1-3) (PR: JR or SR status and permission of the department)
Designed to allow the student an opportunity for individual study of topics of special interest. This may range from off-campus projects to self-paced study of advanced topics related to the student’s specific goals. See Catalog.

444 Internships (1-6) See Catalog.

446 Readings (1-9) See Catalog.

448 Research (3-6) See catalog.
Considerable latitude allowed in choice of subject matter and type of approach. Ordinarily restricted to students of unusual promise who wish to undertake suitable research problems under staff guidance. Use of library as well as lab required.

450 Seminar (1-9) See Catalog.

452 Special Projects (1-9) See Catalog.

458 Special Topics (1-6) See Catalog.

CO = Co-requisite

POI = Permission of Instructor

PR = Prerequisite

RE = Recommended

XL = Cross-listed

CHEM =Chemistry