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Courses

(This list of courses may not be up to date. Please see the latest General Catalog for a complete list of current courses.)


CHEM 023. Elements of Chemistry (4)
A course designed for general interest in physical science and for preparation for further study in chemistry. Three class periods and one three-hour laboratory period a week are required.

CHEM 025. General Chemistry (5) The important general principles, theories and concepts of chemistry are studied, including fundamentals of chemistry and equilibrium. Three class periods and two three-hour laboratory periods a week are required. Prerequisite: high school algebra or the equivalent. High school chemistry is recommended. Upon registration, continuance in CHEM025 requires an appropriate score on the American Chemical Society Diagnostic Examination or permission of the instructor. 

CHEM 027. General Chemistry (5) More important general principles, theories, and concepts of chemistry are studied including modern applications of quantum mechanics, bonding, chemical kinetics, liquids, solids, and properties of solutions. Additional special topics include coordination compounds, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. Three class periods and two three-hour laboratory periods a week are required. Prerequisite: At least one year of high school chemistry is recommended. Upon registration, continuance in CHEM027 requires an appropriate score on the American Chemical Society Diagnostic Examination or satisfactory completion of CHEM025 or permission of the instructor.
 
CHEM 033. Elements of Organic Chemistry (3)
This is an introductory course for students who will not major in the chemistry or biological sciences, but whose main interest—dental hygiene, medical technology, nursing, nutrition, pharmacy technician, and more— requires some knowledge of organic chemistry. The course provides familiarity with nomenclature and functional groups with special emphasis on practical applications of organic chemistry to everyday life and to biological processes. Does not count towards a major in Chemistry or Biological Sciences. Course is required for Dental Hygiene Program. Prerequisite: CHEM025, 027. 

CHEM 035. Organic Chemistry Primer (3) This course is designed to prepare students for a regular one year course in Organic Chemistry. It links and applies the concepts learned in General Chemistry to organic systems, provides familiarity with Organic Chemistry nomenclature and functional groups, emphasizes pattern recognition and introduces basic elements of reaction mechanisms. The course fulfills the Organic Chemistry requirements of the Dental Hygiene program. ONLINE. Prerequisite: CHEM027.
 
CHEM 093. Special Topics (3 or 4)
 

CHEM 121/CHEM 123. Organic Chemistry I/II (5, 5) The fundamental principles of the chemistry of carbon compounds are systematically presented with an emphasis given to biologically important reactions and classes of compounds. The course includes functional group chemistry, nomenclature, physical properties of compounds, synthesis, stereochemistry, mechanisms and spectroscopy. Three class periods and two three-hour laboratory periods a week are required. Prerequisite for CHEM 121: CHEM 025 and CHEM 027 with C- or better. Prerequisite for CHEM 123: CHEM 121 with C- or better.

CHEM 132. Teaching and Learning Chemistry I (2) This course prepares students for participation in peer-led team-learning (PLTL) models of instruction and provides the opportunity for the students to become student leaders. In the PLTL, or General Chemistry Workshops, a small group of students get together under the guidance of the trained student leaders and works through a set of challenging problems prepared by the instructor of the course. The main idea is for all the students in the group to work together and gain experience and confidence solving challenging problems as a group. The Workshop provides an active teaching and learning experience. This course can be taken multiple times. Prerequisites: CHEM 025, CHEM 027 and permission of instructor.

CHEM 134. Teaching and Learning Chemistry II (2) This course is designed to introduce the student to the learning and leadership model, Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL). The student will gain hands-on experience in leading small discussion groups in organic chemistry. Instructor-covered topics include but are not limited to review of organic chemistry material, understanding motivation, managing time, learning styles, group dynamics, develop logical reasoning, and a foundation in learning theory. Course can be taken multiple times. Course does not count towards major or minor requirements. Prerequisite: CHEM 025 + 027 with C- or better, CHEM 121 + 123 with B or better, and approval of instructor (first-time enrollment must be the fall semester)

CHEM 141. Analytical Chemistry (4) The roots of analytical chemistry and the principles used in modern instruments come from traditional techniques. These techniques including gravimetry, acid-base, complexometric, and redox titrations form the backbone of the course, which covers most major areas of modern quantitative analysis. The theory behind the techniques is covered through many numerical examples and their applications in biochemical and forensic analyses are emphasized. Standard procedures used in analytical laboratories are introduced, including error reporting, statistics, and quality assurance. Prerequisite: CHEM027. 

CHEM 143. Instrumental Analysis Lab (4) Advanced analytical methodology involving electronic instrumentation is offered with emphasis on practical application and “hands-on’’ experience. The theory of instrumental operation is covered. Examples from modern spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, NMR, chromatography and other methods of analysis are included. Prerequisite: CHEM141. 

CHEM 151. Biochemistry I (4) Structure, function, physical and chemical properties, organization and transformation (metabolism) of the major classes of biological molecules. The emphasis will be on protein structure and function and on carbohydrate metabolism. Lipids and nucleic acids will be discussed briefly. Prerequisites: CHEM123; CHEM159 or CHEM161, or permission of the instructor. 

CHEM 153. Biochemistry II (3) The chemical structure and transmission of biological information. Structure, function and metabolism of nucleic acids. Recombinant DNA/molecular techniques. DNA transcription, translation, replication and repair. Other examples of biological information flow. Prerequisites: CHEM151 or permission of the instructor. 

CHEM 157. Biochemistry Laboratory (4) Standard techniques for isolation and analysis of biological molecules. Protein purification, column chromatography, electrophoresis, western blotting, nucleic acid isolation and manipulation, use of relevant databases. Prerequisites: CHEM141 and either CHEM151 or BIOL 169. 

CHEM 159. Biophysical Chemistry (4) Principles of thermodynamics, kinetics and spectroscopy including transport phenomena, the thermodynamics of metabolism and electrochemistry. The emphasis is on applications to biological systems. Three class periods a week are required. Recommended for pre-health science students. Prerequisites: MATH 051, CHEM 027, PHYS 055 or permission of the instructor.

CHEM 161. Physical Chemistry I (4) A classical course on equilibrium thermodynamics including the laws of thermodynamics, the Gibbs equations, the phase rule, solutions, chemical reactions, non-ideal systems, multi-component phase equilibrium and equilibrium electrochemistry. Three class periods a week are required. Prerequisites: CHEM027, MATH 051, 053, 055, PHYS 053, 055 or permission of the instructor.

CHEM 163. Physical Chemistry II (4) An introduction to the principles and applications of quantum mechanics to chemistry. Complex numbers, differential equations, vectors, matrices, Hermitian operators, group theory and symmetry. The time-independent Schrödinger equation. Rotational and vibrational spectroscopy. Electronic transitions absorption and emission spectroscopy. Magnetic resonance. Atomic structure. Molecular electronic structure. The MO treatment of polyatomic molecules. Semi empirical methods. Three class periods a week are required. Prerequisites: CHEM 27, MATH 51, 53, 55, PHYS 53, 55 or permission of the instructor.

CHEM 165. Physical Chemistry III (4) The fundamental principles of Chemical Kinetics are introduced in this course which covers: kinetic molecular theory of gases, rates of chemical reactions, rate laws, collision theory, and chemical dynamics. Selected applications include photochemistry, catalysis, enzyme kinetics, pharmacodynamics, mass spectrometry, electrochemical systems, transport properties, viscosity, diffusion and sedimentation. Prerequisites: CHEM 025, CHEM 027, MATH 055, PHYS 055 or CHEM 161, or permission of the instructor. 

CHEM 167. Experimental Physical Chemistry (4) A laboratory course designed to illustrate experimentally the theoretical principles and methods of thermodynamics, quantum chemistry and kinetics. It provides a research orientation through the preparation of research manuscripts and oral presentations of results. Error analysis and statistical treatment of data are emphasized. Prerequisite: CHEM161 or 159. 

CHEM 171. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (4) Ionic and covalent bonding: theory, energetics and reactivity; applications of acid-base concepts; aqueous and nonaqueous electrode potentials; coordination chemistry; theory, spectra, structure, reaction mechanisms and kinetics; introduction to organometallic chemistry; periodicity. Four hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CHEM163 or permission of the instructor. 

CHEM 191. Independent Study (2-4) 

CHEM 193. Special Topics (3 or 4) 

CHEM 197. Independent Research (2-4) Prerequisite: CHEM025. 

CHEM 025 and CHEM 027. Prerequisite for CHEM 123: CHEM 121.