Chemistry
Holloway Hall

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CHEM 100 INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY [+]
Study of the fundamentals of chemistry with emphasis on the development of reasoning and quantitative skills necessary for problem solving. Students with little or no previous algebra/chemistry may wish to take this course prior to CHEM 121. Does not satisfy chemistry major requirements. Three hours per week.
CHEM 101 PHYSICAL SCIENCE [+]
Introduces students to the fundamental concepts of the physical sciences. The course will emphasize practical applications, especially those which integrate all of the natural sciences. Credit may not be received for both CHEM 101 and PHYS 101. Prerequisite: MATH 130 or college algebra. Three hours lecture and two hours lab per week. Meets General Education IVA or IVB (Prior to Fall 2008: IIIA or IIIB).
CHEM 107 CHEMISTRY: A HUMANISTIC PERSPECTIVE [+]
Study of the development of chemistry and the impact of chemistry on our world. Chemical principles and concepts are used to understand applications of chemistry to our everyday lives. Three hours lecture, one two-hour laboratory per week. Meets General Education IVA or IVB (Prior to Fall 2008: IIIA or IIIB).
CHEM 109 ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT [+]
Study of the interaction of physical science and the environment, providing students not majoring in science an understanding of the scientific principles in our technological society. Three hours lecture, one two-hour laboratory per week. Meets General Education IVA or IVB (Prior to Fall 2008: IIIA or IIIB).
CHEM 111 BIG IDEAS IN CHEMISTRY [+]
Non-laboratory course focusing on key developments in chemistry. While learning basic chemical principles, students analyze the historical context of these developments, what motivated the scientists to pursue their discoveries and the influence of each scientist's personal history. In addition, the cultural, scientific and environmental effect of these developmentsare examined. Three hours lecture per week. Meets General Education IVB.
CHEM 121 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I [+]
Study of fundamental laws of chemistry and atomic structure emphasizing quantitative relationships. Prerequisite: Two years high school algebra and chemistry, or CHEM 100. Three hours lecture, one three-hour laboratory per week. Meets General Education IVA or IVB (Prior to Fall 2008: IIIA or IIIB).
CHEM 122 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II [+]
Continuation of CHEM 121, including chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry and organic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 121. Three hours lecture, one three-hour laboratory per week. Meets General Education IVA or IVB (Prior to Fall 2008: IIIA or IIIB).
CHEM 205 DIRECTED STUDIES IN CHEMISTRY [+]
Directed studies in chemistry on an approved subject under faculty supervision. Designed to incorporate significant and contemporary studies in chemistry that are not original labaoratory-based research. Projects may include, but are not limited to, the study of teaching strategies, formal scientific writing, and chemistry outreach programs to the community. Written report required. May be taken twice for a maximum of 6 credits. May not be used to satisfy requirements for chemistry major or minor. Prerequisites: CHEM 122 and permission of the department chair. Three hours per week per credit.
CHEM 207 LABORATORY SAFETY [+]
Development of skills and attitudes for working with chemicals in a confident and responsible way. Emphasis on safety precautions and emergency procedures in case of a chemical accident. Prerequisite: CHEM 122, CPR certification (prereq./coreq.). One hour per week.
CHEM 210 INTRODUCTION TO CHEMICAL RESEARCH [+]
Introduction to individual directed study on an approved subject under faculty supervision. Written report required. May be taken twice for credit. May not be used to satisfy requirements for chemistry major or minor. Prerequisite: Consent of the department. Two hours laboratory per week per credit hour.
CHEM 212 CHEMISTRY OF THE ELEMENTS [+]
Introduction to the properties and reactivities of the elements and their compounds. Emphasis on interpreting trends of the periodic table to predict physicochemical behavior. Prerequisite: CHEM 122. Two hours per week.
CHEM 220 HUMANS AND THE ENVIRONMENT/HONORS [+]
Interdisciplinary laboratory course in conjunction with the departments of Biology and Geography and Regional Planning, designed for non-science majors to develop awareness of ways earth's environment is influenced by human activities and effects of the environment on human society. Cannot be repeated for credit in the Biology or Geography and Regional Planning departments within the major. For students in the Honors Program. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week. Meets General Education IVA or IVB (Prior Fall 2008: IIIA or IIIB).
CHEM 221 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I [+]
An introduction to the structure, properties and reactivity of carbon compounds. Analysis of molecular structure, including bonding, conformation and isomerism, is applied to the mechanisms of organic chemical reactions. Emphasis is placed on problem solving and effective communication of chemical ideas. Prerequisite: C or better in CHEM 122. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week. Meets General Education IVB (Prior to Fall 2008: IIIB).
CHEM 222 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II [+]
A continued introduction to the structure, properties and reactivity of carbon compounds. A range of chemical reactions are applied to the development of synthetic methods for organic molecule construction, including functional group interconversion and carbon-carbon bond formation. Spectroscopic techniques for molecule identification also are discussed. Emphasis is placed on problem solving, effective communication and integration of chemical concepts. Prerequisite: C or better in CHEM 221. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.
CHEM 306 FUNDAMENTALS OF INORGANIC CHEMISTRY [+]
Study of the fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry. Primary focus on main group descriptive inorganic chemistry, structure and bonding theory for both main group and transition metal compounds, and organometallic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 222 and PHYS 123 or 223. May not receive credit for CHEM 306 and CHEM 212/CHEM 406. Three hours per week plus web enhancement.
CHEM 310 INTERMEDIATE CHEMISTRY RESEARCH [+]
Intermediate level individual chemical research on an approved subject under supervision of a member of the faculty. Written report and seminar presentation required. May be taken twice for credit. Prerequisites/ Corequisites: CHEM 221 and permission of department chair. Two hours laboratory per week per credit.
CHEM 321 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY [+]
Study of the theory and applications of classical and modern analytical techniques. Includes volumetric, potentiometric, spectrophotometric and chromatographic methods. Prerequisite: CHEM 122. Three one-hour lectures, one three-hour laboratory per week. Meets General Education IVB (Prior to Fall 2008: IIIB).
CHEM 333 INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS [+]
Study of the theoretical and practical aspects of modern instrumental analysis. Topics include information processing, spectroscopic, chromatographic and electrochemical methods. Prerequisite: CHEM 321. Three hours lecture per week.
CHEM 341 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I [+]
Comprehensive study of the fundamental concepts of physical chemistry. Prerequisites: CHEM 122, PHYS 123 or 223. Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 202. Four hours per week.
CHEM 342 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II [+]
Comprehensive study of the fundamental concepts of physical chemistry. Prerequisites: CHEM 122, MATH 202, PHYS 123 or 223. Four hours per week.
CHEM 381 ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY [+]
Introductory survey of contemporary issues and problems in the chemistry of the environment. Chemistry of the atmosphere, natural and treated waters, and wetlands examined and discussed. Numerical application problems solved in group settings. Prerequisites: CHEM 121/122, 221/222. Three hours per week.
CHEM 403 PRINCIPLES OF CHEMICAL RESEARCH [+]
Individual undergraduate research on approved subject under supervision of a member of the faculty. Students will be introduced to the chemical literature, writing styles, and presentation styles used in chemistry. Prerequisite: Twenty-four hours of chemistry and permission of department chair. Nine hours per week.
CHEM 406 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY [+]
Study of the theoretical concepts of inorganic chemistry with focus on the relationship between structure, bonding and reactivity. Emphasis on the chemistry of transition metals. Prerequisite: CHEM 342. Three hours per week.
CHEM 408 POLYMER CHEMISTRY [+]
Study of the fundamental concepts of polymer chemistry with emphasis on structure, stereochemistry, synthesis and properties. Prerequisites: CHEM 222, 342. Three hours per week.
CHEM 409 ELECTROCHEMISTRY [+]
Study of the theory and applications of modern electrochemistry. Topics include a review of electrochemical cells, ion-selective electrodes, electrophoresis, polarography, cyclic voltammetry, corrosion processes and impedance measurements. Prerequisite: CHEM 333. Three hours per week.
CHEM 410 CHEMICAL RESEARCH [+]
Individual undergraduate research on approved subject under supervision of a member of the staff. Written report, seminar presentation required. May be taken twice for credit. Prerequisites: CHEM 403 and permission of department chair. Six hours laboratory per week, conference with the instructor.
CHEM 412 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY III [+]
Continued study of carbon compounds including aryl halides, heterocyclic, polynuclear aromatic, unsaturated carbonyl and the organic compounds of sulfur and phosphorus. Emphasis on reaction mechanism and the interaction of functional groups. Prerequisite: CHEM 222. Three hours lecture per week.
CHEM 413 INTERNSHIP/CO-OP IN CHEMISTRY [+]
Work experience designed to provide qualified students opportunities to use acquired chemical knowledge in a professional way. Written report, seminar presentation required. Prerequisites: Twenty-four hours of chemistry, consent of instructor. Six hours work per week, conference with supervisor.
CHEM 415 SEMINAR [+]
Introduces students to the literature, writing styles and oral presentation styles used by the scientific community in general, and the field of chemistry specifically. Builds skills in discussing current topics in chemistry. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Two hours per week.
CHEM 417 BIOCHEMISTRY I [+]
Application of chemical principles to biological systems through study of the properties, analysis, functioning and relationship of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids. May not be taken for credit if student has credit for CHEM 407. Prerequisite: CHEM 222. Three hours lecture, three hour laboratory per week.
CHEM 418 BIOCHEMISTRY II [+]
Study of the intermediary metabolism of biomolecules and the biochemistry underlying the expression of information contained in DNA in the synthesis of biomolecules. Prerequisite: CHEM 417. Three hours per week.
CHEM 419 BIOCHEMICAL METHODS [+]
Lecture/laboratory-based exploration of biochemical techniques commonly used in industrial and academic laboratories. Demonstrates the relationship between structure, interactions and function of biomolecules and metabolic pathways. Prerequisite/co-requisite: CHEM 418. Six hours per week.
CHEM 441 ADVANCED EXPERIMENTAL CHEMISTRY I [+]
Blended lecture/lab experience in experimental chemistry. Emphasis on the relationship between synthesis, instrumental methods and thermodynamic principles. Prerequisite: CHEM 333; CHEM 341; and CHEM 342 or 311. Six hours per week.
CHEM 442 ADV EXPERIMENTAL CHEM II [+]
Continuation of CHEM 441. Blended lecture/lab experience in experimental chemistry. Emphasis on the relationship between synthesis, instrumental methods and molecular structure. Prerequisite: CHEM 441. Six hours per week.
CHEM 499 SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY [+]
Study of a specific area of chemistry. Topic varies semester to semester. May be taken twice for credit. May be offered for undergraduate or graduate credit. Three hour lecture per week/laboratory-lecture equivalent.
CHEM 599 SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY [+]
Study of a specific area of chemistry. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be taken twice for credit under different subtitles recorded with the registrar. Lab-lecture equivalent.