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CHEMISTRY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

A special fee is charged for all courses with laboratories.

General Education Course *
Writing Intensive **

Chemistry 101. General Chemistry. A study of the basic concepts of chemistry, including the structure of matter and the historical development that led to that understanding. Designed for students with no previous education in chemistry. Does not fulfill requirements for biology, chemistry or physics majors. 3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods. 4 credits. *   **

Chemistry 111. Fundamentals of Chemistry I. An introduction to Chemistry that provides the foundation for further chemistry courses by focusing on the structure of matter (including nuclear chemistry, orbital theory, and stoichiometry), acid-base theory, concepts of chemical bonding and the periodic law. The importance of chemistry in everyday life as well as being the basis for other sciences will be outlined. 3 lecture, one 2-hour lab periods. Prerequisites: High School Chemistry or Placement test. Chemistry majors must make at least a C- in this course before taking advanced chemistry courses. 4 credits. **

Chemistry 112. Fundamentals of Chemistry II. A continuation of CHEM 111 that examines the mechanisms by which chemists obtain information about reacting systems. Major concepts include: chemical equilibrium, thermodynamics, kinetics, gas laws, and electrochemistry. 3 lecture, one 2-hour lab periods. Prerequisites: CHEM 111, acceptable math placement score, MATH 164, or permission of instructor. Chemistry majors must make at least a C- in this course before taking advanced chemistry courses. 4 credits. **

CHEMISTRy 126. Essential Laboratory Techniques (BIOLOGY 126, EARTH SCIENCE 126, PHYSICS 126). Good laboratory techniques, skills and safe practices are taught by actual practice in the laboratory. 1 credit.

Chemistry 232. Quantitative Analyses. This course is designed to provide a sound physical understanding of the principles of analytical chemistry and show how these principles are applied in chemistry and related disciplines. Topics covered include statistics, chemical equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, titrimetry, potentiometry, and introduction to analytical separations. The laborabory component of this course focuses on gravimetric and volumteric methods of chemical analysis. 2 lecture, one 4-hour laboratory periods. Prerequisite: CHEM 112. 4 credits.

CHEMISTRY 270.  Inorganic Chemistry and Qualitative Inorganic Analysis.  This course provides an extensive description of the chemical elements and their compounds, occurrences, manufacture, reactions, and relevance for society.  How atomic and molecular electronic structure influence chemical properties will be discussed.  Students will be introduced to theories of bonding, symmetry, group theory, and coordination chemistry.  3 lecture periods.  Prerequisite:  CHEM 112.  3 credits.

CHEMISTRY 292.  Internship in Chemistry.  A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of chemistry.  3-15 credits.

Chemistry 295. Special Topics in Chemistry. Specialized courses on a variety of topics that may be offered  periodically. 1-4 credits.

Chemistry 305. Organic Chemistry I. Fundamental principles and reactions of organic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 111. 3 lecture and one 3-hour lab period.4 credits.

Chemistry 306. Organic Chemistry II. A continuation of CHEM 305. 3 lecture and one 3-hour lab periods. 4 credits.

CHEMISTRY 311, 312.  Studies Abroad.   Primarily intended for transfer of credit earned abroad in courses in chemistry.  1-18 credits.

Chemistry 351. Instrumental Analysis I. The theory of instrumental techniques in analytical chemistry, including optical and electrochemical methods of analysis. Develops familiarity with both instrument physics and the physical chemistry of measurement. Prerequisites: CHEM 232. 3 lecture, one 3-hour lab periods. 4 credits.**

Chemistry 352. Instrumental Analysis II. A continuation of CHEM 351, including chromatographic and mass spectrometric methods of analysis. Develops familiarity with both instrument physics and the physical chemistry of measurement. Prerequisite: CHEM 232. 3 lecture, one 3-hour lab periods. 4 credits.**

Chemistry 371-376. Special Courses in Chemistry. Specialized courses for small groups of students. The course titles and descriptions listed below represent some of the special areas covered. 1-4 credits.

Advanced Organic Chemistry 371. An advanced study of organic reactions and mechanisms. Prerequisites: CHEM 305 and 306. 3 lecture periods; 3 credits.

Environmental Chemistry 372. A study of the fundamental problems of chemistry pollution of the soil, water, and atmosphere. Prerequisite: CHEM 305 or permission of instructor. 2 lecture and one 3-hour laboratory periods; 3 credits.

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 373. The structures, properties, reactions and uses of inorganic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM 121 or  permission of instructor. 3 lecture periods; 3 credits.

Laboratory Safety 374. A study of laboratory safety equipment, hazards from chemical reaction, toxins, carcinogens, corrosives, and radiation. 2 lecture periods; 2 credits.

Polymer Chemistry 375. A study of chemical reactions used to synthesize modifications in polymer properties, techniques to characterize polymers, and natural polymers. 3 lecture periods; 3 credits.

Chemistry 376. Advanced Laboratory Techniques. A study of modern laboratory techniques. 3 credits.

CHEMISTRY 390.  Directed or Independent Study.  Must be approved by the head of the department.  May be repeated as 391.  1-18 credits.

CHEMISTRY 392.  Internship in Chemistry.  A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of chemistry.  3-15 credits

Chemistry 400. Physical Chemistry. A study of thermodynamics, equilibria, kinetics, solution properties, and electrochemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 232; MATH 261 or 267, or permission of instructor. 3 lecture, one 2-hour lab periods. 4 credits. **

Chemistry 401. Physical Chemistry. A study of elementary quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure, spectroscopy, and statistical mechanics. Prerequisites: CHEM 232; MATH 261 or 267, or permission of instructor. 3 lecture periods. 3 credits.**

Chemistry 412 (Biology 412). Biochemistry. A study of the chemistry of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids in biological systems. Prerequisite: CHEM 305 or permission of instructor. 3 lecture periods; 3 credits. (Or 4 credits with one 3-hour lab period.)

Chemistry 461. Chemistry Seminar. Reports and discussions of topics of current interest in the field of chemistry. Open to qualified students. Introduction to chemical literature. May be repeated. 1 credit.

Chemistry 467. Scientific Instrument Design and Fabrication. Design and actual fabrication of scientific instruments including glass, metal, wood, plastic, and electronic instruments. Course involves one or more of the following: glass working techniques, precision milling machine and lathe operations, machine shop techniques, electronic testing of circuits, and breadboard and hardwiring electronic circuits. Each semester course will emphasize different projects. May be repeated for credit. One 3-hour lab period per credit. 1-4 credits.

Chemistry 481. Advanced Chemical Laboratory Problem Solving. Laboratory practice involving the use of instruments and other techniques to solve chemical problems. Problems will be presented that do not have an obvious method or solution. Students must research and develop their own path to solving each problem and must then complete them. One 6-hour laboratory period. 2 credits.

CHEMISTRY 490.  Directed or Independent Study.  Must be approved by the head of the department.  May be repeated.  1-18 credits.

Chemistry 492. Internship in Chemistry. A semester long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of chemistry. 3-15 credits.

Chemistry 495. Special Topics in Chemistry. Specialized courses on a variety of topics that may be offered  periodically. 1-4 credits.

Chemistry 496. Research Projects in Chemistry. Students will carry out research projects under individual supervision of an instructor. The nature of the project will depend on the interest and needs of the student. Consent of the instructor and approval of the department head are prerequisites for enrollment. May be repeated. One 3 hour lab period per credit. 1-4 credits.

Chemistry 498. Honors Research in Chemistry. Students conduct research in chemistry under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee. May be repeated as 499. 3 credits.**

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