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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. (General Education Goal 6)

Chemistry 111 - Fundamental Elements 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 - Fundamental Elements 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. Prerequisite: 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 205 - Organic Chemistry I

First semester of a two-semester course designed to illustrate how the fundamental principles, basic classes of compounds and common reactions in organic chemistry relate to biological systems. Emphasis is placed on classes of compounds like alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides and alcohols. Prerequisite: CHEM 112. The course consists of three 1-hour lecture periods per week (3 credits). A one-credit laboratory class (CHEM 307) is also required in order to complete the degree requirements for organic chemistry.

Chemistry 206 - Organic Chemistry II

Second semester of a two-semester course designed to illustrate how the fundamental principles, basic classes of compounds and common reactions in organic chemistry relate to biological systems. Other classes of compounds like carboxylic acids, amines, aldehydes and ketones are introduced. Special emphasis is placed on major classes of compounds found in living systems (Carbohydrates, Nucleic Acids, Proteins, and Lipids for example). Prerequisite: CHEM 205. The course consists of three 1-hour lecture periods per week (3 credits). A one-credit laboratory class (CHEM 308) is also required in order to complete the degree requirements for organic chemistry.

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 laboratory 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. WR.

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 305 - Organic Chemistry I

First semester of a two-semester course designed to provide a sound foundation in the fundamental principles and basic reactions of organic chemistry. The course illustrates how three-dimensional structure effects the physical properties and the reactivity of organic compounds. Simple hydrocarbons (alkanes, alkenes, and alkynes) and alkyl halides are used to introduce the concepts of structural isomerism, stereoisomerism, reaction kinetics, thermodynamics, reaction mechanisms, and limited synthetic strategies. Prerequisite: CHEM 112. The course consists of three 1-hour lecture periods per week (3 credits). A one-credit laboratory class (CHEM 307) is also required to complete the organic chemistry requirement.

Chemistry 306 - Organic Chemistry I

Second semester of a two-semester course designed to provide a sound foundation in the fundamental principles and basic reactions of organic chemistry. Increasingly complex compounds like alcohols, amines, substituted aromatic compounds, carboxylic acids and carboxylic acid derivatives are used to provide a heightened emphasis on reaction mechanisms and synthetic strategies. Structural elucidation techniques (1H NMR, 13C NMR, IR, and MS) are introduced and are used to identify organic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM 305 The course consists of three 1-hour lecture periods per week (3 credits). A one-credit laboratory class (CHEM 308) is also required to complete the organic chemistry requirement.

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. Prerequisite: CHEM 232. 3 lecture, one 3-hour lab periods. 4 credits.WR.

Chemistry 371 - Advanced Organic Chemistry 371

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

Chemistry 324 - Thermodynamics

A study of thermal properties of matter, phenomena involved in the flow of heat, and the performance of work. Kinetic theory and statistical mechanics are included. Prerequisite: PHYS 202. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 262. 3 credits, 3 lecture periods.

Chemistry 401 - Quantum Mechanics

A study of elementary quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure, spectroscopy, and statistical mechanics. Prerequisites: MATH 262 or 267; or permission of instructor. 3 lecture, one 2-hour lab periods. 3 credits.

Chemistry 412 (Biology 412) - Bio Chemistry

A study of the chemistry of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids in biological systems. Prerequisite: CHEM 206 or CHEM 306 or permission of instructor. 3 lecture periods; 3 credits. (Or 4 credits with one 3-hour lab period.)

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.