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Undergraduate Course Descriptions

(Note: + = A lecture course having an associated laboratory)

+CHEM 105N. Introductory Chemistry
Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: knowledge of basic algebra. Corequisite: CHEM 106N. This course is the first part of a twosemester sequence of chemistry covering topics in general, organic, and biological chemistry. In this part, an introduction to the principles of inorganic (general) chemistry is provided. The topics to be covered include measurements, atoms and elements, compounds and their bonds, energy and matter, gases, solutions, acids and bases, chemical reactions and quantities, chemical equilibrium, and nuclear chemistry. This course does not meet the prerequisite for CHEM 123N, and cannot be used toward the CHEM major or minor. Students wishing to pursue advanced study in chemistry should take CHEM 121N, 122N, 123N, and 124N. Credit for CHEM 105N is not allowed if a student has prior credit for CHEM 121N. CHEM 105N + CHEM 106N satisfy four credits of the University's Nature of Science general education requirement.

CHEM 106N.Introductory Chemistry Laboratory
Laboratory 2 hours; 1 credit.Corequisite or prerequisite: CHEM 105N. An introduction to common laboratory techniques and the process of science is provided. CHEM 105N + CHEM 106N satisfy four credits of the University's Nature of Science general education requirement.

+CHEM 107N. Introductory Organic and Biochemistry
Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: CHEM 105N with a grade of C or better. Corequisite: CHEM 108N. This course is the second part of a two-semester sequence of chemistry covering topics in general, organic, and biological chemistry. In this part, an introduction to organic compounds and their role in biological systems is provided. The topics to be covered include the structure, nomenclature, and reactivity of organic compounds, the structure and function of important biomolecules, and the chemistry of metabolic pathways. This course does not meet the prerequisite for CHEM 211, and cannot be used toward the CHEM major or minor. Students wishing to pursue advanced study in chemistry should take CHEM 121N, 122N, 123N, and 124N. CHEM 107N + CHEM 108N satisfy four credits of the University's Nature of Science general education requirement.

CHEM 108N.Introductory Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory
Laboratory 2 hours; 1credit. Prerequisite: CHEM 106N with a grade of C or better. Corequisite or prerequisite: CHEM 107N. Laboratory experiments involving organic compounds and biomolecules are performed. CHEM 107N + CHEM 108N satisfy four credits of the University's Nature of Science general education requirement.

CHEM 121N-CHEM 123N. Foundations of Chemistry
Lecture. Lecture 3 hours; Recitation 1 hour; 3 credits. Corequisite or prerequisite for CHEM 121N: CHEM 122N. Prerequisite: MATH 102M or higher with a grade of C or better. by scripty-WS">High schoolDescription: http://cdncache1-a.akamaihd.net/items/it/img/arrow-10x10.png chemistry or CHEM 103 is stronglyrecommended. Corequisite or Prerequisite for CHEM 123N: CHEM 124N. Prerequisite: CHEM 121N with a grade of C or better. This is two-course series, designed for science and engineering majors, that prepares the student for subsequent studies in molecular science and constitutes the foundation for all upper-level chemistry courses. Topics include the descriptive chemistry of selected elements, modern atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, gas laws, states of matter, solutions, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, equilibria, and kinetics. A student receiving credit for CHEM 121N cannot receive additional credit for CHEM 103 or CHEM 105N or CHEM 137N. CHEM 121N + CHEM 122N or CHEM 123N + CHEM 124N satisfy 4 credits of the University's Nature of Science general education requirement.

CHEM 122N-CHEM 124N. Foundations of Chemistry Laboratory
Laboratory 2 hours; 1 credit. Corequisite or prerequisite for CHEM 122N is CHEM 121N. Corequisite or prerequisite for CHEM 124N: CHEM 123N. Prerequisites: CHEM 121N or 117 with a grade of C or better, and CHEM 122N with a grade of C or better Laboratory experiments are designed to complement the topics presented in the companion lecture courses, CHEM 121N and 123N. A student receiving credit for CHEM 122N cannot receive additional credit for CHEM 106N or 138N. CHEM 121N + CHEM 122N satisfy 4 credits of the University's Nature of Science general education requirement.

+CHEM 137N. Advanced General Chemistry I and II Lecture
Lecture 3 hours; recitation 1 hour; 4 credits. Pre- or corequisite :MATH 162M. This lecture course, along with CHEM 138N, will fulfill all requirements for a complete year of general chemistry. This combination will satisfy all general chemistry prerequisites for upper level chemistry courses.

CHEM 138N. Advanced General Chemistry I and II Lab
Laboratory 4 hours; 4 credits. Prerequisite: CHEM 137N. This laboratory course is intended for students who have completed CHEM 137N. Experiments cover foundational topics and skills in chemistry and introduce students to chemical research.

CHEM 195.Selected Topics
1-3 Credits. Prerequisite: Permission of the chief departmental advisor or chair of the department. Selected laboratory or lecture topics designed for students who need to supplement a transfer course to fulfill a cours requirement.

CHEM +211-213. Organic Chemistry Lecture
Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits each semester. Prerequisite: CHEM 123N or 137N with a grade of C or better for CHEM 211; Chem 211 with a grade of C or better for CHEM 213. Chemistry of carbon compounds with in-depth treatments of reaction mechanisms, modern spectral techniques, and new synthetic methods to meet the needs of chemistry and biochemistry majors.

CHEM +211-213. Organic Chemistry Lecture
Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits each semester. Prerequisite: CHEM 116N or 127N with a grade of C or better for CHEM 211; Chem 211 with a grade of C or better for CHEM 213. Chemistry of carbon compounds with in-depth treatments of reaction mechanisms, modern spectral techniques, and new synthetic methods to meet the needs of chemistry and biochemistry majors.

CHEM 212-214. Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Laboratory 4 hours; 2 credits each semester. Pre- or corequisites: CHEM 211 with a grade of C or better for CHEM 212; CHEM 213 with a grade of C or better for CHEM 214. Prerequisite: CHEM 212 with a grade of C or better for CHEM 214. Experience is offered in synthetic, separation, and analytical methods of organic chemistry. Modern synthetic and spectroscopic techniques are introduced.

+CHEM 321. Analytical Chemistry Lecture
Lecture 3 hours; 3 Credits. Prerequisites: CHEM 123N or CHEM 137N/138N and MATH 211 with a grade of C or better. A study of the fundamental principles of quantitative chemical analysis including the application of principles of equilibria to analytical processes. Emphasis is given to gravimetric and titrimetric methods as well as consideration of electrical, optical, and other methods of chemical analysis.

CHEM 322.Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
Laboratory 4 hours; 2 credits. Pre- or corequisite: CHEM 321 with a grade of C or better or permission of the instructor. Statistical principles or measurements and error analysis are integrated with experiments designed to evaluate and refine techniques of fundamental measurements to a level of analytical competency. These techniques are applied to the analysis of samples using gravimetric, titrimetric, electrical and optical methods.

CHEM +331-333. Physical Chemistry Lecture
Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits each semester. Pre- or corequisite: MATH 312 with a grade of C or better for CHEM 331. Prerequisites: CHEM 321 and PHYS 231N-232N with a grade of C or better for CHEM 331. CHEM 331 and MATH 312 with a grade of C or better for CHEM 333.Chemical thermodynamics of pure substances and solutions, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, quantum chemistry, molecular structure, and statistical thermodynamics.

CHEM 332W-334.Experimental Physical Chemistry
Laboratory 4 hours; 2 credits each semester. Pre- or corequisite: CHEM 331 with a grade of C or better for 332W; CHEM 333 with a grade of C or better for CHEM 334. Prerequisite: CHEM 322 with a grade of C or better for CHEM 332W; CHEM 332W with a grade of C or better for CHEM 334. Physical chemical techniques are applied to studies on thermodynamics, solution phenomena, gases, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, and spectroscopy. Statistical analysis and computer treatment of data are stressed. Skills in report writing and library skills are developed.

+CHEM 351. Inorganic Chemistry
Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: CHEM 117 or CHEM 123N or CHEM 137N with a grade of C or better. This foundational course provides an introduction to inorganic chemistry. Topics include periodic law, bonding theory, oxidation/reduction, acid/base theory, descriptive chemistry of the main group, and an introduction to transition metal coordination chemistry.

CHEM 352.Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
Laboratory 4 hours; 2 credits. Co- or prerequisite: CHEM 351 with a grade of C or better. Synthesis of metal and nonmetal inorganic compounds and organometallic compounds, their characterization by physical methods, and a study of their properties.

CHEM 367.Cooperative Education
1-3 credits (may be repeated for credit). Prerequisite: approval by the department and Cooperative Education/Career Management in accordance with the policy for granting credit for Cooperative Education programs. Student participation for credit is based on the academic relevance of the work experience, criteria, and evaluative procedures as formally determined by the department and Cooperative Education program prior to the semester in which the work experience is to take place. This experience is meant to include work outside of the campus environment in a business, government, or industry setting. Available for pass/fail grading only. (qualifies as a CAP experience)

CHEM 369.Chemistry Practicum
1-3 credits. Prerequisites: CHEM 213/214, a chemistry or biochemistry major with junior standing, and/or the approval of the appropriate departmental coordinator. A student may choose an internship, research, or teaching experience to gain out-of-class experience related to the major. The department will accept ECI 487 in lieu of CHEM 369. (qualifies as a CAP experience)

CHEM 415/515.Intermediate Organic Chemistry
Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: CHEM 211-213 with a grade of C or better or CHEM 311-313. An in-depth treatment of the chemistry of carbon compounds, including reaction mechanisms, spectral techniques, polymerization, pericyclic reactions, and biomolecules. 

CHEM +421/521. Instrumental Analysis Lecture
Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Pre- or corequisite: CHEM 333 with a grade of C or better. Designed to be taken concurrently with CHEM 422/522. A study of the basic principles of spectroscopic, chromatographic, and electrochemical methods of quantitative chemical analysis. Methods of chemical instrumentation are also included.

CHEM +441/541. Introductory Biochemistry
Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: CHEM 213 with a grade of C or better. This course is a one-semester course of the major molecular constituents, bioenergetics, enzymes, nucleic acid structure, and genetic information transfer pathways fundamental to biochemistry.

CHEM 442W/542. Biochemistry Laboratory
Lecture 1 hour; laboratory 6 hours; 4 credits. Pre- or corequisite: CHEM 441/541 with a grade of C or better. Prerequisites: CHEM 213 and CHEM 214 with a grade of C or better. Principles and techniques of biochemical procedures involving amino acids, protein characterization and isolation, enzymology, bioinformatics, nucleic aids, and common molecular biology techniques for DNA and RNA manipulations will be presented. Skills in report writing and library skills are developed.

CHEM 443/543. Intermediate Biochemistry
Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: CHEM 441/541 with a grade of C or better. This course presents an in-depth study of protein structure, folding, and synthesis. The major metabolic pathways will be studied in detail regarding thermodynamics and mechanism of regulation or control of individual enzymes and entire metabolic pathways. Concepts of metabolic disease will be introduced and effects on integrated metabolism will be presented.

CHEM 449. Environmental Chemistry
Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: CHEM 123N, CHEM 213, and CHEM 321, or permission of the instructor. An overview of the natural chemical systems operating in Earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere (natural waters), and terrestrial environment, and the effects that human discussed activities may have on them. Specific topics to be discussed include: origin and evolution of Earth and life, chemistry of the atmosphere (including the ozone layer and greenhouse effect), organic and inorganic components of soil and water, the hydrologic cycle, chemical weathering, chemical speciation and complexation, and microbial processes in soil and water.

CHEM +451/551.Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: CHEM 333 and 351 with a grade of C or better. Theoretical aspects of modern inorganic chemistry: bonding theories, stereochemistry, acid-base theories, coordination compounds, organometallic and bioinorganic compounds.

CHEM 452/552.Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
Laboratory 4 hours; 2 credits. Co- or prerequisite: CHEM 451/551 with a grade of C or better. Synthesis of metal and nonmetal inorganic compounds and organometallic compounds, their characterization by modern physical methods, and a study of their properties.

CHEM 453 Essentials of Toxicology
Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: CHEM 213 with a grade of C or higher. Fundamental principles of toxicology: dose-response relationship, toxicologic testing, chemical and biological factors influencing toxicity, organ toxicology, carcinogenesis, mutagenesis, teratogenesis.

CHEM 490 Senior Thesis I
Pre-requisite – Chemistry or Biochemistry Major; senior standing; GPA of 3.2 or higher. Part one of a two semester thesis project involving literature research, development of scientific writing skills, and obtaining lab experienceusing a variety of techniques and equipment. Each student will undertake a research experience under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. A preliminary report of research findings is required at the end of the semester.

CHEM 497, 498.Independent Study
Consultation and individual work, 497: 2 hours; 1 credit.498: 4 hours; 2 credits. Prerequisites: course background appropriate to the proposed study project and approval of the department chair and the faculty/research advisor. An opportunity is afforded students to undertake independent study or an original investigation under the direction of a faculty member.

CHEM 499 Senior Thesis II
Pre-requisite – CHEM 490 Senior Thesis I; cumulative GPA 3.2 or higher. Continuation of Senior Thesis I research. The research culminates in a thesis that includes a literature review, description of methods, results, and conclusions and an oral presentation.