Course Descriptions

Courses numbered 100-199 are open to freshmen; 200-299 to sophomores; 300-399 to juniors; 400-499 to seniors. It is recommended that students elect courses in the years for which they are listed. Freshmen will be admitted to courses above the 200 level only with the consent of the instructor and the student’s advisor. Juniors and seniors taking freshman courses may be expected to do additional work. Any course above 499 is a graduate course.

NOTE:
The number in parentheses following the course title indicates the semester hours of credit assigned to the course.
An H following the course number indicates an honors level course.

CHEM 1110
Principles of Chemistry I [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This course provides and introduction to the fundamental concepts, theories, and methodologies of chemistry as a foundation for further study in the sciences. Topics covered include stoichiometry, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, electronic structure of atoms and molecules, periodic trends, and bonding theories. (CHEM 1110 Lab should be taken concurrently). Prerequisites: High school chemistry, physics, and intermediate algebra or permission of instructor.

CHEM 1110
Principles of Chemistry I [Laboratory] (1)
(Liberal Arts)
The laboratory course offers an introduction to modern experimental chemistry. Students are acquainted with common laboratory practices and instrumentation used to investigate chemical systems. The lab illustrates and expands upon many of the important concepts and problem-solving techniques encountered in the CHEM 1110 lecture course. (CHEM 1110 Lecture should be taken concurrently).

CHEM 1110
Principles of Chemistry I [Recitation] ()
(Liberal Arts)
This is a zero credit supplemental recitation course for those in need of remediation or further development in chemistry. The course is designed to address gaps in knowledge that select students have in critical fundamental concepts and quantitative analysis skills. The primary mode of instruction will utilize a workshop model in which the instructor acts as a facilitator to guide students together through conceptual connections and problem sets. This course will be graded as pass/fail, meet for one hour a week, and be taught by the same instructor that teaches the CHEM 1110 lecture.

CHEM 1120
Principles of Chemistry II [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is a continuation of CHEM 1110. Topics covered include gases, intermolecular forces, solids, kinetics, equilibrium, acid/base chemistry, redox chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Prerequisites: CHEM 1110 Lecture and Lab. Corequisite: CHEM 1120 Lab.

CHEM 1120
Principles of Chemistry II [Laboratory] (1)
(Liberal Arts)
This lab course offers an introduction to modern experimental chemistry. Students are acquainted with common laboratory practices and instrumentation used to investigate chemical systems. The lab illustrates and expands upon many of the important concepts and problem-solving techniques encountered in the CHEM 1120 lecture course. Prerequisites: CHEM 1110 Lecture and Lab. Corequisite: CHEM 1120 Lecture.

CHEM 1140
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry [Course/Lab] (4)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is an introduction to general, organic and biochemistry. Several general chemistry concepts are covered including gases, nuclear chemistry, solutions, acid/base chemistry, and quantitative reasoning. Organic functional groups and molecular structure (including stereoisomers) are covered including basic reactions of the functional groups. Structure and nomenclature of biomolecules as well as the basic chemistry of biomolecules (including metabolism) provide a foundation in biochemistry. Laboratory exercises are tailored to reinforce lecture concepts and build expertise in a few essential laboratory techniques. This course may not be applied toward a major or minor in Chemistry. Prerequisites: Successful completion of high school chemistry or BCHE 1000.

CHEM 1140
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry [Recitation] ()
(Liberal Arts)
This is a zero credit supplemental recitation course for those in need of remediation or further development in chemistry. The course is designed to address gaps in knowledge that select students have in critical fundamental concepts and quantitative analysis skills. The primary mode of instruction will utilize a workshop model in which the instructor acts as a facilitator to guide students together through conceptual connections and problem sets. This course will be graded as pass/fail, meet for one hour a week, and be taught by the same instructor that teaches the CHEM 1140 lecture.

CHEM 2110
Organic Chemistry I [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is a study of organic compounds and their reactions, emphasizing structural theory. Functional groups studied include alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, and aromatic compounds. The theory and application of FT-NMR spectroscopy to structure determination is presented. CHEM 2110 Lab is to be taken concurrently. Prerequisites: CHEM 1120 Lecture and Lab.

CHEM 2110
Organic Chemistry I [Laboratory] (1)
(Liberal Arts)
This laboratory study or organic compounds includes basic techniques of synthesis and analysis. Melting point determination, polarimetry, gas chromatography, TLC, FT-NMR and FT-IR are utilized. Rate constants and energy of activation are determined using computer graphing and analysis. CHEM 2110 Lecture is to be taken concurrently.

CHEM 2120
Organic Chemistry II [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is a continuation of CHEM 2110. Functional groups studied include alcohols, aromatic compounds, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and amines. The theory and application of IR and mass spectroscopy to structure determination is presented. Prerequisites: CHEM 2110 Lecture and Lab.

CHEM 2120
Organic Chemistry II [Laboratory] (1)
(Liberal Arts)
The continuation of CHEM 2110 Lab. FT-NMR (13C, 1H), FT-IR, and GC-MS are utilized in structure determination. Techniques of phase-transfer catalysis, Grignard synthesis, and vacuum distillation are also introduced. The last half of the course is qualitative analysis of unknown compounds. Corequisite: CHEM 2120 Lecture.

CHEM 2210
Analytical Chemistry [Course/Lab] (4)
(Liberal Arts)
Principles and techniques of quantitative and instrumental analysis are introduced with special emphasis on biological and environmental applications. Topics include statistical treatment of experimental data, chemical equilibria, titrations, electrochemistry, atomic spectroscopy, high performance liquid chromatography, and gas chromatography. Prerequistites: CHEM 1120 Lecture and Lab.

CHEM 2310
Introduction to Research & Scientific Communication [Course] (2)
(Liberal Arts)
This course will provide the opportunity to critically examine and critique primary scientific literature, to communicate the implications of the work through verbal and written methods, and prepare students for research in the biological or chemical sciences. Prerequisite: BIOL 1110 and 1120 sequence or CHEM 1110 and 1120 sequence

CHEM 3000
Special Topics in Chemistry [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
Students explore current problems and research areas in chemistry. (May be repeated if topics are different) Prerequisites: CHEM 2120 Lecture and Lab. (Offered on demand)

CHEM 3040
Instrumental Methods of Analysis [Course/Lab] (4)
(Liberal Arts)
This course serves as a survey of modern instrumental techniques available to the chemist for both quantitative and qualitative analysis. Special emphasis is placed on the theory and instrumental design for spectroscopic (UV-Vis, luminescence, IR, Raman, NMR, and MS), electrochemical (potentiometry, coulometry, voltammetry), and separation (GC, HPLC, and electrophoresis) methods. Prerequisites: CHEM 1120 Lecture and Lab. Course fee applicable. (Offered on demand)

CHEM 3110
Physical Chemistry I [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is the systematic study of thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, and kinetics as applied to both chemical and biological systems. Specific topics covered include gases, enthalpy, entropy, Gibbs energy, phase equilibria, colligative properties, chemical activity, and kinetics. Prerequisites: CHEM 1120 Lecture and Lab, PHYS 1102 or 2002, and MATH 2281. (Offered alternate years)

CHEM 3110
Physical Chemistry I [Laboratory] (1)
(Liberal Arts)
This is a laboratory course designed to investigate the fundamental physical principles that govern thermodynamics and chemical equilibria. Prerequisites: CHEM 1120 Lecture and Lab, PHYS 1102 or 2002, and MATH 2281. Corequisite: CHEM 3110 Lecture. Course fee applicable. (Offered alternate years)

CHEM 3120
Physical Chemistry II [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This course presents a study of quantum mechanics as applied to chemistry. Specific topics include general quantum theory, energy and motion, valence bond theory, molecular orbital theory, molecular symmetry, and advanced topics in physical chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 3110. CHEM 3120 Lab should be taken concurrently. Offered on demand.

CHEM 3120
Physical Chemistry II [Laboratory] (1)
(Liberal Arts)
This is a laboratory course designed to investigate the fundamental physical principles that govern quantum mechanics and chemical kinetics. Prerequisite: CHEM 3110 Lab. Should be taken concurrently with CHEM 3120 Lecture. Offered on demand.

CHEM 4020
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is a study of inorganic chemistry beyond that treated in CHM 111 and CHM 112. Topics covered include chemical bonding, nuclear chemistry, molecular symmetry, coordination complexes, acid-base concepts, organometallic chemistry, and bioinorganc chemistry. Prerequisites: CHM 212 Lecture and Lab. Offered on demand

CHEM 4060
Advanced Organic Chemistry [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
Topics selected from the literature introduce concepts and methods of reseach in this study of advanced and recent topics in organic chemistry. Prerequisites: CHEM 2120 Lecture and Lab. (Offered on demand)

CHEM 4500
Internship [Practicum] (3 - 6)

This internship provides the opportunity to gain practical experience in a laboratory or field placement.

CHEM 4600
Chemistry Seminar [Course] (1)
(Liberal Arts)
Students meet weekly to discuss such topics as use of the chemical literature, use of computers in literature-searching, writing a professional resume, criteria for choosing a graduate school, and preparation of technical presentations - both oral and written.

CHEM 4950
Independent Study in Chemistry [Independent Study] (1 - 3)
(Liberal Arts)
Independent study provides opportunity to pursue advanced or special-interest topics not covered in the curriculum. Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing. 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study. 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline. 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently. 5. Approval of the department in which the study is to be taken. 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Department Chair, the School Dean, and the Registrar.

CHEM 4980
Undergraduate Research [Course] (1 - 3)
(Liberal Arts)
Students do research under supervision of a faculty member. A written report or poster presentation is required. Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently 5. Approval of the department in which the study is to be taken 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Department Chair, and the Registrar.