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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.

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CHM 111 - Principles of Chemistry I [Laboratory] (1.0)

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 CHM 111 lecture course which is to be taken concurrently. Corequisite: CHM 111 Lecture. Course fee applicable.

CHM 111 - Principles of Chemistry I [Lecture] (3.0)

This course provides an 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. Prerequisites: high school chemistry, physics, and intermediate algebra or permission of instructor.

CHM 112 - Principles of Chemistry II [Laboratory] (1.0)

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 CHM 112 lecture course which is to be taken concurrently. Prerequisite: CHM 111 Lecture and Lab. Corequisite: CHM 112 Lecture. Course fee applicable.

CHM 112 - Principles of Chemistry II [Lecture] (3.0)

This course is a continuation of CHM 111. Topics covered include gases, intermolecular forces, solids, kinetics, equilibrium, acid/base chemistry, redox chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Prerequisites: CHM 111 Lecture and Lab.

CHM 114 - Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry [Lecture and Laboratory] (4.0)

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. Prerequisite: Successful completion of high school chemistry or BCH 100. Course fee applicable.

CHM 211 - Organic Chemistry I [Laboratory] (1.0)

This laboratory study of 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. Corequisite: CHM 211 Lecture. Course fee applicable.

CHM 211 - Organic Chemistry I [Lecture] (3.0)

This course is a study of organic compounds and their reactions, emphasizing structural theory. Functional groups studied include alkanes, alkenes, alynes, alkyl halides, and aromatic compounds. The theory and application of FT-NMR spectroscopy to structure determination is presented. Prerequisites: CHM 112 Lecture and Lab.

CHM 212 - Organic Chemistry II [Laboratory] (1.0)

The continuation of CHM 211 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: CHM 212 Lecture. Course fee applicable.

CHM 212 - Organic Chemistry II [Lecture] (3.0)

This course is a continuation of CHM 211. 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: CHM 211 Lecture and Lab.

CHM 221 - Analytical Chemistry [Lecture and Laboratory] (4.0)

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. Prerequisites: CHM 112 Lecture and Lab. Course fee applicable. (Offered alternate years)

CHM 304 - Instrumental Methods of Analysis [Lecture and Laboratory] (4.0)

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: CHM 112 Lecture and Lab. Course fee applicable. (Offered on demand)

CHM 311 - Physical Chemistry I [Laboratory] (1.0)

This is a laboratory course designed to investigate the fundamental physical principles that govern thermodynamics and chemical equilibria. Prerequisites: CHM 112 Lecture and Lab, PHY 102 or 202, and MTH 281. Corequisite: CHM 301 Lecture. Course fee applicable. (Offered alternate years)

CHM 311 - Physical Chemistry I [Lecture] (3.0)

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: CHM 112 Lecture and Lab, PHY 102 or 202, and MTH 281. (Offered alternate years)

CHM 312 - Physical Chemistry II [Laboratory] (1.0)

This is a laboratory course designed to investigate the fundamental physical principles that govern quantum mechanics and chemical kinetics. Prerequisite: CHM 311 Lab. Should be taken concurrently with CHM 312. Offered on demand.

CHM 312 - Physical Chemistry II [Lecture] (3.0)

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: CHM 311. CHM 312 Lab should be taken concurrently. Offered on demand.

CHM 350 - Structured Study [Lecture] (1.0-3.0)

Approved advanced topics in chemistry are studied in a structured setting. (May be repeated with different topics.) (Offered on demand)

CHM 402 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry [Lecture] (3.0)

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 bioinorganic chemistry. Prerequisites: CHM 212 Lecture and Lab. (Offered on demand)

CHM 406 - Advanced Organic Chemistry [Lecture] (3.0)

Topics selected from the literature introduce concepts and methods of research in this study of advanced and recent topics in organic chemistry. Prerequisites: CHM 212 Lecture and Lab. (Offered on demand)

CHM 420 - Special Topics in Chemistry [Lecture] (3.0)

Students explore current problems and research areas in chemistry. (May be repeated if topics are different.) Prerequisites: CHM 212 Lecture and Lab. (Offered on demand)

CHM 450 - Internship [Practicum] (3.0-6.0)

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

CHM 460 - Chemistry Seminar [Lecture] (1.0)

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.

CHM 495 - Independent Study in Chemistry [Independent Study] (1.0-3.0)

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 Academic Dean, and the Registrar.

CHM 498 - Undergraduate Research [Independent Study] (1.0-3.0)

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.