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CHEM-103 Chemistry and Society, 3 cr.
Introduction to chemistry based on the study of some of the processes and materials which chemistry contributes to our civilization. Elementary chemical principles are used to explain the behavior of synthetic polymers, toxic substances, food additives, cleaning products, and other chemically manufactured materials. Knowledge of basic algebra skills is assumed. Lecture 3 hours.
Prereq.: MATH-DEV-091 or Intermediate Algebra Placement.

CHEM-110 Chemical Concepts, 3 cr.
Lab-oriented survey course in chemistry designed for the non-science major including such topics as the historical development of chemistry, atomic theory, solution chemistry, organic, and biochemistry. Knowledge of basic algebra skills is assumed. Lecture 2 hours, lab 2 hours.
Prereq.: Intermediate Algebra.

CHEM-200 Introduction to General Chemistry, 3 cr.
Basic principles of chemistry with particular emphasis on solving simple numerical problems and writing and balancing chemical equations; especially for students planning to take CHEM-211.
Lecture 3 hours.

CHEM-211 General Chemistry I, 5 cr.
Introduction to general inorganic chemistry, including stoichiometry, concentration units, gas laws, atomic structure, bonding, periodic laws, states of matter, solutions, acid-base theories, rate, equilibrium, and oxidationreduction theory. Lecture and laboratory. Lecture 4 hours. Lab 3 hours.
Prereq.: minimum math placement exam recommendation of 3 or 4 or satisfactory completion of MATH-102.

CHEM-212 General Chemistry II, 4 cr.
Continuation of General Chemistry I with emphasis on reaction rates, equilibria in aqueous solutions, thermochemistry, oxidation-reduction reactions, and the methods of qualitative analysis. Lecture and laboratory. Lecture 3 hours. Lab 3 hours.
Prereq.: CHEM-211 and pre- or co- requisite MATH-106.

CHEM-213 Quantitative Analysis, 5 cr.
Statistical analysis of data, chemical equilibrium, simultaneous equilibria, classical and non-classical gravimetric and volumetric techniques, acid-base and oxidation-reduction reactions, spectrophotometric and potentiometric measurements. Lecture 3 hours. Lab 3 hours.
Prereq.: CHEM-212.

CHEM-231 Organic Chemistry I, 4 cr.
Study of the structure, properties, reaction mechanisms, and nomenclature of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons and their derivatives. Lecture and laboratory. Lecture 3 hours. Lab 3 hours.
Prereq.: CHEM-212.

CHEM-232 Organic Chemistry II, 4 cr.

Continuation of CHEM-231. A study of the structure, properties, reaction mechanisms, synthesis, and infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy of the alcohols, acids, amines, and other monofunctional compounds. Lecture and laboratory. Lecture 3
hours. Lab 3 hours.  
Prereq.: CHEM-231.

CHEM-260 General Chemistry I Seminar, 1 cr.
Enrichment seminar accompanying CHEM 211. Students do problem solving in collaborative learning groups on material derived from and supplementing General Chemistry I to gain a deeper understanding of concepts and applications. Lecture 2 hours.
Prereq.: Restricted to students taking CHEM-211 concurrently.

CHEM-261 General Chemistry II Seminar, 1 cr.
Enrichment seminar accompanying CHEM 212. Students do problem solving in collaborative groups on material derived from and supplementing General Chemistry II to gain a deeper understanding of concepts and applications. Lecture 2 hours.
Prereq.: Restricted to students taking CHEM-212 concurrently.

CHEM-262 Organic Chemistry I Seminar, 1 cr.

Enrichment Seminar accompanyin  CHEM 231. Students do problem solving in collaborative learning groups on material derived from and supplementing Organic Chemistry I to gain a deeper understanding of concepts and applications. Lecture 2 hours.
Prereq.: Restrictcd to sludents taking Organic Chemistry I.

CHEM-263 Organic Chemistry II Seminar, 1 cr.
Enrichment Seminar accompanying CHEM 232. Students do problem solving in collaborative learning groups on material derived from and supplementing Organic Chemistry II to gain a deeper understanding of concepts and applications.
Prereq.: Restricted to students taking Organic Chemistry II.

CHEM-305 Independent Study in Chemistry, 3 cr.
An introduction to original chemical research under faculty supervision. Independent Studies require the approval of the instructor, department chair and the College Dean.
Prereq.: CHEM-213 and CHEM-232 and consent of chairperson.

CHEM-306 Selected Topics in Chemistry, 3 cr.

Topics of current interest for students who have junior standing in chemistry. Consult the Schedule of Classes for specific topics. Lecture 3 hours.
Prereq.: CHEM-232; junior standing.

CHEM-311 Physical Chemistry I, 4 cr.
Theoretical and experimental study of the structure and properties of matter, including the gaseous state, chemical thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, liquids and phase equilibria, solutions of nonelectrolytes and ionic solutions. Lecture and laboratory. Lecture 3 hours. Lab 3 hours.
Prereq.: CHEM-213, CHEM-232, MATH-107, PHYS-203, PHYS-201 or PHYS-206. It is strongly suggested that the student have completed a year of physics with laboratory.)

CHEM-312 Physical Chemistry II, 4 cr.
Continuation of CHEM-311, including the kinetic-molecular theory, transport properties, chemical kinetics, statistical mechanics, quantum theory, atoms and diatomic molecules, and spectroscopy. Lecture and laboratory. Lecture 3 hours. Lab 3 hours.
Prereq.: CHEM-311, MATH-202, PHYS-204, and PHYS-202 or PHYS-207.

CHEM-316 Inorganic Chemistry, 4 cr
.
A thorough study of bonding in non-transition and transition elements, periodic trends and tendencies, structural relationships, and mechanisms of inorganic reactions. Lecture and laboratory. Lecture 3 hours. Lab 3 hours.
Prereq.: CHEM-232.

CHEM-318 Industrial Chemistry, 3 cr.

A study of the industrial aspects of chemistry, including economics, design and operation of process equipment, and a study of a variety of chemical industries. Lecture 3 hours.
Prereq.: CHEM-231.

CHEM-319 Chemical Aspects of Environmental Chemistry, 3 cr.

A survey of the chemical principles involved in environmental problems. Topics include atmospheric, aquatic, and geospheric chemistry, sources of pollutants and the consequences of pollution. Lecture 3 hours.
Prereq.: CHEM 212 and CHEM-232.

CHEM-320 Industrial Aspects of Environmental Chemistry, 3 cr.

Industrial aspects of environmental chemistry covering specific topics such as energy, water and wastewater treatment, treatment and disposal of domestic and industrial wastes, techniques for detecting and analyzing chemical pollutants, environmental modeling and recycling strategies. Lecture 3 hours.
Prereq.: CHEM-213 and CHEM-232.

CHEM-326 Chemical Literature, 2 cr.

Introduction to library research in chemistry, and preparation of a review paper in some current field of chemistry. Lecture 2 hours.
Prereq.: one 300-level course in chemistry.

CHEM-330 Instrumental Analysis: Spectroscopy, 4 cr.
Intensive laboratory introduction to infrared spectroscopy, ultraviolet and visible spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and the qualitative, quantitative, and research aspects associated with them. Lecture and laboratory. Lecture 2 hours. Lab 6 hours.
Prereq.: CHEM-213, CHEM-232 and consent of instructor.

CHEM-331 Instrumental Analysis: Quantitative Methods, 4 cr.
Introduction to the theory and practice of instrumental methods used to determine composition of materials, including gas and liquid chromatography, atomic absorption and emission, X-ray diffraction and fluorescence, and potentiometry. Lecture and laboratory. Lecture 2 hours. Lab 6 hours.  
Prereq.: CHEM-213 and CHEM-231.

CHEM-332 Identification of Organic Compounds, 4 cr
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Chemical, physical, and spectroscopic methods and their use in the separation, purification, and identification of organic compounds. Lecture and laboratory. Lecture 2 hours. Lab 6 hours.
Prereq.: CHEM-213 and CHEM-232.

CHEM-347 Advanced Organic Chemistry: Polyfunctional Compounds, 3 cr.

Chemistry of polyfunctional compounds, condensed aromatic and heterocyclic systems, electrocyclic reactions and molecular rearrangements. Lecture 3 hours.
Prereq.: CHEM-232.

CHEM-348 Advanced Organic Chemistry: Bioorganic Compounds, 3 cr.
The chemistry of complex molecules such as proteins, nucleic acids, and carbohydrates is studied from the point of view of their physical properties, and their reaction, synthesis, and structure-function relationships. Lecture 3 hours.
Prereq.: CHEM-232.

CHEM-349 Organic Synthesis, 3 cr.

A systematic approach to the synthesis of complex organic compounds will be developed. The retrosynthetic approach will be taken, with a final target molecule being the goal of the synthesis. It will be taken apart, step-by-step to arrive at reasonable starting materials for the synthesis. Availability and expense of potential starting materials, necessity of protecting groups, and production of isomeric and/or stereoisomeric mixtures will be among the points of consideration for each synthesis. Lecture 3 hours.
Prereq.: CHEM-347.

CHEM-357 Chemical Kinetics, 3 cr.
The study and evaluation of various theories of reaction rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions. Lecture 3 hours.
Prereq.: CHEM-311.

CHEM-365 Internship in Chemistry I, 6 cr.

Experience in chemistry in an off-campus location, e.g. business or government. The student registering selects well-defined academic goals to be achieved. These goals will be selected in cooperation with an on-campus advisor.
Prereq.: Independent Studies require the approval of the instructor, department chair and the College Dean.

CHEM-366 Internship in Chemistry II, 6 cr.
Continuation of CHEM-365.
Prereq.: Independent Studies require the approval of the instructor, department chair and the College Dean.

CHEM-390 Seminar in Chemistry, 1 cr.
Critical review of research presented by visiting university and industrial chemists, and student preparation and presentation of original and library chemical research topics.
Prereq. or linked course.: CHEM-311.

CHEM-391Chemistry Capstone Seminar, 3 cr.
Critical review of research presented by visiting university and industrial chemists, and student preparation and presentation of original and library research topics. The course will also explore issues related to becoming a morally responsible scientist and will include ethical problem solving. Lecture 4 hours.  
Prereq.: pre- or co- requisite CHEM-311.

CHEM-399 Undergraduate Research, 3 cr.
Original laboratory research conducted with a faculty member. The course will usually require some library research, 10-12 hours per week laboratory work, and the preparation of a formal, typed report. The course is useful for those students seeking recognition under the guidelines authorized by the American Chemical Society.
Prereq.: pre- or co- requisite CHEM-311, and either CHEM-330 or CHEM-331.

CHEM-401 Carbohydrates, 3 cr.

Structure, stereochemistry, and reactions of monosaccharides, disaccharides, oligosaccharides, and polysaccharides. Lecture 3 hours.
Prereq.: graduate standing and CHEM-312.

CHEM-402 Organometallic Chemistry, 3 cr.
The metalcarbon bond including organometallic synthesis, structure, reaction mechanisms, and thermodynamics. Main group metal- carbon compounds, transition metal-carbon compounds, and such special topics as Grignard compounds, ferrocenes, carbonyl complexes, and inorganic multiple bonding. Lecture 3 hours.
Prereq.: graduate standing, CHEM-312 and CHEM-316.

CHEM-403 Physical Methods of Organic Chemistry, 3 cr.
Various physical techniques of interest to the organic chemist, including such spectroscopic methods as proton and Carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance, infared and electronic spectroscopy, and mass spectroscopy, with emphasis on interpreting the combined data. Lecture 3 hours.
Prereq.: graduate standing and CHEM-312.

CHEM-404 Chemical Thermodynamics, 3 cr.

Principles of thermodynamics and their application to chemical problems with particular emphasis on partial molal qualities, the chemical potential, and the thermodynamics of chemical equilibria. Lecture 3 hours.  
Prereq.: graduate standing and CHEM-312.

CHEM-405 Quantum Chemistry, 3 cr.

Application of quantum mechanics to chemistry. Topics include the Schrodinger equation and simple applications, the postulates and general principles of quantum mechanics, the harmonic oscillator, three-dimensional systems, atoms and molecules, and molecular spectroscopy. Lecture 3 hours.
Prereq.: graduate standing and CHEM-312.

CHEM-406 Coordination Chemistry, 3 cr.

Scope of transition metal coordination complexes, coordination number and structure, ligand types, isomerization, complex stability, bonding, reaction mechanisms, magnetic moments. Lecture 3 hours.
Prereq.: graduate standing, CHEM-316 and CHEM-312.

CHEM-407 Symmetry in Chemistry, 3 cr.
Introduction to those aspects of group theory and symmetry which are particularly relevant to chemistry including point groups, molecular vibrations, hybrid orbitals, and crystal field theory. Lecture 3 hours.
Prereq.: graduate standing and CHEM-312 or PHYS-336.

CHEM-408 Independent Study in Chemistry, 3 cr.
Research in a particular area of chemistry under faculty supervision.
Prereq.: Independent Studies require the approval of the instructor, department chair and the College Dean.

CHEM-409 Thesis Seminar: Chemistry, 6 cr.

Guidance of students conducting research and writing a thesis to fulfill the requirements for the Master of Science degree in Chemistry.
Prereq.: acceptance to master’s degree candidacy in chemistry and invitation by the department to prepare a research thesis.

CHEM-411 Organic Reaction Mechanisms, 3 cr.
Reaction pathways in organic chemistry including isotope effects, linear free energy relationships, stereochemistry, configurational
analysis, and pericyclic reactions. Lecture 3 hours.
Prereq.: graduate standing and CHEM-312.

CHEM-412 Reaction Kinetics, 3 cr.
Methods of studying reaction rates and mechanisms, derivation of mechanisms from rate laws. Theories of unimolecular and bimolecular reactions, and chain mechanisms and appropriate mathematical analysis. Lecture only. Lecture 3 hours.
Prereq.: graduate standing and CHEM-312.

CHEM-413 Modern Inorganic Chemistry, 3 cr.

In-depth survey of modern developments in inorganic chemistry, including noble gas chemistry, multiple bonding in coordination complexes, unusual oxidation states of elements, template reactions, inorganic polymers, and inorganic catalysis. Lecture 3 hours.
Prereq.: graduate standing and CHEM-316.

CHEM-414 Advanced Analytical Chemistry, 3 cr.
Electronic and computer-instrument interface, practical aspects of modern instrumental techniques based on various methods of optical spectroscopy and chromatography. Lecture 3 hours.
Prereq.: graduate standing and CHEM-331 or consent of instructor.

CHEM-420 Selected Topics in Chemistry, 3 cr.
Topics of current interest. Consult the Schedule of Classes for specific topics. Lecture 3 hours.
Prereq.: graduate standing.

CHEM-431 Separation Methods, 3 cr.

Review of thermodynamic and kinetic parameters as they impact on selectivity and efficiency of separation process, classification and application of modern chromatographic techniques. Lecture 3 hours.
Prereq.: graduate standing and CHEM-331 or consent of instructor.

CHEM-450 Gas Chromatography, 3 cr.
Principles and instrumentation, including classification and methods for selection of stationary phases, optimization of operational parameters, and various detection systems. Separation techniques prior to analysis, applications, and hyphenated methods will be discussed. Lecture 3 hours.
Prereq.: graduate standing, CHEM 331, or consent of instructor.

CHEM-451 Liquid Chromatography, 3 cr.
Review of thermodynamic and kinetic parameters as they impact on selectivity and efficiency of liquid chromatographic separations. Classification of mobile phases, including selection and ways to improve resolution. Principles of conventional liquid chromatographic techniques and their applications, including hyphenated methods. Lecture 3 hours.
Prereq.: graduate standing, CHEM 331, CHEM 450, or consent of instructor.

CHEM-455 Method Development and Validation in Liquid Chromatography, 3 cr.
Systematic approaches to the successful development of HPLC-based analytical methods and their optimization. Practical tools based on the use of computer simulation in method development. HPLC-methods validation presented on the basis of the currently accepted United States Pharmacopeia terminology.
Prereq.: CHEM-451

CHEM-456 Advanced Chromatographic Methods, 3 cr.
Principles, methods and applications of various advanced chromatographic techniques of interest to the analytical chemist, including such chromatographic methods as chiral separations, ligand exchange chromatography, capillary electrophoresis, micellar chromatography, micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography, and supercritical fluid chromatography. Lecture 3 hours.
Prereq.: CHEM 451 or consent of instructor

 




   

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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