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Students enrolling in chemistry courses must have earned a grade of “C-” or higher in each prerequisite course.

CHEM 100 The Chemical World (CORE—Scientific Thought/Laboratory Course)

(Both semesters/4 credits/6 hours of integrated laboratory and class work) 

An introductory course designed to give the nonscience major an understanding of chemical phenomena and an appreciation of the role chemistry plays in everyday life. Course materials and laboratory activities emphasize real-world chemistry.

 

CHEM 101 General Chemistry I (CORE—Scientific Thought/Laboratory Course)

Prerequisite: MATH 099 or Level II placement on the Basic Math Skills Inventory. (First semester/ 4 credits/6 hours of integrated laboratory and lecture) 

Laboratory-driven study of atomic structure, periodicity, nuclear chemistry, bonding, states of matter, thermochemistry and reaction stoichiometry. Honors section open by invitation only. Credit by exam.

 

CHEM 102 General Chemistry II (CORE—Scientific Thought/Laboratory Course)

Prerequisite: CHEM 101, MATH 099 or Level II placement on the Basic Math Skills Inventory. (Second semester/4 credits/6 hours of integrated laboratory and lecture) 

Laboratory-driven study of solutions, acid-base and redox reactions and chemical equilibria. Honors section open by invitation only.

 

CHEM 105 The Molecular Basis of Nutrition (CORE—Scientific Thought/Non-Laboratory Course)

(First semester/3 credits) 

An introductory course designed to give students an understanding of the biochemical basis of nutritional requirements. Fads and fallacies related to nutrition will be investigated. The course will include demonstrations and short experiments designed to illustrate concepts.

 

CHEM 209 Organic Chemistry I

Prerequisite: CHEM 102. (First semester/4 credits/3 class and 3 laboratory hours) 

A detailed study of the structure and reactivity of several classes of carbon-based compounds (hydrocarbons, aromatics and alkyl halides). Laboratory experiments emphasize standard organic chemistry techniques and product analysis using modern instrumentation (NMR, IR, GC, GC/MS).

 

 

CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry II

Prerequisite: CHEM 209. (Second semester/4 credits/3 class and 3 laboratory hours) 

A continuation of Organic Chemistry I. A detailed study of the structure and reactivity of alcohols, amines and carbonyl compounds. Laboratory experiments include the collection and interpretation of proton NMR spectra and a multi-step synthesis group project.

 

CHEM 215 Quantitative Analysis

Prerequisite: CHEM 102. (First semester/4 credits/3 class and 3 laboratory hours) 

A study of principles, procedures and techniques of quantitative analysis. Laboratory work on classical and spectrophotometric methods.

 

CHEM 270 Chemical Literature

Prerequisite: CHEM 209. (Second semester/2 credits) 

An introduction to the chemical literature. Database searches and journal article critiques will allow students to develop an understanding of the chemical and biochemical literature, which can then be applied in their future coursework.

 

CHEM 301 Biological Chemistry I

Prerequisite: CHEM 210. (First semester/4 credits/3 class and 3 laboratory hours) 

A study of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids, with an emphasis on protein structure and function. Laboratory experience in current methods of analysis of biological molecules.

 

CHEM 324 Instrumental Methods of Analysis

Prerequisites: CHEM 210 and CHEM 215. (Second semester—even years/4 credits/3 class and 3 laboratory hours) 

Advanced topics in chemical analysis with emphasis on the principles and practice of instrumental techniques.

 

CHEM 335 Teaching Assistantship in Chemistry

Prerequisite: Invitation of the department. (Either semester/1-2 credits—may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.) 

An opportunity for qualified students to assist in CHEM 101, 102, 209 or 210 by tutoring students in these courses or by helping with the laboratory instruction. Assistants work under the supervision of the chemistry faculty and are selected by the department. Grading is on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

 

CHEM 375 Independent Study

Prerequisites: 8 credits of 200-level course work in chemistry or permission of the department. (Either semester/1, 2 or 3 credits) 

Independent study, either reading or laboratory work, in a selected field of chemistry or biochemistry.

 

CHEM 399 Internship in Chemistry

Prerequisites: 20 hours of chemistry, 8 hours of physics or biology, or permission of the department. (Either semester/3 to 12 credits/8 to 32 hours each week) 

Individualized study and training in a cooperating laboratory or office providing an opportunity to participate in research or other work in chemistry or biochemistry. Instruction and experience in the use of sophisticated laboratory equipment, participation in research or other work under the guidance of a senior scientist and the reading of related scientific literature is included. Grading is on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

 

CHEM 401/501 Environmental Chemistry

Prerequisites: CHEM 209 and 215 or permission of the instructor. Open to juniors and seniors who meet the qualifications for enrolling in double-numbered courses (First semester—odd years/3 credits) 

Chemical aspects of atmospheric and hydrologic systems with a focus on air and water quality, sources of pollution, basic chemical analysis, corrective processes and hazardous materials management.

 

CHEM 402 Biological Chemistry II

Prerequisite: CHEM 301 or permission of the instructor. (Second semester/3 credits/3 class hours) 

A study of information transfer and genetic regulation, membranes, cell signaling and metabolic pathways.

 

CHEM 403 Biological Chemistry Laboratory Techniques

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 402 or permission of the instructor. (Second semester/1 credit/3 laboratory hours) 

Laboratory experiences involving molecular techniques for separating, characterizing, detecting and analyzing nucleic acids and proteins. Modern equipment and instruments are used.

 

CHEM 405/505 Inorganic Chemistry

Prerequisites: CHEM 210 and CHEM 215. Open to juniors and seniors who meet the qualifications for enrolling in double-numbered courses (Second semester—odd years/3 credits) 

A study of the principles of structure and bonding, chemical reactivity and periodic relationships of inorganic compounds.

 

CHEM 410/510 Advanced Organic Chemistry

 

Prerequisites: CHEM 210. Open to juniors and seniors who meet the qualifications for enrolling in double-numbered courses. (Second semester—odd years /3 credits/3 class hours) 

Advanced topics in organic synthesis and structure determination. Topics vary with the general interest of the students and professor.

 

CHEM 431 Physical Chemistry I

Prerequisites: CHEM 210, CHEM 215, MATH 202 and PHYS 102 or PHYS 204. (First semester/3 credits/3 class hours)

Introduction to quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure, and spectroscopy.

 

CHEM 432 Physical Chemistry II

Prerequisite: CHEM 431. (Second semester/3 credits/3 class hours) 

A continuation of CHEM 431. A study of statistical mechanics, thermodynamics and kinetics.

 

CHEM 433 Physical Chemistry Lab I

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 431 or permission of the instructor. (First semester/ 1 credit/3 laboratory hours) 

Investigation of atomic and molecular structure and spectroscopy in a series of laboratory experiments and computer-based exercises.

 

CHEM 434 Physical Chemistry Lab II

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 432 or permission of the instructor. (Second semester/1 credit/3 laboratory hours) 

Principles of statistical mechanics, thermodynamics and kinetics are investigated in a series of experiments and computer-based simulations.

 

CHEM 470 Senior Seminar

Prerequisites: CHEM 270, 12 credits of 200-level course work in chemistry. Open to junior and senior chemistry and biochemistry majors and chemistry minors. (Second semester/1 credit) 

An advanced study in the chemical and biochemical sciences. The topic will vary according to instructor and student interest. Oral and poster presentations are required to demonstrate familiarity with the literature, integrated understanding of the topic under consideration and proper scientific presentation style.

 

CHEM 498 Current Topics in Chemistry

 

Prerequisites: CHEM 209, CHEM 215 and permission of the instructor. (Either semester/1, 2 or 3 credits) 

An opportunity for a group of students to explore current topics in chemistry and biochemistry as suggested by their special interests, and those of the faculty, but not included in the regular course offerings.

 

PHYS 101 General Physics (CORE—Scientific Thought/Laboratory Course)

Prerequisite: Level III placement on the Basic Math Skills Inventory or MATH 120. Credit by exam. (First semester/4 credits/6 hours of integrated laboratory and class work) 

An introduction to the principles of physics: kinematics, mechanics, rotational motion, mechanical waves, sound and thermodynamics; the development of physical laws; application to practical problems.

PHYS 102 General Physics (CORE—Scientific Thought/Laboratory Course)

Prerequisite: PHYS 101. Credit by exam. (Second semester/4 credits/6 hours of integrated laboratory and class work) 

A continuation of PHYS 101. Wave motion, electricity, magnetism, static and time varying fields, light and optical phenomena, lenses; application to practical problems.

PHYS 203 Introductory Physics I (CORE—Scientific Thought/Laboratory Course)

Prerequisite: MATH 201 or concurrent enrollment in MATH 201. Credit by exam. Open to students who have not had PHYS 101. (First semester/4 credits/6 hours of integrated laboratory and class work) 

Topics essentially identical to those in PHYS 101, although this is a more analytical course that is primarily for majors in the sciences and mathematics. Physical laws and theories developed by application of calculus. Designed to prepare students for advanced work in the physical sciences.

PHYS 204 Introductory Physics II (CORE—Scientific Thought/Laboratory Course)

Prerequisites: PHYS 203 and MATH 202, or concurrent enrollment in MATH 202. Credit by exam. Open to students who have not had PHYS 102. (Second semester/4 credits/6 hours of integrated laboratory and class work) 

Continuation of PHYS 203. Topics essentially identical to those in PHYS 102, but continuing the analytical approach and use of calculus.

PHYS 222 Introduction to Modern Physics

Prerequisites: PHYS 101, 102 or 203, 204 and MATH 201, 202. (First semester—odd years/ 3 credits) 

A study of selected topics from atomic theories of matter, atomic spectra, special relativity, solid state and nuclear physics.

PHYS 324 Mechanics

Prerequisites: PHYS 101, 102 or 203, 204, and MATH 201, 202. (Second semester—even years/ 3 credits) 

A mathematical study of statics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies including work and energy, stability of equilibrium, motion under the action of a central force, fixed axis rotation and oscillatory motion.

PHYS 325 Electricity and Magnetism

Prerequisites: PHYS 101, 102 or 203, 204 and MATH 201, 202. (First semester—even years/ 3 credits) 

Topics chosen from among electrostatics, Gauss’ law, dielectrics, steady current, magnetic field of a current, motion of a charge in a magnetic field, electromagnetic induction, Maxwell’s equations, magnetic material, Poynting vector and electromagnetic radiation.

PHYS 335 Teaching Assistantship in Physics

Prerequisite: By invitation of the department. (Either semester/1 to 2 credits, may be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits) 

An opportunity for qualified students to assist in PHYS 101, 102, 203 and/or 204 by tutoring students, correcting problem sets and/or helping set up equipment for the laboratory in these courses. Assistants work under the supervision of the physics faculty and are selected by the department. Grading is on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

PHYS 375 Independent Study

Prerequisites: 6 credits of 200-level course work in physics, and permission of the department. (Either semester/1, 2 or 3 credits) 

Independent study, reading and problems in a selected field of physics.

CHEM 501/401 Environmental Chemistry

Prerequisites: CHEM 209 and 215, or permission of the instructor. (Second semester—even years/ 3 credits)  

Chemical aspects of atmospheric and hydrologic systems with a focus on air and water quality, sources of pollution, basic chemical analysis, corrective processes and hazardous materialsmanagement. Discussions may include resource management and environmental policy.

CHEM 505/405 Inorganic Chemistry

Prerequisite: Organic chemistry. (Second semester—odd years/3 credits) 

A study of the principles of structure and bonding, chemical reactivity and periodic relationships of inorganic compounds.

CHEM 510/410 Advanced Organic Chemistry

Prerequisite: Organic chemistry (Second semester-odd years/3 credits) 

Prerequisite: Organic chemistry (Second semester—even years/3 credits)