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Chemistry Courses


CHE 113     Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry     (5 cr. hrs.)
An introduction for the non-science major to the basic principles of chemistry will be accomplished in this course. Topics from general chemistry include scientific measurement, chemical nomenclature, atomic structure, chemical energy, stoichiometry, chemical bonding, solutions, acids and bases, and buffers. Special attention will be given to structures and reactions of organic compounds. Biochemistry will be introduced through the study of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, and metabolism. The course includes one laboratory period per week and is designed for students who have little or no background in chemistry. CHE 113 is especially appropriate for students interested in allied-health fields. This course is not intended to serve as a prerequisite for CHE 121 or other courses in chemistry. Fall semester.

CHE 113L     Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry Lab     (1 cr. hr.)

CHE 121     General Chemistry I     (4 cr. hrs.)
Principles, concepts, and methods that are basic to the study of chemistry are introduced in this course. Typical topics include inorganic nomenclature; atomic structure; stoichiometry; gases, liquids, and solids; chemical energy; and solutions. Because many of the same topics are addressed in CHE 113 and CHE 121, students may not receive credit toward graduation for both courses. Spring semester.

CHE 121L     General Chemistry I Lab     (1 cr. hr.)

CHE 122     General Chemistry II     (4 cr. hrs.)
This is a continuation of the introduction to chemistry that was begun in CHE 121 (or, for well-prepared students, in high school). Typical topics include kinetics; equilibrium; acids, bases, and buffers; electrochemistry; nuclear chemistry; organic chemistry; and biochemistry.  Prerequisite: CHE 121 or permission of the department. Fall semester.

CHE 122L     General Chemistry II Lab     (1 cr. hr.)

CHE 205     The Informed Chemist     (1 cr. hr.)
This course will begin with a discussion of ethical issues confronted by persons engaged in the chemical profession.  Case studies will allow for an overview of the parameters involved in ethical decision-making.  Students will also be introduced to the use of the chemical literature and techniques of technical writing, so that they are exposed to the various resources used by chemists to research a chemical topic. Students will complete several literature searching assignments using a variety of print and online resources and will visit Linda Hall Library. The course culminates in a final research report presented in a technical-report format. Prerequisite: CHE 122. Co-requisite: CHE 206. Spring semester.

CHE 206     Analytical Chemistry     (3 cr. hrs.)
This course is a survey of the field of analytical chemistry. Topics covered include methods of classical quantitative analysis, instrumental methods of quantitative analysis, sample collection and treatment, statistical analysis of data, and the applications of analytical methods to real-world problems. Laboratory exercises emphasize both development of technique and comparison of analytical methods. Prerequisite: CHE 122.  Spring semester.

CHE 206L     Analytical Chemistry Lab     (2 cr. hrs.)

CHE 301     Organic Chemistry I     (4 cr. hrs.)
This course in organic chemistry begins with atomic structure and builds through functional group chemistry. The interactions between structure, reactivity, and synthesis strategy are stressed. Typical topics include atomic and molecular structure; stereochemistry; reaction mechanisms; organic spectroscopy; and the chemistry of alkanes, alkenes, and alkynes. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in CHE 122. CHE 206 is also recommended. Fall semester.

CHE 301L     Organic Chemistry I Lab     (1 cr. hr.)

CHE 302     Organic Chemistry II     (4 cr. hrs.)
The studies begun in CHE 301 continue in this course. Typical topics covered are the synthesis and reactions of aromatic compounds, alcohols, ethers, polymers, carbonyl compounds, and amines.  An emphasis is placed on the functional groups involved in the chemistry of biological molecules. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in CHE 301. Spring semester.

CHE 302L     Organic Chemistry II Lab     (1 cr. hr.)

CHE 401     Physical Chemistry I     (4 cr. hrs.)
Physical chemistry involves the study of the structures, physical properties, and interactions of individual molecules and collections of molecules. This first course includes introductions to thermodynamics and quantum mechanics as well as spectroscopy, electrolyte chemistry, and kinetics. The lab will not only involve traditional experiments, but it will also include literature assignments and activities in data analysis. Prerequisites: CHE 206, MAT 200, and admission to the chemistry or biochemistry major. Physics is strongly recommended. Spring semester.

CHE 401L     Physical Chemistry I Lab     (4 cr. hrs.)

CHE 404     Advanced Inorganic Chemistry     (4 cr. hrs.)
This course is a study of the chemical elements with emphasis on structure, bonding, periodic trends, and concepts relating to mechanisms of inorganic reactions. These tools are used to interpret and systematize the concepts of inorganic chemistry. The course includes one laboratory period per week. The laboratory component will complement the lecture through the preparation, analysis, and study of various inorganic compounds. Prerequisites: CHE 206, 301, and admission to the chemistry or biochemistry major. Offered as faculty availability and student demand allow. 

CHE 404L     Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Lab     (1 cr. hr.)

CHE 405 Senior Seminar     (1 cr. hr.)
The goal of this course is to strengthen the student’s ability to read, to interpret, and to discuss primary scientific articles.  Students will be encouraged to examine articles involving the latest developments reported in the chemical literature.  Each student will make a formal public presentation of the contents of an article from a journal.  A student who is involved in a research sequence may substitute CHI 410 or BIO 460 for this course in the requirements of the chemistry major.  Prerequisites: Admission to the chemistry major and senior standing (or permission of the instructor).  Fall semester.
CHE 406     Instrumental Analysis     (3 cr. hrs.)
The course develops a basic understanding of the theory of instrumental analysis as well as demonstrates, via hands-on experience, the importance of instrumental methods to the modern chemist. A primary concern in the course is development and application of the fundamental principles of an instrumental method and its general theory. Students will not only learn the analytical application of instruments but will also use the instruments to collect significant chemical data. This latter feature of the course ensures that students acquire a sound knowledge of the chemical principles involved in the measurement and aids in selecting the most appropriate conditions for an analysis. Topics covered include computer interfacing and data analysis, spectroscopy, chromatography, and electro-chemistry. There is a strong laboratory component to this course. Prerequisites: CHE 206, 301 and admission to the chemistry or biochemistry major. Fall semester of even-numbered years.

CHE 406L     Instrumental Analysis Lab     (2 cr. hrs.)

CHE 450     Biochemistry     (4 cr. hrs.)
This is a detailed course in biochemistry that includes a study of the occurrence, structure, function, and metabolism of biologically important molecules. There is an emphasis on molecular species such as carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins, and nucleic acids. The course includes work in the laboratory. The course may be credited toward a biology or biochemistry major, as the student elects, but it cannot count towards more than one major. Prerequisites: BIO 233 (or instructor’s consent) CHE 302 (or concurrent enrollment), and admission to the chemistry, biochemistry, or biology major.  Spring semester of even-numbered years. Also listed as BIO 450.

CHE 450L     Biochemistry Lab     (1 cr. hr.)

CHE 210, 215     Introduction to Chemical Research     (0.5-1 cr. hrs. each)
These are courses that allow a student in chemistry or biochemistry to undertake an individual project in literature and/or laboratory research. Prior to enrollment, the student must select a topic and secure approval of the faculty member who will supervise the work on the project. These independent-study courses should be employed as a supplement to and not a replacement for regular courses in chemistry or biochemistry. They may not be used as a vehicle for repeating work from another course in chemistry. CHE 210 is a prerequisite for CHE 215.  A student moving from CHE 210 to CHE 215 will find an increased expectation for independence and for originality in the work.

CHE 310, 315, 410, 415     Chemical Research     (1-3 cr. hr. each)
A four-course laboratory or library research project is required for the biochemistry major and is strongly encouraged for the chemistry major. CHE 310, the first course in this research sequence, is normally taken in the first semester of the junior year. CHE 315 and 410 involve continued laboratory and/or library research that was begun in CHE 310. CHE 415 is normally taken the second semester of the senior year . This sequence of courses will culminate in a presentation, both oral and written, of the results of the research project. Prior to enrollment in these courses, the student must select a topic and secure approval of the faculty member who will supervise the work on the project. Prerequisite: Permission of the faculty member with whom the work will be done.  CHE 310 is a prerequisite for CHE 315; CHE 315 is a prerequisite for CHE 410; and CHE 410 is a prerequisite for CHE 415.





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