Undergraduate Courses

Chemistry

CourseCredit Hours

BCH3023: Bioorganic Chemistry

Prerequisite:  CHM 1025/1025L or CHM 2045/2045L
Co-requisite: BCH 3023L
Description: This course examines the carbon chemistry of biological substances, the structure and function of biological molecules, and elementary metabolism.
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BCH3023L: Bioorganic Chemistry Laboratory

Prerequisite:  CHM 1025/1025L or CHM 2045/2045L
Co-requisite: BCH 3023
Description: This course examines the experimental methods related to the study of the carbon chemistry of biological substances, the structure and function of biological molecules, and elementary metabolism.
Course Fees: $59
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BCH4033: Biochemistry

Prerequisite:  CHM 2211 and CHM 2211L
Description: This course examines fundamental biochemistry concepts including the properties of proteins, nucleotides, carbohydrates, and enzymes. This class also explores how these molecules interact in various pathways to promote biological processes and sustain life, as well as experimental techniques used to study these molecules.
3

BCH4033L: Biochemistry Lab

Prerequisite:  CHM 3120L
Co-requisite: BCH 4033
Description: This laboratory course is an introduction to biochemical properties of biological systems and basic biochemistry/molecular biology procedures.
Course Fees: $59
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BCH4034: Biochemistry II

Prerequisite:  BCH 4033
Description: This course examines the degradation and biosynthesis of lipids and amino acids, which are metabolic pathways not covered in BCH4033. In addition, the course will examine nucleic acid chemistry, including DNA replication, transcription, recombinant DNA technology and related topics.
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BCH4034L: Biochemistry II Laboratory

Prerequisite:  BCH 4033L
Co-requisite: BCH 4034
Description: Students will learn modern techniques used in experimental biochemistry and molecular biology. Experiments include solid-phase peptide synthesis, polymerase chain reaction, DNA cloning, electrophoresis, protein detection by immunoblotting, and a lesson in proteomics. These experiments will rely heavily on the use of liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS) for analysis.
Course Fees: $59
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CHM1020: Chemistry for Liberal Studies


Description: This course introduces basic chemical principles without an extensive use of mathematics and illustrates them with applications in health, energy, food, and the environment. This course strives to show chemistry as a human endeavor that provides insight into the natural world and informs our decisions as citizens and consumers. Specific topics may vary by semester. This course is designed as a course for students that wish to fulfill the general education natural science requirement with chemistry and who will take no further chemistry courses. This course is not a preparatory course for CHM 2045.
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CHM1025: Introduction to Chemistry

This course is an introduction to the principles of modern chemistry and an overview of different areas of chemistry and its applications including elementary organic chemistry.
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CHM1025L: Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory


Co-requisite: CHM 1025 This course is an introduction to the principles of modern chemistry and an overview of different areas of chemistry and its applications including elementary organic chemistry. (A laboratory fee of $59 will be assessed.)
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CHM2045: General Chemistry I

Prerequisite:  CHM 1025, CHM 1025L or high school chemistry with a B or better, MAC 1105
Co-requisite: CHM 2045L The course covers stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, acids and bases, solutions and their properties, and descriptive chemistry of selected elements.
3

CHM2045L: General Chemistry I Laboratory

Prerequisite:  CHM 1025, CHM 1025L or high school chemistry with a B or better, MAC 1105
Co-requisite: CHM 2045 The course includes experiments that demonstrate the concepts of stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, acids and bases, solutions and their properties, reaction rates and equilibrium and descriptive chemistry of selected elements. (A laboratory fee of $59 will be assessed.)
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CHM2046: General Chemistry II

Prerequisite:  CHM 2045, CHM 2045L
Co-requisite: CHM 2046L The course covers the chemistry of gases, liquid, solids, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, aqueous equilibria, and reaction rates.
3

CHM2046L: General Chemistry II Laboratory

Prerequisite: CHM 2045, CHM 2045L
Co-requisite: CHM 2046 The course includes experiments that demonstrate the basic concepts of the chemistry of gases, liquid, solids, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, reaction rates, and aqueous equilibria. (A laboratory fee of $59 will be assessed.)
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CHM2210: Organic Chemistry I

Prerequisite:  CHM 2046, CHM 2046L A study of the compounds of carbon emphasizing functional group reactivity, spectroscopy, reaction mechanisms. Three hours lecture. Natural science majors must co-enroll in CHM 2210/CHM 2210 L.
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CHM2210L: Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

Prerequisite:  CHM 2046, CHM 2046L
Co-requisite: CHM 2210. Note: Students are required to bring a combination lock to class on the first day of lab. Techniques used in organic laboratories such as crystallization, distillation chromatography. Three hours laboratory. Natural science majors must co-enroll in CHM 2210/CHM 2210L. (A laboratory fee of $59 will be assessed.)
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CHM2211: Organic Chemistry II

Prerequisite:  CHM 2210, CHM 2210L. A continuation of CHM 2210. Natural Science majors must co-enroll in CHM 2211L. Three hours lecture.
3

CHM2211L: Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

Prerequisite:  CHM 2210, CHM 2210L Corequisite: CHM 2211 Note: Students are required to bring a combination lock to class on the first day of lab. Continuation of CHM 2210L; emphasis on organic synthesis. Three hours laboratory. Natural Science majors must co-enroll in CHM 2211/CHM 2211L. (A laboratory fee of $59 will be assessed.)
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CHM2930: Selected Topics in Chemistry

Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor. Variable topics in chemistry appropriate for students in their freshman or sophomore years.
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CHM3120: Quantitative Analytical Chemistry

Prerequisite:  CHM 2046 and CHM 2046L
Description: This course examines the principles of analytical chemistry and quantitative analysis with emphasis on gravimetric and titrimetric methods.
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CHM3120L: Quantitative Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

Prerequisite:  CHM 2046 and CHM 2046L
Co-requisite: CHM 3120
Description: This course examines the practice of quantitative analysis with emphasis on gravimetric and titrimetric methods. Experiments include calibration of analytical glass, gravimetric measurements, and titrations against known and unknown samples.
Course Fees: $59
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CHM3260: Advanced Organic Chemistry

Prerequisite:  CHM 2211 The course covers structural/mechanistic and synthetic aspects of organic chemistry, focusing on both fundamental/classical concepts and contemporary topics. Classical topics include bonding and molecular structure, stereochemical and conformational aspects, structure-reactivity relationships, kinetic isotope effect, substitution, addition-elimination, reactive intermediates, aromaticity and aromatic chemistry. Contemporary topics include modern synthetic methods and reagents, concerted reactions, ligand-coupling reactions, retrosynthetic analysis, and targeted synthesis.
3

CHM3610: Inorganic Chemistry

Prerequisites: CHM 2211, CHM 3120 and CHM 3120L
Description: This course provides coverage of topics including atomic orbitals, molecular orbital theory, nuclear properties, molecular symmetry, group theory, vibrational spectroscopy, valence bond theory, coordination chemistry, and ligand field stabilization energy.
3

CHM3610L: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

Prerequisite:  CHM 3610 The Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory course provides an experimental basis for content covered in the prerequisite foundation course, Inorganic Chemistry. The laboratory course provides an emphasis on the synthesis of inorganic and organometallic compounds with subsequent characterization using modern analytical and physical measurements. Significant focus is placed on the complete process of both synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds. Development of scientific communication skills is emphasized through use of a bound laboratory notebook and preparation of coherent laboratory reports written with a conventional scientific structure. (A laboratory fee of $59 will be assessed.)
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CHM4130: Modern Analytical Chemistry

Prerequisite:  CHM 2211 and CHM 3120
Description: This course examines the modern instrumental methods of analytical investigation including atomic spectroscopy, molecular spectroscopy, potentiometry, electrogravimetry, nuclear magnetic spectroscopy, chromatography, and mass spectrometry.
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CHM4130L: Modern Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

Prerequisite:  CHM 4410L
Co-requisite: CHM 4130
Description: This course examines the modern analytical instruments used for chemical analysis, with an emphasis on the statistical analysis of data for preparation of scientific publications. Experiments include ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, liquid chromatography, electrochemistry, and mass spectrometry.
Course Fees: $59
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CHM4410: Physical Chemistry I

Prerequisite:  MAC 2312, CHM 2046/2046L, PHY 2049/2019L, and PHY 2054/2054L
Description: This course examines the theories and experiments of classical thermodynamics. Topics include the laws of thermodynamics, thermochemistry, chemical equilibrium, and solutions.
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CHM4410L: Physical Chemistry I Laboratory

Prerequisite:  MAC 2312, CHM 2046/2046L, PHY 2049/2049L, and PHY 2054/2054L
Co-requisite: CHM 4410
Description: This course provides an experimental basis for the topics of thermodynamics covered in CHM 4410: Physical Chemistry I. There is an emphasis on designing an experimental approach to test or demonstrate the laws of thermodynamics, which involves measurement of macroscopic variables and derivation of thermodynamic relationships.
Course Fees: $59
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CHM4411: Physical Chemistry II

Prerequisite:  CHM 4410 and CHM 4410L
Description: This course examines the theories and experiments of kinetics, quantum mechanics, and spectroscopy. Topics include rate laws, reaction mechanisms, the Schrödinger equation, molecular orbital theory, the chemical bond, electronic structure, and spectroscopic methods.
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CHM4411L: Physical Chemistry II Laboratory

Prerequisite:  CHM 4410 and CHM 4410L
Co-requisite: CHM 4411
Description: This course provides an experimental basis for the topics of kinetics, quantum mechanics, and spectroscopy covered in CHM 4411. Modern instrumentation will be used to investigate these topics by measuring atomic and molecular quantities that demonstrate the quantum nature of matter.
Course Fees: $59
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CHM4473: Introduction to Quantum Chemistry

Prerequisite:  CHM 4411C. The application of Schrodinger's equation to the problems of atomic structure and chemical bonding. Three hours lecture.
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CHM4612: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Prerequisites: CHM 3610, CHM 4410C The Advanced Inorganic Chemistry course is an in-depth course that builds upon content covered in the prerequisite foundation course, Inorganic Chemistry. The course provides in-depth coverage of the structure and bonding of the representative p-block elements and transition metal d-block elements. Coordination compounds are examined using both crystal field theory and molecular orbital theory.
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CHM4627: Solid State Chemistry

Prerequisites: CHM 3610, CHM 4410C The Solid State Chemistry course is an advanced course that introduces concepts relating to crystalline structures, bonding forces, superconductivity, electrochemical, magnetic, optical, and conductive properties that underlie extended solids. The lecture course provides experimental evidence and theoretical interpretations of the structure and properties of solid-state inorganic compounds. A range of synthetic and physical techniques to prepare and characterize solids is described.
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CHM4910: Chemical Research

Prerequisite:  Junior or senior standing and consent of instructor. Laboratory or field research in collaboration with chemistry faculty. No more than 4 hours will count towards major electives. (A laboratory fee of $59 will be assessed.)
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CHM4911: Chemical Research Experience


Description: Students will be provided exposure in laboratory research by participating and conducting chemical experiments under the supervision of chemistry faculty.
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CHM4930: Selected Topics in Chemistry

Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor. Variable topics as related to recent advances in chemistry. May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.
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CHM4931: Senior Seminar in Chemistry

Prerequisite:  CHM 4410 and CHM4410L Library research, including the use of Chemical Abstracts and Science Citation Index will be required in this course. In addition, an oral presentation and written paper are required. Students wishing to include laboratory research should enroll in CHM 4910, Chemical Research, prior or simultaneously to this course. Note: Senior Seminar is only offered fall and spring semesters.
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CHM4970: G(W) Honors Research

Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors in the Major track in chemistry and CHM 4910. The course provides a vehicle for students to work closely with a sponsoring faculty member on an individually supervised research project. The student will prepare an Honors thesis, which will be presented at a departmental seminar. Students must enroll for six hours total, which will usually be spread over two semesters.
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CHS4615: Environmental Chemistry

Prerequisites: CHM 3120C, CHM 2210. This course examines the sources, reactions, transport, effects and fates of chemical species in the water, soil and air environments. Three hours lecture.
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CHS4615L: Environmental Chemistry Lab

Corequisite: CHS 4610 This laboratory course will demonstrate some of the techniques for monitoring substances in the environment. Students will be expected to work independently on problems related to real environmental problems or principles. Three hours laboratory. (A laboratory fee of $59 will be assessed.)
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