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Course Descriptions
CHEM 100 CORE: FOUNDATIONS OF CHEMISTRY. A brief course in fundamental principles and applications of chemistry to the living world. This course is designed for students majoring in the Arts, Physical Education, or in Radiological Sciences and cannot be used as a substitute for any other course in chemistry. Two lectures and one two-hour laboratory period.
3 credits

CHEM 101 -102 GENERAL CHEMISTRY. The fundamental laws and principles of chemistry; appropriate laboratory exercises to illustrate these principles and to develop proper techniques; introduction to quantitative analytical methodology. The second semester of the laboratory includes an introduction to systematic inorganic qualitative analysis.  Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period.
Prerequisite for CHEM 101: a high school Chemistry course or CHEM 100. It is recommended that a student achieve a grade of C or higher in CHEM 101 before taking CHEM 102.
8 credits

CHEM 105-106 GENERAL, ORGANIC and BIOCHEMISTRY. An introductory course in the principles of chemistry, with application to the health sciences.  Fundamentals of general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. Appropriate laboratory exercises to illustrate these principles and to develop techniques. This course cannot be taken as a prerequisite for Organic Chemistry.  Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period.
8 credits

CHEM 302 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY. Principles and applications of classical
analytical techniques such as gravimetric and volumetric methods, statistical evaluations of analytical data, as well as modern analytical techniques such as electrochemistry, spectroscopy and chromatography. Statistical evaluation of analytical data. Three lectures and a four-hour laboratory.
Prerequisite: CHEM 102
5 credits

CHEM 309-310 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY. The application of thermodynamics to the study of the states of matter, phase equilibria, chemical equilibria, thermal chemistry, and electrochemistry. Chemical kinetics, diffusion and the migration of ions. Elucidation of the molecular structure of matter by classical physical and quantum mechanical considerations. Three lectures.
Prerequisite: CHEM 102
Corequisite: MATH 201, and PHYS 101-102 or 107-108
6 credits

CHEM 311 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I. Laboratory studies of physical chemical measurements on gases, heats of chemical processes, equilibrium, and conductance. A four-hour laboratory.
Corequisite: CHEM 310
2 credits

CHEM 319-320 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. The chemistry of carbon compounds. Emphasis on structure and mechanisms of organic reactions. Three lectures..
Prerequisite: CHEM 102
6 credits

CHEM 323-324 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY. Synthesis, purification,
analysis, mechanistic studies, and spectral characterization of organic compounds. Four hours of laboratory.
Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 319 for 323; 320 for 324
4 credits

CHEM 335 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY. The chemistry of the elements and their compounds.  Industrial, biochemical, environmental, and geochemical applications of inorganic chemistry are emphasized. The periodic table, elementary bonding models and thermodynamic data are used to organize, understand and predict chemical and physical properties of inorganic compounds. Three lectures.
Prerequisite: CHEM 102
3 credits

CHEM 336 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY. Study of the properties, synthesis, and characterization of inorganic compounds. Experiments include preparations of metallic and non-metallic elements from compounds; simple salts by wet and dry methods; common gases; coordination compounds; air sensitive compounds; organometallic compounds; high temperature superconductors. A four-hour laboratory.
Corequisite: CHEM 335
2 credits

CHEM 410 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II. Laboratory studies of kinetics, spectroscopy, molecular structures, and molecular modern structure. A four-hour laboratory.
Prerequisite: CHEM 311
2 credits

CHEM 415 ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. Structure, mechanism and synthesis in modern organic chemistry. An introduction to the chemistry of natural products and heterocyclic compounds will be included. Three lectures.
Prerequisite: CHEM 320
3 credits

CHEM 421 ADVANCED TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY. Advanced topics in chemistry will be either polymer chemistry or environmental chemistry. A student may elect this course more than once if the topics are different each time. Three lectures.
Prerequisite: CHEM 310 and 320
3 credits

CHEM 427 ADVANCED PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY. Topics in theoretical physical
chemistry with an introduction to the chemical aspects of quantum and statistical mechanics and group theory. Three lectures.
Prerequisite: CHEM 310
3 credits

CHEM 433 BIOCHEMISTRY I. An introduction to the chemistry of biologically important amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins and hormones. Enzyme kinetics and catalysis, protein structure and function, introduction to intermediary metabolism will be included. Three lectures.
Prerequisite: CHEM 320
3 credits

CHEM 434 BIOCHEMISTRY II. Chemistry and metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. Protein folding and post-translational modification. Three lectures.
Prerequisite: CHEM 433
3 credits

CHEM 435 ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY. Molecular structure and bonding theory. Transition metal chemistry. An introduction to spectroscopy, catalysis and organometallic chemistry. Three lectures.
Prerequisite: CHEM 310 and 335
3 credits

CHEM 436 BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY. Four-hour laboratory with emphasis on techniques used in protein and enzymology laboratories.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: CHEM 434
2 credits

CHEM 437 COMPUTERS, STRUCTURES AND BONDING. An intermediate level
presentation of the fundamental ideas of metallic, ionic, and covalent bonding. The consequences of these bonding schemes are then related to the plenitude of three dimensional chemical, biochemical, and crystalline structure. The latest computer software of interest to chemists and biochemists is incorporated in a hands-on approach in order to render chemical structures and deduce chemical properties based on the bonding pertinent to those structures using the computer for chemical literature searching and manuscript preparation.  Three lectures.
Prerequisites: CHEM 309, 320, 335
3 credits

CHEM 452 ADVANCED SPECTROSCOPY. Molecular UV/Vis absorption and luminescence spectroscopy; atomic absorption and emission spectroscopy; nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry; infrared and Raman spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy. Three lectures and a four-hour laboratory.
Prerequisite: CHEM 302, 310, 320, 324, 410
5 credits

CHEM 460, 461 CHEMICAL RESEARCH. An investigation of an original nature carried out by the student under the guidance of a faculty member; a brief written report is submitted to and approved by all the faculty members of the Department.
1 or 2 credits