2023 Spring Term
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A terminal course covering the basic concepts of chemistry and how they relate to our everyday lives. Chemistry concepts are covered at the particulate level and then connected to our macroscopic world. The lab provides deeper exploration and hands-on experiments. This course meets the General Education GL requirement and is designed primarily for non-natural science majors.
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
An introduction to chemistry including matter and energy, atomic and molecular structure, bonding, reactions and stoichiometry, gas laws, and changes of state. This course is primarily designed for natural science, pre-health, and occupational and environmental safety majors needing two or more semesters of chemistry.
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
This course, along with CHEM 102, forms the foundation of further chemistry studies. The topics covered include intermolecular forces, solutions, colligative properties, kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base theory and equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry.
GENERAL, ORGANIC, & BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY 1
This is the first semester of a two semester sequence (CHEM 115/116). Topics covered in CHEM 115 include measurements, atomic structure, periodic trends, chemical reactions, mole concepts, gas laws, reaction rates, equilibrium, acids and bases, and an introduction to organic chemistry including representations, functional groups, and nomenclature. The course is composed of a 3 credit lecture and 1 credit laboratory.
GENERAL, ORGANIC, & BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY 2
This is the second semester of a two semester sequence (CHEM 115/116). Topic covered include conformations and isomers of organic compounds, exploration of common organic functional groups, descriptive analysis of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids including their metabolism. The course is a 3 credit lecture only course.
Introductory chemistry of the compounds of carbon, their structures and reactions. Taken primarily by chemistry majors and pre-professional students. The foundation for understanding organic reactions is established with an emphasis on bonding, functional groups, three dimensional structure of organic molecules, relationship between structure and reactivity, kinetics, and reaction mechanisms. Three hours of lecture per week.
A continuation of CHEM 251. The goal is to further examine the structure & reactivity relationship with emphasis on reactions and synthesis. It also illustrates how structural features considered in 251, combined with organic reactions learned in 252, can be sources of insight in the overall design of natural products and synthesized materials. Three hours of lecture per week.
CHEM 260 is an introduction to inorganic chemistry with emphasis on descriptive chemistry, bonding theories, acid-based theories, coordination chemistry and solid state chemistry.
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
Basic organic manipulative techniques and simpler syntheses are considered. Spectroscopic topics are introduced. Generally taken concurrently with CHEM 251. Two three-hour laboratories per week.
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
A continuation of CHEM 261. Includes more advanced synthetic work and kinetic and mechanistic investigations, and spectroscopic techniques. Generally taken concurrently with CHEM 252. Two three-hour laboratories per week. (Spring only)
INTRODUCTION TO GREEN CHEMISTRY
A lecture course covering the principles and common methods of green chemistry. Topics will include: atom economy, reduction of amount and toxicity of waste from chemical processes, reduction of energy use in chemical processes, assuring safety in chemical processes.
The general principles governing the behavior of matter are investigated. Topics include the laws of thermodynamics, gases, phase diagrams, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry, and kinetics. Three house of lecture weekly. (Spring only)
BIOCHEMISTRY OF METABOLISM AND SIGNALING
The chemistry of biological systems, focusing on metabolism and biochemical signaling. Three lectures/week. For Chemistry majors (Biochemistry emphasis), Biology majors (allied health focus) and students interested in Biochemistry postgraduate education.
ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY
A laboratory course that teaches biochemical research techniques through guided original research projects.
EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
Hands on experience with some experimental techniques of physical chemistry. Three hours of laboratory per week. (Spring only)
INSTRUMENTAL METHODS OF ANALYSIS
A survey of optical and electrometic determinations, separation methods and basic instrumentation as applied to chemical analysis. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week.
TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY
A course where students will use chemical and scientific literature, be introduced to the seminar concept, and participate in the study and discussion of current developments in chemistry. The student will review a topic and present that topic orally and in writing. This course may not be used as part of the Chemistry minor.
INDEPENDENT STUDY - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in major/degree. Credits in this course may not be used to fulfill minor requirements in Chemistry.