2023 Fall 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.
INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY
An introduction to career tracks and career opportunities in chemistry. This course will feature readings on different career possibilities in chemistry and visiting lectures by practicing chemists. Professional skills, identification of career tracks, and scientific and technical communication will be emphasized. One hour lecture per week.
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.
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.
An introduction to volumetric, gravimetric and photometric techniques and fundamental methods of instrumental analysis. Three one-hour lectures and four hours of laboratory per week.
The general principles governing the behavior of matter are investigated. Topics include atomic structure and quantum machanics, spectroscopy and topics in solid state chemistry. Three hours of lecture weekly. (Fall only)
BIOCHEMISTRY OF MACROMOLECULES
The chemistry of the major compounds of living organisms, e.g., proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids, are studied. Meets for 3 lectures/week, and is required for all Chemistry majors.
ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Lectures on advanced topics in organic chemistry. (Fall only)
EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
A laboratory course in experimental physical chemistry. Experiments from various areas of physical chemistry will be performed. Three hours of laboratory per week. (Fall only)
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.