Course Information

Although there are stated prerequisites for almost every course, any course may be taken with permission of the instructor. The 1000-level (freshman) classes presume high school chemistry. Lecture and laboratory hours per week are given in parentheses following credit hours listed for each course. For example, (3:0) denotes three lecture hours and no lab hours per week. Lab courses will have lab fees and materials fees in addition to tuition charges.

Undergraduate Courses

CHEM 1305, 3 sem. hrs. (3:0)
INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY
A one-semester principles course for students in non-science related majors covering the major concepts of chemistry (atomic structure, bonding, stoichiometry, elementary thermodynamics) and the role of chemistry in contemporary society (polymers, energy, pollution, etc.). Will not substitute for CHEM 1311. This course counts toward the natural science component of the University Core Curriculum. Either CHEM 1305 or CHEM 1311, but not both, may be applied towards the core requirement Students desiring a laboratory experience may co-register for CHEM 1111

CHEM 1411, 4 sem. hrs. (3:3)
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
The foundation course in chemistry. Stoichiometry, chemical equilibria, atomic structure, chemical bonding, periodic properties, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and descriptive chemistry of the elements. Laboratory involves development of basic skills. This course counts toward the natural science component of the University Core Curriculum. Either CHEM 1305 - Introductory Chemistry or CHEM 1411, but not both, may be applied towards the core requirement.

CHEM 1412, 4 sem. hrs. (3:3)
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
The continuation of CHEM 1411 - General Chemistry I , the foundation course in chemistry with emphasis on quantitative aspects. Laboratory involves development of basic skills.  This course counts toward the natural science component of the University Core Curriculum. Prerequisite: CHEM 1411 - General Chemistry I  and MATH 1314 - College Algebra  or equivalent math competency.

CHEM 2490. 1-4 sem. hrs.
SPECIAL TOPICS

May be repeated for credit. Subject materials variable. Offered on sufficient demand.

CHEM 3411. 4 sem. hrs. (3:3)
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I

The structure, nomenclature, synthesis, reactions, and reaction mechanisms of the principal classes of organic compounds. Stereochemistry and spectroscopy of organic compounds. Laboratory involves separation and synthetic techniques and development of basic skills. Prerequisite: CHEM 1311/1111, CHEM 1312/1112.

CHEM 3412. 4 sem. hrs. (3:3)
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II

A continuation of CHEM 3411. The course concludes with a survey of the structures of biomolecules. Laboratory involves spectroscopy and qualitative analysis techniques. Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry I.

CHEM 3417. 4 sem. hrs. (3:3)
QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS

A course in quantitative analysis, which includes chemical statistics and the use of acid-base, complexation, precipitation, and redox reactions to perform analyses and separations. Laboratory includes standard volumetric and gravimetric methods and development of basic quantitative techniques. Prerequisite: General Chemistry.

CHEM 3418. 4 sem. hrs. (3:3)
INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS

An introduction to instrumental methods of analysis: spectroscopy, chromatography, and electrochemical methods. Laboratory involves use of instrumentation in chemical analysis. Prerequisite: General Chemistry.

CHEM 3443. 4 sem. hrs. (3: 3)
ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY

A study of the impact of chemistry on the environment, including topics of air pollution, water pollution, and beneficial chemical modifications of the environment. Laboratory devoted to field techniques of sampling, sample preservation, and analytical techniques applied to the environment. Prerequisite: General Chemistry.

CHEM 4292. 2 sem. hrs. (2:0)
SENIOR CHEMISTRY SEMINAR

Presentation and discussion of selected topics in chemistry. Includes literature searches and reviews, paper presentations, survey of professional opportunities and requirements, career guidance and job searching skills. Prerequisite: senior standing or consent of instructor.

CHEM 4344. 3 sem. hrs. (3:0)
CHEMICAL OCEANOGRAPHY

The study of the oceans and seas as a chemical system, including interactions with both the biota and the solid earth. Prerequisite: General Chemistry. (May be taken for graduate credit.)

CHEM 4350. 3 sem. hrs. (3:0)
POLYMER CHEMISTRY

An advanced lecture course in organic chemistry. Characterization of polymers. Polymerization mechanisms. Current research directions such as biomedical applications and electroactive polymers. Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry II.

CHEM 4401. 4 sem. hrs. (3:3)
BIOCHEMISTRY I

The structure and function of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. An introduction to enzyme kinetics, cell membrane structure and biochemical signaling. Laboratory exercises demonstrate the basic principles and techniques used in Biochemistry. Prerequisites: Organic Chemistry I & II and one year of Biology.

CHEM 4402. 4 sem. hrs. (3:3)
BIOCHEMISTRY II

A continuation of CHEM 4401. Biochemical energetics, carbohydrate, lipid, amino acid and nucleotide metabolism, photosynthesis, DNA replication, transcription, and protein synthesis. Laboratory is a continuation of Biochemical techniques. Prerequisite: CHEM 4401.

CHEM 4407. 4 sem. hrs. (3:3)
ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

A survey of inorganic chemistry. Theories of atomic structure, covalent bonding, ionic solids, metallic solids, and coordination compounds. Modern acid-base concepts. Laboratory involves the synthesis of inorganic compounds. Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry; Physical Chemistry is recommended.

CHEM 4409. 4 sem. hrs. (3:3)
ADVANCED INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS

An advanced course in analytical chemistry covering the underlying theories of instrumental methods. Laboratory emphasizing the proper utilization of instruments in analysis and separation of chemical species. Prerequisites: CHEM 3411, CHEM 3412, and CHEM 3418.

CHEM 4420. 4 sem. hrs. (3:3)
PHYSICAL BIOCHEMISTRY

The elements of physical chemistry applied to biological systems. Includes thermodynamics, kinetics, molecular structures, and the physical basis of biochemical techniques. Prerequisites: CHEM 4401, MATH 2413, and PHYS 1402 or PHYS 2426.

CHEM 4423. 4 sem. hrs. (3:3)
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I

A fundamental approach to the study of physical and chemical phenomena, including the study of thermodynamics, gases and phase equilibria. Prerequisites: General Chemistry, Physics, and Calculus.

CHEM 4424. 4 sem. hrs. (3:3)
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II

A continuation of CHEM 4423, including the study of chemical kinetics, electrochemistry, molecular structure, and quantum mechanics. Prerequisite: CHEM 4423.

CHEM 4490. 1-4 sem. hrs.
SPECIAL TOPICS

May be repeated for credit. Subject materials variable. Offered on sufficient demand.

CHEM 4696. 1-6 sem. hrs.
DIRECTED INDEPENDENT STUDY

Requires a formal proposal of study to be completed in advance of registration, to be approved by the supervising faculty, the chairperson and the dean of the College.


Graduate Courses

Graduate courses in chemistry are offered in support of graduate degree programs in biology, environmental science and education. For details concerning these particular degree programs, consult the appropriate section of the catalog.

CHEM 5302. 3 sem. hrs. (3:0)
CURRENT TRENDS IN CHEMISTRY

The study and discussion of current topics and research efforts in chemistry. The course is intended to provide teachers with background and understanding that will enrich their classroom presentations in the chemistry curriculum. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Offered on sufficient demand.

CHEM 5322. 3 sem. hrs. (3:0)
SUPRAMOLECULAR CHEMISTRY
The course introduces advanced topics covering the areas synthetic molecular receptors, host-guest chemistry, biochemical self-assembly, crystal engineering and molecular templation. Supramolecular chemistry has been called “chemistry beyond the molecule” focusing on intermolecular interactions and forces leading to the formation complexes and superstructures in solution and in the solid-state. The material takes a classical approach to chemical pedagogy that instills the excitement of modern research areas in the chemical sciences. The course is designed at an advanced level for graduate students. Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 3412) Offered on sufficient demand.

CHEM 5341. 3 sem. hrs. (3:0)
ADVANCED ORGANIC
CHEMISTRY
The course introduces advanced topics covering the areas of molecular structure and thermodynamics as well as reactivity, kinetics, and mechanisms of organic molecular architectures and ensembles. The material takes a classical approach to chemical pedagogy that instills the excitement of modern research areas in the chemical sciences. The course is designed at an advanced level for graduate students. Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 3412). Offered on sufficient demand.

CHEM 5352. 3 sem. hrs. (3:0)
COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY
The course will include the investigation of the uses and outcomes of computational chemistry, including both classical (non-quantum) simulations of molecular systems and quantum mechanical modeling of molecules.  Emphasis will be on constructing an appropriate molecular model, performing the appropriate calculation, and interpreting the results of the calculation. Offered on sufficient demand.

CHEM 5362. 3 sem. hrs. (3:0)
CHEMICAL OCEANOGRAPHY
This course will cover both chemical processes in the oceanic environment and how biology, geology and physics affect the chemistry. Topics include air-sea interactions, water column chemistry, and reactions in sedimentary environments. Students are expected to participate in the teaching process through their involvement in small groups, class discussions, and modeling/simulation exercises. Prerequisites:  CHEM 1311, CHEM 1312, or permission of instructor. Offered on sufficient demand.

CHEM 5369. 3 sem. hrs. (3:0)
ADVANCED MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY
The course is taught at the graduate level with the curriculum focusing on the advanced spectroscopic methods of molecular structure determination. The course aims to present foundational theoretical concepts of different molecular spectroscopy techniques including nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared, ultraviolet-visible, and mass spectroscopies and how these techniques are used to interpret spectra of unknown and structurally complex molecular analytes. This includes modes of absorption and emission, qualitative and quantitative uses and potential problems and limitations. The course has been designed for students who have completed organic chemistry II lecture and laboratory during their undergraduate career. Offered on sufficient demand.

CHEM 5375. 3 sem. hrs. (3:0)
STABLE ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY

This course teaches stable isotope systematics of five common light elements - carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen and sulfur in biological, geological, and systems.  Course material includes basic principles, analytical methods, thermodynamic and kinetic fractionations, and applications of stable isotope analyses in a wide range of natural systems.  This course is recommended to graduate students in chemistry, geology, biological sciences, and coastal and marine system science. Prerequisite:  CHEM 1412, or permission of the instructor. Offered on sufficient demand.

CHEM 5392. 3 sem. hrs.
THESIS PROPOSAL

Review of the literature on a thesis topic. Completion of a written research proposal including proposed experimental design.  Prerequisites: Open only to degree candidates in chemistry. Requires consent of the graduate advisor. Spring, Summer, Fall.

CHEM 5393. 3 sem. hrs.
THESIS RESEARCH

Chemistry Thesis Track students only. Collection and organization of research data. To receive a qualitative grade, the student must present a first draft of the thesis manuscript to the thesis advisor. If the semester ends before the advisor receives the first draft, an “In Progress” is recorded and the course must be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of the graduate advisor and a qualitative grade in CHEM 5392 - Thesis Proposal. Spring, Summer, Fall.

CHEM 5394. 3 sem. hrs.
THESIS SUBMISSION

Thesis defense and completion of the thesis manuscript including acceptance of the final copy by the advisory committee. May be repeated; no more than three hours may be taken per semester. Prerequisites: Open only to degree candidates in chemistry. Requires consent of the graduate advisor and qualitative grade for CHEM 5392 Thesis Proposal . Spring, Summer, Fall

CHEM 5397. 3 sem. hrs.
DIRECTED RESEARCH

Chemistry Professional Track students only. Collection, organization and submission of research data. To receive a qualitative grade, the student must successfully defend the professional project, the student’s graduate committee must accept the professional paper, and a final copy must be on file in the Dean’s Office. If the semester ends before these are accomplished, an “In Progress” is recorded and the course must be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of the student’s graduate advisor. Spring, Summer, Fall.

CHEM 5417. 4 sem. hrs. (3:3)
ADVANCED ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY

Advanced study of the impact of chemistry on the environment. Topics will include the chemistry of the natural environment and the modifications to that environment brought about by human activities. Includes readings in current literature and research on an environmental issue. Includes a laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 1311/1312.

CHEM 5421. 4 sem. hrs. (3:3)
AQUATIC CHEMISTRY

A study of the chemistry of natural and polluted waters. Topics include chemical kinetic and equilibrium principles as applied to natural and polluted waters, and the ecotoxicological aspects of aquatic chemistry. In addition, critical readings in current literature and research on environmental issues will be discussed. Includes a laboratory.

CHEM 5431. 4 sem. hrs. (3:3)
ENVIRONMENTAL INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS

A presentation of standard instrumental tools and instrumental methods used for the characterization of environmental pollutants and their distribution in the environment. Includes a laboratory.

CHEM 5490. 1-4 sem. hrs. (1:0-3:2)
ADVANCED TOPICS

Subject materials variable. Advanced topics including current literature research. May be repeated for credit when topics are sufficiently different. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

CHEM 5596. 1-5 sem. hrs.
DIRECTED INDEPENDENT STUDY

Study in areas of current interest. (A total of six hours of Directed Independent Study may be counted toward the MS degree.)

CHEM 5940. 1-9 sem. hrs.
PROJECT RESEARCH

Student research on a project of interest. This variable credit hour course may be repeated in different semesters. Student may count up to six hours of CHEM 5940 toward the Chemistry Thesis Track or Professional Track with approval from the program coordinator. Graded CR/NC. Spring, Summer, Fall.