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.