CHEM - Chemistry


2017-2018 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2017 through 31 May 2018

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Course Descriptions

CHEM 1040 Applied Chemistry for Technology based Business (3)

Students will be taught basic principles in chemistry and apply that knowledge by analyzing chemical products used in industry and everyday life. They will be required to practice critical thinking through the analysis of business structures and how those organizations utilize chemical applications for product development.

CHEM 1050 Concepts in Chemistry (3)

Concepts in Chemistry explores fundamental concepts within chemistry and will discuss issues that have a chemical basis. Included within the course are topics such as the scientific method, scientific measurements, laws of conservation, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, acid-based chemistry, oxidation-reduction reactions, and food chemistry. The class will demonstrate how chemistry principles can be used to understand processes encountered in everyday life and the environment around us.

CHEM 1100 General Chemistry I (3)

An introduction to the general principles of modern chemistry. The major topics discussed include atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, gases, solutions, and thermochemistry. In addition, the important classes of solution-phase reactions (acid-base, precipitation, and oxidation-reduction) are also treated. Laboratory required. CHEM 1100 and CHEM 1101 must be taken concurrently. Prerequisites: MATH 1430, College Algebra, concurrently or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Offered in fall semester.

CHEM 1101 General Chemistry I Lab (1)

This course is taken in conjunction with CHEM 1100.  Laboratory experiments focus on such topics as scientific measurement, chemical separations, chemical laws, stoichiometry, light absorption, and atomic and molecular structure.  A variety of laboratory techniques are emphasized including volumetric, gravimetric and spectroscopic.  Students will also utilize a number of chemical software packages.  Concurrent registration in CHEM 1100 is required.

CHEM 1110 General Chemistry II (3)

A continuation of CHEM 1100. Major topics include kinetics, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry, and the properties of solids, liquids, and solutions. Laboratory required. CHEM 1110 and CHEM 1111 must be taken concurrently. Prerequisite: CHEM 1100, or permission of instructor. Offered in spring semester.

CHEM 1111 General Chemistry II Lab (1)

This course is taken in conjunction with CHEM 1110.  Experimental topics include thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, acid-base equilibrium and redox titrations.  These experiments employ a number of electronic instruments including spectrophotometers, pH meters and conductivity meters.  Concurrent registration in CHEM 1110 is required.

CHEM 2100 Organic Chemistry I (3)

Organic Chemistry I is the study of the structure, nomenclature, properties, and reactions of hydrocarbons such as alkyl halides, alkenes, alkynes, and alcohols. Additional topics include the mechanism of substitution and elimination reactions as well as the stereochemistry of organic molecules. CHEM 2100 and CHEM 2101 must be taken concurrently. Prerequisites: CHEM 1100, CHEM 1101, CHEM 1110, and CHEM 1111, or permission of instructor.

CHEM 2101 Organic Chemistry I: Lab (1)

A laboratory class that introduces techniques that are used in modern organic synthesis such as extraction, heating under reflux, filtration, and distillation. The complete synthesis, purification, and analysis of various functional organic molecules will be performed. CHEM 2100 and CHEM 2101 must be taken concurrently. Prerequisites: CHEM 1100, CHEM 1101, CHEM 1110, and CHEM 1111, or permission of instructor.

CHEM 2110 Organic Chemistry II (3)

Organic Chemistry II is a continuation of Organic Chemistry I with emphasis on the structure and reactivity of thiols, ethers, epoxides, ketones, aldehydes, amines, carboxylic acids, and aromatic hydrocarbons. Additional topics included structural determination of organic molecules by utilizing spectroscopic and spectrometric methods. CHEM 2110 and CHEM 2111 must be taken concurrently. Prerequisite: CHEM 2100 and CHEM 2101, or permission of instructor.

CHEM 2111 Organic Chemistry II: Lab (1)

A laboratory class that is centered around the synthesis, purification, and analysis of various aromatic compounds. Additional topics included the use of Infrared, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, and Ultraviolet spectroscopy as a means of characterization of organic molecules. CHEM 2110 and CHEM 2111 must be taken concurrently. Prerequisites: CHEM 2100 and CHEM 2101, or permission of instructor.

CHEM 3100 Biochemistry I (3)
CHEM 3101 Biochemistry I: Lab (1)

Studies the structure and function of proteins, enzyme kinetics, carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and nucleic acids. Molecular physiology is also reviewed. Laboratory required. CHEM 3100 and CHEM 3101 must be taken concurrently. Prerequisite: CHEM 2100, or permission of instructor. Offered in fall semester.

CHEM 3110 Biochemistry II (3)
CHEM 3111 Biochemistry II: Lab (1)

Studies metabolism and the techniques and principles of molecular genetics. CHEM 3110 and CHEM 3111 must be taken concurrently. Prerequisites: CHEM 2100 and CHEM 3100, or permission of instructor. Offered in spring semester.

CHEM 3250 Environmental Chemistry (3)
CHEM 3251 Environmental Chemistry: Lab (1)

Covers an advanced study of the chemistry of Earth's atmosphere, soil, and natural waters. Both the natural chemistry and the anthropogenic effects on this chemistry are studied. An emphasis is placed on detailed chemical mechanisms, perturbed equilibrium kinetics, and the physico-chemical properties of gases, solutions, and solids. The laboratory is applied analytical chemistry of air, soil, and water, and includes fundamental instrumentation. Laboratory required. CHEM 3250 and CHEM 3251 must be taken concurrently. Prerequisites: CHEM 2100 and CHEM 2101.

CHEM 3300 Analytical Chemistry (3)

An introduction to the general principles of classical quantitative analysis. Topics include sample handling, data treatment, error analysis, standards and calibration, gravimetric, titrimetric and electrochemical methods. Laboratory required. CHEM 3300 and CHEM 3301 must be taken concurrently. Prerequisites: CHEM 1100, CHEM 1101, CHEM 1110, and CHEM 1111.

CHEM 3301 Analytical Chemistry Lab (1)

An introduction to quantitative analytical laboratory techniques. Emphasis is placed on the development of the appropriate skills for precise chemical analysis. Experiments include gravimetric, electrochemical and a variety of titrimetric studies. Error propagation and data handing are also emphasized. CHEM 3300 and CHEM 3301 must be taken concurrently. Prerequisites: CHEM 1100, CHEM 1101, CHEM 1110, and CHEM 1111.

CHEM 3500 Physical Chemistry I (3)

This course focuses on the laws of thermodynamics and their application to a variety of chemical systems. Special emphasis is placed on chemical equilibrium and solution chemistry.  Concurrent registration in CHEM 3501 is required. Prerequisites: MATH 1610 and MATH 1620, or permission of the instructor.

CHEM 3501 Physical Chemistry I Lab (1)

Laboratory experiments focus on a variety of thermodynamic topics including heat capacities, reaction enthalpies and gas laws.  Computer simulations are also employed to examine the molecular foundation for a number of chemical properties. Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 3500 is required.

CHEM 3510 Physical Chemistry II (3)

This course centers on quantum mechanics and its application to chemical systems. Topics include the general principles of quantum mechanics, the particle in a box, rigid rotor, harmonic oscillator, atoms, molecules, approximation methods, and spectroscopy. CHEM 3510 and CHEM 3511 must be taken concurrently. Prerequisites: MATH 1610 and MATH 1620, or permission of the instructor. Note that it is not necessary to take CHEM 3500/3501 prior to taking this course.

CHEM 3511 Physical Chemistry II Lab (1)

This course illustrates and explores in more detail topics covered in CHEM 3510.  Significant emphasis is given to spectroscopic methods including atomic emission, ultraviolet-visible absorption and infrared absorption.  In addition, extensive use is made of computational methods including electronic structure calculations.  Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 3510 is required.

CHEM 3600 Topics in Chemistry (1-4)

Provides for an in-depth analysis of issues and topics of specialized interest to advanced students in chemistry-related topics. May be repeated for credit if content differs. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of the instructor.

CHEM 3700 Fluorescence (3)
CHEM 3701 Fluorescence: Lab (1)

Studies the molecular aspects of the interactions between visible light and matter with an emphasis on the phenomenon of fluorescence. Topics covered include: absorption, scattering, and emission of light; sources of color in nature; chemical structure of chromophores; spectroscopic transitions in molecules; resonance energy transfer; and biological applications of fluorescence. Laboratory required. CHEM 3700 and 3701 must be taken concurrently. Prerequisites: PHYS 2040 and CHEM 2100, or permission of instructor.

CHEM 4100 Inorganic Chemistry (3)

Introduction to modern chemistry that will emphasize how structure and bonding relate to the chemical and physical properties of compounds. Sections on acid-base, oxidation-reduction, solid state, and transition metal chemistry will be discussed. Prerequisites: CHEM 1100, CHEM 1101, CHEM 1110, and CHEM 1111, or permission of instructor.

CHEM 4300 Instrumental Analysis (3)

An introduction to the general principles of modern instrumental analysis. Topics include basic electronics, signal and noise processing and the components of scientific instruments. A variety of spectroscopic techniques will be included such as ultraviolet, infrared, NMR, atomic absorbance and mass spectroscopy. Chromatographic techniques will also be addressed. CHEM 4300 and CHEM 4301 must be taken concurrently. Prerequisite: CHEM 3300 and CHEM 3301.

CHEM 4301 Instrumental Analysis Lab (1)

This course provides the student with hands on experience with a variety of modern chemical instruments. Measurements are performed on a number of chemical systems using ultraviolet-visible, infrared, nmr, fluorescence, HPLC and various other instruments. CHEM 4300 and CHEM 4301 must be taken concurrently. Prerequisite: CHEM 3300 and CHEM 3301.

CHEM 4400 Research Methods (3)

Provides students with a thorough examination of the research process from hypothesis formulation to planning, design, methodology, and analysis of experimental data and preparing the data for publication.

CHEM 4430 Bachelor of Science Senior Thesis (4)

Students working towards a bachelor of science in chemistry will enroll to complete their senior research project in the laboratory. Completion of the project will culminate with a scientific paper and oral presentation of research results at a formal lecture to faculty and peers. Prerequisite: BIOL 4400 or CHEM 4400.

CHEM 4610 Reading Course (1-3)

Prerequisites: Permission of the department chair and filing of the official form. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

CHEM 4700 Independent Research in Chemistry I (1-4)

A specialized course for students working on an independent, research-oriented project in a topic of current interest. Students should select among the equivalent courses BIOL/CHEM/PHYS 4700 for the one that is most consistent with their chosen project. For CHEM 4700, the topic should have a primary basis in chemistry. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. May be repeated once for credit if content differs. Also offered during the summer term.

CHEM 4710 Independent Research in Chemistry II (1-4)

A specialized course for students working on an independent, research-oriented project in a topic of current interest. Students should select among the equivalent courses BIOL/CHEM/PHYS 4710 for the one that is most consistent with their chosen project. For CHEM 4710, the topic should have a primary basis in chemistry. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. May be repeated once for credit if content differs. Also offered during the summer term.