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Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Lower Division Courses

101 Introduction to Chemistry (3 hrs)

Properties of solids, liquids, gases, and solutions, atomic theory and bonding, concentration concepts, and physical and chemical properties of the more common elements and their compounds. CH 101 does not count toward the chemistry major or minor. Chemistry majors or minors taking CH 101 get elective credit only. CH 101 may be used with CH 105 and CH 201 to fulfill the laboratory science requirement of the GER. No placement examination is required for enrollment in CH 101. The student may opt to take CH 101 even if he or she has achieved a satisfactory score on the placement examination for enrollment in CH 121. Student must have successfully completed MA 110 or be currently taking MA 112 or higher. Prerequisite with concurrency: CH 105. Includes one two-hour recitation per week.

105 Introductory Chemistry Laboratory (1 hr)

Laboratory fundamentals and basic chemical principles. A student enrolled in a B.S. degree program who plans to take CH 121 and CH 125 and has had chemistry laboratory experience may be exempt from CH 105 by permission of Chemistry Department chair. CH 105 may not be counted toward the chemistry major or minor. Chemistry majors or minors receive only elective credit. Prerequisite with concurrency: CH 101.

121 General Chemistry I (3 hrs)

For science and engineering majors. Properties of gases, liquids, solids, and solutions. Nature of the chemical bond, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry, thermochemistry. Chemical properties of elements, their periodic groups, and their compounds. Prerequisite: CH 101 or placement test and prerequisite with concurrency: MA 113, MA 115, or math placement in MA 120, MA 171 or higher, and CH 125.

123 General Chemistry II (3 hrs)

Continuation of 121 with in-depth study of topics listed. Prerequisite: CH 121. Prerequisite with concurrency: CH 126.

125 General Chemistry Laboratory I (1 hr)

Complements the lecture material for CH 121. Includes the determination of chemical and physical properties of materials, synthesis and characterization, and introduction to spectroscopy. Prerequisite with concurrency: CH 121.

126 General Chemistry Laboratory II (1 hr)

Complements the lecture material of CH 123. Includes an introduction to qualitative and quantitative analytical techniques. Prerequisite with concurrency: CH 123.

191,192, 193 Fundamentals of Chemical Research (1- 3 hrs)

Personalized programs to introduce beginning students to undergraduate research. Introduction to laboratory research techniques. Approval of supervising faculty member and chemistry chair required. Registration utilizes last digit of course number to designate semester-hour credit.

201 Elementary Organic Chemistry (3 hrs)

Nomenclature, structure, functional groups, and properties of organic compounds. Recommended for nursing majors, some biology majors, and as a sequence to CH 101/105 for an 8-hour laboratory science requirement for non-science majors. Also recommended for students who would benefit from an introduction to organic chemistry before taking CH 331/332 sequence. Does not count in chemistry major or minor. Prerequisites: CH 101 and CH 105 or CH 121 and 125. Prerequisite with concurrency: CH 205

205 Elementary Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1 hr)

Laboratory component of CH 201. Includes reactions of organic compounds and functional group modifications. Prerequisite with concurrency: CH 201.

223 Quantitative Analysis (3 hrs)

Introduction to quantitative analytical chemistry including instrumentation. Data treatment, ionic equilibria, elementary electrochemical, spectrochemical, gravimetric, and volumetric techniques. Prerequisites: CH 126. Prerequisite with concurrency: CH 224.

224 Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (1 hr)

Introduction to quantitative analytical chemistry laboratory. Experiments include pH measurements, spectrochemical, gravimetric, and volumetric titrations. Prerequisites: CH 126. Prerequisite with concurrency: CH 223.

Upper Division Courses

301 Elementary Biochemistry (3 hrs)

Biochemistry and energetics of living cells, metabolism, structure and function of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acid. Enzymes, coenzymes, vitamins, blood, endocrine glands, DNA synthesis and gene expression, nutrition, drugs and biochemistry of specialized tissues. Prerequisites: BYS 120 and CH 201 or 331. No credit given to chemistry majors or minors. Credit in CH 361 precludes credit in CH 301. (Same as BYS 301.) Spring.

315 Chemistry Teaching Methods (3 hrs)

Designed for students pursuing a Class B High School Teacher's Certificate. The course explores methods of presentation of chemical principles, including chemical demonstrations. Prerequisites: CH 201 or 223 and permission of the instructor.

331 Organic Chemistry I (3 hrs)

Chemistry of organic compounds. Synthetic methods, theory, and reaction mechanisms. Prerequisites: CH 123, 126. Includes one two-hour recitation per week.

332 Organic Chemistry II (3 hrs)

Continuation of CH 331. Prerequisite: CH 331. Includes one two-hour recitation per week.

335 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1 hr)

Techniques of organic chemistry including synthesis, separation, and identification of organic compounds with use of chemical and spectroscopic methods. Prerequisite with concurrency: CH 331.

336 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1 hr)

Continuation of CH 335. Prerequisite: CH 335. Prerequisite with concurrency: CH 332.

337 Organic Chemistry Laboratory III (2 hrs)

Advanced organic chemistry laboratory treating reactions and techniques not covered in CH 335 and 336. Pursuit of a special open-ended problem by each student. Prerequisite: CH 336 and approval of instructor.

341 Physical Chemistry I (3 hrs)

An introduction to physical chemistry encompassing: the kinetic theory of gases, the laws of thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, phase equilibria, elementary theories of electrolyte solutions, and electrochemistry. Prerequisites: CH 123, MA 201 and PH 112. Credit in CH 341 precludes credit in CH 347.

342 Physical Chemistry II (3 hrs)

A survey of additional fundamental concepts of physical chemistry including: chemical kinetics, quantum chemistry, atomic structure, chemical spectroscopy (i.e. IR, Raman, NMR, EMR, etc.), and surface and colloid chemistry. Prerequisite: CH 341. Credit in CH 342 precludes credit in CH 348.

343 Introduction to Quantum Chemistry (3 hrs)

Quantum mechanical treatment of atoms, molecules, and spectroscopy. Prerequisites: CH 341, MA 238.

345 Experimental Physical Chemistry I (1 hr)

Laboratory and computer investigations into physical chemistry. Report writing, data and error analysis, error propagation, linear and nonlinear regression using IGOR or similar software, thermodynamics. Prerequisites: CH 223, 224; Prerequisite with concurrency: CH 341 or 347.

346 Experimental Physical Chemistry II (1 hr)

Laboratory investigations into kinetics and spectroscopy. Prerequisite: CH 345 or comparable course; Prerequisite with concurrency CH 342 or 348.

347 Biophysical Chemistry I (3 hrs)

Computers for data analysis and simulations. First and second laws of thermodynamics. Free energy and equilibrium. Calorimetry. Protein stability. Binding and Interactions. Solution thermodynamics. Electrolytes. Electrochemistry. Prerequisites: CH 332, MA 172, PH 112. (Same as BYS 347.)

348 Biophysical Chemistry II (3 hrs)

Biochemical reaction kinetics. Enzyme catalysis. Quantum mechanics. Statistical thermodynamics. Spectroscopy, including UV-VIS, Fluorescence. Circular dichroism, NMR. Structure determinations. Prerequisite: CH 347. (Same as BYS 348.)

361 General Biochemistry I (3 hrs)

Molecules that comprise living systems. Nomenclature, structure, properties, and functions in metabolism of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Enzymatic properties and function; major catabolic pathways, their interrelations and control mechanisms. Glycolysis, Kreb's cycle, and oxidative phosphorylation. Prerequisites: BYS 120, CH 223, 224, 332, and 335; or BYS 201, CH 332, and 335. (Same as BYS 361.)

362 General Biochemistry Laboratory I (1 hr)

Practical experience in isolation, qualitative identification, and quantitative estimation of biomolecules. Prerequisite with concurrency: CH 361. Prerequisites: CH 223, 224. One 3-hour lab a week. (Same as BYS 362.)

363 General Biochemistry II (3 hrs)

A continuation of CH 361 to include fatty acid and amino acid oxidation, biosynthesis of biomolecules, integration of metabolism, DNA and RNA metabolism, protein biosynthesis, and genes. Prerequisite: CH 361. (Same as BYS 363.)

364 General Biochemistry Laboratory II (1 hr)

Experimental course illustrating the topics in CH 363. Prerequisites: CH 361 and CH 362. Prerequisite with concurrency: CH 363. (Same as BYS 365.)

401 Inorganic Chemistry (3 hrs)

Fundamental topics in inorganic chemistry. Atomic structure, chemical bonding, symmetry, acid-base theories, non-aqueous solvents, coordination chemistry, crystal field and ligand field theory, main group and transition metal chemistry, organometallics, catalysis, and bioinorganic chemistry. Prerequisites: CH 336

402 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (1 hr)

Laboratory techniques of inorganic chemistry including synthesis, purification, isolation, and identification of inorganic compounds. Prerequisite: CH 401.

421 Instrumental analysis (4 hrs)

Introduction to modern analytical instrumentation including IR, UV and atomic absorption spectrophotometers, nuclear magnetic resonance, electroanalytical equipment, and gas and liquid chromatographs. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite with concurrency: CH 345.

440 Polymer Synthesis and Characterization (3 hrs)

Synthesis of commercially relevant and novel polymers. Polymer characteristics and a discussion of the structural dependence of polymer properties. Prerequisite: CH 332. This course is also taught to graduate students as CH 540 and MTS 640. Course completion and/or grade requirements for undergraduate credit will differ from those for graduate credit. Students who have successfully completed CH 440 cannot also receive credit for CH 540 or MTS 640.

480 Selected Topics in Chemistry (1- 3 hrs)

Special offerings to students in areas of interest not covered in present curriculum. Prerequisite: senior standing and approval of instructor.

491, 492, 493 Introduction to Chemical Research (1- 3 hrs)

Personalized programs to round out the undergraduate curriculum of students with various goals. Prerequisite with concurrency:: CH 345 and senior standing. Approval of supervising faculty member and chemistry chair required. Registration utilizes last digit of course number to designate semester-hour credit. Student normally may elect only up to 6 hours.