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Course Descriptions

CHEM 103              Introduction to Chemistry I               Three Credit Hours

Corequisite or prerequisite: CHEM 113

For non-science majors only.

The first semester of a course designed for students who are not science and engineering majors. The course will cover the fundamentals of chemistry including electronic structure of the atoms, bonding, basic chemical calculations, gases, and various types of reactions. Mathematical emphasis will be less rigorous than in CHEM 151. Chemical processes of products used in everyday life will be stressed.

Lecture: three hours.

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CHEM 104              Introduction to Chemistry II              Three Credit Hours

Prerequisites: CHEM 103 and CHEM 113 or CHEM 151 and CHEM 161

Corequisite or prerequisite: CHEM 114

For non-science majors only.

The concluding semester of a course designed for students who are not science and engineering majors. Among the topics to be covered will be the relationship of chemistry to ecology, to the human body, to energy productions, and to product manufacturing. Emphasis will be placed on making students more informed consumers as they choose and use everyday products.

Lecture: three hours.

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CHEM 113              Introduction to Chemistry I Lab        One Credit Hour

Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 103

Required of all students selecting CHEM 103.

Student-conducted laboratory procedures and experiments designed to parallel as closely as possible and to enhance the material covered in CHEM 103. Emphasis will be placed on basic laboratory techniques. Demonstrations will be used to illustrate important chemical concepts.

Laboratory: two hours.

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CHEM 114              Introduction to Chemistry II Lab        One Credit Hour

Prerequisites: CHEM 103 and CHEM 113

Corequisite or Prerequisite: CHEM 104

Required of all students selecting CHEM 104.

A continuation of CHEM 113. Experiments and demonstrations will parallel, as closely as possible, and enhance the material covered in CHEM 104. Preparation and analysis of some interesting common products will be conducted.

Laboratory: two hours.

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CHEM 140              General Chemistry for Engineers       Three Credit Hours

Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 141

Required of freshmen majoring in electrical or mechanical engineering.

This course is designed to introduce the engineering student to some of the fundamental concepts of chemistry. Topics to be covered include: stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, properties and reactions of inorganic compounds, properties of gases, periodic trends, Lewis dot structures, molecular geometries, intermolecular forces, phase diagrams, solids, and polymers.

Lecture: three hours.

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CHEM 141              General Chemistry for Engineers      One Credit Hour

Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 140

Required of all students selecting CHEM 140.

The first hour of this course will serve as a discussion section meant to reinforce chemical concepts being discussed in CHEM 140. The last two hours will be an introduction to laboratory techniques and experiments designed to accompany the topics covered in CHEM 140.

Lecture: one hour; laboratory: two hours.

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CHEM 151              General Chemistry I                             Three Credit Hours

Corequisite or prerequisite: CHEM 161

Required of all freshmen majoring in the sciences and engineering; the chemistry option for B.S. in Mathematics or Computer Science; elective to others.

Problem-solving techniques and essential concepts, including structure and properties, reactions, stoichiometry, states of matter, thermochemistry, and bonding.

Calculators with logarithmic capability are required.

Lecture: three hours.

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CHEM 152              General Chemistry II                           Three Credit Hours

Prerequisites: CHEM 151 and CHEM 161

Corequisite or prerequisite: CHEM 162

Required of all students majoring in the sciences; the chemistry option for

B.S. in Mathematics or Computer Science; elective to others.

Continuation of CHEM 151. Emphasis includes solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, solubility, redox, and an introduction to organic chemistry.

Lecture: three hours.

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CHEM 153              General Chemistry I for Majors           Three Credit Hours

Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 163

Required of all freshmen majoring in chemistry. Chemistry majors must have a grade of C or higher.

Students will learn about stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, properties and reactions of inorganic compounds, periodic trends, thermochemistry, properties of gases, Lewis dot structures, molecular geometries, and molecular orbital theory. Introduction to research methods and problem solving techniques will be incorporated throughout the semester.

Lecture: three hours.

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CHEM 154              General Chemistry II for Majors         Three Credit Hours

Prerequisites: CHEM 153 and CHEM 163 or permission of department head.

Corequisite: CHEM 164

Required of all freshmen majoring in chemistry. Chemistry majors must have a grade of C or higher.

A continuation of CHEM 153 in which students continue to explore theory and application of chemical concepts including solubility and solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, acid/base chemistries, oxidation/reduction reactions, nuclear chemistry, and an introduction to organic chemistry. Introduction to research methods and problem solving techniques will continue to be discussed and practiced.

Lecture: three hours.

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CHEM 161              General Chemistry I Laboratory        One Credit Hour

Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 151

Required of all students selecting CHEM 151.

Introduction to laboratory techniques and experiments designed to accompany the topics covered in CHEM 151.

Laboratory: two hours.

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CHEM 162              General Chemistry II Laboratory       One Credit Hour

Prerequisites: CHEM 151 and CHEM 161

Corequisite or prerequisite: CHEM 152

Required of all students selecting CHEM 152.

A continuation of CHEM 161; experiments include an introduction to qualitative analysis, quantitative techniques, and selected instrumental methods.

Laboratory: two hours. (Note: Chemistry majors must register for CHEM 164.)

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CHEM 163              General Chemistry I Lab for Majors  One Credit Hour

Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 153

The first hour of this course will serve as a discussion section meant to reinforce chemical concepts being discussed in CHEM 153. The last two hours will be an introduction to laboratory techniques and experiments designed to accompany the topics covered in CHEM 153.

Lecture: one hour; laboratory: two hours.

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CHEM 164              General Chemistry II Lab for Majors One Credit Hour

Prerequisites: CHEM 151 and CHEM 161

Corequisite or prerequisite: CHEM 152

Required of all students majoring in chemistry.

A continuation of CHEM 161; experiments include an introduction to qualitative analysis, quantitative techniques, and selected instrumental methods. Research skills are introduced and utilized in a project.

Laboratory: three hours.

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CHEM 207              Organic Chemistry I                            Three Credit Hours

Prerequisites: CHEM 152 and CHEM 162; Chemistry majors must have a grade of C or higher.

Required of all sophomores majoring in chemistry.

A study of the aliphatic hydrocarbons, their preparations and reactions, with emphasis on reaction mechanisms and transformations.

Lecture: three hours.

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CHEM 208              Organic Chemistry II                           Three Credit Hours

Prerequisites: CHEM 207 and CHEM 217

Corequisite or prerequisite: CHEM 218

A study of aromatic compounds and the various functional classes of compounds. Emphasis will be placed on reactions, reaction mechanisms, and transformations. Important biomolecules will be covered briefly.

Lecture: three hours.

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CHEM 217              Organic Chemistry I Laboratory        One Credit Hour

Corequisite or prerequisite: CHEM 207

A course which emphasizes the development of skill in the use of basic laboratory techniques through the completion of a series of experiments involving various types of reactions such as substitution, elimination, and addition reactions with an introduction to modern instrumentation such as the IR spectrophotometer, gas chromatograph, and NMR spectrometer.

Laboratory: three hours.

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CHEM 218              Organic Chemistry II Laboratory       One Credit Hour

Prerequisites: CHEM 207 and CHEM 217

Corequisite or prerequisite: CHEM 208

A continuation of CHEM 217 with the emphasis on the synthesis, reactions, and identification of the various classes of organic compounds.

Laboratory: three hours.

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CHEM 300              Quantitative Analysis                         Four Credit Hours

Prerequisites: CHEM 152 and CHEM 162 and MATH 107 or the equivalent or permission of the instructor.

Required of all juniors majoring in chemistry; elective to others.

This course has as a primary focus the chemical principles involved with classical gravimetric and volumetric analysis; however, modern methods of analysis including colorimetry and potentiometry are introduced.

Lecture and discussion: three hours; laboratory: three hours.

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CHEM 302              Instrumental Methods                         Four Credit Hours

Prerequisites: CHEM 300 or permission of the instructor.

Required of all juniors majoring in chemistry; elective to others.

Modern instrumental methods of analysis are discussed, with emphasis on the physical or chemical principles involved in the method, design or analytical instruments, and treatment of analytical data. Laboratory work provides practice in the three major areas of instrument analysis—chromatography, electrochemistry, and spectroscopy.

Lecture: two hours; laboratory: four hours.

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CHEM 305/306       Physical Chemistry I/II                        Three Credit Hours each semester

Prerequisites: MATH 132 or MATH 107; and PHYS 204/254 or PHYS 222/272;

CHEM 152, CHEM 164 or permission of department head.

Corequisite for CHEM 305: CHEM 315 (except biochemistry specialty majors)

Corequisite for CHEM 306: CHEM 316

Required of all juniors getting the BS degree in chemistry; elective to others.

CHEM 305 provides a detailed study of the postulates of quantum mechanics, simple quantum mechanical systems, approximation methods, many-electron systems, bonding, and spectroscopy. CHEM 306 provides a detailed study of statistical mechanics, the kinetic theory of gases, the laws of thermodynamics, equilibrium, and kinetics and mechanics of reactions.

Lecture: three hours.

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CHEM 308              Introduction to Chemical Research Two Credit Hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 208

Required of all chemistry majors; elective to others.

This course is an introduction to the literature of chemistry and the basics of developing a research project. Students will be introduced to both computer and print-based literature searches and will apply these skills as they research their thesis topics under the direction of a faculty research advisor.

Lecture and discussion: two hours.

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CHEM 309              Current Topics in Chemistry             Three Credit Hours

Prerequisites: A two-semester sequence of Introduction to Chemistry, CHEM

103/104 or General Chemistry, CHEM 151/152.

General elective only.

Interesting current topics will be presented at a level appropriate for students with a general chemistry background. The topics will be determined by student interest and faculty availability.

Lecture: three hours.

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CHEM 315/316       Physical Chemistry I/II Laboratory    One Credit Hour each semester

Prerequisite: MATH 107 or MATH 132

Corequisites or prerequisites: CHEM 305 and CHEM 306

Required of all chemistry majors; 1 semester required for biochemistry specialty majors; elective to others.

The first semester course will be devoted to attaining skills in the evaluation, analysis, and presentation of experimental data. Topics covered will include graphing techniques, error analysis, extraction of useful quantities from raw data, use of computers in handling data, and the use of spreadsheets. Experiments will be performed on topics covered in CHEM 305. The second semester work will be a hands-on study of experimental physical chemistry on topics covered in CHEM

306, emphasizing the acquisition of data that can be analyzed using the skills learned in the first semester.

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CHEM 319              Applied Current Topics                      Three Credit Hours

Prerequisites: A two-semester sequence of Introduction to Chemistry, CHEM 103/104 or General Chemistry, CHEM 151/152.

General elective for all majors.

Interesting topics will be presented at a level appropriate for students with a general chemistry background. This course will utilize a laboratory component.

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CHEM 320              Polymer Chemistry                              Three Credit Hours

Prerequisites: CHEM 208 and CHEM 305 or approval of the instructor

A general overview of polymer chemistry which includes mechanisms of polymerization, reactions of monomers, molecular weight distributions and limitations, polymer morphology and rheology, structure elucidation, applications, and industrial processing.

Lecture: three hours.

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CHEM 330              Methods/Applications of Science     Three Credit Hours

Prerequisites: CHEM 152/162

A practical experience in the design and implementation of laboratory and field exercises appropriate for secondary level science classes. Applications of science and the scientific method in society are emphasized. Safety in the laboratory and on field experiences as well as science fair preparation are included.

Lectures: two hours; laboratory: three hours

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CHEM 401              Inorganic Chemistry I                         Three Credit Hours

Prerequisites: CHEM 208 or approval of instructor

Required of all chemistry majors.

An introduction to the systematic chemistry of the elements and the structures and reactions of their compounds. Topics covered include atomic and bonding theories, acid-base theories, symmetry and spectroscopy, and chemistry of the main group elements.

Lectures: three hours.

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CHEM 402              Inorganic Chemistry II                        Three Credit Hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 401

The chemistry of the transition metals, including bonding theories, coordination compounds, organometallic chemistry, catalysis and bioinorganic chemistry.

Lecture: three hours.

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CHEM 403              Special Topics in Chemistry              Three Credit Hours

Prerequisites: CHEM 208 or permission of the instructor.

An in-depth study of a selected topic in chemistry that requires a thorough understanding of organic chemistry. Topics vary depending on student interest and instructor availability.

Lecture: three hours.

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CHEM 404              Advanced Topics in Chemistry         Three Credit Hours

Prerequisites: CHEM 300, CHEM 305, and CHEM 315

Elective course.

A detailed study of a selected contemporary topic will be presented at a level that requires comprehension of the subject matter covered in the physical chemistry and quantitative analysis courses.

Lecture: three hours.

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CHEM 409              Biochemistry I                                      Three Credit Hours

Prerequisites: CHEM 207, CHEM 208, CHEM 217, and CHEM 218

Elective course.

A coverage of the chemistry of amino acids, peptides and proteins; enzymes; biochemical energetics; Kreb’s cycle; electron transport system and oxidative phosphorylation; and amino acid metabolism.

Lecture: three hours.

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CHEM 410              Biochemistry II                                     Three Credit Hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 409 or permission of the instructor.

A continuation of the topics covered in Biochemistry I. Topics include lipids with emphasis on fatty acid oxidation, synthesis and lipid biosynthesis, and carbohydrates and their metabolism, and nucleic acid biochemistry.

Lecture: three hours.

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CHEM 419              Senior Research I                Three Credit Hours

Required of all Chemistry majors; elective to others with permission of the instructor.

This course provides an introduction to a research topic of the student’s choosing and under the direction of a faculty advisor. After the topic has been approved by the faculty advisor, the student will be allowed to initiate the project. Using this topic, the student will be required to develop a research proposal which will be presented in the form of a seminar to the Chemistry Department Faculty and the chemistry majors.

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CHEM 420              Senior Research II                               Three Credit Hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 419

A continuation of CHEM 419 in which the research project is completed and the data and results are compiled into a senior thesis. To finalize the project, the student will present a seminar to the Chemistry Department

Faculty and chemistry majors and defend the thesis before a committee of faculty members from the Chemistry Department.

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CHEM 429              Literature Seminar                               One Credit Hour

Prerequisites: CHEM 151/161; 152/162; 207/217; 208/218.

A current topics course that involves discussions of relevant biochemistry journal articles and related materials.

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CHEM 460              Biochemistry Laboratory                   One Credit Hour

Corequisite: CHEM 409 OR CHEM 410

Covers experimental techniques commonly used in biochemistry including protein isolation and characterization, enzyme kinetics, isolation and manipulation of DNA, reactions and characterization of lipids and carbohydrates.

Laboratory: three hours.

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