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Chemistry Course Offerings

A listing of offered courses follows with prerequisites.  Please note that some courses do have additional fees associated with them.  The credit value of each course is represented by the number in brackets.


CH 110-111 College Chemistry [4-4]

Basic principles of chemistry, including atomic and molecular theory and structure; the chemical and physical behavior of gases, solids, liquids, and solutions; chemical equations; thermochemistry; chemical equilibrium; acid-base theory; electrochemistry; kinetics; nuclear chemistry; metal complexes; and an introduction to inorganic and organic chemical reactions. Labora-tory experiments designed to acquaint students with quantitative measurements as applied to chemical behavior. For science, engineering, and mathematics majors. One three-hour labora-tory in addition to lecture. Prerequisite: Working knowledge of algebra and logarithms. Laboratory fee.

CH 114 Principles of Chemistry I [4]

Chemistry of solids, liquids, gases, and solutions; colligative properties, bonding theory, acids and bases, and chemical equilibria. Designed for students, such as nursing, health science, humanities, and social science majors, who desire or require a one-semester introduction to the principles of inorganic and physical chemistry. May be used to fulfill part of the general education distribution requirements in the natural sciences. The combination of CH 114 and CH 136 constitutes a one-year general survey of the major areas of chemistry. Not intended for majors in biology (B.S.), chemistry, engineering, or physics, or students planning to apply to a professional school in medical sciences (premedical, predental, etc.) No credit given to students who have received credit for CH 110 and/or CH 111 or equivalent. One three-hour laboratory in addition to the lecture. Prerequisite: Working knowledge of algebra and logarithms. Laboratory fee.

CH 116 Chemistry for the Consumer [4]

An introductory course for the non-science major emphasizing the role of chemistry in technological problems of concern to society, such as environmental pollution, licit and illicit drugs, energy alternatives, household chemicals, food additives, nutrition, crime detection, and agricultural production. No credit given to students who have received credit for CH 114 or CH 110, and/or CH 111, or equivalent. One two-hour laboratory in addition to lecture. Laboratory fee.

CH 136 Principles of Chemistry II [4]

The chemistry of carbon compounds, including functional group chemistry, natural products, stereochemistry, and compounds of biochemical importance. Designed for students who desire or require a one-semester introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry. The combination of CH 114 and CH 136 constitutes a one-year general survey of the major areas of chemistry. Not intended for majors in biology (B.S.), chemistry, engineering, physics, or students planning to apply to a professional school in the medical sciences (premedical, predental, etc.). No credit given to students who have received credit for CH 230 and/or CH 231, or equivalent. One three-hour laboratory in addition to lecture. Prerequisite: CH 114 or equivalent. Laboratory fee.

CH 210 Environmental Chemistry [3]

Second-year chemistry course for students who desire analytical and physical chemistry oriented toward solving environmental problems. Subject matter includes sources, cycles, and sinks of chemical pollutants; detection and reactions of unwanted chemicals in the biosphere. Prerequisite: CH 111 or equivalent.

CH 211 Water Chemistry Laboratory [1]

An introduction to measurement techniques and instrumentation of water quality analysis. Experiments include electrode determinations, titrations, colorimetry, atomic absorption spectroscopy and biological assay. This course is intended to provide skills in water quality measurement and interpretation. One three-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: CH 111 or equivalent. Laboratory fee.

CH 226 Quantitative Analysis [5]

Fundamentals of quantitative chemical analysis. Topics will include gravimetric analysis, titrimetry, electroanalytical methods, spectrophotometric methods, potentiometry, statistical analysis, and basic chromatography. A problem-solving approach will be stressed. Two three-hour laboratories in addition to lecture. Prerequisite: CH 111 or equivalent. Laboratory fee.

CH 230-231 Organic Chemistry [4-4]

Fundamentals of structure and reactions of carbon compounds. Emphasis on reaction mechanisms, synthesis, stereochemistry, and chemical and spectroscopic methods of analysis. One three-hour laboratory in addition to lecture. Prerequisite: CH 111 or equivalent. Laboratory fee.

CH 282, 283 Introduction to Research [2, 3]

An introduction to research techniques and methods involving a project guided by a faculty member and culminating in the written presentation of results. Students enrolled in this course acquire the foundations for making independent decisions required to carry out original research. A student may enroll in research (CH 282, 283, 482, 483, or 484) more than once; however, a maximum of 3 credits may be applied toward chemistry electives required for the chemistry minor. Prerequisites: CH 111 or equivalent, and permission of the department. Laboratory fee.

CH 347-348 Physical Chemistry [3-3]

The laws of thermodynamics and their application to the properties of gases, liquids, and solids, and to homogeneous and heterogeneous equilibria; electrochemistry; chemical kinetics, introduction to quantum theory and its application to atomic and molecular structure and spectra; statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. Prerequisites: M 240 or M 242, one year of college physics, and CH 111. CH 231 and M 242 are recommended.

CH 349W Physical Chemistry Laboratory [3]

Introduction to physical measurements in chemistry. Experiments are carried out in thermodynamics, thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, and spectroscopy. Emphasis is placed on the statistical treatment of experimental data and computer programming. Two three-hour laboratories in addition to lecture. Prerequisites: CH 347, CS 111 or CS 114, and CH 226. CH 231 is recommended. Laboratory fee. (Writing-intensive course)

CH 390, 391 Special Topics in Chemistry [3]

Lecture and laboratory courses on special topics in various branches of chemistry to increase the depth and breadth of chemical understanding for both chemistry and non-chemistry majors by expanding on topics covered in the chemistry curriculum. These courses may not be counted as advanced chemistry electives by chemistry majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. For laboratory courses, Laboratory fee.

CH 426 Instrumental Analysis [4]

Instrumentation and instrumental methods of analysis are discussed, including spectroscopic (mass spec., IR, Raman, UV-Visible, NMR, Luminescence, Atomic Absorption, and Lasers), chromatographic (LC, GC, and CE), electrochemical, and surface science techniques. Each method is developed from the theory through the instrumentation to the practical aspects of measurement and interpretation. Two three-hour laboratories in addition to lecture. Prerequisites: CH 226, CH 230, and one PHY course. Laboratory fee.

CH 434 Qualitative Organic Analysis [3]

Systematic identification of pure compounds. Separation and identification of mixtures. Application of modern instrumental methods. Two three-hour laboratories in addition to lecture. Prerequisites: CH 426 and 231. Laboratory fee.

CH 444/BIO 444 Biochemistry [3]

This is a survey of cell chemistry, including energy generation, enzymology, biosynthetic, and catabolic pathways and the control of metabolism. Quantitative problems in biochemistry are given. Prerequisites: BIO majors: CH 230-231, or CH 114 and 136, and at least 16 credits in biology; chemistry majors: CH 230-231 and at least 16 credits in chemistry, with 8 credits of biology or equivalent recommended.

CH 450 Inorganic Structure and Bonding [3]

Topics in advanced inorganic chemistry, such as atomic and molecular term states, valence-bond and molecular orbital theories of chemical bonding, molecular geometry, the hydrogen bond, crystal structure, coordination compounds, and ligand field theory. Prerequisite: CH 348.

CH 456W Advanced Synthesis [3]

Synthesis and characterization of organic and inorganic compounds, including such species as metal coordination complexes, organometallics, hydrides, and compounds containing elements in unusual oxidation states. Modern preparative techniques may include ion-exchange, high vacuum, high and low temperature, inert atmosphere, and chromatography. Synthesized compounds are analyzed by physical and chemical methods. Two three-hour laboratory periods in addition to lecture. Prerequisites: CH 231 and 349. Laboratory fee. (Writing-intensive course)

CH 482, 483, 484 Undergraduate Research [2, 3, 4]

Original research in a project approved by the department and supervised by a faculty member, culminating in the writing and oral presentation of the results. A student may enroll in undergraduate research more than once; however, a maximum of 4 credits may be applied toward the advanced chemistry electives required for the chemistry major. With approval of the department, credit in CH 482, 483, or 484 may be substituted for other required courses, such as CH 456, or the third semester of physics if the research area is sufficiently similar. Prerequisite: Permission of the department. Laboratory fee.
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