Course information

​Course Number ​Title ​GE
CHEM111 Basic Chemistry Lecture Y
Concurrent: with CHEM 111L This course covers basic principles of chemistry designed to give a foundation for the various sciences. Topics include methods of measurement, temperature and heat, atomic structure, bonding, chemical nomenclature, chemical equations, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, acids and bases, electrochemistry, and chemical equilibrium.
CHEM111L Basic Chemistry Lab
Concurrent with CHEM 111. Laboratory work reinforces the basic principles covered in CHEM 111 lecture and introduces analytical techniques. Laboratory experiments cover density, percent composition of mixtures, applying the mole concept, chemical reactivity, chemical relations with balanced equations, gas laws, titrations, and atomic structure. The labs are a mixture of computer simulations and wet-bench chemistry.
CHEM130 General Chemistry I - Lecture Y
Prerequisite(s): Placement into MATH 123 and one of the following: CHEM 111 and CHEM 111L or satisfactory score on the chemistry pretest Concurrent with CHEM 130L. This course covers general principles of chemistry with emphasis on atomic structure and behavior, mole concept, stoichiometric calculations, quantum theory, chemical bonding, gases, and liquids.
CHEM130L General Chemistry I - Lab
Concurrent with CHEM 130 Laboratory experiments cover metric system, mole concept, chemical reactivity, equations, solubility, and atomic structure. The labs are a mixture of computer simulations and wet-bench chemistry. Computer interface instruments are also used to collect data.
CHEM131 General Chemistry II - Lecture
Prerequisites: CHEM 130 and 130L. Concurrent with CHEM 131L. This course studies general principles of chemistry with emphasis on behavior of solutions, equilibrium, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, acid-base, precipitation, and oxidation-reduction reactions.
CHEM131L General Chemistry II - Lab
Prerequisites: CHEM 130 and 130L. Concurrent with CHEM 131. Laboratory experiments cover equilibrium, chemical kinetics, acid-base chemistry, qualitative analysis of anions, and identification of Groups I - IV. Computer interface instruments are also used to collect data.
CHEM310 Organic Chemistry I
Prerequisite: CHEM 131 Concurrent with CHEM 310L This is an introductory course in organic chemistry designed for a wide range of students' majors` and interests. Emphasis is placed on nomenclature and mechanisms of reactions of organic compounds. Alkanes, alcohols, and ethers are among functional groups covered extensively. Special attention is also given to stereochemical designations and reactivity. A section on infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy is also discussed.
CHEM310L Organic Chemistry I - Lab
Prerequisite: CHEM 131L Concurrent with CHEM 310. This is a typical laboratory course in organic chemistry. Experiments develop a student's ability to separate compounds using chromatography, distillation, and extraction. Identification techniques such as gas chromatography (GC), thin layer chromatography (TLC) are also taught. Also includes some synthetic experiments. Experiments generally parallel topics discussed in CHEM 310.
CHEM311 Organic Chemistry II
Prerequisite: CHEM 310 and 310L Concurrent with CHEM 311L This course is a continuation of CHEM 310. Emphasis is placed on nomenclature and mechanisms of organic reactions. Functional groups covered include alkenes, alkynes, aldehydes, ketones, and carboxylic acids. The reactivity, structure, and stability of aromatic compounds are also discussed. The student will get a thorough study of resonance and formal charge as related to compound stability and reactivity.
CHEM311L Organic Chemistry II - Lab
Prerequisite: CHEM 310 and 310L. Concurrent with CHEM 311. This course is a continuation of CHEM 310L. Experiments that develop a student's synthetic ability are performed. The synthesis will expand and develop reaction mechanisms and concepts taught in CHEM 310 and 311. Compounds are identified by infrared spectroscopy where possible.
CHEM316 Chemical Analysis Lecture
Prerequisites: CHEM 311 and 311L. Concurrent with CHEM 316L. This course offers an introduction to the fundamentals, techniques, and applications of "classical" (wet) and instrumental methods of analysis. Emphasis is placed on demonstrating how general chemical principles are utilized to create methods which allow quantitative analysis of inorganic and organic species.
CHEM316L Chemical Analysis Lab
Concurrent with CHEM 316. Students gain hands-on experience with computerized laboratory instrumentation while applying concepts discussed in lecture. Students are expected to develop instrument calibration and analysis procedures without reliance on protocol methods.
CHEM325 Basic Organic & Biochemistry Lec
Prerequisite: CHEM 111 and 111L, 130 and 130L, or permission of the instructor. Concurrent with CHEM 325L. This course is designed to give students a basic knowledge and understanding of principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry. Topics covered include nomenclature of organic compounds, basic reactions of organic chemistry, carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, and nucleic acids.
CHEM325L Basic Organic & Biochemistry Lab
Prerequisite: CHEM 111 and 111L, 130 and 130L, or permission of the instructor. Concurrent with CHEM 325. Techniques and experiments are designed to enhance the concepts learned in the classroom.
CHEM340 Inorganic Chemistry
Prerequisites: CHEM 311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L311 and 311L321, 321L Prerequisites: CHEM311 and 311L This course introduces students to the theories of atomic structure and chemical bonding in main-group, transition-metal, and solid-state. Other topics include symmetry and its applications to bonding and spectroscopy, electronic spectroscopy of transition-metal complexes, mechanisms of substitution and redox processes, organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry. This course uses molecular orbital theory to explain the electronic structure and reactivity of inorganic complexes.
CHEM360 Synthesis and Characterization
Prerequisites: CHEM 311 and 311L This is a laboratory course in organic and inorganic synthesis and the characterization of synthetic products utilizing modern chemical instrumentation and techniques, using but not limited to infrared, ultraviolet, nuclear magnetic resonance, and mass spectrometry.
CHEM395 Seminar
Prerequisites: declared chemistry major with junior standing This course is designed to expose students to the development of presentations containing scientific material. A seminar presentation prepared and given by the student is required. Attendance in departmental seminars is mandatory. Seminar series presentations may be substituted for departmental seminars at the discretion of the instructor. This is a repeatable course. This course is graded S/U.
CHEM400 Biochemistry
Prerequisite: CHEM 311 This course covers fundamental concepts of biochemistry with emphasis on ionic equilibrium and buffers, enzyme kinetics, cell energetics as applied to catabolic and anabolic processes, and oxidation-reduction in biological systems.
CHEM438 Intro to Chemical Research
Co-requisite: CHEM 460. This course offers an introduction to chemical literature, scientific writing, and experimental design. Students will interview chemistry faculty to select a research project adviser.
CHEM450 Physical Chemistry I
Prerequisites: CHEM 311, 311L; MATH 123, 142; and PHYS 253. Topics covered in this course are laws of thermodynamics, Gibbs and Helmholtz energies, chemical, electrochemical, and ionic equilibria of one, two, and three component systems, atomic and molecular electronic structures, rotational, vibrational, electronic, and magnetic resonance spectroscopies.
CHEM451 Physical Chemistry II
Prerequisite: CHEM 450. Topics covered in this course are statistical mechanics, kinetic theory of gases, experimental kinetics, gas reactions, chemical dynamics, photochemistry, kinetics in the liquid phase, macromolecules, solid-state chemistry, and surface dynamics.
CHEM460 Advanced Organic Chemistry
Prerequisites: CHEM 311 and 311L This course covers theory and application of organic chemistry and reaction mechanisms to organic synthesis and contemporary research topics in closely related areas. Topics include stereochemistry, reactive organic intermediates, molecular orbital theory, photochemistry, organic materials chemistry, and chemical biology.
CHEM490 Advanced Topics in Chemistry
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. This course allows for study of selected areas of chemistry not included in regularly-offered courses.
CHEM499 Supervised Research
Prerequisite: CHEM 438 This course allows for research supervised by a faculty member culminating in a presentation of the project.