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Chemistry Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses
CHEM 115: General Chemistry. 3 hours.

A lecture course that covers general chemistry concepts and introduces topics to be covered in more detail in the foundational courses. Topics include percent composition, stoichiometry, balancing equations, limiting reagent, thermodynamics, periodic table trends and nomenclature.

CHEM 115-L: General Chemistry Laboratory. 1 hour.

A laboratory course that introduces the student to laboratory equipment and techniques they will use later in the curriculum. Topics and techniques include stoichiometry, making solutions, building apparatuses and exposure to equipment. There will be an emphasis placed on how to keep a proper lab notebook. This course is designed to augment CHEM 115.

CHEM 160: Exploration/Discovery in Chemistry. 3 hours.

This course allows students majoring in a non-science field to learn about the processes of the chemical sciences, including how science works, its limitations, and how science and society influence each other. Chemistry topics are variable but will be problem-based, communication intensive and engage students with focused topics in science to show how science and society interact. This course does not apply to any major or minor in the natural sciences.

200 Level Courses
CHEM 201: Environmental Chemistry. 4 hours.

Prerequisites: CHEM 115 and CHEM 115-L or CHEM 238 and CHEM 238-L
A course with a topics?based approach to the chemistry of the environment. Students in this course are expected to have some knowledge of chemistry and a desire to apply this knowledge to the environment. Topics of interest include environmental chemistry of water, water pollution, water treatment, geochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, air pollution, hazardous materials and resources. Three lectures and one laboratory period.

CHEM 208: Analytical Chemistry. 3 hours.

A lecture course that covers analytical methods of chemical analysis. Topics include statistical analysis, quantitative chemical analysis, chemical equilibria, eletroanalytical techniques and fundamentals of spectroscopy.

CHEM 208-L: Analytical Chemistry Laboratory. 1 hour.

A laboratory course designed to give students experiences with analytical methods of chemical analysis. Topics include data analysis, chemical equilibria (acid-base and complexation), redox titrations and spectroscopy.

CHEM 210: Chemical Literature. 1 hour.

An introduction to the literature of chemistry with special emphasis on the most modern online techniques. Topics covered will be the use of various indices (e.g., Chemical Abstracts, Bielstein). Use of original articles as sources of precedents and procedures will be encouraged. One lecture.

CHEM 238: Inorganic Chemistry. 3 hours.

A fundamental course in the study of inorganic chemistry. Topics include atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, nomenclature of inorganic compounds, fundamentals of inorganic complexes and an introduction to the chemistry of main group elements.

CHEM 238-L: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory. 1 hour.

A fundamental laboratory course in the study of inorganic chemistry. Topics include the preparation of inorganic complexes, resolution of chiral transition metal compounds, ion conductivity and a preparation of a main group inorganic compound.

CHEM 281: Chemistry Research Experience I. 1 hour.

Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
A research experience that exposes students to existing research projects and prepares them to develop an understanding of the process and expectations of a research project. A written report that reflects on the experience is expected. Grade is satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

CHEM 285: Summer Research Experience. 1-10 hours.

Prerequisite:  Approval of research director.  
A research intensive experience for freshmen, sophomores and younger students performed during the summer. Research projects involve the generation of publication quality results. The projects also involve students working intensively for multiple weeks (usually eight) to obtain the required data and skills needed to work successfully in a professional scientific laboratory environment. Repeatable up to a cumulative total of 10 hours.

CHEM 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

Selected Topics are courses of an experimental nature that provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected Topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected Topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from 1-3 semester hours. Selected Topic courses may not be taken as a Directed Study offering.

CHEM 291, 391, 491: Research. 1-3 hours.

 Many academic departments offer special research or investigative projects beyond the regular catalog offering. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a proposal for study that must be approved by a faculty mentor and the appropriate department chair. The faculty member will provide counsel through the study and will evaluate the student’s performance. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. Students must register for research (291, 292, 391, 392, 491 or 492) to receive credit and are required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form. It is recommended that students complete not more than 12 hours of research to apply toward the baccalaureate degree.

300 Level Courses
CHEM 305: Modern Industrial Chemistry. 3 hours.

Prerequisite CHEM 415 or CHEM 412.  
This course is designed to provide students with exposure to the chemical industry today. Content includes descriptions of several major chemical processes, their products and their uses. Topics include review of many chemical companies, major chemicals produced and used in the United States and the world, and an introduction of chemical economics. Key literature references including a look at one or more chemical patents are used as resources. Included in this course will be a visit to a local business involved in the chemical industry. This visit will include observation of their processes, packaging, analytical labs, etc.

CHEM 308: Advanced Analytical Chemistry. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: CHEM 208.
A lecture course that studies a variety of instrumental methods used in chemical analysis. Students will also develop skills and learn to apply their knowledge of analytical chemistry to solve practical problems.

CHEM 308-L: Advanced Analytical Chemistry Laboratory. 1 hour.

Prerequisite: CHEM 208 and CHEM 208-L
A laboratory course that provides hands?on experience on a variety of instrumental techniques used in chemical analysis. Students will develop laboratory skills and learn to apply their knowledge to solve practical problems.

CHEM 312: Organic Chemistry Reactions. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: CHEM 238. 
This lecture course studies the chemistry of all major organic functional groups in one semester. Topics include nomenclature, stereochemistry and some mechanisms and theory. Emphasis is placed on the reactions and their application in synthesis.

CHEM 312-L: Organic Chemistry Reactions Lab. 2 hours.

Prerequisite: CHEM 238-L
This laboratory course develops organic lab skills and techniques through organic reaction experiments and characterization of organic compounds using NMR and IR spectroscopy and instrumentation.

CHEM 315: Organic Chemistry. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: CHEM 238
This lecture course is an in-depth study of organic functional group chemistry of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, aromatics and alcohols. Topics include nomenclature, stereochemistry, mechanisms, and theory.

CHEM 315-L: Organic Chemistry Laboratory. 1 hour.

Prerequisite: CHEM 238-L
This laboratory course introduces the organic lab skills and techniques with extensive hands?on experience and organic application of spectroscopy and instrumentation.

CHEM 327: Physical Chemistry. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: CHEM 315 or CHEM 312
A lecture course in the study of physical chemistry designed to introduce students to classical physical chemistry concepts. Topics of study include properties and kinetic molecular theory of gases, thermodynamics, states of matter and phase equilibria.

CHEM 327-L: Physical Chemistry Laboratory. 1 hour.

Prerequisite CHEM 315-L or CHEM 312-L.
A laboratory course in the study of physical chemistry. Topics include the determination of the Ksp of an ionic substance, chemical kinetics, binary phase diagrams and adiabatic expansion cooling of gases.

CHEM 336: Biochemistry. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: CHEM 315 or CHEM 312. Recommended prerequisite: CHEM 327.  
A lecture course that studies the structure and function of biological molecules. Topics include enzyme kinetics, synthesis and degradation of biological molecules, and energy production. Emphasis will be placed on enzyme mechanisms and regulation.

CHEM 336-L: Biochemistry Laboratory. 1 hour.

Prerequisite:  CHEM 315-L or CHEM 312-L
A laboratory course that develops biochemistry lab skills and techniques. Topics include biomolecule isolation and quantification, enzyme kinetics, ligand-binding and reaction equilibrium.

CHEM 338: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  CHEM 315 or CHEM 312. 
An advanced study of inorganic chemistry. Topics include reactions, kinetics, bonding, spectroscopy of inorganic 371 complexes, chemical applications of group theory, the solid state and a survey of transition metal compounds in industry and biological systems.

CHEM 338-L: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory. 1 hour.

Prerequisite: CHEM 238-L.
A laboratory course designed to give students hands-on experiences with substances and techniques commonly applied to inorganic compounds. Topics and techniques include the synthesis and analysis of inorganic compounds.

CHEM 381: Chemistry Research Experience II. 1-2 hours.

Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
Research focused on a specific project related to the chemical sciences. The project must be approved by the research advisor and must result in a written report on the project evaluated as part of the grade. A presentation at a professional meeting or publication in a scientific journal is not required, but can be used to replace the written report. Grade is satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

CHEM 385: Summer Research Experience. 1-10 hours.

Prerequisite:  Approval of research director.  
A research intensive experience performed during the summer. Research projects involve the generation of publication quality results. The projects also involve students working intensively for multiple weeks (usually eight) to obtain the required data in a professional scientific laboratory environment. This course may be repeated up to a cumulative total of 10 hours.

CHEM 391, 392: Research. 1-4 hours.

Prerequisite:  CHEM 291 or CHEM 292, or approval of research director. 
Research focused on a specific project related to the chemical sciences. The project must be approved by the research advisor and must result in a written report evaluated as part of the grade. A presentation at a professional meeting or publication in a scientific journal is not required, but can be used to justify an enhanced grade

CHEM 397, 497: Internship. 3 or 6 hours.

Interns must have at least 60 credit hours, completed appropriate coursework and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to registering for academic credit. Also, approval must be obtained from the student's faculty sponsor and required forms must be completed by the deadline. Note: *Architecture, Music Therapy and Education majors do not register internships through Career Planning & Development. These students need to speak with his/her advisor regarding credit requirements and options.S/U grading. 

400 Level Courses
CHEM 412: Advanced Organic Chemistry Reactions. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: CHEM 312
This lecture course is an advanced study in the chemistry of all major organic functional groups. Topics include spectroscopy, in-depth theory and reaction mechanisms and an introduction to biochemistry and metabolic pathways.

CHEM 414: Medicinal Chemistry. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: CHEM 315 or CHEM 312.  
Study of the organic chemistry aspects of drug design and development. Course also introduces various classes of drugs, mechanism of action along with prodrugs, metabolism and SAR. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

CHEM 414-L: Medicinal Chemistry Lab. 1 hour.

Prerequisite: CHEM 315 and CHEM 315-L or CHEM 312 and CHEM 312-L.  
Synthesis of different biologically active compound libraries and evaluation of their biological activity using cytotoxicity assays. Analysis of structure activity relationships using the data generated. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

CHEM 415: Advanced Organic Chemistry. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: CHEM 315.  
This lecture course continues in-depth study of organic functional group chemistry of carbonyl containing compounds and amines. Topics include spectroscopy, mechanisms, theory and an introduction to biochemistry and metabolic pathways.

CHEM 415-L: Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory. 1 hour.

Prerequisite:  CHEM 315-L or CHEM 312-L.  
A laboratory course that continues development of organic lab skills and techniques. Topics covered will include multi-step synthesis, open- ended projects involving experimental design and an introduction to enzyme catalysis and stereochemical control.

CHEM 427: Advanced Physical Chemistry. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  CHEM 327.  
A course in the study of physical chemistry designed to introduce students to advanced physical chemistry concepts. Topics of study include quantum concept of the atom, group theory, spectroscopy and statistical thermodynamics.

CHEM 427-L: Advanced Physical Chemistry Laboratory. 1 hour.

Prerequisite: CHEM 327-L.  
An advanced laboratory course in the study of physical chemistry. Topics and techniques include molecular spectroscopy, polymer viscosity, isotope effects and LASER techniques.

CHEM 436: Advanced Biochemistry. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  CHEM 336.  
A lecture course that studies biological molecule metabolism, signal transduction, DNA replication and repair, transcription and translation. Biochemistry of selected diseases will be discussed. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

CHEM 436-L: Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory. 1 hour.

Prerequisite:  CHEM 336-L.  
A laboratory course that develops skills in designing and carrying out biochemical experiments. Students will perform prescribed laboratory activities as well as independent research projects. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

CHEM 481: Chemistry Research Experience III. 1-2 hours.

Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
Research focused on a specific project with specific goals related to the chemical sciences. The project can be a continuation of a project performed for CHEM 381 credit. The project must be approved by the research advisor. This work must result in a written report and a presentation at a professional meeting as part of the grade. Grade is satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

CHEM 494: Senior Capstone. 1 hour.

Prerequisite: Any combination of 2 credits of advanced lab and/or research.
A seminar course that focuses on scientific writing and searching the chemistry literature. A well-documented formal report with appropriate citation on topic related to their research in chemistry or from other current chemistry literature. There will also be an oral presentation on the same topic.

CHEM 495: Departmental Honors. 3 hours.

A thesis is required and the quality of work will be publishable in nature.