ACS Chemistry Major Course of Study

It is strongly recommended that students contact an advisor in the chemistry program to help them determine which major will provide the best opportunity for them to successfully complete preparation for their chosen career.

The ACS chemistry major requires a minimum of 54 credit hours.

Students planning a career in chemistry or biochemistry research, or as a professional chemist or biochemist, are strongly encouraged to complete the major approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

CHEM 208: Analytical Chemistry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 238.
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 238: Inorganic Chemistry
3 credit 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 327: Physical Chemistry
3 credit 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 336: Biochemistry
3 credit 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 412: Advanced Organic Chemistry Reactions
3 credit 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

Choose One*

CHEM 312: Organic Chemistry Reactions
3 credit 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.

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CHEM 315: Organic Chemistry
3 credit 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.

*Student may only select CHEM 312 OR CHEM 315.

Choose four from the following foundation labs:

CHEM 208-L: Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
1 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 238-L
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 238-L: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
1 credit hours

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 312-L: Organic Chemistry Reactions Lab
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 238-L
This laboratory course has a 1?hour lecture component that introduces the lab and complements CHEM 312. It develops organic lab skills and techniques through organic reaction experiments and applications of spectroscopy and instrumentation.

CHEM 315-L: Organic Chemistry Laboratory
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 238-L
This laboratory course has a 1?hour lecture component that introduces the lab and complements CHEM 315. It develops organic lab skills and techniques with extensive hands?on experience and organic application of spectroscopy and instrumentation

CHEM 327-L: Physical Chemistry Laboratory
2 credit hours

Prerequisite CHEM 315-L.
A lecture/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-L: Biochemistry Laboratory
2 credit hours

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

*Students may only select CHEM 312L or CHEM 315L.

Choose two advanced topics from the following:

CHEM 308: Advanced Analytical Chemistry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 208.
A lecture/laboratory course that provides hands-on experience on a variety of instrumental methods used in chemical analysis. Students will also develop good laboratory skills and learn to apply their knowledge of analytical chemistry to solve practical problems.

CHEM 338: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
3 credit hours

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

CHEM 414: Medicinal Chemistry
3 credit 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 412: Advanced Organic Chemistry Reactions
3 credit 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 415: Advanced Organic Chemistry
3 credit 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 427: Advanced Physical Chemistry
3 credit 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 436: Advanced Biochemistry
3 credit 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 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics
1-3 credit 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.

*Students may only select CHEM 412 or CHEM 415

Choose two from the following advanced labs:

CHEM 308-L: Advanced Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 208 and CHEM 208-L
A lecture/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 338-L: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 238-L.
A lecture/laboratory course designed to give students hands-on experiences with substances and techniques commonly applied to inorganic compounds. Lecture time will be directed towards theory and applications of the techniques employed in the experimentation. Topics and techniques include the synthesis and analysis of inorganic compounds.

CHEM 414-L: Medicinal Chemistry Lab
1 credit hours

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-L: Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory
2 credit hours

Prerequisite:  CHEM 315-L or CHEM 312-L.  
A laboratory course has a 1?hour lecture component that introduces the lab and complements CHEM 415. It 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-L: Advanced Physical Chemistry Laboratory
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 327-L.  
An advanced lecture/laboratory course in the study of physical chemistry. Lecture time will be directed towards theory and applications of the techniques employed in the experimentation. Topics and techniques include molecular spectroscopy, polymer viscosity, isotope effects and LASER techniques.

CHEM 436-L: Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory
2 credit hours

Prerequisite:  CHEM 336-L.  
A lecture/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 491, 492: Research
1-4 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 391 or CHEM 392.  
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 391/CHEM 392 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 and/or publication in a scientific journal as part of the grade.

Research and Non-Chemistry Course Requirements:

CHEM 391, 392: Research
1-4 credit 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

MATH 231: Calculus I
4 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Two years of high school algebra and one semester of high school trigonometry. 
A study of the fundamental principles of analytic geometry and calculus with an emphasis on differentiation.

MATH 232: Calculus II
4 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MATH 231 or MATH 236. It is recommended that students receive a grade of C or better in MATH 231 or MATH 236 to be successful in this course. 
Continuation of Calculus I including techniques of integration and infinite series.

PHYS 211: General Physics I
5 credit hours

Co-requisite:  MATH 231. 
The principles of mechanics, heat, sound, light, electricity and some topics from atomic and nuclear physics are presented. Calculus and vector analysis are used extensively. Intended for science majors. The workshop format — integrated laboratory and lecture — emphasizes experiment, data collection and analysis, and group work. Three two-hour sessions per week. Offered fall semester.

PHYS 212: General Physics II
5 credit hours

Prerequisite:  PHYS 211. 
The principles of mechanics, heat, sound, light, electricity and some topics from atomic and nuclear physics are presented. Calculus and vector analysis are used extensively. Intended for science majors. The workshop format — integrated laboratory and lecture — emphasizes experiment, data collection and analysis, and group work. Three two-hour sessions per week. Offered spring semester.