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Chemistry Minor

The chemistry minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours.

Choose four (12 hrs.): *

CHEM 208: Analytical Chemistry
3 credit 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 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 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.

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.

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.

Students may select only CHEM 312 or CHEM 315.

Choose three (3 hrs.): *

CHEM 208-L: Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
1 credit hours

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 develops organic lab skills and techniques through organic reaction experiments and characterization of organic compounds using NMR and IR spectroscopy and instrumentation.

CHEM 315-L: Organic Chemistry Laboratory
1 credit hours

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-L: Physical Chemistry Laboratory
1 credit hours

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-L: Biochemistry Laboratory
1 credit hours

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.

Students may select only CHEM 312-L or CHEM 315-L

Choose one (3 hrs.): 

CHEM 308: Advanced Analytical Chemistry
3 credit 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 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 371 complexes, chemical applications of group theory, the solid state and a survey of transition metal compounds in industry and biological systems.

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 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 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.