Contact:
Scott Petrich
Department Chair of Chemistry
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Office: (417) 873-7566
spetrich@drury.edu

Chemistry Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
CHEM 115: General Chemistry
CHEM 115-L: General Chemistry Laboratory

200 Level Courses:
CHEM 201: Environmental Chemistry
CHEM 204-304: Computer Assisted Data Analysis
CHEM 208: Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 208-L: Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 210: Chemical Literature
CHEM 238: Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 238-L: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 285: Summer Research Experience
CHEM 290: Selected Topics
CHEM 291, 292: Research

300 Level Courses: CHEM 305: Modern Industrial Chemistry
CHEM 308: Advanced Analyical Chemistry
CHEM 308-L: Advanced Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 315: Organic Chemistry
CHEM 315-L: Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 327: Physical Chemistry
CHEM 327-L: Physical Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 336: Biochemistry
CHEM 336-L: Biochemistry Laboratory
CHEM 338: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 338: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 385: Summer Research Experience
CHEM 390: Selected Topics
CHEM 391, 392: Research

400 Level Courses: CHEM 414: Medicinal Chemistry
CHEM 414L: Medicinal Chemistry Lab
CHEM 415: Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM 415-L: Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 427: Advanced Physical Chemistry
CHEM 427-L: Advanced Physical Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 436: Advanced Biochemistry
CHEM 436-L: Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory
CHEM 490: Selected Topics
CHEM 491, 492: Research
CHEM 495-96: Departmental Honors Research
CHEM 499: ACS Research


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 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. Same as ENVR 201.

CHEM 204-304: Computer Assisted Data Analysis. 2 hours.
An introduction to scientific programming using a microcomputer. A significant component of this course is the mathematical computations and statistical treatment of the experimental data generated from laboratory courses, research projects and scientific literature. One lecture; one laboratory.

CHEM 208: Analytical Chemistry. 3 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 208-L: Analytical Chemistry Laboratory. 1 hour.
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 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 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 305: Modern Industrial Chemistry. 3 hours.
Prerequisite CHEM 415
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/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 308-L: Advanced Analytical Chemistry Laboratory. 2 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 315: Organic Chemistry. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHEM 238.
A lecture course that studies the chemistry of carbon compounds from a functional group perspective.  Topics include nomenclature, stereochemistry and some mechanisms and theory.  Emphasis is placed on the reactions and their application in synthesis.

CHEM 315-L: Organic Chemistry Laboratory. 2 hours.
Prerequisite: CHEM 238-L. A lecture/laboratory course that develops 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.
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. 2 hours.
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: Biochemistry. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHEM 315. 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. Same as BIOL 336.

CHEM 336-L: Biochemistry Laboratory. 2 hours.
Prerequisite:  CHEM 315-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.  Same as BIOL 336-L.

CHEM 338: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  CHEM 315.
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 338-L: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory. 2 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 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 414 Medicinal Chemistry. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHEM 315
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.

CHEM 414-L Medicinal Chemistry Lab. 1 hour.
Prerequisite: CHEM 315 and CHEM 315-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.

CHEM 415: Advanced Organic Chemistry. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHEM 315
An advanced study of the chemistry of carbon compounds from a functional group perspective.  Topics include spectroscopy, some in-depth theory and an introduction to biochemistry and metabolic pathways.  Emphasis is placed on reaction mechanisms.

CHEM 415-L: Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory. 2 hours.
Prerequisite:  CHEM 315-L
A lecture/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. 2 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: 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.

CHEM 436-L: Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory. 2 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.

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

CHEM 291, 292: Research. 1-3 hours.
Offered to freshmen and sophomores.
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. 

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 491, 492: Research. 1-4 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. 

CHEM 495-96: Departmental Honors.
A thesis is required and the quality of work will be publishable in nature.