• Chemistry Classes


    CHM 105

    POLLUTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT considers the problems of a technical society: air pollution, water pollution, greenhouse effect, acid rain, radon contamination, and ozone shield depletion. The fundamental chemistry and physics necessary for understanding these problems will be presented on a level appropriate for the non-science major. (Natural Science Core)
    Co-requisite for pre-nursing and middle childhood education students: CHM 115
    3 credit hours


    CHM 110

    CHEMISTRY WITH BIOLOGICAL AND MEDICAL APPLICATIONS provides foundational chemical concepts particularly pertinent to students pursuing careers in nursing and in middle childhood education. Topics include matter, measurements, atoms, bonds, moles, solids/liquids/gases, solutions, reactions, acids/bases/salts, and nuclear chemistry. Laboratory work reinforces and applies lecture material and includes computer-based data acquisition and analysis. Three lecture and one 3-hour laboratory periods per week. (Natural Science Core)
    3 credit hours


    CHM 111-112

    GENERAL CHEMISTRY I & II provide science majors and pre-engineering students and education majors seeking Adolescent/Young Adult Licensure with a comprehensive study of matter, its interactions, and its transformations. This is a two-course series covering some of the most fundamental concepts and theories underlying chemistry. Examples of topics covered in these courses are atomic and molecular structure, gases, aqueous solutions, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, thermodynamics, and electro-chemistry. Three lecture periods per week. (Natural Science Core)
    Co-requisite for science majors and for pre-engineering and pre-professional students: CHM 116-117
    3 credit hours per semester


    CHM 114

    INTRODUCTORY PHYSIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY offers a survey of organic chemistry followed by an introduction to biochemistry within the context of human physiology. Topics include saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons, alcohols, phenols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters, amines, amides, carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins. This course is essential for students in the allied health fields, who require a background in the chemistry of the human body. Three lecture periods per week. (Natural Science Core)
    Prerequisite: CHM 110 & 115 or CHM 111 & 116; Co-requisite for pre-nursing majors: CHM 118
    3 credit hours


    CHM 115

    CHEMISTRY WITH BIOLOGICAL AND MEDICAL APPLICATIONS LABORATORY reinforces and applies CHM 110 lecture material and includes computer-based data acquisition and analysis. One 3-hour laboratory period per week.
    Co-requisite: CHM 110
    1 credit hour


    CHM 116–117

    GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I & II provide a hands-on exploration of the theories and laws studied in CHM 111 and 112 with an emphasis on the scientific method. One 3-hour laboratory period per week.
    Co-requisites for science majors and for pre-engineering and pre-professional students: CHM 111-112
    1 credit hour per semester


    CHM 118

    INTRODUCTORY PHYSIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY reinforces and applies CHM 114 lecture material and includes computer-based data acquisition. One 3-hour laboratory period per week.
    Co-requisite: CHM 114
    1 credit hour


    CHM 203-204

    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I & II provide science majors and pre-professional students with a foundational study of organic chemistry. This two-course series covers the most fundamental concepts, reactions, and mechanisms involved in the understanding and practice of organic chemistry. Topics covered in Course I include alkanes, alkenes, aromatics, structure, properties, nomenclature, conformations, isomers, stereochemistry, chirality, resonance, reactions, polymerizations, synthesis, carbocations, radicals, mechanisms, thermodynamics, and spectroscopic techniques. Topics covered in Course II include conjugation, alkadienes, organometallics, alcohols, phenols, thiols, ethers, epoxides, sulfides, aldehydes, ketones, enols, enolates, carboxylic acids and derivatives, esters, ester enolates, amines, and biochemically important organic molecules. Three lecture periods per week.
    Pre-requisites: CHM 111-112
    3 credit hours per semester


    CHM 205-206

    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I & II LABORATORY provide practical applications, in the form of experiments, of many of the most important concepts taught in the corresponding lectures, CHM 203-204. Examples of experiments conducted in Lab I include physical properties, spectroscopy, acid-base chemistry, addition and elimination reactions, chiral resolutions, and electrophilic aromatic substitutions. Examples of experiments conducted in Lab II include reductions, oxidations, qualitative tests, Grignard, aldol, and Michael reactions, Fischer esterification, multi-step synthesis, and original design chemistry.
    Prerequisites: CHM 116-117; Co-requisites: CHM 203 & 204
    1 credit hour per semester


    CHM 225

    QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS introduces statistical methods as applied to laboratory data; explores theoretical and practical aspects of volumetric and gravimetric analytical procedures; and concludes with an overview of electrochemical, spectrometric, and chromatographic instrumental methods. Laboratory work develops students’ skills in these areas and includes using a transducer interfaced to a computer for data acquisition and analysis. A knowledge of these theories and methods is essential to the application of chemistry in many fields. Two lecture and two 3-hour laboratory periods per week.
    Prerequisites: MTH 161; CHM 204
    4 credit hours


    CHM 321-322*

    PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I & II provide a mathematical treatment of chemical laws and theories, including quantum theory, atomic and molecular structure, spectroscopy, thermodynamics, kinetics, kinetic theory, and the chemistry of solutions and surfaces. Three lecture periods per week.
    Prerequisites: CHM 203-204; MTH 265; PHY 111 or 220; Co-requisites: CHM 324-325
    3 credit hours per semester


    CHM 324-325*

    PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I & II LABORATORY exercises complement and reinforce the concepts covered in CHM 321-322. A significant part of the course involves the writing of journal-style laboratory reports. One 4-hour laboratory period per week.
    Prerequisites: CHM 205-206, PHY 112 or 221; Co-requisites: CHM 321-322
    1 credit hour per semester


    CHM 400

    INTERNSHIP is a work-experience opportunity with the purpose of expanding education by applying accumulated knowledge in chemistry. The availability of internships is limited to upper-level students, normally juniors and seniors with a 2.5 quality point average. Students are approved individually by the academic department. A contract can be obtained from the Career Planning and Services Office in Starvaggi Hall. Internships count as general electives.
    Prerequisite: Chemistry senior standing and permission of the department chair.
    Internships must be preapproved.
    1-6 credit hours


    CHM 412*

    INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS delves into the theoretical and practical aspects of chromatographic, electrochemical, and spectrometric methods of analysis. Statistics and computer applications are also included. Two lecture and two laboratory periods per week.
    Prerequisite: Departmental permission
    4 credit hours


    CHM 413*

    ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY I uses modern atomic and molecular theories to understand the chemistry of all the elements of the universe. Quantum mechanics and group theory are used to probe the secrets of magnetism and color of the d and f elements.
    Prerequisite: CHM 204 or departmental permission
    3 credit hours


    CHM 414

    ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY II continues the study of inorganic chemistry by focusing on main group chemistry, transition metals, lanthanides, actinides, and organometallic chemistry.
    Prerequisite: CHM 204 or departmental permission
    3 credit hours


    CHM 431*

    ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY investigates an understanding of the reactions of organic compounds via a study of the structure of these compounds and the mechanisms of the reactions they undergo. Three lecture periods per week.
    Prerequisite: Departmental permission
    3 credit hours


    CHM 434

    CHEMISTRY THESIS requires the preparation of a scholarly treatise on an assigned topic in chemistry. The topic is typically the research project of CHM 437.
    1 credit hour


    CHM 437

    SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN CHEMISTRY provides the student with the opportunity to pursue a research project. Students will choose a research project that is of special interest to them, then conduct laboratory experiments of their own design after consultation with the chemistry faculty.
    Prerequisites: CHM 321-322
    3 credit hours

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