Chemistry (CHEM) Courses

CHEM 100 Chemistry of Life
3 hours. This course will cover concepts of organic and biochemistry at an elementary level. Emphasis will be placed on medical and biological applications of chemical principles. Topics will include acids and bases, alcohols, carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and metabolism. This course meets general education requirements and is designed for non-science majors. Two lectures and one laboratory period per week. Additional course fee is required.

CHEM 110 Chemistry and Our Environment
3 hours. This course will cover introductory concepts of chemistry. Special attention is given to topics of current interest, such as environmental chemistry, polymer chemistry and household chemistry. This course meets general education requirements and is designed for non-science majors. It is recommended for students who need an introduction to chemistry prior to taking CHEM 211 General Chemistry. Two lectures and one laboratory per week. Additional course fee is required.

CHEM 151 General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry I
4 hours. This course covers introductory and intermediate principles of chemistry. Special emphasis is placed on those aspects of general and organic chemistry that are pertinent to biochemistry. This course provides a background for students with interests in prenursing, nutrition and related allied health areas. (This course does not meet the requirements for science majors.) Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Additional course fee is required.
Prerequisite: A math SAT score of at least 440, a math ACT score of at least 19, or successful completion of MATH 180 College Algebra (or equivalent).

CHEM 152 General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry II
4 hours. This course covers introductory and intermediate principles of chemistry. Special emphasis is placed on those aspects of general and organic chemistry that are pertinent to biochemistry. This course provides a background for students with interests in prenursing, nutrition and related allied health areas. (This course does not meet the requirements for science majors.) Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Additional course fee is required.
Prerequisite: CHEM 151 General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry I.

CHEM 211 General Chemistry I
4 hours. This course covers fundamental chemical principles, reactions and mode theories. Special emphasis is given to the role of chemistry in everyday life. Three lectures and one laboratory period per week. Additional course fee is required.
Prerequisite: A math SAT score of at least 500 or successful completion of MATH 190 Precalculus Mathematics (or equivalent).

CHEM 212 General Chemistry II
4 hours. This course covers fundamental chemical principles, reactions and mode theories. Special emphasis is given to the role of chemistry in everyday life. Three lectures and one laboratory period per week. Additional course fee is required.
Prerequisite: CHEM 211 General Chemistry I.

CHEM 275 Field Experience
1-3 hours. This is a supervised experience with an off-campus industry or agency using applied chemistry.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

CHEM 285 Selected Topics
1-4 hours. Scheduled as a regular class with topics chosen to meet the special needs and interests of students, faculty or visiting professors.
Prerequisite: upper-division status.

CHEM 310 Analytical Chemistry
4 hours. An introduction to the principles and techniques of quantitative chemical analysis. Subject matter includes volumetric and complexometric analysis; neutralization, precipitation, and oxidation-reduction titrations; solubility; statistical methods of data analysis; UV/Vis and atomic absorption spectroscopy; fluorescence spectroscopy; and chromatographic methods. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. Additional course fee is required.
Prerequisites: CHEM 212 General Chemistry II.

CHEM 320 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
3 hours. A survey of topics in inorganic chemistry, including atomic structure, chemical bonding, periodic trends of structure, physical properties and reactivities of the elements, group theory as applied to molecular structure, and nonmetal and transition metal chemistry. Three lectures per week. Additional course fee is required.
Prerequisites: CHEM 212 General Chemistry II.

CHEM 331 Organic Chemistry I
4 hours. A study of principles, structure, bonding, reactions and energy as related to carbon chemistry. The laboratory stresses materials, equipment and skills in synthesis, purification and identification of representative groups of organic compounds. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. Additional course fee is required.
Prerequisites: CHEM 212 General Chemistry II.

CHEM 332 Organic Chemistry II
4 hours. A study of principles, structure, bonding, reactions and energy as related to carbon chemistry. The laboratory stresses materials, equipment, and skills in synthesis, purification and identification of representative groups of organic compounds. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. Additional course fee is required.
Prerequisites: CHEM 331 Organic Chemistry I.

CHEM 341 Biochemistry I
4 hours. A systematic and theoretical study of the biochemical activities of living cells. Topics to be covered will include the structure, properties and molecular interactions of biomolecules; metabolic pathways; bioenergetics; metabolism of biomolecules; and RNA, DNA and protein synthesis. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. Additional course fee is required.
Prerequisites: CHEM 332 Organic Chemistry II.

CHEM 342 Biochemistry II
4 hours. A systematic and theoretical study of the biochemical activities of living cells. Topics to be covered will include the structure, properties, and molecular interactions of biomolecules; metabolic pathways; bioenergetics; metabolism of biomolecules; and RNA, DNA and protein synthesis. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. Additional course fee is required.
Prerequisites: CHEM 341 Biochemistry I.

CHEM 380 Advanced Organic Chemistry
3 hours. An advanced study of organic reactions and structures including, reaction mechanisms, linear free energy relationships, isotope effects, pericyclic reactions, spectroscopy, and molecular modeling. Three lectures per week. Additional course fee is required.
Prerequisites: CHEM 332 Organic Chemistry II.

CHEM 399 Cross-Cultural Study
3 hours. This course offers in-depth discipline-specific cross-cultural study designed to enhance the intercultural emphasis of various academic majors. The course includes class meetings followed by travel to various locations throughout the world. Students will use core disciplinary knowledge to serve, learn and interact with other cultures. (Offered in May Term. Students must meet eligibility requirements.) Additional course fee is required.

CHEM 440 Thermodynamics
4 hours. An introduction to modern theoretical chemistry, emphasizing the fundamental physical principles of chemical thermodynamics and chemical kinetics. The study of thermodynamics will apply mathematical models of energy relationships to the understanding of chemical equilibrium. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisites: CHEM 332 Organic Chemistry; MATH 202 Calculus II; Corequisites: PHYS 202 General Physics II or PHYS 212 General Physics with Calculus II.

CHEM 450 Quantum Chemistry
3 hours.. An introduction to the quantum mechanical description of matter. Emphasis is on the development of fundamental principles of quantum theory and applications to atomic and molecular structure and spectroscopy. Three lectures per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 332 Organic Chemistry; MATH 202 Calculus II; Corequisites: PHYS 202 General Physics II or PHYS 212 General Physics with Calculus II; MATH 301 Calculus III.

CHEM 460 Experimental Chemistry
3 hours. An advanced, senior-level laboratory course integrating synthetic techniques, instrumental methods, reaction kinetics, thermodynamics, spectroscopy and original research projects. The purpose is to build on and consolidate the student’s previous experiences in literature searching, project design and execution, data acquisition and analysis, problem solution, and oral and written communication of results. One lecture and two laboratory sessions per week. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisites: CHEM 310 Analytical Chemistry, CHEM 332 Organic Chemistry II, and CHEM 440 Thermodynamics.

CHEM 465 Chemical Research
1-4 hours per semester (not to exceed a total of 6 hours). Experimental and/or theoretical research in a topic of the student's choosing, supervised by the chemistry faculty.
Prerequisite: upper-division chemistry majors and by permission of individual faculty member.

CHEM 475 Field Experience
1-3 hours. Supervised experience with an off-campus industry or agency using applied chemistry.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

CHEM 485 Selected Topics
1-4 hours. Scheduled as a regular class with topics chosen to meet the special needs and interests of students, faculty or visiting professors.
Prerequisite: upper-division status.

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