Courses

See the Major/Minor Requirements for a full listing of the requirements including required and elective courses offered outside of the Chemistry Department.

 

C = Chemistry Major elective

Cm = Chemistry Minor elective

BC = BioChemistry Major elective

C = Required for Chemistry Major

Cm = Required for Chemistry Minor

BC = Required for BioChemistry Major

 

click to expandCHEM 101. Modern Chemistry

Introduction to elements, compounds, atomic structure, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, organic chemistry and polymers, and modern chemical industry. Biological applications emphasized. Examination of air and water quality, energy resources, and other current topics of concern. (For non-science majors, except Env. Studies majors.) Three lectures and one 3-hour laboratory period per week. (4 Credits)

Prerequisite: Biology 101 and 103, or Geology 101.

Instructor: Jeitler

 

click to expandCHEM 131. General Chemistry I C Cm BC

Basic principles of chemistry. Includes atomic structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, states of matter, and solutions. Atomic and bonding theories, and fundamental laws of chemistry explored from a historical perspective. Problem solving emphasized. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: Passing level II mathematics placement test or Mathematics 080 (Intermediate Algebra); concurrent registration in Chemistry 133.

Instructor: Staff

 

click to expandCHEM 132. General Chemistry II C Cm BC

(Continuation of Chemistry 131.) Emphasizes chemical kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, nuclear chemistry, environmental chemistry and descriptive chemistry. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: Chemistry 131; concurrent registration in Chemistry 134.

Instructor: Staff

 

click to expandCHEM 133. General Chemistry Laboratory I C Cm BC

Laboratory program emphasizing techniques and basic principles of topics covered in Chemistry 131. (1 Credit)

Prerequisite: concurrent registration in Chemistry 131.

Instructor: Staff

 

click to expandCHEM 134. General Chemistry Laboratory II C Cm BC

(Continuation of Chemistry 133.) Emphasizes identification of ions and topics covered in Chemistry 132. (1 Credit)

Prerequisites: Chemistry 133; concurrent registration in Chemistry 132.

Instructor: Staff

 

click to expandCHEM 231. Quantitative Analysis C Cm BC

Principles of analytical chemistry. Includes theory, calculations, use of computer, and laboratory techniques. Emphasizes statistical treatment of data, gravimetric and titrimetric methods, complexation equilibria, and electrochemistry. Laboratory work in precise and accurate determination of unknown materials employing wet-chemical and instrumental methods. Three lectures and one 3-hour laboratory period per week. (4 Credits)

Prerequisites: Chemistry 132 and 134.

Instructor: Walker

 

click to expandCHEM 260. Organic and Biological Chemistry Cm

Study of the fundamentals of organic and biological chemistry. Emphasis on structure, bonding, and uses (both man-made and natural) of organic molecules. Additional emphasis placed on biologically-relevant organic molecules and processes, including proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, metabolism, etc. Laboratory experiments focus on synthesis, purification, characeterization, and analysis of organic and bioloical molecules. Three lectures and one 3-hour laboratory period per week. Students who have successfully completed Chemistry 303 can not enroll in this course. (4 Credits)

Prerequisites: Chemistry 132 and 134.

Instructor: Pate

 

click to expandCHEM 303. Organic Chemistry I C Cm BC

Principles of organic chemistry. Emphasis on structure and bonding of organic molecules, functional group transformations, reaction mechanisms, and an introduction to spectroscopic methods. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: Chemistry 132 and 134.

Instructor: Pate

 

click to expandCHEM 304. Organic Chemistry II C BC Cm

(Continuation of Chemistry 303.) Functional group chemistry, strategy of organic synthesis, polymers, chemistry of naturally occurring compounds, including peptides and carbohydrates, applications of organic chemistry to the fields of biology, biochemistry, and medicine. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Chemistry 303.

Instructor: Pate

 

click to expandCHEM 305. Organic Chemistry Laboratory I C Cm BC

Basic laboratory techniques of organic chemistry. Preparation and characterization of organic compounds. Use of gas chromatography, infrared spectroscopy and other instrumental methods. (Accompanies Chemistry 303.) One 3-hour laboratory period per week. (1 Credit)

Prerequisite: Chemistry 303 or concurrent registration.

Instructor: Pate

 

click to expandCHEM 306. Organic Chemistry Laboratory II C BC

(Continuation of Chemistry 305, accompanies Chemistry 304.) Synthetic experiments designed to broaden knowledge of organic reactions and their mechanisms. Qualitative analysis of unknown organic compounds. One 3-hour laboratory period per week. (1 Credit)

Prerequisites: Chemistry 305, Chemistry 304 or concurrent registration.

Instructor: Pate

 

click to expandCHEM 331. Physical Chemistry I C Cm

Principles of chemical thermodynamics. Emphasizes laws of thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium. Thermodynamic properties are experimentally measured in the laboratory or theoretically determined using computer methods. Procedures of proper laboratory report writing practiced. Three lectures and one 3-hour laboratory period per week. (4 Credits)

Prerequisites: Chemistry 132 and 134, Mathematics 126, and Physics 232 and 234. Recommended Prerequisite: Chemistry 231.

Instructor: Egolf

 

click to expandCHEM 332. Physical Chemistry II C

Kinetics, quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, and statistical mechanics. Properties of chemical systems are investigated both theoretically and experimentally. Substantial laboratory report writing. Three lectures and one 3-hour laboratory period per week. (4 Credits)

Prerequisite: Chemistry 331.

Instructor: Egolf

 

click to expandCHEM 343. Advanced Organic Chemistry C Cm

In-depth treatment of fundamental principles of organic chemistry. Includes bonding theory, stereochemistry, conformational analysis, and reaction mechanisms. Incorporates use of computer-assisted molecular modeling to enhance understanding of concepts. Offered alternate years. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Chemistry 304.

Instructor: Pate

 

click to expandCHEM 351. Inorganic Chemistry C Cm

Fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry. Includes theories of atomic structure, ionic compounds, covalent bonding, and acids and bases. Descriptive chemistry of non-transitional elements emphasized. Minerals used in the description of ionic compounds and as resources for the elements. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: Chemistry 132 and 134.

Instructor: Jeitler

 

click to expandCHEM 352. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry C Cm

Transition metal complexes and organometallic compounds. Emphasizes nomenclature, isomerism, modern theory of bonding, stability, thermodynamic and kinetic stability. Preparative methods included in laboratory work. Two lectures and one 3-hour laboratory period per week. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: Chemistry 331 and 351 or permission of instructor.

Instructor: Jeitler

 

click to expandCHEM 375. Molecular Spectroscopy C Cm

Theory and application of spectroscopy for the determination of molecular structure. Emphasis on infrared, ultraviolet/visible, one- and two dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry. Includes demonstration of spectroscopic techniques and use of molecular modeling software to simulate spectra. Offered alternate years. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: Chemistry 304 and 306.

Instructor: Pate

 

click to expandCHEM 408. Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis C Cm

Theory and application of modern instrumentation in fields of electrochemistry, spectroscopy, and chromatography. Three lectures and one 3-hour laboratory period per week. (4 Credits)

Prerequisites: Chemistry 231 and 331, or written permission of instructor.

Instructor: Egolf

 

click to expandCHEM 420. Biochemistry BC C Cm

Emphasizes structure and function of proteins, lipids and nucleic acids, enzymology, intermediary metabolism and its control mechanisms, and energy transformations. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: Chemistry 304. Recommended prerequisites: Biology 101 and 131.

Instructor: Walker

 

click to expandCHEM 422. Biochemistry Laboratory BC

Experiments include characterization and analysis of proteins and nucleic acids, chromatography, electrophoresis, enzyme kinetics, and metabolic studies. (1 Credit)

Prerequisite: Chemistry 420 or concurrent registration.

Instructor: Walker

 

click to expandCHEM 495. Directed Research C BC

Laboratory research. May be used to satisfy all or part of the college's senior capstone requirement for chemistry or biochemistry majors. In addition, a junior or senior majoring in the department with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better may take this course as a Departmental Honors project, subject to the approval of the student's advisor, the approval of the department chair, and the acceptance of the student's proposal by the Honors Council. (1-3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Written permission of instructor and department chair.

Instructor: Staff

 

click to expandCHEM 496. Independent Studies C BC

An opportunity for a student to engage in independent study under the direction of a faculty member. This course may either stand alone or be an extension of a standard course in which the student and the instructor agree upon extra reading, writing, or laboratory work. The precise nature of the project will be detailed in a contract between the student and the instructor. May be used to satisfy all or part of the college's senior capstone requirement for chemistry or biochemistry majors. (1-3 Credits)

Prerequisites: Written permission of instructor and department chair.

Instructor: Staff