Chemistry

Courses

CHEM-100 Trends in Chemistry

Emphasizes the use of chemistry by society and in nature. This course presents the basic chemical concepts in a variety of contexts. Subjects might include environmentally friendly "green" chemistry, medicinal, nanotechnology, chemistry of movies and magic, or chemistry of everyday objects.

CHEM-101 General Chemistry I

Fundamental laws and principles, the properties and reactions of common elements and compounds and principles of chemical equilibria. Students may receive credit for only one of the three introductory chemistry courses, CHEM-101, CHEM-103, and CHEM-111.

CHEM-102 General Chemistry II

Fundamental laws and principles, the properties and reactions of common elements and compounds and principles of chemical equilibria. CHEM-221 is the next level. Students may receive credit for only one of the following three courses: CHEM-102, CHEM-104, and CHEM-112.

CHEM-103 General Chemistry I: Teams

Fundamental laws and principles, the properties and reactions of common elements and compounds and principles of chemical equilibria taught in a team-based format. Students may receive credit for only one of the introductory chemistry courses, CHEM-101, CHEM-103, and CHEM-111.

CHEM-104 General Chemistry II: Teams

Fundamental laws and principles, the properties and reactions of common elements and compounds and principles of chemical equilibria in a workshop format. CHEM-221 is the next level. Students may receive credit for only one of the following three courses, CHEM-102, CHEM-104, and CHEM-112.

CHEM-111 General Chemistry I: Teams WS

Fundamental laws and principles, the properties and reactions of common elements and compounds and principles of chemical equilibria taught in a team-based workshop format, with lecture and lab integrated. Students may receive credit for only one of the three introductory chemistry courses CHEM:101, CHEM:103, or CHEM:111.

CHEM-112 General Chemistry II: Teams

Fundamental laws and principles, the properties and reactions of common elements and compounds and principles of chemical equilibria in a team-based workshop format. CHEM-221 is the next level. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses, CHEM-102, CHEM-104 and CHEM-112.

CHEM-221 Organic Chemistry I

Basic concepts of stereochemistry, spectroscopy, and chemistry of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons and derivatives. Prerequisite: CHEM-102, CHEM-104 or CHEM-112.

CHEM-222 Organic Chemistry II

Basic concepts of stereochemistry, spectroscopy, and chemistry of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons and derivatives. Prerequisite: CHEM-221.

CHEM-231 Quantitative Analysis

Classical analytical methods for quantitative determination of chemical species. Techniques are selected from volumetric, gravimetric, potentiometric and spectrophotometric methods. Prerequisite: CHEM-101-102, CHEM-103-104, or CHEM-111-112.

CHEM-300 Topics in Chemistry

Varied topics reflecting student and instructor interests. Possibilities include medicinal chemistry, nanoscience,forensic chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry,environmental chemistry, and green chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM-222 (may be others for some topics).

CHEM-302 Medicinal Chemistry

This course integrates principles from the disciplines of chemistry, biology, and pharmacology to study the discovery, design, and mechanisms of action of important anticancer, antiviral, antibacterial, cardioprotective, and antidepressant drugs. Major emphasis is placed on drug interactions with nucleic acids, enzymes, and receptors. Offered as lecture only. Prerequisite: CHEM-222.

CHEM-303 Science Ethics/Blunders/Fraud

Examines the science and the scientific method through the lens of ethics to distinguish scientific error from outright fraud. The course looks at classic and contemporary scientific blunders and fraud cases in academia, industry, and government. Examines ethical policy from the fallout of academic fraud. Prerequisite: CHEM:222.

CHEM-304 Pharmaceutical Chemistry

In this course, students will learn about partition coefficient and biopharmacy, physicochemical properties of drugs, stereochemistry, drug metabolism, volumetric analysis of drugs, analytical spectroscopy, stability of drugs and medicines, kinetics of drug stability, licensing of drugs and the British Pharmacopoeia, method validation, and GMPs. Prerequisite: CHEM-222.

CHEM-305 Forensic Chemistry

This course approaches the challenges, methods, analyses, and ethics of forensic chemistry from fundamental chemical and biological perspectives, including quality assurance, sampling and evidence collection and preservation, instrumentation, drugs as physical evidence, analysis of seized drugs, drugs in the body, forensic toxicology, combustion and arson, explosives, firearms, colorants, polymers, paper and fibers, and forensic DNA analysis. Students will also be able to articulate the basic ethical questions and issues related to the study of forensics. Prerequisite: CHEM-222

CHEM-306 Nanoscience

An introduction to many aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Interdisciplinary connections between chemistry, physics, biology and material science are investigated through readings, discussions and laboratory experiments. Major topics include the formation and implementation of nano-structured systems, synthesis and detection of nanoparticles, their current roles in technology, medical applications, ethical implications, and the likely future impact of such systems on society, industry and the environment. Prerequisite: CHEM-222 or permission of the instructor.

CHEM-311 Analytical Chemistry

Chemical species are analyzed by classical quantitative and modern spectrometric methods. Theory of equilibrium, potentiometric, optical, chromatographic and mass spectral techniques are discussed. Laboratories range from volumetric, gravimetric and potentiometric wet techniques to photospectrometric methods (Uv-vis, FT-IR, AA) and mass spectrometry. This class is specifically designed for the chemistry minor and does not count toward the chemistry major, the biochemistry major or as an elective. Prerequisites: CHEM-101-102, CHEM-103-104 or CHEM-111-112. 4

CHEM-341 Physical Chemistry I

An in-depth study of classical and statistical thermodynamics and reaction kinetics presented with applications to phase equilibria, chemical equilibria, solute-solvent interactions and nonequilibrium thermodynamics. Prerequisites: CHEM-101-102, CHEM-103-104 or CHEM-111-112; CHEM-231; MATH-111-112; and PHYS-204-205 (Calculus-based) or instructor's permission.

CHEM-342 Physical Chemistry II

Introduction to quantum chemistry and spectroscopy. Theory of quantum mechanics presented at a fundamental level with special attention paid to classical problems-particle in a box, harmonic oscillator, rigid rotor and hydrogen atom-and practical application to the electronic structure of atoms and molecules and to atomic and molecular spectroscopy. Prerequisites: CHEM-101-102, CHEM-103-104 or CHEM-111-112; CHEM-231, MATH-111-112; and PHYS-204-205 (Calculus-based) or instructor's permission.

CHEM-400 Research Experience

Individual investigation of a novel problem in chemistry or biochemistry in collaboration with a staff member. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

CHEM-422 Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids

This course integrates information from the disciplines of biology and chemistry to explore nucleic acid function and metabolism. In-depth discussions cover the forces behind DNA/DNA, DNA/RNA and DNA/protein interactions as they apply to DNA structure and metabolism, RNA function and metabolism, protein synthesis, and gene regulation. Same as BIOL-425. Prerequisite: CHEM-222. Strongly recommended: BIOL-426/CHEM-426.

CHEM-423 Biochemistry Nucleic Acids Lab

Exploration of nucleic acids, including methods of isolation, purification, identification, and analysis.

CHEM-424 The Biochemistry of Metabolism

This course covers the structure and function of major biomolecules such as carbohydrates and lipids and their role in metabolism. Energy metabolism and biomolecule biosynthesis and degradation are emphasized. Same as BIOL-424. Prerequisite: CHEM-222. Strongly recommended: BIOL-426/CHEM-426.

CHEM-426 Biochem of Proteins/Enzymes

This course focuses on the structure of proteins, the thermodynamics of protein folding, enzyme catalytic mechanisms and enzyme kinetics. This course also introduces the field of bioinformatics, the use of computer databases to determine relationships between nucleic acid sequence, protein structure and protein function. Same as BIOL-426. Prerequisite: CHEM-222.

CHEM-427 Biochem Proteins/Enzymes Lab

This lab explores enzyme kinetics and inhibition as well as methods of isolation, purification, identification, and analysis of proteins and enzymes. This lab is designed to provide technical skills necessary for biochemical research. Same as BIOL-427. Prerequisite: CHEM-222.

CHEM-429 Biochemistry of Metabolism Lab

This lab explores metabolic function and metabolites. The lab will focus on the isolation, purification, identification, and analysis of metabolites. Same as BIOL-429. Prerequisite: CHEM-222.

CHEM-430 Instrumental Analysis

Instrumental techniques of analysis, focussing on spectroscopy, chromatography, and voltammetry. Prerequisite: CHEM-341-342 or instructor's permission.

CHEM-450 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Inorganic atomic structure and bonding, coordination compounds, acid-base theory and selected inorganic systems. Prerequisite: CHEM-342.

CHEM-490 Independent Study

Individual work for qualified students under the direction of a faculty member. Usually deals with specialized topics not covered in regularly offered courses. Prerequisite: Instructor and department head approval.

CHEM-500 Problems in Chemistry

Individual study of a problem in experimental chemistry under the direction of a staff member. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

CHEM-501 Independent Study

CHEM-505 Seminar

Weekly meetings in which students report on current chemical research literature. Researchers from other institutions and industry will also be invited to present their research. Four semester hours in a manner approved by the student's advisor are required for all majors.

CHEM-590 Chemistry Internship

Selected students work in the chemical industry under the supervision of an industrial chemist. Prerequisite: CHEM-231 and permission of department head.



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