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Biochemistry

The Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry requires the following courses with grades of C- or better: 

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4      General Chemistry I - choose from: CHEM-101, CHEM-103 or CHEM-111

4      General Chemistry II - choose from: CHEM-102, CHEM-104 or CHEM-112

4 CHEM-221 Organic Chemistry I
4 CHEM-222 Organic Chemistry II
4 CHEM-231 Quantitative Analysis
4 CHEM-341 Physical Chemistry I

4      CHEM-426 The Biochemistry of Proteins and Enzymes and CHEM-427 Biochemistry of Proteins and Enzymes Laboratory

4      CHEM-422 The Biochemistry of Nucleic Acid and CHEM-423 The Biochemistry of Nucleic Acid Lab or CHEM-424 The Biochemistry of Metabolism and CHEM-429 Biochemistry of Metabolism Lab

4      Four semester equivalents of CHEM-505 Seminar

4      PHYS-203 Introductory Physics I (Calculus-based)

4      PHYS-206 Introductory Physics II (Calculus-based)

4      BIOL-102 Cell Biology and Genetics

12      12 semester hours of biology courses beyond BIOL-102, at least 8 of which must be at or above the 300 level (excluding BIOL-501 and BIOL-510)

4      CHEM-400 Research Experience

4      CHEM-500 Problems in Chemistry and Biochemistry

Minors.  Students minoring in biochemistry complete General Chemistry I (CHEM-101, CHEM-103 or CHEM-111) and General Chemistry II (CHEM-102, CHEM-104 or CHEM-112),  the Organic Chemistry I-II sequence (CHEM-221-222), The Biochemistry of Proteins and Enzymes lecture and lab (CHEM-426 and CHEM-427), and either CHEM-422 The Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids or CHEM-424 The Biochemistry of Metabolism.

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. Students who have completed General Chemistry I (CHEM-101, CHEM-103 or CHEM-111) may not enroll in CHEM-100.  4 SH. 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours. CC: Scientific Explanations.

CHEM-101 General Chemistry I

Fundamental laws and principles, atomic structure and periodicity, bonding, molecular structure, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, energy, gases, liquids and solids. Students may receive credit for only one of the three introductory chemistry I courses, CHEM‐101, CHEM‐103, or CHEM‐111. 4 SH. 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours (taken as CHEM-105, not a separate credit/grade). CC: Scientific Explanations. 


 

CHEM-102 General Chemistry II

Properties of solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, acids, bases, buffers, solubility, complex ion equilibria, entropy, fee energy, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Students may receive credit for only one of the three introductory chemistry II courses, CHEM‐102, CHEM‐104, or CHEM‐112. (CHEM‐221 is the next level.)  4 SH. 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours (taken as CHEM-106, not a separate credit/grade).   

CHEM-103 General Chemistry I: Teams

Fundamental laws and principles, atomic structure and periodicity, bonding, molecular structure, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, energy, gases, liquids and solids taught in a team‐based format. Students may receive credit for only one of the three introductory chemistry I courses, CHEM‐101, CHEM‐103, or CHEM‐111. 4 SH. 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours (taken as CHEM-105, not a separate credit/grade). CC: Scientific Explanations, Team Intensive. 

CHEM-104 General Chemistry II: Teams

Properties of solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, acids, bases, buffers, solubility, complex ion equilibria, entropy, fee energy, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry taught in a team‐based format. CHEM‐221 is the next level. Students may receive credit for only one of the three introductory chemistry II courses: CHEM‐102, CHEM‐104 or CHEM‐112. (CHEM‐221 is the next level.)  4 SH. 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours (taken as CHEM-106, not a separate credit/grade). CC: Team Intensive. 

CHEM-111 General Chemistry I: Teams WS

Fundamental laws and principles, atomic structure and periodicity, bonding, molecular structure, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, energy, gases, liquids and solids taught in a team‐based workshop format, with the lab and lecture integrated. Students may receive credit for only one of the three introductory chemistry I courses, CHEM‐101, CHEM‐103, or CHEM‐111. 4 SH. 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours. CC: Scientific Explanations, Team Intensive.

CHEM-112 General Chemistry II: Teams WS

Properties of solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, acids, bases, buffers, solubility, complex ion equilibria, entropy, fee energy, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry taught in a team‐based workshop format, with the lab and lecture integrated. Students may receive credit for only one of the three introductory chemistry II courses: CHEM‐102, CHEM‐104, or CHEM‐112. (CHEM‐221 is the next level.)  4 SH. 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours. CC: Team Intensive.



CHEM-221 Organic Chemistry I

Basic concepts of stereochemistry and chemistry of aliphatic hydrocarbons, alkyl halides and alcohols. Prerequisite: CHEM‐102, CHEM‐104 or CHEM‐112. 4 SH. 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours (taken concurrently with lecture).

 

CHEM-222 Organic Chemistry II

Basic concepts of spectroscopy, and chemistry of aromatic hydrocarbons, conjugated alkenes, amines, ethers, carbonyl compounds, carboxylic acid derivatives, and building blocks for biomacromolecules. Prerequisite: CHEM‐221. 4 SH. 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours (taken concurrently with lecture). CC: Writing Intensive.



CHEM-231 Quantitative Analysis

Classical analytical methods for quantitative determination of chemical species. Techniques are selected from volumetric, gravimetric, potentiometric and spectrophotometric methods. Prerequisites: CHEM-101-102, CHEM-103-104 or CHEM-111-112. 4 SH. 2 lecture hours, 2 three-hour laboratories.

CHEM-300 Topics in Chemistry

Varied topics reflecting student and instructor interests. Possibilities include organometallic chemistry, environmental chemistry, green chemistry, proteomics and chemistry of art. Prerequisite: CHEM-222 (may be others for some topics). 1-4 SH. Offered as lecture only, laboratory only, or as a lecture/laboratory combination.

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. Prerequisites: Junior standing and CHEM-222. 4 SH. Offered as lecture only. CC: Interdisciplinary. 

CHEM-303 Scientific Ethics, Blunders, and 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: Sophomore standing and CHEM-222. 4 SH. CC: Ethics Intensive, Interdisciplinary.

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: Junior standing and CHEM-222. 4 SH. 4 lecture hour (may be taught 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours). CC: Interdisciplinary.

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: Junior standing and CHEM-222. 4 SH. 4 lecture hours (may be taught 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours). CC: Ethics Intensive, Interdisciplinary.

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: Sophomore standing and CHEM-222. 4 SH. CC: Interdisciplinary.

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 SH. 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours.

CHEM-314 Survey of Biochemistry

A survey of Biochemistry: structure and function of amino acids, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids; enzymology; metabolism; biosynthesis; and selected topics. Not acceptable for credit toward a major in Chemistry or Biochemistry, nor Biochemistry minor. Prerequisite: CHEM-222 or instructor permission. 4 SH.

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-231; MATH-112; and PHYS-205 (Calculus-based) or instructor's permission. 4 SH. 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours. CC: Writing Intensive.

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-231, MATH-112 and PHYS-205 (Calculus-based) or instructor's permission. 4 SH. 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours.

CHEM-400 Research Experience

Individual investigation of a novel problem in chemistry or biochemistry in collaboration with a faculty member. Introduction to common methods and techniques used in the chemistry and biochemistry fields. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. 1-4 SH.

CHEM-422 The 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-422. Prerequisite: CHEM-222. Strongly recommended: BIOL-426/CHEM-426. 3 SH. 3 lecture hours. 

CHEM-423 Biochemistry Nucleic Acids Laboratory

Exploration of nucleic acids, including methods of isolation, purification, identification and analysis. Same as BIOL-423. Prerequisite: CHEM-222. 1 SH. 3 laboratory hours.

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. 3 SH. 3 lecture hours. CC: Team Intensive.

CHEM-426 The Biochemistry of Proteins and 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. 3 SH. 3 lecture hours.

CHEM-427 Biochemistry of Proteins and Enzymes Laboratory

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. 1 SH. 3 laboratory hours.

CHEM-429 Biochemistry of Metabolism Laboratory

This lab explores metabolic function and metabolites. The lab focuses on the isolation, purification, identification and analysis of metabolites. Same as BIOL-429. Prerequisite: CHEM-222. 1 SH. 3 laboratory hours. CC: Team Intensive.

CHEM-430 Instrumental Analysis

Instrumental techniques of analysis, focusing on spectroscopy, chromatography and voltammetry. Prerequisite: CHEM-342 or instructor's permission. 4 SH. 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours.

CHEM-450 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Inorganic atomic structure and bonding, coordination compounds, acid-base theory and selected inorganic systems. Prerequisite: CHEM-342. 4 SH. 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours.

CHEM-490 Chemistry 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. Prerequisites: Instructor and department head approval. 2-4 SH.

CHEM-500 Problems in Chemistry and Biochemistry

Individual study of a problem in experimental chemistry under the direction of a faculty member, and public presentation of the results.  May not be repeated for credit. Co-/Prerequisite: Senior standing and completion of a minimum of 2 semester hours in CHEM-400 during the junior and/or senior year.  2 SH.  Capstone.

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 adviser are required for all majors. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Variable credit. CC: Oral Intensive.

CHEM-590 Chemistry Internship

Selected students work in the chemical industry under the supervision of an industrial chemist. Prerequisites: CHEM-231 and department head's permission. 4 SH. S/U grade.

Secondary Teaching Certification. The Chemistry Department offers secondary teaching certification for both chemistry and biochemistry majors.

Coursework required by the state of Pennsylvania for admission to the teacher certification program includes successful completion of ENGL-100 Writing and Thinking or equivalent course, at least 3 semester hours in British or American literature, at least 6 semester hours of mathematics coursework (or other courses which satisfy the Central Curriculum Analytic Thought requirement), and at least one 40-hour externship. Education course requirements for secondary education are EDUC-101 Introduction to Education and Society, EDUC-102 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education, EDUC-250 Educational Psychology, EDUC-260 Introduction to Special Education, EDUC-270 Instruction of Exceptional Students, EDUC-330 Technology in Education, EDUC-350 English Language Learners: Theory and Instruction, EDUC-380 Instructional Design, EDUC-424 Methods of Curriculum, Insstruction, and Assessment in Teaching Science, EDUC-479 Principles of Learning and Teaching, EDUC-483 Differentiated Instruction and Classroom Management in Secondary Education, and the EDUC-500 Student Teaching Package (EDUC-501, EDUC-502, EDUC-503, and EDUC-600).

In addition, secondary education chemistry students complete all of the usual requirements for the chemistry or biochemistry major.