Course Descriptions – Chemistry

CHEM 1251 – General Chemistry Laboratory I – 2 hours. To accompany Chemistry 1351. Two hours of recitation and one 3-hour laboratory per week. Offered in the fall semester.

CHEM 1252 – General Chemistry Laboratory II – 2 hours. To accompany Chemistry 1352. Two hours of recitation and one 3-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 1251. Offered in the spring semester

CHEM 1351 – General Chemistry I – 3 hours. A systematic approach to the basic fundamental concepts and principles of chemistry including atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, chemical thermodynamics and physical states of matter. Designed for those students whose major concentrations are in the fields of science or mathematics. Three lecture hours per week. Co-requisite: CHEM 1251. Offered in the fall semester.

CHEM 1352 – General Chemistry II – 3 hours. A continuation of Chemistry 1351 which emphasizes additional concepts of chemistry including chemistry of solutions, chemical kinetics, chemical thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium and electro-chemistry and a systematic approach to the properties of the elements and their compounds. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 1351. Co-requisite: CHEM 1252. Offered in the spring semester.

CHEM 1400 – Concepts in Chemistry – 4 hours. A survey of the fundamental concepts and principles of chemistry and the examination of the impact of chemistry on modern society. Intended primarily for pre-nursing, health sciences and zoology. Acceptable for non-science majors. Three lecture hours and one 2 1/2-hour laboratory per week. It is recommended that students have a good high school mathematics background or have completed an introductory college math course before enrolling in this course. Offered on an irregular basis.

CHEM 1410 – Culinary Reactions: The Chemistry of Food and Cooking – 4 hours. This course is designed to introduce the physical and chemical properties of matter and their application to the four food molecules: water, fats, carbohydrates and proteins. This knowledge will be used to explore the science behind cooking processes. Group work is an important part of the course. It fulfills a lab science general education requirement. Intended for non-science majors. Three lecture hours and one 2 ½ hour laboratory per week. Offered on an irregular basis.

CHEM 2300 – Chemistry of Life Processes – 3 hours. A course designed to introduce forensic science, zoology and certain health science students to the chemistry of living organisms. Atomic and molecular structures are related to species in the body such as inorganic ions and bioorganic molecules such as carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, vitamins, enzymes and their relationship to metabolic processes. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 1400 or permission of instruction. Offered in the spring semester.

CHEM 3201 – Organic Chemistry Laboratory I – 2 hours. This laboratory course consists of experiments involving basic methods of identification and separation of organic compounds, including thin-layer chromatography; organic synthesis illustrating fundamental reaction mechanisms; and an introduction to modern instrumental techniques, such as gas-liquid partition chromatography, infrared spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry. Two hours recitation and 3-hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 1252; co-requisite: CHEM 3301. Offered in the fall semester.

CHEM 3202 – Organic Chemistry Laboratory II – 2 hours. A continuation of Chemistry 3201. Experiments include the synthesis of organic compounds such as polymers and dyes, reaction kinetics and the instrumental techniques of ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. Two hours recitation and 3-hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 3201; co-requisite: CHEM 3302. Offered in the spring semester.

CHEM 3301 – Organic Chemistry I – 3 hours. A study of nomenclature, structure and properties of organic compounds and mechanisms of their reactions. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 1352. Offered in the fall semester.

CHEM 3302 – Organic Chemistry II – 3 hours. A continuation of Chemistry 3301. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 3301. Offered in the spring semester.

CHEM 3306- Instrumental Techniques of Biochemical Research – 3 hours. Instrument-based activities involving project-oriented lab work will prepare students in chemistry and biology for participation in research projects both on and off-campus. Primary emphasis will be given to ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometry, chromatographic methods, mass spectrometry and contemporary data management processes. Two lecture hours and one, three hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite or co-requisite: CHEM 3302 and 3202 or permission of the instructor. Offered during the spring of even-numbered years.

CHEM 3401 – Analytical Chemistry – 4 hours. Theory and experimentation in classical and instrumental analysis techniques including statistical analysis of experimental results. Three lecture hours and 3-laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 1352. Offered every fall semester. Offered in the fall semester.

CHEM 3403 – Physical Chemistry I – 4 hours. Theoretical and experimental aspects of physical chemistry with emphasis on chemical thermodynamics and the quantum theory of atomic structure. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 1352, 1252 and MATH 2305. Cross-listed with PHYS 3403. Offered in the fall semester.

CHEM 3404 – Physical Chemistry II – 4 hours. Theoretical and experimental aspects of physical chemistry with emphasis on molecular spectroscopy, statistical mechanics and chemical kinetics. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 3403. Offered in the spring semester.

CHEM 4301 – Inorganic Chemistry – 3 hours. A systematic approach to modern inorganic chemistry with emphasis on chemical bonding and molecular structure related to chemical and physical properties of inorganic compounds, group theory, coordination chemistry, organometallics and bioinorganic chemistry. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 3302. Offered in the fall semester of odd-numbered years.

CHEM 4303 – Advanced Organic Chemistry – 3 hours. Selected topics emphasizing the structure and properties of organic compounds and reaction mechanisms. The chemical literature is emphasized. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 3302. Offered in the fall semester of even-numbered years.

CHEM 4100, 4200, 4300 – Independent Study – 1-3 hours. Experimental research under the supervision of the chemistry faculty. Maximum 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: CHEM 3403 and senior standing.

CHEM 4401 – Biochemistry – 4 hours. General survey of biomolecules including carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, vitamins and minerals. The metabolism of the major nutrients and protein biosynthesis are studied. The laboratory involves the separation, structure determination and function of biomolecules emphasizing modern instrumental methods. Three lecture hours and one 3-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 3302 and 3202. Offered in the spring semester.