Chemistry and Biochemistry (CHEM)


CHEM 100. INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY. 5 Credits.

Notes: laboratory work is included.
Pre-requisites: MTHD 104 with a grade ≥C, or concurrent enrollment in MATH 114.
This course prepares those who have not had a satisfactory background in high school chemistry to take CHEM 161 or CHEM 171 and CHEM 171L. Topics include the scientific method, SI and metric systems, unit conversions, atomic structure, periodic table, bonding, and stoichiometry.

CHEM 121. CHEMISTRY AND ITS ROLE IN SOCIETY. 5 Credits.

Notes: laboratory work is included.
Satisfies: a BACR for natural sciences.
Basic chemical principles are used to examine some of the chemistry that most directly impacts individuals and society on a day-to-day basis. The course is designed to develop in students an appreciation for the chemical basis of their bodies and their environment. Emphasis is placed on the dynamic nature of the field of chemistry and efforts are made to dispel many of the common misconceptions that nonscientists often have about chemistry and other natural sciences.

CHEM 140. CRIMINALISTICS AND FORENSIC CHEMISTRY. 5 Credits.

Notes: Laboratory work is included. Labs will focus on current forensic techniques.
Pre-requisites: ≥C in CHEM 100 or ≥C in CHEM 161 or one year of high school chemistry.
This course provides an overview of forensic science and criminalistics including history and the modern role of forensic science in the judicial system. Topics covered include DNA typing, trace evidence analysis, firearms and tool marks, and impression evidence.

CHEM 141. SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: SUST 141.
Notes: lecture and lab.
Pre-requisites: MTHD 104 with a grade ≥C, or concurrent enrollment in MATH 114.
Satisfies: a BACR for natural science.
This course is an introduction to environmental chemistry, which looks at sustainability on an atomic level, tackling issues such as ocean acidification, climate change, and energy issues. Emphasis will focus on how chemistry can help us understand, approach and solve contemporary environmental problems.

CHEM 161. GENERAL CHEMISTRY FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES. 5 Credits.

Notes: quantitative and qualitative laboratory work is included.
Pre-requisites: Concurrent enrollment in or completion of MTHD 104 or math placement score. A high school chemistry course or CHEM 100 is highly recommended.
Satisfies: a BACR for natural sciences.
Course provides students pursuing pre-nursing, pre-dental hygiene, and allied health professions with a broad-based knowledge of the major concepts in general and inorganic chemistry. In addition, students will use instruments and techniques to analyze as well as demonstrate knowledge of safe practices in handling chemicals. Students who successfully complete the course will demonstrate analytical thinking and quantitative literacy.

CHEM 162. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES. 5 Credits.

Notes: laboratory work is included.
Pre-requisites: ≥C- in CHEM 161 or permission from instructor; completion of MTHD 104 or math placement score.
Satisfies: a BACR for natural science.
The course is a survey of organic chemistry for pre-nursing, pre-dental hygiene and allied health science students. Topics include naming, properties and reactions of hydrocarbons, alcohols, ethers, amines and carbonyl compounds.

CHEM 163. BIOCHEMISTRY FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ≥C- in CHEM 162 or permission from instructor; completion of MTHD 104 or ALEK Score ≥41.
This course is a survey of biochemistry for pre-nursing, pre-dental hygiene, and allied health science students. Topics include amino acids, proteins, enzymes, lipids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, biotechnology, and metabolic pathways.

CHEM 163L. BIOCHEMISTRY LAB FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES. 1 Credit.

Notes: quantitative and qualitative laboratory course.
Pre-requisites: completion of CHEM 163 or concurrent enrollment.
This course is a biochemistry laboratory for pre-nursing, pre-dental hygiene, and allied health science students. Topics include amino acids, proteins, enzymes, lipids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, biotechnology, and metabolic pathways.

CHEM 171. GENERAL CHEMISTRY I. 4 Credits.

Cross-listed: HONS 171.
Pre-requisites: ≥C in MATH 141 or concurrent enrollment; ≥C in CHEM 100 or ≥C in CHEM 161 or one year of high school chemistry.
Satisfies: a BACR for natural sciences.
Introduces chemistry concepts such as uncertainty in measurements, nomenclature, structure of matter, chemical equations and stoichiometry, introductory thermochemistry, periodic properties and chemical bonding.

CHEM 171L. GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I. 1 Credit.

Pre-requisites: CHEM 171, or HONS 171, or taken concurrently.
Provides hands-on approaches to chemistry topics covered in CHEM 171.

CHEM 172. GENERAL CHEMISTRY II. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ≥C- in CHEM 171, or HONS 171, and a ≥C in MATH 141.
Satisfies: a BACR for natural sciences.
Continuation of general chemistry topics, including properties of gases, liquids, and solids; intermolecular forces; properties of solutions; and chemical equilibrium, including acid-base and solubility equilibrium.

CHEM 172L. GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II. 1 Credit.

Pre-requisites: CHEM 172 or taken concurrently.
Provides hands-on approaches to chemistry topics covered in CHEM 172.

CHEM 173. GENERAL CHEMISTRY III. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ≥C- in CHEM 172.
Continuation of general chemistry topics, including chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, transition metals and coordination chemistry.

CHEM 173L. GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY III. 1 Credit.

Pre-requisites: CHEM 173 or taken concurrently.
Provides hands-on approaches to chemistry topics covered in CHEM 173.

CHEM 196. EXPERIMENTAL. 1-5 Credits.

CHEM 297. WORKSHOP, SHORT COURSE, CONFERENCE, SEMINAR. 1-10 Credits.

CHEM 304. QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS. 6 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CHEM 173 and CHEM 173L.
Theory and practice of gravimetric and volumetric analysis with an introduction to some elements of instrumental analysis.

CHEM 316. ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY. 4 Credits.

Notes: Only students who have an ENVS-Chemistry option are required to take the concurrent lab course CHEM 316L. However it is open to any student enrolled in CHEM 316.
Pre-requisites: CHEM 163, or CHEM 173 and CHEM 173L, and MATH 141 with a grade ≥C.
The course is an introduction to environmental chemistry covering both fundamental chemical principles and societal implications.

CHEM 316L. ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY LAB. 1 Credit.

Pre-requisites: concurrent enrollment in CHEM 316 or instructor approval.
This laboratory course demonstrates techniques used for monitoring substances in the environment.

CHEM 319. MODERN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CHEM 173 and CHEM 173L.
This course covers periodicity, group trends, structure-reactivity relationships of the elements and chemical reactions.

CHEM 351. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CHEM 173 and CHEM 173L.
An integrated study of fundamental organic chemistry for Chemistry majors and students planning on careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacology, engineering, or related fields. Emphasizes nomenclature, bonding, reactivity, stereochemistry, synthetic methods, reaction mechanisms, physical properties, and spectrometric identification of the principal classes of organic compounds, including biochemical examples.

CHEM 352. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CHEM 351.
An integrated study of fundamental organic chemistry for Chemistry majors and students planning on careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacology, engineering, or related fields. Emphasizes nomenclature, bonding, reactivity, stereochemistry, synthetic methods, reaction mechanisms, physical properties, and spectrometric identification of the principal classes of organic compounds, including biochemical examples.

CHEM 353. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CHEM 352.
A comprehensive study of the chemistry of polyfunctional carbon compounds.

CHEM 371. PRE-MEDICAL, DENTAL, VETERINARY AND PHARMACY PREPARATION. 1 Credit.

Pre-requisites: ≥C in CHEM 352 or concurrent enrollment.
Prepare students for their application to medical, dental, veterinary or pharmacy school and for professional activities.

CHEM 372. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CHEM 351.
This course is an introduction to the elementary techniques of the organic laboratory; including synthesis, application of chromatography, and spectrometry. This is a laboratory course.

CHEM 373. ORGANIC CHEM LABORATORY II. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CHEM 352 and CHEM 372.
This course emphasizes spectrometry, synthesis, structure determination and advanced techniques in isolation, purification and analysis. This is a laboratory course.

CHEM 390. CHEMICAL METHODS IN SECONDARY SCHOOL. 2 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CHEM 173 and CHEM 173L and concurrent enrollment in SCED 390, or permission of the instructor.
This course is for chemistry majors planning to teach in the secondary schools. It includes organization of lesson materials and techniques, and evaluation methods.

CHEM 395. INTERNSHIP. 1-10 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.

CHEM 396. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-6 Credits.

CHEM 397. WORKSHOP, SHORT COURSE, CONFERENCE, SEMINAR. 1-10 Credits.

CHEM 399. DIRECTED STUDY. 1-10 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.
Library or laboratory study of a chemical problem.

CHEM 416. ADVANCED ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CHEM 304, CHEM 316 and CHEM 352 (or concurrent), or permission of the instructor.
This course includes a detailed study of atmospheric, soil, water, and waste water chemistry. Aspects of environmental/analytical chemistry will be introduced. Laboratory work will cover aspects of sampling, instrumental and automated analysis, and regulatory requirements. Students will concentrate in the area of their particular interest, leading to a comprehensive written research report and presentation. Laboratory work is included.

CHEM 418. MODERN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CHEM 304.
Principles of recently developed methods of analytical chemistry.

CHEM 419. ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY OR SENIOR CAPSTONE. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: CHEM 490.
Notes: quantitative and qualitative laboratory work is included.
Pre-requisites: CHEM 319 and CHEM 422.
Satisfies: a university graduation requirement–senior capstone.
The course covers ionic, covalent and metallic bonding, complexes, symmetry, acids and bases, molecular structure, and thermodynamics of inorganic reactions. It also introduces mechanisms and organometallic chemistry of selected groups of elements.

CHEM 420. INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS. 5 Credits.

Notes: this is a laboratory course.
Pre-requisites: CHEM 304 or permission of the instructor.
This course introduces instrumental methods of analysis.

CHEM 421. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY. 4 Credits.

Notes: for CHEM 421, completion of a computer programming course is strongly recommended.
Pre-requisites: PHYS 153, MATH 162.
Introduction to chemical thermodynamics. Gas properties, laws of thermodynamics and applications to chemical equilibria and phase equilibria.

CHEM 422. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CHEM 421.
Chemical kinetics and introduction to quantum mechanics.

CHEM 423. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CHEM 422.
Continuation of quantum mechanics of atoms and molecules. Vibrational, rotational and electronic spectroscopy.

CHEM 431. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY. 1 Credit.

Notes: for CHEM 421, completion of a computer programming course is strongly recommended.
Pre-requisites: concurrent enrollment in CHEM 421.
(See your Chemistry/Biochemistry advisor.) These courses cover data treatment, current physicochemical techniques, computer applications to chemical systems. These are laboratory courses

CHEM 432. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY. 2 Credits.

Pre-requisites: concurrent enrollment in CHEM 422.
These courses cover data treatment, current physicochemical techniques, computer applications to chemical systems. These are laboratory courses

CHEM 433. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY. 2 Credits.

Pre-requisites: concurrent enrollment in CHEM 423.
These courses cover data treatment, current physicochemical techniques, computer applications to chemical systems. These are laboratory courses

CHEM 440. ADVANCED PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: concurrent enrollment or completion of CHEM 423.
Further development of principles underlying molecular symmetry, group theory and quantum chemistry, with applications to molecular orbitals and molecular spectroscopy. Introduction to semi-empirical calculations of electronic properties of molecules and analysis of spectroscopic data.

CHEM 445. TOPICS IN FORENSIC CHEMISTRY. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: acceptance into BS forensic option.
This course includes a detailed investigation of current topics in forensic chemistry and forensic science. Topics will include courtroom testimony, laboratory accreditation, and analyst certification. Laboratory work is included.

CHEM 450. ADVANCED FORENSIC CHEMISTRY. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: acceptance into BS forensic option.
This course includes a detailed examination of the techniques of forensic chemistry including organic, inorganic, and instrumental analysis. Topics include gunshot residue, drugs and toxicology, paint, arson and explosives, and biochemical methods such as electrophoresis. Advanced topics in crime scene procedures, chain-of-custody, and quality assurance, will be discussed. Laboratory work is included.

CHEM 465. ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. 2 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CHEM 353 and CHEM 421 or permission of the instructor.
This course is an in-depth study of the mechanisms of organic reactions in vitro and in vivo, coupled to a detailed investigation of current techniques in structural analysis of organic compounds.

CHEM 466. STRUCTURAL ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES IN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. 2 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CHEM 353 and CHEM 421, or permission of the instructor.
This course is an in-depth study of modern analytical techniques used in the structural analysis of organic compounds. This course will comprise both theory and practical experience with the instruments. Topics covered include UV, IR, NMR, mass spectrometry, and chromatography. This is a laboratory course with lecture included.

CHEM 480. BIOCHEMISTRY. 5 Credits.

Notes: For the Biochemistry Option only. See your Chemistry/Biochemistry advisor.
Pre-requisites: CHEM 352 with a grade ≥ C-.
This course covers elements of biochemistry, including the structures, activities and biological functions of the major classes of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids.

CHEM 481. INTERMEDIARY METABOLISM. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CHEM 480 with a grade ≥C-.
Biosynthesis and metabolism of nucleotides, carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and steroids; regulation and integration of biochemical pathways.

CHEM 482. INTEGRATED TOPICS IN BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOPHYSICS. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CHEM 480.
Explores energy pathways, signal transduction pathways and genetic information pathways in living organisms. Provides a chemical perspective of the key principles of bioenergetics and membrane transport. Specific topics, discussed at a molecular level, are selected from, but not limited to, the following: electron transport, proton pumping, and ATP production in mitochondria and chloroplasts; hormone induced signal transduction; RNA synthesis and processing, and protein synthesis and processing.

CHEM 483. BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY 1. 2 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CHEM 480, may be taken concurrently.
Analytical biochemistry with an emphasis on separation techniques and quantitation of proteins.

CHEM 484. BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY 2. 2 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CHEM 480.
Analytical biochemistry with an emphasis on enzymes and DNA.

CHEM 490. ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY OR SENIOR CAPSTONE. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: CHEM 419.
Notes: quantitative and qualitative laboratory work is included.
Pre-requisites: CHEM 319 and CHEM 422.
Satisfies: a university graduation requirement–senior capstone.
The course covers ionic, covalent and metallic bonding, complexes, symmetry, acids and bases, molecular structure, and thermodynamics of inorganic reactions. It also introduces mechanisms and organometallic chemistry of selected groups of elements.

CHEM 491. SENIOR THESIS. 4-6 Credits.

Notes: complete a CHEM 499 project with the professor prior to beginning CHEM 491.
Pre-requisites: senior standing, CHEM 499.
Satisfies: a university graduation requirement–senior capstone.
Directed research in your area of chemistry leading to an oral presentation and written report. See your advisor for further information.

CHEM 495. INTERNSHIP. 1-10 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.
Supervised chemistry-related experiences with a professional or business organization.

CHEM 496. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-15 Credits.

CHEM 497. WORKSHOP, SHORT COURSE, CONFERENCE, SEMINAR. 1-10 Credits.

CHEM 498. SEMINAR. 1-2 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor.
Oral presentation of a chemical topic.

CHEM 499. DIRECTED STUDY. 1-10 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.
Research on a chemical problem.

CHEM 597. WORKSHOP, SHORT COURSE, CONFERENCE, SEMINAR. 1-15 Credits.

CHEM 599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 2-6 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.