CHEM-131
Credit Hours:
4
Atoms and Molecules: Structure and Dynamics
This course is an introduction to the study of chemical phenomena using an "atoms-first" approach -- starting with atoms and building up to more complex molecules. Students will explore principles of atomic structure, molecular bonding and structure, electronic properties, intermolecular forces in all phases of matter, chemical equilibrium, and thermodynamics. Core concepts will be taught through active learning, and laboratory investigation will develop skills in foundational quantitative analysis (measurement, stoichiometry, error analysis) and spectroscopy. Cognitive skills in graphical and written presentation of chemistry developed in this course will be built on in subsequent courses. This course satisfies the Quantitative Reasoning requirement. Three class periods and one laboratory weekly.
CHEM-132
Credit Hours:
4
Organic Structure and Reactivity
This course builds on the foundation of molecular structural and electronic properties developed in CHEM 131. Students will be introduced to chemical reactions of inorganic and organic compounds, including acid/base reactions, precipitation reactions and substitution and elimination reactions. In-depth analysis of reaction chemistry will encompass aspects of equilibrium, thermodynamics, and kinetics. The principles of conformation and stereochemistry of organic and inorganic molecules, and organic reaction mechanisms will be emphasized. Skills in presentation of scientific data, and experimental design and analysis will be developed and built on in subsequent courses. Prerequisite: CHEM 131. This course satisfies the Quantitative Reasoning requirement. Three class periods and one laboratory weekly.
CHEM-199
Credit Hours:
1-4
Introductory Topics in Chemistry
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit.
CHEM-212
Credit Hours:
4
Environmental Chemistry
A study of the chemistry of the atmosphere, natural water, and soils with a special focus on acid precipitation, greenhouse gases, ozone depletion, urban and indoor air pollution, water and soil pollution, solid and hazardous waste disposal and risk assessment. Prerequisites 121-122 or 131-132. Three class periods and one laboratory weekly. This course can be used to satisfy a minor in chemistry. Safety glasses required.
CHEM-251
Credit Hours:
4
Intermediate Organic Chemistry
This course expands upon concepts in molecular structure and behavior presented in CHEM 131 and CHEM 132 and applies them to the systematic investigation of the reactivity of organic molecules. Students will explore the transformation and reaction chemistry of organic functional groups, including alcohols, aromatics, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, and their derivatives. Reactions are explored with an emphasis on the mechanism of reactivity, and in the context of organic synthesis with a focus on the art of retrosynthetic analysis for complex targets. Laboratory experiments are selected to introduce techniques for the synthesis, purification, and analysis of organic compounds discussed in class. Offered in the fall only. Three class periods and one laboratory weekly. Safety glasses required. Prerequisite: CHEM 132.
CHEM-258
Credit Hours:
4
Intermediate Biochemistry
A study of the major chemical processes and molecular species that characterize living organisms. Principles of molecular structure and chemical reactivity from CHEM 131, 132, and 251 will be developed in greater quantitative detail and applied to investigation of the molecular interactions that underlie cellular life. Primary emphasis will be placed on understanding the relationship between the structures of biological macromolecules (particularly proteins) and their functions. Laboratory work will consist of a series of multi-week experiments focused on the isolation and subsequent characterization of active biological macromolecules from living organisms. Offered in the spring only. Three class periods and one laboratory weekly. Prerequisites: CHEM 251 and BIOL 150, or consent of instructor.
CHEM-299
Credit Hours:
1-4
Intermediate Topics in Chemistry
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit.
CHEM-300
Credit Hours:
Chemistry & Biochemistry Assessment I
A pass/fail course used to track all chemistry and biochemistry majors' completion of the required third-year departmental assessment exam. Earning the required S (pass) in this course entails completion of the assessment exam with a passing score as designated by the department.
CHEM-302
Credit Hours:
4
Biochemistry
A study of the chemical and physiochemical properties of living organisms. Concepts will be developed through a study of the physical and chemical properties of biological compounds and integration of various metabolic pathways in an attempt to understand the dynamics of living systems. The laboratory will include the isolation and study of properties of biological compounds. Prerequisites: 224 and Biology 201. The department strongly recommends that students enrolling in this course have earned a grade of C or higher in Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 224) and Molecular Biology (BIOL 201). Offered in the fall semester (also as Biology 302). Three class periods weekly plus laboratory. Safety glasses required.
CHEM-317
Credit Hours:
4
Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
This course in inorganic chemistry investigates the structural and bonding models of molecules using concepts of symmetry and molecular orbitals. Investigation of reactions and intermolecular forces is done in the context of inorganic substances. The classroom portion includes introduction to and an oral presentation on the primary literature of the discipline while the laboratory portion includes synthesis of molecules and measurement of their properties. Three class periods and one laboratory weekly. Prerequisite: CHEM 258, or consent of instructor.
CHEM-331
Credit Hours:
4
Intermediate Analytical Chemistry
A course of quantitative analytical chemistry, based on principles of chemical equilibrium and thermodynamics. The laboratory includes exposure to a range of gravimetric and volumetric methods along with spectroscopic, chromatograhic, and electrochemical techniques for analysis. Three class periods and one laboratory period weekly. Offered fall semester only. Prerequisite: CHEM 258, or consent of instructor.
CHEM-341
Credit Hours:
4
Thermodynamics and Kinetics
An examination of the physical properties of chemical systems from both macroscopic and microscopic points of view. Topics include: gas laws and the kinetic molecular theory; thermodynamics and thermochemistry; equilibria and chemical kinetics. Prerequisites: CHEM 122, MATH 123 or MATH 124, PHYS 122. Four class periods and one laboratory period weekly. Safety glasses required.
CHEM-343
Credit Hours:
4
Intermediate Physical Chemistry
An examination of the physical properties of chemical systems from both macroscopic and microscopic points of view. Topics include thermodynamics, structure and bonding from a quantum mechanical point of view, an introduction to spectroscopy, and chemical kinetics. Three class periods and one laboratory weekly. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisite: CHEM 258, MATH 124 and PHYS 121, or consent of instructor.
CHEM-343
Credit Hours:
4
Intermediate Physical Chemistry
An examination of the physical properties of chemical systems from both macroscopic and microscopic points of view. Topics include thermodynamics, structure and bonding from a quantum mechanical point of view, an introduction to spectroscopy, and chemical kinetics. Three class periods and one laboratory weekly. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisite: CHEM 258, MATH 124 and PHYS 121, or consent of instructor.
CHEM-361
Credit Hours:
1-4
Directed Study
Laboratory (or library) research, in consultation with a member of the chemistry faculty. Offered to juniors and seniors. Prerequisites: Consent of faculty mentor. Hours arranged. Safety glasses required.
CHEM-362
Credit Hours:
1-4
Directed Study
Laboratory (or library) research, in consultation with a member of the chemistry faculty. Offered to juniors and seniors. Prerequisites: Consent of faculty mentor. Hours arranged. Safety glasses required.
CHEM-363
Credit Hours:
1-4
Independent Study
CHEM-364
Credit Hours:
1-4
Independent Study
CHEM-399
Credit Hours:
1-4
Advanced Topics in Chemistry
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit.
CHEM-401
Credit Hours:
4
Advanced Biochemistry
This is a topical course, the content of which will vary from year to year. In general, a detailed look at a variety of recent biochemical topics will be conducted through readings of the primary literature. Laboratory will offer an in-depth, semester-long research experience. Offered Spring semester (also as BIOL 401). Prerequisite: CHEM/BIOL 302. Safety glasses required.
CHEM-402
Credit Hours:
4
Advanced Organic Chemistry
A study of synthetic strategy and certain theoretical aspects of organic chemistry using specially selected examples. The latter include some of the more complex compounds of the aliphatic, aromatic, and heterocyclic series, including compounds of biological significance. Prerequisites: 224. Three class periods and one laboratory period weekly. Safety glasses required.
CHEM-431
Credit Hours:
4
Instrumental Analysis
An examination of modern instruments used in absorption spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and chromatography. Emphasis is on instrumental use as well as underlying theory. Selected aspects of electronics are also discussed. Examples and problems are drawn from the current chemical literature. Prerequisite: 231. Three class periods and one laboratory period weekly. Safety glasses required.
CHEM-451
Credit Hours:
4
Senior Research
Laboratory research for qualified seniors working under faculty supervision. Students who wish to qualify for graduation with honors must first enroll in these courses. Prerequisite: Staff approval. Hours arranged. Safety glasses required.
CHEM-452
Credit Hours:
4
Senior Research
Laboratory research for qualified seniors working under faculty supervision. Students who wish to qualify for graduation with honors must first enroll in these courses. Prerequisite: Staff approval. Hours arranged. Safety glasses required.
CHEM-470
Credit Hours:
2
Chemistry and Biochemistry Senior Seminar
Based on current literature in chemistry and biochemistry, this course encourages a critical reading of the primary literature and the thoughtful expression of its analysis through student-led presentations. Topical focus will vary from year to year. Required of all Chemistry and Biochemistry majors. Prerequisite: Senior standing or consent of instructor. This course satisfies the Oral Communication requirement. (Offered spring semester)