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Chemistry

Course Descriptions

CHM 1000 Adventures in Chemistry  4 cr.
This chemistry course is for non-science majors. Topics include the scientific method, radioactivity, atomic structure, basic principles of chemistry as they apply to air and water pollution, and the political ramifications of worldwide chemical use. No prerequisite. Not open to science and engineering majors or any student that has completed any other chemistry course.  Satisfies the mathematics and science distribution requirement for non-science majors.  Offered every semester. Two two-hour sessions per week.

CHM 1110 General Chemistry I  4 cr.
Science and engineering students will take this course. Topics include the composition of matter, the mole, stoichiometry, atomic structure, molecular bonding and structure, and the solid and liquid states. Emphasis is placed on problem-solving techniques. The laboratory offers experiments to supplement the lecture material. Prerequisite: one year of High School Chemistry and MTH 1000 or placing out of MTH 1000 on the math placement test. Satisfies the mathematics and science distribution requirement. Offered every fall semester. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week.

CHM 1120 General Chemistry II  4 cr.
Science and engineering students will take this course.  A continuation of CHM 1110.  Topics include aqueous solutions, acids and bases, equilibrium calculations, kinetics, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry.  The laboratory offers experiments to supplement the lecture material. Prerequisite:  CHM 1110.  Satisfies the mathematics and science distribution requirement. Offered every spring semester. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week.

CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I   4 cr.
This course is an introduction to the chemistry of carbon. The concepts of bonding, structure, and classification of compounds by functional groups, as well as reactions of aliphatic hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, alcohols, and ethers are presented from a mechanistic viewpoint.  Stereochemical principles are emphasized. Infrared spectroscopy and mass spectrometry are introduced. The laboratory offers experiments to supplement the lecture material. Prerequisite: CHM 1120. Offered every fall semester. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week.

CHM 2220 Organic Chemistry II   4 cr.
A continuation of CHM 2210. The chemistry of aromatic compounds is introduced, and strong emphasis is given to the chemistry of organic compounds containing the carbonyl and amine functional groups. The application of organic reactions in multistep synthesis and the biological applications are emphasized. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy is introduced. The laboratory offers experiments to supplement the lecture material.  Prerequisite: CHM 2210. Offered every spring semester. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week.

CHM 2240 Organic Chemistry II for majors  4 cr.
A continuation of CHM 2210. The chemistry of aromatic compounds is introduced, and strong emphasis is given to the chemistry of organic compounds containing the carbonyl and amine functional groups. The application of organic reactions in multistep synthesis and the biological applications are emphasized. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy is introduced.  The laboratory offers experiments to supplement the lecture material.   Prerequisite: CHM 2210.  Corequisites: CHM  2320 and CHM 2500, Integrated Laboratory I. Offered every spring semester. Three hours of lecture per week.

CHM 2320 Inorganic Chemistry  4 cr.
This course introduces the chemistry of transition metals and main group elements. Topics include theories of bonding, kinetics and mechanisms of reactions of transition metal complexes, oxidation-reduction reactions, hard-soft acid-base theory, and solid-state chemistry.  Applications of inorganic chemistry to other areas (organic, analytical, and physical chemistry, as well as biology and biochemistry) are highlighted throughout the course.  Inorganic spectroscopy is introduced in conjunction with CHM2500. Prerequisites: CHM 2210. Co-requisites: CHM 2220 and CHM 2500, Integrated Laboratory I. Offered every spring semester. Three hours of lecture per week.

CHM 2500 Integrated Lab I  2 cr.
In this integrated laboratory course students will learn advanced laboratory techniques in Organic and Inorganic Chemistry. Students will be trained in the synthetic techniques used by chemists in these areas. Emphasis will also be placed upon the theory and application of modern spectroscopic techniques (UV-Visible, Infrared, and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopies, and Mass Spectrometry). Prerequisite: CHM 2210.  Co-requisites: CHM 2240 and CHM 2320.  Offered every spring semester. Two four-hour laboratory periods per week.

CHM 3410(W) Analytical Chemistry   4 cr.
This course is a study of the theoretical principles, practical applications, and limitations of chemical analysis. Topics include complexation reactions, electrochemistry, potentiometry, quantitative molecular spectroscopy, and gas and liquid chromatography. The laboratory provides experience in the hands-on use of chemical instrumentation and interpretation of the data. This course is writing intensive and stresses the importance of clearly written laboratory reports. Prerequisite: CHM 2220 or CHM 2240.  Offered every fall semester. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week.

CHM 3500 Integrated Lab II 2 cr.
This project based laboratory experience exposes students to interdisciplinary problems in chemistry. More advanced spectroscopic techniques, like 2D-NMR, are introduced. Students will complete several mini projects and will have the opportunity to design experiments to further investigate the question raised. Students are expected to draw upon their theoretical and applied knowledge of all areas of chemistry. This course is a co-requisite with CHM 3580. Prerequisites: CHM 3570 and CHM 3410. Offered every spring semester. One one-hour seminar plus one three-hour and one four-hour laboratory periods per week.

CHM 3570 Biophysical Chemistry 4 cr.
This course presents the foundations and biological applications of thermodynamics and kinetics appropriate for a chemistry or biochemistry major.  The topics covered include the first and second laws of thermodynamics, phase equilibria, chemical equilibrium, ion and electron transport, rates of reactions, accounting for rate laws and complex biochemical processes such as transport across membranes, enzyme kinetics and electron transfer in biological systems.  Laboratory experiments supplement the lecture material.  Prerequisites: CHM 2220 or CHM 2240, PHY 2212, and MTH 1218.  Offered every fall semester. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week.

CHM 3580 Physical Chemistry II  4 cr.
(A continuation of CHM 3570) Topics include quantum chemistry, molecular structure and spectroscopy, and statistical mechanics.  Integrated Laboratory II is a required co-requisite. Prerequisite: CHM 3570 and MTH 2219. Corequisite:  CHM 3500, Integrated Laboratory II.  Offered every spring semester. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week.

CHM 4010 Chemistry Seminar I 0 cr.
Chemistry seminar is a weekly one-hour presentation by outside speakers on a variety of topics of scientific interest.  This seminar is required of senior chemistry majors and minors. Senior chemistry majors are required to give one 15-minute presentation about their research, directed study or a topic of interest at the end of the semester.  Offered every fall semester. One seminar per week.

CHM 4020 Chemistry Seminar II 0 cr.
A continuation of CHM 4010, this course is a weekly one-hour presentation by outside speakers on a variety of topics of scientific interest.  This seminar is required of senior chemistry majors and minors. Senior Chemistry majors and minors are required to give a 30-minute presentation about their research or directed study at the end of the semester. Offered every spring semester. One seminar per week.

CHM 4210 Theoretical Organic Chemistry  2  cr.
This special topics course varies each time it is taught.  It will include an in-depth study of a theory important to the discipline, with emphasis on reading and discussion of the primary scientific literature.  Emphasis is placed on synthetic methods, including the mechanism, scope and limitations of the important reactions in organic chemistry.  Distribution of the 4 hrs/wk will be at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisites: CHM 2220 or CHM 2240. Four hours per week for 7 weeks.

CHM 4220 Applied Organic Chemistry   2 cr.
This special topics course varies each time it is taught.  It will include an in-depth study of an application or a technique important to the discipline, with emphasis on experimental procedures current in the primary literature, for example, multinuclear 2D and 3D NMR for structure determination. Distribution of the 4 hrs/wk will be at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisites:  CHM 2220 or CHM 2240. Four hours per week for 7 weeks.

CHM 4310 Theoretical Inorganic Chemistry   2  cr.
This special topics course varies each time it is taught.  It will include an in-depth study of a theory important to the discipline, with emphasis on reading and discussion of the primary scientific literature, for example, topics such as crystal field theory, ligand field thory and molecular orbital theory, the chemistry, structure and bonding of transition metal complexes and organometallics. Distribution of the 4 hrs/wk will be at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite: CHM 2320. Four hours per week for 7 weeks.

CHM 4320 Applied Inorganic Chemistry   2 cr.
This special topics course varies each time it is taught.  It will include an in-depth study of an application or a technique important to the discipline, with emphasis on experimental procedures current in the primary literature, for example, organometallic compounds, their chemistry, bonding, structures, and uses as reagents and catalysts in laboratory and industry. Distribution of the 4 hrs/wk will be at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite:  CHM 2320. Four hours per week for 7 weeks.

CHM 4410 Theoretical Analytical Chemistry  2 cr.
This special topics course varies each time it is taught.  It will include an in-depth study of a theory important to the discipline, with emphasis on reading and discussion of the primary scientific literature.  Distribution of the 4 hrs/wk will be at the discretion of the instructor.  Prerequisite:  CHM 3410. Four hours per week for 7 weeks.

CHM 4420 Applied Analytical Chemistry   2 cr.
This special topics course varies each time it is taught. It will include an in-depth study of an application or a technique important to the discipline, with emphasis on experimental procedures current in the primary literature.  Distribution of the 4 hrs/wk will be at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite:  CHM 3410. Four hours per week for 7 weeks.

CHM 4510 Theoretical Physical Chemistry  2 cr.
This special topics course varies each time it is taught.  It will include an in-depth study of a theory important to the discipline, with emphasis on reading and discussion of the primary scientific literature.  Distribution of the 4 hrs/wk will be at the discretion of the instructor.  Prerequisite:  CHM 3520 or CHM 3580. Four hours per week for 7 weeks.

CHM 4520 Applied Physical Chemistry 2 cr.
This special topics course varies each time it is taught.  It will include an in-depth study of an application or a technique important to the discipline, with emphasis on experimental procedures current in the primary literature. Distribution of the 4 hrs/wk will be at the discretion of the instructor.   Prerequisite:  CHM 3520 or CHM 3580. Four hours per week for 7 weeks.

CHM 4610 Theoretical Biochemistry   2 cr.
This special topics course varies each time it is taught.  It will include an in-depth study of a theory important to the discipline, with emphasis on reading and discussion of the primary scientific literature.  Distribution of the 4 hrs/wk will be at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite: CHM 2220 and BIO 3037. Four hours per week for 7 weeks.

CHM 4620 Applied Biochemistry  2 cr.
This special topics course varies each time it is taught.  It will include an in-depth study of a theory important to the discipline, with emphasis on reading and discussion of the primary scientific literature.  Distribution of the 4 hrs/wk will be at the discretion of the instructor.  Prerequisite:  CHM2220 and BIO 3037. Four hours per week for 7 weeks.

CHM 4800 Directed Study  2 or 4 cr.
In lieu of a formal course, qualified upper class students may substitute an intensive program of study under the direction of a member of the department and with departmental approval, which must be obtained prior to registration. Prerequisites: CHM 1120 and consent of the instructor.

CHM 4910 Directed Research I   4 cr.
Chemistry and Biochemistry majors will take this literature and laboratory research course directed by a faculty member. Course requirements include literature reviews, group discussions, laboratory experimentation, and presentation of seminars to the department. Prerequisite: Permission of the department. Course credit will be granted when CHM 4920 is completed. Offered every fall semester. Scheduled by arrangement with research advisor.

CHM 4920 Directed Research II 4 cr.
A continuation of CHM 4910.  A senior thesis completes the two-semester project. Prerequisite: CHM 4910. Offered every spring semester. Scheduled by arrangement with research advisor.