Chemistry (CHEM)

CHEM 004: Introduction to College Chemistry (3-3 Credits)

Fundamental principles of general chemistry. Recommended for students who have not previously taken a course in chemistry.

Note(s): Prerequisite: MATH 003 or high school algebra.

Meets the following Core requirements: Scientific Inquiry

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Natural Sciences

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CHEM 011: Chemistry of Cooking (3-3 Credits)

The methods of preparation of food for human consumption will be used to learn about the molecular nature of matter and the chemical and physical changes during food preparation. Topics will include: mass, volume, and temperature measurement; the food molecules of water, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats; acids and bases; emulsions, foams, and suspensions. This framework will allow discussion of how we learn more about the material world through scientific investigation.

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Natural Sciences

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CHEM 011J: Chemistry of Cooking (3 Credits)

CHEM 017: General Chemistry I (4-4 Credits)

A broad overview of chemical principles. Topics include atomic structure, chemical bonding and molecular structure, chemical periodicity, stoichiometry, and nuclear chemistry. Lecture and lab.

Note(s): Prerequisite CHEM 004 or one year of high school chemistry coupled with satisfactory performance on a placement test.

Meets the following Core requirements: Scientific Inquiry

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Natural Sciences

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CHEM 018: General Chemistry II (4-4 Credits)

A continuation of an overview of chemical principles and reactivity. Topics include thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, acid-base theories, solubility, electrochemistry, and chemical kinetics. Lecture and lab.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 017

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CHEM 018Y: General Chemistry II (1 Credits)

CHEM 037N: Survey of Chemistry for Nurses (4-4 Credits)

A survey of topics in organic chemistry and biochemistry with a focus on aspects relevant to human health and nutrition. Topics include structures of organic compounds, reactions of common functional groups, study of biochemical compounds and polymers, catalysis, and major metabolic pathways.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 004

Note(s): CHEM 004 as a prerequisite is intended for students without a strong high school chemistry background. This course is intended for nursing students only. Non-nursing students may enroll with permission of the instructor. Lecture and lab.

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CHEM 038N: Survey of Chemistry II: Principles of Nutrition for Nurses (3-3 Credits)

This course covers the basic chemical principles of the science of nutrition, including a survey of the nutrients in food and their influence on the promotion of good health and disease prevention. Nutrient recommendations, diet planning guidelines, and assessment throughout the human life cycle are covered.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 037N

Note(s): This course is open to nursing students only.

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CHEM 080N: Special Topics: Intro to College Chemistry with Lab (4 Credits)

Fundamental principles of general chemistry with a laboratory component. Basics of dimensional analysis, the atom, the mole, stoichiometry, solutions, and acids and bases are covered. Recommended for pre-nursing students who have not previously taken a course in chemistry.

Note(s): Only students in the pre-nursing program.

CHEM 105: Organic Chemistry I (4-4 Credits)

Study of the chemistry of carbon compounds, especially the relationship between molecular structure and chemical and physical properties. Emphasis is placed on stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms, and the chemistry of hydrocarbons. Laboratory work illustrates the principles discussed in the lecture course and provides practical experience in the isolation, purification, and analysis of organic chemicals. The use of modern equipment and instrumentation is stressed. Lecture and lab.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 018

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CHEM 106: Organic Chemistry II (4-4 Credits)

A continuation of the study of the chemistry of carbon compounds and their properties. Emphasis is placed on the chemistry of various functional groups, relevant reaction mechanisms, and methods of instrumental analysis, especially infrared spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry. Laboratory work illustrates the reactions discussed in the lecture course and provides practical experience in the synthesis of organic chemicals and their analysis using modern spectroscopy. Lecture and lab.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 105

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CHEM 107: Accelerated Organic Chemistry with laboratory (5-5 Credits)

Study of the chemistry of carbon compounds, especially the relationship between molecular structure and chemical and physical properties. Emphasis is placed on stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms, and the chemistry of functional groups. Laboratory work illustrates the principles discussed in the lecture course and provides practical experience in the isolation, purification, and analysis of organic chemicals. The use of modern equipment and instrumentation is stressed. Lecture (4 classes per week) and lab.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 018

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CHEM 108: Applied Organic Chemistry with Lab (3 Credits)

The study of the identification, analysis, and synthesis of carbon compounds. Analysis methods include chemical testing and spectroscopic methods. Coverage of synthesis will include the study of classic organic reaction methods and comparison to biosynthetic pathways. Graduate students only. January term

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 018

Instructor Consent Required: Y

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CHEM 109: Analytical Chemistry (5-5 Credits)

Principles, techniques, and instruments used in quantitative chemical analysis. Principles of chemical equilibria, diffusion-limited reactions, spectrophotometry, and chromatography. Applications to gravimetric, titrimetric, spectrophotometric, chromatographic, and electrochemical analyses. Atomic absorption spectrophotometer, gas and high-pressure liquid chromatographs, and microprocessor-controlled electrochemical analyzer used in analyses. Introduction to statistical treatment of data. Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 018 and ENG 001

Meets the following Core requirements: Written and Oral Communication II

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Written Communication

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CHEM 134: Experimental Physical Chemistry (3-3 Credits)

An introduction to experimental physical chemistry, including experiments in thermodynamics, kinetics, molecular structure, and spectroscopy. The focus is on applications of modern instrumentation to physical chemistry. This course meets for two hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory each week.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 105 and PHYS 062

Meets the following Core requirements: Critical Analysis, Written and Oral Communication II

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CHEM 135: Quantum Mechanics (3-3 Credits)

Quantum mechanics and the theory of atomic and molecular spectroscopy. Topics include the experimental foundations of quantum theory; postulates of quantum mechanics; solution of the Schrödinger equation for simple systems; the hydrogen atom; angular momentum; selection rules and atomic spectroscopy; Hückel molecular orbital theory.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 018 and PHYS 062 and MATH 048

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CHEM 136: Thermodynamics (3-3 Credits)

Physical chemistry with an emphasis on thermodynamics. Topics in thermodynamics include real gas equations of state, the laws of thermodynamics, thermochemistry, phase equilibrium, chemical equilibrium, and electrochemistry. Additional topics include the Boltzmann distribution law, statistical thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 018 and PHYS 062 and MATH 048

Note(s): CHEM 135 is not a prerequisite for CHEM 136.

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CHEM 145: Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry with Laboratory (4-4 Credits)

Spectroscopy and reactivity of inorganic elements and compounds, including semiconductors, coordination compounds, and organometalics. Introduction to group theory and ligand field theory. Organometallic reactions and mechanisms. Applications of organometallic compounds to organic synthesis. Laboratory will include an introduction to inorganic and organometallic analysis and synthesis.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 018 and CHEM 105

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CHEM 146: Advanced Organic Chemistry with Laboratory (4-4 Credits)

A continuation of the study of carbon compounds and their properties. The first part of the course will emphasize physical organic chemistry: the study and determination of reaction mechanisms. The second part of the course will emphasize synthetic organic chemistry: the study, planning and execution of molecule synthesis.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 105 and CHEM 106

CHEM 164: Nuclear Chemistry (2-2 Credits)

Nuclear stability and reactivity; radioactive decay; interactions of radiation with matter; and applications of nuclear processes, including nuclear chemistry and nuclear tracers, will be studied. Meets for half of semester.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 018

CHEM 179: Directed Research (1-3 Credits)

CHEM 179A: Directed Research (3-4 Credits)

Advanced students of proven ability and sufficient background in chemistry may apply to assist a faculty member with advanced research. Pass/No Pass only.

Instructor Consent Required: Y

Pass/No Pass Only

CHEM 180: Special Topics in Chemistry (3-3 Credits)

Exploration of themes and/or topics not offered as part of the regular curriculum. Course content to be determined by the instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics differ.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 106

Note(s): Open to juniors and seniors.

CHEM 183: Advanced Seminar in Chemistry (3-3 Credits)

In-depth examination of and critical inquiry into a specific subject through shared readings, discussion, and written assignments. Course content to be determined by the instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics differ.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 106

Note(s): Open to juniors and seniors.

CHEM 191: Senior Seminar (4 Credits)

Literature research with an emphasis on recent developments in chemistry and biochemistry/molecular biology. Familiarizes the student with the structure and funding of the scientific enterprise, the structure of scientific literature, and the format of scientific publications. Articles from the scientific literature are read, presented orally, and discussed. A paper and oral presentation constitute the final project.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 106 and CHEM 018

Note(s): Declared major in chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology, or environmental science and senior standing required.

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