Courses

Here are the courses offered by this department. Numbers in parentheses at the end of course descriptions indicate the number of lecture, discussion, and laboratory hours per week.

CHM 102 Chemistry and Society. A survey of some of the many ways in which chemistry is involved with people's day-to-day existence. This course is not applicable for a chemistry major or minor. Fulfills Physical Sciences Foundation (3-0-0). Three credits. Offered fall and winter semesters.

CHM 109 Introductory Chemistry. An introductory study of general chemistry that presents the basic chemical principles and their applications. Designed for general education and students in programs that require a chemistry background but not the rigor of a full year of general chemistry. Does not count toward a chemistry major. Prerequisite: MTH 097 (may be taken concurrently). Fulfills Physical Sciences with Lab Foundation. (4-1-2). Five credits. Offered every semester.

CHM 111 Introduction to Green Chemistry. Green Chemistry, known also as sustainable chemistry, is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. The course presents basic concepts of green chemistry and engineering. It is not applicable for chemistry majors or minors. Fulfills Physical Sciences Foundations (3-0-0). Three credits. Offered winter semester.

CHM 115 Principles of Chemistry I. The first semester in the two-semester general chemistry sequence for the sciences. Begins with the concepts of atomic structure and builds up the principles of modern chemistry. Emphasis on connections between atomic/molecular structure and observed behavior. Students continuing with CHM 116 are advised to take MTH 122 or 125 concurrently with CHM 115. Prerequisites: High school chemistry or CHM 109, and MTH 110. Fulfills Physical Sciences with Lab Foundation. (4-1-3). Five credits. Offered every semester.

CHM 116 Principles of Chemistry II. The second semester in the two-semester general chemistry sequence for science majors. Builds on the theoretical foundation of CHM 115 to develop the concepts of equilibria, solubility, acids and bases, kinetics, and thermodynamics. Prerequisite: 115 and MTH 122 or 125. (4-1-3). Five credits. Offered every semester.

CHM 180 Special Topics in Chemistry. Special topics for the first year in college chemistry. Prerequisite: Permission of CHM department. One to three credits. Offered upon sufficient demand.

CHM 201 Introduction to Chemical Sciences. Introduction to chemical sciences emphasizing the descriptive approach. Lectures, demonstrations, discussions, experiments, and assignments illustrate the chemical concepts as appropriate for K-8 teaching. K-8 science classroom visits will be arranged for students who plan to teach. Other students will write a term paper as part of course requirement. Fulfills Physical Sciences with Lab Foundation. (3-0-2). Four credits. Offered fall and winter semesters.

CHM 221 Survey of Analytical Chemistry. Survey course on classic wet chemical and instrumental methods of analysis with a focus on practical laboratory skills. Topics include gravimetric, titrimetric, and potentiometric techniques. Basic issues concerning UV-Vis and atomic absorption spectroscopy and gas and liquid chromatography are also covered. Prerequisite: 116 or one full year of General Chemistry. (3-0-4). Four credits. Offered fall and winter semesters.

CHM 222 Quantitative Analysis. An intensive coverage of statistics and equilibria in chemistry analyses and electrochemical properties. The laboratory experience focuses on gravimetric and volumetric wet-chemical methods of analysis along with potentiometric measurements. Prerequisite: 116. Corequisite: 241 or 245. (2-1-4). Three credits. Offered fall and winter semesters.

CHM 225 Instrumental Analysis I. An introduction to the theory and application of common analytical instrumentation. Emphasis will be given to spectroscopic and separation instrumental techniques. The laboratory experience focuses on practical utilization of analytical techniques. Prerequisite: 222. (2-1-3). Three credits. Offered winter semester.

CHM 230 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry. A survey of organic and biochemistry. Topics include the biologically significant classes of organic compounds and their reactions, classes of biological compounds, the major metabolic pathways, the biochemistry of nucleic acids, and protein synthesis. Does not apply to a chemistry major or minor. Prerequisite: 109 or equivalent. (5-0-0). Five credits. Offered fall and winter semesters.

CHM 231 Introductory Organic Chemistry. An introduction to organic chemistry. Topics include the classes of organic compounds, reactions, synthesis, and mechanisms. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: 109 or 116. (3-1-2). Four credits. Offered every semester.

CHM 232 Biological Chemistry. An introductory course in biochemistry. Topics include carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, enzymes, metabolism, and protein synthesis. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: 231. (3-1-2). Four credits. Offered every semester.

CHM 241 Organic Chemistry For Life Sciences I. The first semester of a two-semester sequence of Organic Chemistry designed to meet the specific needs of life science students. Topics include classes of organic compounds, nomenclature, transformations and reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, and spectroscopy. This course emphasizes the importance and application of functional group organic chemistry in living systems. Prerequisite: 116. (3-1-3). Four credits. Offered fall and winter semesters.

CHM 242 Organic Chemistry For Life Sciences II. A continuation of 241. Topics include the nomenclature, organic transformations, mechanisms, stereochemistry, spectroscopy, and the chemistry of alcohols, carbonyls, carboxylic acid derivatives, amines, and carbohydrates. This course emphasizes the importance and application of functional group organic chemistry in living systems. Prerequisite: 241. (3-1-3). Four credits. Offered fall and winter semesters.

CHM 245 Principles of Organic Chemistry I. A comprehensive overview of organic chemistry, focusing on nomenclature, chemical transformations (reactions), reaction energetics, and stereochemistry. In particular, this course will examine the chemistry of hydrocarbons and the use of spectroscopic techniques to determine chemical structures. A mechanistic approach in organic problem solving will be stressed. Prerequisite: 116. Co-requisite: 246. (3-1-0). Three credits. Offered fall semester.

CHM 246 Principles of Organic Chemistry I Lab. An introduction to laboratory techniques and procedures of synthetic organic chemistry including analysis of organic compounds using modern spectroscopic techniques. Prerequisite: 116. Co-requisite: 245. (0-0-4). One credit. Offered fall semester

CHM 247 Principles of Organic Chemistry II. An examination of the chemistry of alkyl halides, aromatic compounds, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, and derivatives of carboxylic acids. This course will build on the principles learned in CHM 245, emphasizing reaction energetics, stereochemistry, and spectroscopic analysis of reaction products. A mechanistic approach in organic problem solving will be stressed. Prerequisites: 245 and 246. Co-requisite: 248. (3-1-0). Three credits. Offered winter semester.

CHM 248 Principles of Organic Chemistry II Lab. A continuation of CHM 246, covering laboratory techniques and procedures of synthetic organic chemistry including analysis of organic compounds using modern spectroscopic techniques. Prerequisites: 245 and 246. Co-requisite: 247. (0-0-4) One credit. Offered winter semester

CHM 249 Organic Mechanisms and Spectroscopy. A bridge course for students who have taken CHM 241/242 but want to learn the mechanistic and spectroscopic topics covered in CHM 245/246/247/248. Topics include an introduction to reaction mechanisms, mechanistic problem solving in organic chemistry, and an overview of spectroscopic analysis, including hands-on experiences using spectroscopic instrumentation. Prerequisite: 242. (1-0-0). One credit. First offered fall 2005.

CHM 280 Special Topics in Chemistry. Special topics for the second year in college chemistry. Prerequisite: Permission of CHM department. One to three credits. Offered upon sufficient demand.

CHM 311 Green Chemistry and Industrial Processes. Green Chemistry is the design of chemicals and processes while eliminating the use and generation of hazardous substances. Focuses on green chemistry principles and their industrial applications: global perspectives on green chemistry performed in industrial settings with no negative environmental consequences and increased benefits to humans and the earth. Prerequisites: CHM 242 or CHM 247. (3-0-0). Three credits. Offered winter semester of even-numbered years.

CHM 321 Environmental Chemistry. A study of the chemistry of our environment and the chemistry underlying our environmental problems. The sources, transport, reactions, and fates of chemical species in the water, air, and soil will be discussed, and the health effects associated with these pollutants on humans, animals, and the environment will be addressed. Prerequisite: 231 or 242 or 247/248. (3-0-0). Three credits. Offered winter semester.

CHM 322 Environmental Chemical Analysis. Provides the basic concepts of pollution and hands-on experience with the techniques for instrumental analysis of environmental samples. Sample acquisition, preparation, and analysis will be discussed and practiced. Understanding quality control and quality assurance procedures will also be covered. Capstone for environmental emphasis. Prerequisites: 221 or 222, and 231 or 242, or 247/248. (2-0-3). Three credits. Offered fall semester.

CHM 344 Qualitative Organic Analysis. Identification of organic compounds using chemical and instrumental methods. Prerequisite: 247/248 or 249. (1-1-4). Three credits. Offered fall and winter semesters.

CHM 351 Introduction to Physical Chemistry. Physical chemical concepts for students of biology, health sciences, geology, chemistry (technical, education, biochemistry, and environmental emphases), and related fields. Credit cannot be given for 351 as well as 356 and 358. Does not satisfy the requirements of the professional emphasis in chemistry. Prerequisite: 116, MTH 201, and PHY 220 (may be taken concurrently). (3-0-0). Offered fall semester.

CHM 352 Applied Physical Chemistry. Laboratory experiments in physical chemistry for students with credit in CHM 351 (Introduction to Physical Chemistry). Topics will include thermodynamics, equilibrium, spectroscopy, and kinetics. Prerequisites: 116, 351 (may be taken concurrently), MTH 201, and PHY 220 (may be taken concurrently). (0-0-3). One credit. Offered winter semester.

CHM 353 Physical/Computational Chemistry Lab I. Laboratory experiments in physical chemistry and computational chemistry. Topics include quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, and chemical kinetics. Prerequisites: 222 and 356 (may be taken concurrently). (0-0-4). Two credits. Offered fall semester.

CHM 355 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II. Laboratory experiments in physical chemistry. Topics include thermodynamics and chemical kinetics. Prerequisites: 222, 353, and 358 (may be taken concurrently). Students will meet for labs every other week for four-hour laboratory sessions. (0-0-2). One credit. Offered winter semester.

CHM 356 Physical Chemistry I. Introduction to the mathematical-physical interpretation of chemical theory. Topics include quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure, spectroscopy, and chemical kinetics. Prerequisites: 116, MTH 202, and PHY 230. (3-1-0). Three credits. Offered fall semester.

CHM 358 Physical Chemistry II. Study of the mathematical-physical interpretation of chemical theory. Topics include kinetic-molecular theory of gases, thermodynamics, and statistical mechanics. Prerequisite: 356 and PHY 231 (may be taken concurrently). (3-0-0). Three credits. Offered winter semester.

CHM 372 Inorganic Chemistry Lab Techniques. An introduction to the techniques specific to synthesizing and characterizing inorganic compounds; applying knowledge of basic chemical kinetics and thermodynamics to experimental design and troubleshooting in inorganic synthesis; acquiring greater depth of knowledge in the descriptive chemistry of inorganic compounds. Prerequisites: 222; and 247/248 or 249. (0-0-3). One credit. Offered fall semester.

CHM 380 Special Topics in Chemistry. Special topics for the third year in college chemistry. Prerequisite: Permission of CHM department. One to three credits. Offered upon sufficient demand.

CHM 391 Chemistry Seminar I. Invited speaker and student presentation of topics from current chemical literature. Participation in two semesters of seminar is required for one credit. Open only to junior chemistry majors and minors. Required for majors in the junior year. (0-1-0). First semester - zero credit; second semester - one credit. Offered fall and winter semesters.

CHM 399 Readings in Chemistry. Independent supervised reading in selected topics or supervised independent laboratory work in chemistry. The topics, hours, and amount of credit must be arranged with a faculty member and approved by the department chairman before registration. One or two credits. May be taken for a maximum of four credits. Offered on demand.

CHM 419 Chemistry in Secondary Education. Expands the perspectives on the teaching of specific topics in an introductory chemistry course. Emphasis on lecture demonstrations, laboratory experiments, computer applications, lab safety and stockroom management. Capstone for the education emphasis. Prerequisites: Chemistry major or minor, teacher certification candidate, and 18 credits in chemistry. (3-0-0). Three credits. Offered fall semester.

CHM 425 Instrumental Analysis II. This course focuses on the theory and application of advanced analytical instrumentation. Emphasis will be given to sample preparation methodology, atomic spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy and advanced topics in separation methodologies. The laboratory experience focuses on practical utilization of analytical techniques. Capstone for the technical emphasis. Prerequisite: CHM 225. (2-0-2). Three credits. First offered fall 2005.

CHM 441 Advanced Organic Chemistry. An advanced treatment of organic structure, reactions, and mechanisms and physical organic chemistry. Prerequisites: 247/248 or 249, and 351 or 356 (351 or 356 may be taken concurrently). (3-0-0). Three credits. Offered winter semester of odd-numbered years.

CHM 442 Polymer Chemistry. Covers the physical and chemical properties of polymers, the preparations and reactions of polymers, and the industrial uses of polymers. Prerequisite: 242 or 247/248, and 351 or 356 (351 or 356 may be taken concurrently). (3-0-0). Three credits. Offered winter semester of even-numbered years.

CHM 452 Advanced Synthetic Techniques. An advanced laboratory course designed to incorporate modern synthetic techniques of both organic and inorganic chemistry. Experiments will focus on demonstrating the overlap of these two synthetic fields. Prerequisites: 247/248 or 249; 344 recommended. (0-1-5). Two credits. Offered winter semester of odd-numbered years.

CHM 455 Physical/Computational Chemistry Lab II. Laboratory experiments in physical chemistry and computational chemistry. Topics include thermodynamics, molecular dynamics, statistical mechanics, and chemical kinetics. Prerequisites: 222, 353, and 358 (may be taken concurrently). (0-0-4). Two credits. Offered winter semester.

CHM 461 Biochemistry I. Structure and function of biological compounds, bioenergetics, intermediary metabolism, and protein synthesis. Prerequisite: 242 or 247/248. (4-0-0). Four credits. Offered fall and winter semesters.

CHM 462 Techniques in Biochemistry. Laboratory experiments and lectures covering techniques used in modern biochemical research. Prerequisite: 461 or permission of instructor. (1-0-6). Three credits. Offered fall and winter semesters.

CHM 463 Biochemistry II. A continuation of CHM 461. An in-depth coverage of the biochemistry of membranes, chemistry of DNA, photosynthesis, enzyme kinetics and mechanisms, and coenzymes. Capstone for biochemistry and biotechnology emphasis. Prerequisites: 461 and BIO 120 or permission of instructor. Three credits. (3-0-0). Offered winter semester.

CHM 471 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. Structure and bonding as related to chemical and physical properties of inorganic compounds. Capstone for the professional emphasis. Prerequisite: 351 or 356 (351 and 356 may be taken concurrently). (3-0-0). Three credits. Offered fall semester.

CHM 473 Organometallic Chemistry. Focuses on the unique chemistry that results when organic molecules are covalently bonded to metals. Emphasis on the organometallic chemistry of the transition metals. Topics include bonding, preparation and reaction of the major classes of organometallic molecules, reaction mechanisms, use of synthons, and catalysis. Eight hours individually scheduled lab project. Prerequisite: 247/248 or 249. (3-0-0). Three credits. Offered winter semester of even-numbered years.

CHM 480 Special Topics in Chemistry. Special topics for the fourth year in college chemistry. Prerequisite: Permission of CHM department. One to three credits. Offered upon sufficient demand.

CHM 490 Chemistry Laboratory Internship. Practical on-the-job training and independent study in specialized areas of chemistry. Prerequisite: Chemistry major with a minimum of 20 hours in chemistry and permission of instructor. One or two credits per semester. Can be taken for a maximum of four credits. Offered on demand.

CHM 491 Chemistry Seminar II. Invited speaker and student presentation of topics from current chemical literature. Participation in two semesters of seminar is required for one credit. Open only to chemistry majors and required of them in the senior year. (0-1-0). First semester - zero credit; second semester - one credit. Offered fall and winter semesters.

CHM 499 Investigation Problems. Supervised research in chemistry for junior and senior chemistry majors. One to five credits can be taken for a maximum of seven credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Offered every semester.

CHM580 Special Topics in Chemistry. Special topics appropriate for graduate study in college chemistry. One to three credits. Offered upon sufficient demand.

CHM 582 Introductory Chemistry for Teachers. Introduction to chemical science emphasizing the descriptive approach including lectures, demonstrations, discussions, experiments, and assignments illustrating appropriate material as background for teaching middle school science. Prerequisite: Admission into Graduate Program of College of Education for Middle Level Endorsement. Four credits. Offered summers: second six weeks of odd-numbered years.

CHM 585 Workshop for Chemistry Teachers. Intended to expand the perspectives or the teaching of specific topics in an introductory chemistry course. Special emphasis on lecture demonstrations, laboratory experiments, and computer programs. Prerequisites: High school chemistry teacher and permission of instructor. Two credits. Offered summer semester.

*Eight hours individually scheduled lab project.