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Chemistry Courses


CHE 117 Principles of Chemistry (SD) (4.00 SH). A course emphasizing stoichiometry, chemical equilibria, acids and bases, chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear phenomena, and interactions of science and society. In the laboratory program students will investigate chemical systems, analyze observations and data, devise explanations, and communicate results. Prerequisites: High school chemistry and an acceptable score on a placement test or completion of CHE 111 or ES 160 with a grade of C- or better. Offered Fall and Spring semesters. Meets Scientific Discovery Intellectual Perspective requirement (SD).

CHE 180 Inorganic Chemistry (4.00 SH). A study of the energetics of the bonding and reactions of inorganic compounds. Emphasis is given to the periodicity of the chemical and physical properties of the elements. Major themes of the course include effective nuclear charge, lattice energy, charge density, acid/base theories, and the descriptive chemistry of all of the elements. The laboratory includes the investigation of the energetics of reactions, the synthesis and analysis of coordination compounds, qualitative chemistry, and the communication of results. Prerequisite: CHE 117 with a grade of C- or better. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.

CHE 230 Chemical Analysis (4.00 SH). A study of the theoretical foundation and skills necessary for the solution of problems encountered in the area of quantitative chemical analysis, including classical and modern methods. Emphasis is given to the evaluation and presentation of data, sampling, equilibrium dynamics of analytically important reactions, experimental design, volumetric techniques, absorption and emission spectroscopy, electrochemical methods, and analytical separations. Examples and laboratory exercises will include environmental air, soil and water systems. Prerequisites: CHE 117, and MTH 135, MTH 150 or BIO 206 (may be co-requisite) with grades of C- or better. Offered Fall and Spring semesters. (Also listed as ES 230.)

CHE 261 Organic Chemistry I (4.00 SH). An overview of organic chemistry. Organic molecules are compared by their functional group, focusing on nomenclature, physical properties, and the major chemical reactions used in synthesis and identification. Emphasis is also given to the areas of acidity, basicity, stereochemistry, aromaticity, and spectroscopy. Laboratory activities involve techniques for determination of physical and chemical properties, and methods of purification. Prerequisite: CHE 117 with a grade of C- or better. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.

CHE 262 Organic Chemistry II (4.00 SH). A study of organic reactivity. This course details organic molecules by reactivity and emphasizes the differences between organic reactions. Specifically, organic reactions will be surveyed by type of reaction keying on the movement of electrons, molecular orbitals, and energetics. Spectroscopy is employed to monitor structural changes. Laboratory activities also probe the reactivity of molecules and explore the relationship between structure and reactivity. Prerequisite: CHE 261 with a grade of C- or better. Offered Spring Semester.

CHE 331 Biophysical Chemistry (4.00 SH). Biophysical chemistry is a study of the macroscopic and microscopic behavior of matter, with a focus on biochemical systems. Topics include the application of the laws of thermodynamics, kinetics, quantum mechanical models, and spectroscopy in the context of modern biochemistry/molecular biology.

CHE 336 Quantum Chemistry & Spectroscopy (4.00 SH). Quantum chemistry and spectroscopy is the study of the microscopic behavior of matter and its interaction with electromagnetic radiation. Topics include the formulation and application of quantum mechanical models, atomic and molecular structure, and various spectroscopic techniques. Laboratory activities demonstrate the fundamental principles of physical chemistry. Methods that will be used during the laboratory portion include: polarimetry, UV-Vis and fluorescence spectroscopies, electrochemistry, and computational/molecular modeling. Prerequisites: C- grade in CHE 117 and MTH 152 and PHY 152.

CHE 337 Thermodynamics & Kinetics (4.00 SH). Thermodynamics and kinetics is a study of the macroscopic behavior of matter. Topics include the application of the laws of thermodynamics, the thermodynamic behavior of pure substances and mixtures, as well as the kinetic theory behind time-dependent processes and mechanisms. Prerequisites: CHE 117, MTH 152, and PHY 152.

CHE 340 Instrumental Analysis (4.00 SH). A study of modern instrumentation used in the investigation of chemical systems. The theory, design, and application of spectroscopic, electrochemical, and surface analysis techniques are discussed. Basic electronics and the relationship between signal and noise are also discussed. Prerequisites: CHE 230 and PHY 142 or 152. Offered Fall Semester, alternate years.

CHE 360 Polymer Chemistry (4.00 SH).

CHE 375 Green Chemistry (4.00 SH). A study of the principles, concepts, and applications of green chemistry. Particular attention will be given to industrial processes, catalysis, waste management, and renewable resources. Discussions will focus on the current literature on green chemistry. While the course does not include a laboratory, students will participate in a project that applies the principles of green chemistry to a laboratory experiment used in the chemistry curriculum. This project will serve as the culminating experience for the course. Prerequisites: CHE 230 and CHE 261.

CHE 381 Biochemistry Principles (4.00 SH). A study of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids in a biological context. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between the structure and function of these biomolecules. Other topics include methodologies to analyze biomolecules, membranes, transport, kinetics, and biosignaling. Prerequisites: CHE 261 and BIO 201. Offered most semesters.

CHE 384 Biological Chemistry (4.00 SH). A study of the chemistry involved in biological processes and biomolecules. Emphasis is placed on the building of biomolecules from organic chemistry precursors. Biological function is introduced as a product of chemical structure. Prerequisites: CHE 261 and CHE 230. Offered once every four semester.

CHE 391 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (4.00 SH). A study of symmetry and group theory with applications to molecular orbital theory, the analysis of electronic and vibrational spectra, and reaction mechanisms. Organometallic chemistry, catalysis, and materials chemistry are also discussed. Prerequisites: CHE 180, CHE 330. Offered Spring Semester, alternate years.

CHE 451 Advanced Lab: Synthesis & Analysis (4.00 SH). A project-oriented course that integrates advanced synthetic and analytical methodologies. Projects may include inorganic synthesis, multi-step organic synthesis, and analysis of samples using various spectroscopy and chromatography instrumentation. This course includes participation in a weekly seminar. Prerequisites: CHE 180, 230, 261. Offered fall semesters.

CHE 452 Advanced Lab: Research Methods (2.00 SH). A writing intensive course that teaches students to write like a chemist. This included writing a scientific research paper, a research proposal, and a research poster. Students participate in a pilot project to initiate their senior project and then write a proposal and poster based on this pilot project. This course includes participation in a weekly seminar. Prerequisites: CHE 180, CHE 230, and CHE 261. Offered Spring semesters.

CHE 592 Field Experience/Internship (2.00 SH). Prerequisites: CHE 117 and departmental approval.

CHE 593 Field Experience/Internship (3.00 SH). Prerequisites: CHE 117 and departmental approval.

CHE 594 Field Experience/Internship (4.00 SH). Prerequisites: CHE 117 and departmental approval.

CHE 600 Senior Research (2.00 SH). An independent senior project that integrates previously learned techniques in the investigation of a chemical problem. After conducting the project and completing data collection, the term ends with the preparation of the senior thesis. Prerequisite: CHE 352.

CHE 601 Capstone I: Professional Develop (2.00 SH). Activities and discussions centered on the transition of students to chemical professionals. This experience includes journal readings, exploration of careers and graduate and professional schools, field trips, summary papers and a service project. Additionally each student creates a portfolio of chemical accomplishments. Prerequisite: senior standing. Offered Fall Semester

CHE 602 Capstone II: Professional Perspect (2.00 SH). A discussion-centered course focusing on the development of science as a way of knowing; the role of chemistry in changing scientific paradigms; and the moral and ethical responsibilities of chemists. Students are also expected to articulate their thoughts through various short writing assignments. Additionally, students will take comprehensive chemistry examinations and participate in the weekly department seminar. Prerequisite: CHE 600 or CHE 620-624. Offered Spring Semester.

CHE 610 Adv Topics-Medicinal Chemistry (4.00 SH). Subject may be advanced biochemistry, coordination chemistry, electrochemistry, environmental chemistry, green chemistry, heterocyclic molecules, macromolecules, nuclear and radiochemistry, polymers, or solid state chemistry. Prerequisites: major standing and permission of professor.

CHE 611 Advanced Topics (2.00 SH). Subject may be advanced biochemistry, coordination chemistry, electrochemistry, environmental chemistry, green chemistry, heterocyclic molecules, macromolecules, nuclear and radiochemistry, polymers, or solid state chemistry. Prerequisites: major standing and permission of professor.

CHE 620 Independent Study (0.00 SH). Prerequisites: CHE 117 and departmental approval.

CHE 660 Honors Research (0.00 SH). Prerequisites: honors status and departmental approval.

 

Supporting Courses


ES 230 Chemical Analysis (4.00 SH). A study of the theoretical foundation and skills necessary for the solution of problems encountered in the area of quantitative chemical analysis, including classical and modern methods. Emphasis is given to the evaluation and presentation of data, sampling, equilibrium dynamics of analytically important reactions, experimental design, volumetric techniques, absorption and emission spectroscopy, electrochemical methods, and analytical separations. Examples and laboratory exercises will include environmental air, soil and water systems. Prerequisites: CHE 117, and MTH 135 or MTH 150 or BIO 206 (may be co-requisite). (Also listed as CHE 230.)

MSE 360 Polymer Chemistry (4.00 SH). Synthetic polymers can be found in nearly every facet of human life. The applications of organic polymers have extended from clothing to construction materials and from biomedical devices to drug delivery systems. As a result, nearly 50% of all chemists will work in polymer science in some capacity over their career. This course will educate students on multiple aspects of polymer chemistry from molecular structures to macromolecular properties to bulk applications. Focus of this course will be on nomenclature, procedures for polymer synthesis, and methods of polymer characterization. This course will also discuss polymer processing and current applications of polymeric materials. A weekly three-hour lab is included. Prerequisite: CHE 262 or MSE 231 with a grade of C- or better. Offered Fall Semester, alternate years. (Also listed as CHE 360.)

MTH 150 Calculus I (QR) (4.00 SH). This course will focus on the fundamentals of differential calculus. Topics considered include functions, limits, continuous functions, differentiation and integration of functions with one real variable, applications of differentiation and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Students will be introduced to some basic calculus proofs. This course is suggested for all students who expect to continue for any advanced degree including finance, law, and medicine. (Offered every semester.) Meets Quantitative Reasoning Intellectual Perspective requirement (QR).

MTH 152 Calculus II (QR) (4.00 SH). This course will focus on the fundamentals of integral calculus, including techniques and applications of integration. Other topics include infinite series and introductory topics from differential equations. Prerequisite: C- or better in MTH 150 or the permission of the instructor. (Offered every semester.) Meets Quantitative Reasoning Intellectual Perspective requirement (QR).

MTH 250 Calculus III (QR) (4.00 SH). An introduction to the calculus of several variables. Topics include the geometry of three-dimensional space, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, and vector calculus. Prerequisite: C- or better in MTH 152. (Offered Fall semester.) Meets Quantitative Reasoning Intellectual Perspective requirement (QR).

PHY 151 Principles Physics I (SD) (4.00 SH). The first semester of an introductory study of physics (mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism, waves, light and modern physics). Basic principles used in both semesters are introduced in the first semester. Some basic concepts of calculus may be introduced as needed. A laboratory is included. Co-requisite: MTH 150 or higher. Offered Fall Semester. Meets Scientific Discovery Intellectual Perspective requirement (SD).

PHY 152 Principles Physics II (4.00 SH). The second semester of an introductory study of physics (mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism, waves, light and modern physics). Calculus methods will be used. A laboratory is included. Prerequisite: PHY 151; Co-requisite: MTH 152 or higher. Offered Spring Semester.

 

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