Department of Chemistry

Course Descriptions


General Chemistry I
This course deals with some of the fundamental laws, theories, definitions, and organization themes relating to matter and energy and the changes that take place in them. It is a broad overview of the principles of chemistry and chemical reactivity. Previous exposure to chemistry is not assumed. Three hours of lecture and two hours of lab weekly. Course is offered every semester, including summer.

General Chemistry II
(Prereq; Gen.Chem I and College Algebra) A continuation of 1114. Solution chemistry, acids and bases, electrochemistry, oxidation-reduction, and molecular and ionic equilibria. The laboratory will include an introduction to qualitative analysis. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab weekly. Course is offered every fall and spring semester.

Organic Chemistry I
(Prereq; Gen. Chem II) Theory includes structure, nomenclature, physical properties, and reaction mechanisms pertinent to the chemistry of hydrocarbons of both the aliphatic and aromatic series. Lab work provides an introduction to syntheses and reactions of hydrocarbons including common purification techniques. Proper record keeping of experimental work also is stressed. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab weekly. Course is offered every semester, including summer.

Organic Chemistry II
(Prereq; Organic I) Structure, nomenclature, physical properties, and reaction mechanisms pertinent to the chemistry of hydrocarbon derivatives (alkyl halides, alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, amines, etc.) are covered. Lab work includes syntheses, purification, identification (stress on I.R. spectroscopy), and lab record keeping. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab weekly. Course is offered every spring semester.

Quantitative Analysis I and Quantitative Analysis II
(Prereq; Gen. Chem. II) A course in the fundamentals of gravimetric and volumetric analysis with emphasis on chemical equilibrium, calculations, separation techniques, and an analysis of complex substances. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. Quantitative Analysis I is offered every spring.

Instrumental Analysis
(Prereq; Quant I) Acource on the theory and operation of instruments used in the analyses of metals and organics, including visiblespectrophotometry, atomic absoption, gas and liquid chromatography, ICP, capillary electrophoresis. Emphasis is plased on hands on work to obtain analytical results and the end products are formal lab reports. Two hours of lecture and four hours of lab weekly. Formal laboratory reports will be required. Course is offered spring of even years.

Biochemistry
(Prereq; Organic I) An introduction to the chemistry of living systems. The structure, nomenclature, and chemical properties of the major groups of biomolecules (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids) are covered. The biochemical nature of enzymes, coenzymes, hormones, and selected metabolic pathways are also presented. Techniques (chromatography, electrophoresis, spectroscopy, etc.) for the preparation, identification, and quantification of representative biomolecules are covered in lab. Attention in lab is also given to the properties of enzymes and to the kinetics of enzyme catalyzed reactions. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week. Course is offered every fall semester.

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
(Prereq; Quant I and Calculus I) A study of periodic arrangement of the elements, the chemistry of the representative and transition elements, and aspects of theoretical inorganic chemistry including chemical bonding, coordination chemistry, acid-base theories, and organometallic compounds. Four hours of lecture weekly. Course is offered spring of odd years.

Physical Chemistry I
(Prereq; Gen. Chem I, Calculus I,, and Gen. Physics II) A fundamental course in the principles and applications of physical chemistry, including the gas laws, thermodynamics, thermochemistry, solution chemistry, phase equilibria, chemical equilibrium, kinetics, and electrochemistry. Three hours of lecture and four hours of lab per week. Course is offered fall of odd years.

Physical Chemistry II
A continuation of P. Chem. I emphasizing quantum theory, atomic structure, symmetry, molecular spectroscopy, statistical mechanics, and nuclear chemistry. Three hours of lecture and four hours of lab weekly.

Chem 4981-4 Seminar in Chemistry
(Subject named in title listing): 1 to 4 hours- Prereq; Departmental approval: Directed group study on special subject or problem.

Chem 4991-4 Individual Study in Chemistry
(Subject named in title listing): 1 to 4 hours - Prereq; Departmental approval: Directed individual study special on subject or problem. Open only to selected undergraduates.

Chem 5981-4 Seminar in Chemistry
(Subject named in title listing): 1 to 4 hours - Prereq; Departmental approval: Directed intensive study on selected problem or special topic.

Chem 5991-4 Individual Study in Chemistry
(Subject named in title listing): 1 to 4 hours - Prereq; Graduate standing and twelve hours chemistry: Directed intensive study on definite problem or special subject, based on approved outline or plan; conferences, oral and written reports.

Chem 4553 Environmental Chemistry
(Prereq; 1114 and 1214) Introduction to the study of water quality; measurements and study of water and air pollutants, and the chemical factors affecting the environment.

Chem 1314 General Organic and Biochemistry
( Prereq; 1114) Three hours of lecture and two hours of lab per week. A continuation of 1114 for students whose majors do not require other chemistry courses. Will complete a thorough, but not rounded, foundation in introductory chemistry through focus on selected topics in inorganic, organic, and biochemistry.

Chem 2881-4 Special Studies in Chemistry
(Subject named in title listing): 1 to 4 hours - Prereq; Departmental approval: Directed group study on special subject or problem.

Chem 4312 Teachers' Course in Chemistry
(Prereq; Departmental approval) Problems and methods in the teaching of chemistry.