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(CHEM) College-Program: 17-06 Check with Department for schedule. Read each course description for prerequisites.


111, 112, 113 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I, II, III-F-W-S (4,3,3 credits). Survey of chemistry covering basic concepts from inorganic, organic, and biochemistry. Primarily for liberal education and some pre-professional programs. Lecture 4 hours-F, 3 hours-W,S, quiz section 1 hour. Prerequisites: CHEM 111 or 121 is prerequisite to CHEM 112; CHEM 112 is prerequisite to CHEM 113. This sequence of courses may also be used to fulfill Liberal Education requirements. (Applies to Liberal Education Area IV ).

114 GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY-S (2 credits). Laboratory course designed to introduce students to fundamental laboratory concepts, lecture 1 hour, laboratory 4 hours. Prerequisite: CHEM 111 or CHEM 121. (Applies to Liberal Education Area IV ).

115 GENERAL CHEMISTRY IV PROBLEM SOLVING-D (2 credits). Practice in mathematical solution of chemical problems found in introductory chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 111.

121, 122, 123 PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I, II, III F-W, W-S, S-F (3,3,3 credits). Principles of inorganic, physical, and solution chemistry. Primarily for chemistry majors and minors, pre-engineers, pre-meds, physics majors, and mathematics majors. Lecture 3 hours, quiz section 1 hour. Prerequisites: high school chemistry and 1-plus years of high school algebra. CHEM 111 or 121 is prerequisite to CHEM 122; CHEM 122 is prerequisite to CHEM 123. This sequence of courses may also be used to fulfill Liberal Education requirements. (Applies to Liberal Education Area IV ).

124 FUNDAMENTAL LABORATORY TECHNIQUES IN CHEMISTRY-F-W-S (3 credits). An introduction to modern analytical and instrumental techniques in chemistry. Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 6 hours. Prerequisite: CHEM 121 or CHEM 112. (Applies to Liberal Education Area IV ).

213 CHEMISTRY OF DRUGS-W (4 credits). Introduction to the pharmacology of the more common drugs and toxic substances.

214 PHYSIOLOGY OF NUTRITION-F (3 credits). Fundamental principles of human nutrition, food sources, metabolism interrelationships and requirements. Emphasis on physiology and nutrients essential to physical well-being. Also listed as BIOL 214.

231, 232, 233 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I, II, III-F-W-S (4,3,3 credits). A study of properties of aliphatic and aromatic compounds and the theories and mechanisms to account for their chemical properties. Lecture 4 hours-F, 3 hours-W,S, quiz section 1 hour. Prerequisite: CHEM 123 or 113.

237, 238, 239 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I, II, III-W-S-F (1,1,1 credits). Laboratory portion of organic chemistry 231, 232, 233. Prerequisite: For CHEM 237, CHEM 231 is required; for CHEM 238, and 239 CHEM 232 is required.

251 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY-F-S (3 credits). A study of solution properties, solubility products, activity concepts, complex formation, volumetric and gravimetric techniques, Nernst equation and chemical equilibrium. Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisite: CHEM 115 or 123.

257, 258 ANALYTICAL LABORATORY I, II-F-W-S (1,1 credit). Laboratory techniques pertaining to volumetric, gravimetric and instrumental analysis. Prerequisite: CHEM 251.

281 INTERMEDIATE INORGANIC CHEMISTRY-F (3 credits). Periodic trends, chemistry, and uses of common elements and their compounds. Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisite: CHEM 115 or 123.

300 WRITING CERTIFICATION (0 credits). A requirement designed to document the student's ability to competently write expository English in a scientific format. The student may fulfill this requirement by taking Chemistry 310 three times and receiving a grade of C or better each time, or by petitioning any senior staff member for certification by submitting a satisfactory paper on a mutually agreed on topic to that staff member after enrolling in the course.

307 GLASSWORKING-F (1 credit). Techniques in making soft and borosilicate glass seals and joints. Basic concepts in vacuum line design using bench and hand torches. Laboratory 2 hours.

310 JOURNAL CLUB-F-W-S (1 credit). Group discussion and presentation of special topics. Prerequisite: CHEM 233. NOTE: May be repeated with 4 quarter hours of seminar allowed toward major, maximum of 2 quarter hours of seminar allowed toward minor, maximum of 6 quarter hours allowed toward graduation.

311 LABORATORY MANAGEMENT AND SAFETY-F (2 credits). Laboratory management and safety information. Prerequisite: junior or senior status.

315 STANDARD METHODS OF WATER ANALYSIS-F (4 credits). An introduction to the instrumental techniques involved in the analysis of water samples, particularly as applied to pollution problems. Lecture 2 hours and laboratory 4 hours. Prerequisite: CHEM 251.

321 INTERPRETATION OF SPECTRAL DATA-S (2 credits). A systematic investigation of mass spectral data, IR Spectra, proton NMR and carbon-13 NMR spectra from two viewpoints: (1 credit) theoretical concepts which underlie the experimental techniques, (2 credits) interpretation of spectral problem sets. 2 Lecture hours. Prerequisite: CHEM 233.

334 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY IV-D (4 credits). Stereochemistry and mechanisms of less familiar compounds and reactions. Lecture 4 hours. (May not be offered every year.) Prerequisite: CHEM 233.

341, 342, 343 BIOCHEMISTRY I, II,III-F-W-S (3,3,3 credits). Chemical principles and metabolic functions of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, hormones, and enzymes. Prerequisite: CHEM 233.

347, 348, 349 BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY I, II, III-F-W-S (1,1,1 credits). Laboratory techniques pertaining to biochemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 341.

351 BASIC INSTRUMENTAL METHODS OF ANALYSIS-D (2 credits). Theoretical and experimental applications of UV-Vis spectrophotometry, IR, atomic spectroscopy and chromatographic methods. 2 lecture hours. Prerequisites: CHEM 251, 257, and 258. (May not be offered every year.) Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 457.

361 SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY-D (Arr.). Considers a current topic in the field of chemistry, not covered in other course work. (May not be offered every year.) Prerequisites: CHEM 233 and 251.

369 RADIOISOTOPES-W (5 credits). First principles of nuclear science. G.M. counting, gamma scintillation counting, gamma ray spectra, liquid scintillation counting, autoradiography, design of radiation on living systems. Prerequisite: one year of physics, chemistry or biology. Also listed as BIOL 366.

371, 372, 373 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I, II, III-F-W-S (3,3,3 credits). Thermodynamics, atomic and molecular structures and spectra, rates of chemical reactions. Lecture 3 hours, quiz section 1 hour. Prerequisites: CHEM 115 or 123, and PHYS 213.

377, 378, 379 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I, II, III-F-W-S (1,1,1 credit). Laboratory experiments demonstrating the principles of physical chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 371.

381, 382 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY I, II-W-S (3,3 credits). A theoretical approach to the basic principles of inorganic chemistry with an integration of theory and descriptive chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 371.

410 ELECTRONIC SEARCHING OF THE CHEMICAL LITERATURE (2 credits). A detailed look at data retrieval methods in the field of chemistry. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing.

451 INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS I-W (3 credits). Survey of standard instrumental methods of chemical analysis. Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisite: CHEM 371. Corequisite: Concurrent registration in CHEM 457.

452 INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS II-S (2 credits). Survey of modern instrumental methods of chemical analysis. Includes instruments combining a separation process and an identification process, computerization of instruments, and chemical literature. Lecture 2 hours. Prerequisite: CHEM 451. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 458.

457, 458 ADVANCED INSTRUMENTAL TECHNIQUES I, II-W-S (Arr.). Laboratory use of instruments to solve chemical problems. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 451 or 452.

462 ENZYMES (3 credits). A study of the correlation between structure and function of enzymes. Prerequisites: CHEM 343.

463 BIOCHEMICAL TRANSPORT (3 credits). A study of the mechanisms of transport of biochemical substances. Prerequisites: CHEM 343.

464 CHEMICAL MESSENGERS (3 credits). A study of the mechanisms which control biofeedback processes. Prerequisites: CHEM 343.

465 BIOINORGANIC CHEMISTRY (3 credits). A study of the role of the role of essential inorganic substances in biochemical systems. Prerequisites: CHEM 343.

466 BIOMEMBRANES (3 credits). A study of the correlation between structure and function of enzymes. Prerequisites: CHEM 343.

483 INORGANIC PREPARATIONS (1 credit). A laboratory oriented approach emphasizing techniques and theories of preparative inorganic chemistry. Lecture 1 hour. Prerequisite: CHEM 371. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 487.

487, 488 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I, II-F-W-S (1 credit) (1 credit). Laboratory emphasizing modern chemical synthetic techniques and analysis.

498 RESEARCH-F-W-S (2 credits). When taken as Honors Research, the following description applies: An investigation of a research problem in chemistry. Course requires a written paper or a paper presentation at the A.C.S. Undergraduate Research Symposium or the equivalent. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status.


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