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Undergraduate courses

CHEM-C 100 World of Chemistry

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: A topically oriented, non-mathematical introduction to the nature of matter. Topics covered include fossil fuel and nuclear sources of power; environmental issues involving chemistry such as recycling, acid rain, air and water pollution, global warming, ozone depletion; genetic modification of foods, DNA profiling, use of food additives and herbal supplements, and other public policy issues involving science.

CHEM-C 101 Elementary Chemistry I

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Essential principles of chemistry, atomic and molecular structure, bonding, properties and reactions of elements and compounds, stoichiometry, solutions, and acids and bases. For students who are not planning careers in the sciences and for those with no previous coursework in chemistry.
  • Prerequisites: At least one semester of high school algebra.
  • Corequisites: C121. 
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall (day, night), Spring (day, night), Summer II (day). 
  • Additional Information: Usually taken concurrently with C121. Most degree programs that include C101 require the concurrent laboratory, C121.

CHEM-C 105 Principles of Chemistry I

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Principles of inorganic and physical chemistry emphasizing physical and chemical properties, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, and states of matter.
  • Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and one year of high school chemistry.
  • Corequisites: C125.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall (day, night), Spring (day), Summer I (day). 
  • Additional Information: Usually taken concurrently with C125. A placement examination may be required for admission to this course. See Chemistry Placement Examination.

CHEM-C 106 Principles of Chemistry II

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Topics include condensed phases, solution chemistry, thermodynamics, equilibrium, and kinetics.
  • Prerequisites: C105 or equivalent.
  • Corequisites: C126.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall (day), Spring (day, night), Summer II (day). 
  • Additional Information: Continuation of C105. Usually taken concurrently with C126.

CHEM-C 110 The Chemistry of Life

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: A nonmathematical introduction to organic molecules and their transformation to useful materials such as drugs and polymers. An emphasis is placed on the chemical features of biomolecules including hormones and neurotransmitters, proteins, lipids (fats), carbohydrates (sugars), and nucleic acids (DNA/RNA). The chemistry of enzymes, carcinogens, vitamins, antihistamines, anesthetics, genetic engineering, mental health, and other health-related topics.
  • Prerequisites: High school chemistry recommended.
  • Additional Information: Optional laboratory: C115.

CHEM-C 115 The Chemistry of Life Laboratory

  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Course Summary: Laboratory work illustrating topics covered in C110.
  • Prerequisites or Corequisites: C110

SCI-I 120 Windows on Science

  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Course Summary: Designed for new and prospective science majors, the course covers an integrative overview of science, examining science and society, the scientific method and community of scientists, undergraduate research, professional ethics, an exploration of science-based careers, and strategies for success as a science major.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring

CHEM-C 121 Elementary Chemistry Laboratory I

  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Course Summary: Introduction to the techniques and reasoning of experimental chemistry. Emphasis is given to study of physical and chemical properties of inorganic compounds.
  • Prerequisites or Corequisites: C101
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall (day, night), Spring (day, night), Summer I (day). 

CHEM-C 125 Experimental Chemistry I

  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Course Summary: Laboratory work illustrating topics covered in C105.
  • Prerequisites or Corequisites: C105 or equivalent.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall (day, night), Spring (day, night), Summer I (day). 

CHEM-C 126 Experimental Chemistry II

  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Course Summary: Laboratory work illustrating topics covered in C105 and C106.
  • Prerequisites: Lecture, laboratory P: C105 and C125;
  • Prerequisites or Corequisites: C106 or equivalent.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall (day, night), Spring (day, night), Summer II (day). 
  • Additional Information: Continuation of C125.

CHEM-C 209 Special Problems

  • Credit Hours: 1-2
  • Course Summary: Individually supervised special problems of chemical interest, e.g., environmental problems, development of experiments, development of audiovisual materials, etc.
  • Prerequisites: two semesters of college chemistry and consent of instructor.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Every semester, time arranged. 
  • Additional Information: May be repeated for credit, but a maximum of 2 credit hours may be applied toward a chemistry degree.

SCI-I 294 Beginning Science-Based Internship

  • Credit Hours: 0-3
  • Course Summary: A semester of full- or part-time beginning internship experience in an industrial, government, or business setting matching the student's academic and career objectives. A comprehensive written report on the experience is required.
  • Prerequisites: Sophomore or junior standing and program advisor approval.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring

CHEM-C 294 Cornerstone in Chemistry

  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Course Summary: To engage sophomore chemistry majors in important educational and professional topics such as departmental research opportunities, career planning, library research skills, scientific communication, scientific ethics and science in society issues.
  • Prerequisites: C106
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall; Spring

CHEM-C 301 Chemistry Seminar I

  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Course Summary: Topics in various areas of chemistry.
  • Prerequisites or Corequisites: C409 and consent of instructor.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall (day).
  • Additional Information:Students are required to attend departmental seminars and prepare and present at least one seminar on their research. C301 and C302 may be elected three semesters for credit.

CHEM-C 302 Chemistry Seminar II

  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Course Summary: Content same as CHEM-C 301
  • Prerequisites or Corequisites: C409 and consent of instructor.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring (day).

CHEM-C 309 Cooperative Education in Chemistry

  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Course Summary: Industrial or similar experiences in chemically oriented employment.
  • Prerequisites: General and organic chemistry and consent of departmental chairperson.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Every semester, time arranged. 
  • Additional Information: Grade is determined on basis of employment visitations, a written student report, and a supervisor evaluation report. May be repeated for a maximum of 5 credit hours, of which 3 may be used to satisfy an advanced chemistry elective

CHEM-C 310 Analytical Chemistry

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Fundamental analytical processes including solution equilibria, theory and applications of electrochemistry and spectrophotometry, and chemical methods of separation.
  • Prerequisites: C106 and C126.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer (day). 

CHEM-C 311 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Course Summary: Laboratory instruction in the fundamental analytical techniques discussed in C310.
  • Prerequisites or Corequisites: C310.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer (day).

CHEM-C 325 Introductory Instrumental Analysis

  • Credit Hours: 5
  • Course Summary: Instrumental methods of chemical analysis and separation for the chemical technician or professional chemistry major. 
  • Prerequisites: C310, C311.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring.

CHEM-C 341 Organic Chemistry I

Credit Hours: 3

Course Summary: Comprehensive study of organic compounds. Valence bond theory, stereochemistry, and physical properties of organic compounds are discussed in detail. Introduction to reaction mechanisms and to spectroscopic identification. Synthesis and reactions of selected compounds are also discussed.

Prerequisites: C106.

Semester(s) Offered: Fall (day, night), Spring (varies), Summer I (varies). 

CHEM-C 342 Organic Chemistry II

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: The chemistry of aromatic compounds and other major functional groups are discussed in detail. Multistep synthetic procedures and reaction mechanisms are emphasized. Introduction to biological chemistry.
  • Prerequisites: C341.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall (day), Spring (day, night), Summer II (day).
  • Additional Information: Continuation of C341.

CHEM-C 343 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Course Summary: Fundamental laboratory techniques of organic chemistry, introduction to spectroscopic methods of compound identification, and general synthetic methods.
  • Prerequisites: C126.
  • Prerequisite or Corequisite: C341.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall (day, night), Spring (day, night), Summer I (day). 

CHEM-C 344 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Course Summary: Preparation, isolation, and identification of organic compounds, spectroscopic methods of compound identification, qualitative organic analysis, multistep synthesis.
  • Prerequisite: C343.
  • Prerequisite or Corequisite: C342.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall (night) Spring (day, night), Summer II (day). 

CHEM-C 360 Elementary Physical Chemistry

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Properties of gases and liquids, intermolecular forces, diffusion, chemical thermodynamics, ligand binding, kinetics, and introduction to quantum chemistry and spectroscopy. Includes topics in biophysical chemistry. For students who desire a survey course in physical chemistry.
  • Prerequisites: C106, MATH 222, PHYS P202.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring (day). 

CHEM-C 361 Physical Chemistry of Bulk Matter

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Kinetic-molecular theory, gases, liquids, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, solutions, transport properties, and phase and chemical equilibria.
  • Prerequisites: C106, MATH 166, and PHYS P202 or PHYS 251.
  • Corequisite: MATH 261.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring (day). 

CHEM-C 362 Physical Chemistry of Molecules

  • Credit Hours: 4
  • Course Summary: Quantum chemistry, symmetry, atomic and molecular structure and spectra, solids, chemical kinetics, photochemistry, and introduction to statistical thermodynamics.
  • Prerequisites: C106, MATH 166, and PHYS P202 or PHYS 251.
  • Corequisite: MATH 261.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall (day). 

CHEM-C 363 Experimental Physical Chemistry

  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Course Summary: Experimental work to illustrate principles of physical chemistry and to introduce research techniques.
  • Prerequisites: C362.
  • Prerequisite or Corequisite: C361.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring.

CHEM-C 371 Chemical Informatics I

  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Course Summary: Basic concepts of information representation, storage, and retrieval as they pertain to chemistry. Structures, nomenclature, molecular formulas, coding techniques for visualization of chemical structures and properties.
  • Prerequisites: C106.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall.

CHEM-C 372 Chemical Informatics II: Molecular Modeling

  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Course Summary: Introduction to computer representation of molecular structure and simulation of chemical reactions; visualizing fundamental chemical concepts, such as reaction paths of standard organic reactions, molecular orbital diagrams, vibrations and conformational changes; quantitative structure activity relationships (QSAR), pharmacophore docking to biomolecules, and related methods for drug design.
  • Prerequisites: C341.

CHEM-C 384 Biochemistry

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Biochemistry covering the fundamentals of the chemistry of life including bimolecule structure and function, the dependence of biological processes on chemical and physical principles, and pathways of carbohydrate and fatty acid metabolism.
  • Prerequisites or Corequisites: C342 or equivalent. BIOL-K 101 or equivalent recommended. 
  • Semester(s) Offered: Summer.
  • Additional Information: Recommended for pre-professional students. Prerequisite for advanced level courses in the Departments of Biology and Chemistry and Chemical Biology. 

CHEM-C 409 Chemical Research

  • Credit Hours: 1-3
  • Course Summary: Chemical or literature research with a report.
  • Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and consent of instructor.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Every semester, time arranged. 
  • Additional Information: Can be elected only after consultation with research advisor and approval of program. May be taken for a total of 10 credit hours, which count toward graduation. A minimum of three (3) credit hours may be used to satisfy the advanced chemical elective in the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree program.

CHEM-C 410 Principles of Chemical Instrumentation

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Modern methods of instrumental analysis, including spectroscopy, chromatography, and electrochemistry.
  • Prerequisites: C310 and C361.
  • Prerequisite or Corequisite: C362.

CHEM-C 411 Principles of Chemical Instrumentation Laboratory

  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Course Summary: Laboratory instruction in the instrumental analysis techniques discussed in C410.
  • Prerequisites: C311.
  • Prerequisite or Corequisite: C410.

CHEM-C 430 Inorganic Chemistry

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Atomic structure; periodic trends and properties of the elements. Introduction to symmetry and group theory. Valence bond, molecular orbital and ligand field theories of bonding and their application to structure and properties of inorganic and organometallic compounds. Spectroscopic properties and acid-base, oxidation-reduction, and coordination reactions of inorganic compounds.
  • Prerequisites: C362.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring. 

CHEM-C 435 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Course Summary: Synthesis, characterization, and study of chemical and physical properties of inorganic and organometallic compounds.
  • Prerequisites or Corequisites: C430.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring.

CHEM-C 471 Chemical Information Sources

  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Course Summary: Techniques for the storage and retrieval in both printed and computer-readable formats; sources of chemical information, including Chemical Abstracts; development of search strategies; and online searching of chemical databases.
  • Prerequisites: C341.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall.

CHEM-C 472 Computer Sources for Chemical Information

  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Course Summary: Techniques for the utilization of the major computer-based information tools found in academic and industrial environments.
  • Prerequisites: C471.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring.

CHEM-C 484 Biomolecules and Catabolism

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: The chemical and biophysical properties of biologically important molecules and systems. Special emphasis on the relationship between structure and function in proteins, nucleic acids, and biomembranes, as well as bioenergetics, kinetics, allosteric interactions, and enzyme catalysis.
  • Prerequisites: C342.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring.

CHEM-C 485 Biosynthesis and Physiology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Mechanisms of biological catalysis, metabolism, biosynthesis.
  • Prerequisites: C384.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall.

CHEM-C 486 Biological Chemistry Laboratory

  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Course Summary: An introduction to the important laboratory techniques currently employed by practicing biological chemists, including biomolecule isolation, purification, enzyme kinetics, and biomolecule characterization by electrophoresis, centrifugation, and spectroscopic methods.
  • Prerequisites: C384 or equivalent.
  • Prerequisite or Corequisite: C485.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall.

CHEM-C 488 Introduction to Medicinal & Agricultural Chemistry

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Medicinal chemistry plays an integral role in drug discovery, providing the link between target identification and the development of a therapeutic agent. This course examines the role of chemistry in the discovery of bioactive molecules, highlighting the similarities and differences in the search for novel medicinal and agricultural chemicals. 
  • Prerequisites: C384 or equivalent.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall.

CHEM-C 489 Practice of Medicinal Chemistry

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: This course provides an introduction to many parameters involved in the drug discovery process, including how fundamental physico-chemical properties of molecules may be used to predict biological activity. Methods contributing to the drug discovery process will be discussed, including genomics, molecular biology, high throughput screening, X-ray crystallography, and various computational approaches. 
  • Prerequisites: C488 or consent of instructor.

CHEM-C 494 Introduction to Capstone

  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Course Summary: Course objectives are to: (1) facilitate student career planning, including topics such as work place or graduate school, and resume preparation; (2) improve verbal communication and presentation skills; and (3) provide appropriate discussion and planning for the independent study project, the major objective of the C495 Capstone course.
  • Prerequisites: Junior standing, B.A. or B.S. program.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring

SCI-I 494 Internship in Science-Based Fields

  • Credit Hours: 0-6
  • Course Summary: A semester of full-time or part-time internship experience in an industrial, government, or business setting matching the student's academic or career objective. A comprehensive written report on the experience is required.
  • Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and program advisor approval.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring

CHEM-C 495 Capstone in Chemistry

  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Course Summary: Independent study, under the supervision of a chemistry faculty member or appropriate academic advisor can be earned by completion of: (a) a chemical research project; (b) a library research project in an area of current scientific investigation; (c) a research investigation in industry; or (d) a service activity in university, government, public schools, or other science-related groups or organizations. Students will report the results of their activities in both a formal written report and oral presentation, prepare portfolios of undergraduate work in chemistry, discuss recent scientific literature, and explore chemistry in society.
  • Prerequisites: Senior standing, B.A. or B.S. program.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall (day), Spring (day).
  • Additional Information: Enrollment in the Capstone in Chemistry requires joint approval of the capstone instructor and the independent project advisor.

SCI-I 495 Readings and Research in Science

  • Credit Hours: 1-3
  • Course Summary: Every semester, time arranged. Independent, interdisciplinary study and research in science and science-related fields. A major paper must be submitted. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.
  • Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, consent of instructor(s), and approval of review committee.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring

CHEM-C 496 Special Topics in Chemistry

  • Credit Hours: 0-3
  • Course Summary: Lectures on contemporary issue in chemistry. This course may also include reading assignments and special projects.
  • Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing; other prerequisites will be announced at the time of topic offering.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall Spring.

CHEM-C 496 Methods in Teaching Chemistry

  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Course Summary: Designed for workshop leaders, this course offers continued support and training in-group dynamics and learning theory. The larger goals for this course are to continue the development of leadership skills, foster ongoing communication among workshop leaders, and provide an environment for reviewing content knowledge.
  • Prerequisites: C105.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring.

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