Chemistry Courses

Code Course Credits

CHM 113

General Chemistry I

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The fundamentals of chemistry are covered including: matter and measurement, atomic structure and the periodic table, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, and an introduction to chemical kinetics and equilibrium.

Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.

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CHM 221

Organic Chemistry I

Offered: Spring Semester

The basics of organic chemistry are covered including: structure and bonding of alkanes, alkenes, aromatic hydrocarbons and alkynes; functional groups containing heteroatoms; chromatography; spectroscopy; stereochemistry; methods of studying organic reaction; and an introduction to mechanisms of organic reactions.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 113.

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CHM 222

Organic Chemistry II

Offered: Fall Semester

The mechanistic and synthetic organic chemistry relating to nucleophilic substitution, elimination, additions to carbon-carbon multiple bonds, aromatic substitution, addition and substitution at carbonyls, substitution alpha to carbonyls, rearrangements, and polymerizations. The organic chemistry of natural compounds (e.g. peptides, carbohydrates, etc.) is introduced.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 221.

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CHM 232

General Chemistry II

Offered: Spring Semester

The course further develops the introductory physical and analytical chemistry initiated in CHM 113, while introducing new topics in order to complete the coverage of all general chemistry concepts. The topics covered include gases, states of matter, solutions, nuclear chemistry, and an in-depth treatment of kinetics and the equilibria of acid-base, solution, and electrochemical reactions.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 113 and Sophomore standing or permission of both the Engineering Program Director and the Department of Chemistry Chairperson.

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CHM 244

Inorganic Chemistry

Offered: Spring Semester

This course covers fundamentals of central topics in inorganic chemistry from historical to modern-day perspectives. Topics include: Coordination compounds (history, structure, bonding theories, reactivity, applications); solid state chemistry (crystals, lattices, radius ratio rule, defect structures, silicates & other minerals); and descriptive chemistry of the elements.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 222

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CHM 301

Professional Ethics in Chemistry and Biochemistry

Offered: Fall Semester

Discussion and resolution of ethical problems and safety associated with the fields of chemistry and biochemistry will be explored. Topics include: responsible treatment of data, reporting scientific information, responsibilities of the peer review system, conflicts of interest, relationship of chemistry to society and its impact on public health and the environment, and issues of safety in the laboratory.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 222 and Junior standing.
Fulfills the Moral Inquiry requirement.

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CHM 331

Analytical Chemistry

Offered: Spring Semester

This course provides an in-depth study of chemical equilibrium in acid-base, complexation, oxidation-reduction and precipitation reactions, as well as incorporates a survey of analytical instrumentation. Quantitative analysis methods, including titrations, spectroscopy, chromatography, and potentiometry, are discussed and performed with rigorous statistical evaluation of experimental data in a 4-hour weekly laboratory session.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 222.
Fulfills the Statistical Reasoning requirement.

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CHM 333

Physical Chemistry I

Offered: Fall Semester

This course provides in-depth exploration of key chemistry topics in thermodynamics and kinetics. Topics include: gas laws, energy transfer, phase equilibrium, chemical potential, properties of solutions, and kinetic theory and mechanism. Specific applications of physical chemistry are given in terms of material science, nanoscience, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, and technology.

Prerequisite(s): MTH 126 & CHM 232 or CHM 244

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CHM 334

Physical Chemistry II

Offered: Spring Semester

This course explores quantum chemistry and spectroscopy. The Schrödinger equation is solved for a one-dimensional particle-in-a-box, the harmonic oscillator, the rigid rotator, and the hydrogen atom. Approximation methods for many-electron atoms, chemical bonding, group theory, molecular spectroscopy, and lasers are studied as well.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 333.

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CHM 432

Advanced Topics in Analytical Chemistry

Offered: Spring Semester

This course provides in-depth coverage of advanced analytical chemical topics, expanding upon the fundamentals of analytical chemistry learned in CHM 331 . The specific content focuses on recent advances in the subject as they relate to a variety of different topics. Examples from current chemical literature will be used throughout. This course is an advanced chemistry elective for chemistry and biochemistry.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 331.

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CHM 435

Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2016, 2018

This course provides in-depth coverage of advanced organic chemical topics, expanding upon the fundamentals of organic chemistry learned in CHM 222. The specific content focuses on recent advances in the subject as they relate to a variety of different topics. Examples from current chemical literature will be used throughout. This course is an advanced chemistry elective for chemistry and biochemistry.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 222 , and CHM 244 or CHM 232.

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CHM 441

Advanced Chemistry Laboratory - Fall

Offered: Fall Semester

Complementary in content to the Advanced Chemistry Laboratory - Spring (CHM 442). Modern chemistry techniques, methods, and instrumentation will be applied to experiments integrating material from organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry. The course will serve to merge concepts from each discipline and to develop self-guided inquiry. Advanced instrumentation to produce useful data and subsequent interpretation of data is emphasized.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 244 and CHM 331.
Fulfills the Writing in the Disciplines requirement.

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CHM 442

Advanced Chemistry Laboratory - Spring

Offered: Spring Semester

Complementary in content to the Advanced Chemistry Laboratory - Fall (CHM 441). Modern chemistry techniques, methods, and instrumentation will be applied to experiments integrating material from organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry. The course will serve to merge concepts from each discipline and to develop self-guided inquiry. Advanced instrumentation to produce useful data and subsequent interpretation of data is emphasized.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 244, CHM 331 and CHM 333.

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CHM 443

Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2015, 2017

This course covers current, cutting edge topics in the field of physical chemistry. Students apply and expand their knowledge of thermodynamics and kinetics to explore applications like technology and biochemistry. Examples from the latest papers in the chemical literature are used throughout the course.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 333

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CHM 444

Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2014, 2016

This course builds upon the fundamentals of inorganic chemistry learned in CHM 244 and also includes recent advances in the field. Topics include: symmetry, group theory, molecular orbital's, frontier orbital's, ligand field compounds, organimetallic reactions and catalysis, bioinorganic and environmental chemistry.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 244.

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CHM 447

Junior Fall Chemistry Seminar

Offered: Fall Semester

Third-year Chemistry majors meet with Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty once a week for both internal and external seminars. Each student is required to prepare and present a half-hour seminar on a topic of his/her choice found in a current professional journal. All students are expected to attend and provide professional evaluations of other students’ seminar presentations.

Prerequisite(s): Junior Chemistry majors only.
Students will earn four credits in the second semester senior year upon completion of CHM 447, CHM 448, CHM 449, and CHM 450.

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CHM 448

Junior Spring Chemistry Seminar

Offered: Spring Semester

All third-year Chemistry majors meet with Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty once a week for both internal and external seminar presentations.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 447.
Students will earn four credits in the second semester senior year upon successful completion of CHM 447 , CHM 448, CHM 449, and CHM 450.

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CHM 449

Senior Fall Chemistry Seminar

Offered: Fall Semester

All fourth-year Chemistry majors meet with Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty once a week for both internal and external seminar presentations. Each student is required to prepare and present a half-hour seminar on a topic of his/her choice found in a current professional journal. During the fall semester of the fourth year, each student will be expected to start writing a thesis. Preferably this thesis will cover experimental or theoretical research the student has actually done.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 448.
Students will earn four credits in the second semester senior year upon successful completion of CHM 447, CHM 448, CHM 449, and CHM 450.

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CHM 450

Senior Spring Chemistry Seminar & Thesis

Offered: Spring Semester

All fourth-year Chemistry majors meet with Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty once a week for both internal and external seminar presentations. Each fourth-year student will be expected to write and defend his/her thesis in the spring semester of the fourth year.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 449.
Students will earn four credits in the second semester senior year upon successful completion of CHM 447, CHM 448, CHM 449, and CHM 450.

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CHM 475

Internship in Chemistry

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Research or practical experience in the field at an outside industrial, government, hospital, or university setting. Must be approved by the Department Chairperson, the Faculty member supervising the Internship, and the Supervisor in the cooperating organization.

Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship.

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CHM 490

Directed Study

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Opportunity for upper level students to do advanced work in a specialized area of chemistry.

Prerequisite(s): Approval of both the faculty member directing the work and the Department Chairperson required.

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CHM 496

Independent Chemical Research

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Students carry out an advanced research project in a specialized area of chemistry under the direction of a faculty member from the Department of Chemistry. The research may be part of an ongoing project being conducted by the faculty member, or the student and faculty member may develop an original project. May be taken more than once.

Prerequisite(s): Approval of both the faculty member directing the project and the Department Chairperson required.

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CHM 497

Senior Thesis

Offered: Fall Semester

Students complete an advanced research project in a specialized area of chemistry under the direction of a chemistry faculty member, resulting in a senior thesis. This course will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in the department; approval of both the faculty member directing the project and the Department Chairperson required

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