Courses

Course Code Credits

First-Year Sem: General Chemistry I: The Environment and Society

This course explores key topics in chemistry, including: atoms, molecules, measurements, bonding, aqueous solutions, and thermodynamics. Applications are introduced related to the environmental theme, i.e., ozone depletion, global warming, water quality, and energy. Through reading, writing, and class discussions, students learn to understand critical environmental issues at the molecular-level. Six hours of combined class/laboratory each week. Fulfills the Cornerstone Natural Scientific Inquiry Requirement, and is the equivalent to CHM 113 General Chemistry I. Limited to 16.

CHM111 5

General Chemistry I

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. Six hours of combined class/laboratory each week. Limited to 24.

CHM113 4

The Science of Art

The science behind light, color, and vision as they relate to art. The chemistry of painting materials. The scientific history of glass, paper, ceramics and metals as art materials. The effects of technological advances on art. Other topics include preservation, restoration, authentication, and forgery detection. Limited to 24.

CHM195 3

Organic Chemistry I

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. Three periods of lecture and a four-hour laboratory session each week. Pre-requisite: CHM 113 (or an equivalent CHM First-Year Seminar). A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 35.

CHM221 4

Organic Chemistry II

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. Three periods of lecture and a four-hour laboratory session each week. Pre-requisite: CHM 221. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 30.

CHM222 4

General Chemistry II

The course further develops the introductory physical and analytical chemistry initiated in CHE 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. Three periods of lecture and a three-hour laboratory session each week. Pre-requisite: CHM 113 (or an equivalent CHM First-Year Seminar). Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 30.

CHM232 4

Inorganic Chemistry

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. Three periods of lecture and a three hour laboratory session each week. Pre-requisite: CHM 222. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 22.

CHM244 4

Analytical Chemistry

An in-depth study of chemical equilibrium in acid-base, complexation, oxidation-reduction and precipitation reactions. Quantitative chemical analysis using titrimetric, spectrophotometric, potentiometric and more is discussed in detail in lecture and performed in the laboratory including rigorous statistical evaluation of experimental data. Three periods of lecture and a four-hour laboratory session each week. Pre-requisite: CHM 232 or CHM 244. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 16.

CHM331 4

Physical Chemistry I

This course is an in-depth exploration of key chemistry topic in thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, spectroscopy and kinetics. Specific applications of physical chemistry are given in terms of material, nanoscience, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, and technology. Pre-requisites: MTH 126 and CHM 232 or CHM 244. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 16.

CHM333 4

Physical Chemistry II

This course is an in-depth exploration of key chemistry topics in thermodynamics and kinetics. The course material covers phase diagrams, chemical equilibrium, molecular motion and dynamics. Pre-requisite: CHM 333. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 12.

CHM334 4

Advanced Analytical Chemistry

Principles of instrumental analysis: Potentiometry, electrolysis, polarography, spectrophotometry, fluorimetry, atomic absorption, chromatography, and chemical separations. Three periods of lecture each week. Pre-requisites: CHM 331 and CHM 333. Limited to 25.

CHM432 3

Advanced Organic Chemistry

Recent Advances in Organic Chemistry. Topics may include: strategies for organic synthesis, reaction mechanisms, elucidation of structure and stereochemistry of organic compounds using physical and spectroscopic methods. Three periods of lecture each week. Pre-requisite: CHM 333. Limited to 24.

CHM435 3

Advanced Chemistry Laboratory - Spring

An in-depth examination of atomic and molecular parameters and how the application of current laboratory instrumentation can elucidate fundamental chemical phenomena based on these parameters. Two four-hour laboratory sessions each week. Pre-requisites: CHM 331 and CHM 333. Co-requisites: CHM 432 and CHM 443. Limited to 16.

CHM442 4

Physical Chemistry III

The Schrodinger equation is applied to several models including: a particle-in-a-box, the harmonic oscillator, and the rigid rotator. Models are explored in light of vibrational and rotational spectroscopy. The hydrogen atom is studied along with approximation methods for many-electron atoms. Pre-requisite: CHM 333. Limited to 16.

CHM443 3

Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry

This course builds upon the fundamental of inorganic chemistry learned in CHE 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. Pre-requisites: CHM 244 and CHM 333. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 16.

CHM444 3

Topics in Chemistry

In depth coverage of up to date advanced chemical topics. This course is an advanced chemistry elective for Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biology majors. The specific content focuses on cutting edge science in the specific sub-discipline of the faculty member teaching the course. Pre-requisite: CHM 222. Course may be taken three times under different topics. Limited to 24.

CHM446 3

Chemistry Seminar & Thesis

All third and fourth year Chemistry and Biochemistry majors meet with Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty once a week for both internal and external seminar presentations. During the fall semesters of the third and fourth years 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 write a thesis. Preferably this thesis will cover experimental or theoretical research the student has actually done. Each student will be expected to defend his/her thesis in the of the fourth year. Four credits are obtained in the second semester of the fourth year. Open to juniors and seniors. Limited to 35.

CHM449 4

Internship in Chemistry

Research or practical experience in the field at an outside industrial, government, hospital, or university setting. Must be approved by the Department Chair, the Faculty member supervising the Internship, and the Supervisor in the cooperating organization. Limited to 10.

CHM475 3

Directed Study

Opportunity for upper level students to do advanced work in a specialized area of chemistry. Approval of both the faculty member directing the work and the Department Chair required.

CHM490 3

Independent Chemical Research

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. Approval of both the faculty member directing the project and the Department Chair required. Limited to 10.

CHM496 3

Senior Thesis

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. Approval of both the faculty member directing the project and the Department Chair required. Open to senior Chemistry majors. Limited to 10.

CHM497 3