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Chemistry Courses (CHE)

GE Core denotes General Education Core credit;
GE Marker
denotes General Education Marker credit;
CAR denotes College Additional Requirement credit.

Courses for Undergraduates

101 Introductory Chemistry (3:3)

GE Core: GNS

CAR: GPS

For elementary education, business, and liberal arts majors.

Students cannot receive credit for both CHE 101 and either 111 or 103.

CHE 110 is recommended as corequisite.

Survey of fundamentals of measurement, molecular structure, reactivity, and organic chemistry; applications to textiles, environmental, consumer, biological, and drug chemistry. (Fall & Spring & Summer)

103 General Descriptive Chemistry I (3:3)

GE Core: GNS

CAR: GPS

Coreq. CHE 110 must be taken concurrently unless student takes CHE 104 or CHE 111 later

Not open to students who have already taken CHE 111.

Introductory course for students whose programs require only one year of college chemistry. Among the topics introduced are states of matter, atomic and molecular structure, nuclear chemistry, stoichiometry, and solutions. (Fall)

104 General Descriptive Chemistry II (3:3)

GE Core: GNS

CAR: GPS

Pr. CHE 103 or permission of instructor

Coreq. CHE 110 must be taken concurrently unless taken with CHE 103.

Applications of the principles introduced in 103 to representative inorganic, organic, and biological systems. Topics include equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, and introductory organic and biochemical concepts. (Spring)

110 Introductory Chemistry Laboratory (1:0:3)

GE Core: GNS

CAR: GPS

Coreq. To be taken concurrently with either CHE 103 or 104. Also may accompany 101.

Designed to acquaint non-science majors with basic laboratory practices. (Fall & Spring)

111 General Chemistry I (3:3)

GE Core: GNS

CAR: GPS

Pr. one year of high school chemistry or CHE 103; students lacking high school chemistry should take the sequence CHE 103, 111, 114

Coreq. CHE 112

Fundamental principles of chemistry, including stoichiometry, atomic structure, and states of matter. (Fall & Spring)

112 General Chemistry I Laboratory (1:0:3)

GE Core: GNS

CAR: GPS

Coerq. CHE 111

Laboratory work to accompany 111. (Fall & Spring)

114 General Chemistry II (3:3)

GE Core: GNS

CAR: GPS

Pr. CHE 103, 104, and 110 with performance in each at the B level or higher, or 111, 112

Coreq. CHE 115

Designed primarily for science majors and is the prerequisite to upper level courses in chemistry.

Continuation of 111 with attention to ionic equilibria, elementary kinetics and thermodynamics, acid-base theory, coordination chemistry, and electrochemistry. (Fall & Spring)

115 General Chemistry II Laboratory (1:0:3)

GE Core: GNS

CAR: GPS

Pr. CHE 112 or equivalent

Coreq. CHE 114

Laboratory work to accompany 114. Includes semi-micro qualitative analysis and ionic equilibria experiments. (Fall & Spring)

191 Introduction to Research (1:0:3)

Pr. CHE 111 and 112

Coreq. CHE 114

Introduction to the basic concepts of research, involving multistep experiments and discussion of research opportunities. (Fall & Spring & Summer)

205 Introductory Organic Chemistry (3:3)

Pr. CHE 104, 110; or 114, 115

Coreq. CHE 206

Students cannot receive credit for both CHE 205 and 351.

A course in organic chemistry designed for students whose programs require only one semester in this area. (Fall)

206 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1:0:3)

Coreq. CHE 205

Laboratory work to accompany 205. (Fall)

252 Chemistry and the Human Environment (3:3)

Pr. CHE 101, 104, or 114 or permission of instructor

Study of chemical problems central to current technological, biomedical, and environmental issues. Topics include energy alternatives, food chemicals, environmental chemistry, molecular basis of drug action, and consumer products. (Spring)

291, 292 Sophomore Research (1–3:0:3–9), (1–3:0:3–9)

Pr. CHE 114 and 115

Each course may be repeated for credit for up to three (3) credits.

Sophomore-level research in chemistry and biochemistry. Participation in a research project directed by a faculty supervisor. (291—Fall & Summer I; 292—Spring & Summer II)

331 Quantitative Analysis (3:3)

Pr. CHE 114, 115

Coreq. All students must take 333 concurrently unless they have previous credit for an equivalent course.

Introduction to the theory and practice of volumetric and gravimetric methods of analysis. (Fall)

333 Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (1:0:4)

Coreq. CHE 331 must be taken concurrently.

Laboratory work to accompany 331. (Fall)

342 Inorganic Chemistry (3:3)

Pr. CHE 114, 115

Introduction to theoretical principles, structure, and reactivity of main group metals and nonmetals and transition metals including industrial, bioinorganic and organometallic chemistry, and inorganic materials and nanomaterials. (Fall) (Formerly CHE 242)

351 Organic Chemistry I (4:4)

Pr. CHE 114, 115

Chemistry of aliphatic and aromatic compounds with attention to reaction mechanisms and synthetic applications, and the application of spectroscopy to structure determination. (Fall & Summer)

352 Organic Chemistry II (3:3)

Pr. CHE 351

Coreq. All students must take 354 concurrently unless they have previous credit for an equivalent course.

Continuation of 351 with attention to alcohols, ethers, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, amines, lipids, carbohydrates, and organic spectroscopy. (Spring & Summer)

354 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1:0:4)

Coreq. CHE 352 must be taken concurrently.

Laboratory work to accompany 352. Includes basic techniques of organic laboratory practice plus preparations involving representative reactions. (Spring & Summer)

372 Introduction to Laboratory Methods (2:2)

Pr. CHE 205 or 351

An introduction to the practical skills of laboratory work, to include safe handling and disposal of chemicals, laboratory practice and equipment, data handling, chemical literature, and searching for chemical information. (Spring)

391, 392 Junior Research (1–3:0:3–9), (1–3:0:3–9)

Pr. CHE 352 and 354 or CHE 331 and 333 and permission of instructor

Each course may be repeated for credit for up to three (3) credits.

Junior-level research in chemistry and biochemistry. Participation in a research project directed by a faculty supervisor. (391—Fall & Summer I; 392—Spring & Summer II)

401 Chemistry Seminar Introduction (0:0)

Pr. CHE 372, senior standing

Students audit 401 and receive credit for 402.

Preparation for seminar. Introduction to the selection of seminar topics and seminar presentation techniques. Attendance at weekly seminars required. (Fall & Spring)

402 Chemistry Seminar (1:1)

Pr. CHE 401

Students audit 401 and receive credit for 402.

Oral reports and discussion of topics from the current chemistry literature by students, staff, and guest lecturers. Attendance at weekly seminars is required. (Fall & Spring)

405 Nutritional Biochemistry (3:3)

Pr. C (2.0) or better in CHE 103, 104, (110 lab) or CHE 111 (112 lab), 114 (115 lab); CHE 205 (206 lab) or CHE 351, 352 (354 lab); BIO 277; NTR 413; Nutrition major or permission of instructor.

The biochemical basis of nutrient structure, function, and metabolism; integration of metabolism at the cellular and biochemical levels; and applications of nutrient metabolism in total body function. (Spring)

406 Introductory Physical Chemistry (4:4)

Pr. two semesters of chemistry beyond general chemistry, MAT 292, one year of physics

Students cannot receive credit for both CHE 406 and 461 toward an undergraduate degree

Study of the concepts basic to chemical kinetics, equilibrium, energetics, spectroscopy, solution phenomena, electrochemistry, and colloidal behavior with applications to biological systems. Theory of methods and instrumentation also examined. (Fall)

407 Introductory Physical Chemistry Laboratory (1:0:4)

Coreq. CHE 406

Laboratory work related to 406 with emphasis on mathematical treatment of experimental data and communication of results in report form. (Fall)

420 Chemical Principles of Biochemistry (3:3)

Pr. CHE 352; BIO 111112 strongly recommended

Introduction to major classes of biomolecules and to genetic and metabolic pathways in living systems; emphasis on chemical nature of biological processes and the driving forces that make them work. (Fall)

442 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I (3:3)

Pr. CHE 242, 406 or 461

Coreq. CHE 406 or 461 may be taken concurrently.

Modern concepts of chemical bonding and its application to inorganic reactions and periodic relationships. (Spring)

461 Physical Chemistry I (4:4)

Pr. MAT 292 and PHY 292

Students cannot receive credit for both 461 and 406 toward an undergraduate degree.

Chemical thermodynamics and equilibrium processes covered, including phase equilibria, thermodynamics of solutions, kinetics, and electrochemistry. (Fall)

462 Physical Chemistry II (3:3)

Pr. CHE 461

Subject material deals with microscopic world including introductions to quantum mechanics, molecular spectroscopy, and statistical mechanics. (Spring)

463 Physical Chemistry I Laboratory (1:0:4)

Pr. CHE 331, 333

Coreq. CHE 406 or 461

Laboratory work related to 461 with emphasis on mathematical treatment of experimental data and communication of results in report form. (Fall)

464 Physical Chemistry II Laboratory (1:0:4)

Pr. CHE 461, 463

Coreq. CHE 462

Additional laboratory work primarily in kinetics and the determination of molecular structure. This is a writing emphasis course. (Spring)

481 Synthetic Techniques (2:0:8)

Pr. CHE 242, 352, 354, 372

Theoretical discussion and laboratory practice in modern methods of synthesis in the areas of organic and inorganic chemistry. Emphasis given to regions of overlap such as organometallic chemistry. (Fall)

490 Internship in Chemistry and Biochemistry (3:0:12)

Pr. CHE 333 or 354; junior status; overall GPA of 3.0 or better; and permission of instructor

Practical experience in local industrial setting. Includes bi-weekly meeting with Departmental internship coordinator. Students must complete 12 hours a week at an internship site. (Fall & Spring & Summer)

491, 492 Senior Research (1–3:0:3–9), (1–3:0:3–9)

Pr. three (3) years of chemistry or biochemistry and permission of instructor

May be repeated for credit for a maximum of three (3) credits.

Senior-level research in chemistry and biochemistry. Participation in a research project directed by a faculty supervisor. (491—Fall & Summer I; 492—Spring & Summer II )

493 Honors Work (3–6)

Pr. permission of instructor; 3.30 GPA in the major, 12 s.h. in the major

May be repeated for credit if the topic of study changes.

 

499 Senior Thesis (2:0:8)

Pr. completion of six (6) semesters of undergraduate research

Preparation of a thesis based on a student's undergraduate research. (Fall & Spring & Summer)