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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (CHE)
(department name change effective 7/1/99)
College of Arts & Sciences

221 Petty Building
(336) 334-5714
www.uncg.edu/che


Accelerated master's Programs for Chemistry Majors | Biochemistry Major (BS) | Chemistry Courses (CHE) | Chemistry Major (BA) | Chemistry Major (BS) | Chemistry Major with Secondary Subject-Area Teacher Licensure | Chemistry Minor

Faculty

Terence Nile, Professor and Head of Department
Professors Barborak, Farona, Herman, Jezorek, Knight; Associate Professors Banks, Johnston, Walsh; Assistant Professors Haddy, Shields, Raner; Laboratory Assistants Burnes, Katsikas

The Department of Chemistry offers four undergraduate programs: the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a Concentration in Biochemistry, and the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. The Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Education (M.Ed.) are offered at the graduate level (See The Graduate School Bulletin). Students who follow the program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degrees are certified to the American Chemical Society as having met its rigorous requirements for undergraduate professional training in chemistry.

The Department's biochemistry programs (B.S. in Biochemistry and B.S. in Chemistry with Concentration in Biochemistry) provide students with excellent preparation for graduate work in biochemistry and related life sciences, as well as for employment in chemical and biotechnological industries. These programs are also attractive to students planning careers in the health professions.

One of the features of our undergraduate program which we particularly emphasize is the opportunity for students to engage in undergraduate research. Many of our majors do so, principally in their junior and senior years, and this provides excellent training for those who intend to continue their studies at the graduate level.

Chemistry Major
Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Required: 122 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level
AOS Code: U121

The Chemistry Major (BA), while less specialized than the BS program, provides sound training in chemistry. It offers fine preparation for those planning to enter medicine or dentistry, secondary school teaching, or various vocations within the chemical industry. In fact, by electing some additional courses in chemistry beyond the minimum required, the student may prepare for graduate work under this program as well as under the BS. While this program allows a more flexible arrangement of schedules, the student should work closely with a chemistry advisor to be certain that the proper sequence of chemistry and related area courses is taken with regard to the prerequisites.

College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) (54-55 hours)

All students must meet the All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER). The College of Arts and Sciences, however, has established liberal education requirements for its programs which, while including those of AULER, contain additional requirements in several categories. Therefore, students following this program should adhere to the College requirements. Please note that students who satisfy the College Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) will also satisfy the All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER). See a complete description of the College requirements and courses meeting AULER/CLER requirements.

Major Requirements

  1. CHE 111, 112, 114, 115, 242, 331, 333, 351, 352, 354, 372, 401 (audit), 402, 461 or 506
  2. Two courses from among CHE 442, 531, 536, 553, 556, and 581

Only chemistry courses in which grades of C- or better are earned will be counted toward the major.

Related Area Requirements

  1. MAT 191, 292
  2. PHY 211, 212 and 251, 252 labs, or 291, 292, and 251, 252 labs

Electives

Electives should be sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for the degree. Additional advanced courses in mathematics are advised. CST 105 is recommended as a CRD requirement. Additional chemistry courses above the 100 level may be taken.

 

Chemistry Major
Degree: Bachelor of Science

Required: 122 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level

The Chemistry Major (BS) differs from the BA in requiring additional advanced courses in chemistry and/or related sciences. It provides very thorough undergraduate training in chemistry and an excellent background for students planning to undertake graduate work or to enter the chemical industry. Students who complete this program will be certified to the American Chemical Society upon graduation as having fulfilled the Society's requirements for undergraduate professional training. The sequence in which the required courses are taken is important, and the student should work closely with a chemistry advisor in planning a schedule.

Requirements for the Chemistry Major(B.S.)

AOS Code: U123

College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) (54-55 hours)

All students must meet the All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER). The College of Arts and Sciences, however, has established liberal education requirements for its programs which, while including those of AULER, contain additional requirements in several categories. Therefore, students following this program should adhere to the College requirements. Please note that students who satisfy the College Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) will also satisfy the All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER). See a complete description of the College requirements and courses meeting AULER/CLER requirements.

Major Requirements

CHE 111, 112, 114, 115, 242, 331, 333, 351, 352, 354, 372, 401 (audit), 402, 442, 461, 462, 463, 464, 531, 533, 581

Only Chemistry courses in which grades of C- or better are earned will be counted toward the major.

Related Area Requirements

  1. MAT 191, 292, 293
  2. PHY 291, 292 and 251, 252 labs
  3. At least two courses selected from: CHE 491, 492, 493 (minimum of 2 credit hours total for any combination of the previous three courses count as one course), 536, 553, 555, 556, 557, 570; BIO 355, 392, 422, 477, 479, 506, 538, 594; CSC 230, 322, 330, 339, 523, 524; MAT 310, 311, 340, 345, 390, 394, 395; PHY 321, 323, 325, 327, 512, 513, 521, 525

Electives

Electives should be sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for the degree. Additional advanced mathematics courses are advised. Additional chemistry courses above the 100 level may be taken.

 

Requirements for the Chemistry Major (B.S.) with a Concentration in Biochemistry

AOS Code: U124

The Concentration in Biochemistry offers students the option to specialize in biochemistry within the curriculum leading to the B.S. in Chemistry. This concentration is designed to prepare students for graduate training in biochemistry, medicine and related professions, or for employment in biochemistry or biotechnology related industries. The sequence in which the required courses are taken is important, and the student should work closely with a chemistry advisor in planning a schedule.

College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) (54-55 hours)

All students in this program must meet the College of Arts and Sciences All-University Liberal Education Requirements (CLER). See description above under Chemistry Major (Bachelor of Arts).

Major Requirements

CHE 111, 112, 114, 115, 242, 331, 333, 351, 352, 354, 372, 401 (audit), 402, 461, 462, 463, 531, 533, 556, 557, 558

Only Chemistry courses in which grades of C- or better are earned will be counted toward the Concentration.

Related Area Requirements

  1. Advanced biochemistry: 3-4 credits from CHE 491, CHE 492 or BIO 594
  2. BIO 111, 112, 392
  3. MAT 191, 292
  4. PHY 291, 292 and 251, 252 labs

Electives

Electives should be sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for the degree. One additional advanced biology course (e.g. BIO 355 or 481) is strongly recommended.

Biochemistry Major
Degree: Bachelor of Science

Required: 122 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level

AOS Code: U860

The Biochemistry Major (BS) is designed to prepare students for graduate training in the biochemical sciences, medicine, and other health professions, or for employment in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry will meet all or most of the academic requirements for admission to medical, dental, veterinary or pharmacy schools.

The curriculum involves a solid foundation of chemistry and biology courses, along with core and advanced elective courses in biochemistry. Undergraduate research is encouraged, and students may collaborate with participating faculty from a variety of departments (Chemistry, Biology, Nutrition and Foodservice Systems, Physics, and Exercise and Sport Science).

This program follows the biochemistry curriculum recommendations of the American Society of Biochemists and Molecular Biologists.

Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) (54-55 hours)

All students must meet the College of Arts and Sciences All University Liberal Education Requirements (CLER). See description under Chemistry Major (Bachelor of Science).

Major Requirements

CHE 111, 112, 114, 115, 242, 331, 333, 351, 352, 354, 372, 401 (audit), 402, 463, 506, 556, 557, 558

Related Area Requirements

  1. MAT 191, 292
  2. BIO 111, 112, and either BIO 392, 393 lab, or BIO 355, 356 lab
  3. PHY 211, 212 and 251, 252 labs, or 291, 292 and 251, 252 labs
  4. Advanced Biochemistry Elective (3-4 hours) one or more of the following courses: CHE 491, 492; BIO 499, 594; ESS 475; NFS 527; PHY 595
  5. Advanced Biological Science Elective (3-4 hours) one or more of the following courses: BIO 277, 424, 464, 477, 479, 481, 578, 583, 584, 594 strongly recommended (if not used as Advanced Biochemistry Elective), 595, 596; PHY 543

Only Chemistry and Biology courses in which grades of C- or better are earned will be counted toward the major.

Electives

Electives should be sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for the degree. Additional advanced courses in chemistry and biology are recommended.

 

Chemistry Minor

Required: minimum of 19 semester hours

A student may earn a minor in chemistry by completing a minimum of 19 semester hours in chemistry of which not more than 8 semester hours may be applied from introductory level courses (CHE 103, 104, 106, 110, 111, 112, 114, and 115.)

Chemistry Major with Secondary Subject-Area
Teacher Licensure

AOS Codes:

B.A. in Chemistry with "A" Licensure, U125
B.S. in Chemistry with "A" Licensure, U126

Additional requirements for teacher licensure, beyond the Chemistry Major requirements, are listed under Teacher Education. In addition, students must take 6-8 credits in biology and/or earth science chosen from the following:

  1. BIO 111, 112
  2. GEO 103 and one or more of GEO 111, 205, 311, 314. CHE 252 is also recommended.

 

Accelerated Master's Programs
for Chemistry Majors

Interested students should see Accelerated Master's Programs for Undergraduates for details about the BA in Chemistry/MBA and BS in Chemistry/MS in Chemistry program requirements.

Chemistry Courses (CHE)


For Undergraduates

103 General Descriptive Chemistry I (3:3).

AULER/CLER: NS/CPS

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. (FA)

104 General Descriptive Chemistry II (3:3).

AULER/CLER: NS/CPS

Pr. 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. (SP)

106 Introductory Chemistry (3:3).

AULER/CLER: NS/CPS

  • For elementary education, business, and liberal arts majors.
  • Students cannot receive credit for both 106 and either 111 or 103.
  • CHE 110 is recommended as corequisite.

Nonquantitative survey of fundamentals of measurement, molecular structure, reactivity, and organic chemistry; applications to textiles, environmental, consumer, biological, and drug chemistry. (FA,SP)

110 Introductory Chemistry Laboratory (1:0:3).

AULER/CLER: NS/CPS

Coreq. To be taken concurrently with either 103 or 104. Also may accompany 106.

Designed to acquaint non-science majors with basic laboratory practices. (FA,SP)

111 General Chemistry I (3:3).

AULER/CLER: NS/CPS

Pr. one year of high school chemistry. Students who lack high school chemistry should take the sequence 103, 111, 114.
Coreq. All students must take 112 concurrently unless they have previous credit for an equivalent course.

Fundamental principles of chemistry, including stoichiometry, atomic structure, and states of matter. (FA,SP)

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

AULER/CLER: NS/CPS

Coerq. CHE 111 must be taken concurrently.

Laboratory work to accompany 111. (FA,SP)

114 General Chemistry II (3:3).

AULER/CLER: NS/CPS

Pr. 111, 112.

Coreq. All students must take 115 concurrently unless they have previous credit for an equivalent course.

  • 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. (FA,SP)

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

AULER/CLER: NS/CPS

Pr. 112 or equivalent.
Coreq. CHE 114 must be taken concurrently.

Laboratory work to accompany 114. Includes semi-micro qualitative analysis and ionic equilibria experiments. (FA,SP)

205 Introductory Organic Chemistry (3:3).

Pr. 104, 110; or 114, 115.
Coreq. All students must take 206 concurrently unless they have previous credit for an equivalent course.

  • Students cannot receive credit for both 205 and 351.

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

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

Coreq. 205 must be taken concurrently.

Laboratory work to accompany 205. (FA)

242 Inorganic Chemistry (2:2).

Pr. 114, 115.

Introduction to descriptive inorganic chemistry, including oxidation-reduction, electrochemistry, acid-base and coordination chemistry. (FA)

252 Chemistry and the Human Environment (3:3).

Pr. 104, 106, 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. (SP)

331 Quantitative Analysis (3:3).

Pr. 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. Herman, Jezorek, Walsh. (FA)

333 Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (1:0:4).

Coreq. 331 must be taken concurrently.

Laboratory work to accompany 331. Herman, Jezorek, Walsh. (FA)

351 Organic Chemistry I (4:4).

Pr. 114, 115.

Chemistry of aliphatic and aromatic compounds with attention to reaction mechanisms and synthetic applications, and the application of spectroscopy to structure determination. Banks, Barborak, Johnston, Knight. (FA)

352 Organic Chemistry II (3:3).

Pr. 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. (SP)

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

Coreq. 352 must be taken concurrently.

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

372 Introduction to Laboratory Methods (2:2).

Pr. 104 or 114, 351 or 205.

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. (SP).

401 Chemistry Seminar Introduction (0:0).

Pr. 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. (FA,SP)

402 Chemistry Seminar (1:1).

  • Pr. 401.

    Students audit 401 and receive credit for 402.

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

442 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I (3:3).

Pr. 242, 461, or 506
Coreq. 461 or 506 may be taken concurrently

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

461 Physical Chemistry I (4:4).

Pr. MAT 292 and PHY 292.

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

462 Physical Chemistry II (3:3).

Pr. 461.

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

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

Pr. 331, 333
Coreq. 461 or 506

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

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

Pr. 461, 463
Coreq. 462

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

491, 492 Independent Study (1 to 3), (1 to 3).

Pr. two years of chemistry and permission of department head and instructor under whom student wishes to work.

  • May be repeated for credit.

Directed program of independent study and research for the qualified student. (FA-491; SP-492)

493 Honors Work (3-6).

See prerequisites under Honors Program.

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

 


For Advanced Undergraduates and Graduate Students

506 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 506 and 461 to an undergraduate degree

Concepts basic to chemical kinetics, equilibrium, energetics, spectroscopy, solution phenomena, electrochemistry, and colloidal behavior with applications to biological systems. (SP)

531 Instrumental Analysis (3:3).

Pr. 331, 333, 205 or 352 (either may be taken concurrently), PHY 212 or 292.

Theory and practice of advanced analytical techniques with emphasis on instrumental methods of analysis. (SP)

533 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (1:0:4).

Coreq. 531 must be taken concurrently.

Laboratory work to accompany 531. Herman, Jezorek. (SP)

536 Computers in Chemistry (3:3).

Pr. two semesters of chemistry beyond general chemistry; one semester of calculus; one year of physics; one semester of programming in a higher level language; or permission of instructor.

Introduction to analysis of chemical data and control of chemical instruments with digital computers. Designed primarily for chemistry majors but may be taken by other interested science majors.

553 Advanced Organic Chemistry I (3:3).

Pr. 352.

Advanced topics in organic chemistry with special emphasis on reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry. (FA)

555 Organometallic Chemistry (2:2).

Pr. 352, 442.

Theoretical and synthetic aspects of organometallic chemistry and applications to catalysis and synthetic organic chemistry. (SP)

556 Biochemistry I (3:3).

Pr. 352, BIO 111-112.

Introductory biochemistry presented from a chemical perspective. Topics include amino acids, proteins and enzymes, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, lipids, membranes, and carbohydrate catabolism. Banks, (FA)

557 Biochemistry II (3:3).

Pr. 352, 556, BIO 111-112, or permission of instructor.

Continuation of CHE 556. Enzyme catalytic mechanisms, additional topics in intermediary metabolism, genetic biochemistry, and selected topics in molecular physiology. (SP)

558 Biochemistry Laboratory (1:0:4).

Pr. 556 or equivalent, 354, 333 or permission of instructor.

Introduction to biochemical techniques, including isolation, purification and characterization of biological molecules. (SP)

570 Advanced Special Topics in Chemistry (1 to 3).

Pr. Permission of instructor.

Studies at an advanced level dealing with specialized areas of chemistry in which there is special expertise among departmental faculty. Areas of offering to be identified as follows: 570a, Analytical; 570b, Biochemistry; 570c, Inorganic; 570d, Organic; 570e, Physical.

581 Synthetic Techniques (2:0:8).

Pr. 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. Areas covered include high temperature and high pressure reactions, photochemistry, reaction kinetics, inert atmosphere reactions, microtechniques, and the use of modern instrumentation to determine product structure. (FA)

Please refer to The Graduate School Bulletin for additional graduate level courses.

 
 
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