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Chemistry Courses

CH 120 - Basic Chemistry 3 hrs.

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of chemistry. Topics include the structure and nature of atoms, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, gases, solutions, acids, bases, and salts, oxidation and reduction reactions, and nuclear chemistry. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of the mathematics proficiency requirement.

CH 121 - Basic Chemistry Laboratory 1 hr.

This course is an optional laboratory component for Basic Chemistry (CH 120). It is designed for students, such as pre-nursing, who require a one-semester laboratory introductory course and should not be taken by students intending to take additional courses in chemistry or to concentrate in the sciences. Permission to enroll will be granted only under these conditions. Prerequisites: CH 120 and permission of instructor. Fall semester only.

CH 137 - General Chemistry I 4 hrs.

This course is an introduction to the principles and applications of inorganic chemistry. Topics include the structure of atoms and molecules; chemical stoichiometry; descriptive inorganic chemistry and the periodic table; properties of gases, liquids and solutions; elementary thermodynamics, kinetics, and equilibrium. The laboratory includes the investigation of physicochemical principles and qualitative analysis. The course consists of three lectures and one laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: Proficiency in algebra. Recommended: High school chemistry or CH 120.

CH 138 - General Chemistry II 3 hrs.

This course is a continuation and expansion of the material in CH 137. Topics include electrochemistry, atomic spectra and structure, chemical bonding and molecular structure, and a more detailed investigation of chemical periodicity and equilibria. Normally students enrolled in CH 138 should also be enrolled in CH 140, which is a prerequisite for all subsequent chemistry courses. Prerequisite: CH 137 or permission of the instructor.

CH 140 - Quantitative Analysis 2 hrs.

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of standard methods of analysis. The concepts of stoichiometry and equilibrium are emphasized, and the laboratory provides practice in gravimetric, volumetric, potentiometric, and spectrophotometric procedures. The course consists of one lecture and one laboratory session per week. Prerequisite or co-requisite: CH 138.

CH 251, 252 - Organic Chemistry I and II 4 hrs. each

This course is an introductory study of the structure and reactivity of organic compounds. Topics include bonding, resonance, acid-base theory, spectroscopy, stereochemistry, nomenclature, and named reactions. Laboratory work includes basic techniques, organic qualitative analysis, kinetics, and basic reactions. The course consists of three lectures and one laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CH 138 and 140 for CH 251; CH 251 for CH 252.

CH 295 - Special Topics in Chemistry 3 hrs.

This course offers an examination of selected topics in chemistry.

CH 299 - Independent Study 1-3 hrs.

This course consists of individual laboratory or library study on problems of interest to qualified students in the department. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and department chair approval.

CH 341 - Instrumental Methods of Analysis 4 hrs.

The theory and practice of physicochemical and instrumental methods of analysis are presented. Areas covered are spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, chromatography, electroanalytical methods, and areas of current interest. The course consists of three lectures and one laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: CH 252.

CH 350 - Environmental Chemistry 3 hrs.

This course will examine the numerous relationships between chemistry and the environment. The course will investigate how chemistry can be used in the analysis and mitigation of current problems as well as the minimization of new ones. Students also will be introduced to some of the regulations and documentation required for environmental work. Prerequisite: CH 252. Recommended: CH 341.

CH 361, 362 - Physical Chemistry I and II 4 hrs. each

This course examines the laws and theories applicable to chemical systems. The first semester emphasizes thermodynamics; the second semester emphasizes kinetics, quantum mechanics, molecular structure, and spectroscopy. The course consists of three lectures and one laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CH 140, PC 226 (or PC 126); MA 172 for CH 361; CH 361 for CH 362. Prerequisite or co-requisite: CH 251 (or permission of the instructor) for CH 361. The ability to use computer spreadsheets is strongly recommended.

CH 370 - Biochemistry 3 hrs.

This is an introduction to the chemistry of biological compounds and their structure and reactions in living organisms. Topics include structures of amino acids, proteins, and enzymes; mechanisms of enzyme and coenzyme action; the structure and role of carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids; intermediary metabolic pathways; and the biosynthesis of proteins. Prerequisite: CH 252.

CH 381, 382 - Laboratory Teaching in Chemistry 1-2 hrs.

This course provides practical experience in laboratory instruction. Students assist in teaching a laboratory section of a lower-level chemistry course. Students wishing to be certified to teach chemistry must complete at least one credit hour; the course is also recommended for students intending to go on to graduate school. These courses may be taken for a maximum of 6 credit hours. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

CH 397, 398 - Chemical Research 1-3 hrs.

Qualified junior and senior students work closely with a faculty member in the department on a problem of current interest. The course is offered by individual arrangement, and the student must discuss the project with the appropriate faculty member well in advance of pre-registration. Prerequisites: CH 252 and permission of the instructor.

CH 440 - Advanced Topics in Analytical Chemistry 3 hrs.

This course offers an advanced examination of selected topics in analytical chemistry. Prerequisite: CH 341.

CH 451 - Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry 3 hrs.

This course offers an advanced examination of selected topics in organic chemistry. Prerequisite: CH 252.

CH 460 - Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry 3 hrs.

This course offers an advanced examination of selected topics in physical chemistry. Prerequisite: CH 252 and 362.

CH 475 - Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry 3 hrs.

This course offers an advanced examination of selected topics in inorganic chemistry. Prerequisite: CH 252.

CH 481, 482 - Laboratory Teaching in Chemistry 1-2 hrs.

This course provides practical experience in laboratory instruction. Students assist in teaching a laboratory section of a lower-level chemistry course. Students wishing to be certified to teach chemistry must complete at least one credit hour; the course is also recommended for students intending to go on to graduate school. These courses may be taken for a maximum of six credit hours. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

CH 491 - Chemistry Seminar 2 hrs.

This course is a survey of the chemical literature in which extensive use will be made of Chemical Abstracts and current journals. The student must select a topic of interest, research the literature, and present a paper. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

CH 497, 498 - Chemical Research 1-3 hrs.

Qualified junior and senior students work closely with a faculty member in the department on a problem of current interest. The course is offered by individual arrangement, and the student must discuss the project with the appropriate faculty member well in advance of pre-registration. Prerequisites: CH 252 and permission of the instructor.

CH 499 - Independent Study 1-3 hrs.

This course consists of individual laboratory or library study on problems of interest to qualified students in the department. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and department chair approval.