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CHEM 101:102:103. General Chemistry. (4:4:4)

Introduction to the principles and applications of chemistry. Students whose major requires upper-level chemistry courses must take CHEM 101:102. Others may take either CHEM 101:102 or CHEM 101:103 to satisfy either the two-semester sequence required by their major, or the general education science requirement. A student may receive a maximum of 8 hours credit for General Chemistry.

CHEM 101 includes measurments, stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, gases, and solutions.

CHEM 102 includes additional chemical bonding topics, crystal lattices, kinetics, chemical equilibria, acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry and radiochemistry.

CHEM 103 is divided equally between inorganic and organic/biochemistry topics. CHEM 103 is designed primarily for nutrition and non-science majors.

CHEM 115. Chemistry of the Environment. (4) - Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory

The most fundamental concepts and techniques of chemistry will be presented by emphasizing the applications of chemistry in our lives and the impact of chemistry on society and the environment. Credits will not be given for both CHEM115 and CHEM101. CHEM101 and 102 are the prerequisites for all upper-level courses in chemistry.

CHEM 120. Chemistry of Life. (4) - Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory

The most basic concepts and techniques of general, organic, and biochemistry will be presented by concentrating on the chemistry necessary to understand living systems. General education credit – Physical and Natural Sciences.

CHEM 201. Quantitative Analysis. (4) - Two hours lecture; six hours laboratory

Prerequisite: CHEM102

Introduction to the theory and mathematics of analytical chemistry; included are statistical analysis of data, gravimetric and volumetric methods of analysis.

CHEM 215. Environmental Chemistry. (3) - Three hours lecture

Prerequisite: CHEM102 or CHEM103

The chemical nature of major environemtal problems, including their sources and possible solutions. Major topics include acid deposition, global warming, ozone depletion, air pollution, photochemical smog, water pollution, solid waste disposal, recylcing, and alternatives to fossil fuels.

CHEM 216. Inorganic Chemistry. (3) - Three hours lecture

Prerequisite: CHEM102

A descriptive inorganic chemistry course of the main group elements and transition metals. Other topics include: atoms, bonding, solid state structures, acid-base theories, and redox reactions.

CHEM 301:302. Organic Chemistry. (4:4) - Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory

Prerequisite: CHEM102

Study of the physical and chemical properties of organic compounds.

CHEM 401:402. Physical Chemistry. (3:3) - Three hours lecture

Prerequisite: CHEM102; MATH152; PHYS112 or 222 

A study of the states of matter, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibria, solutions, and electrochemistry.

CHEM 403:404. Integrated Laboratory. (3:3) - One hour lecture; six hours laboratory

Corequisite: The corequiste for CHEM403 is CHEM401; the corequistie for CHEM404 is CHEM402 

Intensive capstone laboratory experience for chemistry majors. Students will conduct "research style" experiments that require extensive use of the literature, advanced instrumentation, new techniques in data acquisition and analysis, detailed technical reports, and oral presentations. The course will help students develop a unified scientific approach to problem solving that can then be used across various chemistry subdisciplines.

CHEM 416. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. (3) - Three hours lecture

Pre-requisite: CHEM 216

Study of the chemistry of the transition elements. (To be taught once every two years.)

CHEM 421. Polymer Chemistry. (3) - Three hours lecture

Pre-requisite: CHEM 302 

An introduction and overview of polymers including synthesis, chemistry, properties, significance, and manufacturing processes.

CHEM 424. Instrumental Methods of Analysis. (4) - Two hours lecture; six hours laboratory

Pre-requisite: CHEM 102

Theoretical principles, design, construction, applications, and operation of standard laboratory instruments.

CHEM/PHYS 441. Electronics for Scientists. (3) - Two hours lecture; four hours laboratory

Pre-requisite: CHEM 102; PHYS 112 or 222; MATH 152 or 155

Introduction to analog and digital circuit design appropriate for many scientific disciplines including chemistry, computer science, physics, biology, and geology. Focus will be on analog electronics including basic electronic circuit design, use of transducers, operational amplifiers, and wave forming circuits.

CHEM 451. Qualitative Organic Analysis. (3) - One hour lecture; six hours laboratory

Pre-requisite: CHEM 302

Introduction to qualitative analysis of organic compounds and separation of organic mixtures.

CHEM 461. Advanced Organic Chemistry. (3) - Three hour lecture

Pre-requisite: CHEM 302

Study of advanced topics in organic chemistry.

CHEM/BIOL 471:472. Biochemistry. (4:3) - CHEM 471: Four hours lecture; CHEM 472: Three hours lecture

Pre-requisite: CHEM 302, BIOL 105 or 121

Study of the main classes of biomolecules, cellular organization, enzyme action, bioenergetics, and the flow of genetic information.

CHEM/BIOL 474. Biochemistry Laboratory. (1) - Three hours labortatory

Pre-requisite or corequisite: CHEM/BIOL 471

Experience in isolating and determining properties of biochemical materials and using important techniques of biochemical analysis.

CHEM 480. Selected Topics in Chemistry. (1-3) - One to three hours lecture

Pre-requisite: 102 and five semester hours of additional chemistry courses. Additional pre-requisites may be required, depending on course topic.

Course is designed for science majors in their junior or senior year who wish to pursue advanced chemical subjects or to study recent advances in chemistry. The specific topic will be selected each time the course is taught.

CHEM 481:482. Undergraduate Research. (1-3) - One to three hours

Pre-requisites: CHEM 301 and junior standing

A laboratory course designed for students wishing to pursue an independent research project.

CHEM 488. Honors Thesis. (2-3) - Two to three hours

Pre-requisites: Enrollment in the Honors Program, completion of all other Honors Program requirements, a 3.5 GPA in all courses and in chemistry.

In order to receive honors credit, a student must earn a grade of “A” or “B” for the honors thesis. Course may not be repeated.

CHEM/PHYS 498. Independent Study. (1-6) - One to six hours

Pre-requisites: CHEM 102 or 103 and MATH 152