150 Chemistry for Everyday Life

(for non-science majors) (4:3-3) F, S, LS, SU

The focus of this course is on the common chemical language used in general society today. Special emphasis will be placed on the basic chemistry of currently “hot topics” such as the depletion of the ozone layer and alternative energy sources. Topics such as food chemistry, agricultural chemistry, and the chemistry of household products will also be addressed. Chemical concepts including stoichiometry, atomic structure, acid-base chemistry and basic organic chemistry will be integrated throughout the course. Academic credit may not be received for Chemistry 150 and Chemistry 101.

101 General Chemistry I: General Concepts in Chemistry (for science majors)

(4:3-3) (Prerequisite: eligibility to take Mathematics 111) F, SU I

The states of matter, including the gas laws; stoichiometry; electronic structure and bonding; periodicity; solutions.

102 General Chemistry II: Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry 

(4:3-3) (Prerequisite: 101) S, SU II

Oxidation-reduction, equilibria, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, acids and bases, kinetics, chemistry of the representative elements, coordination compounds of the transition elements, nuclear chemistry.

201-202 Organic Chemistry I and II 

(4:3-3) (Prerequisite: 102) F, SU I; 202 S, SU II

The structure, properties, and important reactions of organic compounds. Major topics are hydrocarbons, aromatics, halides, alcohols, acids, esters, aldehydes and ketones, amines, stereochemistry, carbohydrates, proteins, IR and NMR spectroscopy, and chemical literature.

203 Analytical Chemistry I: Quantitative Analysis 

(4:3-4) (Prerequisite: 102) F

Solution equilibria; evaluation of analytical data; precipitation theory and precipitate formation; volumetric and gravimetric principles; acids, bases, and neutralization; oxidation-reduction; electroanalysis; photometry; complexation analysis; methods of separation.

301-302 Physical Chemistry I and II 

(4:3-3) (Prerequisite: 202, Physics 202, and Mathematics 202 or permission of department; Corequisite: 203 and Mathematics 203) 301 F; 302 S

[Before enrolling in Chemistry 301, a student must have a 2.0 cumulative average in all courses prerequisite to Chemistry 301. (For information, courses prerequisite to Chemistry 301 are Chemistry 101, 102, 201-202, Mathematics 201, 202, and Physics 201, and 202.)

The states of matter, thermodynamics, equilibria, solutions and colligative properties, phase rule, conductance and electrochemistry, kinetics, quantum chemistry, atomic and molecular structure and chemical bonding, photochemistry.

303 Analytical Chemistry II: Instrumental Analysis 

(4:3-4) (Prerequisite: 203, 301) S

Electroanalytical and electrogravimetric methods; potentiometric and coulometric methods; conductometric titrations; polarography and amperometric titrations; methods based on infrared, ultraviolet, and visible spectroscopy; flame photometry; atomic absorption spectrometry; gas chromatographic methods; methods based on nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy; fluorescence analysis; mass spectrometry.

313 Environmental Chemistry 

(4:3-3) (Prerequisite: 203) AS

Introduction to the chemistry of natural systems with an emphasis on atmospheric and aquatic chemistry. Sampling and measurement techniques used to characterize the environment, particularly using electrochemical, spectroscopic, and chromatographic methods.

402 Inorganic Chemistry II 

(3) (Prerequisite: 301 or permission of department) S

Structure of the atom, ionic and covalent bonding models; group theory; the solid state; advanced acid-base concepts; chemistry in nonaqueous solvents; structure and reactivity of coordination compounds; organometallic chemistry; bioinorganic chemistry.

403 Advanced Synthesis and Characterization Laboratory

(2:6) (Prerequisite: Chem 301; Corequisite Chem 402 or permission of department) S

This laboratory-only course provides hands-on instruction in the synthesis, purification, and characterization of micro and macromolecular inorganic and organic chemical systems. Emphasis will also be placed on applications in the modern world.  Materials to be synthesized and studied include inorganic and organic polymers, organometallic compounds, macromolecular materials, and nanoparticles.

404 Biochemistry 

(3) (Prerequisite: 202 and one semester of biology or permission of department)

Chemistry of biologically important processes at the molecular level: the chemistry and metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids and the action of vitamins, hormones, and enzymes.

405 Advanced Methods of Organic Synthesis and Characterization

(4:2-6) (Prerequisite: 202 or permission of department) AF

Content to be divided between three areas: synthetic organic methods stressing library and laboratory work in preparative chemistry; physical methods of characterization including systematic identification of organic compounds by interpretive spectroscopy; structure and reaction dynamics including structure and reactivity relationships, molecular rearrangements, and kinetic techniques to solve problems in reaction mechanisms.

407 Introduction to Polymer Science 

(3) (Prerequisite: 202 or permission of department) AF

Emphasis on polymer synthesis, characterization and structure/property relationships; addition and step-growth polymerizations; glass transition temperature; copolymers; the amorphous and crystalline states; mechanical properties

408 Biochemistry II 

(3) (Prerequisite: 301 and 404 or permission of department; Corequisite: 302) AS.

Advanced principles of the structure, function, and analysis of biological molecules; chemical reactions of biomolecules including kinetics, mechanisms, and thermodynamics; regulation of chemical reactions and response to external signals by cells. Also includes advanced studies of select topics in biochemistry including bioinorganic chemistry, photochemistry, and molecular viriology.

497 Special Studies 

(3), (2), or (1) (Prerequisite: Permission of department) F, S

Open only to juniors or seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their major courses. A maximum of 3 semester hours may be earned. Academic Committee approval required for each seminar and practicum. All individual research projects are reviewed by three faculty members from two different disciplines. May be taken for credit (3 hours) towards the Honors degree by special arrangement.

499 Chemistry Senior Capstone 

(1) (Prerequisite: at least 24 hours in Chemistry) S

A required course for all senior chemistry majors as part of the assessment of the chemistry program.


201 Environmental Science

(4:3-3) (Prerequisite: BIOL 105, 106; CHEM 101, 102).

Broad introduction to environmental issues and problems, and their technical solutions through environmental science applications. Includes discussions of political, economic and ethical issues.