Chemistry Courses

List of Courses:
  • 111 - Environmental Chemistry
    Introduction to environmental problems and the chemical aspects of these concerns. Basic concepts of chemistry are introduced in the context of environmental issues. Designed to develop an awareness of environmental issues and to use that information as informed global citizens and voters. Includes labs.
  • 114 - Chemistry of Art Objects/Media
    Selected fundamentals of chemistry relevant to the creation, conservation, and preservation of art objects. Survey of pigments, dyes, paints, ceramics, glassy and metallic media, paper, lithography, engraving, and fresco. Other topics will include conservation, the museum environment, scientific examination of art, forgery detection by scientific means, and safety in the studio. Includes labs.
  • 115 - Introduction to Chemistry
    A one-semester introduction to chemistry relevant to biology and environmental science. Students learn how understanding chemical concepts and chemical reactions is important to biology and environmental science. Includes labs. Prepares students for taking Organic Survey. Prerequisite: High School Algebra II.
  • 131 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I
    First of a three-course introductory sequence in chemistry. Develops problem-solving and research skills. Includes atomic structure, stoichiometry, bonding, gases, liquids, and solids. Includes labs. Students should consider taking MATH 181 concurrently. Prerequisites: Score of 3 on Math Placement Exam or equivalent (including being excused from test or passing course such as Math 110).
  • 132 - Fundamentals of Chemistry II
    Second part of the introductory chemistry sequence. Introduction to physical chemistry including solutions, kinetics, equilibrium concepts, acid-base chemistry, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. Includes labs. Prerequisite: CHEM 131.
  • 133 - Fundamentals of Chemistry III
    Third part of the introductory chemistry sequence. Topics covered include nuclear, organic, and descriptive chemistry of metals and non-metals. Introduces laboratory methods of quantitative analysis and instrumentation. Topics include titrimetric and gravimetric methods of analysis, statistical treatment of data, error propagation and analysis, and instrumental techniques of chromatography and spectroscopy. Includes labs. Students should consider taking MATH 182 concurrently. Prerequisites: CHEM 131 and CHEM 132.
  • 201 - Environmental Testing
    Application of chemistry to field analysis of contaminants in the environment. Focuses on writing a site assessment manual for testing of air, water, and soil. Includes labs. Prerequisite: high school chemistry or equivalent.
  • 260 - Organic Survey
    Principal classes of organic compounds, nomenclature, properties, reactions, essentials or structure and mechanisms. Applications to biological systems. Includes labs. Prerequisite: CHEM 115 or CHEM 131.
  • 262 - Organic Chemistry I
    First of a two-course sequence on organic chemistry. Includes major classes of organic compounds, nomenclature, structure and properties, acid-base theory, spectroscopy, stereochemistry, thermodynamics, reactions, and mechanisms. Includes labs. Prerequisite: CHEM 133.
  • 263 - Organic Chemistry II
    A continuation of CHEM 262. Includes labs. Prerequisite: CHEM 262.
  • 274 - General Biochemistry
    Molecular components of cells, metabolic and energy transfer pathways, biosynthesis, molecular genetics. Includes labs. Prerequisite: CHEM 260 or CHEM 262.
  • 301 - Adv Environmental Chemistry
    Study of the chemistry of air, water, and soil and how industries and activities affect the chemical balances in nature. Includes a laboratory section which concentrates on environmental chemical analysis. Prerequisite: BNR 191 or CHEM 133 or CHEM 201.
  • 311 - Phys Chem I: Thermodynamics
    The study of classical thermodynamics both from a theoretical and an experimental viewpoint. Topics include gas laws, enthalpy, entropy, liquids, solutions, mixtures, kinetic rates, and mechanisms. Includes labs. Prerequisites: CHEM 133 or PHYS 204.
  • 313 - Phys Chem II: Quantum Chem
    Quantum mechanics is developed from simple systems to the hydrogen atom to molecules. Valence bond theory, molecular orbital theory, and group theory are used along with spectroscopy to explore atomic and molecular structure. The laboratory includes one research project. Includes labs. Prerequisites: CHEM 133 and PHYS 202.
  • 321 - Applied Spectroscopy
    The study of interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter in order to elucidate its structure. Various spectroscopic techniques, including NMR, EPR, IR and atomic absorption, will be applied to identify the structures of organic and inorganic compounds. Includes labs. Prerequisites: CHEM 262 and CHEM 311.
  • 333 - Instrumental Analysis
    Theory and use of analytical instruments, including infrared, UV-visible, atomic absorption and nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, and the gas-liquid chromatograph. Emphasis will be on laboratory use of the instruments and the interpretation of results for molecular structure determination, compound identification, and quantitative analysis. Includes labs. Prerequisites: CHEM 133 and CHEM 263.
  • 441 - Senior Research Project
    Research under faculty supervision. May receive a star (*) grade, with final grade being assigned on completion of the project. May be offered for variable credit from one to six semester hours. May be repeated multiple times, but only six semester hours may be used to fulfill major or minor requirements. Open only to chemistry majors.