Chemistry Course Descriptions

CH 020 Drugs and Their Implications on Society 3 CR
Different classes of drugs, both legitimate and illicit and their metabolism in the human body are studied.  Basic organic chemistry is introduced.  Designed for non-science majors.

CH 030 Chemistry of Nutrition 3 CR
Designed for non-science majors, this course explores the fundamentals of nutrition, elaborating on the essential chemistry needed for a basic understanding of the subject matter. The course examines how carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants are chemically related to nutrition.  The course focuses also on nutrition throughout the various life stages and how this relates to one's environment.

CH 040 Chemistry, Society and the Environment 3 CR
Explores the workings of chemistry as an experimental science in the context of the need for science literacy and of the things affecting the everyday world and the environment. Two 75-minute lectures per week.

CH 117 General, Organic and Biochemistry, An Overview 3 CR
Designated for Nursing students, this course previews the principles of general chemistry, followed by a survey of organic chemistry. An overview of biochemistry and biomolecules and a study of metabolism and its regulation are presented.  Prerequisite: High School precollege chemistry

CH 119 General, Organic and Biochemistry lab 1 CR
Designated for Nursing students, this course consists of 11 to 12 lab periods.  Three to four dry labs are embedded within the course as a guided inquiry-based approach to the curriculum and computer problem solving and molecular modeling using HyperChem.  Experiments as well as dry labs are related to the subject matter covered in CH 117.  A three-hour lab period.  Corequisite: CH 117

CH 125 Principles of Organic and Biochemistry 4 CR
Surveys organic chemistry in sufficient depth and breadth to make biochemistry understandable. Followed by a study of biochemistry and biological chemistry. Two 75-minute lectures per week and one three-hour laboratory or one two-hour discussion on alternate weeks.

CH 151 General Chemistry I 3 CR
Explores modern theories of atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding and periodic relations, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, states of matter, and solutions. Three 50-minute lectures and one 50-minute discussion per week. Prerequisite: CH 100 or high school chemistry

CH 152 General Chemistry II 3 CR
Explores chemical thermodynamics; chemical kinetics; chemical, ionic and acid-base equilibria; electrochemistry; chemistry of the representative elements and transition elements; and nuclear reactions. Three 50-minute lectures and one 50- minute discussion per week. Prerequisite: CH 151

CH 153 General Chemistry Lab I 1 CR
Illustrates basic concepts presented in CH 151. Experiments include qualitative analysis of cations and anions, chromatography, synthesis and FT-IR. One three-hour laboratory per week. Corequisite: CH 151

CH 154 General Chemistry Lab II 1 CR
Illustrates basic concepts presented in CH 152. Experiments include quantitative analysis, equilibria, thermochemistry, spectrophotometry and GC-MS. One, three-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CH 153; corequisite: CH 152

CH 221 Organic Chemistry I 3 CR
Covers hydrocarbons; stereochemistry; arenes; alkyl halides; nucleophilic substitution and elimination reactions; and IR, NMR, MS and UV spectroscopy in relation to structure determination. Two 75-minute lectures and one 50-minute discussion per week. Prerequisite: CH 152

CH 222 Organic Chemistry II 3 CR
Covers aromaticity; electrophilic and nucleophilic aromatic substitution reactions; ethers, epoxides, carboxylic acids and their functional derivatives; aldehydes; ketones; amines; phenols; carbanion reactions; and alpha-beta unsaturated compounds. Emphasizes organic reaction mechanisms, organic synthesis and structure determination. Two 75-minute lectures and one 50-minute discussion per week. Prerequisite: CH 221

CH 223 Organic Chemistry Lab I 1 CR
Covers basic techniques in organic chemistry: extraction, distillation, recrystallization; thin layer chromatography; gas chromatography and IR spectroscopy. Emphasizes techniques in organic synthesis. One three-hour laboratory per week. Corequisite: CH 221

CH 224 Organic Chemistry Lab II 1 CR
Covers simple and multistep organic syntheses using a wide variety of organic reagents and some important functional group analyses. Employs spectroscopy and GC-MS for structure determination. One three-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CH 223; corequisite: CH 222

CH 252 Analytical Chemistry 3 CR
Explores data analysis and classical methods of quantitative analysis. Focuses on the basics of analytical chemistry and the development and application of equilibrium models to all branches of classical analysis. Two 75-minute lectures per week. Prerequisite: CH 220 or CH 221

CH 254 Analytical Chemistry Lab 2 CR
Provides laboratory experience in volumetric, gravimetric and instrumental methods.
Experiments correlate with lecture material in CH 252 to help students understand the chemistry involved and develop proper analytical procedures and techniques. One six-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CH 154; corequisite: CH 252

CH 331 Physical Chemistry I 3 CR
Explores thermodynamics, statistical thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gases, changes of state, solutions and kinetics. Two 75-minute lectures per week. Prerequisites: CH 152, CH 154, MA 151 and PY 152

CH 332 Physical Chemistry II 3 CR
Explores advanced kinetics and quantum mechanics. Two 75-minute lectures per week.
Prerequisite: CH 331; co- or prerequisite: MA 253 or permission of instructor

CH 333 Physical Chemistry Lab I 1 CR
Explores various techniques used to apply the fundamental concepts of physical chemistry to real chemical systems. One three-hour laboratory per week. Corequisite: CH 331

CH 334 Physical Chemistry Lab II 1 CR
Explores more advanced techniques of physical chemistry and applies theoretical concepts learned in CH 332 to real chemical systems. One three-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CH 333; corequisite: CH 332

CH 341 Biochemistry I 3 CR
Covers chemical and physiological properties of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins, enzymes and nucleic acids. Explores metabolic pathways and enzymology. Two 75-minute lectures per week. Prerequisite: CH 222

CH 342 Biochemistry II 3 CR
Continues the study of metabolic pathways. Two 75- minute lectures per week. Prerequisite: CH 341

CH 343 Biochemistry Lab I 1 CR
Investigates chemical and physical properties of biologically important compounds using chromatography, electrophoresis, enzyme assays and various techniques for isolation and identification of biochemicals and enzymes. One three-hour laboratory per week. Corequisite: CH 341

CH 344 Biochemistry II Lab 1 CR
Examines isolation and purification of lipids, proteins, enzymes and nucleic acids from biological materials employing electophoresis, chromatography, spectrophotometry and fluorometry.  One three-hour laboratory per week. Corequisite: CH 342

CH 351 Instrumental Analysis 3 CR
Explores theory and practice of instrumental methods and analysis; spectrophotometric, electroanalytical and chromatographic methods of separation and quantification.  Two 75-minute lectures per week.  Prerequisites:  CH 252 and CH 331 or permission of instructor

CH 353 Instrumental Analysis Lab 1 CR
Provides hands-on experience with modern analytical instrumentation, including UV/visible infrared, atomic absorption spectrophotometry, potentiometric and ion selective electrode methods, electrodeposition, gas chromatography and mass spectrometry.  One three-hour lab per week.  Corequisite: CH 351

CH 355 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 4 CR
Explores physical and chemical properties of the elements and their compounds, periodic relations, theories of atomic and molecular structures and molecular symmetry with emphasis on coordination chemistry.  Two 100-minute lectures per week.  Prerequisite:  331

CH 356 Chemical Applications of Group Theory 3 CR
Presents basic principles of group theoretical methods.  Topics include molecular symmetry, normal coordinate analysis, molecular bonding and energy levels and theoretical basis for selection rules.  Prerequisite:  CH 331 or equivalent

CH 363 Hazardous Waste Management 3 CR
Explores types, sources, treatment and disposal of hazardous and solid wastes; conservation and reuse of material; economics of waste treatment, disposal and reuse. Prerequisite: CH 220 or CH 221

CH 365 Environmental Sampling and Analysis 3 CR
Laboratory and field work including sampling of sur and groundwater using EPA-approved methods for analyzing water, wastewater, soil and sediments. Also covers QA/QC plans and statistics in chemical analysis and sampling protocols. One 100-minute lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CH 361

CH 393 Undergraduate Project 3 CR
A special project may be carried out under the advisement of a Chemistry faculty member. Prerequisite: Permission of project advisor

CH 395 Undergraduate Research 3 CR
Research may be carried out under supervision of a Chemistry faculty member. Prerequisite: Permission of research advisor

CH 399 Special Topics in Chemistry 2–3 CR
Designates new or occasional courses that may or may not become part of the department's permanent offerings. Consult the current course schedule for available topics.