Chemistry Course Descriptions

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 100 Principles of Chemistry 4 CR
Explores fundamentals of chemistry and its role and importance to the health sciences as  reparation for CH 125 and/or CH 151. Two 75-minute lectures and one three-hour laboratory or one two-hour discussion on alternate weeks.

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 Laboratory 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 Laboratory 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 Laboratory 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 Laboratory 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 Laboratory 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 Laboratory 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 Laboratory 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 Laboratory 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 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.