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2014-15 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

CHM 111. GENERAL CHEMISTRY I  4 sh
This course introduces fundamental principles of chemistry with special emphasis on developing skills in quantitative reasoning. Topics include stoichiometry, nomenclature, gases, atomic structure and periodicity, theories of chemical binding and thermochemistry. Prerequisite: High school chemistry. Corequisite: CHML 111, laboratory component. Offered fall and spring.
 
CHM 112. GENERAL CHEMISTRY II  4 sh
The study of fundamental chemical principles continues with chemical kinetics, liquid/solid states, chemical equilibrium (gas phase and acid/base), thermodynamics and electrochemistry. Prerequisites: CHM 111 and CHML 111. Corequisite: CHML 112, laboratory component. Offered spring.
 

CHM 130. INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY 4 sh
This course is designed to introduce students to some fundamental principles and concepts including atomic structure, chemical changes, descriptive chemistry of selected elements, introduction to organic chemistry, and how chemistry applies to consumer products and the environment. This course is intended for students with an interest in science and will fulfill the non-lab science General Studies requirement. No credit given to students with prior credit for CHM 101 or CHM 111. Does not count toward chemistry major or minor.

CHM 131. CULINARY TRANSFORMATIONS: THE SCIENCE BEHIND WHAT’S COOKING 4 sh
This course introduces fundamental chemical concepts and their relationships to cooking, baking, and other culinary transformations. Topics may include different methods of food preparation such as toasting, microwaving, fermenting, and baking. The purpose of certain ingredients in recipes and the reasons why some of grandma’s tricks in the kitchen really do make a difference will be discussed. This course is intended for students with an interest in science and food and will fulfill the non-lab science General Studies requirement. Does not count toward chemistry major or minor.

CHM 132. CSI: REALITY – CHEMISTRY FROM THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR 4 sh
Over the past decade, a host of television shows (e.g., “CSI,” “Law and Order”) and prominent real-life cases have fostered a new American obsession: forensics. This affection for forensics, while increasing interest in science, has also negatively impacted our society by de-emphasizing the real science behind the various forensic techniques. This phenomenon has been dubbed the “CSI Effect,” resulting in a generation of “armchair scientists.” This course will examine the hard science of forensics, focusing on physical, chemical and instrumental methods. Also, through a variety of readings and responses, online discussion board forums, and web-based activities we will evaluate the implications of the “CSI Effect” on modern society. This course is intended for science and non-science majors alike, and will fulfill the non-lab science General Studies requirement. Does not count toward chemistry major or minor.

CHM 211. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I  4 sh
This course introduces students to the chemistry of carbon compounds, including nomenclature, the influence of structure on physical/chemical properties, reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, conformational analysis, synthesis and characteristic reactions of different organic compounds. Prerequisites: CHM 112. Corequisite: CHML 211, laboratory component, CHMR 211, recitation component. Offered fall.
 
CHM 212. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II  4 sh
Continuing the study of organic chemistry, this course emphasizes compounds containing oxygen or nitrogen and culminates with a survey of lipids, carbohydrates and proteins. Prerequisites: CHM 211/CHML 211. Corequisite: CHML 212, laboratory component. Offered spring.
 
CHM 305. ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY  4 sh
This course provides a survey of chemical topics applying to selected pollutants in the air, water and soil. Topics include production and diffusion, photochemical processes, techniques for analysis, acid-base and redox chemistry, environmental and biological effects.Laboratory work includes acid/base and buffer chemistry, analysis of heavy metal pollutants sampling techniques and resistance of selected materials to certain pollutants. No credit toward B.S. degree. Prerequisites: CHM 211; C- or better in CHM 112; Corequisite: CHML 305, laboratory component. Offered spring of odd years.
 
CHM 311. QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS  4 sh
This course introduces chemical methods of quantitative analysis, including classical, volumetric and selected instrumental methods, a discussion of error and uncertainty in measurements, and elementary statistics. Discussion also covers the underlying physical and chemical theories and laws with emphasis on chemical equilibrium. Prerequisite: C- or better in CHM 112. Corequisite: CHML 311, laboratory component. Offered fall and spring of even years.
 
CHM 321. INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS  4 sh
This course offers theory and practice of instrumental methods, with emphasis placed on spectroscopic (UV/VIS, IR, NMR, AA) and mass spectrometric methods of analysis. Prerequisites: CHM 211, 212, 311. Corequisite: CHML 321, laboratory component. Offered spring.
 
CHM 332. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I   4 sh
The mathematical development of the physical principles in chemistry is explored. Topics include development and application of the laws of thermodynamics, equations of states, kinetic molecular theory, elementary electrochemistry and equilibria. Laboratory experiments are designed to complement lectures and include studies of phase relationships, calorimetry and gas laws. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week. Prerequisites: MTH 121, PHY 202 or 212; C- or better in CHM 112. Corequisite: CHML 332, laboratory component. Offered fall.
 
CHM 334. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II  4 sh
The principles of quantum mechanics are developed and illustrated by use of simple systems. Spectroscopic techniques are investigated as tools for probing structure and properties of molecules. Other topics include kinetics and group theory. Laboratory experiments are designed to complement lectures and include multiple techniques to investigate reaction kinetics, laser spectroscopy, UV-VIS spectroscopy and computational techniques. Three hours of lecture, three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: CHM 332, MTH 221, PHY 222. Corequisite: CHML 334, laboratory component. Offered spring of odd years.
 
CHM 341. INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 4 sh
Inorganic Chemistry is the study of elements across the periodic chart and integrates the concepts of organic, physical, nuclear and solid state chemistry. This course will allow an in-depth understanding of atomic structure, the structure and energy of molecular and ionic compounds, the stoichiometry and energy of oxidation and reduction reactions, the fundamentals and applications of the chemistry of coordination compounds and their reaction mechanisms and the use of literature in order to achieve student competency. The application of physical methods of structure determination of inorganic compounds by magnetic and specral methods, including magnetic susceptibility, UV/VIS and IR spectroscopies and NMR spectrometry will be presented throughout the course. Prerequisite: C- or better in CHM 212. Corequisite: CHML 341, laboratory component. Offered fall of odd years. 
 
CHM 351. BIOCHEMISTRY I  4 sh
This is a survey of biochemistry as it relates to the physiology of organisms. Topics include biochemical methodology, buffers, proteins (structure, function and synthesis), enzymes, bioenergetics, anabolism and catabolism of carbohydrates and lipids, and metabolic regulation. Prerequisites: C- or better in CHM 212. Corequisite: CHML 351, laboratory component. Offered fall.
 
CHM 353. BIOCHEMISTRY II 4 sh
Topics chosen to complement CHM 351 include a detailed study of primary and intermediary metabolism: syntheses and degradation of lipids, amino acids and nucleotides; metabolic coordination; signal transduction; molecular motors; and the role of cyctochrome c. The use of selected case studies from medical schools will be integrated into the study of metabolism. The course will also include a student-led discussion of selected articles from the primary literature in biochemistry. Prerequisite: CHM 351. Corequisite: CHML 353, laboratory component. Offered spring.
 
CHM 355. MEDICINAL AND PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY 4 sh
This is a lecture course designed to introduce the topics and techniques involved in medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry theory and reserach. There will be an emphasis on major drug class, their history and therapeutic application in disease, identification, synthesis and development of drugs, structure-function relationships of pharmaceutical agents and biotransformation and drug metabolism in the body. Prerequisite: CHM 212 or permission of the department chair. 
 
CHM 471-479. SPECIAL TOPICS  IN CHEMISTRY  2-4 sh
Advanced topics offered to meet the needs and interests of students include methods in forensic and medicinal chemistry, nuclear chemistry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry, advanced organic or polymer chemistry. Prerequisite: CHM 212 or permission of chair.
 
CHM 481. INTERNSHIP  1-4 sh
Students gain advanced-level work experience in a chemical field. Internships are offered on an individual basis when suitable opportunities can be arranged. Prerequisite: permission of department.
 
CHM 491. INDEPENDENT STUDIES  1-4 sh
 
CHM 494. SENIOR SEMINAR IN CHEMISTRY 3 sh
This capstone course will combine examination of an advanced special topic that draws from several sub-disciplines in chemistry with an intensive student seminar presentation based on recent literature. Possible topics include physical organic, bioanyalytical, advanced environmental and organometallic chemistry. Prerequisites: Senior standing and CHM 332. Offered spring.
 
CHM 495. SENIOR SEMINAR IN BIOCHEMISTRY 3 sh
This capstone course for senior biochemistry majors includes (1) analyzing and understanding advanced biochemical topics using current literature as the major source of information, (2) developing and writing a novel scientific research proposal, and (3) presenting information through both informal in-class discussions of journal articles and a more formal oral seminar presentation. Prerequisites: CHM 351 (required). Offered spring.
 
CHM 499. RESEARCH  1-3 sh
In collaboration with a chemistry faculty member, students undertake experimental or theoretical investigations. Prerequisite: Approval of department chair. Offered fall, winter and spring.
 

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