Chemistry Department

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Courses Available

Required courses for the major are offered yearly. Faculty members periodically add special topics and/or advanced half credit courses to expand the areas of interest available for exploration by a chemistry major.

CHM 100 Introductory Chemistry
CHM 101 Chemistry of the Environment
CHM 102 Chemistry of Life
CHM 103 General Chemistry I
CHM 104 General Chemistry II
CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I
CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II
CHM 203, 205 Organic Chemistry IA
CHM 204, 206 Organic Chemistry IIA
CHM 311 Analytical Chemistry I
CHM 312 Analytical Chemistry II
CHM 321 Physical Chemistry I
CHM 322 Physical Chemistry II
CHM 331 Inorganic Chemistry

Half credit and specialty courses offered:

CHM 403 Chiral Synthesis
CHM 404 Organic Synthesis Lab
CHM 410 Laboratory Robotics Automation
CHM 420 Laser Chemistry
CHM 430 Organometallic Chemistry
CHM 480 Special Topics in Chemistry
CHM 050, 950 Seminar
CHM 960 Chemistry Internship
CHM 970 Chemistry Independent Study/Research

 

100. Introductory Chemistry (S)
An introduction to the basic principles of chemistry with considerable attention given to reading and computational skills, problem solving skills, study skills, and good learning techniques in general. Designed for science students needing additional preparation for the General Chemistry courses (103 and 104). Three hours of lecture, recitation and one three-hour laboratory per week. Does not satisfy a major/minor or pre-professional requirement.

101. Chemistry of the Environment (S)
Designed for students majoring in social sciences and humanities. A study of the basic principles of chemistry. The approach is qualitative, with reference to discoveries that were important in the development of the science of chemistry. The principles are applied to discussions of current environmental concerns such as air and water pollution, global warming, ozone depletion, alternative energy sources and waste disposal. Additional topics may include aspects of metallurgy and geochemistry. Three hours (lecture-demonstrations) per week.
No previous chemistry is assumed.

102. Chemistry of Life (S)
Designed for students majoring in social sciences or humanities. A study of the basic principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry. The approach is mainly qualitative, with reference to discoveries that were important in the development of the science of chemistry. The principles are applied to discussion of topics such as food and food additives, medicines, drugs, toxicology, and the chemistry of body processes. No previous work in chemistry is assumed. Three hours (lecture-demonstrations) per week.

103. General Chemistry I (S)
Designed as a basic course for students majoring in the physical or biological sciences. A study of the fundamental principles of chemistry and of the important elements and their compounds. Lecture-demonstrations and computer-assisted instruction are employed to illustrate concepts. Weekly recitations provide a small group setting for discussions and problem-solving. A laboratory component introduces students to a variety of fundamental techniques with emphasis on volumetric analysis, chemical equilibrium, and descriptive chemistry of selected elements. Three hours of lecture, one our of recitation, and one three-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: High School chemistry.

104. General Chemistry II (S)
A continuation of Chemistry 103. One Chemistry 104 lab section is reserved for a small number of students, enrolled by invitation. This group engages in project work designed as a introduction to methods of scientific research. Three hours of lecture, one hour of recitation, and one three-hour laboratory per week.
Prerequisite: CHM 103.

201. Organic Chemistry I
Designed for students majoring in biology and natural science. Structure, preparation, and properties of organic compounds with an emphasis on stereoisomerism, synthetic methods and reaction mechanism. Laboratory work involves an introduction to preparative and analytical techniques. Weekly recitations provide a setting for discussions and problem solving. Three hours of lecture, one hour of recitation and one three-hour laboratory per week.
Prerequisite: CHM 104.

202. Organic Chemistry II
A continuation of Chemistry 201. Three hours lecture, one hour of recitation and one three-hour laboratory per week.
Prerequisite: CHM 201.

203, 205. Organic Chemistry IA
An investigation of the structure, properties, and reactivity of organic compounds. Topics emphasized include nomenclature, stereochemistry, spectroscopy, reaction mechanisms, and synthesis. Classroom and laboratory work are closely integrated. Laboratory work includes both collaborative efforts and individual investigations. Preparative and analytical techniques utilized in the synthesis of organic compounds are featured, as well as structure determination, molecular modeling, and investigation of reaction mechanisms. Hands-on use of a variety of instrumentation is emphasized. A total of six hours lecture, discussion, and laboratory per week.
Prerequisite: CHM 104

204, 206. Organic Chemistry IIA (M)
A continuation of Chemistry 203. Three hours of lecture, one hour of recitation, and one three-hour laboratory per week.
Prerequisite: CHM 203

311. Analytical Chemistry I
Data analysis, chemical equilibria, classical methods of analysis and electroanalytical chemistry are explored. Data analysis and statistics including error propagation, confidence intervals and analytical calibration methods are examined. Acid-base, oxidation-reduction, complex and multiple simultaneous equilibria are applied to analytical problems. Classical analytical methods, such as gravimetric and volumetric analysis, as well as electrochemical methods (ion selective electrodes, potentiometry and voltammetry) are also discussed. Laboratory work involves the application of a variety of these methods to quantitative chemical analysis and experimental design and implementation. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week.
Prerequisite: CHM 202 or 204

312. Analytical Chemistry II
Theory, instrumentation and applications of instrumental methods of analysis involving separations and interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter are discussed. Principles of analytical separation methods are explored including gas, liquid and supercritical fluid chromatographies and capillary electrophoresis and electrochromatography. Topics on atomic and molecular spectroscopy include atomic absorption, emission and fluorescence, ultraviolet-visible, molecular fluorescence and phosphorescence, Fourier transform infrared, and mass spectrometry. In addition, techniques are reinforced through practical experience in a well-equipped instrumentation laboratory. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week.
Prerequisite: CHM 311.

321. Physical Chemistry I
The basic principles of quantum mechanics and their applications to problems of chemical interest are discussed. Topics include: atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, and molecular spectroscopy. In addition, the fundamentals of chemical kinetics, reaction rate theories, and reaction mechanisms are investigated. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week.
Prerequisite: CHM 202 or 204 and MTH 122

322. Physical Chemistry II
Principles and applications of chemical thermodynamics, are explored including the concepts of internal energy, enthalpy, entropy, free energy, and chemical potential. Concepts are interpreted on a molecular level and applied to a variety of problems: chemical reactions, chemical equilibria, phase changes, solution chemistry, electrochemistry, and bioenergetics. Statistical mechanics is introduced to demonstrate connection between properties of individual molecules and the thermodynamic properties of macroscopic systems. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week.
Prerequisite: CHM 202 or 204 and MTH 122

331. Inorganic Chemistry
Modern theories of atomic and molecular structure are covered at an advanced level. Particular emphasis is given to symmetry, ligand field theory, coordination chemistry, and applications of inorganic systems. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

403. Chiral Synthesis (0.5 course units)
Methods for achieving asymmetric synthesis and resolving racemic mixtures will be explored. This will include classical enantiomeric resolution, kinetic resolution, the use of chiral auxiliaries, chiral reagents, chiral starting materials and the employment of stereoselective reactions. Key syntheses from primary literature that utilize these methods will serve as a framework to illustrate the chiral strategies. Students will present articles from primary literature. (two-75 minute lecture/presentations/week).
Prerequisite: CHM 202 or 204, or 206

404. Organic Synthesis Lab (0.5 course units)
This is a lab course designed to introduce students to modern organic synthesis using a project-based format. Each student will design and execute a multi-step synthesis of a target molecule. Students will utilize the chemical literature and on-line literature searching protocols and will document their results with in-class presentations as well as written reports. Product analysis will include use of IR, NMR, GC/MS and UV/Vis spectrometers. Significant use will also be made of molecular modeling. (One hour lecture, three hours of lab per week).
Prerequisite: CHM 202 or 204, 206

410. Laboratory Robotics and Automation (0.5 course units)
Automated techniques and philosophies, as applied to the modern analytical laboratory, will be discussed. Automated analytical sample preparation, data acquisition, and data analysis methods will be explored both as reported in the primary literature and through hand-on experimentation in the laboratory. Robotic workstations for liquid handling, and experimental design approaches will be used to systematically study sample preparation variables in the automated laboratory. Contemporary analytical separations will be used for sample analysis with an emphasis on pharmaceutical applications.
Pre- or Co- requisite: CHM 312 or permission of instructor

420. Laser Chemistry (0.5 course units)
Students will explore the workings of lasers and how chemists take advantage of their properties to probe the dynamics and energetics of chemical reactions. The course will begin with some commercial applications of lasers and progress rapidly to the discussion of femtosecond spectroscopy and how it is being used to investigate the breaking of bonds in real time.
Prerequisite: CHM 321 or permission of instructor

430. Organometallic Chemistry (0.5 course units)
The chemistry of compounds containing metal-carbon bonds will be explored. Topics will include the structure and bonding of organometallic compounds, their reactions and reaction mechanisms, spectroscopy, and their use in industrial processes and organic synthesis.
Pre- or Co- requisite: CHM 331 or permission of instructor.

480. Special Topics in Chemistry (0.5 course units)
Variable content depending upon the interests of the students. By permission of instructor.

050, 950. Seminar (0.0 or 0.5 course units)
The seminar features presentations by students, faculty members, and visiting scientists. In the fall semester, students are introduced to the use of the chemical literature, including on-line searching of Chemical Abstracts and other scientific databases. To receive 0.5 course credit for the seminar, a student must enroll in two semesters of the course, including at least one fall semester, and present a seminar along with a written report. Participation includes attending a specified number of seminars each semester.

960. Internship
Majors are eligible for internship programs with the approval of the department head.

970. Independent Study/Research
Open to qualified students with the approval of the department head.