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CHEM 1000: CHEMISTRY OF LIFE (4 credits)

Principles associated with the chemistry of the human body and its environment are discussed in this course, including food, radiation, energy, textiles, polymers, dyes, water, air, drugs, medications, cosmetics and cleaning agents. The focus is on physical, social and environmental concerns of modern society. This course fulfills the lab science requirement and is required for the STEM certificate and minor. The class time block includes both lecture and lab work. Offered fall term in Weekend College and alternating winter semesters in the day program.

CHEM 1010: GENERAL CHEMISTRY FOR HEALTH SCIENCES (4 credits)

A one-term course designed for non-majors providing an overview of general, organic and biological chemistry. Study of basic concepts related to atomic and molecular structure, bonding, gas laws, chemical thermodynamics and chemical kinetics; survey of the structure and properties of representative organic molecules and functional groups; survey of the structure and function of biologically important molecules including proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids; overview of intermediary metabolic processes related to carbohydrate and fat metabolism; and an overview of molecular genetics. Offered each semester and in winter term for Weekend College. Prerequisites: Appropriate score on math/stats placement assessment or ACT math score.

CHEM 1110: GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (4 credits)

The first course in a two semester sequence designed to provide a comprehensive introduction of modern chemical principles. Topics include stoichiometry; modern theories of atomic structure and chemical bonding; chemical periodicity; and the properties of gases, liquids and solids. Lectures and three laboratory hours per week.

CHEM 1120: GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (4 credits)

Continuation of CHEM 1110. Topics include properties of solutions; the principles of chemical equilibrium and chemical kinetics; applications to aqueous equilibria including acid-base and solubility equilibria; and the principles and applications of electrochemistry. Lectures and three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM 1110 or permission of instructor.

CHEM 2010: ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I (4 credits)

Course includes aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, alcohols and ethers and their derivatives; structure, nomenclature and properties of molecules; mechanisms for important classes of organic reactions; energy considerations in molecular structure, conformation and reactions; and separation and analytical techniques. Lectures and four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM 1120.

CHEM 2020: ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II (4 credits)

A continuation of CHEM 2010, this course involves the chemistry of organic molecules containing oxygen, halogen and nitrogen atoms; reaction mechanisms, infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance and ultraviolet spectra; synthetic and analytical techniques; and structure and chemistry of bio-organic molecules. Lectures and four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM 2010.

CHEM 2150: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (4 credits)

This course is designed to provide an introduction to modern concepts of environmental science and principles of sustainability. Sustainability as the major umbrella will include five sub-themes of natural capital, natural capital degradation, solutions, trade-offs, and individual matter. Accompanying the lecture will be an extensive hands-on laboratory involving GPS, environmental footprint assessment, and environmental monitoring experiments that are computer based. Lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: Two courses in science and/or math; any of the following combinations 2 STEM courses, or 2 biology, or 2 chemistry, or one math (above 1050) and a science course.

CHEM 2994: TOPICS (4 credits)

The subject matter of the course is announced in the annual schedule of classes. Content varies from year to year but does not duplicate existing courses.

CHEM 3000: QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS (4 credits)

Practical approach to data analysis and experimental error. Covers solubility, acid-base and complexation equilibria; the practice of gravimetric and volumetric analysis; an introduction to spectrophotometric and electrochemical methods of analysis. Lectures and four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 1120.

CHEM 3310: PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I (4 credits)

Equilibrium chemical thermodynamics with a focus on the laws of thermodynamics and their mathematical formulation in terms of equilibrium state functions. Applications to phase equilibria, material equilibria and electrochemistry. Lectures and three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: PHYS 1120, MATH 1140, CHEM 2020.

CHEM 3320: PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II (4 credits)

This course is a continuation of CHEM 3310. It covers physics of atomic and molecular systems; quantum mechanics of atoms and simple molecules; Hückel molecular orbital theory; atomic and molecular spectroscopy; statistical mechanics and chemical kinetics. Lectures and three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 3310.

CHEM 3400: PRINCIPLES OF METABOLISM: APPLIED BIOCHEMISTRY (4 credits)

With a focus on human metabolism, this course explores biochemical functioning as it relates to physiology, incorporating examples from nutritional and health sciences. Topics include protein structure and function, biochemistry of lipids, carbohydrate metabolism, and the role of DNA and RNA in protein synthesis. Included is a discussion of techniques in molecular biology and how the use of these techniques relates to both the nutritional and medical fields. This course is offered every other year during the fall semester. Prerequisites: CHEM 1110, 1120, 2010, 2020.

CHEM 4000: ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (4 credits)

A modern study of structure, bonding, methods of synthesis and characterization, and mechanisms of reaction of inorganic compounds. The coordination chemistry of transition metals is emphasized; group theory, thermodynamics and molecular orbital theory serve as unifying concepts. Lectures and three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 2020.

CHEM 4200: ADVANCED ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY (4 credits)

Fundamental principles of chemical instrumentation design and the theory of modern chemical separation and identification techniques. Topics include various electrochemical, spectroscopic and chromatographic methods for chemical separation and analysis. Lectures and three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 3000.

CHEM 4400: BIOCHEMISTRY (4 credits)

Course covers protein structure and function, enzyme kinetics and mechanism; carbohydrate, lipid and amino acid metabolism; protein synthesis and control of metabolic processes. Lectures and four-and-one-half hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 2020. Highly recommended: CHEM 3310.

CHEM 4602 or 4604: INTERNSHIP (2 or 4 credits)

Structured out-of-class learning experience that takes place on or off campus and includes a substantial work component. An internship involves you in a particular profession in an exploratory way to test career interests and potential. To initiate an internship experience, you must meet with the internship coordinator in the Career Development Office. Prerequisites: Faculty sponsorship and approval by department chair.

CHEM 4850: SEMINAR

Weekly presentations from students, faculty and guest speakers on a range of topics from throughout the discipline of chemistry. Instruction and practice in library and online literature searching and the preparation and presentation of a scientific/technical talk.

CHEM 4912 or 4914: RESEARCH (2 or 4 credits)

Work on a problem under the direction of a member of the faculty. Prerequisites: Permission of the department chair.

CHEM 4994: TOPICS (4 credits)

The subject matter of the course is announced in the annual schedule of classes. Content varies from year to year but does not duplicate existing courses.