CHEM-100N. Chemistry and Society. 4 credits.
Designed to introduce the study of chemistry to the non-science major. Particular focus on science and society connections. Topics vary with instructor. Some laboratory experience may be included, but this course does not satisfy the Natural World requirement for a lab course. Credit cannot be applied toward a chemistry major or minor or toward science course requirements for other science majors. Prerequisite: Math Placement of 22 or 2 is strongly recommended.
CHEM-105. Chemistry Through Experimentation. 4 credits.
This course is designed for students seeking a non-majors chemistry course with a laboratory component. Each three credit class meeting will involve laboratory work, with the data processing and analysis occurring outside of class time. Worksheets and exams will help assess the understanding of the chemistry. Topics include: data analysis, spectroscopy, chromatography, compound analysis through titrations and gravimetric analysis, kinetics, and equilibrium. Students would also learn the principles of chemical safety. Offered in the summer during the May Term. Credit cannot be applied toward a chemistry major or minor or toward science course requirements for other science majors. Math placement of 22 or 2 is strongly recommended
CHEM-111N: Introductory Chemistry for Health Sciences. 4 credits.
This course is intended for students pursuing a degree in Nursing, or who are seeking to satisfy the Natural World (N) requirement of the Arts and Sciences component of the General Education program. Topics include matter and measurement, chemical structure and reactions, solutions, acids and bases, the four major groups of biomolecules (lipids, carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acids) and changes in energy that accompany metabolic processes. Relation of these topics to health will be presented. Credit cannot be applied toward a chemistry major or minor. This course is not recommended for those planning to attend medical school. Credit cannot be applied toward a chemistry major or minor or toward science course requirements for other science majors. Prerequisite: None. Every year.
CHEM-121B. Models of Chemical Systems I. 5 credits.
Introduction to the study of chemistry and to the variety of models that are used to describe atoms, molecules and their reactions. Topics include atomic structure, molecular structure, elementary bonding, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, gases, solutions and acid-base chemistry. Required weekly lab parallels the topics of the course. Prerequisite: Math Placement level 24 or 3. Mathematics 120. Every year. Note: Students with strong high school chemistry backgrounds or international students with strong science backgrounds should consult with the Department Chair about placing out of this course.
CHEM-162B. Models of Chemical Systems II. 5 credits.
Follows Chemistry 121 and introduces the student to simple kinetics, equilibrium, more acid-base chemistry, simple thermodynamics and electrochemistry, and basic wet and instrumental analytical techniques. Required weekly lab parallels the topics of the course. Prerequisites: Chemistry 121 and Math placement of 25 or 4 or Mathematics 120 as a pre- or co-requisite. Every year. Note: Students with strong high school chemistry backgrounds or international students with strong science backgrounds should consult with the Chair of the Department about placing out of this course
CHEM-201. Introduction to Organic Chemistry. 5 credits.
First course in a two-semester organic sequence. Fundamentals of organic structural theory, chemical bonding, nomenclature, and stereochemistry of alkanes, alkenes, alkyl halides, alcohols, and carbonyl compounds. Reaction mechanisms are emphasized as the basis for understanding organic reactions. Techniques used in the synthesis, purification and analysis of organic compounds are emphasized in the laboratory. Prerequisites: Chemistry 162. Every year.
CHEM-271. Principles of Biochemistry. 4 credits.
Introduction to the study of structural biochemistry and metabolism. Emphasis on the chemistry of macromolecules (including proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids) involved in physiological processes. Enzyme kinetics, thermodynamics, acid-base and redox chemistry are discussed in the biochemical setting. The pathways of metabolism, including but not limited to glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, the citric acid cycle, oxidative phosphorylation and photosynthesis, are studied at a level allowing for an understanding of the chemical principles of catabolism and anabolism along with the regulation of the network of different pathways. Amino acid and nucleotide metabolism are also discussed. Prerequisites: Chemistry 201 and Biology 170. Every year.
CHEM-281. Analytical Chemistry. 5 credits.
Advanced treatment of equilibria combined with an introduction to common instrumental methods. Includes statistical treatment of data, acid-base and other complex equilibria, spectroscopic, electrochemical, and chromatographic instrumental methods. Laboratory required. Prerequisites: Chemistry 162 and Mathematics 201.
CHEM-290. Introduction to Research. 1-3 credits.
Introduction to research methodology through the study of a research problem under the close supervision of a member of the faculty. Prerequisite: Permission of the supervising instructor.
CHEM-300. Junior Seminar. 1 credit.
Required of each chemistry major of junior standing. Attendance at weekly one hour-seminars and discussions is required throughout the year. Each student delivers a one-half hour presentation on a chemical topic prepared under the supervision of a member of the Chemistry faculty. Several sessions in the fall are devoted to bibliographic instruction, on-line searching, and oral and written communication used by practicing chemists. The student registers for the course during both semesters; 0 credits in the fall and 1 credit in the spring. Every year.
CHEM-302. Intermediate Organic Chemistry. 5 credits.
Second course in a two-semester organic sequence. Spectroscopic analysis and multi-step synthesis of organic compounds, concerted reactions of alkenes, reactions of aromatics and -carbonyl reactions. Techniques used in the synthesis, purification and analysis of organic compounds are emphasized in the laboratory with a focus on multi-step synthesis and spectroscopy. Prerequisite: Chemistry 201. Every year.
CHEM-305. Molecular Toxicology. 4 credits.
This course will focus upon common environmental toxins and the biochemical processes by which they are absorbed, distributed, metabolized, and excreted from mammalian systems. Particular attention will be paid to understanding these processes at the molecular level. Students will provide one another instruction based upon the textbook and their understanding from other course work. Prerequisites – Chemistry 201 and Biology 170 or permission of instructor.
CHEM-311. Thermodynamics and Kinetics. 5 credits.
This class offers an in depth look into the energy relationships that govern chemistry. It begins with the four laws of thermodynamics and exploring ideal systems, and ends with looking at complex mixtures and phase diagrams. The last portion of the course examines reaction kinetics and mechanisms. In the lab, students will continue to learn good scientific technique, different aspects of experimental design, and how to write lab reports in the ACS style. Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: Chemistry 281, Math 202, and Pre- or Co-requisite: Physics 218 or 205. Every year.
CHEM-321. Inorganic Chemistry 5 credits.
Overview of the quantum mechanical model of atomic and molecular structure, including valence bond and molecular orbital theory, symmetry and group theory applied to molecular structure, acid-base models, ionic bonding and structure, transition metal chemistry, and selected topics from organometallic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, and chemical biographies and history. Weekly laboratory required, which includes computational chemistry, the synthesis and analysis of inorganic compounds, and applications of green chemistry in experimental design. Prerequisites: Chemistry 201, 281, and either Physics 218 or 205. Alternate year.
CHEM-352. Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy. 5 credits.
This course is an introduction to the physical chemistry principles that concern the structure of individual atoms and molecules. The foundations of quantum mechanics are explored by developing model systems and then applying them to atoms and molecules. There is an emphasis on the analysis of complex problems, the collection of experimental data, and the improvement of scientific communication skills, both oral and written. Laboratory required. Writing intensive. Prerequisite: Chem 281, Math 202, Phys 218. Recommended: Math 215. Alternate year.
CHEM-372. Advanced Experimental Biochemistry. 5 credits.
The experimental methods of biochemistry are explored from the perspective of essential physical principles and with hands-on experiences in the laboratory. Topics covered typically include chromatography, spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, multi-dimensional NMR and enzyme kinetics. Substantial lab reports are prepared at the conclusion of the laboratory experiences. Weekly laboratory required. Prerequisites: Chemistry 271, Mathematics 201 and Physics 200. Every year. Writing intensive.
CHEM-380. Topics in Chemistry. 2-4 credits.
Selected topics of current interest in various areas of chemistry. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. This course may be repeated for credit.
CHEM-382. Advanced Instrumentation. 5 credits.
Advanced study of instrumental methods used for chemical analysis. Includes some basic electronics, common spectroscopic and separation methods. Lab required. Writing intensive. Prerequisites: Chemistry 281, Math 202. Pre- or Co-requisite: Physics 218 or 205.
CHEM-400. Senior Seminar. 1 credit.
Required of each chemistry major of senior standing. Attendance at weekly one-hour seminars and discussions is required throughout the year. Each student delivers a one-hour presentation on a chemical topic prepared under the supervision of a member of the faculty. Several sessions in the fall are devoted to discussions of written chemical communication skills, the ethical issues in science, the social context in which science transpires in our culture, and career options for chemistry majors. Each student registers for this course during both semesters; 0 credits in the fall and 1 credit in the spring. Writing intensive. Every year.
CHEM-490. Independent Study. 1-4 credits.
Individual study on a topic beyond the scope of regular courses.
CHEM-491. Internship. 1-4 credits.
Chemical research or activity during the summer or academic semester at an approved site or program. Prerequisite: Chemistry 281 and prior approval of the department. Every year. This course may be repeated for credit.
CHEM-492. Directed Research. 1-4 credits.
Laboratory research project (which can include computational research) in collaboration with a member of the faculty. This may be a more intense continuation of a project started in Chemistry 290. Students must submit a comprehensive research report by the end of the semester. Prerequisites: Chemistry 271, 311, 321, or 382 and permission of the supervising instructor. This course may be repeated for credit.
CHEM-499. Honors Thesis/Project. 0-8 credits.
Prerequisite: 3.50 GPA, permission of the Department Chair.