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Chemistry - Spring 2014

CHEM 162B.  Chemical Structure & Analysis    
5 credits                                                                    
Anderson, Amil;  Cline, Kristin;  Finster, David

Pre-requisites: Chem 121; Math Placement Score of 25 or Math 120 or simultaneous registration in Math 120.
This course follows Chem 121 and uses the same textbook.  Topics include simple kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, buffers, solubility equilibria, basic thermodynamics and basic electrochemistry. The weekly laboratory will emphasize data gathering and analysis, the use of computers in the lab, wet and instrumental analytical techniques and inorganic syntheses.

 

CHEM 281.  Analytical Chemistry
5 credits                                                                      
Cline, Kristin

Pre-requisites: Chem 162 and Math 201 or equivalent.
This course will emphasize problem solving through chemical analysis. Students will learn how to choose methods for analysis, acquire data and use statistics to analyze data. The course will cover complex chemical equilibria as it applies to quantitative analysis. Specific methods to be studied and used in lab include volumetric analysis, UV-Vis absorption spectrometry, atomic absorption spectrometry, fluorescence spectrometry, gas and liquid chromatography and potentiometry.  Students will design and perform an independent lab project to analyze samples of their choice.  The final exam will include the ACS standardized exam on Analytical Chemistry.  This class allows students to complete a Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum Module (CLAC) for an additional credit.  You will find more information on the CLAC program in the Language Department’s course descriptions.  

 

CHEM 290.  Introduction to Research                   
1-3 credits                                                                 
Staff

Pre-requisite:  Permission of the supervising instructor.
Introduction to research methodology through the study of a laboratory research problem (which can include computational research) under the close supervision of a member of the faculty.

 

CHEM 300.  Junior Seminar                                  
1 credit                                                                      
Cline, Kristin

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 faculty.  Several sessions in the fall are devoted to bibliographic instruction, on-line searching, and standard formats for oral and written communication used by practicing chemists.  Students register for this course for 0 credits in the fall semester and for 1 credit in the spring semester. This class allows students to complete a Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum Module (CLAC) for an additional credit.  You will find more information on the CLAC program in the Language Department’s course descriptions.

 

CHEM 302.  Organic Chemistry II                        
5 credits                                                                    
Houseknecht, Justin

Pre-requisite:  Chem 201.
This is the second organic course in the two-tier sequence.  It is designed for those students who need two semesters of organic chemistry for medical school and other health related careers, chemistry majors interested in organic synthesis and reaction mechanisms, and biology majors interested in molecular biology who would benefit from an in-depth study of organic chemistry.  The course will focus on organic spectroscopy, structure-reactivity relationships, reaction mechanisms, and organic multi-step synthesis.  The course will be organized around a reaction mechanism format.  The weekly laboratory will emphasize the synthesis and characterization of selected organic compounds.

 

CHEM 321.  Inorganic Chemistry
5 credits
Finster, David

Pre-requisites:  Chem 201, 281, and Physics 218.
This course presents an overview of the quantum mechanical models of atomic and molecular structure, 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 instrumental techniques.  While covering these traditional content areas, we will also focus on the development of careful critical thinking skills in science.   Exams, homework and lab reports are the primary methods of assessment.  Class participation is required.   The weekly laboratory focuses on computational chemistry, qualitative inorganic analysis, and the synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds.

 

CHEM 372.  Advanced Experimental Biochemistry                                 
5 credits                                                                    
Anderson, Amil

Pre-requisites:  Chem 271, Math 131 or 201, and Phys 200.
Experimental techniques for biochemical studies will be explored both in the lecture and the laboratory. The physical theory behind many experimental methods will be the focus of the lecture portion of the course.  In conjunction with the lab, we will explore some aspects of scientific writing.  Approximately five laboratory reports will be written and revised.  The classroom sessions will be primarily lecture with students responsible for giving a short presentation.  There will be two or three exams during the semester as well as a Final Exam.  Laboratory will typically meet one afternoon a week.  Writing Intensive.

 

CHEM 400.  Senior Seminar                                  
1 credit                                                                      
Cline, Kristin

Required of each Chemistry major of senior standing.  Attendance at weekly one-hour seminars and discussions is required throughout the year.  Each student writes a scientific paper and 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 the social context in which science transpires in our culture and the ethical and professional issues of being a chemist.  Students register for this course for 0 credits in the Fall semester and for 1 credit in the spring semester.  Writing Intensive. This class allows students to complete a Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum Module (CLAC) for an additional credit.  You will find more information on the CLAC program in the Language Department’s course descriptions.

 

CHEM 491.  Internship                                           
1 - 4 credits
Staff

Pre-requisites:  Chem 281 and prior approval of the department.
Chemical research or activity during the summer or academic semester at an approved site or program.

 

CHEM 492.  Directed Research                              
1 - 4 credits                                                               
Staff

Pre-requisite:  Chem 271, 311, 321 or 382 and permission of the supervising instructor.
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 Chem 290.  Students must submit a comprehensive research report by the end of the semester.  This course may be repeated for credit.

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