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Chemistry - Spring 2017

CHEM 111N
Introductory Chemistry for Health Sciences

4 credits
Hanson, Pete
Prerequisite: None
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.

CHEM-162B
Models of Chemical Systems II

5 credits
Anderson, Amil; Cline, Kristin; Dudek, Ray
Prerequisites: Chemistry 121 and Math Placement level of 25 or 4 or Mathematics 120 as a pre- or co-requisite
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. 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-281
Analytical Chemistry

5 credits
Cline, Kristin
Prerequisites: Chemistry 162 and Mathematics 201
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. 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.  

CHEM-300
Junior Seminar

1 credit
Houseknecht, Justin
Prerequisites: None
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 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.

CHEM-302
Intermediate Organic Chemistry

5 credits
Houseknecht, Justin
Prerequisite: Chemistry 201
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.

CHEM-305
Molecular Toxicology

4 credits
Houseknecht, Justin
Prerequisites: Chem 201 and Biol 170 or permission of instructor
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.

CHEM-352
Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy

5 credits
Dudek, Ray
Prerequisite: Chem 281, Math 202, Phys 218. Recommended: Math 215
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.

CHEM-372
Advanced Experimental Biochemistry

5 credits
Anderson, Amil
Prerequisites: Chemistry 271, Mathematics 201 and Physics 200
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. Writing intensive.

CHEM-400
Senior Seminar

1 credit
Houseknecht, Justin
Prerequisites: None
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.

CHEM-490
Independent Study

1-4 credits
Staff
Individual study on a topic beyond the scope of regular courses.

CHEM-491
Internship

1-4 credits
Staff
Prerequisite: Chemistry 281 and prior approval of the department
Chemical research or activity during the summer or academic semester at an approved site or program. This course may be repeated for credit.

CHEM-492
Directed Research

1-4 credits
Staff
Prerequisites: Chemistry 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 Chemistry 290. Students must submit a comprehensive research report by the end of the semester. This course may be repeated for credit.

CHEM-499
Honors Thesis/Project.

Variable credit.
Staff
Prerequisite: 3.50 GPA, permission of the Department Chair.

 

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