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CHE-Chemistry

CHE101 - General Chemistry I

An introductory course for majors and non-majors. Topics covered include atomic structure, bonding, stoichiometry, chemical reactions and the liquid state. Either 5 total classroom hours in the studio format or three class hours and three laboratory hours each week. (4 crs.) Fall semester.

CHE102 - General Chemistry II

A continuation of General Chemistry I. Topics covered include solutions, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, gaseous and ionic equilibria. Either Three class hours and three laboratory hours each week or 5 total classroom hours in the studio format. Prerequisite: CHE 101 and Co-requisite: MAT 181 or higher. (4 crs.) Spring semester.

CHE103 - Chemistry for Everyday World

Chemical principles are introduced and applied to issues and problems facing society. The fundamental language and symbols of descriptive chemistry are covered and used as a means of describing the natural world. To promote science literacy, case studies of current, important topics in science which have an impact on society will be examined. (3crs.)

CHE104 - Intro to Experimental Chem

This course is specifically designed for students who have declared a major in chemistry. It prepares chemistry majors for successful entry into the 5-semester sequence of integrated lab courses that begins in the spring of a student’s 2nd year in the chemistry program. The course will build upon the foundation of general chemistry and extend students knowledge of the experimental nature of chemistry. The focus will be on the methodology, tools, and techniques that chemists utilize in their work. Mathematical, scientific, laboratory, and ethical skills are developed. Prerequisites: CHE 101 and 102 and chemistry majors only. (3 crs.)

CHE306 - Inorganic Chemistry

This is a foundation course for chemistry majors and minors offering students an opportunity to explore general chemistry topics in more detail and explore the relationship of structure to properties of inorganic compounds. Topics covered include covalent, ionic, and metallic bonding, molecular symmetry, solid state structures, transition metal complexes, oxidation and reduction as well as the chemistry of acids and bases. This class meets for three hours each week. Prerequisite: CHE 102. (3 crs) Spring.

CHE320 - Analytical/Instr Chemistry

This is a foundation course for chemistry majors and minors in which the principles of analytical chemistry are introduced. The course initially focuses on the traditional “wet” chemical technique of titrimetry and progresses to study of instrumental methods of analysis. Specific topics covered include acid/base, precipitation, and complexometric titrations as well as optical spectroscopy and chromatography. This class meets three hours each week. Prerequisite: CHE 102. (3 crs) Spring.

CHE331 - Organic Chemistry I

An introduction to the basic principles that govern the reactions of carbon-based compounds. Particular emphasis is placed on introduction of the basic functional groups and their structural and stereochemical properties. An introduction to reactions of functional groups, including alkanes, alkyl halides, alcohols, alkenes, alkynes and conjugated systems through study of reaction mechanisms, molecular modeling and synthesis. Students are introduced to and trained in important purification techniques and instrumentation used for characterizing molecules.Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Prerequisites: CHE 101, CHE 102. (4 crs.) Summer and fall.

CHE341 - Organic Chemistry II

A continuation of the study of organic functional groups. The student continues study of the properties, reactions and mechanistic evaluations of important functional groups, including aromatics, alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters, amides and amines. Organic synthesis is introduced as a means toward interconversion of functional groups. Theory and interpretation of infrared spectroscopy, ultraviolet spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and mass spectrometry as a means to determining molecular structure is also introduced. Students will also be trained in design, implementation and report of experiments through an independent project. Three lecture and three laboratory. Prerequisites: CHE 101, 102, 331. (4 crs.) Summer and spring.

CHE342 - Organic Chemistry II Lab

This is a laboratory section for non-chemistry majors to accompany Organic Chemistry II (CHE 341). Students continue experiments that study organic functional groups transformations using advanced techniques and instrumentation. There is a special emphasis on molecular structure analysis using spectroscopy. Three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: CHE 331. Corequisite: CHE 341. Fall and summer.

CHE371 - Intermediate Chemistry Lab I

This is a foundation course for chemistry majors with an emphasis on synthesis and characterization of organic, inorganic, and organometallic molecules using higher level experimental protocols and spectroscopic methods. Topics in this integrated laboratory course include proper use of the experimental notebook, molecular modeling, and spectroscopic theory. Three laboratory hours each week. Prerequisites: CHE 306, CHE 341. Spring.

CHE372 - Intermediate Chemistry Lab II

This is a foundation course for chemistry majors with a continued emphasis on synthesis and characterization of organic, inorganic, and organometallic molecules. This second semester, integrated laboratory course will have an increased focus on using analytical techniques and spectroscopic instrumentation to achieve these goals. These experiences will culminate in an assigned individual research project. Three laboratory hours each week. Prerequisites: CHE 320, CHE 371. Fall.

CHE381 - Environmental Chemistry

In this course, students will learn the environment and modern environmental problems based on origin, fate, toxicity and remediation of chemical pollutants. Emphasis will be placed on the environmental implications of air, water, soil pollution, energy utilization, toxicology and chemical principles for various environmental processes that relate to green chemistry for pollution prevention and cleanup. These topics will be introduced through lectures, discussions, demonstrations and laboratory experiments. Prerequisite: CHE 331. (4 crs.) Spring.

CHE410 - Chemistry Internship

The student is provided an opportunity to work in an industrial or nonprofit research laboratory. This practical training is intended to supplement the academic program. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and permission of the department. (Variable 1-12 crs.) Spring, summer and fall.

CHE415 - Biochemistry

A comprehensive survey of the properties, reactions and structure of amino acids, proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, fats and lipids, and nucleic acids. Special focus on protein structure and nomenclature, enzyme catalysis and kinetics, mechanistic analysis, and in-depth study of important metabolic pathways. Three class-hours and three hours laboratory each week. Prerequisites: CHE 331 and CHE 332. (4 crs.) Fall.

CHE420 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry

This is an in-depth course for chemistry majors in which the principles and practice of electroanalytical chemistry and mass spectrometry are presented. The course covers the theory, application, and instrumentation associated with each of these important realms of analytical chemistry. This class meets three hours each week. Prerequisite: CHE 320, 461. (3 crs)

CHE421 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I

This is an in-depth course for chemistry majors in which the topics of molecular orbital theory, symmetry and group theory and organometallic chemistry are presented. The course covers the theory, application, and instrumentation associated with advanced inorganic chemistry. This class meets three hours each week. Prerequisite: CHE 306, 331, Co-requisite: CHE 461. (3 crs)

CHE433 - Advanced Organic Chemistry

Advanced study of organic compounds in terms of structure and chemical properties. The student is introduced to complex structure evaluation through interpretation of advanced spectroscopy applications. The student continues evaluation of organic functional group manipulation through study of reaction, mechanism and retrosynthetic analysis, culminating in literature organic synthesis analysis. Prerequisites: CHE101, CHE102, CHE331, and CHE341.

CHE461 - Physical Chemistry I

This is a foundation course for chemistry majors and it is the first of a two-semester sequence of physical chemistry. The laws of thermodynamics are introduced and applied to physical, chemical, electrochemical systems and solutions. Properties of gases, liquids and solids are reviewed. Phase stability, phase diagrams, chemical reaction kinetics and reaction mechanisms are also covered. There are three lecture hours each week (3 credits).

CHE462 - Physical Chemistry II

This is an in-depth course for chemistry majors and it is the second of a two-semester sequence of physical chemistry. Quantum mechanics is introduced and applied to the electronic, vibrational and rotational properties of molecules. Atomic and molecular structure is analyzed in great detail based on electronic, vibrational and rotational spectroscopy. There are three lecture hours each week (3 credits).

CHE471 - Advanced Chemistry Lab I

This is an in-depth course, the first of a two-semester advanced laboratory sequence, for chemistry majors offering students an opportunity to gain experience in advanced laboratory techniques. Emphasis is given to analytical chemistry, instrumental methods, and physical chemistry aspects of a wide range of hands-on experiences. Students perform integrated laboratory experiments and generate publication-quality reports in which they critically analyze and discuss their findings. This class meets three hours each week (1 credit).

CHE472 - Advanced Chemistry Lab II

This is an in-depth course, the second of a two-semester advanced laboratory sequence, for chemistry majors offering them an opportunity to excel in advanced laboratory techniques. Emphasis is given to physical chemistry aspects of a wide range of hands-on experiences including equilibrium thermodynamics, molecular spectroscopy, properties of macromolecules and chemical kinetics. This is a writing intensive course where students spend considerable time creating publication-quality reports in which they critically analyze and discuss their laboratory findings. This class meets three hours each week (1 cr.).

CHE491 - Chemistry Research I

This is an in-depth course for chemistry majors. Under the direction of a faculty mentor, the student will focus on execution of a research project including a comprehensive literature review, project management, independent notebook maintenance, and experimental design and execution. This experience will culminate in a seminar presentation. This class requires the student to conduct laboratory research five hours per week. Additionally, students will also meet for 1 hour lecture per week. Prerequisite: CHE 471. Fall.

CHE492 - Chemistry Research II

This is an in-depth course for chemistry majors. Under the direction of a faculty mentor, the student will continue to focus on execution of a research project including a comprehensive literature review, project management, independent notebook maintenance, and experimental design and execution. Using their laboratory activities, students will be expected to communicate their research findings in a professionally prepared written report. This class requires the student to conduct laboratory research five hours per week. Additionally, students will also meet for 1 hour lecture per week. Prerequisite: CHE 472, CHE 491. Fall.

CHE493 - Advanced Chemistry Research

This is a repeatable in-depth, independent study, elective course for chemistry majors. Under the direction of a faculty mentor, the student will focus on execution of a research project including a comprehensive literature review, project management, independent notebook maintenance, and experimental design and execution. Using their laboratory activities, students will be expected to communicate their research findings in a professionally prepared written report. This class requires the student to conduct laboratory research three hours per week. Prerequisite: CHE 492. (1 crs., repeatable)

CHE497 - Spec Topics

This is an in-depth course for chemistry majors. The specific topics taught will be chosen by the instructor for the given semester and may include such topics as: spectroscopy, symmetry, or synthesis. Prerequisites: CHE 306, CHE 320 and CHE 341 (Variable 1-16 crs.)