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1000 Level Courses

CourseCourse Description
CHEM 1315
General Chemistry
Prerequisite: Mathematics 1503 or 1643, or math ACT equal to or greater than 23. General Chemistry is an overview of the chemical basis of natural phenomena. First of a two-semester sequence in general chemistry. Topics covered: basic measurement, atomic theory, electron configuration, periodicity, chemical reactivity and energetics, stoichiometry, gas laws and changes in state, bonding and molecular structure. A student may not receive credit for this course and CHEM 1335. Laboratory. (F, Sp, Su) [II-LAB] 
CHEM 1335
General Chemistry I:
Signature Course
Prerequisite: 2 years high school chemistry, OR AP Chemistry, OR 4 years high school science and 4 years high school math. General Chemistry is an overview of the chemical basis of natural phenomena. First of a two-semester sequence which prepares students for higher level courses and research. Topics covered include atomic and molecular structure, chemical reactions, basic thermodynamics, and properties of gases, liquids, solids and solutions including select stoichiometric and quantitative analysis. A student may not receive credit for this course and CHEM 1315. Laboratory. (F, Sp) 
CHEM 1415
General Chemistry (Continued)
Prerequisite: CHEM 1315 with a minimum grade of C or CHEM 1335 with a minimum grade of C or a satisfactory score on the chemistry placement examination. Topics covered include thermochemistry, equilibrium, thermodynamics, acid and base properties, kinetics and electrochemistry. A student may not receive credit for this course and CHEM 1435. Laboratory. (F, Sp, Su) [II-LAB] 
CHEM 1425
Advanced General Chemistry (HONORS)
Prerequisite: Admission to Honors Program; STEM major and four years of high school math and 1 year high school chemistry, or permission of instructor. Designed for STEM majors well prepared in high school chemistry and math. Topics covered at an advanced level of understanding. The topics include: nature of solutions, equilibrium, thermodynamics, acid and base properties, kinetics and electrochemistry, gas laws and changes in state, molecular structure. Laboratory. (F) [II-LAB] 
CHEM 1435
General Chemistry II: Signature Course
Prerequisite: grade of C or better in CHEM 1315 or CHEM 1335 or satisfactory score on the chemistry placement examination. General Chemistry is an overview of the chemical basis of natural phenomena. Second of a two-semester sequence which prepares students for higher-level courses and research. Topics covered include chemical kinetics and thermodynamics including calorimetry, equilibria, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, ionic salts, properties of acids and bases, and acid-base reactions including buffers. A student may not receive credit for this course and CHEM 1415. Laboratory. (F, Sp) 

3000 Level Courses

CourseCourse Description
CHEM 3005
Quantitative Analysis
Prerequisite: CHEM 1415 or CHEM 1425 or equivalent. Analysis by quantitative procedures. Laboratory (F, Sp)
CHEM 3053
Organic Chemistry I: Biological Emphasis
Prerequisite: CHEM 1415 or CHEM 1425. Intended for life science majors. First course in a two-semester sequence (3053 and 3153). This course will cover the concepts of organic structure, nomenclature, and reactivity with an emphasis on biological applications. (F, Sp, Su) 
CHEM 3064
Organic Chemistry I
Prerequisites: CHEM 1415 or CHEM 1425. Intended for chemistry and biochemistry majors. First course in a two-semester sequence (3064 and 3164). This course will cover the concepts of organic structure, nomenclature, reactivity, and synthesis. The laboratory will use selected experiments to develop the fundamental techniques used in organic research including utilization of spectroscopy and to demonstrate the application of the scientific approach to laboratory work. Laboratory (F)
CHEM 3152
Organic Chemistry Laboratory: Biological Emphasis
Prerequisite: CHEM 3053 or concurrent enrollment. Intended for life science majors. Laboratory course designed to accompany CHEM 3053 and CHEM 3153. Selected experiments designed to illustrate the fundamental techniques used in organic chemistry, to develop familiarity with the properties of organic compounds and to introduce analytical techniques including spectroscopy. (F, Sp, Su) 
CHEM 3153
Organic Chemistry II: Biological Emphasis
Prerequisite: CHEM 3053 with a grade of C or better. Intended for life science majors. Second course in a two-semester sequence (3053 and 3153). This course will cover the concepts of organic chemical reactivity with an emphasis on carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins. (F, Sp, Su) 
CHEM 3164
Organic Chemistry II
Prerequisite: CHEM 3064, or both CHEM 3053 and CHEM 3152; with a grade of C or better. Intended for chemistry and biochemistry majors. Second course in a two-semester sequence (3064 and 3164). This course will continue the development of organic chemical reactivity, with an emphasis on synthesis, polymers, and biomolecules. The laboratory will use selected experiments to continue the development of techniques used in organic research with an emphasis on synthesis. Laboratory (Sp)
CHEM 3421
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Prerequisite: 3423 or concurrent enrollment. Physiochemical measurements and calculations. (F, Sp, Su) 
CHEM 3423
Physical Chemistry I
Prerequisite: CHEM 1415 or CHEM 1425; MATH 2423 or MATH 2924 or concurrent enrollment. States of matter, chemical thermodynamics, equilibria, etc. (F, Sp, Su) 
CHEM 3451
Basic Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Prerequisite: 3453 or concurrent enrollment. Laboratory application of physical chemical principles and techniques. (F, Sp)
CHEM 3453
Basic Physical Chemistry
Prerequisite: 1415 or 1425; Mathematics 1823; Physics 2524 or 2424. The application of physical chemical principles and methods. (F, Sp)
CHEM 3521
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Prerequisite: CHEM 3523 or concurrent enrollment and CHEM 3421 with a grade of C or better. To perform experiments which illustrate important principles in physical chemistry. (F, Sp, Su) 
CHEM 3523
Physical Chemistry II
Prerequisite: 3423 with a grade of "C" or above. Continuation of 3423. Kinetics, electrochemistry, atomic and molecular states of matter, etc. (F, Sp) 
CHEM 3653
Introduction to Biochemistry
Prerequisite: CHEM 3013, CHEM 3053, or CHEM 3064. Chemistry of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids; enzyme kinetics; biochemical energetics; intermediary metabolism; regulatory processes. (F) 
CHEM 3753
Introduction to Biochemical Methods
Prerequisite: 3653 or concurrent enrollment. A survey of current and routinely used methods in biochemistry. Students attend lecture twice weekly and a three-hour lab per week. Laboratory (Sp)

4000 Level Courses

CourseCourse Description
CHEM 4023
Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis
Prerequisite: CHEM 3005. Introduction to instrumental methods of analysis, with emphasis upon electrometric and spectroscopic techniques and instruments. Includes sampling procedures, requirements of reagents and standards, and evaluation of errors. (F)
CHEM 4033
Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis Laboratory
Prerequisite: 4023. Selected experiments illustrating the principles developed in 4023. Two four and a half hour laboratories per week. Laboratory (Sp)
CHEM 4333
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry-Periodic System
Prerequisite: CHEM 3053 or CHEM 3064. A survey of all elements and important compounds based on atomic structure and position in the Periodic System; effect of atomic size, ionic size and charge on the properties of elements. Inorganic nomenclature. (F) 
CHEM 4444
Advanced Synthesis and Spectral Characterization
Prerequisite: CHEM 3164, or both CHEM 3152 and CHEM 3153. Lectures cover spectroscopic analysis, thermodynamics of synthesis and fundamentals of advanced techniques, and hands-on spectroscopic identification of reaction products. Two lecture and six laboratory hours per week. Laboratory (Sp) 
CHEM 4753
Principles of Biochemistry I
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 3153 or CHEM 3164, CHEM 3423 or CHEM 3453, CHEM 3653 or equivalent. The first semester of a two-semester sequence covering the fundamental principles of protein structure and function, enzymology, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, biochemical energetics, membranes, nucleic acid and protein metabolism, information transfer and the genetic code, and the interdependence of biochemical pathways. (Sp) 
CHEM 4913
Senior Thesis
Prerequisite: permission of instructor and permission of department. Capstone Course. Research project, theoretical or experimental, to be arranged with individual faculty member, leading to a senior thesis. Each student will present an oral report in a lecture presentation or poster format to an audience of students and faculty. Laboratory (F, Sp) [V] 
CHEM 4923
Senior Project
Prerequisite: permission of instructor and permission of department. Capstone Course. Topics of current interest and importance in chemistry or biochemistry, requiring indepth reading or individual laboratory work, extensive literature search, and report writing. Laboratory (F, Sp) [V] 
CHEM 4933
Current Topics in Biochemistry
Prerequisite: CHEM 3653, CHEM 3753, and one semester of physical chemistry with lab. Capstone course for biochemistry majors. Topics of current interest in biochemistry. Students will attend lectures and will be involved in literature search, group discussion, oral presentation, laboratory work, and report writing. Laboratory (Sp) [V]