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Course Descriptions

Fall 2017

Topics include chemical properties and reactions, thermochemistry, stoichiometry, quantitative problem-solving, and an introduction to ionic and covalent chemical bonding. Laboratory 3 hrs/wk.

Accelerated treatment of CHEM 11 material and presentation of other topics not normally covered in general chemistry. Laboratory 3 hours per week.  

Subjects include properties of solids, liquids, and gases, properties of solutions, chemical kinetics, properties of acids and bases, and an introduction to chemical equilibria. Several lectures deal with special topics chosen at the discretion of the instructor. Laboratory 3 hrs/wk.

 

Accelerated treatment of CHEM 12 material and other topics not normally covered in general chemistry. Laboratory 32 hrs/term. 

This course introduces students to opportunities for undergraduate research in the department. Departmental faculty present their current research. Also, an overview of typical tools used in pursuing scientific research projects is provided. Students interested in the chemistry major/minor should ordinarily take this course before the end of their sophomore year.

Topics include organic structure and conformations, stereochemistry, structure-reactivity relationships, and the chemistry of alkyl halides and alkenes. Special emphasis is placed on understanding reaction mechanisms. Laboratory 3 hrs/wk.

This course focuses on building teaching and learning techniques for the general chemistry laboratory. This includes chemical concepts, use of instrumentation and building skills to guide students in the laboratory to meet their learning goals for each experiment. 

Active areas of research in university, industrial, and government laboratories, presented by guest speakers. May be repeated for credit. P/NP

Chemical synthesis of carbohydrates, nucleic acids, peptides, proteins, and reaction mechanisms of biological cofactors. 

An introduction to structure/function relationships of biologically important molecules, enzymology, membrane biochemistry, and selected aspects of the intermediary metabolism of carbohydrates.

Introduction to the physical behavior of biomolecules. Topics include transport properties, reaction kinetics, sedimentation, binding dynamics, and molecular motion. 

Experimental research project supervised by chemistry and biochemistry faculty. Each unit requires a minimum of 30 hours of laboratory work. May be repeated for credit.

Winter 2018

Subjects include properties of solids, liquids, and gases, properties of solutions, chemical kinetics, properties of acids and bases, and an introduction to chemical equilibria. Several lectures deal with special topics chosen at the discretion of the instructor. Laboratory 3 hrs/wk.

Accelerated treatment of CHEM 12 material and other topics not normally covered in general chemistry. Laboratory 32 hrs/term.

This course introduces students to opportunities for undergraduate research in the department. Departmental faculty present their current research. Also, an overview of typical tools used in pursuing scientific research projects is provided. Students interested in the chemistry major/minor should ordinarily take this course before the end of their sophomore year.

Topics include spectroscopy and the chemistry of alkynes, ethers, alcohols, and carbonyl compounds. Laboratory 3 hrs/wk.

This course focuses on building teaching and learning techniques for the general chemistry laboratory. This includes chemical concepts, use of instrumentation and building skills to guide students in the laboratory to meet their learning goals for each experiment. 

Sources, reactions, and transport of contaminants in soil, water, and air. Kinetic and thermodynamic models for smog formation, ozone layer depletion, acid rain, and the transport and degradation of contaminants in natural waters and soil, plus a brief look at global climate modeling. Fulfills STS (Science, Technology and Society) requirement.

Principles and use of instrumentation. Focus on electronics, spectroscopic methods, mass spectrometry, and chemical separations. Laboratory 4 hrs/wk.

Active areas of research in university, industrial, and government laboratories, presented by guest speakers. May be repeated for credit. P/NP. 

Includes a study of various aspects of the intermediary metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and amino acids as well as nucleic acid structure and function, protein synthesis and subcellular sorting, and more advanced molecular physiology, including membrane biochemistry, signal transduction and hormone action.

A laboratory course emphasizing fundamental theory and practice in biochemical laboratory techniques, including preparation and handling of reagents; isolation, purification, and characterization of biomolecules; enzyme kinetics; spectrophotometric assays; electrophoretic techniques. Laboratory 8 hrs/wk.

Fundamental laws of thermodynamics, and applications to ideal and real gas equations of state, ideal and real solutions, phase equilibria, and electrochemistry. 

Experimental applications of thermodynamics, kinetics, spectroscopy, and other aspects of physical chemistry. Laboratory 8 hrs/wk.

Experimental research project supervised by chemistry and biochemistry faculty. Each unit requires a minimum of 30 hours of laboratory work. May be repeated for credit.

Individual research under the supervision of chemistry and biochemistry faculty, culminating in a comprehensive progress report. Laboratory at least 9 hrs/wk.

Continuation of individual research under the supervision of a chemistry and biochemistry faculty mentor, culminating in a thesis and oral presentation. Laboratory at least 9 hrs/ wk.

Spring 2018

A survey of modern chemical applications, including applications to health, the environment, and consumer issues, and an introduction to the scientific method of inquiry. Laboratory 3 hours every other week. Cannot be taken by students with prior credit for Chem 11 or Chem 19.

Topics include aqueous equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, chemical thermodynamics, electrochemistry, spectroscopy, and statistical tools required for data analysis. The laboratory introduces quantitative methods of analysis such as titration, spectroscopy, and electrochemistry. Laboratory 4 hours per week.

This laboratory-based course is designed to teach the fundamental concepts of chemistry and is geared toward students who are interested in becoming elementary or middle school teachers. The course focuses on the following concepts: nature of matter, atomic structure, chemical bonding, and chemical reactions. While learning these core concepts, students will experience what it means to do science by developing their experimentation skills as they participate in a classroom scientific community. Laboratory 3 hrs/wk. Cannot be taken by students with prior credit for Chem 5 or Chem 11.

Topics include carbonyl condensation reactions, aromatic substitutions, amines, carbohydrates, and peptide and protein synthesis. Other advanced topics may include pericyclic reactions and natural product synthesis. Laboratory 3 hrs/wk.

Structure, properties, and reactivity of metal complexes and the function of metal ions in biological processes.

Introduction to inorganic chemistry with emphasis on the nonmetals. Laboratory 3 hrs/wk.

A focused investigation of the application of modern methods of analytical chemistry to understanding biological systems at the molecular level. Topics depend on recent developments in bioanalytical research but may include sub-cellular analyses, proteomics, electrochemical methods, and nanoparticle-based approaches to analysis. The course stresses extensive reading of recent literature in bioanalytical chemistry, critical evaluation of published scientific papers, and development of skills in scientific writing.

Active areas of research in university, industrial, and government laboratories, presented by guest speakers. May be repeated for credit. P/NP

An introduction to structure/function relationships of biologically important molecules, enzymology, membrane biochemistry, and selected aspects of the intermediary metabolism of carbohydrates.

A laboratory course emphasizing fundamental theory and practice in biochemical laboratory techniques, including preparation and handling of reagents; isolation, purification, and characterization of biomolecules; enzyme kinetics; spectrophotometric assays; electrophoretic techniques. Laboratory 8 hrs/wk.

Fundamentals of quantum mechanics including wave functions and probability, rotational, vibrational, and electronic transitions, atomic and molecular electronic structure, and magnetic resonance.

Experimental research project supervised by chemistry and biochemistry faculty. Each unit requires a minimum of 30 hours of laboratory work. May be repeated for credit.

Individual research under the supervision of chemistry and biochemistry faculty, culminating in a comprehensive progress report. Laboratory at least 9 hrs/wk.

Continuation of individual research under the supervision of a chemistry and biochemistry