One unit of credit equals four semester hours.
CHM 100 Chemistry in the Natural World
The chemistry of real-world examples is studied through illustrations and demonstrations taken from ordinary substances, objects and processes of the natural world. Topics include: atomic and molecular structures, water, acids and bases, organic and biochemistry, drugs, energy and pollution. Includes laboratory that stresses student demonstrations of chemical phenomena. No prerequisite. Open to any non-science major (especially education majors). Does not satisfy the requirements for a chemistry major.
CHM 101 General Chemistry
This course is primarily designed for pre-nursing students but is open to students in non-science disciplines as well. The principles of general chemistry are covered, including: atomic structure, bonding, chemical change, stoichiometry, gas laws, energy relationships, equilibrium, acids and bases, rates of reactions and nuclear processes. Emphasis is placed on the application of the course material to health and environmental issues. Includes laboratory. High school chemistry recommended. Fall Term.
CHM 103 Elementary Organic and Biochemistry
Study of organic functional groups, characterization of related compounds and reactions. Biochemistry includes bioenergetics, carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, enzymes, lipids, nucleic acids and related biochemical metabolisms. Prerequisite: CHM 101. Spring Term.
CHM 104 Food Fundamentals
This course explores food composition and digestion, topics that lie at the cross sections of both chemistry and biology. The exploration of food will begin from a chemical perspective. Students will learn about the chemical makeup and interactions of fats, oils, sugars and proteins. The class will then explore how the human body digests each of these molecules and obtains the nutrients needed for survival. Students’ understanding of the role of food in our lives will be enriched through discussions of contemporary debates involving food. Some of the topics may include the impact of high-fructose syrup, the lack of food in local and global communities, food regulation, and the role of food in education. Includes laboratory. No prerequisite.
CHM 105 The Chemistry of Color: From Fireworks to Gemstones
This class explores the natural world through the theme of color. The chemistry behind the color of everyday objects such as neon lights, fireworks, natural and synthetic dyes and gemstones will be used to introduce fundamental chemical concepts. Concepts include atomic structure; chemical bonding; chemical reactions; solution chemistry; structure of molecules and solids; organic functional groups; and properties of gases, liquids and solids. The relationship of chemistry to other fields such as physics, life sciences, earth science, art and modern technology will be discussed throughout the course. Primarily for non-science majors. This course is offered online with required in-class laboratory meetings. Includes laboratory. No prerequisite.
CHM 106 Forensic Science
See BID 106.
CHM 107 Physical Science Concepts for K-8 Teachers
This course is designed to strengthen a student’s understanding of physical science concepts and the nature of scientific inquiry. Students collaborate with faculty and classmates on scientific inquires to answer driving questions. The perspective and knowledge gained from these inquiries will aid students as they examine their own physical science misconceptions and construct new understandings. Cross-listed with PHY 107. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: ECE/EED/SEC/SPE 200 or concurrent enrollment. Spring Term.
CHM 110 Chemistry and Issues in the Environment
This course examines chemistry concepts through the study of environmental issues. Issues include air pollution, ozone depletion, energy, nuclear power, climate change and water quality. Solutions to environmental problems depend on progress in science and technology, as well as political decisions and prevailing ethical value systems. Includes laboratory. No prerequisite.
CHM 112 Water and Energy: Resources for a Sustainable Future
See BID 100.
CHM 113 Energy, Climate Change and Sustainability
This is a theme-based science course focusing on energy resources and how our use of these resources influences our natural environment. Physical science topics will be introduced in parallel with consideration of fossil fuels, nuclear power, electricity generation, fuels for transportation, renewable and alternative energy strategies, environmental consequences of energy use and climate variability. Sustainability concepts will be discussed in the context of consideration of the world’s future energy needs. Includes laboratory. No prerequisite.
CHM 211 Chemical Principles I
Topics covered include the following: stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, aqueous solution chemistry, gases, liquids and solid state and solution properties. Designed for students in science-oriented careers (e.g., chemistry, biology, premedical, pre–physical therapy). Prerequisites: high school chemistry; concurrent registration for a laboratory session is required. Fall Term, Summer Term.
CHM 212 Chemical Principles II
Topics include the following: thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium applied to acid base theory and solubility, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, descriptive chemistry of selected elements and coordination chemistry. Designed for students in science-oriented careers. Prerequisites: CHM 211 or equivalent; concurrent registration for a laboratory session is required. Spring Term, Summer Term.
CHM 220 Advanced Chemical Principles
This one-term course is a combination of CHM 211 and 212 specifically designed for students with strong backgrounds in chemistry and mathematics. Topics include stoichiometry, thermodynamics, atomic and molecular structure, kinetics and equilibrium. Students will participate in module or project-driven laboratory exercises. Prerequisites: AP chemistry score of 2.0 or higher, or member of the Honors Program or consent of instructor. Fall Term.
CHM 221 Analytical Chemistry
Wet chemical and classical instrumental methods (electrochemical and spectrophotometric), sampling and separation techniques and data evaluation methods are presented. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: CHM 212 or CHM 220 and MTH 132 or higher. Spring Term.
CHM 311 Organic Chemistry I
Emphasizes the fundamental principles necessary for understanding synthetic applications. The basic functional groups are discussed with respect to bonding, properties, preparations and reactions. Reaction mechanisms are studied and applied to specific cases. Stereochemistry is studied. Prerequisites: CHM 212 or equivalent; concurrent registration for a laboratory session is required. Fall Term, Summer Term.
CHM 312 Organic Chemistry II
A continuation of functional group study with emphasis on synthetic applications. Methods of structure proof (IR, UV, NMR, mass spectroscopy). Prerequisites: CHM 311; concurrent registration for a laboratory session is required. Lab has an emphasis on synthetic and physical organic experiments. Spring Term, Summer Term.
CHM 313 Polymer Chemistry
This course focuses on principles of polymerization in relation to synthesis, chemical structure and properties. Methods of synthesis and processing are related to physical and chemical characteristics and polymer composition. Course topics include the chemistry of important commercial synthetic and natural polymers. Prerequisite: CHM 312.
CHM 314 Introduction to Biochemistry
Study of biochemical systems including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids, vitamins, hormones, corresponding metabolic pathways, and energetic and kinetic analysis of representative biochemical systems. Lecture only, no laboratory. Prerequisites: CHM 312 and consent of the instructor. Fall Term.
CHM 315 Introduction to Biochemistry
Study of biochemical systems including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids, vitamins, hormones, corresponding metabolic pathways, and energetic and kinetic analysis of representative biochemical systems. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: CHM 312. Fall Term.
CHM 316 Intermediate Biochemistry
Topics include intermediary (anabolic) metabolism of proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, plant metabolism (e.g. photosynthesis), study of nucleic acids and protein synthesis and membrane transport. Prerequisite: CHM 315. Spring Term.
CHM 341 Qualitative Organic Analysis
Study of the chemical and instrumental methods of structural identification of organic compounds. The laboratory incorporates modern spectroscopic techniques of IR, NMR, mass spectroscopy, UV; chromatographic separation techniques of TLC, GC, HPLC and column chromatography; and classical methods of analysis. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: CHM 312.
CHM 394 Introduction to Chemical Research
.25 or .50 credit
Participation in guided collaborative research with a faculty member for credit. Specific literature research and laboratory experiments will be carried out, culminating in a final paper and/or appropriate public dissemination of the research methods and findings. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: CHM 211 and 212 or CHM 220; consent of the supervising instructor.
CHM 412 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
An introduction to atomic and molecular quantum mechanics, molecular symmetry and chemical applications of group theory, applications to atomic and molecular spectroscopy, molecular orbital theory and computational chemistry. Laboratory principles and procedures are integrated with and satisfied by CHM 413, CHM 422-426. Prerequisites: CHM 221, MTH 152, PHY 121 (PHY 121 may be taken concurrently). Fall Term.
CHM 413 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Statistical Mechanics
A systematic study of thermodynamics with applications to gases, liquids and solids, real and ideal mixtures, solution and phase equilibria and chemical reactions. An introduction to statistical mechanics and its application to spectroscopy and kinetics. A study of advanced kinetics including mechanisms and surface phenomena. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: CHM 221, CHM 412, MTH 152, PHY 122 (PHY 122 may be taken concurrently). Spring Term.
CHM 414 Topics in Advanced Organic Chemistry
This class pays special attention to topics of current interest to the organic chemist, including kinetic studies, molecular orbital calculations, linear free energy relations, structure-reactivity relationships, orbital symmetry relations, addition, elimination, substitution, rearrangement and photochemical reactions. The emphasis of this course is on reaction mechanisms for the synthetic reactions studied. Prerequisites: CHM 312 and 412 or consent of instructor.
The following five courses, CHM 422 through 426, each receive .25 credit. Be sure to consult with the chemistry department to verify the scheduled offerings for the chemical instrumentation courses. All courses include laboratory studies.
CHM 422 Chemical Instrumentation: Introduction/Electroanalytical Chemistry
The course covers general features common to all instruments, including signal processing, chemometrics and the software that is used in subsequent chemical instrumentation courses. The course also surveys electroanalytical chemistry including potentiometry/sensors, coulometry and voltammetry. Prerequisite: CHM 221.
CHM 423 Chemical Instrumentation: X-Ray/UV-Vis/AA
Instrumentation utilizing the X-ray through the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum including UV-Vis absorption, atomic absorption and emission, X-ray diffraction and fluorescence will be studied and used in experiments. Prerequisites: CHM 221, CHM 412.
CHM 424 Chemical Instrumentation: IR/NMR
This course includes a study of IR and NMR instrumentation, with emphasis on Fourier Transform instrumentation. Discussion covers concepts including basic theory and instrumentation. Laboratory experiments are based on use of IR and NMR for structure determination, quantitative analyses, and kinetic studies. Prerequisites: CHM 221, CHM 312.
CHM 425 Chemical Instrumentation: LC/HPLC
This class focuses on theory and instrumentation used for high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), super critical fluid chromatography and capillary electrophoresis. The laboratory focuses on quantitative analyses and method development. Prerequisites: CHM 221, CHM 312.
CHM 426 Chemical Instrumentation: GC-MS
This class focuses on theory, instrumentation and detection methods of gas chromatography. Emphasis is placed on molecular mass spectrometry instrumentation and interpretation of spectra in both lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: CHM 221, CHM 312.
CHM 432 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Theories of atomic structure, bonding, periodicity and geometric structure are used to describe the properties and reactivities of inorganic compounds with emphasis on several main groups: acids and bases, oxidizing and reducing agents, solid state and transition metal coordination compounds. Includes laboratory with emphasis on synthesis and analysis of inorganic compounds. Prerequisite: CHM 412 or consent of instructor. Fall Term, alternate years.
CHM 460 Advanced Topics in Chemistry
.50 or 1.00 credit
Topics vary each term to reflect current student and faculty interests and timely topics in the chemical literature. Examples include advanced organic chemistry, environmental chemistry, industrial organic chemistry, computational chemistry, advanced physical chemistry, organometallic chemistry and organic synthesis. Laboratory may be included. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
CHM 492/292 Independent Study
.25, .50 or 1.00 credit
This course enables chemistry majors capable of independent work to pursue specialized or advanced topics by doing independent reading, assigned work or structured laboratory experiments. May be repeated for credit. Permission of the supervising instructor is required prior to registration.
CHM 494 Independent Research
.50 or 1.00 credit
This course enables chemistry majors to plan and execute a research project for credit. This course is required of every student majoring in chemistry and is designed to prepare the student for the level of independent work required in industry, science teaching or post-baccalaureate study. Specific literature research and laboratory experiments must be carried out, culminating in a final paper and an appropriate public dissemination of the research methods and findings. Students generally complete CHM 496 the term prior to enrolling in CHM 494. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CHM 496. Permission of the supervising instructor is required prior to registration.
CHM 495 Honors Independent Research
This course gives Honors Program students the opportunity to design and implement a significant research project in the field of chemistry, culminating in an appropriate public dissemination of research methods and findings. This research must build upon previous coursework taken within the major or minor, facilitating faculty supervision and guidance. Fulfills the CHM 494 core requirement. Repeatable for credit. Permission of the faculty supervisor and the director of the Honors Program required prior to registration.
CHM 496 Chemistry Research Seminar I
This is a seminar course designed to prepare students for independent research. Students will be introduced to chemical research methods through class activities, occasional speakers and instruction designed to introduce chemical information sources such as commercial databases and Internet resources. Students will explore the chemical literature in their proposed research area, conduct a literature review on the proposed topic and prepare a research plan to be carried out under the direction of a faculty member. Required of all chemistry majors. Students generally complete CHM 496 the term prior to enrolling in CHM 494. May not be taken concurrently with CHM 497, CHM 498 or CHM 499. Prerequisite: CHM 312.
CHM 497 Chemistry Literature Seminar I
This is a seminar course designed to advance students’ understanding of the chemical profession, the chemical literature and current research areas in chemistry. This course will assist students in understanding the body of information that constitutes the chemical literature and is structured to help students develop the skills required to effectively and efficiently utilize and communicate that literature as professional chemists. Students will use printed tools, commercial databases and Internet resources, conduct literature reviews, and participate in discussions and talks focused on contemporary research topics. Required of all chemistry majors. May not be taken concurrently with CHM 496, CHM 498 or CHM 499. Prerequisite: CHM 312.
CHM 498 Chemistry Literature Seminar II
This is a seminar course designed to continue to advance students’ understanding of the chemical profession, the chemical literature and current research areas in chemistry, building on the foundation developed in Chemistry Literature Seminar I. In particular, this course emphasizes the development of oral communication skills in chemistry through class activities, multiple presentations and occasional speakers emphasizing contemporary chemical research. Coursework culminates in a final technical presentation highlighting a current area of research from the recent literature. Required of all chemistry majors. May not be taken concurrently with CHM 496, CHM 497 or CHM 499. Prerequisites: CHM 312, CHM 496, CHM 497.
CHM 499 Chemistry Research Seminar II
This is a seminar course that serves as a capstone to the chemistry major’s undergraduate research experience. This course emphasizes the development of oral communication skills in chemistry through class activities, multiple presentations, discussion of current research projects and occasional speakers. This course culminates in the student presenting a final technical presentation highlighting the results of the student’s own undergraduate research project and dissemination of the research results to the larger community. Required of all chemistry majors. Students generally enroll in CHM 499 the term after completing CHM 494 (or concurrently). May not be taken concurrently with CHM 496, CHM 497 or CHM 498. Prerequisites: CHM 312, CHM 496, CHM 494 or CHM 495 (CHM 497, CHM 498 recommended).