Chemistry Department Courses

CHM 100 Chemistry in the Natural World

Designed to give non-science majors an understanding of the basic chemical principles of life processes, food additives, plastics, drugs, energy, materials production and pollution. Related laboratory experiments and field trips. Does not satisfy the requirements for a chemistry major. Fall Term, Term II.

CHM 101 General Chemistry

This course is primarily designed for pre-nursing students but is open to student 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 will be placed on the application of the course material to health and environmental issues. Includes laboratory. Recommended: High school chemistry. 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. Related laboratory experiments. Prerequisite: CHM 101. Spring 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. Related laboratory experiments. Prerequisite: CHM 101. Spring Term.

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 gem- stones will be used to introduce fundamental chemical concepts. Concepts include atomic structure, chemical bonding, chemical reac- tions, solution chemistry, structure of mole- cules 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 several required in-class laboratory meet- ings. Includes laboratory. Permission of instructor required. On-line Course, No Prerequisite. Offered approximately alternate years.

CHM 106: See BID 106 BIO/CHM Forensic Science

An introductory course that will discuss the chemical and biological basis of forensic science. Course will include instruction on assays routinely performed by forensic scientists, theories behind these assays, and discussion of the quality of forensic evidence. Includes laboratory. No prerequisite.

CHM 110 Chemistry and Issues in the Environment

The operations of natural physical environmental systems are studied. Alterations to environmental systems are caused by the use of energy and mineral resources. Use and abuse of these resources lead to air pollution, water pollution and solid waste disposal. Solutions to these problems depend on the progress in science and technology, as well as political decisions and prevailing ethical value systems. No prerequisite. Fall Term (on-line) and Spring Term (on-line). In class version offered occasionally. This course is also offered as Honors 203 Creative and Critial Inquiry in the Elmhurst College Honor's Program alternate years. (in-class, honors level)

CHM 112: See BID 100 Bio/Chm Water and Energy: Resources for a Sustainable Future

Biological and chemical relationships between living and non-living components of the natural world and the significance to humans as members of natural ecosystems are studied through the themes of water and energy. Alterations of environmental systems due to water use and energy production have profound global consequences including: global climate change, air and water pollution, acid rain, unsafe drinking water and water shortages. This course will explore these environmental changes and explore options available for creating a sustainable future. Relevant political, legal and ethical issues will also be addressed. No prerequisite. Includes laboratory.

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. No prerequisite. Includes laboratory.

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, pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-veterinary, pre-physical therapy and engineering. Prerequisite: high school chemistry. Fall 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. Laboratory studies include qualitative and quantitative techniques. Prerequisite: CHM 211 or equivalent. Spring Term.

CHM 221 Analytical Chemistry

Wet chemical and classical instrumental methods (electrochemical and spectrophotometric), sampling and separation techniques, and data evaluation methods are presented. Laboratory work. Prerequisites: CHM 212 and MTH 132 or equivalent. 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. Prerequisite: CHM 212 or equivalent. Fall 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). The laboratory emphasizes synthetic experiments and some physical organic experiments. Prerequisite: CHM 311. Spring Term.

CHM 313 Polymer Chemistry

Principles of polymerization are considered in relation to synthesis, chemical structure and properties. Methods of synthesis and processing are related to physical and chemical characteristics and polymer composition. Chemistry of important commercial synthetic and natural polymers included. Prerequisite: CHM 312. Offered Occassionally.

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. Laboratory included. 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. Prerequisite: CHM 312. Offered Occassionally

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 and CHM 422 through 426. Prerequisites: CHM 311, MTH 152, PHY 121 (PHY 121 may be taken concurrently). Fall.

CHM 413 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Statistical Mechanics

A systematic study of thermodynamics and 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. Prerequisites: MTH 152, PHY 122, CHM 221, CHM 412. (PHY 121 may be taken concurrently.) Spring Term.

CHM 414 Topics in Advanced Organic Chemistry

Topics of current interest to the organic chemist are given special attention, including kinetic studies, molecular orbital calculations, linear free energy relations, structure-reactivity relationships, orbital symmetry relations, addition, elimination, substitution, rearrangement and photochemical reactions. Mechanisms are emphasized, but synthetic reactions are illustrated. Prerequisites: CHM 312 and 412 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years (Next offering: Spring 2012)

Chemical Instrumentation

The following six courses, CHM 422 through 427, each receive a quarter course credit. All courses include laboratory studies. Laboratory studies included. Prerequisites and Corequisitew: Vary by course. Offered yearly. (2012-2013: 423 & 424 Fall Term; 422, 425-427 Spring Term.)
(2013-2014: 422 & 424-426 Fall Term; 423 & 427 Spring Term.)

CHM 422 Chemical Instrumentation: Introduction/Electroanalytical Chemistry

The course covers general features common to all instruments. Analog and digital electronics, signal processing, chemometrics, and the software which is used in subsequent chemical instrumentation courses is covered. Electroanalytical chemistry including potentiometry/sensors, coulometry, and voltammetry are surveyed. Prerequisites: 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.Prerequisites: CHM 221, CHM 412 (412 may be taken concurrently).

CHM 424 Chemical Instrumentation: IR/NMR

Chemical structures are studied using instrumentation in the IR and radio frequency region (NMR) of the electromagnetic spectrum. Also included are Near IR and Raman.Prerequisites: CHM 312.

CHM 425 Chemical Instrumentation: LC/HPLC

Separation methods are developed using High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and related forms of liquid chromatography such as Capillary Electrophoresis. Prerequisites: CHM 221.

CHM 426 Chemical Instrumentation: GC-MS

The course focuses on Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry Prerequisites:CHM 221.

CHM 427 Chemical Instrumentation: Guided Project

A research approach is used to solve problems utilizing instrumentation and associated methodology covered in the previous five chemical instrumentation courses. Prerequisites: CHM 221.

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, and transition metal coordination compounds. Representative inorganic compounds are prepared and analyzed in the laboratory. Prerequisite: CHM 412 or consent of instructor. Fall Term, alternate years (odd).

CHM 460 Advanced Topics in Chemistry

(Half or Full Course) Topics vary each term to reflect current student and faculty interests and timely topics in the chemical literature. Examples include 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: CHM 412 or consent of instructor.

CHM 492 Independent Study

(Quarter, Half or Full Course) Allows chemistry majors capable of independent for to pursue specialized or advanced topics by doing independent reading, assigned work, or structured laboratory experiments. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

CHM 494 Independent Research

(Half or Full Course) Enables chemistry majors to plan and execute a research project for credit. This course is required for every student majoring in chemistry and is designed to prepare the student for the level of independent work required in industry, science teaching or postbaccalaureate study. Specific literature 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. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

CHM 495 Honors Independent Research

This course affords 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 the research methods and findings. This course must be taken concurrently with another 300-400 course in the major or minor, facilitating faculty supervision and guidance. Prerequisites: Consent of faculty supervisor and Director of the Honors Program required.

CHM 496 Chemistry Research Seminar I

Quarter Course. 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

Quarter course. 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 which 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. Many not be taken concurrently with CHM 496, CHM 498 or CHM 499. Prerequisites: CHM 312.

CHM 498, Chemistry Literature Seminar II

This is a 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. Course work 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 497.

CHM 499 Chemistry Research Seminar II

Quarter course. 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 (CHM 497, CHM 498 recommended).