Courses in Chemistry

CHEM-C 100 The World of Chemistry (3)

For non-science majors, the chemistry of everyday life—fuels, plastics, drugs, water, air, and living systems. Lectures illustrated by demonstrations, films, and molecular models.  Readings including articles from current newspapers and magazines. Credit given for only one of the following: C100, C101, or C105.

CHEM-C 101 Elementary Chemistry I (3)

For non-science majors.  Introduction to chemistry; includes chemical and gas laws, atomic and molecular structure, energy, equilibrium, kinetics, states of matter, and applications in chemical processes.  Usually taken concurrently with CHEM C121. Lectures and discussion.

  • Offered summer semesters, periodically.
  • Prerequisites: HS algebra or MATH-M123
  • Suggested co-requisite: C121 (lab portion)

CHEM-C 102 Elementary Chemistry II (3)

For non-science majors.  Continuation of CHEM C101. Usually taken concurrently with CHEM C122.  The chemistry of organic compounds and their reactions, followed by an extensive introduction to biochemistry.  Lectures and discussion.

  • Offered periodically.
  • Prerequisites: C101
  • Suggested co-requisite: C122

CHEM-C 105 Principles of Chemistry I (3)

Basic principles including stoichiometry, thermochemistry, atomic and molecular structure, gases, solutions, and selected topics in descriptive chemistry. Credit given for only one of the following: C100, C101, C105, or S105.

  • Offered fall and spring semesters.
  • Prerequisites: MATH-M 123 or eligibility to take MATH-M 125 and one year of high school chemistry
  • Co-requisites: C125 (lab portion)

CHEM-C 106 Principles of Chemistry II (3)

An overview of the physical properties of matter, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibria (with emphasis on acids, bases, solubility), thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. Credit given for only one of the following: C106 or C102 or S106.

  • Offered spring and summer semesters.
  • Prerequisites: C105
  • Corequisite: C126 (lab portion)

CHEM-C 108 General Organic Biochemistry (5)

Basic atomic and molecular structure, gases, liquids, solutions, reactions, stoichiometry, equilibria, acids-bases, nuclear chemistry, chemistry of major functional groups of organic compounds, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and enzymes, hormones and neurotransmitters, replication, and expression of genes.

  • Offered periodically.
  • Prerequisites: MATH-M 123 or eligibility to take MATH-M 125.
  • Lab fee required.

CHEM-C 121 Elementary Chemistry Laboratory I (2)

An introduction to the techniques and reasoning of experimental chemistry.

  • Offered summer semesters
  • Prerequisites: HS algebra or MATH-M123
  • Corequisite: C100 or C101

CHEM-C 125 Experimental Chemistry I (2)

Introduction to laboratory experimentation with emphasis on the collection and use of experimental data and focusing on illustration of principles taught in CHEM-C 105, with a particular focus on chemical measurements, stoichiometry, and properties of solutions. Credit given for only one of the following: C121, C125, or S125.

  • Offered fall and spring semesters.
  • Co-requisite: C105 (lecture portion)
  • Lab fee required.

CHEM-C 126 Experimental Chemistry II (2)

A continuation of C125, with experiments that focus on illustrating concepts involving gas laws, kinetics, acid-base chemistry and thermodynamics. Credit given for only one of the following: C126, C122, or S126.

  • Offered spring and summer semesters.
  • Prerequisite: C105/C125
  • Co-requisite: C106 (lecture portion)

CHEM-C 303 Environmental Chemistry (3)

Investigation of the chemistry of water and air pollution, and analytical procedures and techniques as applied to pollution problems, effects, and controls.

  • Offered periodically.
  • Prerequisites: C106/C126; C311 suggested

CHEM-C 311 Analytical Chemistry (3)

Elementary aspects of analytical chemistry including volumetric and gravimetric analysis, relevant acid-base and other types of equilibria, and elements of instrumental and spectroscopic techniques used in chemistry, as well as statistical treatment of experimental data and errors.

  • Offered periodically.

CHEM-C 333 Experimental Environmental Chemistry (2)

A laboratory course that will use techniques in analytical chemistry to isolate, detect, and estimate (qualitatively and quantitatively) a few priority environmental pollutants.  Laboratory experience will include scientific observations, collection of samples, data analysis, and proposing scientific explanation of the results.

  • Offered periodically.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-L102 or CHEM-C108 or equivalent general / organic chemistry, or permission.

CHEM-C 341 Organic Chemistry Lectures I (3)

Chemistry of carbon compounds. Nomenclature, qualitative theory of valence; structure and reactions. Syntheses and reactions of major classes of monofunctional compounds. 

  • Offered fall semesters.
  • Prerequisite: C106
  • Co-requisite: C343 (lab portion)

CHEM-C 342 Organic Chemistry Lectures II (3)

Syntheses and reactions of polyfunctional compounds, natural and industrial products; physical and chemical methods of identification.

  • Offered spring semesters.
  • Prerequisite: C341
  • Co-requisite: C344 (lab portion)

CHEM-C 343 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (2)

Laboratory instruction in the fundamental techniques of organic chemistry and the use of general synthetic methods.

  • Offered fall semesters.
  • Co-requisite: C341 (lecture portion)
  • Lab fee required.

CHEM-C 344 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (2)

Preparation, isolation, and identification of organic compounds; emphasis on modern research methods.

  • Offered spring semesters.
  • Prerequisite: 341
  • Co-requisite: 342 (lecture portion)
  • Lab fee required.

CHEM-C 360 Introductory Physical Chemistry (3)

An elementary overview of physical chemistry with a particular focus on applications to life sciences.  Topics taught include thermodynamics and thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, and applications of quantum mechanics and spectroscopy to chemical systems of interest.

  • Offered every fall semester
  • Prerequisite: MATH-M 215; and PHYS-P 202

CHEM-C 390 Topics in Chemistry (1-5)

Course content varies.  May take course again as course topic changes.

VT:  Proteins & Enzymes (5)

This is a 5 credit hour lecture and lab course combined into one. The course includes topics like Introduction to enzymes, Structure of proteins and X-ray crystallography, Biosynthesis and properties of proteins, Specificity of enzyme action, Monomeric and oligomeric enzymes, Bioenergetics, catalysis and kinetics, Kinetics of single-substrate enzyme-catalysed reactions, Enzyme inhibition, Active-site structure, Chemical nature of enzyme catalysis, Binding of ligands to proteins, Sigmoidal kinetics and allosteric enzymes, Application of enzymology, Investigations of enzymes in biological preparations, Extraction and purification of enzymes, Enzymes as analytical reagents, Instrumental techniques for enzymatic analysis, Application of enzymatic analysis in medicine, forensic science and industry.

  • Offered spring semesters
  • Prerequisites: One semester of college level organic chemistry

CHEM-C 483 Biological Chemistry (3)

Introduction to structure, chemical properties, and interrelationships of biological substances, including major metabolic pathways. Credit not given for both C483 and BIOL S305.

  • Offered periodically.
  • Prerequisite: 18 credit hours of chemistry, including C341

CHEM-C 484 Biomolecules & Catabolism (3)

This is the first semester of a two semester biochemistry course sequence. The course covers protein composition and structure, hemoglobin, basic concepts of enzymes, catalytic and regulatory strategies, carbohydrates, lipids, glycolysis, TCA cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, molecular motors, membrane channels and pumps.

  • Offered fall semesters.
  • Prerequisite: One year of college level organic chemistry (CHEM-C431 and CHEM-C342)

CHEM-C 485 Biosynthesis & Physiology (3)

This is the second semester of a two-semester biochemistry course sequence. The course covers signal transduction pathways, photosynthesis, pentose phosphate pathway, glycogen metabolism, fatty acid metabolism, protein turnover and amino acid catabolism, biosynthesis of amino acids, nucleotides, and membrane lipids and steroids, integration of metabolism, sensory systems and drug development.

  • Offered spring semesters.
  • Prerequisite: CHEM-C484

CHEM-C 490 Individual Study (1-3; 10 maximum)

Enrollment only after consultation with the course director and the undergraduate advisor. Cannot be substituted for any course required in a chemistry major. Not distribution satisfying.

  • Offered periodically.
  • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

CHEM-N 100 Nutrition (4)

Basic principles of general and organic chemistry, digestion, absorption and storage of various nutrients, food facts, and fallacies. Food habits, heart disease, obesity, cancer, and other consumer-oriented information. Food addiction, sociocultural and economic factors.

  • Offered every semester.
  • Lab fee required.

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