Courses in Chemistry

CHEM-C100 The World of Chemistry (3 cr)

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: CHEM-C100, CHEM-C101, or CHEM-C105.

CHEM-C101 Elementary Chemistry I (3 cr)

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. Credit given for only one of the following: CHEM-C100, CHEM-C101, CHEM-C105, or CHEM-S105.

Offered summer semesters, periodically.

  • Prerequisites: HS algebra or one semester of college mathematics.
  • Suggested co-requisite: CHEM-C121 (lab portion)

CHEM-C105 Principles of Chemistry I (3 cr)

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: CHEM-C100, CHEM-C101, CHEM-C105, or CHEM-S105. Offered fall and spring semesters.

  • Prerequisites: MATH-M123, eligibility to take MATH-M125 and one year of high school chemistry; or permission of instructor.
  • Co-requisites: CHEM-C125 (lab portion)

CHEM-C106 Principles of Chemistry II (3 cr)

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: CHEM-C106 or CHEM-C102 or CHEM-S106.

Offered spring and summer semesters.

CHEM-C108 General Organic Biochemistry (5 cr)

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. Lab fee required.

Offered periodically.

  • Prerequisites: HS algebra or one semester of college mathematics.

CHEM-C121 Elementary Chemistry Laboratory I (2 cr)

An introduction to the techniques and reasoning of experimental chemistry. Credit given for only one of the following: CHEM-C121, CHEM-C125, or CHEM-S125.

Offered fall and summer semesters, periodically.

  • Prerequisites: HS algebra or one semester of college mathematics.
  • Co-requisite: CHEM-C100 or CHEM-C101

CHEM-C125 Experimental Chemistry I (2 cr)

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. Lab fee required. Credit given for only one of the following: CHEM-C121, CHEM-C125, or CHEM-S125.

Offered fall and spring semesters.

CHEM-C126 Experimental Chemistry II (2 cr)

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

CHEM-C303 Environmental Chemistry (3 cr)

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

Offered periodically.

CHEM-C311 Analytical Chemistry (3 cr)

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-C329 Proteins & Enzymes (5 cr)

This course focuses on protein structure and function, enzyme kinetics and mechanisms. Topics in bioinformatics are covered. The laboratory studies methods to isolate, purify, and identify enzymes and proteins. Determination of enzyme kinetics.

Offered periodically.

CHEM-C333 Experimental Environmental Chemistry (2 cr)

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.

CHEM-C341 Organic Chemistry I Lecture (3 cr)

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

CHEM-C342 Organic Chemistry II Lecture (3 cr)

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

Offered spring semesters.

CHEM-C343 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (2 cr)

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

Offered fall semesters.

CHEM-C344 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (2 cr)

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

Offered spring semesters.

CHEM-C360 Introductory Physical Chemistry (3 cr)

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

CHEM-C390 Special Topic in Chemistry (1-5 cr)

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

Offered occasionally

CHEM-C483 Biological Chemistry (3 cr)

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

Offered periodically.

  • Prerequisite: 18 credit hours of chemistry, including CHEM-C341

CHEM-C484 Biomolecules & Catabolism (3 cr)

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.

CHEM-C485 Biosynthesis & Physiology (3 cr)

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.

CHEM-C490 Individual Study (1-3 cr; 10 cr max)

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-N100 Nutrition (4 cr)

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. Lab fee required.

Offered every semester.

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