Course Descriptions

CHM 15005  General Chemistry I (5 Credit Hours)

This is an intensive course in fundamental atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, states of matter, classification of elements, thermochemistry, and gas laws. The laboratory component is intended to build on topics covered in the corresponding lecture, to develop analytical and preparative skills, and to develop the ability to effectively collect, analyze and report data. Four hours lecture, three hours lab. Prerequisite: MTH 14505 (C or better). MTH 14505 can be taken concurrently with CHM 15005.

CHM 15505  General Chemistry II (5 Credit Hours)

This is an intensive course in intermolecular forces and phase changes, solutions, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, thermodynamics and electrochemistry.  The laboratory component is intended to build on topics covered in the corresponding lecture, to develop analytical and preparative skills, and to develop the ability to effectively collect, analyze and report data. Four hours lecture, three hours lab. Prerequisite: CHM 15005 (C or better); MTH 14505 (C or better).

CHM 25404  Quantitative Analysis (4 Credit Hours)

This is an intensive course addressing fundamental principles of quantitative chemical analysis. Topics include the analytical process, measurements and concentrations, common laboratory equipment, experimental error and its propagation, statistical treatment of data, quality assurance, and calibration methods. A theoretical overview of titrimetric and gravimetric methods will also be provided, with special emphasis on the statistical treatment of data generated through these analytical methods. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Prerequisite: CHM 15505.

CHM 26202  Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (2 Credit Hours)

Using a microscale approach, basic laboratory techniques and principles (including filtration, extraction, crystallization, distillation, chromatography, fractional distillation, and polarimetry) are introduced via the synthesis, isolation, and analysis of organic compounds. Laboratory safety techniques and principles are discussed along with chemical hazards. Data collection and interpretation, keeping a lab notebook, and writing formal lab reports are also stressed. Six hours lab. Prerequisite: CHM 15505. To be taken concurrently with CHM 26303.

CHM 26303  Organic Chemistry Theory I (3 Credit Hours)

Topics include: a review of chemical bonding and acid-base chemistry and their applications to organic compounds; organic functional groups and infrared spectroscopy; the reactions and properties of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, alcohols, and ethers; stereochemistry; NMR spectroscopy; properties and mechanisms of substitution, elimination, addition, radical, and oxidation-reduction reactions. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: CHM 15505.

CHM 27202  Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (2 Credit Hours)

Using a microscale approach, more advanced techniques of synthesis, separation, and analysis are introduced, including refractometry, gas chromatography, and spectroscopy. Data collection and interpretation, keeping a lab notebook, and writing formal lab reports are also stressed. The literature of organic chemistry is also introduced via a literature search project, which utilizes library and computer resources. Unknown organic compounds are assigned and the student is responsible – by observing physical properties, performing qualitative tests, making derivatives, and interpreting spectra – for determining the identity of these compounds. Also a multi-step synthesis is performed and the products are analyzed. Six hours lab. Prerequisites: CHM 26202 and CHM 26303. To be taken concurrently with CHM 27303.

CHM 27303  Organic Chemistry Theory II (3 Credit Hours)

Topics include: the reactions and properties of conjugated unsaturated compounds and aromatic compounds; the derivatives of benzene; aldehydes and ketones; and carboxylic acids and their derivatives - dicarbonyl compounds, amines, phenols, and aryl halides. Also the properties and mechanisms of electrophilic aromatic substitutions, and nucleophilic additions and substitutions involving carbonyl and acyl compounds are discussed. Three hours lecture. Prerequisites: CHM 26202 and CHM 26303.

CHM 28303  Instrumental Analysis (3 Credit Hours)

This is a survey course addressing fundamental principles and classifications of instrumental chemical analysis. Topics include atomic and molecular spectroscopy (UV-Vis), infrared spectroscopy (IR), nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), mass spectrometry (MS), liquid and gas chromatography, and electrochemical methods. A theoretical overview of each method will be provided, with special emphasis on instrumental components and spectral interpretation. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: CHM 25404.

CHM 29901-03  Directed Studies in Chemistry (1 to 3 Credit Hours)

This course is a study of a selected topic in Chemistry, resulting in the writing of a research paper or similar project. Prerequisite: Freshman or Sophomore standing, sponsorship by an instructor, and approval of the School Chair.

CHM 30302  Integrated Chemistry Laboratory I (2 Credit Hours)

This is a laboratory course that integrates the laboratory fundamentals of Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Instrumental Analysis, and Biochemistry. Six hours lab. Prerequisites: CHM 25404, CHM 27202, CHM 27303, PHY 18505. CHM 25404 can be taken concurrently.

CHM 31202  Integrated Chemistry Laboratory II (2 Credit Hours)

This is a laboratory course that integrates the laboratory fundamentals of Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Instrumental Analysis, and Biochemistry. This course is a continuation of Integrated Chemistry Laboratory I. Six hours lab. Prerequisite: CHM 30202.

CHM 32303  Inorganic Chemistry (3 Credit Hours)

This course is designed to be a more in-depth coverage of topics introduced or not covered in general and organic chemistry. Topics covered include atomic theory, VSEPR bonding theory, molecular orbital theory, molecular theory, acid-base theory, crystalline structure, representative element chemistry, coordination chemistry, and organometallic chemistry. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: CHM 27303.

CHM 34403/BIO 34403  Introduction to Biochemistry (3 Credit Hours)

This is an introductory course that covers the structure, function, and reactions of biological macromolecules, including proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Four hours lecture. Prerequisites: CHM 27303 and BIO 12404.

CHM 40303  Physical Chemistry Theory I (3 Credit Hours)

The fundamental principles of physical chemistry are studied with emphasis on gas laws, thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry, quantum mechanics, and atomic structure. Three hours lecture. Prerequisites: CHM 27303, MTH 15204, and PHY 18505.

CHM 41303  Physical Chemistry Theory II (3 Credit Hours)

A continuation of CHM 40303. Topics include: molecular structure, molecular symmetry, spectroscopy, statistical thermodynamics, molecules in motion, and chemical kinetics. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: CHM 40303.

CHM 44403/BIO 44403  Advanced Biochemistry (3 Credit Hours)

This is an advanced course that covers the metabolic pathways involving biological macromolecules, including proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: CHM 33404/BIO 34404.

CHM 45303  Environmental Chemistry (3 Credit Hours)

The chemistry and quantitative aspects of environmentally important chemical cycles will be studied. Cycles within the atmospheric, hydrospheric, and lithospheric segments of the environment will be considered, such as ozone  formation/destruction, photochemical smog, acid rain, the greenhouse effect, dissolved metals, dissolved nutrients, sewage treatment, and soil structure. This course will emphasize the fundamental chemical principles that govern environmental processes. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: CHM 27303.

CHM 46303  Polymer Chemistry (3 Credit Hours)

This course is designed to be an upper-level elective for chemistry majors who have an interest in graduate school or working in the field of polymer chemistry. Topics covered include polymer structure, synthesis of polymers and monomers,  the different types of polymers, polymer testing and polymer technology. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: CHM 27303.

CHM 47001-04  Senior Research I (1 to 4 Credit Hours)

This course is the beginning of an independent research project, with faculty guidance, of a selected topic in Chemistry, beginning with a comprehensive literature search. At the end of the semester, the progress of the research project will be reported either in oral or written format. The research project will be completed in Senior Research II. Prerequisite: CHM 31101 and sponsorship by an instructor.

CHM 47502-04  Senior Research II (2 to 4 Credit Hours)

This course is the conclusion of an independent research project, with faculty guidance, of a selected topic in Chemistry that was begun in Senior Research I. The results of the research project will be presented in the form of an oral or poster presentation, preferentially at a scientific meeting or conference. Additionally, the findings from the literature review and following research activities will be reported in the form of a comprehensive thesis. Prerequisite: CHM 47001-04 and sponsorship by an instructor.

CHM 48801-03  Selected Topics in Chemistry (1 to 3 Credit Hours)

A study of topics not included in other course offerings. The field of study will be selected by faculty in areas with the student’s participation. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

CHM 49901-05  Directed Studies in Chemistry (1 to 5 Credit Hours)

This course is a study of a selected topic in Chemistry, resulting in the writing of a research paper or similar project. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing, sponsorship by an instructor, and approval of the School Chair.