Chemistry & Physics Course Descriptions

BCH 2990 Research and Writing in Biochemistry (4)

An overview of research methods and scientific writing in the area of biological chemistry that emphasizes critical review of scientific literature, formulation of research problems, design of experiments, collection and recording of experimental data, and presentation of results. Prerequisites: HM-2020 or CHM-2520


BCH 3220 Biochemistry I (4)

A study of the chemical and physical properties of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids. An introduction to bioenergetics and carbohydrate metabolism. Prerequisites: CHM-2020 or CHM-2520


BCH 3320 Biochemistry II (4)

A study of the chemical and physical properties of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids. An introduction to membrane channels and pumps, the pentose phosphate pathway and the Calvin cycle, photosynthesis, glycogen metabolism, fatty acid metabolism, protein turnover: amino acid degradation and the urea cycle, biosynthesis of amino acids, biosynthesis of nucleotides, biosynthesis of lipids and related molecules, DNA replication and repair, RNA synthesis and splicing, protein synthesis, and integration of metabolism. Prerequisites: CHM-3220


BCH 4150 Biophysical Chemistry (4)

A study of the physical chemistry of biological macromolecules (proteins, DNA, lipids, and carbohydrates), with emphasis on thermodynamics of molecular structure and function, physical and spectroscopic assessment of conformational changes of macromolecules, kinetics and equilibrium in biochemical systems, and statistical thermodynamics of molecular ensembles. Prerequisites: CHM-3320, MTH 1420, and PHY-2020


BCH 4160 Physical and Analytical Biochemistry Laboratory (4)

Laboratory studies of the physical and analytical chemistry of biological macromolecules, including calorimetry; biochemical assay development for the detection of biological target compounds; advanced biomolecular separation and characterization techniques; spectroscopic studies of proteins, DNA, and lipids; and advanced studies of enzyme kinetics and equilibrium processes. Three laboratory hours. Pre- or co-requisite: BCH-4150


BCM 3330 Biochemistry Laboratory (4)

Introduction to basic laboratory studies in biochemistry, including protein purification, isolation and characterization of biological molecules, enzyme kinetics studies, chromatography-and electrophoresis of biological macromolecules, and methods of quantitative analysis. Three laboratory hours. Pre- or co-requisite: CHM-3320


CHM 1000 The World of Chemistry (4)

A study of the basic concepts of chemistry and their relationship to the everyday experiences of humankind. Laboratory exercises emphasize the demonstration of chemical principles and the properties of materials encountered in everyday life. Four or six credits in each semester. Three class hours; 1 – 3 laboratory hours. Satisfies the laboratory science requirement and is recommended for the non-science major who seeks a single semester course.


CHM 1010 General Chemistry I (4)

Matter is examined by a study of the atom, compounds, chemical nomenclature, formulas, the periodic table, and chemical reactions. Other topics include the gas Laws, Lewis structures, and thermochemistry. Prerequisites: CHM-1010 and 1010-L, Co-requisite of the one credit CHM-1021


CHM 1011 General Chemistry I Laboratory (4)

This course consists of a series of laboratories which reinforce the concepts being studied in CHM-1010. In addition to learning problem solving and critical thinking skills, students will be introduced to laboratory safety and gain hands on experience using a variety of laboratory equipment and techniques. One credit, three hours. Co-requisite of the three credit CHM-1010


CHM 1020 General Chemistry II (3)

Matter is examined by a study of the atom, compounds, chemical nomenclature, formulas, the periodic table, and chemical reactions. Other topics include kinetics, chemical equilibria, acids and bases, coordination chemistry, chemical thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry. Prerequisites: CHM-1010 and 1011, Co-requisite of the one credit CHM-1021


CHM 1021 General Chemistry II Laboratory (4)

This course consists of a series of laboratories which reinforce the concepts being studied in CHM-1020. In addition to learning problem solving and critical thinking skills, students will be introduced to laboratory safety and gain hands on experience using a variety of laboratory equipment and techniques. One credit, three hours. Co-requisite of the three credit CHM-1020


CHM 1510 General Chemistry I, Honors and Majors (3)

Matter is examined by a study of the atom, compounds, chemical nomenclature, formulas, the periodic table, and chemical reactions. Other topics include the Gas Laws, Lewis structures, and thermochemistry.


CHM 1511 General Chemistry I Laboratory, Honors and Majors (4)

This course consists of a series of laboratories which reinforce the concepts being studied in CHM-1510. In addition to learning problem solving and critical thinking skills, students will be introduced to laboratory safety and gain hands on experience using a variety of laboratory equipment and techniques. This course must be taken concurrently with CHM-1510 unless you have special departmental permission. (One three-hour laboratory period per week.).


CHM 1520 General Chemistry II, Honors and Majors (3)

Matter is examined by a study of the atom, compounds, chemical nomenclature, formulas, the periodic table, and chemical reactions. Other topics include kinetics, chemical equilibria, acids and bases, coordination chemistry, chemical thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry. Prerequisites: CHM-1510 and CHM-1511


CHM 1521 General Chemistry II Laboratory, Honors and Majors (4)

This course consists of a series of laboratories which reinforce the concepts being studied in CHM-1520. In addition to learning problem solving and critical thinking skills, students will be introduced to laboratory safety and gain hands on experience using a variety of laboratory equipment and techniques. This course must be taken concurrently with CHM-1520 unless you have special departmental permission. (One three-hour laboratory period per week.) Prerequisites: CHM-1510, and CHM-1511


CHM 1616 Forensic Chemistry (4)

This course uses the field of forensic chemistry to illustrate chemical concepts. We will introduce the fundamental principles of chemistry that require conceptual and mathematical problem solving skills. Four credits, two class hours and two lab hours. Satisfies the laboratory science requirement and is recommended for the non-science major who seeks a single semester course.


CHM 2011 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (4)

Laboratory work includes characterization, extraction, chromatography-and distillation of organic compounds, preparation of typical compounds, a study of their reactions, and the qualitative identification of unknown substances. Microscale procedures will be used for the majority of the exercises. Instrumental analytical procedures are included. One credit, two laboratory hours. Prerequisites: CHM-1011, CHM1010, pre or co-requisite: CHM-2510


CHM 2021 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (4)

Laboratory work includes extraction chromatography-and distillation of organic compounds, preparation and characterization of typical compounds by chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques. Microscale procedures will be used for most of the exercises. One credit, two laboratory hours. Prerequisites: CHM-2011, CHM-2510., pre-or co-requisite: 2520


CHM 2510 Organic Chemistry I (3)

A comprehensive study of organic compounds stressing electronic valence theory. Bonding, nomenclature, acidity and nomenclature are covered. Reaction mechanisms, nucleophilic substitution mechanisms, alkene and alkyne chemistry, infrared spectroscopy. Prerequisites: CHM-1020


CHM 2511 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory, Majors (4)

Introduction to unit laboratory processes for synthesis, purification and characterization organic molecules. Both micro- and macro-synthetic procedures will be utilized. Purifications will utilize separations by extraction, distillation and/or chromatography-at the synthesis scale. Inert atmosphere, steam volatilization and low pressure distillations techniques will be used. Both high pressure liquid chromatography-and gas chromatography-will be used. Characterization will be by determination of physical properties such as melting and boiling ranges, refractive index, optical activity and spectroscopic characterization especially infrared, C 13 and H1 nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectroscopy. The laboratory notebook and safety in the chemistry laboratory will be emphasized. There will be a weekly recitation period required. Six lab hours. Prerequisites: Chemistry 1511. Must be taken with CHM-2510


CHM 2520 Organic Chemistry II (3)

A comprehensive study of organic compounds stressing electronic valence theory. Nuclear magnetic resonance, the synthesis and reactions of alcohols and ethers, nucleophilic substitution and addition at the carbonyl group, electrophilic aromatic substitution, the synthesis and reactions of amines, and pericyclic reactions. Prerequisites: CHM-2510


CHM 2521 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory, Majors (4)

An introductory course in research methods for the chemical sciences that emphasizes selection of a research problem, the chemical literature, design of experiments, analysis of data, and presentation of results. There will be a weekly recitation period required. Six lab hours. Prerequisites: Chemistry 2510, 2511. Co-requisite: CHM-2520


CHM 3030 Quantitative Analysis (4)

The theory and technique of chemical separations, volumetric, gravimetric, and colorimetric methods. Two class hours, six laboratory hours. Prerequisites: CHM-1520 and 1521


CHM 3060 Instrumental Analysis (4)

The theory and practice of spectroscopic, electroanalytical, and chromatographic instrumental analytical techniques. Three class hours, six laboratory hours. Prerequisites: MTH 1410, CHM-2520, and CHM-3030


CHM 3110 Inorganic Chemistry. (4)

A study of the systematic chemistry of the elements. Emphasis is placed on electronic structure and bonding. Other topics covered may include “warm” superconductors, transition metal carbonyls, organometallic compounds, nitrogen fixation, and metal-containing molecules of biological importance. Prerequisites: CHM-2520 and CHM-2521


CHM 3111 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (4)

This laboratory course is designed to highlight some principles or inorganic chemistry and laboratory techniques. Students will also learn and practice experimental design skills and develop independence in the laboratory. Six hours of lab per week. Prerequisites: CHM-2520 and CHM-2521


CHM 4010 Elements of Physical Chemistry (4)

A study of the theoretical aspects of chemistry, with emphasis on chemical thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and chemical kinetics. Prerequisites: MTH 1420, CHM-1020, and PHY-1520 or PHY-2020


CHM 4011 Laboratory in Physical Chemistry (4)

The determination of physical properties and thermodynamic properties of matter and kinetic studies. Three laboratory hours. Prerequisites: CHM4010


CHM 4020 Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry (4)

A study of quantum chemistry, chemical dynamics, statistical thermodynamics, and molecular structure. Prerequisites: CHM-4010


CHM 4500 Research in Chemistry and Biochemistry (4)

Chemistry 4500. Research in Chemistry and Biochemistry. A study of a basic research problem to be determined in consultation with the chemistry faculty. A formal research proposal is required. Work on the problem may extend over more than one semester and will culminate in a formal research presentation and paper. One to three credits per semester. Total of two credits required; six laboratory hours. Course may be repeated.


CHM 4990 Senior Seminar in Chemistry and Biochemistry (4)

A thorough introduction to the chemical literature. A literature review paper will be written and presented. This course must be taken by students taking the B.S. in Chemistry, B.S. in Biochemistry and the B.A. in Chemistry. Prerequisites: senior standing in chemistry or biochemistry