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CHM 105 INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY / 4 credits

An introductory course for students with little or no background in chemistry who wish to pursue further study in the sciences. Topics focus on basic mathematical skills, estimation, chemical nomenclature, stoichiometry, acids and bases, and data analysis. Students will exercise their problem-solving skills throughout the course. Course consists of lecture and laboratory components. 

CHM 110 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I / 4 credits 

Fundamental concepts of chemistry, including stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, periodic properties, energetics, chemical reactivity, and descriptive chemistry of the elements. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite: Either a 25 or better on the ACT mathematics section (or equivalent SAT score) and a “C” or better in high school chemistry, or a grade of “C” or better in CHM 105.

CHM 120 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II / 4 credits 

Fundamental concepts of chemistry, including the behavior of matter, solutions, acids and bases, molecular and ionic equilibria, electrochemistry, and kinetics. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite: “C” or better in CHM 110.

CHM 210 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I / 4 credits 

Study of carbon compounds with emphasis on fundamental types of aliphatic and aromatic compounds and their structure, nomenclature, preparations, reactions, and practical applications. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite: CHM 120.

CHM 220 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II / 4 credits 

Continuation of CHM 210 with emphasis on aliphatic and aromatic compounds and their structure, nomenclature, preparations, reactions, and practical applications. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite: CHM 210.

CHM 224 QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS / 4 credits

Exploration of the physical principles of analytical chemistry that further develop the classical (non-instrumental) methods of chemical analyses. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Topics include basic data handling, statistics, error propagation, acids and bases, redox chemistry, and chemical equilibrium as they apply to the methods to be treated in the laboratory. Students will examine volumetric analysis, redox titrimetry, potentiometry, and gravimetry in laboratory components and complete qualitative analysis. Prerequisite: CHM 120.

CHM 280 INTRODUCTION TO CHEMICAL RESEARCH / 1-3 credits 

An introduction to independent research, including literature searches, experimental methods, and proper recording and reporting of experimental results. Prerequisites: CHM 110 and permission of instructor.

CHM 302 INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS / 4 credits

Theory, operation, and application of various instruments used in a laboratory. Topics include infrared spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometry, spectrophotofluorometry, atomic absorption spectroscopy, emission spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, gas chromatography, and high performance liquid chromatography. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite: CHM 220 or permission of instructor.

CHM 304 ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY / 4 credits

Study of chemistry and the environment. Topics include toxicology, common pollutants, sampling for pollutants in air and water, and techniques used in analysis. Course consists of lectures, demonstrations, laboratory experiments, and field work. Prerequisite: CHM 120.

CHM 350 CHEMICAL THERMODYNAMICS AND KINETICS / 4 credits 

An introduction to the basic principles of physical chemistry with emphasis on the kinetics and molecular dynamics of chemical reactions and the laws of thermodynamics and their relationship to equilibria in chemistry. Students will analyze and solve complex problems, make physical measurements, and report laboratory results. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisites: CHM 120, MTH 210, and either PHY 210 or 240.

CHM 356 BIOCHEMISTRY / 4 credits

Study of the chemical basis of life with emphasis on the major biomolecules–proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids–and their reactions and roles in living cells. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite: CHM 220 or permission of instructor. (Same as BIO 356).

CHM 360 QUANTUM CHEMISTRY AND SPECTROSCOPY / 4 credits 

Introduction to the physical chemistry principles that concern the structure of individual atoms and molecules, concentrating on quantum mechanics and spectroscopy. This course will examine how the viewpoints of quantum mechanics and thermodynamics are brought together to discuss statistical thermodynamics with emphasis on the analysis of complex problems, the collection of experimental data, and the improvement of scientific communication skills. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisites: CHM 220, MTH 220, and PHY 250.

CHM 370 JUNIOR SEMINAR / 1 credit

The junior seminar allows students to develop their research and oral skills by reading and presenting information from current primary chemical literature. Each student must deliver a series of oral presentations on topics from the literature. Attendance at weekly departmental seminars and discussions is required. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor.

CHM 390 INTERNSHIP IN CHEMISTRY / 1-3 credits

Practical experience in chemistry or a related field of the student’s choosing, with supervision by professionals. Offered every semester and in the summer as an elective for upper-class students who are interested in sampling a particular field of chemistry as a career opportunity. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and permission of instructor.

CHM 399 CHEMISTRY INTERNATIONAL STUDIES COURSE: VARIABLE TOPICS /1 credit 

Study of varying topics in chemistry. Includes a two-week Nichols trip. Prerequisites will vary.

CHM 413 ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY / 4 credits 

Examination of quantum theory, symmetry and group theory, electronic structure, chemical bonding, the periodic table and periodic properties, crystalline structure, coordination chemistry, and some descriptive chemistry of the transition elements. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite: CHM 360 or permission of instructor.

CHM 425 Advanced Biochemistry / 4 credits

In-depth study of selected biochemical reactions and pathways of major biological and physiological significance. Topics include synthesis and breakdown of important biomolecules, cell signaling pathways, and second messengers. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite: CHM 356 or BIO 356. (Same as BIO 425).

CHM 450 DIRECTED STUDY / 1-3 credits

Individual work on special topics in chemistry.

CHM 480 DIRECTED RESEARCH / 1-3 credits

Independent research to acquaint students with the methods and techniques of chemical research. Prerequisite: CHM 220.

CHM 482 TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY / 3 credits

Exploration of the modern aspects of classical chemistry, including organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry and biochemistry. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor.

CHM 490 SENIOR SEMINAR / 1 credit

Taken in the final semester of the senior year, this course is designed to review the competency of each student in chemistry. Students will deliver a formal presentation consisting of an oral lecture and a written paper. Seminar topics for the presentation are chosen by the students in consultation with the faculty. All presentations are to be prepared under the supervision of a faculty member. Attendance at weekly departmental seminars and discussions is required. Prerequisite: CHM 370 (Junior Seminar) and senior standing.