Courses In Chemistry

CHM 111. Principles of Chemistry I. An introduction to chemistry for the science major. First semester topics include atomic and molecular structure, chemical reactions, calculations involving chemical concentrations, gas laws and bonding.  Fulfills general education requirement: Liberal Studies Area 3 (Natural Science). Prerequisite: one year of high school chemistry or permission. Corequisite: CHM 113 or CHM 115. 3 credits.

CHM 112. Principles of Chemistry II. A continuation of first semester. Topics include kinetics, acids and bases, equilibrium, oxidation- reduction chemistry, thermodynamics, electro- chemistry and nuclear chemistry.  Fulfills general education requirement: Liberal Studies Area 3 (Natural Science). Prerequisite: CHM 111. Corequisite: CHM 114 or CHM 116. 3 credits.

CHM 113. Introductory Laboratory I. Laboratory course to accompany 111. Experiments cover stoichiometry, gas laws, quantitative analysis, equilibrium, electrochemistry, chemical synthesis and the use of computers for collecting data. Students are introduced to instrumentation including infrared, UV-visible, and atomic absorption spectrometers.  Fulfills general education requirement: Liberal Studies Area 3 (Natural Science). Co-requisite: CHM 111. 1 credit.

CHM 114. Introductory Laboratory II. Second semester laboratory course to accompany 112. Experiments cover stoichiometry, gas laws, quantitative analysis, equilibrium, electrochemistry, chemical synthesis and the use of computers for collecting data. Students are introduced to intrumentation including infrared, UV-visible, and atomic absorption spectrometers.  Fulfills general education requirement: Liberal Studies Area 3 (Natural Science). Corequisite: CHM 112. 1 credit.

CHM 115. Techniques of Chemistry I. Extended projects involving the synthesis of inorganic and organic compounds that require the development of procedure from published literature methods. The prepared compounds are then analyzed using quantitative analytical techniques, as well as introductory spectroscopic techniques.  Fulfills general education requirement: Liberal Studies Area 3 (Natural Science). Prerequisite: major in chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology. Co-requisite: CHM 111. 1 credit.

CHM 116. Techniques of Chemistry II. Second semester of extended projects involving the synthesis of inorganic and organic compounds that require the development of procedure from published literature methods. The prepared compounds are then analyzed using quantitative analytical techniques, as well as introductory spectroscopic techniques.  Fulfills general education requirement: Liberal Studies Area 3 (Natural Science). Prerequisite: major in chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology. Corequisite: CHM 112. 1 credit.

CHM 213. Organic Chemistry I. An introduction to the principles of organic chemistry. The focus of the course is on the structure of organic molecules and how the structure of various functional groups affects their reactivity. The concepts of reactivity, structure and mechanism are applied to organic synthesis.  Prerequisite: CHM 112. 3 credits.

CHM 214. Organic Chemistry II. Second semester of an introduction to the principles of organic chemistry. The focus of the course is on the structure of organic molecules and how the structure of various functional groups affects their reactivity. The concepts of reactivity, structure and mechanism are applied to organic synthesis.  Prerequisite: CHM 213. 3 credits.

CHM 215. Organic Laboratory I. An introduction to the practice of classical organic chemistry and modern instrumental organic chemistry. The techniques of organic synthesis are taught along with instrumental methods including infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectrometry.  Prerequisite: CHM 114 or 116. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHM 213. 1 credit.

CHM 216. Organic Laboratory II. Second semester of an introduction to the practice of classical organic chemistry and modern instrumental organic chemistry. The techniques of organic synthesis are taught along with instrumental methods including infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectrometry.  Prerequisite or corequisite: CHM 214. 1 credit.

CHM 222. Introductory Inorganic Chemistry. The application of elementary principles of chemistry to provide a basis for understanding the physical and chemical properties of the elements. Topics include periodicity, acidity or basicity of metalcations and oxoanions, precipitation reactions, oxidation-reduction chemistry, and the structures of solids.  Prerequisite: CHM 112. 3 credits.

CHM 230. Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory. Students will be exposed to a number of advanced synthetic methods including inert atmosphere manipulations, high vacuum and temperature dehydrations, mixed solvent crystallizations, and photochemical transformations .  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Corequisite: CHM 222. 1 credit.

CHM 305. Analytical Chemistry. Topics for this course include statistical methods; activity and activity coefficients; chemical equilibria involving complex systems; volumetric analyses including acid/base, precipitation, redox, and complexometric titrations; principles of electrochemistry, potentiometry, electrogravimetry, coulometry, and voltametry.  Prerequisites: CHM 112 and MAS 161. 3 credits.

CHM 306. Instrumental Analysis. Basic types of chemical instrumentation and their applications in analytical chemistry are examined. These include gas and liquid chromatography; infrared, UV-VIS, fluorescence, atomic absorption, and plasma emission spectrophotometry; nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectrometry.  Prerequisites: CHM 112 and MAS 161. 3 credits.

CHM 307. Quantitative Analysis Lab. Volumetric, spectrophotometric, and electrochemical methods are applied to the analysis of unknowns.  Prerequisite or corequisite: CHM 305. 1 credit.

CHM 308. Instrumental Analysis Lab. Chemical instrumentation is utilized in method development, unknown determinations, and chemical analysis.  Prerequisite or corequisite: CHM 306. 1 credit.

CHM 311. Physical Chemistry I. The study of chemical systems from a molecular perspective. Basic concepts of quantum chemistry applied to atomic and molecular structure. Thermodynamic laws and functions applied to mechanical, thermal, and material equilibrium in gases, liquids, and solids. Also included are electrochemical systems, as well as kinetic and transport processes occurring in gases, in solutions, and at solid surfaces.  Prerequisites: CHM 112, MAS 162, and PHY 104 or 112. 3 credits.

CHM 312. Physical Chemistry II. Second semester of a study of chemical systems from a molecular perspective. Basic concepts of quantum chemistry applied to atomic and molecular structure. Thermodynamic laws and functions applied to mechanical, thermal, and material equilibrium in gases, liquids, and solids. Also included are electrochemical systems, as well as kinetic and transport processes occurring in gases, in solutions, and at solid surfaces  Prerequisite: CHM 311. 3 credits.

CHM 321. Physical Laboratory I. Experimental study of the principles of physical chemistry. Work involves spectroscopy (IR, UV/VIS, fluorescence, Raman, and NMR), calorimetry, refractometry, conductivity, and viscometry applied to atomic and molecular structure, thermodynamics, phase and reaction equilibrium, and chemical kinetics  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHM 311. 1 credit.

CHM 322. Physical Laboratory II. Second semester of an experimental study of the principles of physical chemistry. Work involves spectroscopy (IR, UV/VIS, fluorescence, Raman, and NMR), calorimetry, refractometry, conductivity, and viscometry applied to atomic and molecular structure, thermodynamics, phase and reaction equilibrium, and chemical kinetics.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHM 312. 1 credit.

CHM 411. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. A study of bonding theories, molecular structure, spectroscopy and reaction mechanisms with special emphasis on transition metal complexes.   Prerequisite: CHM 312. 3 credits.

CHM 412. Advanced Physical Chemistry. In-depth treatment of the experimental and theoretical aspects of chemical kinetics and reaction dynamics. Reactions occurring in the gas phase, in the solution phase, and at solid surfaces will be discussed, with examples being drawn from catalysis, environmental/atmospheric chemistry, and astrochemistry.  Prerequisite or corequisite: CHM 312 or permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

CHM 414. Advanced Organic Chemistry. A study of advanced topics in the field of organic chemistry. The course covers mechanistic and synthetic chemistry with an emphasis on current and classical organic chemical literature.  Prerequisites: CHM 214. 3 credits.

CHM 510. Chemical Research. Chemical research conducted under the supervision of a faculty member. This course introduces the students to the methods and analysis involved in research. A major written report and an oral presentation are required.  May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: CHM 308, CHM 321 and senior standing. 2-3 credits.