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Chemistry & Physical Science Courses

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Chemistry Courses

CHE 151 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (4 s.h.)
The elements, their compounds, and their reactions and the theories involved in foundation of modern chemistry. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. Pre/corequisite: completion of MAT 105 or higher, or concurrent enrollment in MAT 113 or 231. This course is offered every fall semester.

CHE 152 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (4 s.h.)
A more detailed study of topics introduced in 151. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. Prerequisite: CHE 151. This course is offered every spring semester.

CHE 310 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (3 s.h.)
The chemistry of the elements with emphasis on inorganic main group compounds and transition series coordination compounds, concepts of effective nuclear charge and periodicity, band theory, group theory, symmetry, p and d orbital bonding, catalysis, metallurgy, and atomic structure. Three hours of lecture each week. Prerequisite: CHE 151 and 152. This course is offered as needed.

CHE 311 QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS (4 s.h.)
Quantitative chemical analysis, with lecture, discussion, laboratory work, and problems. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. Prerequisite: CHE 151 and 152. This course is offered every fall semester.

CHE 312 INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS (4 s.h.)
The operation and fundamentals of standard laboratory instruments including spectrophotometers, electroanalytical equipment, gas chromatographs, high performance liquid chromatographs, and inorganic analysis methods. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. Prerequisites: CHE 151, 152, and 311. This course is offered every spring semester.

CHE 321, 322 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I, II 4, (4 s.h.)
The compounds of carbon and their reactions with emphasis on theories and mechanisms of reactions. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. A designated writing-enrichment course. Prerequisites: CHE 151 and 152. 321 is offered every fall semester; 322 is offered every spring semester. CHE 321 is a prerequisite for CHE 322.

CHE 410 FORENSIC CHEMISTRY (3 s.h.)
This course approaches the challenges, methods, and analysis of forensic science from a fundamental, chemical perspective. Topics include drug analysis, toxicology, arson investigation, the analysis of paint and gunshot residue samples, and several other points of interest. Three hours of lecture each week. Prerequisites: CHE 151, 152, 321, 322. This course is offered every fall semester, even years.

CHE 421 THERMODYNAMICS AND KINETICS (4 s.h.)
The properties of gases, the laws of thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, and chemical kinetics. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. Prerequisites: CHE 152, MAT 231. Pre/corequisite: PHY 151 or PHY 251. This course is offered as needed.

CHE 422 QUANTUM MECHANICS AND SPECTROSCOPY (4 s.h.)
Atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular interaction, quantum chemistry, spectroscopy, and statistical mechanics. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. Prerequisites: CHE 152, MAT 231. Pre/corequisite: PHY 152 or PHY 252. This course is offered as needed.

CHE 450 BIOCHEMISTRY (4 s.h.)
The chemical nature and interactions of biological molecules, acid base chemistry, buffers, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, enzymes, coenzymes, the interrelationships of compounds in major metabolic cycles, and the utilization and synthesis of high energy compounds as “energy currency.” Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. Prerequisite: CHE 321 and 322. This course is offered every fall semester.

CHE 460 ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY (4 s.h.)
The regulation of metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and amino acids. This course will also focus on the integration of metabolism and its regulations in humans with a case-oriented approach. Four hours of lecture each week. Prerequisites: CHE 321, 322, and 450. This course is offered every spring semester.

CHE 485 SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY (3 s.h.)
For chemistry majors wishing to do more advanced work. Classroom work and individual laboratory and library investigation. Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair. This course is offered as needed.

CHE 486 LIBRARY RESEARCH PROJECT (1 s.h.)
Seniors will write a proposal for a library project, carry out the research, write a research paper, and present a seminar complete with the appropriate visual aids. Either CHE 486 or 487 is required for graduation. This course is offered as needed.

CHE 487 LABORATORY RESEARCH PROJECT (2 s.h.)
Seniors will write a proposal for a laboratory project, carry out the research, write a research paper, and present a seminar complete with the appropriate visual aids. Either CHE 486 or 487 is required for graduation. This course is offered as needed.

CHE 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN CHEMISTRY (TBA)
An opportunity for a well-qualified, upper-division student to engage in special research in his/her major. Requires approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, the department chair, and the school dean before approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Credit to be determined.


Geology Courses

GLY 160 PHYSICAL GEOLOGY (4 s.h.)
A laboratory-based geology class centered on the study of introductory mineralogy, petrology, geomorphology, and historical and structural geology. Laboratories concentrate on mineral and rock identification, topographic and geologic map use and interpretation, geologic structures, and geologic interrelations with the environment. Prerequisites: MAT 105 or higher.

GLY 200 PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY AND METEOROLOGY (4 s.h.)
An introductory geoscience class exploring introductory oceanic and atmospheric science with required laboratory. Laboratories will concentrate on general oceanographic and meteorological concepts. A field trip may be required. Prerequisites: MAT 105 or higher.

GLY 300 PLANETARY GEOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY (4 s.h.)
An introductory geoscience course exploring planetary geology, solar astronomy, stellar astronomy, and cosmology with required laboratory. Laboratories concentrate on remote sensing, image analysis, comparative planetology, and astronomy. Prerequisites: MATH 105 or higher.

GLY 400 ADVANCED GEOLOGY (4 s.h.)
An advanced laboratory-based course concentrating on mineralogy, petrology, stratigraphy, structural geology, and tectonics. The geologic framework of North America is the basis for the course. A required field trip and term paper are part of the curriculum. Prerequisites: GLY 160


Physics Courses

PHY 151 GENERAL PHYSICS I (4 s.h.)
For chemistry, biology, and mathematics majors. Newtonian mechanics, mechanics of solids and fluids, and heat and thermodynamics. Three hours of lecture and three of laboratory each week. Prerequisites: MAT 113 and 114 or higher (except MAT 220) or permission of instructor. This course is offered every fall semester.

PHY 152 GENERAL PHYSICS II (4 s.h.)
A continuation of 151. Includes electricity and magnetism, waves and optics, and modern physics. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. Prerequisite: PHY 151. This course is offered every spring semester.

PHY 251 GENERAL PHYSICS I—CALCULUS BASED (4 s.h.)
For Chemistry, biology, and mathematics majors. Newtonian mechanics, mechanics of solids and fluids, sound waves and Doppler's Principle, and heat, carnot cycle and thermodynamics. Prerequisites: MAT 231 and 232. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. This course is offered as needed.

PHY 252 GENERAL PHYSICS II—CALCULUS BASED (4 s.h.)
Magnetism in matter and magnetic fields, alternating and Direct current circuits, capacitors and transformers, and atomic, molecular and nuclear physics, Quantum physics and theory of relativity. Prerequisites: PHY 251. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. This course is offered as needed.

 

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