Chemistry (CHE) Courses

CHE 1510 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (4 credits)

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.

Prerequisite: Completion of MAT 1050 or higher; this course is a prerequisite to all further Chemistry courses.
Offered: fall


CHE 1520 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (4 credits)

A more detailed study of topics introduced in 1510. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week.

Prerequisite: CHE 1510; this course is a prerequisite to all further Chemistry courses.
Offered: spring


CHE 3100 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (4 credits)

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 and three hours of laboratory each week.

Prerequisite: CHE 1510 and 1520 both with a grade of C or higher (not to include C-)
Offered: spring (even years)


CHE 3210 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I (4 credits)

A course concentrating on the naming of organic compounds (IUPAC) and predicting physical and chemical properties of molecules of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, alcohols, etc. Also included are the properties of organic molecules by using relative atomic sizes, electronegativities, electronic and Lewis structures, shapes, bond and dipole moments, etc. The characterization of structures by the analysis of spectral data (such as IR, MS, and NMR) is also covered. Reactions will be rationalized using reaction mechanisms. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week.

Prerequisites: CHE 1510 and 1520 both with a grade of C or higher (not to include C-)
Offered: fall


CHE 3220 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II (4 credits)

This course covers chemical bonding, acids and bases, nomenclature, structures, physical and chemical properties, and reactions of dienes, benzene and their derivatives, aryl and vinyl halides, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, enolate ions and enols, and amines. A brief introduction to carbohydrates, amino acids, and proteins closes the course. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week.

Prerequisites: CHE 3210
Offered: spring


CHE 3510 QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS (4 credits)

Quantitative chemical analysis, with lecture, discussion, laboratory work, and problems. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week.

Prerequisite: CHE 1510 and 1520 both with a grade of C or higher (not to include C-)
Offered: fall


CHE 3520 INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS (4 credits)

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 3510
Offered: spring


CHE 4000 MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY (4 credits)

Design, discovery, and preparation of biologically active compounds; mode of action; structure-activity relationships; and combinatorial chemistry will be explored. Four hours of lectures each week.

Prerequisites: CHE 4210
Offered: fall


CHE 4100 FORENSIC CHEMISTRY (4 credits)

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 and three hours of laboratory each week.

Prerequisites: CHE 3210 and 3220
Offered: fall (even years)


CHE 4210 THERMODYNAMICS AND KINETICS (4 credits)

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 1510 and 1520 both with a grade of C or higher (not to include C-), CHE 3510, PHY 1510 or PHY 2510, PHY 1520 or PHY 2520, and MAT 2310
Offered: fall


CHE 4220 QUANTUM MECHANICS AND SPECTROSCOPY (4 credits)

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 1510 and 1520 both with a grade of C or higher (not to include C-), CHE 3510, PHY 1520 or PHY 2520, PHY 1520 or PHY 2520, and MAT 2310
Offered: spring (odd years)


CHE 4300 ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY (4 credits)

The topics covered are of atmospheric, aquatic, and soil chemistry and how humans affect this chemistry locally, regionally, and globally. The origins, mechanism, transport, and overall effect of numerous chemical species and their environmental impact will be examined. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week.

Prerequisite: CHE 1510 and 1520 both with a grade of C or higher (not to include C-)
Offered: fall (odd years)


CHE 4500 BIOCHEMISTRY (4 credits)

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 3210 and 3220
Offered: fall


CHE 4600 ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY (4 credits)

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 3210, 3220, and 4500
Offered: spring


CHE 4850 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-4 credits)

For chemistry majors wishing to do more advanced work. Classroom work and individual laboratory and library investigation.

Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair
Offered: as needed


CHE 4860 LIBRARY RESEARCH PROJECT (1 credit)

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 4860 or 4870 is required for graduation.

Offered: fall and spring


CHE 4870 LABORATORY RESEARCH PROJECT (2 credits)

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 4860 or 4870 is required for graduation.

Offered: fall and spring


CHE 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN CHEMISTRY (TBA)

An opportunity for a well-qualified, upper-division student to engage in special research in his/her major.

Prerequisite: approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, the department chair, and the school dean before approval by Provost. Credit to be determined.


Geology (GLY) Courses

GLY 1600 PHYSICAL GEOLOGY (4 credits)

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. A field trip may be required.

Prerequisites: MAT 1050 or higher
Offered: as needed


GLY 2000 PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY AND METEOROLOGY (4 credits)

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 1050 or higher
Offered: as needed


GLY 2100 INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) (3 credits)

This course is intended to be an introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis. It is a structured study of the basic components and concepts of GIS and how they are constructed and manipulated. A significant component of the course will involve the application of the ArcGIS software package to various topics and fields of study. Students will obtain hands-on experience working with ArcGIS software and various datasets. This course is not a lab science.

Prerequisites: MAT 1050 and CSC 1000
Offered: as needed


GLY 3000 PLANETARY GEOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY (4 credits)

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. A term paper and presentation are required.

Prerequisites: MATH 1050 or higher
Offered: as needed


GLY 4000 ADVANCED GEOLOGY (4 credits)

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 1600
Offered: as needed


GLY 4850 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-4 credits)

A course associated with geosciences. Conditionally offered with faculty availability and student interest.

Prerequisites: Determined by the department
Offered: as needed


Physics (PHY) Courses

PHY 1510 GENERAL PHYSICS I (4 credits)

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 1125 or MAT 1130 and 1140 or higher (except MAT 2200) or permission of instructor.
Offered: fall


PHY 1520 GENERAL PHYSICS II (4 credits)

A continuation of 1510. Includes electricity and magnetism, waves and optics, and modern physics. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week.

Prerequisite: PHY 1510
Offered: spring


PHY 2510 GENERAL PHYSICS I-CALCULUS BASED (4 credits)

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. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: MAT 2310
Pre/Corequisite: MAT 2320
Offered: spring


PHY 2520 GENERAL PHYSICS II-CALCULUS BASED (4 credits)

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. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: PHY 2510 and MAT 2320
Offered: fall