Chemistry Courses

CHE 1510 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.

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 s.h.)

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 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 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 s.h.)

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 s.h.)

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


CHE 3520 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 3510
Offered: spring


CHE 4000 MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY (4 s.h.)

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 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 and three hours of laboratory each week.

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


CHE 4210 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 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 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 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 s.h.)

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 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 3210 and 3220
Offered: fall


CHE 4600 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 3210, 3220, and 4500
Offered: spring


CHE 4850 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-4 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
Offered: as needed


CHE 4860 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 4860 or 4870 is required for graduation.

Offered: fall and spring


CHE 4870 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 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.