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    The courses regularly offered by the chemistry department are listed below. You can view the descriptions by clicking on the title.

    CHE 1023L Science of Chemistry: Everyday Life (Lab) (1 credit)
    CHE 1023R Science of Chemistry: Everyday Life (Lecture) (2 credits)
    CHE 1024L Science of Chemistry: Global Issues (Lab) (1 credit)
    CHE 1024R Science of Chemistry: Global Issues (Lecture) (2 credits)
    CHE 1045H, 1046H Honors: General Chemistry I & II (Lecture & Lab) (5 credits)
    CHE 1045R, 1046R General Chemistry I & II (Lecture) (3 credits)
    CHE 1045L, 1046L General Chemistry I & II (Lab) (2 credits)
    CHE 1122C Chemical Analysis (4 credits)
    CHE 1213L, 1214L Organic Chemistry I & II (Lab) (2 credits)
    CHE 1213R, 1214R Organic Chemistry I & II (Lecture) (3 credits)
    CHE 1232C Medicinal Chemistry (3 credits)
    CHE 1233C Synthesis and Characterization of Organic and Inorganic Compounds (4 credits)
    CHE 1375R Molecular Biochemistry (Lecture) (4 credits)

    CHE 1376L Biochemistry (Lab) (2 credits)
    CHE 1376R Biochemistry (Lecture) (3 credits)
    CHE 1378H Chemical Biology (3 credits)
    CHE 1379H Chemistry of Metals in Biology (Lecture and Lab) (4 credits)
    CHE 1415L Physical Chemistry Laboratory (3 credits)
    CHE 1415R, 1416R Physical Chemistry I & II (Lecture) (4 credits)

    CHE 1607 Inorganic and Structural Chemistry (3 credits)
    CHE 1609H Bioinorganic Chemistry (3 credits)
    CHE 1611, 1611H Molecular Structure, and Dynamics (3 credits)
    CHE 1930 Selected Topics (2 credits)
    CHE 1936 Introduction to Chemical Research (0.5 credits)
    CHE 1937, 1938 Seminar in Advanced Chemistry (1 credit)
    CHE 4911 Research in Chemistry (1-3 credits)


    CHE 1023L Science of Chemistry: Everyday Life (Lab)
    (1 credit)
    Focuses on the study of the properties of matter through experimentation. An emphasis is placed on recording careful observations, collecting data, and analysis of results, including graphical analysis and calculations. Designed to cover concepts which complement the lecture topics, not duplicate them. Corequisite: CHE 1023R.  

    CHE 1023R Science of Chemistry: Everyday Life (Lecture) (2 credits)
    Takes students on a journey from the observations which form the basis of Dalton's atomic theory through the discovery of subatomic particles and atomic structure, leading to trends in bonding. Molecular structures are covered from the simplest hydrogen molecule to DNA, pausing to consider the chemicals encountered in our 'everyday lives.' Corequisite: CHE 1023L.

    CHE 1024L Science of Chemistry: Global Issues (Lab) (1 credit)
    Examines contemporary environment issues through experimentation and provides an understanding of basic laboratory skills. Corequisite: CHE 1024R.

    CHE 1024R Science of Chemistry: Global Issues (Lecture) (2 credits)
    Examines contemporary environmental issues, such as fossil fuel consumption, global warming, nuclear power, and ozone depletion with an emphasis on problem-solving and an understanding of basic chemical principles. Corequisite: CHE 1024L.  

    CHE 1045H, 1046H Honors: General Chemistry I & II (Lecture & Lab) (5 credits)
    This honors-level introduction to chemistry offers a rigorous, fast-paced and concept-rich approach that is ideal for students pursuing a major in the sciences or students on a pre-medical, pre-dental, or pre-engineering track. This two course sequence is recommended for chemistry majors and students interested in undergraduate research in chemistry but is also open to all non-science majors who desire a challenging but rewarding introduction to chemistry. Includes laboratory.

    CHE 1045R, 1046R General Chemistry I & II (Lecture) (3 credits)
    This two course sequence explores the fundamental concepts of chemistry on both the atomic and macroscopic scales. Topics include atomic structure and stoichiometry; properties of gases, liquids, and solids; thermochemistry; quantum theory and the electronic structure of atoms; the periodic table and periodic properties; chemical bonding and molecular orbital theory; properties of solutions; thermodynamics; acid-base and solubility equilibria; chemical kinetics; electrochemistry; and nuclear chemistry. Corequisite: CHE 1045L, 1046L.

    CHE 1045L, 1046L General Chemistry I & II (Lab) (2 credits)
    Laboratory experiments are designed and scheduled to complement lecture topics and enhance students understanding of the principles introduced. Emphasis on quantitative techniques. Corequisite: CHE 1045R, 1046R.

    CHE 1122C Chemical Analysis (4 credits)
    This one-semester course introduces science majors and pre-health students to the principles and practice of analytical chemistry. The course begins with an introduction to analytical chemistry, including the analytical process, sampling, sources of error, statistics, and data interpretation. The course also covers major types of analyses, including wet methods, spectroscopy, chromatography, and potentiometric techniques. Classroom topics, discussions and problem solving exercises are closely coordinated with laboratory analyses. Prerequisite: CHE 1045R&L, 1046R&L.

    CHE 1213L, 1214L Organic Chemistry I & II (Lab) (2 credits)
    Emphasizes basic techniques in separation, purification, identification and preparation of organic compounds. Prerequisite: CHE 1046R&L/H. Corequisite: CHE 1213R, 1214R.

    CHE 1213R, 1214R Organic Chemistry I & II (Lecture) (3 credits)
    Organic chemistry explores the rich chemistry of carbon. Topics include the structure, synthesis, properties, and reaction mechanisms of the main classes of organic compounds, including compounds of biological importance. Prerequisite: CHE 1046R&L/H. Corequisite: CHE 1213L, 1214L.

    CHE 1232C Medicinal Chemistry (3 credits)
    The course covers the basic chemical and biological concepts underlying medicinal chemistry. The course content includes an overview of drugs and their action, approaches to drug discovery, quantitative structure-activity relationships, drug delivery, pharmacokinetics, and drug metabolism. Laboratory classes include the modification of a drug's chemical structure with both chemical and biological characterization of the product, determination of acidity and lipophilic/lipophobic drug character, synthesis of a combinatorial drug library, and an antimicrobial bioassay. Prerequisite: CHE 1046R&L/H. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHE 1213R&L.

    CHE 1233C Synthesis and Characterization of Organic and Inorganic Compounds (4 credits)
    Advanced laboratory techniques; purification and characterization of compounds by physical and chemical methods including NMR spectrometry, UV-VIS and FTIR spectrophotometry, gas and high-performance liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry. Prerequisite: CHE 1214R&L.

    CHE 1375R Molecular Biochemistry (Lecture) (4 credits)
    Molecular biochemistry covers the biological aspects of cellular structure, metabolism, regulation, and replication from a chemist's perspective. The topics will range from the sequence of nucleic acids that give rise to functional proteins to the bioenergetic aspects of oxidative phosphorylation involved in cellular respiration. Particular emphasis will be placed on hot topics in modern biochemistry including protein-ligand interactions, DNA polymerization, and membrane transport.
    Prerequisite: CHE 1046R&L/H, BIO 1011R&L. [Crosslisted as BIO 1375C]

    CHE 1376R Biochemistry (Lecture) (3 credits)
    Structure and function of biological molecules, enzyme kinetics, bioenergetics, metabolism, storage and transmission of genetic information, recombinant DNA technology, and selected topics such as membrane transport, hormone action, and muscle contraction. Prerequisite: BIO 1012R&L, CHE 1213R&L. [Crosslisted as BIO 1376R]

    CHE 1376L Biochemistry (Lab) (2 credits)
    Illustration of the properties of biochemical substances; design and analysis of experiments. Techniques include chromatography, electrophoresis, differential centrifugation, and various types of enzyme assays, including spectrophotometric and radioactive. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHE 1376R. [Crosslisted as BIO 1376L]

    CHE 1378H Chemical Biology (3 credits)
    Chemical biology considers a variety of biological systems in terms of their molecular components and potential behavior as defined by chemical functional groups, three-dimensional character, likely internal motion, and inter-molecular interactions with respect to the aqueous and non-aqueous environments that constitute life. Prerequisite: CHE 1046R&L/H, CHE 1214R&L, BIO 1011R&L.

    CHE 1379H Chemistry of Metals in Biology (Lecture and Lab) (4 credits)
    This course offers a chemical view of the metals in biological systems. Course content includes introductory coordination chemistry, spectroscopic methods used to study metal ions and metal complexes in biological system, and the catalytic properties of important metallo-proteins. Prerequisite: CHE 1046R&L/H.

    CHE 1415L Physical Chemistry Laboratory (3 credits)
    Emphasizes the measurements and computations of physical chemistry. Experiments illustrate theoretical principles and provide basic experience with quantitative physical measurements including thermochemistry, chemical equilibria, kinetics, electrochemistry, spectrophotometry and computer interfacing. Applications to biochemical systems. Corequisite or Pre-requisite: CHE 1415R.

    CHE 1415R, 1416R Physical Chemistry I & II (Lecture) (4 credits)
    Physical chemistry explores the underlying physical and mathematical relationships that interconnect a diverse range of chemical concepts. The first semester considers the fundamentals of chemical thermodynamics, thermochemistry, chemical equilibria, phases of matter, aqueous solutions, electrochemistry, and the kinetic molecular theory of gases. The second semester explores the quantum mechanical nature of atoms and molecules, solutions to the Schrodinger equation, vibrational, rotational and electronic spectroscopies, the electronic structure of multi-electron atoms and molecules and chemical bonding. Prerequisite: CHE 1046R&L/H, MAT 1412/1413. Prerequisite or corequisite: PHY 1031/1032R&L or 1041/1042R&L.

    CHE 1607 Inorganic and Structural Chemistry (3 credits)
    This course introduces students to an advanced physical understanding of inorganic chemistry. Students will learn to use the theories of chemical bonding to predict the electronic structures of compounds and how those electronic structures then give rise to observed chemical and physical properties. Specifically, the transition between two-electron energies of weak ligand fields and one-electron energies of strong ligand fields will be highlighted to describe phenomena found in nature. Students who finish the course will understand how symmetry may be used to predict molecular properties, which metal complexes will be more stable than others, and how interactions between light, electrons, and nuclei are responsible for much of what we see in everyday life. Prerequisite: CHE 1046R&L/H, MAT 1413.

    CHE 1609H Bioinorganic Chemistry (3 credits)
    Elucidates key inorganic chemistry concepts, including chemical bonding, structure, reactions and characterization methods and their applications in biology and medicine. Bioinorganic chemistry is a rapidly expanding interdisciplinary field. Topics include metalloenzymes, iron transport proteins, biomineralization in bones and shells and chemotherapeutic agents. Prerequisite: CHE 1046R&L/H.

    CHE 1611, 1611H Molecular Structure, and Dynamics (3 credits)
    This course introduces the structure of molecules through molecular modelling and covers the theoretical prediction of the electronic structure and properties of molecules, the manipulation and visualtion of structures, simulation techniques such as molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo methods, and familiarity with commonly used software packages. This course incorporates a workship based approach within an integrated lecture and computer laboratory format. Prerequisite: CHE 1046R&L/H.

    CHE 1930 Selected Topics (2 credits)
    Seminar in current problems and literature in chemistry for seniors majoring in chemistry and selected juniors. Assigned topics, regular conferences and a report. Prerequisite: By permission of the instructor.

    CHE 1936 Introduction to Chemical Research (0.5 credits)
    This course offers students an early exposure to the current research interests of our faculty as well as information about modern chemistry careers. This course is ideal for students with minimal background in chemistry or undergraduate research and serves to help students (particularly future majors) choose a research mentor during their undergraduate years. Students will have the opportunity to visit faculty research laboratories and obtain first-hand experience of chemical research. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHE 1046R&L/H.

    CHE 1937, 1938 Seminar in Advanced Chemistry (1 credit)
    Seminar meeting two hours every two weeks. Topics in all fields of chemistry. Prerequisite or Corequisite: CHE 1213R&L or by permission of the instructor.

    CHE 4911 Research in Chemistry (1-3 credits)
    Department approval required; final approval required from Academic Standards in order to proceed. Laboratory fee on an individual basis.

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