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    CHEM 1010C Essentials of General Chemistry (4 credits)
    Introduces students to the essential theories and principles of general chemistry, organic and biochemistry and their application to modern society. Topics include chemical reactions, atomic and molecular structure, bonding, the periodic table, acid-base theory, equilibrium, gas laws, and kinetics. The lecture course emphasizes problem-solving techniques while the laboratory portion introduces students to the methods of scientific investigation and basic laboratory techniques. Lecture: 3 hours; lab: 2 hours. Laboratory fee.

    CHEM 1045C, CHEM1046C General Chemistry (4 credits)
    Lecture and laboratory course for students going into the biological, chemical, health, or physical sciences. Atomic structure and stoichiometry; properties of gases, liquids, and solids; thermochemistry; quantum theory; electronic structures of atoms and molecules; chemical bonding; properties of solutions; thermodynamics; chemical equilibria including acidbase and solubility; kinetics; electrochemistry; nuclear chemistry. Laboratory experiments enhance understanding of principles taught in lectures. Emphasis on quantitative techniques; computer interfacing and spreadsheet applications. Second semester includes semi-micro qualitative analysis. Lecture: 3 hours; recitation: 1 hour; lab: 3 hours. Laboratory fee.

    CHEM 1125C Analytical Chemistry (4 credits)
    Theory and practice of classical and modern analytical chemistry. Laboratory applications of volumetric, gravimetric, and instrumental methods including potentiometry, spectrophotometry, and chromatography. One laboratory hour is a conference hour. Lecture: 2 hours; lab: 5 hours. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite: CHEM 1046C.

    CHEM 1213C, CHEM 1214C Organic Chemistry (5 credits)
    The structure, properties, synthesis, and reactions of the main classes of organic compounds, including compounds of biological importance. Principles of stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms, and spectroscopy. Molecular modeling. Laboratory experiments are designed to illustrate methods of separation, purification, identification, and preparation of organic compounds. Llecture: 3 hours; recitation: 1 hour; lab: 4 hours. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite: CHEM 1046C.

    BIOC 1376R Biochemistry Lecture (3 credits)
    Structure and function of biomolecules, kinetics and mechanism of enzyme action, bioenergetics, metabolism, membrane structure and dynamics, signal transduction, muscle contraction, and recombinant DNA technology. Prerequisite: CHEM 1214C or permission of the instructor.

    BIOC 1377L Biochemistry Lab (2 credits)
    Laboratory experiments are designed to illustrate methods of purification, separation, and characterization of amino acids and proteins. Students are also exposed to enzyme kinetics, DNA melts, molecular modeling, computational chemistry, and bioinformatics. Prerequisite: CHEM 1376R.

    CHEM 1386 Medicinal Chemistry (3 credits)
    Introduction to drug discovery and design. Lead and analog synthesis. Combinatorial chemistry. Administration, distribution, metabolism and elimination of drugs (ADME). Structure-activity relationships (SAR). Site and mechanism of action of selected drugs. Quality control. Clinical trials and drug approval. Prerequisites: BIOL 1012C, CHEM 1213C

    CHEM 1415R Physical Chemistry Lecture (3 credits)
    Thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, solutions, electrochemistry. Applications to biological and biochemical problems are used to illustrate general principles. Prerequisites: CHEM 1046C; MATH 1412 or higher.

    CHEM 1416R Physical Chemistry Lecture (3 credits)
    Quantum chemistry; the Schrodinger equation and some simple applications; extension to three-dimensional systems; Hatom; many electron atoms; structure of molecules; introduction to computational methods (molecular mechanics, ab initio methods); molecular spectroscopy; statistical mechanics; kinetic theory; chemical kinetics. Prerequisites: CHEM 1046C; PHYS 1031C or 1041C; MATH 1413

    CHEM 1930; CHEM 1931 Current Topics (2 or 3 credits)
    Selected subjects in chemistry. Discussion of current developments, problems, and literature. Open to seniors and selected juniors majoring in chemistry. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

    CHEM 1937 Seminar in Advanced Chemistry (1 credit)
    Topics in all fields of chemistry presented by students and guest lecturers. Seminar meeting two hours every two weeks. Pre- or co-requisite: CHEM 1214C or permission of the instructor.

    CHEM 4901, CHEM 4902 Independent Study
    See Academic Information and Policies section. Laboratory fee on an individual basis.

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