Undergraduate Courses

CHM 030 Introduction to Chemical Principles.  4 Credits
An introduction to important topics in chemistry: atomic structure, properties of matter, chemical reactions, energy, structure and bonding in organic and inorganic compounds, chemical equilibrium.  The course features a lecture tightly linked to a three hour studio experience that combines laboratory work and recitation. 
 
CHM 031 Chemical Equilibria in Aqueous Systems.  4 Credits
A study of the theoretical basis and practical applications of equilibria in aqueous solutions, including acid-base, precipitation-solubility, metal-ligand, oxidation-reduction and distribution equilibria.  Introduction to chemical thermodynamics, spectrophotometry, potentiometry and chromatography.  The laboratory work emphasizes the qualitative and quantitative analysis of equilibria in aqueous media.
Prerequisites: (CHM 030 or CHM 040) and (MATH 021 or MATH 031 or MATH 051 or MATH 076)

 
CHM 040 Honors General Chemistry I.  4 Credits     
A first-semester course in chemistry for students planning to major in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, or other chemistry-related fields. Chemical and physical properties, structures, bonding concepts, and quantitative analysis.  Laboratory includes synthesis, separation and analysis procedures; computer applications to chemistry.
 
CHM 041 Honors General Chemistry II.  4 Credits
Continuation of Honors General Chemistry I.
Prerequisites: (CHM 040 or CHM 030) and (MATH 021 or MATH 031 or MATH 051)
 
CHM 110 Organic Chemistry I.  3 Credits
Systematic survey of the typical compounds of carbon, their classification, and general relations; study of synthetic reactions.
Prerequisite: CHM 031 or CHM 041
 
CHM 111 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I.  1 Credit
Preparation of pure organic compounds.  Modern techniques of characterization.
Prerequisite: CHM 110
Can be taken concurrently with: CHM 110
 
CHM 112 Organic Chemistry II.  3 Credits
Continuation of Organic Chemistry I.
Prerequisite: CHM 110
 
CHM 113 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II.  1 Credit
Continuation of Organic Chemistry Laboratory I.
Prerequisite: CHM 111 and CHM 112
Can be taken concurrently with: CHM 112
 
CHM 177 Introduction to Research.  1-2 Credits
For advanced freshmen and sophomore chemistry majors.  Consent of department chair required.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated
 
CHM 194 Physical Chemistry for Biological Sciences.  3 Credits
The principles and applications of physical chemical concepts to systems of biological interest, including the gas laws, thermodynamics of metabolic reactions, colligative properties, electrochemical equilibria, reaction kinetics and enzyme catalysis, and transport of macromolecules and viruses.
Prerequisites: (CHM 030 or CHM 040) and (CHM 031 or CHM 041)
 
CHM 201 Technical Writing.  2 Credits
Principal types of written communications used by professional chemists including informative abstracts, research proposals, progress reports, executive summaries for nonchemist decision makers and proper written experimental procedures, tables, schemes and figures.
Prerequisite: Junior level standing in chemistry major
 
CHM 250 Special Topics.  1-4 Credits
Selected topics in chemistry.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated
 
CHM 300 Apprentice Teaching.  3 Credit
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated
 
CHM 301 Chemistry Seminar.  1 Credit
A course designed for seniors will involve the literature research of a topic of the student’s choosing followed by a 35 minute oral presentation to the class and professor.
Prerequisite: Senior level standing
 
CHM 307 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry.  3 Credits
Introduction to transition metal complexes; theories of bonding; kinetics and mechanisms of transition metal complex reactions; selected aspects of organometallic chemistry; bioinorganic chemistry.
Prerequisites: CHM 194 or CHM 341
Can be taken concurrently with: CHM 194 and CHM 341
 
CHM 332 Analytical Chemistry.  3 Credits
Theory and practice of chemical analysis. Principles of quantitative separations and determinations; theory and application of selected optical and electrical instruments in analytical chemistry; interpretation of numerical data, design of experiments, solute distribution in separation methods.
Prerequisites: (CHM 031 or CHM 041) and CHM 110
 
CHM 334 Advanced Chemistry Laboratory I.  3 Credits
Exploration of synthetic methods and analysis techniques for inorganic and organic compounds.  Determination of product structures and quantitative analysis using modern chemical analysis techniques, including NMR, GCMS, GC, HPLC, FTIR, and XPS. 
Prerequisites: CHM 110, CHM 111, CHM 112, CHM 113 and CHM 332
Can be taken concurrently with: CHM 332
 
CHM 335 Advanced Chemistry Laboratory II.  3 Credits
Content related to Advanced Chemistry Laboratory I.
Prerequisite: CHM 334
 
CHM 336 Clinical Chemistry.  3 Credits
Applications of analytical chemistry to clinical problems.  Discussion of methods in common use and the biochemicalmedical significance of the results.
Prerequisites: CHM 112 or CHM 332
 
CHM 337 Crystallography and Diffraction.  3 Credits
Introduction to crystal symmetry, point groups, and space groups. Emphasis on materials characterization by Xray diffraction and electron diffraction.  Specific topics include crystallographic notation, stereographic projections, orientation of single crystals, textures, phase identification, quantitative analysis, stress measurement, electron diffraction, ring and spot patterns, convergent beam electron diffraction (CBED), and space group determination. Applications in mineralogy, metallurgy, ceramics, microelectronics, polymers, and catalysts.  Lectures and laboratory work.
Prerequisite: MAT 203 or EES 131 (Prerequisite may be waived if student has senior level standing in chemistry)
 
CHM 341 Molecular Structure, Bonding and Dynamics.  3 Credits
Nature of chemical bonding as related to structure and properties of molecules and extended systems.  Quantum chemistry of atoms and molecules applied to chemical transformations and spectroscopic transitions.  Symmetry analysis and selections rules.  Interpretation of electronic, vibrational and rotational spectra.
Prerequisites: (CHM 031 or CHM 041) and (PHY 011 or PHY 013) and (MATH 022 or MATH 032 or MATH 096)
 
CHM 342 Thermodynamics and Kinetics.  3 Credits
Development of the principles of classical and statistical thermodynamics and their application to chemical systems.  In classical thermodynamics emphasis will be on systems in which composition is of major concern: solutions, chemical and phase equilibria.  Kinetic theory of gases; chemical reaction kinetics; chemical reaction dynamics.
Prerequisites: (CHM 031 or CHM 041) and (PHY 013 or PHY 021) and (MATH 022 or MATH 023)
 
CHM 343 Physical Chemistry Laboratory.  2 Credits
Laboratory studies that illustrate and extend the various fields of study in experimental physical chemistry as discussed in CHM 341 and CHM 342.  This course fulfills the junior year writing intensive course requirement in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Prerequisites: (CHM 194 or CHE 210) or (CHM 341 and CHM 342)

Can be taken concurrently with:  CHM 342
 
CHM 350 Special Topics.  1-3 Credits
Selected advanced topics in chemistry. 
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated
 
CHM 358 Advanced Organic Chemistry.  3 Credits
Reaction mechanism types and supporting physicalchemical data.  Classes of mechanisms include elimination, substitution, rearrangement, oxidationreduction, enolate alkylations, and others.  Must have completed one year of organic chemistry. 
Prerequisite: CHM 112
 
CHM 371 (BIOS 371) Elements of Biochemistry I.  3 Credits
A general study of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, and other biological substances and their importance in life processes. Protein and enzyme chemistry are emphasized.  Must have completed one year of organic chemistry.
Prerequisite: CHM 031 and CHM 112
 
CHM 372 (BIOS 372) Elements of Biochemistry II.  3 Credits
Dynamic aspects of biochemistry: enzyme reactions including energetics, kinetics and mechanisms, metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids, photosynthesis, electron transport mechanisms, coupled reactions, phosphorylations, and the synthesis of biological macromolecules.
Prerequisites: (BIOS 371 or CHM 371) and BIOS 041
 
CHM 375 Research Chemistry Laboratory.  1-3 Credits
An introduction to independent study or laboratory investigation under faculty guidance.  Consent of instructor required.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated
 
CHM 376 Advanced Research Chemistry Laboratory.  1-6 Credits
Advanced independent study or laboratory investigation under faculty guidance.  Consent of faculty research supervisor required.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated
 
CHM 377 (BIOS 377) Biochemistry Laboratory.  3 Credits
Laboratory studies of the properties of chemicals of biological origin and the influence of chemical and physical factors on these properties. Laboratory techniques used for the isolation and identification of biochemicals.
Prerequisite: (BIOS 371 or CHM 371) and (BIOS 031 or BIOS 041)
Can be taken concurrently with:  BIOS 371 or CHM 371
 
CHM 388 (CHE 388, MAT 388) Polymer Synthesis and Characterization Laboratory.  3 Credits
Techniques include: free radical and condensation polymerization; molecular weight distribution by gel chromatography; crystallinity and order by differential scanning calorimetry; pyrolysis and gas chromatography; dynamic mechanical and dielectric behavior; morphology and microscopy; surface properties.
Prerequisites: (CHE 210 or CHM 341 or CHM 342) and CHM 110
 
CHM 389 Honors Project.  1-6 Credits
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated
 
CHM 391 (CHE 391) Colloid and Surface Chemistry.  3 Credits
Physical chemistry of everyday phenomena.  Intermolecular forces and electrostatic phenomena at interfaces, boundary tensions and films at interfaces, mass and charge transport in colloidal suspensions, electrostatic and London forces in disperse systems, gas adsorption and heterogeneous catalysis.
Prerequisite: CHM 342
 
CHM 393 (CHE 393, MAT 393) Physical Polymer Science.  3 Credits
Structural and physical aspects of polymers (organic, inorganic, natural). Molecular and atomic basis for polymer properties and behavior.  Characteristics of glassy, crystalline and paracrystalline states (including viscoelastic and relaxation behavior) for singleand multicomponent systems.  Thermodynamics and kinetics of transition phenomena.  Structure, morphology and behavior.  Must have senior level standing in CHE, CHEM or MAT
 
CHM 394 (CHE 394) Organic Polymer Science I.  3 Credits
Organic chemistry of synthetic high polymers. Polymer nomenclature, properties, and applications.  Functionality and reactivity or monomers and polymers.  Mechanism and kinetics of stepgrowth and chaingrowth polymerization in homogenous and heterogenous media.  Brief description of emulsion polymerization, ionic polymerization, and copolymerization.
Prerequisites: CHM 112 or CHM 342 or CHE 210

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