Chemistry Courses

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Important note regarding when courses are offered

Term notations of Pre-term, Fall, Interterm, Spring, Post-term, or Summer mean that the course is offered during that term every year. When a term notation is followed by odd or even, then the course is offered during that term only in odd or even years, respectively.

Courses that do not have a term notation are not offered on a set rotation.

The number of semester credit hours which a course carries is listed in parentheses following the course title.

CH 107 Chemistry for the Allied-Health Professional (4) Prereq.: Nursing major. The student will learn foundational concepts in general, organic, and biological chemistry with a focus on biological applications for nursing and health-related fields. Special emphasis is placed on the structure, function, and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, vitamins, and hormones. Lectures plus lab. Fall, Spring.

CH 111 General Chemistry I (4) Prereq.: Non-nursing major and credit for or concurrent enrollment in MA 121 or higher MA course. Students learn the principles of chemistry including classification of matter, unit conversion, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, chemical reactions, the periodic table, and gases. Lectures plus lab. Fall.

CH 112 General Chemistry II (4) Prereq.: CH 111. Students learn the principles of chemistry including intermolecular forces, condensed states of matter, solutions, chemical kinetics, equilibria, acids and bases, thermodynamics, oxidation and reduction, introductory organic chemistry, the study of metals and nonmetals, and nuclear chemistry. Lectures plus lab. Spring.

CH 211 Organic Chemistry I (4) Prereq.: CH 112. Students learn the structure, reactions, and reaction mechanisms of alkanes, alkyl halides, alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, ethers, and epoxides. The course also includes the study of stereochemistry and aromatic compounds. 3 hours lecture, plus lab. Fall.

CH 212 Organic Chemistry II (4) Prereq.: CH 211. Students learn aspects of spectroscopy and conjugated systems, ketones, aldehydes, amines, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, and enols. 3 hours lecture, plus lab. Spring.

CH 306 Biochemistry (4) Prereq.: CH 211. Students learn the structure of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, hormones, and enzymes and their relationship to life and metabolic processes. 3 hours lecture, plus lab. Spring.

CH 315 Analytical Chemistry (4) Prereq.: CH 112. Students learn the separation and analysis of chemical substances, with emphasis on electrolyte solutions. 3 hours lecture, plus lab. Fall.

CH 321 Physical Chemistry I (4) Prereq.: PY 232 and credit for or concurrent enrollment in CH 315. Students apply calculus and physics to the study of chemical thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, and electrochemistry. 3 hours lecture, plus lab. Fall even.

CH 322 Physical Chemistry II (4) Prereq.: CH 321. Students continue applying calculus and physics to the study of quantum chemistry, statistical mechanics, and spectroscopy. 3 hours lecture, plus lab. Spring odd.

CH 411 Inorganic Chemistry (4) Prereq.: CH 112. Students learn about atomic structure, molecular symmetry, bonding, periodic trends, ionic solids, and acid-base chemistry. Particular focus will be given to metal complexes and organometallic complexes with emphasis on nomenclature, stereochemistry, electronic structure, and reactivity. The areas of redox reactions, catalysis, and bioinorganic chemistry will be covered. 3 hours lecture, plus lab. Fall odd.

CH 422 Advanced Organic Chemistry (4) Prereq.: CH 212. Students learn practical applications of organic chemistry, such as spectroscopic identification, synthesis, polymerization, and photochemistry. Theoretical background into reaction mechanisms and resonance is presented. 3 hours lecture, plus lab. Spring even.

CH 432 Instrumental Analysis (3) Prereq.: CH 315. Students learn practical applications and the theoretical basis of modern instrumental methods. Students perform instrumental analysis by spectroscopic, electrochemical, and chromatographic techniques. 2 hours lecture, plus lab. Spring odd.

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