Catalog 2016-2017

Chemistry

Teaching Faculty

Professors Goodwin, Gron, Hales, and Kopper
Associate Professors Caro (chair) and Hatch
Assistant Professors Kett and Yanney  
Visiting Assistant Professor W. Gunderson
Laboratory Teaching Staff Bradley and Desrochers

 

Description

Major in Chemistry

12 or 13 courses distributed as follows:

  • CHEM 110 and 120 General Chemistry I and II
              or
    CHEM 150 Accelerated General Chemistry
  • CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 250 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 280 Environmental Analysis
               or
    BIOL 150 Cell Biology
  • CHEM 310 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
  • CHEM 320 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics
  • CHEM 340 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • 1 course from
              CHEM 330 Biological Chemistry
              CHEM 350 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
              CHEM 410 Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • MATH 130 Calculus I
  • MATH 140 Calculus II
  • 1 course from
              PHYS 210 General Physics I
              PHYS 230 General Physics I (Calculus-based) (recommended)
              PHYS 235 General Physics I (Workshop) (recommended)
  • 1 course from
              PHYS 220 General Physics II
              PHYS 240 General Physics II (Calculus-based) (recommended)
              PHYS 245 General Physics II (Workshop) (recommended)
  • All chemistry majors·must take two semesters of CHEM ATC ATEC Laboratory concurrently with CHEM 310 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy and CHEM 320 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics, and two semesters of CHEM 497 Chemistry Seminar during the senior year. CHEM ATC and CHEM 497 do not carry course credit.

Senior Capstone Experience

The Senior Capstone Experience for the chemistry major consists of two parts. The first part is a comprehensive standardized chemistry examination. The second part is a literature-based research paper written under the direct supervision of a faculty member and presented as a seminar. The grade for the Senior Capstone Experience is the average of grades based on the two parts of the experience.

American Chemical Society Certified Degree in Chemistry:

Requirements for the chemistry major plus

  • CHEM 280 Environmental Analysis
  • CHEM 330 Biological Chemistry
  • CHEM 450 Directed Research
  • 1 additional course from
              CHEM 335 Advanced Biological Chemistry
              CHEM 350 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
              CHEM 410 Advanced Physical Chemistry

Major in Chemical Physics

Minor in Chemistry

6 courses distributed as follows:

  • CHEM 110 and CHEM 120 General Chemistry I and II
            or
    CHEM 150 Accelerated General Chemistry
  • CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I
  • Additional courses in Chemistry numbered above 240 for a total of 6 Chemistry courses.

Program Course Listings

The courses for this program are organized into the following categories:

Chemistry Courses

CHEM 100

Concepts of Chemistry

The theories, models, structures, and reactions of modern chemistry are introduced to the nonscience major. Historical antecedents in the development of current concepts of matter are explored. Mathematical problem-solving in a chemistry context is included.

Natural Science Inquiry NS
CHEM 101

Chemistry of Environment (w/Lab)

Environmental issues are used as a basis to introduce the theories, models, structures, and reactions of modern chemistry to the non-science major. The states of matter are studied in the contexts of air pollution, ozone depletion, global warming, acid rain, and energy sources and consumption. Mathematical problem solving in a chemical context is included.

Natural Science Inquiry with Lab NS-L
CHEM 110

Gen Chem I: Struct & Prop (w/Lab)

Theories of matter with emphasis on environmental applications. Laboratory includes separations and spectroscopy.

Natural Science Inquiry with Lab NS-L
CHEM 120

Gen Chem II: Analy & React (w/Lab)

Reactions and equilibria of environmental significance. Laboratory involves analysis of environmental samples. Prerequisite: CHEM 110.

CHEM 110.
CHEM 150

Accelerated Gen Chem (w/Lab)

Molecular structure and properties, chemical reactions, equilibria, kinetics, and thermodynamics. Appropriate for students with a strong background in chemistry. Students receiving credit for this course may not also receive credit in CHEM 110 and CHEM 120. Prerequisite: Qualification by a standardized chemistry examination (AP 4 or higher, IB 5 or higher) previous chemistry experience with equivalent of ACT 30 or higher in mathematics, or consent of instructor.

Qualification by a standardized chemistry examination (AP 4 or higher, IB 5 or higher) previous chemistry experience with equivalent of ACT 30 or higher in mathematics, or consent of instructor.
Natural Science Inquiry with Lab NS-L
CHEM 240

Organic Chemistry I (w/Lab)

The compounds of carbon with an emphasis on structure, nomenclature, and stereochemistry. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: CHEM 120 or CHEM 150.

CHEM 120 or CHEM 150.
CHEM 250

Organic Chemistry II (w/Lab)

The compounds of carbon with an emphasis on reaction mechanisms and spectroscopy. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: CHEM 240.

CHEM 240.
CHEM 280

Environmental Analysis (w/Lab)

Quantitative chemical analysis techniques and skills are developed and applied to the analysis of environmental systems. Methods of sample collection, preparation and data analysis are learned in the classroom and in the laboratory. Cross-listed as EVST 280. Prerequisite: CHEM 120 or CHEM 150.

CHEM 120 or CHEM 150.
Natural Science Inquiry with Lab NS-L
CHEM 310

Phys Chem: Quantum Mech & Spectrosc

Application of physical principles and mathematical descriptions to chemical systems: quantum theory, atomic structure, molecular structure and bonding, interactions of matter with electromagnetic radiation. Prerequisites: MATH 140, PHYS 220, 240, or 245, and CHEM 250 or consent of instructor. Co-requisite: CHEM ATC.

MATH 140, PHYS 220, 240, or 245, and CHEM 250 or consent of instructor. Co-requisite: CHEM ATC.
Writing Level 2 W2
CHEM 320

Phys Chem: Thermo & Chem Kinetics

Application of physical principles and mathematical descriptions to chemical systems: chemical and statistical thermodynamics, chemical kinetics and dynamics. Prerequisites: MATH 140, PHYS 210, 230, or 235, and CHEM 250 or consent of instructor. Co-requisite: Students taking CHEM 320 after CHEM 310 must take CHEM ATC lab. Students taking CHEM 320 but not CHEM 310 must take CHEM 320L.

MATH 140, PHYS 210, 230, or 235, and CHEM 250 or consent of instructor. Co-requisite: Students taking CHEM 320 after CHEM 310 must take CHEM ATC lab. Students taking CHEM 320 but not CHEM 310 must take CHEM 320L.
CHEM 330

Biological Chemistry (w/Lab)

Fundamental biochemistry with emphasis on cellular constituents and molecular structure and function. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: CHEM 250.

CHEM 250.
CHEM 335

Advanced Biological Chemistry

Advanced Biological Chemistry will demonstrate how biomolecules interact with one another through various metabolic pathways. The course covers metabolism of carbohydrates, fatty acids, amino acids and nucleotides, metabolic integration of major biochemical pathways, and hormones and signal transduction. Prerequisite: CHEM 330.

CHEM 330.
CHEM 340

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CHEM 350

Advanced Analytical Chemistry

Fundamental theory and practice of modern instrumental techniques, including atomic and molecular spectroscopic methods and spectal analysis. Prerequisite: CHEM 240 and PHYS 220, 240, or 245, or consent of instructor.

CHEM 240 and PHYS 220, 240, or 245, or consent of instructor.
CHEM 410

Advanced Physical Chemistry (w/Lab)

Laboratory course. Cross-listed as PHYS 315 Modern Physics. Prerequisite: CHEM 320.

CHEM 320.
Natural Science Inquiry with Lab NS-L
Quantitative Studies QS
Writing Level 2 W2
CHEM 430

Integrated Biochemical Topics

Current topics in biochemistry, biochemical reactions and mechanisms, and macromolecular structure and function will be discussed. Prerequisite: CHEM 330.

CHEM 330.
CHEM 450

Directed Research

Independent laboratory research conducted in conjunction with a specific faculty member. Research topics are selected on an individual basis. The results of the research are typically presented at a national scientific meeting in the spring and a final research report is written.

Undergraduate Research UR
CHEM 497

Chemistry: Senior Seminar

No credit. Seminars by invited speakers, students, and faculty. Prerequisite: senior standing.

senior standing.
CHEM ATC

Adv Tech in Experimental Chem

No Credit. Unified laboratory experience combining physical, inorganic, and analytical chemistry techniques, including data analysis and computational modeling. Corequisite: CHEM 310 or 320.

CHEM 310 or 320.
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