Catalog Year: 2015-2016
Professors Goodwin, Gron, Hales (chair), and Kopper
Associate Professors Caro and Hatch
Visiting Assistant Professors Bergkamp and Kett
Laboratory Teaching Staff Bradley and Desrochers
The courses for this program are organized into the following categories:
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.
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.
Theories of matter with emphasis on environmental applications. Laboratory includes separations and spectroscopy.
Reactions and equilibria of environmental significance. Laboratory involves analysis of environmental samples. Prerequisite: CHEM 110.
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.
The compounds of carbon with an emphasis on structure, nomenclature, and stereochemistry. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: CHEM 120 or CHEM 150.
The compounds of carbon with an emphasis on reaction mechanisms and spectroscopy. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: CHEM 240.
Study of environmental chemistry is united with the practical analytical methods necessary to understand and analyze environmental systems. Chemical cycles of the atmosphere, soil, and water are studied in class while effective sampling, preparation, and modern analysis methods are learned in the laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 120 or CHEM 150. Cross-listed as EVST 280.
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.
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.
Fundamental biochemistry with emphasis on cellular constituents and molecular structure and function. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: CHEM 250.
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.
The elements and the periodic table with emphasis on modern structural theory. Prerequisite: CHEM 310.
Theory and practice of modern instrumental techniques, including chromatographic, spectroscopic and electroanalytical methods, sample handling, and organic structural analysis. Prerequisite: CHEM 240 and PHYS 220, 240, or 245, or consent of instructor.
Laboratory course. Cross-listed as PHYS 315 Modern Physics. Prerequisite: CHEM 320.
Current topics in biochemistry, biochemical reactions and mechanisms, and macromolecular structure and function will be discussed. Prerequisite: CHEM 330.
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.
No credit. Seminars by invited speakers, students, and faculty. Prerequisite: senior standing.
No Credit. Unified laboratory experience combining physical, inorganic, and analytical chemistry techniques, including data analysis and computational modeling. Corequisite: CHEM 310 or 320.
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