UNDERGRADUATE CHEMISTRY COURSES


Click here to view the typical rotation (when each course is offered) for undergraduate chemistry courses. Below you will find course descriptions and sample NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) syllabi for most chemistry courses.


CHE 101 - Chemistry in Contemporary Issues

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A conceptual approach to the basics of chemistry with emphasis on current environmental, social, political, economic, and ethical issues. Some of the topics are air pollution, global warming, ozone depletion, acid rain, and nuclear energy. Lecture and laboratory, 4 hours. 3 credits.

 

CHE 103 - Crime Scene Chemistry

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A forensic science perspective on the fundamental concepts of chemistry with emphasis on applications of scientific methods to criminal investigations. Some of the topics are atomic clues, chemical evidence, drug chemistry, chemistry of addiction, chemistry of explosions, and poisons. Lecture and laboratory, 4 hours. 3 credits.

 

CHE 120-121 - General Chemistry I, II

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CHE 121 Sample course syllabus (click here)

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Atomic structure, gas laws, valence, solutions, ionization, redox reaction, activity series, periodic classifi cation, kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 3 hours. Prerequisite: MAT 100 or 102 or placement in MAT 108, CHE 120 is prerequisite for CHE 121. 4 credits each.


CHE 125 - Principles and Applications of General, Organic and Biochemistry

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Fundamental aspects of general, organic, and biochemistry with particular applications to the health professions. This course will not fulfill the prerequisites for any other course in the Chemistry Department. Lecture, 3 hours.; laboratory, 3 hours.; Prerequisite: CHE 120. 4 credits.

 

CHE 240 - Quantitative Analysis I

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Analysis of inorganic compounds by gravimetric, volumetric, electrometric, and colorimetric methods. Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory, 8 hours. Prerequisites: CHE 120-121. 4 credits.

 

CHE 260-261 - Organic Chemistry I, II

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Study of the preparation and properties of organic compounds and the mechanisms of their characteristic reactions. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 4 hours. Prerequisites: CHE 120-121. 4 credits each.

 

CHE 262-263 - Organic Chemistry I, II: Lecture Only

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Identical to CHE 260-261, but without the laboratory. Does not satisfy requirement in Chemistry B.S. or B.A. programs, nor does it satisfy requirements for entrance into most medical, dental, or veterinary schools. Prerequisites: CHE 120 and 121. 3 credits each.

 

CHE 290 - Introduction to Chemistry Research

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Experimental research supervised by a member of the chemistry department. Prerequisite: CHE 120-121. 3 credits.

CHE 301 - The Preparation of Scientific Documents for Chemistry

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Introduction to the use of current software technology and appropriate style guides for the preparation of professional reports in the field of chemistry. Includes the use of standard word processing, generation of tables, graphs, and diagrams. Prerequisites: CHE 120-121. 1 credit.

 

CHE 340 - Environmental Chemistry

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A study of the chemistry of air, water and soil as well as the various sources of energy and industrial and municipal waste treatment. Cannot be used for graduate credit by chemistry majors. Lecture, 3 hours. Prerequisites: CHE120-121. 3 credits.

 

CHE 370-371 - Physical Chemistry I, II

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The quantitative treatment of the properties of matter and the laws governing the nature of chemical interactions. Lecture, 3 hours. Prerequisites: CHE 120-121 and PHY 231, and MAT 252. 3 credits each.

 

CHE 372-373 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory I

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Selected experiments in physical chemistry. Prerequisites: CHE 240; CHE 370, which may be taken concurrently with CHE 372, and CHE 371, which may be taken concurrently with CHE 373. 1 credit each. 2009-11

 

CHE 435-436 - Inorganic Chemistry

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Discussion of electronic structure, symmetry, group theory, and bonding theories as they apply to the properties and reactions of the elements and their compounds found on the periodic chart. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 4 hours. Prerequisite: CHE 240. 4 credits.

 

CHE 440 - Instrumental Methods of Analysis

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Introduction to the theoretical background and practical use of modern instruments in the analytical laboratory. Work in spectrophotometry, chromatography, and electrochemistry. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 4 hours. Prerequisites: CHE 240 and 260-261. 4 credits.

 

CHE 445 - Chemical Hazards and Laboratory Safety

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The study of the principles and methods of handling hazardous materials in the laboratory. Coverage includes: the nature and scope of hazards in the laboratory, overview of applicable regulations fundamentals of chemical hygiene, material safety data sheets, and chemical toxicity. Prerequisite: CHE 370. 1 credit.

 

CHE 450-451 - Biochemistry I, II

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Chemistry of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, and enzymes. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 4 hours. Prerequisites: CHE 260-261. 4 credits each.

 

CHE 456 - Medicinal Chemistry

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A survey of the main classes of drugs with emphasis upon their structures, structure-activity relationships, effects, side effects, and syntheses. Lecture, 3 hours. Prerequisites: CHE 260-261. 3 credits.

 

CHE 490-491 - Chemistry Research

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Experimental research supervised by a member of the chemistry department. Only seniors may register for this course with written permission from their research adviser. 3 credits each.

 

CHE 495 - Departmental Honors

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The completion of a research problem and the reporting of work in senior thesis, which must be defended successfully before the department. Prerequisites: CHE 490 and departmental permission. 3 credits.

 

Cara Jason PosterCHE 496 - Chemistry Seminar

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The study of the nature of the chemical literature and the vital role that the literature plays in the development of chemistry. Students conduct literature searches in the different areas of chemistry and present seminars based on these searches. Lecture, 1 hour. Prerequisite: senior standing. 1 credit.

 

CHE 498 - Special Topics in Chemistry

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Study of current topics of importance in chemistry. Prerequisites: CHE 260-261 and other prerequisites as required by the subject matter. 1-4 credits.

 

CHE 499 - Independent Study and Research

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Prerequisite: departmental permission. 3 credits.