2014-2015

Course Listings

Chemistry

CHEM 110 (NW) Chemical Concepts and Applications (1)

Chemical Concepts is a course designed for nonscience majors. The course exposes students to the ways scientists think, to the power and the limitations of the scientific methods, and to the implications of our findings in political, social, economic, international, and ethical contexts. Relevant issues are used to introduce the chemistry rather than the other way around. Chemical concepts and facts are not introduced in a linear fashion but on a "need-to-know" basis to help students analyze complex issues from a chemical perspective. Topics covered may include studies of the ozone layer, global warming, nuclear energy, acid rain, and traditional and alternative energy sources. Laboratory required.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Understanding the Natural World
  • Offering: Fall and/or Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

CHEM 115 (NW) Introductory Chemistry I (1)

A comprehensive, one-semester introduction to the field of chemistry, stressing concepts and a semiquantitative understanding rather than detailed theory. Discussions include: chemical reactions, equations, and stoichiometry; atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, and molecular polarity; reactions in solutions, especially acid/base, redox, and solubility; chemical energy including heat and enthalpy, entropy, free energy, and chemical equilibrium; electrochemical cells; chemical reaction rates; the gas laws, liquids, intermolecular forces, and phase changes. Laboratory required.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Understanding the Natural World
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

CHEM 116 (NW; QA) Introductory Chemistry II (1)

An in-depth look at the chemical phenomena that are at work in the world around us. Case studies (e.g., lasers, fossil fuels, air pollution, blood chemistry) are used to explore in further detail concepts first introduced in CHEM 115. Discussions include: light, energy, and energy levels; electron configuration and the periodic table; bonding and bond energies; kinetics and reaction mechanisms; solubility and colligative properties; acid/base equilibria; and redox reactions as biological energy sources. These chemical principles will be discussed in relation to such modern phenomena as smog, acid rain, the greenhouse effect, the ozone hole, and other aspects of everyday life. Laboratory required.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Understanding the Natural World; Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning
  • Prerequisite: CHEM 115
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

CHEM 225 Organic Chemistry I (1)

Integration of aliphatic, alicyclic, and aromatic chemistry by means of a mechanistic approach. Nomenclature, stereochemistry, structure and reactivity, elementary theoretical organic chemistry, and substitution, elimination, addition, condensation, and rearrangement reactions. Laboratory: Isolation and purification techniques, synthesis, and qualitative organic analysis. Laboratory required.

  • Prerequisite: CHEM 116
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Duncan, Kirk, Staff

CHEM 226 Organic Chemistry II (1)

Integration of aliphatic, alicyclic, and aromatic chemistry by means of a mechanistic approach. Nomenclature, stereochemistry, structure and reactivity, elementary theoretical organic chemistry, and substitution, elimination, addition, condensation, and rearrangement reactions. Laboratory: Isolation and purification techniques, synthesis, and qualitative organic analysis. Laboratory required.

  • Prerequisite: CHEM 225
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Duncan, Kirk

CHEM 230 Environmental Chemistry (1)

Basic chemical concepts are applied to environmental issues, including the quality of air, quality of water, use of natural resources, availability of energy in various forms, feasibility of alternate energy sources, and toxic chemicals. Some chemical, hydrological, and meteorological cycles are covered. Changes in our perception of the environment because of advances in chemistry are considered. Environmental issues of topical interest including environmental legislation and societal impact are discussed. Laboratory required.

  • Prerequisite: CHEM 115
  • Offering: Alternate years in spring
  • Instructor: Griffith

CHEM 321 Physical Chemistry I (1)

This course presents a theoretical basis for the equilibrium behavior of bulk chemical systems. Topics include: mathematical tools; equations of state; Laws of Thermodynamics; derivation and application of thermodynamic functions; physical behavior of single- and multi-component systems; colligative properties; phase diagrams; chemical reactions and equilibrium; and thermodynamics of electrolyte solutions. Laboratory required.


CHEM 322 Physical Chemistry II (1)

Quantum mechanics, a theoretical description of the microscopic world, is developed and connected to the equilibrium behavior of macroscopic systems through statistical mechanics. Topics include: mathematical tools; the failure of classical mechanics; the postulates of quantum mechanics; prototype microscopic systems; hydrogen-like atoms; multi-electron atoms; molecular orbitals; rotational, vibrational, and electronic spectroscopy; the Boltzmann distribution; introductory statistical mechanics; chemical equilibrium; and chemical kinetics.


CHEM 341 Instrumental Analysis (1)

Instrumental methods for qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis. Topics include experimental design, analytical figures of merit, molecular spectroscopy (UV-Visible, IR, NMR, fluorescence), atomic spectroscopy, Chromatography (GC, HPLC, SFC), direct potentiometry, voltammetric techniques, and special topics.


CHEM 344W Experimental Chemistry I (1)

Theory and practice of chemical analysis in the laboratory. Students design and carry on qualitative and quantitative analysis on chemical systems using spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques. Analysis of real world sample when possible. Statistics of small data sets. Introduction to formal scientific writing. Laboratory required.

  • Prerequisite: CHEM 321
  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Griffith, Holman, Williamson

CHEM 345W Experimental Chemistry II (.5)

Theory and practice of chemical analysis in the laboratory. Students design and carry out qualitative and quantitative analysis on chemical systems using electrochemical and spectroscopic techniques. Analysis of real world sample when possible. Emphasis on formal scientific writing.

  • Prerequisite: CHEM 321 and CHEM 344W
  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment:  Writing-centered
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Griffith, Holman

CHEM 346W Experimental Biochemistry I (1)

Theory and practice of chemical and biochemical analysis in the laboratory. Students design and carry out qualitative and quantitative analyses using electrochemical, chromatographic, and spectroscopic techniques. Biochemical systems explored include tastant and odorant molecules, protein structure and ligand binding, enzyme catalysis, biosensor fabrication and analysis, and phospholipid membrane structure/dynamics. Both thermodynamic and kinetic analyses are carried out. Statistics of small data sets. Introduction into formal scientific writing. Laboratory required.

  • Prerequisite: CHEM 321
  • Corequisites: CHEM 351
  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Silverstein, Kirk, Fisher

CHEM 347W Experimental Biochemistry II (.5)

Theory and practice of chemical and biochemical analysis in the laboratory. Students design and carry out qualitative and quantitative analyses using electrophoretic and spectroscopic techniques, as well as the polymerase chain reaction, and protein purification. Biochemical phenomena explored include gene expression, protein function, and tRNA structure, dynamics, and ligand binding. Emphasis on formal scientific writing. 

  • Prerequisites: CHEM 346W and CHEM 351
  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Silverstein, Kirk, Fisher

CHEM 351 Biochemistry (1)

A comprehensive introduction to biochemistry, stressing a chemical understanding of life processes and how molecules interact in cells and organisms. Discussion of important biomolecules (e.g., proteins, lipids, carbohydrates) and their dynamic interactions: how enzymes speed up reactions, how muscles contract, how cells use and transduce energy, how cells receive and transmit signals, and how flaws in these processes can lead to disease. The underlying chemistry (organic mechanisms, thermodynamics) involved in these molecular interactions will be closely examined.

  • Prerequisite: CHEM 226, BIOL 130
  • Offering: Every Spring and Even Falls
  • Instructor: Silverstein, Fisher

CHEM 362 Inorganic Chemistry (1)

This course presents a comprehensive interrogative of transition metal complexes. Topics include: atomic structure and periodicity of d-block metals; bonding theories of transition metal and main group elements; spectra and magnetism as they relate to electronic structure; and reactions, kinetics, and mechanisms of coordination compounds. Examples from organometallic, solid state, and bioinorganic chemistry are used. An introduction of symmetry and chemical group theory provides a theoretical basis for understanding spectral details.

  • Corequisite: CHEM 321 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Holman

CHEM 430 Advanced Topics in Chemistry (.5 or 1)

An in-depth study of topics selected for their interest and relevance to modern Chemistry. Topics may be chosen from the areas of analytical, physical, inorganic, organic, biological, polymer chemistry, computational chemistry, or history and philosophy of chemistry. Taught in a seminar format.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

CHEM 431 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry (.5)

An in-depth study of selected topics in modern biochemistry. Topics will be chosen from the areas of bioinorganic, bioorganic, biophysical, bioanalytical, bioinformatics, or bioenergetic chemistry. Topics may include: bioinorganic of photosynthetic electron transfer; plant biochemistry; protein, lipid, nucleic acid or carbohydrate chemistry; drug design; membrane transport; neurochemistry, or cell signaling. This course may be taken multiple times for credit.

  • Prerequisite: CHEM 351
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Fisher, Kirk, Silverstein

CHEM 491-492 Independent Projects I and II (.5)

Individual laboratory and library research projects selected in consultation with chemistry faculty. Written reports and seminar presentations are required. Occasional field trips to nearby research facilities may be made.

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Staff

CHEM 495W Senior Research Projects I (.5)

Introduction to chemical research for senior chemistry majors. Weekly meetings include seminars, discussions of research methods, experimental design, and ethical issues in chemistry. Each student prepares an independent research proposal and an oral presentation.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered
  • Corequisite: CHEM 345W or CHEM 347W
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

CHEM 496W Senior Research Projects II (.5)

Each student carries out an independent research project under the supervision of a research advisor. Weekly meetings include seminars, discussions of research methods, guidance in effective scientific communication, and current topics in chemistry. The course culminates with a written senior thesis and a formal oral presentation. Laboratory Required.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered
  • Prerequisite: CHEM 495W
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

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