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CH 104, 105, 106 Introductory Chemistry (4 each)
An introduction to the fundamental concepts of general chemistry. During the winter and spring terms emphasis will be placed on organic and biological chemistry. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory. Prerequisites: high school algebra; for CH 105, a passing grade of C or better in CH 104 is required; for CH 106, a passing grade of C- or better in CH 105 is required


CH 161 Fundamentals of Photography for Forensic Science (2)
For students interested in the scientific applications of photography. Students will gain experience with 35 mm, polaroid and digital cameras. Particular attention will be focused on forensic and environmental applications. One lecture and one laboratory period. Prerequisite: consent of instructor


CH 221, 222, 223 General Chemistry (5 each)
An introduction to inorganic chemistry covering atomic and molecular structure, chemical reactions, states of matter, equilibrium, and thermodynamics. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: MTH 111 equivalency, high school chemistry or CH 104; for CH 222 a passing grade in CH 221 is required; for CH 223 a passing grade in CH 222 is required


CH 310 Geochemistry (3)
An application of the principles of chemistry to geological processes such as phase equilibria, isotope fractionation, weathering and supergene enrichment of ore deposits, volcanism, crystal morphology, and chemical processes on the sea floor. Three lectures. Prerequisite: one year of college chemistry, ES 351 or equivalent or consent of instructor


CH 312 Quantitative Analysis (4)
A study of the fundamental principles of analytical chemistry. Laboratory work consists of standard analysis utilizing titrations, UV-Vis spectroscopy, atomic absorption spectrometry and chromatography. Three lectures and one three hour lab. Prerequisite: CH 223


CH 313 Instrumental Analysis (4)
A study of the use of instrumental methods for quantitative determinations of unknown chemical samples. Three lectures and one three-hour lab. Prerequisites: PH 213 or PH 203 and MTH 251


CH 320 Introduction to Forensic Science (3)
An introduction into the theory and practice of physical evidence analysis. Topics include the recognition, identification and evaluation of physical evidence such as hairs, fibers, drugs, blood, semen, glass, soil, fingerprints and documents. Three lectures. Prerequisite: one year of college chemistry


CH 334, 335, 336 Organic Chemistry (4 each)
A study of the chemistry of carbon compounds including their structure, reactions and syntheses. Three lectures and one laboratory. Prerequisites: CH 223 or consent of instructor; for CH 335 a passing grade in CH 334 is required; for CH 336 a passing grade in CH 335 is required


CH 340 Elementary Physical Chemistry (4)
Fundamental principles of physical chemistry with applications in engineering, biological systems and medicine. This course will count for chemistry major credit only for students in the Forensic option. Prerequisites: CH 223, PH 213 or PH 203, or consent of instructor


CH 350 Chemical Literature (1)
A study of the methods of searching the chemical literature. One class meeting per week. Prerequisite: CH 335 or consent of instructor


CH 354 Computational Chemistry (2)
A study of statistical and graphical methods of data analysis, numerical methods of common importance in chemistry, problem solving, information handling and retrieval and simulation techniques. Prerequisite: two years of college chemistry or consent of instructor


CH 360 Nuclear Chemistry (3)
Emphasis will be placed on the atomic nucleus, nuclear properties, nuclear models, radioactivity, nuclear reactions, fission, nuclear reactors and applications of radioactivity. Prerequisites: CH 223, PH 213 or consent of instructor


CH 361 Energy and Resources in Perspective (3)
A study of the current development and utilization of energy and power, implications of the finite resources, impact on the environment and alternatives. Three lectures.


CH 370 Selected Topics in Chemistry (1-3)
An introduction to contemporary topics in chemistry. Prerequisite: consent of instructor


CH 371 Environmental Chemistry (3)
A study of current environmental problems such as stratospheric ozone, greenhouse effect, smog, acid rain, pollution, oil spills and pesticides. Prerequisites: CH 104, CH 105, CH 106 or consent of instructor


CH 401 Research (1-3)
Terms and hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit.


CH 407 Seminar (1)
Group study and discussions concerning frontiers of chemistry, current research problems and interaction of chemistry with other disciplines. Students will be required to present a seminar. Prerequisite: CH 350


CH 409 Practicum (1-9)
Terms and hours to be arranged.


CH 411 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)
An introduction to quantum mechanics covering atomic theory, periodic table, symmetry, group theory, molecular orbitals, ionic/covalent bondings, solid state and the molecular structure. Not sequential with CH 412. Prerequisites: CH 223, MTH 252, PH 213 or consent of instructor


CH 412 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)
A study of the basic principles of inorganic chemistry and the main properties and reaction chemistry of inorganic elements and compounds within the framework of the periodic table. Not sequential with CH 411. Prerequisites: CH 223, MTH 252, PH 213 or consent of instructor


CH 420 Forensic Chemistry (4)
The applications of chemistry to the analysis of physical evidence. Topics included will be serology, analysis of arson debris, drugs, explosive residues, gunshot residues, papers and inks, paint chips and DNA. Laboratory techniques will include gas chromatography, mass spectroscopy, atomic absorption spectroscopy, electrophoresis, infrared spectroscopy, liquid and thin-layer chromatography. Two lectures and two laboratory periods per week. Prerequisite: CH 313 or consent of instructor


CH 430, 431, 432 Applications of Forensic Science (2 each)
An in-depth examination of subjects in modern forensic science as presented by experts in the field. Topics may be chosen from the following: fingerprinting, forensic serology, hair and fiber analysis, arson accelerant and explosives residues, glass comparisons, drug analysis, bullet and cartridge analysis, serial number restoration, document examination, voiceprint identification, polygraphy, DNA analysis, forensic botany, forensic meteorology, forensic toxicology, photography and forensic psychology. The courses will be taught as topic modules incorporating both lecture and laboratory practice as appropriate. Prerequisite: CH 320 or consent of instructor


CH 440 Physical Chemistry I (3)
A study of the laws of thermodynamics with emphasis on their application to chemical systems. Topics considered include: thermo-chemistry, equation of states, kinetic-molecular theory, free energy and chemical equilibrium. Prerequisites: CH 223, MTH 254, PH 213


CH 441 Physical Chemistry II (3)
A study of solutions, heterogeneous equilibria, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, elementary quantum and statistical mechanics. Prerequisite: CH 440


CH 442 Physical Chemistry III (3)
A study of molecular structure and bonding, electronic structure of atoms and molecules, rotational, vibration and electronic spectra of molecules. Prerequisite: CH 441


CH 450/550 Biochemistry I (3)
A study of the chemistry of the individual subunits used to construct biological macromolecules and the chemical bonding within the macromolecules. Emphasis will be placed on the structures of carbohydrates, nucleic acids and proteins. Prerequisite: CH 336 or consent of instructor


CH 451 Biochemistry II (3)
The study of the function of biological macromolecules with emphasis on the mechanisms of protein-ligand binding, metabolic pathways and regulatory enzyme mechanisms. Prerequisite: CH 450


CH 452/552 Biochemistry Lab (3)
An introduction to the basic laboratory techniques used in biochemistry. Topics will include electrophoresis, spectrophotometry, chromatography, centrifugation techniques and protein purification. One hour lecture and one four hour lab. A research project will be required for graduate credit. Prerequisites: CH 336, CH 450, MTH 251 equivalent or consent of instructor


CH 461, 462, 463 Experimental Chemistry (2 each)
An advanced laboratory course devoted to experimental techniques of analytical, inorganic and physical chemistry. Prerequisites or co-requisite: CH 313, CH 350, CH 440 or consent of instructor

CH 471 Chemical Instrumentation (4)
Theory and operation of instrumentation, including the applications of computer technology, used in modern chemical laboratories. Three lectures and one laboratory. Prerequisite: CH 313


CH 608 Workshop (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged.


CH 670 Selected Topics in Chemistry (1-3)
In-depth coverage of selected current problems in chemistry research: analytical, biological, inorganic, organic or physical chemistry. Prerequisite: consent of instructor



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