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Chemistry Course Descriptions:

CH104 Introductory General Chemistry (4 cr)  An introduction to the fundamental concepts of general chemistry. Focus areas include scientific measurement and analysis, atomic structure, chemical nomenclature, balancing equations, stoichiometry, and energy dynamics. This course is offered in a traditional onsite format with three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory section per week, or in a hybrid format with online lectures and one onsite two-hour laboratory section per week. Prerequisites: High school algebra.

CH105 Introductory Organic Chemistry (4 cr) An introduction to the fundamental concepts of organic chemistry. Focus areas include intermolecular forces and solution dynamics, VESPR and molecular geometry, organic structure, naming, and basic chemical reactions. This course is offered in a traditional onsite format with three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory section per week, or in a hybrid format with online lectures and one onsite two-hour laboratory section per week. Prerequisites: A passing grade of C or better in CH104.

CH106 Introductory Biochemistry (4 cr)  An introduction to the fundamental concepts of biochemistry. Focus areas includes an introduction to macromolecular structure and function, DNA replication and repair, protein synthesis, cellular signaling, and metabolic processes. This course is offered in a traditional onsite format with three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory section per week, or in a hybrid format with online lectures and one onsite two-hour laboratory section per week. Prerequisites: A passing grade of C or better in CH105.

CH161 Fundamentals of Photography for Forensic Science (2 cr) For students interested in the scientific applications of photography.  Students will gain experience with 35 mm, polariod and digital cameras. Particular attention will be focused on forensic and environmental applications. One lecture and one laboratory period.  Prerequisite: consent of instructor

CH221 General Chemistry (5 cr)  Rigorous introductory course for students majoring in science. Course covers the Metric System, unit conversions, Quantum Mechanics and the structure of the atom, bonding theories and molecular geometry, intermolecular forces, and calculations involving the mole.  Three hours of lecture, one one-hour recitation and one three-hour lab.  Prerequisites: MTH 111 equivalency plus one year of high school chemistry, or CH150 with a passing grade of C or better with a passing diagnostic placement exam score, or consent of instructor.

CH222 General Chemistry (5 cr) Course covers empirical and molecular formulas, stoichiometry and limiting reagents, reactions of acids and bases, titrations, precipitation reactions, redox reactions, thermochemistry, enthalpy and calorimetry, and the properties of gases and solutions.  Three hours of lecture, one one-hour recitation, and one three-hour lab.  Prerequisites: CH221 with a grade of C- or better, or consent of instructor.

CH223 General Chemistry (5 cr) Course covers topics in free energy and reaction spontaneity, kinetics and mechanisms, equilibrium and Le Chatelier’s Principle, acid-base theory, buffers, electrochemistry, transition metals and topics in nuclear chemistry. Three hours of lecture, one one-hour recitation, and one three-hour lab.  Prerequisites: CH222 with a grade of C- or better, or consent of instructor.

CH310 Geochemistry (3 cr) An application of the principles of geology and chemistry to geological processes such as isotope fractionation, the carbonate cycle, weathering and formation of clays, hydrologic mobility and adsorption of heavy metals to clays and humic substances, groundwater plumes, atmospheric chemistry including the greenhouse effect, global warming, and ozone destruction. Three lectures.  Prerequisite: one year of college chemistry, ES201 or ES202, or consent of instructor.

CH312 Quantitative Analysis (4 Cr) 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: CH223.

CH313 Instrumental Analysis (4 Cr) A study of the use of instrumental methods for quantitative determinations of unknown chemical samples. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period. Prerequisites: PH213 or PH203, and MTH251.

CH320 Introduction to Forensic Science (3 Cr)
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, documents. Three lectures. Prerequisites: one year of college chemistry.

CH322 Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology (4 Cr) Surveys the general mechanisms underlying the effects of drug compounds on biological organ systems.  Topic areas include: the investigation of different drug classes and their biological targets, the behavior of drugs within the body, drug discovery and design, and the principles of cardiovascular, endocrine, and neuro-pharmacology. Prerequisite: CH104, CH105, CH106; or CH334 and BI102; or CH334 and BI211; or consent of instructor.

CH334 Organic Chemistry I (3 Cr) Covers the organic chemistry of alkanes and alkyl halides emphasizing their structures, properties and reactions. Three lectures. Prerequisites: CH223, or consent of instructor.

CH335 Organic Chemistry II (3 Cr) Course will cover elimination, addition, oxidation-reduction, radical reactions and spectroscopic structure determination.  Three lectures. Co-enrollment with CH337 (1 credit) is mandatory. Prerequisites: passing grade in CH334.

CH336 Organic Chemistry III (3 Cr) Course covers the organic chemistry of carbonyl compounds, carboxylic acids, carboxylic acid derivatives and amines emphasizing their structures, properties, reactions, syntheses and spectroscopic properties.  Co-enrollment with CH338 (2 credits) is mandatory. Prerequisites: passing grade in CH335.

CH337 Organic Chemistry Lab I (1 Cr) Students will learn basic laboratory techniques for purifying and identifying organic compounds.  The topics covered will be thin layer chromatography, gas chromatography, extraction, recrystallization, simple and fractional distillation, melting points, bioling points, derivatives, spectroscopy, and using the chemical literature for obtaining physical property information.  Students enrolled in CH337 must also be co-enrolled in CH335.

CH338 Organic Chemistry Lab II (2 Cr) This laboratory meets twice weekly.  Students will study a number of different reactions including nucleophilic substitution, hydration, oxidation-reduction, Diels-Alder, and the use of Grignard reagent. The significant portion of this term will be spent learning how to identify unknown organic substances.  Must also be co-enrolled in CH336. Prerequisites: passing grade in CH335 and CH337.

CH340 Elementary Physical Chemistry (4 Cr) Fundamental principles of physical chemistry with applications in engineering, biological systems and medicine.  Prerequisites: CH223, PH203 or PH213, or consent of instructor.

CH345 Introduction to Toxicology (3 Cr) Surveys general mechanisms underlying the effects of toxic compounds in biological systems.  Topics covered include: poisons and toxic agents, biotransformation of xenobiotics, reproductive toxicology and teratology, analytical/forensic toxicology, chemical carcinogenesis, and molecular toxicology.  Prerequisites: either CH104, CH105, and CH106, or CH334 and BI102 or BI211, or consent of instructor.

CH347 Biochemistry of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) (3 Cr) Course is designed for upper division undergraduate, medicinal chemistry, and nursing students that are interested in learning about the biochemical aspects of complementary and alternative medicines.  Topics will include the study of preventative medicine, diet, nutrition, supplementation using herbal and natural remedies; bioenergetics and principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine; biochemical impact of exercise, including weight bearing, cardiovascular, and meditative exercises such at Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong, and Yoga.  Prerequisites: CH104, CH105, and CH106; or CH334 and BI102; or CH334 and BI211; or consent of instructor.

CH350 Chemical Literature (1 Cr) A study of the methods of searching the chemical literature. One class meeting per week. Prerequisite: CH335 or consent of instructor.

CH354 Computational Chemistry (2 Cr) 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.

CH360 Nuclear Chemistry (3 Cr) Emphasis will be placed on the atomic nucleus, nuclear properties, nuclear models, radioactivity, nuclear reactions, fission, nuclear reactors and applications of radioactivity. Prerequisites: CH223, PH213 or consent of instructor.

CH370 Selected Topics in Chemistry (1-3 Cr) An introduction to contemporary topics in chemistry. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

CH371 Environmental Chemistry (3 Cr) A study of current environmental problems such as stratospheric ozone, greenhouse effect, smog, acid rain, pollution, oil spills and pesticides. Prerequisite: CH104, CH105, CH106 or consent of instructor.

CH401 Research (1-3 Cr) Terms and hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit.

CH407 Seminar (1 Cr) Group study and discussions concerning the frontiers of chemistry, current research problems, and the interaction of chemistry with other disciplines. Students will be required to present a seminar. Prerequisite: CH350.

CH409 Practicum (1-9 Cr) Terms and hours to be arranged.

CH411 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3 Cr) 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 CH412. Prerequisites: CH223, MTH252, PH213, or consent of instructor.

CH412 Inorganic Chemistry of the Environment (3 Cr) Course uses the periodic variations in fundamental atomic properties to predict and explain the chemical behavior of classes of inorganic compounds with special applications to the environments.  Three lectures and one lab. Not sequential with CH 411. Prerequisites: CH223, MTH252, PH213, or consent of instructor.

CH420W Forensic Laboratory Techniques and Documentation (4 Cr) The applications of chemistry to the analysis of physical evidence. Included among the topics 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.

CH430 Applications of Forensic Science I (2 cr) An in-depth, hands-on examination of subjects in modern forensic science. Topics may include fingerprinting, toolmarks and impressions, hair and fiber analysis, glass comparisons, soil and pollen analysis, bullet and cartridge analysis, serial number restoration, or related subjects. The course will be taught as a topic module incorporating both lecture and laboratory practice as appropriate. Prerequisite: CH 320 or consent of the instructor.

CH431 Applications of Forensic Science II (2 cr) An in-depth, hands-on examination of subjects in modern forensic science. Topics may include drug analysis, forensic botany, toxicology, forensic pathology, crime scene analysis, forensic photography, data collection and storage, forensic microscopy, or related subjects. The course will be taught as a topic module incorporating both lecture and laboratory practice as appropriate. Prerequisite: CH 320 or consent of the instructor.

CH432 Applications of Forensic Science III (2 cr) An in-depth, hands-on examination of subjects in modern forensic science. Topics may include DNA isolation and analysis, forensic psychology, forensic anthropology, polygraphy, voiceprint identification, document examination and forgery, cyber crimes and tracking, use of GIS in forensic science, arson, accelerant, and explosives residue, or related subjects. The course will be taught as a topic module incorporating both lecture and laboratory practice as appropriate. Prerequisite: CH 320 or consent of the instructor.

CH440 Physical Chemistry I (3 Cr) A study of the laws of thermodynamics with emphasis on their application to chemical systems. Topics considered include: thermochemistry, equation of states, kinetic-molecular theory, free energy and chemical equilibrium. Prerequisites: CH223, MTH254, PH213.

CH441 Physical Chemistry II (3 Cr) A study of solutions, heterogeneous equilibria, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, elementary quantum and statistical mechanics. Prerequisite: CH440.

CH442 Physical Chemistry III (3 Cr) A study of molecular structure and bonding, electronic structure of atoms and molecules, rotational, vibration and electronic spectra of molecules. Prerequisite: CH441.

CH445 Toxicology Laboratory Techniques (3 Cr) General biochemical and physical techniques used in toxicology are covered with an emphasis on model systems.  Course covers laboratory techniques such an environmental analysis of pollutants and other toxicological components, dose response curves, morphological effects, drug testing and metabolism, genetic and epigenetic techniques, and molecular probes for evaluating DNA, RNA and protein effects following xenobiotic exposure. Prerequisites: CH336 and CH345; or CH450; or consent of instructor.

CH450/550 Biochemistry I (3 Cr) 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.

CH451/551 Biochemistry II (3 Cr) The study of the function of biological macromolecules with emphasis on the mechanisms of protein-ligand binding, metabolic pathways and regulatory enzyme mechanisms. Prerequisite: CH450.

CH452/552 Biochemistry Lab (3 Cr) 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: CH336, CH450, MTH251 equivalent or consent of instructor.

CH461 Experimental Chemistry I (2 Cr)  An advanced laboratory course. Topics include but are not limited to applications of nanotechnology, environmental analysis, extraction techniques and photolysis.  Students write a proposal applying these techniques to an environmental problem and conduct the investigation.  Prerequisites or Co-requisites: CH313, CH338, CH350

CH462 Experimental Chemistry II (2 Cr) An advanced laboratory course that utilizes the skills developed in general, organic, analytical, instrumental and chemical literature courses in more advanced investigations.  There is a significant writing component which requires extensive use of the chemical literature. Prerequisites: CH313, CH338, CH350

CH463 Experimental Chemistry III (2 Cr) An advanced laboratory course in physical chemistry involving experimental determination of thermodynamic quantities such as enthalpy, entropy, free energy, equilibrium constant as well as quantum mechanical calculations investigating molecular properties and harmonic potentials. Prerequisite or co-requisite: CH313, CH442

CH471 Chemical Instrumentation (4 Cr) Theory and operation of instrumentation, including the applications of computer technology, used in modern chemical laboratories. Three lectures and one laboratory. Prerequisite: CH313.

CH608M Workshop (1-9 Cr) Terms and hours to be arranged.

CH670M Selected Topics in Chemistry (1-3 Cr) 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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