Chemistry (CHE)

College of the Sciences and Mathematics

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CHE 100. Concepts of Chemistry. 3 Credits.

LEC (2), LAB (1)
A broad survey course with a laboratory experience that seeks to develop an understanding of the field of chemistry through inquiry. Basic competence in scientific methods and procedures will be obtained by observing chemical reactions and studying the chemical and physical properties of a variety of compounds.
Gen Ed Attribute: Science Distributive Requirement.
Typically offered in Fall.

CHE 101. Fundamentals of Chemistry. 3 Credits.

A mathematically oriented course for students who intend later to take CHE 103 but whose science and mathematics backgrounds are judged by a pretest to need remediation.
Typically offered in Fall.

CHE 103. General Chemistry I. 3 Credits.

Basic laws and theories of chemistry, including atomic structure, chemical bonding, oxidation-reduction, solutions, and ionic equilibria. Correlations of chemical principles and their application to modern descriptive chemistry. CHE 103 must precede CHE 104.
Gen Ed Attribute: Science Distributive Requirement.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

CHE 104. General Chemistry II. 3 Credits.

Basic laws and theories of chemistry, including atomic structure, chemical bonding, oxidation-reduction, solutions, and ionic equilibria. Correlations of chemical principles and their application to modern descriptive chemistry.
Pre / Co requisites: CHE 104 requires prerequisite of CHE 103.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

CHE 107. General Chemistry for Allied Health Sciences. 4 Credits.

A one-semester treatment of the fundamentals of chemistry, including atomic structure and bonding, types of reactions, kinetics, equilibrium, and thermodynamics. May not be taken as a chemistry major elective. CRL 107 may be taken concurrently or after CHE 107.
Gen Ed Attribute: Science Distributive Requirement.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

CHE 160. The Chemistry of Beer. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the chemistry of beer, including its properties, ingredients, production, and origins. The chemistry and biochemistry of alcohol will also be covered.
Gen Ed Attribute: Science Distributive Requirement.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

CHE 199. Transfer Credits. 1-10 Credits.

Transfer Credits.
Repeatable for Credit.

CHE 230. Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry. 3 Credits.

A terminal course in fundamentals of organic chemistry. Structural theory of organic molecules, organic synthesis, and biological applications. May not be taken as a chemistry major or minor elective.
Pre / Co requisites: CHE 230 requires prerequisite of CHE 104 or CHE 107 with a C- or better.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

CHE 231. Organic Chemistry I. 4 Credits.

A unified conceptual introduction to organic molecular structure. Topics discussed will include structure of the atom, orbital and molecular bonding theory, nomenclature of classes of molecules, elementary molecular orbital theory, stereochemistry, nucleophilic substitution, elimination, resonance, and acid-base concepts. These concepts will be applied to the chemistry of hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, alcohols, and simple systems.
Pre / Co requisites: CHE 231 requires prerequisite of CHE 104.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

CHE 232. Organic Chemistry II. 3 Credits.

A survey of the classes of organic reaction from a mechanistic deductive approach. Topic will include nucleophilic and electrophilic substitution, reaction of carbonyl compounds, elimination, aromatic substitution, molecular rearrangements, oxidation reduction reactions, carbanion and amine chemistry. These reactions are applied to the remaining classes of organic compounds not covered in Organic Chemistry I.
Pre / Co requisites: CHE 232 requires prerequisite of CHE 231.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

CHE 271. Forensic Chemistry I. 3 Credits.

This course is a precursor to CHE 371 and its purpose is to introduce students to forensic science and its various disciplines. Students will also discuss professional practices and ethical expectations of a forensic scientist. The course content is designed for chemistry and physical chemistry majors with special emphasis on developing foundational scientific writing skills needed for upper level courses.
Pre / Co requisites: CHE 271 requires prerequisites of CHE 104 and BIO 110.
Consent: Permission of the Department required to add.
Gen Ed Attribute: Writing Emphasis.
Typically offered in Fall.

CHE 310. Introductory Biochemistry. 3 Credits.

The chemical nature of biological phenomena is presented. Particular emphasis is placed on the metabolic pathways and the enzymes responsible for these processes with applications to nutrition. May not be taken as a chemistry major or minor elective.
Pre / Co requisites: CHE 310 requires prerequisite of CHE 230 or CHE 231.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

CHE 321. Analytical Chemistry I. 3 Credits.

Fundamental principles of analytical chemistry. Theory of gravimetric and volumetric methods of analysis. Lab: CRL 321.
Pre / Co requisites: CHE 321 requires prerequisite of CHE 104.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

CHE 333. Advanced Organic Chemistry. 3 Credits.

An advanced mechanistic study of organic compounds, functional groups, and their reactions. Spectroscopic characterization of organic molecules will also be covered.
Pre / Co requisites: CHE 333 requires prerequisite of CHE 232.
Typically offered in Fall.

CHE 341. Physical Chemistry I. 4 Credits.

An introduction to physical chemistry including ideal gases, kinetic theory, three laws of thermodynamics, introduction to phase equilibrium, chemical equilibrium, application of the fundamental equation of thermodynamics, transport phenomena, chemical kinetics, introductory spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, and the structure of solids.
Pre / Co requisites: CHE 341 requires prerequisites of CHE 103 or CHE 105 and CHE 104 or CHE 106 and MAT 161 and MAT 162.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

CHE 342. Physical Chemistry II. 3 Credits.

Advanced thermodynamics including nonideal gases, nonideal systems, and thermodynamics at surfaces; introduction to statistical mechanics; quantum chemistry; advanced chemical kinetics, including kinetics near equilibrium, catalytic kinetics, and activated complex theory; and dynamic electrochemistry.
Pre / Co requisites: CHE 342 requires prerequisites of CHE 104 or CHE 105 or CHE 106 or CHE 341 and MAT 161 and MAT 162 and PHY 170 and PHY 180.
Typically offered in Spring.

CHE 371. Forensic Chemistry II. 3 Credits.

The course provides upper level undergraduate chemistry students basic and advanced concepts of forensic science. The course content is designed to provide a foundational understanding of the chemistry of materials routinely encountered as evidence in a forensic lab and the techniques used to analyze them. Those students taking the lab course associated with this lecture course will practice the principles learnt in this course.
Pre / Co requisites: CHE 371 requires prerequisites of CHE 232 and CHE 321.
Typically offered in Fall.

CHE 403. Chemistry of the Environment. 3 Credits.

The chemistry of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere; man's impact on these areas. May also be offered with lab.
Pre / Co requisites: CHE 403 requires prerequisite of CHE 104.
Typically offered in Spring.

CHE 410. Advanced Independent Study or Research. 2-6 Credits.

Taken under the direct supervision of a faculty member. May be taken for two semesters for a total of six credits.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

CHE 411. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. 3 Credits.

Structure and properties of the elements and inorganic compounds from a theoretical point of view. Atomic structure and the periodic law; molecular structure and bonding, including symmetry and MO theory; structure, bonding, and reactivity of transition-element compounds and main group compounds; acid-base chemistry.
Pre / Co requisites: CHE 411 requires prerequisite of CHE 341.
Typically offered in Spring.

CHE 418. Chemical Information. 1 Credit.

Instruction in the use of a modern chemical library, reference and data acquisition, synthetic procedures, and computer data bases.
Pre / Co requisites: CHE 418 requires prerequisite of CHE 231.
Typically offered in Fall.

CHE 424. Advanced Analytical Chemistry. 3 Credits.

Basic principles of applied instrumental analysis. Special emphasis on the use of spectrophotometric and electroanalytical instrumentation.
Pre / Co requisites: CHE 424 requires prerequisites of CHE 321 and CHE 341 and co-requisite of CHE 342.
Typically offered in Spring.

CHE 433. Advanced Topics in Chemistry. 3 Credits.

A topic of current interest in chemistry. Topic to be announced before registration.
Pre / Co requisites: CHE 433 requires a prerequisite of CHE 341.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

CHE 436. Polymer Chemistry. 3 Credits.

Polymerization kinetics, rheology of polymer melts, crystallization parameters, and monomer reactivity in copolymerization.
Pre / Co requisites: CHE 436 requires prerequisite of CHE 232.
Typically offered in Spring.

CHE 450. Internship in Chemistry. 1-12 Credits.

A full- or part-time work-study appointment in a hospital, or a commercial, governmental, or industrial laboratory supervised jointly by an on-site supervisor and Department of Chemistry faculty member.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

CHE 451. Internship in Forensic Chemistry. 1-12 Credits.

This course gives the student exposure to and hands-on experience in the field of biomedical research. Intended to be a full-time appointment in a hospital, medical school, or research institute, it may be modified to be part-time to better meet a student's needs. Supervised jointly by an on-site supervisor and a Department of Chemistry faculty member. The analytical methodology in the laboratory will include techniques applicable to bio-medical research.
Consent: Permission of the Department required to add.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

CHE 452. Internship in Chemistry-Biology. 6-12 Credits.

A full- or part-time work-study appointment in a clinical, commercial, governmental, or industrial laboratory supervised jointly by an on-site supervisor and a Department of Chemistry faculty member. The analytical methodology in the laboratory will include techniques applicable to forensic toxicology and/or criminalistics.
Pre / Co requisites: CHE 452 requires prerequisites of CHE 232 and CHE 471 and BIO 357.
Consent: Permission of the Department required to add.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

CHE 460. Advanced Organic Spectroscopy. 3 Credits.

An advanced course in organic spectroscopy dealing with IR, NMR, and MS techniques. Other techniques also may be covered.
Pre / Co requisites: CHE 460 requires prerequisites of CHE 232 and CHE 341 or CHE 345.
Typically offered in Spring.

CHE 465. Forensic Microscopy. 3 Credits.

A lecture and practical study of the various microscopic techniques used to analyze various materials relevant to forensic investigations. Topics covered in the course include the properties of light and applications of stereomicroscopy, light microscopy, polarized light microscopy, microchemical tests, scanning electron microscopy and instrumental microscopy.
Pre / Co requisites: CHE 465 requires prerequisite CHE 371 and CRL 371.
Typically offered in Spring.

CHE 476. Biochemistry I. 3 Credits.

This course examines the physical and chemical characteristics of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. The bioenergetics of carbohydrate and fat metabolism and the enzymatic control of these processes is a focal point. The bioenergetics of carbohydrate and fat metabolism and the enzymatic control of these processes is a focal point. Nucleic acids in protein synthesis is also covered.
Pre / Co requisites: CHE 476 requires prerequisite of CHE 232.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

CHE 477. Biochemistry II. 3 Credits.

This course is an extension of CHE 476 and considers the biosynthesis and degradation of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. The primary focus is on the interrelationship of these molecules and the pathways involving their metabolism.
Pre / Co requisites: CHE 477 requires prerequisites of CHE 345 and CHE 476.
Typically offered in Spring.

CHE 479. Chemical Toxicology. 3 Credits.

A one-semester course in the environmental and physiological aspects of chemical toxicity. Special emphasis will be placed on documentation, sampling, and verification of materials.
Pre / Co requisites: CHE 479 requires a prerequisite of CHE 232.
Typically offered in Spring.

CHE 480. Research in Chemistry. 2-6 Credits.

The student carries out an independent chemical research project under the direction of a faculty member. The faculty member assigns the research topic and background literature readings and works closely with the student in the research laboratory giving instruction in laboratory techniques. The student may be required to write a final research report.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

CHE 491. Seminar in Chemistry. 1 Credit.

Oral and poster presentation of papers based on laboratory or library research.
Consent: Permission of the Department required to add.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.