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CHEMISTRY

Students may obtain a minor in chemistry by earning a grade of C- or better in any five of the following courses:

  • CH 121N General Chemistry I
  • CH 122 General Chemistry II
  • CH 212 Analytical Chemistry
  • CH 221 Organic Chemistry I
  • CH 222 Organic Chemistry II
  • CH 321 Physical Chemistry I
  • CH 322/324 Physical Chemistry II
  • CH 326 Instrumental Analysis
  • CH 415 Biochemistry I
  • CH 424 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

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CH 100N: Environmental Chemistry
The objective of the course is to provide knowledge of current environmental issues such as air and water pollution, alternative energy sources and the hazards of radioactivity. It is intended for the non-science major.

CH 121N: General Chemistry I
Examines modern chemical theory including stoichiometry, gas laws, atomic structure and bonding, and solutions. Prerequisites: high school chemistry and three years of high school mathematics or CH 110N with a grade of C- or better.

CH 122: General Chemistry II
Topics include kinetics, thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, ionic equilibria, acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry, descriptive inorganic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Prerequisite: General Chemistry I with a grade of C- or better.

CH 212: Analytical Chemistry
An extensive treatment of chemical equilibria including acid-base, redox, solubility, and complexation, with application to chemical analysis. Prerequisite: CH 122 with a grade of C- or better.

CH 221: Organic Chemistry I
First of a two-course sequence dealing with the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds from simple aliphatic hydrocarbons to alcohols. Prerequisite: CH 122 with a grade of C- or better.

CH 222: Organic Chemistry II
Continuation of CH 221. Structure, properties, reactions, and synthesis of carbonyl compounds and carboxylic acid derivatives, aromatic compounds, carbohydrates, amino acids, and nucleic acids are examined. Prerequisite: CH 221 with a grade of C- or better.

CH 321: Physical Chemistry I: Investigative
Study of the laws of thermodynamics, free energy, and chemical equilibrium; solutions of electrolytes, non-electrolytes; electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, and kinetic theory. Prerequisites: C- or better in each of CH 122, MA 132M, and PH 242.

CH 322: Physical Chemistry II: Investigative
Examination of wave mechanics, chemical bonding, atomic and molecular spectroscopy, statistical thermodynamics and some molecular symmetry. Prerequisite: CH 321 with a grade of C- or better.

CH 324: Physical Chemistry II: Interpretive
Non-laboratory version of CH 322.

CH 326: Instrumental Analysis
Practical application of modern experimental techniques and modern chemical instrumentation. Required of all chemistry and biochemistry majors, normally in the Junior year. Prerequisite: CH 212 and PH 242 with grades of C- or better in each.

CH1 410: Chemistry Seminar - 1st semester
Papers and discussions on chemistry topics. Chemistry majors present at least one paper a year. Two years participation equivalent to one course credit. Continuation in seminar contingent upon satisfactory progress in upper-division courses.

CH2 410: Chemistry Seminar - 2nd semester
Continuation of Chemistry Seminar. Four semesters required for one course credit. Prerequisite: CH1 410.

CH3 410: Chemistry Seminar - 3rd semester
Continuation of Chemistry Seminar. Four semesters required for one course credit. Prerequisites: CH1 410 AND CH2 410.

CH4 410: Chemistry Seminar - 4th semester
Continuation of Chemistry Seminar. Four semesters required for one course credit. Prerequisites: CH1 410, CH2 410, and CH3 410.

CH 415: Biochemistry I: Investigative
Study of structures, functions, and dynamics of proteins, the role of genetic biomolecules, and some metabolic cycles, as related to the chemistry of these molecules. Prerequisites: CH 222 with a grade of C- or better, and class standing of Junior or Senior.

CH 416: Biochemistry I: Interpretive
Non-laboratory version of CH 415.

CH 417: Biochemistry II:Investigative
A continuation of CH 415. Biosynthesis of macromolecular precursors, in-depth study of genetic functions, and interactions between conformations of the macromolecules and their roles in metabolism and physiological processes. Prerequisite: CH 415.

CH 418: Biochemistry II: Interpretive
Non-laboratory version of CH 417.

CH 422: Advanced Organic Chemistry
Mass spectroscopy; advanced synthetic methods, elucidation of reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, molecular rearrangements and orbital theory. Prerequisites: CH 222 and CH 322.

CH 424: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Structures, reactions, thermodynamic and physical properties of the elements and compounds. Development of group molecular orbital theory. Survey of molecular and solid state structures, transition metal complexes, main group compounds, organometallics, electronic spectroscopy, catalysis. Prerequisites: CH 321 and CH 326.

CH 429: Senior Research in Chemistry
Independent laboratory research in one of the major areas of chemistry. Elective for B.A. or B.S. in Senior year, required for non-thesis B.S. (Certified) chemistry majors. Prerequisites: CH 326 and permission of instructor.

CH 499: Independent Research - Thesis
Senior-year chemistry students with superior ability may be invited to do independent research with a member of the chemistry faculty and to write and defend a research thesis before a thesis committee.

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