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The Chemistry Program: Courses

1000–2999 (lower level, freshman–sophomore)
3000–3999 (upper level, junior)
4000–4999 (upper level, senior)


General Chemistry I
CHE 1550
/ 4 credits / Fall
The principles and applications of chemistry. Topics include the development of an atomic/molecular model, stoichiometry, interaction of light with matter, and the physical behavior of solids, liquids, and gases.
Prerequisite or corequisite: MAT 1150 or equivalent
Corequisite: CHE 1551

General Chemistry I Lab
CHE 1551
/ 1 credit / Fall
Emphasizes basic techniques in synthetic and analytical chemistry.
Corequisite: CHE 1550

General Chemistry II
CHE 1560
/ 4 credits / Spring
A continuation of CHE 1550. Topics include chemical kinetics and equilibrium, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, acids and bases, and the chemistry of representative elements.
Prerequisite: CHE 1550
Corequisite: CHE 1561

General Chemistry II Lab
CHE 1561
/ 1 credit / Fall
Emphasizes basic techniques in synthetic and analytical chemistry.
Corequisite: CHE 1560

Chemistry and the Arts
CHE 1700
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
A lecture/demonstration course, designed for nonscience majors, that surveys the usefulness of chemistry in the practice of art, art conservation, and art forensics. Topics include color and light, patinas, etching techniques, detection of forgeries, photography, and the preparation and safe handling of artists’ materials. Hands-on experiences are included. Open to all students.

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Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
CHE 3015
/ 4 credits / Every year
Intended for students in science programs requiring only one semester of organic chemistry. Fundamental concepts of organic chemistry are taught, including bonding, stereochemistry, and nomenclature, and reaction mechanisms, such as substitution, elimination, and addition, are discussed. Carbonyl and carboxyl compounds and their reactions are also introduced, along with the structure and reactivity of carbohydrates and proteins.
Prerequisite: CHE 1560 and 1561
Corequisite: CHE 3311

Chemical Instrumentation and Analytical Methods
CHE 3150
/ 5 credits / Alternate years (Spring)
The lecture covers general analytical chemistry, including gravimetric and volumetric analysis, solution chemistry, and an introduction to the theory and use of modern analytical instruments. The required lab acquaints students with general wet chemistry techniques and with instrumental methods of qualitative and quantitative analysis.
Prerequisite: CHE 1560

Organic Chemistry I
CHE 3310
/ 4 credits / Fall
An introduction to the chemistry of carbon compounds. The structural theory is used to develop an understanding of the physical properties and chemical reactivity of organic compounds. Compounds are grouped according to structure, using a functional group approach. Reactions are organized according to similarities in mechanism, with an emphasis on electron flow. Infrared and NMR spectroscopy are also introduced.
Prerequisite: CHE 1560
Prerequisite or corequisite: CHE 3311

Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHE 3311
/ 1 credit / Fall
Lab experience in organic chemistry, with an emphasis on microscale techniques.
Prerequisite or corequisite: CHE 3310

Organic Chemistry II
CHE 3320
/ 4 credits / Spring
A continuation of CHE 3310. The course continues the functional group treatment of organic compounds and their reactions. Aromaticity, mass spectrometry, and retrosynthetic strategies are also covered.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in CHE 3310
Corequisite: CHE 3321

Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHE 3321
/ 1 credit / Spring
Continued study of the spectroscopic methods for structure determination of unknown compounds. Synthetic methods for the preparation of interesting compounds are emphasized.
Corequisite: CHE 3320

Organic Chemistry Bridge to Biochemistry
CHE 3350
/ 3 credits / Spring
Provides a bridge from CHE 3310 and 3311 to CHE 4610. Students become acquainted with the functional groups not presented in CHE 3310 and 3311. Emphasis is on the role of these functional groups in biological systems. Coverage of reaction mechanisms is minimal, except as they pertain to biological systems.
Prerequisite: CHE 3310 and 3311

Physical Chemistry I
CHE 3510
/ 5 credits / Alternate years (Spring)
A lecture and lab course introducing the principles of chemical thermodynamics and chemical dynamics. Applications in chemical equilibria, phase equilibria, properties of solutions, chemical kinetics, and transport properties are included. Lab experience in the areas of chemical thermodynamics, phase and chemical equilibria, and reaction kinetics.
Prerequisite: CHE 3320, PHY 1520, MAT 1510

Physical Chemistry I Lab
CHE 3510.01
/ 2 credits / Spring
Lab experience in the areas of chemical thermodynamics, phase and chemical equilibria, and reaction kinetics.
Prerequisite or corequisite: CHE 3510

Medicinal Chemistry
CHE 3740
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
An introduction to how drugs are designed and the molecular mechanisms by which drugs act in the body. Covers the basic principles and techniques of medicinal chemistry, including drug administration and metabolism, as well as specific topic areas within medicinal chemistry (e.g., opium analgesics and adrenergic receptor antagonists).
Prerequisite: CHE 3320

Chemistry Junior Seminar
CHE 3890
/ 2 credits / Spring
Students complete a senior research proposal, which is submitted to the chemistry faculty for review and approval. Students also attend research seminars presented by faculty and guest speakers. Required for juniors majoring in chemistry.

Chemistry Internship
CHE 3995
/ 1–3 credits / Every semester
Opportunities to work as apprentices in research labs at other institutions (industrial or academic) can be arranged in an area of scientific or career interest.

Tutorial and Independent Study
CHE 3996
and 3997 / 1–3 credits / Every semester
Students with special interests may study independently under the sponsorship of a faculty member in the board of study. Independent study in general subjects is permitted if the board of study offers no formal course covering the material. Independent study may not be substituted for any specific requirement.

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Bioorganic Mechanisms
CHE 4600
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
The mechanisms by which enzymes catalyze reactions in biological systems are examined. Examples may include how a synthase catalyzes a Claisen condensation or a dehydratase catalyzes an elimination reaction in the biosynthesis of fatty acids. Stereochemical, kinetic, and thermodynamic aspects of enzymes are also covered.
Prerequisite: CHE 3320 and 4610

CHE 4610
/ 4 credits / Fall
An introduction to the structure, function, and metabolism of the four classes of biomolecules: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Topics include molecular biology; the structure, regulation, and kinetics of enzymes; and the structure and function of vitamins.
Prerequisite: CHE 3320 or 3350

Biochemistry Lab
CHE 4611
/ 2 credits / Fall
Practical hands-on experimental techniques for isolation and analysis of the four classes of biomolecules: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Required for biochemistry majors.
Prerequisite: CHE 4610

Special Topics in Chemistry
CHE 4800
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Advanced-level special topics in chemistry are examined. Topics are determined by staff and student interest.
Prerequisite: CHE 3510 or permission of instructor

Chemistry Senior Seminar I and II
CHE 4880
and 4890 / 1 credit (per semester) / I: Fall; II: Spring
Faculty, visiting scientists, and seniors in chemistry present results of current research projects. Students are graded on the basis of oral presentations of senior project results made to the faculty and their peers.

Tutorial and Independent Study
CHE 4900
Refer to CHE 3996.

Senior Project I and II
SPJ 4990
and 4991 / 4 credits (per semester) / Every year
Two-semester independent study (8 credits total) leading to a baccalaureate thesis. The student defines and conducts an independent lab project. The work is conducted in the lab of a chemistry faculty member.
Prerequisite: 90 credits, CHE 3890

Updated June 27, 2016

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