A list of regularly offered courses follows. The indication of when a course will be offered is based on the best projection of the home department and can be subject to change.
Please note the key for the following abbreviations: (A) Arts; (H) Humanities; (S) Social Sciences; (N) Natural Sciences with Laboratory; (LS) Language Studies requirement; (NSP) Natural Science in Perspective; (NW) Non-Western Cultures requirement.
Designed both as a background for further courses in chemistry and as a terminal course for interested non-science students. Atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, intermolecular forces and the structure of matter in bulk. Relationship between properties and structure stressed throughout. Laboratory work deals with the separation and identification of substances. Meyer, Morford, Moog, Plass, Yoder
The principles underlying chemical transformations: stoichiometry; rates of reaction; equilibrium, metathetical, acid-base and oxidation-reduction reactions. Laboratory work dealing with the separation and identification of substances. Prerequisite: CHM 111. Brewer, Hess, Meyer, Morford, Phillips-Piro, Yoder
Structure and bonding principles associated with carbon compounds, fundamental reaction types with emphasis upon mechanisms. Structure determination based on theory and application of infrared spectroscopy, proton and carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. Laboratory work required includes separation, identification and synthesis of compounds. Prerequisite: CHM 112. Fenlon, Seiders, Thomsen
Reactions of carbon compounds as a function of their molecular structures with emphasis on mechanisms and the use of these reactions in synthesis of carbon compounds. Laboratory work involving analysis and synthesis of various compounds. Prerequisite: CHM 211. Fenlon, Seiders, Thomsen, Van Arman
Fundamental principles of chemical analysis including solution equilibria, acid-base theory, complexation reactions and electrochemistry. Sampling and experimental design; interpretation and analysis of experimental results. Laboratory work includes introduction to common instrumental methods with applications drawn from fields such as biochemistry, environmental chemistry, forensic chemistry and pharmaceutical analysis. Prerequisite: CHM 112. Hess, Morford
Periodic relationships and acid-base concepts. Structure, bonding, reactions, and stability of main group and transition metal compounds, including use of group theory. Laboratory work involving the synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds. Prerequisites: CHM 112. Plass
Kinetic molecular theory of gases. Properties of real and ideal gases. Kinetics and mechanisms of reactions; theories of reaction rate. The laws of thermodynamics, spontaneity and equilibrium, systems of variable composition, phase equilibria, phase diagrams. Ideal solutions and colligative properties. Laboratory work required. Prerequisites: CHM 112, MAT 110, PHY 111 (or PHY111 may be a corequisite with permission of instructor). Brewer
An introduction to quantum chemistry and spectroscopy of atoms and molecules, including bonding theories. Applications of molecular modeling and group theory to atomic and molecular structure and spectroscopy. Prerequisites: CHM 211 or CHM 222; MAT 110, PHY 112. Moog
A description of the chemical principles of biochemistry. Introduction to the molecular detail of molecules in the cell serving to define biological macromolecules, their functions and reactivity. A description of the means by which living organisms carry out chemical reactions with unparalleled efficiency and specificity. Laboratory work required. Prerequisite: CHM 212. Phillips-Piro
Exposure to concepts and terminology related to instrumental analysis. Basic components of chemical instrumentation with examples from mass spectrometry and HPLC. Laboratory work is required. Prerequisite: CHM 221 or permission. Hess
The mechanism of action of several classes of drugs. The discovery (e.g., natural products, rational design, combinatorial chemistry), structure-activity relationships, and synthesis of drugs will be covered. The role of the FDA, ethical issues, and economic pressures in relation to drug pricing, Fenlon approval, and manufacture will be discussed (no lab). Prerequisite: CHM 212.
Study of specialized areas of modern chemistry.
Directed study of a one-semester project. Permission of instructor required. A student may not use Staff this course to satisfy a major requirement in addition to CHM 490.
Mechanisms of thermal and photochemical organic reactions with emphases on thermochemical and kinetic analyses, linear free energy relationships, isotope effects, acid-base theory, bonding and molecular orbital theory. Use of the chemical literature to investigate reactions mechanisms and major topics in organic chemistry. Open only to senior chemistry majors. Prerequisites: CHM 212, CHM 321. Pre- or corequisites: CHM 222, CHM 322. Thomsen
Discussion of the current limitations to protein structure analysis and the complex chemical reactions in biological processes. Use of the scientific literature to understand how altering a protein’s chemical structure affects its function. The molecular detail of protein structures is linked to its effectiveness as a catalyst. Prerequisites: CHM 321, CHM 212 and either CHM 331, CHM371 or BIO 334. Open to senior chemistry majors and senior BMB majors. Phillips-Piro
Independent study extending over two semesters. Course credit earned each semester. Permission of chairperson required. Staff