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Courses Offered

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. 

111. General Chemistry I: The Structure and Composition of Matter. (N) Every Fall

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. Brandt, Hofmann, Meyer, Moog, Phillips-Piro, Plass

112. General Chemistry II: Chemical Reactions. (N) Every Spring

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. Brandt, Brewer, Hess, Meyer, Morford, Phillips-Piro, Plass

211. Organic Chemistry I: Structure, Rates and Mechanisms. (N) Every Fall

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, Leber, Thomsen, Van Arman

212. Organic Chemistry II: Reactions of Carbon Compounds. (N) Every Spring

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, Leber, Thomsen, Van Arman

221. Chemical Analysis. (N) Every Fall

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

222. Inorganic Chemistry: Structure and Stability. (N) Every Spring

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. Hofmann

321. Thermodynamics and Kinetics. (N) Every Fall

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  

322. Structure and Bonding. (N) Every Spring

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

371. Introductory Biochemistry. Every Fall

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 perform chemical reactions with unparalleled efficiency and specificity. Laboratory work required. Prerequisite: CHM 212. Phillips-Piro

375. Advanced Spectroscopy (half-course). Spring 2014

Introduction to theory and methods of advanced spectroscopic techniques used to explore electronic and structural properties of atoms and molecules including photoelectron, Auger, x-ray absorption and x-ray emission spectroscopies. Emphasis on use of chemical literature to investigate primary uses and experimental requirements. Prerequisites: CHM 212 or CHM 221 or permission. Meyer

376. Polymer Chemistry (half-course). Spring 2014

An introduction to polymers including syntheses, properties and characterization of synthetic macromolecules. Prerequisite: CHM 212. Thomsen

370 – 379. Topics in Chemistry.

Study of specialized areas of modern chemistry. Staff

390. Directed Studies of Chemical Problems.

Every Semester Directed study of a one-semester project. Permission of instructor required. A student may not use this course to satisfy a major requirement in addition to CHM 490. Staff

 471. Advanced Biochemistry. Every Spring

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. Brandt

473. Materials Chemistry. Spring 2014

Relationships between the properties of technological devices and their component materials in a chemical context. Experimental characterization of device and material properties. Coursework will require reading the primary literature. Open only to senior chemistry majors. Prerequisites: CHM 212, CHM222, CHM 321. Pre- or corequisites: CHM 322. Plass

490. Independent Study.

Every Semester Independent study extending over two semesters. Course credit earned each semester. Permission of chairperson required. Staff