Course Descriptions

CH: Courses in Chemistry

Department of Natural Sciences

CH 101-102 General Chemistry 8 Cr
Principles of chemistry for students majoring in science or engineering. First semester topics include stoichiometry, atomic structure, bonding, thermochemistry, and intermolecular forces. Second semester topics include solutions, chemical equilibrium, acid/base chemistry. oxidation/reduction, thermodynamics, kinetics, nuclear chemistry, and coordination compounds. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: High school algebra. High school chemistry recommended. Students must receive a “C” or better in CH 101 to enroll in CH 102. Offered annually. CH 101 Fall semester, CH 102 Spring semester.

CH 111 Essentials of Chemistry: General 4 Cr
A one-semester course in the fundamentals of general inorganic chemistry. Principal topics include atomic structure; atomic-molecular description of matter, solutions, and equilibrium; and basic calculations and measurements. Recommended for general studies students and students in nursing and health information management. Three lectures and one 3-hour laboratory per week. Spring semester.

CH 112 Essentials of Chemistry, Organic and Biochemistry: 3 Cr
A one-semester course in the fundamentals of organic chemistry and biochemistry. Principal topics include organic nomenclature; chemistry of functional groups; structures and reactions of fats, carbohydrates, proteins, enzymes, and nucleic acids. Recommended for students in nursing. Three lectures per week; no laboratory. Prerequisite: CH 101-102 or CH 111 or consent of the instructor. Students must receive a “C” or better in the prerequisite to enroll in CH112. Fall semester.

CH 205 Quantitative Analysis 4 Cr
A detailed study of chemical equilibria and the classical methods of chemical analysis. Solubility, acid-base reactions, oxidation-reduction chemistry, complexometric reactions, phase equilibrium and the interaction of light with matter are studied in the context of analytical techniques, including volumetric analysis, titrimetry, gravimetry, chromatography and spectrophotometry. Basic issues of chemical hygiene are also covered along with experimental error and statistics. The laboratory stresses good laboratory technique through the  quantitative analysis of unknown samples by classical and modern methods. Three 50-minute lectures and one 4-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: CH 102 with a minimum grade of “C”. Spring semester.

CH 285 Intermediate Organic Chemistry 4 Cr
A basic one-semester course in organic chemistry that includes concepts of organic chemistry needed for biochemistry. Content also includes nomenclature, configurational and conformational analysis, basic molecular orbital and valence bond theory, as well as some important mechanisms. Prerequisite: CH 102 with a minimum grade of “C”. Three lectures/week plus one 3.5 hour lab. Offered fall and summer semesters.

CH 301-302 Organic Chemistry 8 Cr
The chemistry of carbon-based compounds. The course will examine the main classes of organic compounds in terms of preparation, structure, physical and spectral properties, methods of functional group  transformation, and mechanism of reaction. In the second semester of the laboratory sequence, students will perform an independent organic laboratory project. There will be an emphasis on oral and written scientific communication of the projects results. Three lectures and one 3 1/2- hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in CH 102 or consent of instructor. Students must pass CH 301 with a “C” or better to enroll in CH 302. Offered annually. CH 301 Fall semester. CH 302 Spring semester.


CH 306 Instrumental Methods 4 Cr
An examination of modern instrumental methods of chemical analysis from a theoretical and practical standpoint. Students learn the chemical principles that underlie instrument operation and study the functions of instrument components and their organization into chemical measurement systems. An emphasis is placed on the utility and limitations of each instrument. Principal instrumental techniques include atomic and  molecular optical spectroscopy, gas and liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and electrochemical methods. The laboratory provides students with hands-on access to a wide variety of state-of-the-art chemical instrumentation. Three 50-minute lectures and one 3-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CH 205. Students must receive a “C” or better in the prerequisite to enroll in CH 306. Fall semester. Fulfills Writing Intensive requirement.

CH 311 Spectrometric Organic Structure Determination 2 Cr
CH 311 is a seminar-style course where students will learn to read and interpret data produced by chemistry instruments. This course is intended for chemistry majors who are planning to attend graduate school, but others who are interested in how spectrometry is used to determine structure may find this course interesting. The class will meet twice weekly at thedesignated time. Prerequisite : CH 302.

CH 353 Biochemistry 4 Cr
A study of the chemical principles governing biological macromolecules. Topics include protein structure and function, enzyme mechanisms and kinetics, carbohydrates and lipids, energetics and major metabolic
pathways. The laboratory will include both computer simulations and an introduction to current molecular techniques in the field. Both lecture and lab will emphasize problem solving and experimental data analysis. Three lectures and one 4-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: CH 301 and BI 171. Fall semester.

CH 354 Biochemistry II 4 Cr
This course emphasizes biochemical processes that occur in living organisms. It expands upon the material covered in CHEM 353 to include additional consideration of metabolism and how it is studied, as well as
advanced topics in metabolic diseases, protein biochemistry, and enzymology. Additional topics include drug development, and the biochemistry of sensory systems, memory, and immunity. The course utilizes several
tools including textbook readings, lecture, clinical case studies, evaluation of original research papers, and project-based laboratory exercises. Students must receive a “C” or better in the prerequisite to enroll in CH
354. Prerequisite: CHEM 353. Spring semester.

CH 391-392 Physical Chemistry 8 Cr
First semester topics include thermodynamics, phase equilibria, statistical mechanics, and kinetics. Second semester topics include quantum mechanics, spectroscopy and group theory, and an introduction to polymer
chemistry. The labs are performed with minimal direct supervision. The lab includes investigations of energetics, molecular structure and reaction dynamics requiring the use of instrumental systems. Two semester course: Three 50 minute lectures and one 3 hour lab per week. Prerequisite: CH 302, MA 233 and PHYS 206 or consent of the instructor. Student must pass prerequisites with a “C” or better to enroll in CH 391-392. Offered annually. CH 391 Fall semester. CH 392 Spring semester.

CH 405 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 4Cr
A detailed study of current topics in inorganic chemistry, including coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry, homogeneneous catalysis and bioinorganic chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on orbital interactions, reactivity and reaction mechanisms of inorganic molecules. Lab covers synthesis and spectroscopy of inorganic compounds. Prerequisite: CH 302. Students must receive a “C” or better in the prerequisite to enroll in CH 405. Three 50 minute lectures and one 3 hour lab per week. Spring semester, even- numbered years.

CH 406 Advanced Organic Chemistry 4 Cr
A study of synthesis and mechanism in organic chemistry. The synthesis section will encompass the study of theory, design and methods of modern organic synthesis. The mechanistic section will include the study of mechanisms and methods of mechanisms and methods of mechanism elucidation. Original papers will be read and analyzed. Oral and written scientific communication will be emphasized. Three lectures per week plus 2 hour seminar. Prerequisite: CH 302. Students must receive a “C” or better in the prerequisite to enroll in CH 406. Spring semester, odd-numbered years.

CH/BI 477 Honors Thesis Writing 1 Cr
This course is intended to guide students through the process of writing an honors thesis based upon data the student have collected. The course consists of weekly meetings during which the parts of the thesis  (Introduction and Literature Review, Materials and Methods, Results, and Discussion) will be discussed. Poster and Power Point presentations are covered. By the end of the semester, students will have completed a rough draft of their theses. One hour lecture/discussion per week. Required of all students who wish to graduate with honors. Prerequisite: 3.25 gpa and completion of an honors research project. Fall semester.


CH 496 Senior Seminar 1 Cr
Senior seminar is intended for senior chemistry majors in their last semester of study. The focus of the course will be on developing the skills necessary for the effective communication required in a graduate program or a job in chemistry. Students will be required to give professional, polished oral presentations and will practice the skills of scientific writing, with particular emphasis on the style required for publication in a chemical journal. Prerequisite: Senior status. Spring semester.