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Provides an understanding of basic chemical principles -- atomic structure, bonding and interparticle forces, physical and chemical properties of matter through hands-on examination of matter and the application of principles to understanding the chemistry of current issues (e.g., environmental chemistry, biochemistry, food and drug chemistry) and the analysis of problems dealing with these issues. This course is not available for credit for Science or Engineering majors.
Not for Science and Math Majors.
This course presents the inherently fascinating topics of crime and criminal investigations as a pathway for teaching the fundamental chemical concepts most often covered in an introductory non-majors course. This course capitalizes on the surge of interest in the scientific investigation of crime (as sparked by CSI and other television shows) and will collate the theme of forensic science with the fundamentals of chemistry. The course material will be continually updated with each offering.
This course introduces chemical principles through the context of examining current and topical consumer items such as drugs, food, dietary supplements and personal care products. Information presented will enhance awareness and confidence in understanding the products, scientific reports, news articles and making decisions about the utilization of available products. Chemistry 1040 is a combined lecture and lab demonstration course for non-science majors designed to fulfill the science with lab perspective (SCL) breadth of knowledge degree requirement.
This course provides an introduction to chemistry as a career. Required of chemistry majors, it discusses historical aspects of the field and modern career paths, including academic and industrial chemistry. Students are presented with information regarding career opportunities in chemistry, including: analytical/environmental, forensics, inorganic, organic, materials, pharmaceutical/biochemistry, polymer, and theoretical/physical. They are also given an introduction to graduate school and teaching opportunities often pursued following the B.S. degree. In addition to lectures by the instructor, guests from industry and government laboratories are invited to discuss "what it means to be a chemist".
Pre-Req: Students must be declared Chemistry majors
Provides a one-semester survey of inorganic chemistry: the structure and properties of matter, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, solution chemistry, kinetics, equilibrium, and acid-base chemistry.
Co-Req: 84.113 General Chemistry Lab I and Anti-Req: CHEM.1210 and CHEM.1350.
Surveys the basic principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry with emphasis on biochemical aspects of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. Various metabolic pathways are also emphasized.
Pre-Req: CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I; Co-Req: CHEM 1140L General Chemistry Lab II and Anti-Req: CHEM.1220 and CHEM.1360.
Lab experiments designed to illustrate the principles covered in 84.111.
Co-Req: CHEM.1110 General Chemistry I.
Uses laboratory experiments designed to illustrate the principles discussed in 84.112.
Pre-Req: CHEM 1130L General Chemistry Lab I; Co-Req: CHEM 1120 General Chemistry II.
The course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of Chemistry with an emphasis on critical thinking, problem-solving, and computational skills required for more advanced Chemistry courses. Topics include measurement, chemical calculations, problem solving logic, units analysis, chemical reactions, the periodic table, basic bonding theory and solutions. No previous Chemistry experience is assumed. There is no lab component to this course.
Provides an introduction to the basic concepts of chemistry through classroom discussions and demonstrations. Topics include chemical calculations, atomic structures, the periodic table, basic bonding theory, solutions, liquids, and gases. Restricted to science, engineering, and engineering technology majors.
Co-Req: CHEM.1230L Chemistry I Lab and Anti-Req: CHEM.1110 and CHEM.1350; Anti-Req: Students only can receive credit for one of the following freshmen-level chemistry I lecture/lab courses: CHEM.1110/1130L, CHEM.1210/1230L; or CHEM.1350/1230L.
Serves as a continuation of CHEM.1210. Topics include thermodynamics; kinetics, acids and bases; an introduction to organic chemistry; chemical equilibrium; precipitation reactions; and electrochemistry. Restricted to science, engineering, and engineering technology majors.
Pre-Reqs: CHEM 1210 Chemistry I or CHEM 1170 Selected Topics in Chemistry; Co-Req: CHEM 1240L Chemistry II Lab and Anti-Req: CHEM.1120 and CHEM.1360.
Studies experimental chemical principles and chemical transformation that is coordinated with topics considered in 84.121. Some of the more important reactions of elements, oxides, acids, bases, and salts are examined. Other topics include chemical separation, purification, preparation of inorganic salts, quantitative determinations dealing with the formula of a compound, gas laws, and colligative properties. Careful techniques and precise measurements are stressed. Restricted to science, engineering, and engineering technology majors
Co-Req: CHEM 1210 Chemistry I.
Serves as a continuation of the laboratory study begun in CHEM.1230L that is coordinated with topics of CHEM.1220. Topics include: thermochemistry, kinetics, spectroscopy, titration, pH, equilibrium reaction and constants. Some aqueous solution reactions and organic reactions are examined. Accurate measurements and precise instrumental and apparatus operation are expected. Restricted to science, engineering, and engineering technology majors.
Co-Req: CHEM 1220 Chemistry II or 84.119 Selected Topics/Chemistry Lab.
A more in-depth view of the topics covered in Chemistry I, (84.121). Topics include chemical reactions and calculations, atomic history and structures, the behavior of gases and bonding theory. Open to students enrolled in the Honors Program, and may be taken instead of 84.121.
A continuation of 84.135. A more in-depth view of the topics covered in Chemistry II (84.122). Topics include solutions, kinetics, thermodynamics, acids and bases, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry and solubility. Open to students enrolled in the Honors Program, and may be taken instead of 84.122.
Pre-Req: CHEM 1210 Chemistry I; or CHEM 1350 Honors Chemistry I; and Co-Req: CHEM 1240L Chemistry II Lab and Anti-Req: CHEM.1120 and CHEM.1220.
This course is a one-semester overview of organic chemistry for plastics engineering majors. Organic chemistry and its associated principles underscore a broad component of the plastics engineering curriculum. It is desirable therefore for such students to develop a basic appreciation of the fundamental reactions in organic chemistry, as well as an understanding of the interaction of organic compounds with their environment. Students will therefore be expected to secure a basic undersanding of, e.g., chemical bonding, the chemistry of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, aromatic compounds, substitution and elimination reactions, reactions of organic alcohols, ethers, epoxides, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids, and amine compounds. When appropriate, examples will be provided that relate to those typical polymerization reactions (e.g. free-radical or ionic) employed to manufacture commercial polymer materials. Coverage will include synthesis of organic chemicals and polymers from natural and sustainable materials.
Pre-Req: CHEM 1210 Chemistry I; Plastics Engineering majors only.
Introduction to the basic skills and techniques used in the synthesis, purification, and characterization of representative organic compounds. Open to Chemical Engineering students only.
Co-req: CHEM.2220 Organic Chemistry IIA and Chemical Engineering Students Only.
CHEM.2210 is the first course of a two-semester sequence of organic chemistry for students majoring in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biological Sciences as well as pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-pharmaceutical and pre-veterinary students. The course focuses on acid-base properties, functional group labels, conformational analyses, sterochemistry, substitution, elimination and addition reactions of organic molecules. Curved arrow mechanisms and the relationship between organic structure and reactivity are emphasized. Aspects of organic spectroscopy are also introduced.
Pre-Reqs: CHEM 1220 & CHEM 1240L; Co-Req: CHEM 2270L (Chemistry majors only) or CHEM 2290L (Biology majors only) or Chemical Engineering, or Biomedical Engineering majors.
A continuation of CHEM.2210 including an introduction to infrared and NMR spectroscopy and biochemistry. The application of organic reactions in multi-step synthesis is stressed.
Pre-Reqs: CHEM 2210 Org Chemistry I with grade of D or better; or Spring 2020 grade of "P". Co-Req: CHEM 2280L (Chemistry majors only) or CHEM 2300L Org Chemistry Lab II.
The course covers the chemical and mechanistic principles of organic reactions utilized in biological systems. Spectroscopy, organic reactions and related mechanisms of bio-molecules or small molecules in biological systems will be discussed from a functional group perspective. Multiple examples from medicinal chemistry, chemical biology and biochemistry will be used to illustrate the concepts. Knowledge of organic mechanistic arrow-pushing formalism is required.
Pre-Reqs: CHEM 2210 Org Chemistry I, and CHEM 2290L Organic Chemistry Laboratory IB ; Co-Req: CHEM 2300L Organic Chemistry Lab IIB, and Biology Majors Only.
Laboratory work designed to emphasize the techniques of organic synthesis and the use of instrumentation for identification and characterization of organic compounds. Required for chemistry majors.
Co-req: CHEM.2210 Organic Chemistry IA and Chemistry Majors Only.
A continuation of 84.227 including an introduction to semimicro organic techniques. Planning and successfully carrying out reactions published in the chemical literature are emphasized. Required for chemistry majors.
Pre-reqs: CHEM 2210 Organic Chemistry IA, CHEM 2270L Organic Chemistry Lab II; Co-reqs: CHEM 2220 Organic Chemistry IIA, CHEM 2600 Info Retrieval. For Chemistry Majors Only.
Reviews techniques, skills, and heuristic approaches in the synthesis, purification, and identification of organic compounds. IR, GC, and NMR instrumental methods are included. For Biology and Health Science majors.
Co-Req: CHEM.2210 Organic Chemistry I for Biology and Health Science and Biomedical Engineering majors.
A continuation of 84.229/CHEM 2290L. Biology and Health Science Majors.
Co-Req: CHEM 2220 or CHEM 2230 Organic Chemistry II for Biology and Health Science Majors.
An introduction to the important chemical and chemical-related reference sources including journals, patents, technical publications, and compiled reference works, and instructions in their use. Assignments require the use of each source discussed. On-line searching using computerized chemical and chemical related databases is also introduced. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Information Literacy (IL).
Co-Req: CHEM.2280L Organic Chemistry Lab II.
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Introduction to Forensic Science, Fundamental statistics, Data Sampling & Quality Multivariate statistics, calibration and quality, Partitioning, thin-layer chromatography, Immunoassay, Instruments, Introduction to drug and pharmacology.
Co-Req: CHEM 3050L Forensic Science I Lab; Pre-Reqs: CHEM 2220 Org Chem IIA, PHYS 1440 Physics II, and MATH 2310 Calculus III.
Drug Analysis I, Drug Analysis II, Chemistry of combustion and Arson, Chemistry of
color and colorants, Analysis of ink and paints, Chemistry of polymers, Analysis of fibers and papers.
Co-Req: CHEM 3060L Forensic Science II Lab; and Pre-Reqs: CHEM 3030/305 Forensic Science I/Forensic Science I Lab.
Locard's exchange principle, Reagent preparation, crime scene investigation, a case of deductive reasoning, crime scene sketching, Forensic glass analysis, Fingerprint, Introduction to Microscopy, Color perception. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Applied & Integrative Learning (AIL).
Co-Req: CHEM 3030 Forensic Science I; Pre-Reqs: CHEM 2220 Org Chem IIA, PHYS 1440 Physics II, and MATH 2310 Calculus III.
Forensic hair analysis, Handwriting comparison, Fluorescence detection of drug, Introduction to Immunoassay and enzyme catalysis, Fluorescence microscopy Analysis of gunshot residues, Analysis of metal, Analysis of flammable.
Co-Req: CHEM 3040 Forensic Science II; and Pre-Reqs: CHEM 3030/305 Forensic Science I and Forensic Science I Lab.
Focuses on the evaluation of analytical data, aqueous and non-aqueous acid-base systems, oxidation reduction and complexation equilibria, solubility and precipitation, solvent extraction, ion-exchange and chromatographic methods.
Co-Req: 84.315 Analytical Chem Lab I.
Introduces modern instrumental methods of chemical analysis. Topics to be discussed include ultraviolet, infrared nuclear magnetic resonance, emission and atomic absorption spectroscopy. Mass spectrometry, chromatography, thermal and electrochemical methods of analysis will also be covered.
Pre-Reqs: CHEM 3130 Analytical Chem I, PHYS 1440 Physics II; Co-Reqs: CHEM 3160L Analytical Chem II Lab, CHEM 3450 Physical Chemistry II.
Experiments emphasizing the topics presented in 84.313 are conducted.
Co-Req: 84.313 Analytical Chem I.
Presents laboratory experiments designed to complement the coverage of topics in 84.314.
Pre-Reqs: CHEM 3130 Analytical Chem I, CHEM 3150L Analytical Chem Lab I; Co-Req: CHEM 3140 Analytical Chemistry II.
A one-semester course designed for plastics engineering majors. Physical chemical concepts of importance to plastics and polymeric materials are emphasized and include kinetics, spectroscopy, phase rule, and statistical thermodynamics.
Pre-Reqs: CHEM 1220 Chemistry II and PLAS 2470 Thermodynamics.
Covers basic physical chemical topics: laws of thermodynamics, solutions, chemical and phase equilibria, electrochemistry, kinetics, atomic, and molecular structure. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Quantitative Literacy (QL).
Pre-Req: MATH 2310 Calculus III, CHEM 1220 Chemistry II, PHYS 1410 Physics I; Co-Req CHEM 3460L Physical Chem Lab I or Chemical Engineering (BS) or Chemistry (BS).
CHEM.3450 serves as a continuation of CHEM.3440. Topics covered include the failures of classical physics that led to the rise of quantum mechanics, the postulates of quantum mechanics, the particle-in-a-box, the harmonic oscillator, the rigid rotator, the hydrogen atom and multi-electron atoms. Applications of these quantum mechanical models to chemistry and spectroscopy are discussed, along with aspects of chemical bonding.
Pre-Req: CHEM.3440 Physical Chemistry I and (MATH.2340 Differential Equations or MATH.2360 Eng. Differential Equations).
Laboratory work designed to exemplify principles covered in 84.344. Required for chemistry majors. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Critical Thinking & Problem Solving (CTPS).
Pre-Req: CHEM 1240L Chemistry II Lab; Co-Req: CHEM 3440 Physical Chemistry I.
Provides laboratory work designed to exemplify the principles of chemical kinetics, equilibrium, and spectroscopy.
Pre-req or Co-req: CHEM.3440 Physical Chemistry I.
Coordination compounds are utilized in a core of experiments to illustrate basic physiochemical techniques and analysis of experimental data in electrochemistry and kinetics. A project lab is carried out to apply and extend techniques learned.
Pre-Reqs: CHEM 3440 Physical Chemistry I and CHEM 3460L Physical Chemistry Lab I.
This course is required of chemistry majors and addresses ethical, regulatory, and environmental aspects of their profession. Students are exposed to a wide range of research integrity issues that include TSCA (Toxic Substance Control Act), SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) and quality management. Compliance issues include an overview of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), as well as an introduction to patent law. The importance of maintaining integrity in their discipline is emphasized, and case studies are presented for study and discussion. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Social Responsibility & Ethics (SRE) and Essential Learning Outcome for Written & Oral Communication (WOC).
Chemistry Majors Only
An advanced project-based organic chemistry laboratory course. Students will separate mixtures of compounds by chromatographic methods, elucidate structures using spectroscopic techniques and consult the chemical literature to design and execute a multi-step synthesis. Emphasis on laboratory work with discussion of theoretical background.
Pre-req: CHEM.2220 Organic Chem IIA, or CHEM.2230 Organic Chem IIB, and CHEM.2280L Organic Chem Lab IIA, or CHEM.2300L Organic Chem Lab IIB, or CHEM.2050L Principles of Organic Chem Lab.
Coverage of step and chain growth polymerizations, kinetics and mechanism, copolymerization, ionic and free radical polymerizations, and industrially important polymers.
Pre-Req: 84.222 Organic Chemistry IIA or 84.203 Princ of Organic Chem or 84.345 Physical Chemistry II.
Research in biochemistry, electrochemistry or analytical, organic, inorganic, physical or polymer chemistry. Progress report required.
A continuation of 84.407. Both semesters must be taken and not more than six credits may be used in meeting degree requirements. A written thesis and seminar are required. The written thesis is to follow the conventional form of introduction, literature survey, data, results, and conclusions. One copy of the thesis must be filed in the Department office.
The chemical behavior, structure and methods of preparation and nomenclature of the more common elements and their compounds.
Co-Req: 84.345 Physical Chemistry II.
Laboratory to study the reactions of ions in aqueous solutions and to carry out inorganic syntheses and characterizations.
Co-req: 84.443 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry.
An introductory study of the fundamental principles of biochemistry including the chemistry of proteins, carbohydrates, nucleic acids and lipids, thermodynamics, kinetics and mechanisms of enzyme action, intermediary metabolism and selected topics in molecular biology.
Pre-Req: CHEM 2220 Organic Chemistry IIA and Co-Req: CHEM 3440 Physical Chemistry I.
A continuation of CHEM.4500 with emphasis on metabolic pathways of amino acids and nucleic acid, biosynthesis of proteins and selected topics in molecular biology and various areas of biochemistry. This course will be co-convened with CHEM.5510, the graduate version of Biochemistry II.
Pre-req: CHEM.4500 Intro to Biochemistry I.
This is a laboratory course designed to teach basic biochemistry techniques using a series of well-characterized proteins in a research-like setting. The course will meet twice a week throughout the semester. The first half of the semester will be focused on teaching specific biochemical techniques. In the second half of the semester, students will develop an independent research question using protein(s) from a list using the techniques that were learned in the first half of the semester. Students will produce a report using an ACS journal style based on their results and they will also present their results to the class at the end of the semester.
Pre-req: CHEM.4500 Intro to Biochemistry, or Permission of Instructor.
This course aims to provide deepened and widened knowledge of concepts, reactivity, and synthesis in organic chemistry. It encompasses: carbonyl/enol/enolate chemistry, frontier molecular orbital theory, pericyclic reactions, rearrangements, fragmentations, reactive intermediates, main group elements (boron, silicon, phosphorous, sulfur, etc.), heterocyclic compounds, organometallic chemistry, stereochemistry, selectivity, catalysis, asymmetric synthesis, and multi-step synthesis.
Pre-Req: CHEM.2210 Organic Chemistry I, CHEM.2220 Organic Chemistry IIA.
The field of computational chemistry involves the quantitative treatment of the quantum and classical depiction of atoms and molecules. The first part of the class will involve the quantum chemistry approach which will include semi-empirical theory, the Hartree-Fock model, post-Hartree-Fock models, and Density Functional Theory. Quantum chemistry calculations will be performed using the Gaussian software package. The second part will include classical dynamics of molecules using Molecular Mechanics concepts and empirical force-fields. Students will be introduced to numerical algorithms for the calculation of atomic forces and numerical schemes for the integration of Newton's equations of motion. Students will learn how to set up, initialize, and run Molecular Dynamics simulations.
Pre-Req: CHEM.3440 Physical Chemistry I.